Last week, we awoke to a rare cool and drizzly summer day.  We’d been itching to visit Garnet Creek, about two and a half hours away in our neighboring state of Idaho.  It’s the only place besides India where you can find Star Garnets.  So Bongo, Lukie and I decided it was finally time.  And by golly, no garnets, no glory we decided.  And we hit the open road.  Twisting our way into Idaho and through St. Maries, which I love.  Being the daughter of a logger, I can’t help but feel welcome there!


And through the woods we went

And after a little hike, we arrived.  Turns out, a little rain makes a whole lotta mess at Garnet Creek!

We slipped and slopped about and made a big huge mess.  But what a time we had!

And at the end of the day, Lukie and Bongo both had bags of newfound treasures.  And we couldn’t have asked for anything more.


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!