May 22, 2011

Bo-ho Ball at Na-Da Farm

Now that the Bo-ho Ball at Na-Da Farm is just a sweet memory, I'd love to show you some photos of the event.  Come on.

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).

There's me, Suzanne from Privet and Holly and Jill from Gypsy Brocante.

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!

xoxo




8 comments:

Hot House Market said...

Hi Kathleen~ thanks for posting all of the fabulous photos of our booth :) It was great to see you again~ I wish we had more time to chat~ maybe next time~ hopefully soon~ Best wishes~ Carrie @ Hot House Market

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like you had a fun time.
On the linking problem - Do you use Firefox or IE as your browser?

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Looks like an amazing gathering of cool stuff and talented people in a picture perfect setting. Love the idea of the bloggers tent to bond with long distance friends. And three cheers for husbands who embrace the concept of the henfest!

Anne Marie... said...

thanks for saying such nice things....so glad you had a good time!!

and it was great to be able to chat with you for a littlr bit ast least....talk soon!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You got to spend time with some of my absolute favorite girls in the whole world!

Great pics and post!

Hugs,
Anne

Ted said...

Thanks for sharing your pics.I too made a post about this fabulous event on my blog.I even put some pics.Last years show.Boo.I was soo sad to miss this event.Of all times.I lived there in Dixon,Il for many years. My husband who is a lawyer there in Il well we decided to pack up his law office and house and move out here to AZ. I love your pics. Thank you for taking the time to share. Cute blog you have too.Have a sunny day...Chickie

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Kathy, You and your husband were so very nice, and it was so good to share a little time with you. Hope to see you again this summer...thanks again for your kindness! Love, Penny

Privet and Holly said...

Hey Girlie!
YES. Big probs
with Blogger for
me the last two
days....grrr.....
I'm operating in
Internet Explorer
now vs. Chrome and
can comment but it's
slow.....LOVED meeting
you and I'll be posting
if Blogger cooperates
on Friday. Meeting you
was a big highlight of
that wonderful sale!!
xx Suzanne

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