I have had more photobloggerati adventures in the past month than I can keep track of. I was home from my San Francisco date with Relyn, Julie and Diana less than 24 hours when it was time for me to head over to the Barn House for the Summer Flea Market extravaganza. I think my sleep patterns are forever altered to match that of an 18 year old who never gets more than 4 hours of sleep a night and attends parties more regularly than classes or a job.
Aside from the fact i had every car window open to the max, singing at the top of my voice to a blaring rendition of Bob Dylan performing Maggie's Farm it was well worth staying awake another 24 hours to witness and photograph the set-up of the circus tents on Friday evening. This particular tent was dubbed the Taj MaTent. More on that later in the post....
Welcome one and all to a day on the farm.
Here is The Queen of Tarte about to perform the magic i describe in my Somerset Life article; Cinderella on wings....flying hither and thither, grabbing this and wrapping it over that, pushing one thing through the maze of objects until it is suddenly married in perfect union to another...."
See what i mean? Admit it. Now that you have seen this you know you cannot live without one of these for your holiday centerpiece. Honest to god, i swear this is a real fish-head preserved forever using i don't know what kind of chemical process.
All little girls should have this much fun going to work with mommy!
When i saw this full size tractor sitting in front of The Barn House Boys outdoor booth i just stood and gaped a moment. Then I got a grip and realized that this was to be expected. This is what they do here. They one up themselves in style each and every time they have a sale. This is a real live question... who bought that tractor? I know i saw it chugging down the road, lights ablaze while driving home on Padden Parkway later that night.
Meet Joe. There is no one like him in all the world. He rockets around the farm so fast he is usually a blur, just shape and form. This is a rare moment of stillness and it is the only time i have ever captured a clear photograph with him so much on the move every moment of everyday. It was the end of the day of the sale and a well deserved moment of rest.
Here are a few treasures i found and loved.
tennis ball sized opals...
sparkly hearts... XO
blue and blue!
Now i will explain the reason i titled this post The Busy Life of a Photograblogfriend. I can see now that it will never end... the meeting of like minded people with big hearts, fabulous style and endless good humor.
While in San Francisco with my blogirlfriends i reflected on my surprise and delight about everything going so well amongst strangers. And now, after this endless and exhausting weekend of being among more strangers' I finally understand the reasons why thousands of people all over the world give up watching Dance With the Stars and Fox News in order fire up their computers each and every day. We tap, tap tap out the words that fall from our minds and read, ponder and understand what emanates from each others hearts.
The reason is so simple and obvious it's a wonder i don't win a prize for finally naming it out loud. It is friendship. Unadulterated friendship. Considering just my own experience i see that i I have received support beyond measure, laughed without breathing and felt a powerful bond between myself and others. Some i have met and loved, others i may never meet and will love none the less. It shocks me.
Meet Tiffany and Kim. I had never met these two before this weekend at Barn House. I actually thought i might be at my laughed out limit after traveling with Relyn for 12 hours in a small vehicle just the day before. But no. It started all over again. I was all excited and thrilled with their company. They laughed like crazy women at everything. Mostly themselves and their antics. I realize now i am not the only one smitten with my own humor. I began thinking about how much fun it would be to go on photography expeditions with these two. I threw caution to the wind and immediately answered yes when Kim mentioned she would also like to meet up mid distance for a day of taking photos. I said yes and when!
I know now It will never end, this finding of new blogirlfriends i want to know and be with. These are not the only people i met this weekend either. Oh no. There were lots of new faces around the midnight pre-sale campfire and i got to know all the other Barn House family much better.
This is what i saw late in the afternoon as i walked up to the house for dinner. Dexter is a new member of the Barn House menagerie. He weighs in at over 800 pounds, is beefy but gentle as a lamb. He is always looking for friends. The sheep twins don't like him. He doesn't know he's a cow. He actually thinks he is a horse and wants to hang out in a herd. Tiffany had gone off in search of some quiet in order to make a phone call and found herself hanging out next to the fence. Dexter stopped by for a chat.
Notice how she has placed her camera on the ground in order to be able to pay closer attention to Dexter'.
And the bling...who wears this sort of thing while petting a cow? A full on double string of pearls, matching bracelet and diamond rings? It was the sweetest thing in the world to see her befriending that sad little cow. Now am i not right in saying that bloggers are simply the best people to make friends with?
Ok. This is the Taj MaTent. There was to be a contest for best styled camp amongst those who were staying overnight on the farm. Debi won hands down. It was palace of cream white linens with down pillows everywhere. It has a kitchen, lamps and a boudoir at the back for sleeping and changing costumes....
This is a little nest display Cindy made for the greeting cards i created using photographs from her Tarte Barn. See the pretty lavender gown? I sold nearly all of them! I am quite happy to have such good fortune in friendships. It was my new friend leah who pushed and tugged me into doing them in time for the sale. Thanks to you both!
Finally it is time it is time to close up shop and rest and recuperate until the next sale. We ate amazing food, laughed at each other's silly jokes and helped one another put the place back in order.
If you can make it from New York, Texas, France or Portland try to come next weekend for Queen of Tarte monthly sale!!! If you come we can be amazed together at our good fortune with finding great art and friendship in abundance!