Reflections, The Shed vendor booth

When God speaks | +Big Announcement.

Before I can tell you all the big news, I need to explain a bit of a back story on Endless Acres Farmtiques first! It is long, but if you really want to know more of my story and why I started Endless Acres Farmtiques, you should read it all!  If you are too  excited to wait, just scroll down until you see THE BIG NEWS, but then come back up and read from the start:) In 2009 I went to check the mail, across the yard of our first home in West Central Wisconsin.  In the mail, was a real estate flyer.  I never looked at these any more, since we already purchased a home, but that particular day, I felt led to sit down and look through it. I came across an old hobby farm out in the country near Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Something was pushing at my soul to go look at it, even though we had no desire to sell the house we had only been in a few short years.  I followed the prompt to go and look at the the old farmhouse with my husband and kids.  Surrounded by rolling hills, the old white farm house was worn down and in much need of tlc.  But the property and the barn, gave me a little spark deep into my heart.  I felt something start to stir deep within me that day.

We left the property, knowing that it wasn’t a possibility for us at that time to buy and fix that worn out farmhouse.   I continued to feel a stirring inside of my heart, that day had forever changed the course of my dreams and goals. I felt that we were supposed to own a little hobby farm with a small barn. As time went on, I had a vision on a little flea market store in the loft of a barn and a workshop down below.  I may not have known it at that exact moment, but it had sent me on a new path to a new purpose and passion.

I still have that real estate flyer, in my file, and written on it is ‘my dream’.

Time went on, and I continued feeling a prompting from God that we were to purchase a hobby farm. Not that particular farm, but to keep looking and follow His lead.  A while later, I felt the desire that we were supposed to sell our home, right away. Crazy thoughts, crazy! My husband somehow decided to go along with my idea, and I stuck a For Sale By Owner sign in the front yard, listed our home on Craigslist, and it was officially sold within 2 short months!  What now?  We had nowhere to go! We had no backup plan in place for when the house sold, expecting that it could take years for it to sell, we didn’t plan out what was next. But, God did.

We ended up moving in with my husbands parents in Eau Claire for the Summer and were trying hard to find another place out in the country near where we were living before, but this time with land , a barn, and some outbuildings.  There was nothing for sale. Discouraged, I wanted to give up. Why would God lead me on this path, when there is no where to go next? Why did he send us down this path when He isn’t even giving us what I felt in my heart that He was going to give us!?

We looked some more and still had no luck.  We were now on a time crunch, as the kids would be starting school soon, and we needed to be living back in their school district before the end of August. We lucked out and were able to talk some friends of ours into renting out a farm house to us that they had just fixed up, for a few months  We really enjoyed our time there, we had over 15 acres to play on, a creek, and a big old beautiful white barn.  The time came again, when we had to move out, due to our friends, needing to move in after they then needed a place to live! We searched for hobby farms for sale again in the small particular area of Wisconsin that we were looking for, and came across ONE little hobby farm on 5 acres.

Fast forward 3 years later, and we are in that exact little hobby farm. A beautiful hobby farm, with a white farm house, 3 outbuildings a a sweet little red barn.  Just like I saw in my vision several years prior.

1 year ago, I got hit extremely hard with a horrible invisible illness, Lyme Disease, it has taken over my life in more ways than I could even try to explain.  I have battled sleepless nights, months and months without work, days and nights of screaming in pain, swelling in my brain, bels palsy in my face, and so many moments when I have been sure I was dying. I wake up every day with pain in a different location, symptoms are different every day.  Some days I can get up and run around no problem, other days I have pain and want to curl up in a ball and cry all day.  I have been getting natural treatment with a Lyme specialist/natural doctor since April of this year and although I have a long road ahead of me, I am seeing progress and am thankful to God for each morning that I open up my eyes!

