There I am at the Entrance. It was a warm and VERY breezy evening!
Told you it was breezy ~ for the life of me I couldn't get a picture of the burlap sign where the letters weren't all over the place! Of course it says Na-Da Farm.
Directions to two different areas of the barn, including Ms. Fifi's book signing area.
Fifi was so gracious, and I couldn't help but love her French accent! She signed my copy of Romantic Prairie Style and I was a happy camper!
There was even a haven for blog girls to gather and chat. (Not that I didn't do that for the whole time I was there!)
There were so many unique vendors and talented artists. I was so busy chatting that I wasn't very much on the ball at taking photos.....but I did capture Carrie and Don Rosen's Hot House Market display.
The pillows are sooooooo soft and comfy, down-filled! I should know, I have one! And the retro fabrics are pretty awesome.
The apron looks fabulous ~ and the prairie background doesn't hurt, either!
I do have to say that the Illinois prairie was refreshingly calm and peaceful.
SO much gorgeous stuff, I wanted it all!
But the best thing about it was that it was such a perfect place to connect with blogger friends. I didn't get a picture (rats) of my friend Penny from At Home in English Valley , but we chatted and had a grand old time ~ she's so sweet and funny I adore her! She even went so far as to bring with her a "Flat Barb" as a stand-in for her friend Barb who couldn't make it to the sale. She also took Flat Barb's picture with many of the attendees, including Mr. CBD. I'd have to say this was the highlight of his evening, otherwise to referred to by him as "The Henfest."
In all fairness he was a great sport about the whole thing. Thanks, babe.
Now back to the Henfest, I was SO excited to meet two women I'd met in blogland and admired from afar for quite some time (no, I'm not a stalker).
Suzanne is a very talented and thought-provoking writer and photographer, while Jill is an amazing artist ~ jewelry, clothing, accessories, you name it ~ all her work is one-of-a kind. (I'm so psyched that I got to purchase one of her necklaces! Thanks, Jill!). Both women were as kind, funny and gracious as I'd expected them to be. Pretty nice, when you get to connect with someone who has similar interests, passions, etc. I just wish that we had had more time together. I hope to maintain our friendships and also hope that we can meet again, who knows, maybe next fall at Na-Da, ladies? This time I'll bring the champagne.
Oh, and speaking of champagne, I did have a taste of some after it was so graciously offered to me by Anne Marie of Na-Da Farm. Yes, the driving force behind the event. The woman who just welcomed her 6th baby into the world in April. She and Jen Rizzo, another talented artist, really pulled it off. Thanks, ladies for an awesome evening filled with laughter and connecting. Here's to next fall and another fun-filled night.
Me and Anne Marie
Thanks for visiting!