My theme for The Farm Chicks Fairthis year was home sweet home, which made dreaming up the entry display a lot of fun. There were so many possibilities. Because of my history, it seems like I’m usually pulled into the direction of making something out of nothing and was inspired by an image I saw online one day from the movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel:

The bakery boxes seemed to be calling out to be made into a city. I imagined windows and curtains and a mountainside of homes. So, I spent a couple of days making windows and placing curtains and it was super fun at first, as if I were making hundreds of little dollhouses. Eventually, the work got a bit tedious, actually the most amount of work I've ever put into one of my entry displays, but I was really excited about the vision.

A few days before Farm Chicks, five of us spent the day on site, folding the boxes I had prepared. It was a verytime consuming process:

Hannah, who is a longtime helper at The Farm Chicksand is the daughter of longtime Curator Lisa Souers, arrived late in the afternoon and worked well into the night and most of the next day helping to place the little houses onto the hillside. It turned out so cute.

For a fun little finishing touch, we added in one window studio homes with cupcake liner awnings (see bottom left):

Now I'm already on to dreaming up next year's theme and all that goes along with it. 2018 will be the 20th Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fairand my 16th year! (The first couple of years we had two events a year). The planning is one of my very favorite parts of what I do.

Watch for more posts this week on this year's show. Each year is my new favorite and this year truly was my favorite yet. The Curators continue to knock my socks off with what they do and I am so thankful to have them in my life and of course, at the show. More Farm Chicks fun to come!




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.