While battling Lyme Disease, I went through so many phases of wanting to give up my dream of having my own little flea market store, and then other times I wanted to push through the pain and not give up on my dream.  About 4 weeks ago the pain came back in my head full force, it had me down on the couch for about a month straight, and I wasn’t able to make it into work due to the pain in my head and ears. Before the pain hit again, I had finally felt like I was making progress in my healing, moving forward and was even planning to sell my stuff at a local flea market for the first time.  The pain was too intense the night before that flea market and I had to cancel.  I  was sad, discouraged, and I told God ‘I give up, I just can’t push any more,’ and I had started boxing up my vintage items, getting my diy projects I created ready to load into my truck, all to bring into a thrift store. I was even ready to give up my dream of having some sort of store front in the Eau Claire area.  I wanted to call and cancel my name being on the waiting list for a vendor booth at The Shed.  I was ready to move on, to leave my dream behind, knowing that because of my illness, I just couldn’t pursue my dreams any more.  I was THAT close to giving up.I was THAT close to letting this disease win and steal the vision out of my heart, that God gave me.

That night, my heart was aching, my head was throbbing, I was in tears, from pain and from the loss of a dream I was sure was set in my heart from God.  I didn’t understand.  As I was praying that night, for God to heal me, to help me move forward and move on with my life.  I heard something, loud and clear.  It went a little something like this, ‘ DO IT.’ I thought, wait what?  Do what?  ‘DO IT’ I heard again.  ‘DO IT  NOW.’  I heard this over and over and over again in my heart and in my mind, sure it was a direct and clear set of instructions from God. So, I did it. Right then and there, I jumped out of bed, turned on my laptop and  I created an event on my Endless Acres Farmtiques page for the NEXT weekend. I must have been crazy! Who can plan a flea market sale in their messy shed, while battling extreme head pain, in less than 1 week?  Let me tell you, the one who can do that, is the one who is being led by God.  Only through God was it going to be possible.

I officially had planned to have my very first flea market sale on our farm!  This was a vision 7 years in the making. This was a huge deal! The whole week prior to my sale, my head and ear pain was so intense I didn’t do anything to get ready for the sale. Not a thing, I couldn’t move.  I contemplated canceling, but again, was prompted by God, to keep going. When God tells you to go, you go!

It was now Friday, 2 days before the sale.  I still had not done anything to get ready. Now, picture an old messy dirty chicken coop jam packed with random future projects of mine, stacked high with rusty stuff, antiques, vintage goods and more , all while the floor was covered in thousands of bugs and gallons of dirt.  My head pain was still intense. God pushed me to march on.  My amazing husband stepped in and helped me empty out the chicken coop completely and clean it out all day Friday and half of the day Saturday.  It was now Saturday afternoon and we still had an empty chicken coop and nothing priced or ready for the sale.  When I say this sale was powered by God, I truly mean it.  My mother in law came over Saturday afternoon and stayed with me until 10:30 pm the night before the sale, pricing items and staging it in the chicken coop.She was a life saver!   We were both in so much pain in our joints that night, but again knew we had to keep on keeping on!

I went to bed that night and could not fall asleep because of shooting pains in my hip and legs, I ended up falling asleep around 1:30 am, and awoke at 6:00 and continued getting ready for the sale from 7am- until the sale started at 10 am.  I had no clue if anyone would even show up.  My son asked ‘Mom, what if nobody comes? Then what will you do?’ and I replied, ‘Buddy, it us up to God who will come out to our sale.  If nobody comes, that it will be okay, but if God wants people to come, then He will send them.’ Let me tell you, he sent them!  We had a consistent line of people at our pay station for the first 3 hours of the sale.  I never in a million years expected such an incredible turn out, especially since we live about 15 miles out in the country.  Again, thank you to everyone who came out to my first Flea Market sale , Fall Market on the farm!  I am excited to announce that we will be having an even bigger and better sale again next Fall!

I had customers at my sale the entire day from 10am-5pm.  As the sun was going down, I went and sat in the doorway of the chicken coop, watching the sunset.  I expressed to God through the tears, how thankful I was.  What an incredible thing it is, when your vision FINALLY meets up with Gods beautiful and perfect timing!  I went to bed feeling on fire again for my dream, my goals, my vision and my life.I went to bed just a few nights ago, now with God telling me, I am supposed to have a little shop of some sort in the city. Another prompt.  Another chance to listen & take action.

