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House Update – Brick and Angle Iron

House Update – Brick and Angle Iron

In my last update on the house construction, I talked about the brick that we'd be using as the siding. I had explained that we had originally planned on using brick but it turned out that the type of brick we wanted wasn’t available so we had decided to go in a...

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Monsanto, Portugal Day 8

Monsanto, Portugal Day 8

If you've ever wondered if there's a storybook town that's like the pages of a children's book come to life, I always wondered that too. As a little girl, I was building that place - little villages out of twigs and bark and dreaming of the life I'd have one day. I...

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Douro Valley & Aldeia das Dez, Portugal Day 7

Douro Valley & Aldeia das Dez, Portugal Day 7

We took a Sunday drive today, only it was Wednesday in Portugal. The road out of Geres heading towards the Douro Valley twisted and rolled down to the water and through the forest, through open farmland and little villages along the way then back up the mountain and...

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Soajo & Geres National Park, Portugal Day 6

Soajo & Geres National Park, Portugal Day 6

The one lane cobblestone road into Soajo gave us a hint of what was to come. Looking down at the valley below we could see hundreds of acres of terraced vineyards, farmland, and lovely little homes. We rounded the corner and were met by three wild horses on the street...

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Porto, Portugal Day 5

Porto, Portugal Day 5

We rolled into the second largest city in Portugal today, Porto, with just a few plans and the general thought of exploring. We discovered half its 2.3 million population might just be cruise ship passengers! We made our way through the crowds for long enough to take...

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Nazare, Costa Nova, & Aveiro, Portugal Day 4

Nazare, Costa Nova, & Aveiro, Portugal Day 4

Colin has been wanting to go to Nazare and see the big waves everyone in the surfing world is talking about. This little village on Portugal's Silver Coast is home to some of the biggest waves in the world. You wouldn't have known it today because it was pretty calm...

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MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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ALL ABOUT THE FAIR

The 2018 Farm Chicks Art Installation

The 2018 Farm Chicks Art Installation

I always have such a fun time planning out the themes and entryway art installations that greet shoppers as the enter The Farm Chicks Fair each year. I especially enjoy pulling from my humble childhood roots of making things that were meaningful to me out of not much...

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Tips on Little Details to Bring a Party to Life

Tips on Little Details to Bring a Party to Life

Going back to my earliest memories, I've always loved a theme, and if you've followed along with me for a while you know that each year I plan a theme for The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fairand bring it all to life through the promotional materials, the events...

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Celebrating the Release of The Farm Chicks Fair Poster

Celebrating the Release of The Farm Chicks Fair Poster

I held the Poster Release Party for this year's Farm Chicks Fairlast weekend at Madeleine's Cafe and Patisseriein downtown Spokane. The treats were so delicious, the setting so darling, and I loved getting to celebrate with everyone who stopped by. Note: Meg, who runs...

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AROUND THE HOME

House Update – Masonry

House Update – Masonry

When I first wrote about our new home project, I explained that we had originally planned on using white brick but it turned out that it wasn't available and we had decided to go in a different direction. We looked at different natural stones and eventually decided to...

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House Update, Behind the Walls

House Update, Behind the Walls

We're just about wrapping up all the construction items on the house that we'll never see. The stuff behind the walls and in the floors. And although these things are obviously so important, I'm really looking forward to moving on to the stuff we will see. That's a...

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New House Progress

New House Progress

I’m happy to report that the windows were delivered last week and put into place. We ended up going with commercial windows that aren’t normally available for home construction, but we’re lucky to have a close friend who owns a window factory and he made it possible...

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