Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My NaDa Journey~

The hustle and bustle I have been whirling around in for the past few weeks came to an end on Saturday afternoon.  As Mr. Cottage and I traveled down the short road home, I was sadden to come so quickly to the end of my first NaDa journey.  I am quietly reflecting on the events of this past weekend all the while dreaming and hoping to be included in the next NaDa Event.

Yes, this even truly is as amazing as everyone says.  It's as if it were a dream from which I didn't want to wake.  After reading several posts and hearing it described as fairytale, magical, wonderful and amazing...it was all of these things and so much more.

Meeting so many blogging friends from Indy, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Jersey, Iowa, and yes Illinois warmed my heart~  Having my creative soul replenished from amazing artists such as Anne Marie, Jen Rizzo, Jill Harris, Jeanne Oliver, Laura Bright, Sherrie Larkins, Polly, and the Prairie has reminded me of what is most important in this journey...connecting with God and sharing my gift of design & creativity, & passion for touching the lives of others with kindness and understanding.

 Sherrie (Photo credit), Laura, myself, & Camille
Someone asked, "Did you sell a lot of paint & furniture? Was all this worth it for you?" My answer was simple and honest.  No, I did not sell "a lot of paint & furniture".  And yes, it was worth every second of every minute it took to put this on from the very first mention from Anne Marie till I placed the last can of paint back on the shelf at the shop.  It was worth every second.

Sometimes we can't measure success in dollars, productivity, profit margins or losses.  Sometimes we must measure success in how an event filled our soul....maybe even changed us even if it was just for the journey.  It created a memory that filled my every sense.  I can close my eyes and head back there no matter where I am or what I'm doing.  Yes my friends, it was well worth it~ 


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


We will have ALL 27 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors, waxes, brushes, and books there for you to buy!

What to look forward to:

-Friday night music by SOULFUL-PHENOMENAL artist Greg Wheaton  

-Carter's Cottage in the BARN featuring hand finished furniture, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & treasures for your home.

-A mix of shopping under the branches of the prairie and the sights and sounds of the farm......rain or shine........

-Local art...vintage items...homemade baked goods...coffees...our organic honey...handmade clothing (and so much more!)
I have SEVERAL pieces of painted furniture going to this event.  Promise to get them photographed  and put on here for those of you who can't make it!

Please join Anne Marie, hostess of the BARN SALE, myself, and so many talented artists for an amazing shopping weekend at the Na-Da Homestead.

2423 S. Woodlawn Road
Esmond, Illinois  60129

Hope to see you there!