Now to jump ahead closer to the big announcement.  I have been on the waiting list for over 3 years to have a booth/be a vendor at The Shed in Altoona, Wisconsin.  I have been # 25 on the list for at least 1-2 years now.  They recently started an expansion which will allow for around 30 more vendors to have booths.

On Monday, the day after my first flea market sale, I  went to Eau Claire to buy my son some new shoes.  On the way to the shoe store, I got an inner nudge to go stop by The Shed and check out the new construction and see how it was going.  I walked in and overheard the owner talking with another gentleman about the new addition.  I jumped into their conversation and mentioned how I was curious if the addition had helped me move up the wait list at all.  He asked my name and expressed how he was actually calling people on the waiting list as I walked in, to claim the new booth spaces.He said  that my name was accidentally skipped over when he was making calls, complete honest mistake, and there were only a few center booth spaces left.The vendor slots are also first come first serve. So right then and there, I signed the contract to FINALLY HAVE my very first vendor booth at The Shed!  Had I not followed that inner prompting to stop in on Monday, I would have most likely missed my chance.

My booth will officially be open and ready for shopping around November 15th, at;

The Shed at 1519 Meyer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin .  

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God is so very good and I am so happy that this will be something that my family and I can all do together.  We look forward to bringing in unique items, full of chippy charm, adventure themes, vintage and custom pieces of furniture and bohemian home goods, jewelry and select clothing as well. Our booth will feel like you are stepping into an adventure, with no end route in mind.

Thanks again to everyone who has cheered me on during the past 7 years that I had this vision and dream, and to those who continue to support me and my non stop crazy ideas.

I have learned so much in the past few years, but the biggest thing that I have learned, is how to hear and listen to Gods voice, and now, I have seen the beauty that can happen when you take action and that vision meets with Gods timing.

Stay tuned for more updates and booth photos as the time to my big open date gets closer! I will also be posting a few photos from the first Fall Market on the farm soon as well!

For now, you can also follow my DIY adventures on Facebook;

http://www.facebook.com/endlessacresfarmtiques

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Events, Home Decor Inspiration, Reflections

Minneapolis Home & Garden Show 2016

 

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela

If you are an artist in any form, (painter, architect, contractor, wood-worker, writer, photographer, etc) than you understand how important continually finding inspiration is.    Sometimes as artists, we can get inspired by something we see on tv, a magazine, a walk in nature, or attending an event like the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show!

This past Saturday, I attended  The Minneapolis Home and Garden show.

My husband dropped the kids and I off at The Minneapolis Convention Center around 9:45 am, we flew in the doors in a rush to hear Matt Muenster speak at 10:00! We made it to the area he was at, 5 minutes prior to show time!  If you have never been to the Convention Center, it is a very big space, especially when you don’t know exactly where you are going.

Matt is an interior designer, licensed contractor and tv personality on HGTV’s Bath Crashers.  He is also partnered with Decolav and has teamed up with them to create an exclusive collection of stylish bathroom products.

Matt walked out onto the stage dressed sharp with a big heart warming smile on his face.


He gave a wonderful talk and I truly felt so inspired while listening to him.  He shared some insider information about Bath Crashers, how they pick the Bath Crasher winners, “You need to be the coolest of everyone we talk to!” He said.  I liked that.  His honesty, his humbleness and knowledge poured out of him during his talk.  He also shared some tips about crashing your own bathroom, and mentioned to focus on one statement piece, as in a custom mural wall.  One thing that really stuck with me that I will take with me while working on our own bathroom, is to not waste your bathroom space, “It is valuable square footage,” Matt said, “Don’t waste it just to go in and out of to take care of business, make it a place to relax.  If you like coffee, put in an espresso maker. (He is speaking my language there!)   “Don’t worry about what the neighbors think, what the next possible home owner may think, incorporate what you love into your space!”    I wish I would have videoed his entire talk!

We were blessed with the opportunity to meet Matt and get his signature and a photo.   My 7 year old daughter made Matt a birthday card which included a Bathroom Mood Board on the inside with bathroom design pieces from my magazines, like a bath tub, lighting, sink, wall hangings, flooring, paint color etc.

