The Farm Chicks Fair theme this year is “Home Sweet Home” and I’ve had a lot of fun bringing the theme together in this year’s poster.
I’d had the idea in my mind about featuring the back of a dollhouse with a hand shown, placing a piece of furniture to show the scale and that it’s a dollhouse, not a house. This year, I commissioned Linsey Sappington of The Farmhouse Porchto paint the poster for me, and once it was painted, I had it printed into poster form at Hearn Brothers Printshop.
Image courtesy of Heather Benning
The amount of work Heather put into this life-size project is stunning and I was moved when I learned about how much time she spent bringing the farmhouse back to life as the Dollhouse.
To get started, Linsey’s created an initial overall sketch of the project and tinkered around with adding in elements based off her previous work that fit into the aesthetic:
Little objects like the bunting on the wall, headboard, floral and dotty wallpaper, a rug, etc.
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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