 

After the excitement of meeting Matt, we headed into the Auditorium to see The Property Brothers!  We got into the auditorium over 40 minutes prior to their talk, and it was already over half way full.  They drew a crowd of thousands! When they walked out onto stage, just like when Matt did, the kids looked at me, and I at them, and we all were embracing the fact that these incredible men that we see just about daily in our living room, on television- are real! Just like us!  Camryn kept saying, “Mommy this is so weird!”

Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the Property Brothers gave out some great advice about real estate investing, paying off your mortgage, and of course they tied in some humorous skits and videos as well.  They are quite the funny duo!

 

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The kids with The Property Brothers, kind of.
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Rayce waiting for The Property Brothers to take the stage!  Look at that crowd!
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Drew and Jonathan Scott on stage.

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Hey look, here we are with The Property Brothers! Again, kind of.

After The Property Brothers finished their talk, and we rushed back to see them again on the smaller stage.  We enjoyed a few delicious popcorn samples near by, when we heard Matt Muenster call out Camryns name!  She smiled so big!  He thanked her again for the birthday card, and we took the opportunity for another photo with him.  This guy is a class act!   As we walked away, Rayce said, “I can’t believe he remembered Camryns name!”  Then Camryn said,”I think  it’s because I was wearing a blue jacket.”    Camryn has been carrying around her signature from Matt everywhere, since we got home on Saturday night and she asked that it be hung above her creative art area, so she can see it while she is working her art projects.

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The kids and I with Matt Muenster of HGTV’s Bath Crashers.

 

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Once our excitement decreased from getting to talk with Matt again, we wandered around the Home Show and enjoyed some lunch.  We only got through about 1/3 of the booths in the limited time that we had.  Next year we will be sure to allow more time to enjoy at the show.

Ms Macs Antiques.  Such a beautiful booth set up!

 

I love this guy!

After lunch, we headed to the long line to wait to go look at the Tiny Home Village! My 12 year old son was begging me to go see these.  I am so glad we did!  I loved the simplistic design and really loved the way that they were staged inside.  The details are important1  I see myself having a Tiny Home someday, tucked alongside a big mountain, for a second vacation home.  I’m a big dreamer, with dreams of a little house in the mountains.

This was my sons favorite Tiny Home.





What a fun day!  I left the home show, feeling so inspired, after meeting Matt, hearing him and The Property Brothers talk, and seeing all kinds of project ideas I could incorporate into my own home.   I would highly recommend the Minneapolis Home & Garden show to anyone who is looking for ideas, inspiration, or quality craftsmen and women who can help them bring their ideas for their home, to life.

I am already looking forward to our adventures at the home show next year!  Maybe I will see you there too?!

Remember you can follow along with my DIY adventures over on Facebook too!

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DIY Inspiration, DIY Upcycle, Reflections

A day of hand painting vintage treasures |DIY inspiration

One of my favorite memories of visiting my Grandma Shirley in Minnesota when I was a child, was painting rocks.  She would let us go out into her garden, choose a rock , bring it inside and paint on it.  Sometimes we would take the rocks home, but most of the time we would set them back out in her garden and loved looking at them whenever we would come to visit.      I am pretty sure because of my Grandmother, I have a love for painting on random objects, like rocks, driftwood, and even junk as you’ll see in a little bit.     She is now painting with the angels in Heaven, but I had a warm feeling yesterday while I was painting with my children, that she was looking down on us with a big smile on her face.

I have been sick with some sort of horrible cold/influenza bug since last Sunday evening.  I was not even able to get out of bed for 4 days straight except to go the bathroom, eat and take a zillion showers -since that was the only thing to make me feel better.  I am now able to at least get out of bed, and feel like my energy is back, but it is not.  I feel 100% not like myself and  I can not even walk around the house for more than 5 minutes without feeling totally exhausted and feeling a heaviness in my lungs.   I am not used to sitting still for so long- 8 days now!  I was going a little stir crazy Sunday , wanting to go outside hiking or on an adventure, or even grocery shopping -anything , but my body still won’t allow me to.  So, I decided to keep myself busy and paint.. the entire day.

I gathered a few pieces of barn board and driftwood that I had in the barn  and decided I needed more objects to paint on!  I ran out of wood, so scoped out a few pieces from my ‘junk’ pile of stuff I have found in our woods.

When gathering my supplies, I had a few basic ideas I wanted- but still wasn’t set on what scenes I was going to paint.  I grabbed my brush, my paints, and my junk..and just started, going with the flow, painting whatever ideas came to me with each brush stroke and below are the results and photos of pieces I painted, and some my kids painted.    Enjoy!   (Click on photos to enlarge. )

Old pans before:

Old pans after:

Driftwood/barn board paintings:

My kids and their driftwood paintings:

Look at that, I created several new pieces to decorate my home/porch without spending ANY money!  The paint I had in a box from years ago (when I had another side craft business called ‘Driftwood Designs’ ), and the pieces I painted on were all found in the woods or  beach!    Now I have great ‘new’ and fun winter themed pieces in my home and they make me oh so happy, knowing that I spent $0.00 and made them myself!

When painting, creating, decorating your home and even living your life- keep an open mind.  If you have an idea but don’t see a full picture yet, that is okay- just go with it and allow the ideas and life to come to you in time.  Believe in yourself and your ideas and your life will be filled with beauty.
~Kelly

Reflections

Eyes Wide Open | Reflections on the farm

Eyes wide open | Morning adventure on the farm {Farm Tour #1}

September 5, 2012 by | 6 Comments

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”~ Ashley Smith

Photography has helped me grow in so many ways.  One way , is that it has resulted in me looking at things and at life with my eyes wide open.   It makes me feel more, think more and see more than I ever have.
This morning I took a 45 minute walking adventure around our property and captured images of scenes and objects that caught my eye.   There are quite a few, so sit back and enjoy a look at my surroundings here at the farm-through my eyes.

I have found many primitive objects in the woods and around the farm from many years ago, I haven’t even rescued 1/1,000 of them, but am doing my best to upcycle most of my findings in and around my home & gardens.

This photo above, is for my sweet 4 year old daughter Camryn, my moon girl.  Ever since she could point-she has always found the moon and points up at it and yells, “The moon! The moon! Look!” and today as I was taking photos, she did just that and requested I take a photo of it, so my sweet moon girl, this one is for you.

Sometimes in life we need to remember to look all around us.  So often we get lost in looking only straight ahead, but when we expand where we look-we also expand what we see….

…and then sometimes we need to also look down and watch where we are walking so we don’t get tangled up in thorns! ;)

Fall is in the air.  This is truly my favorite time of year..the colors,the smells, the sounds, the breezes that whisper ‘fall is here’ in my ears, and the feeling of the slight brush of the tall grass across my legs & feet, leave me almost breathless…

Gods beauty is present everywhere you look,…just open your eyes and you will see it…

When I look at the farm, I am full of feelings. Feelings and wonder.  I wonder whose hands built this barn, who walked in and out of the doorways, climbed the silo and worked hard building the fences.. I wonder and as I do, my heart feels content and full of happiness knowing that I am treasuring this land and this farm and honoring the hard work that had gone on here in years past, by sharing it with others, like yourself…

Look closely, ..do you see the spider?!

Do you see this door knob and wonder whose hand used to pull it to enter into the barn, like I do?!

I hope you enjoyed coming along on my latest adventure with me and a little tour of the farm I am living on.  Remember to open your eyes and SEE more in your life,…train your eyes to see more of your surroundings and soon you will really see that there is beauty all around you!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

{If you are interested in purchasing any of the images you see in this blog post, as wall art for your home, please contact me at kelly@endlessacresphotography.com for purchase info! Thank you! http://www.endlessphotoadventures.com }

In The Garden, Reflections

This is my Spring. | Reflections of an early Spring

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~Doug Larson

Lucky for me, there was no slush to be found today, except I did get a muddy knee when kneeling down to pick up pine cones. But, if there was slush, my heart would still be singing a happy tune.

To me, the first day of Spring, isn’t when the calendar tells me that it is Spring. It is when I walk outside, I smell the fresh, warm air-I take a deep breath, I hear the birds, I see the robins hopping around, and I FEEL Spring in my heart.

For me, Spring started today. Spring has officially sprung, in my heart.

After some morning adventuring, I set out to tackle the lovely mess our pine tree made in our back yard over the winter months. To some, this may be a not-so-fun, dreadful task, but to me, it was heavenly.

This is the beginning of my Spring… To be able to be outside for the first time -this year- and really feel warmth from the sun, to be able to get my hands dirty and full of dirt, to be able to put my feet up with my flip flops on and take a rest and look at all I’ve accomplished…

oh wait, flip flops OFF feels even better..

To make the day even better.. my awesome son, jumped right in (without being asked) as soon as he got off the bus;


I have said time and time again, INCLUDE YOUR KIDS in everything you do! I’ve included him in SO much, that now-I don’t even need to ask, he just helps or joins in-happily.

Oh, I love days like today. I could just sit outside all night if I were able to , and just close my eyes, take a deep breath, look up at the stars (after I open my eyes again ;) ) and..breathe it all in. ahhhhhh.

{Exhaling}..Thanks for reading …When does ‘your Spring’ begin?
~Kelly

Antique Adventures, Reflections

Finding treasures & embracing visions | Antique adventures & reflections

Finding treasures & embracing visions | My adventure at Meadowview Farms’ Spring Sale.

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” ~Joel Barker

Oh… to have a dream so close to your heart and to find a place that reflects your vision almost completely, is a beautiful feeling.

I discovered Meadowview Farm a few years back, right after I also had a vision about owning a small 5 acre hobby farm and using the barn, outbuildings and land for my business.     {This was THE clearest, or only vision really I have ever had in my life.. so I am taking steps daily to get myself to where that vision becomes my reality}

Last weekend Meadowview Farm held their annual Spring barn sale.  A sale that makes my heart do a little leap, my soul smile, and leaves me feeling completely inspired.

Every year Meadowview Farm holds a Spring & Fall barn sale (starting in 2013 they will only be holding one Fall sale) near Osseo & Augusta, Wisconsin.

So come on a journey with me and see what an adventure at Meadowview Farm is all about!

As you take the beautiful Wisconsin back road on your way to the sale.. you will see this and know you are almost there….

As you get closer to the farm, you will see these signs….

As you pull in the driveway ready for a shopping adventure and your eyes will feast upon a beautiful scene…

Just follow the license plate stairway up to the loft of the barn….

….and take your time to look around the loft.  I usually circle the loft at least 3 times, each time finding treasures I had missed before.

My daughter Camryn spotted this sweet little bear all lonely by herself and decided she needed a new home…(upon bringing this little bear home, Camryn  named her ‘Meadow’ )…


I always leave the Meadowview Farm sale with some new treasures, below are just a few ;

A beautiful way to spend part of my Mothers Day, on a beautiful farm…

As always, I left Meadowview Farm feeling once again encouraged and inspired.  Someday my friends, I guarantee that you will see photos of my little hobby farm and you will see my vision become a reality.

Keep pushing yourself to not just reach your vision, but to encourage and inspire others to do the same along the way.  Take action & take steps daily to get yourself where you feel you need to be.
Stay inspired!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

In The Garden, Reflections

Serenity in the garden | Reflections

“Gardening is about the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~Lindley Karstens

This morning as I sit outside and enjoy my morning coffee……

I watch.  The dark clouds moving in, the birds flying over my head, and the breeze blowing the tops of the trees ever so softly.

I hear.   The thunder rumbling, the tractor working in the field, and the ‘jungle’ of birds singing their morning song.

I feel.  The breeze lightly brushing my hair off my shoulders and the touch of my daughters hand as it sweetly pats my leg.

I am.  Happy and peaceful.

It is.  Complete Serenity to me.

However your day finds you today,  I hope you take time for YOU,  even if just a few minutes, to breathe, relax, to look around , watch, listen , feel, and notice the serenity and beauty in your day.

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

(Read how to create your own primitive planters  here)