Early August booth update.

Hey friends!

How has your Summer been so far? I have accomplished so much! Every Summer I usually look forward to taking one big road trip with my family, but this Summer instead of one big road trip, I have taken many smaller road trips around Wisconsin and Minnesota!  Sometimes, just adventuring locally is more than enough, if you have the right people by your side!

With that said, I have also been focusing more on my business! I finally have a home office and have spent this whole past week organizing my art supplies and my workshop, so I can do more quality projects, at a faster pace !

It is so nice to sit here and write to you, with an amazing view of our property, the neighboring farm fields and while watching our little chickens running around outside of my office window!

Yesterday, my son R and I went to our mini store at The Shed and added tons of new ‘smalls’ all around our booth!  I am having so much fun having my own little nook to decorate and sell items from.  I continue to pray that God blesses that little area and that all those who purchase goods from us know that there is a lot of love, prayer and power packed into that space.

I still plan to update the space with unique shelving along the back wall, which will be a better way to display all of the smalls that I like to curate and sell.

Let me know if there is anything specific that YOU are looking for! I absolutely love hunting for treasures for people and am honored to help in any way that I can!

Suggestions for my booth? Let me know that as well!  I want to continue to make my mini store better every single day, to make your shopping experience even better every time you visit!  I want my booth to be one that you will tell your friends about, that you will return to , and that you can;t wait to get to, to see what is new! How can I achieve that?  Please share below in the comments if you have any ideas!  I am secure in knowing that change and critiques are always for my good!

Below you will find a few updated photos of my booth, as of yesterday morning! Enjoy and remember, I add new, unique items weekly and sometimes even bi-weekly, so check back often!

 

Remember, you can shop my curated, custom and vintage goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin. They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

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As always you can follow along with more of my DIY adventures over on Facebook!

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The Shed booth update:End of January.

I want to start out this blog post, giving a huge shout out to everyone who has supported my new venture of having a booth at The Shed in Altoona, Wi. I am honestly blown away by the outpouring of positive feedback, messages from customers expressing how much they love what they have purchased, and the success the booth has seen in the past three months.  I am so happy that I can, in my own little way, help make your house a home.

I have been restocking my booth at The Shed about once every two  weeks.  .  I do my best to do blog posts showcasing my booth in its current state and focusing on the newest additions, so you can easily see some of what I currently have for sale, before you venture there to view and or purchase items!  I also post updated photos on my Facebook page as well.

In my booth, I am currently trying to minimize on the current items I have for sale in my sheds, like furniture, projects, home decor, vintage goods, etc.  Once my current inventory gets down to where I’d like it to be, my booth will have more of a ‘theme’ and a general overall feel of adventure and wanderlust mixed with vintage flair.  In a few months I will be doing a complete re-design of the booth itself (the ship lap walls stay, don’t worry) and am in the process of drawing up the unique design currently.  Stay tuned for those awesome updates! The fun part about having a booth space like this, is it is an ever changing design project!

Below are photos I took on Tuesday, January 24th after restocking my booth with new vintage goods and curated finds!

 

You can shop my unique goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

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I will be adding even more items this weekend as well and will share a new update soon!

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Greeting Cards. Coming soon. 

In the midst of the storm of battling Lyme Disease and co-infections for over one year now, God has taught me to be okay with stillness in my life.

I spent the first 6 months with Lyme Disease thinking that the creative life that I knew was over, and maybe even that my life was over. I the middle of it all, in April of 2016 God gave me a way to express my creativity during my weakness. I started creating handmade adventure and faith themed jewelry and it kept my mind awakened while my body just wanted to give up and my energy was minimal.

This winter, God has refreshed my soul again with leading me to yet another creative outlet that doesn’t require a lot of energy, of designing cards. Nothing fancy, nothing that I spend hours upon hours creating, but for me, in my time of healing, it is enough to help me get through and to keep my mind active. I am thankful I am at the point in my faith where I know what Gods voice sounds like and I understand when he nudges me to try something different.

Starting this week, my booth that is located at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi – Booth # 56 ), will have my late night, and early morning doodles available in the form of greeting cards!  I am focusing on adventure and faith themed cards, but really just create whatever I feel led to each moment, so stop on by and take a look, and send a loved one some good old fashioned snail mail, while helping to support a local small business!

Cards are currently priced $4 each and come with an original hand sketched design (by, me), signed on the back of each card, an envelope and inside of a protective sleeve.

If you would like a custom order, feel free to email me at endlessacres @ live.com and I would be happy to work on something for you!

I restock my booth at The Shed weekly to bi-weekly and will have new card designs added often!
I truly appreciate the support that I have received from the community since the opening of my booth in November. You all have blessed me in so many ways. It isn’t even about the money for me, it is about a vision and a dream becoming a reality , and you helping that vision that God gave me 7 years ago of having a little shop, be a realistic sight right in front of my eyes, even if it is just a little 8 x9 space, it is truly heart warming and a beautiful thing, and makes my soul dance with happiness.

Thank you all !

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The Shed; Booth update, early December.

I want to first say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this new journey the past 3 weeks!  Our first 3 weeks of having a little 8×9 booth space at The Shed in Altoona, Wi has been extremely successful, because of you all !  Because of your support, encouragement, and belief in Endless Acres Farmtiques and what it is that I do!  I am so grateful to have such a supportive community around me.

I have been restocking my booth at The Shed once per week.  I typically restock on Friday afternoons closer to closing.  I will do my best to do weekly blog posts showcasing my booth in its current state and focusing on the newest additions, so you can easily see some of what I currently have for sale, before you venture there to view and or purchase items!

Last week Friday I restocked and rearranged my booth with my daughter.  We have highly enjoyed this new little venture, and it has become a fun family affair.

The lighting in my booth is not the greatest, so I hope to remember to tote along my regular slr camera and flash, for better photographs.

In my booth, I am currently trying to minimize on the current items I have for sale in my sheds, like furniture, projects, home decor, vintage goods, etc.  Once my current inventory gets down to where I’d like it to be, my booth will have more of a ‘theme’ and a general overall feel of adventure and wanderlust mixed with vintage flair.

There will also be bigger and better changes coming to my booth over the next few months, including a large custom Endless Acres Farmtiques sign, custom shelving I am currently designing, and more!  Stay tuned!

Below are photos I took on Friday December 2nd after restocking my booth with new vintage goods and finds!  You can click on an image to enlarge it.

You can shop my unique goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

I am booth # 56 , first booth on the left side of the right isle in the new addition! (whew, did that make sense?) If you can’t find my booth, ask Ed or someone at the front where to find me!  When you visit, be sure to say hi to Jackson the dog as well.  Nicest dog you will ever meet!

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Thanks again for your support! What a fun adventure this is becoming!

As always, you can also follow along with my DIY and treasure hunts, over on Facebook as well!

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Yardstick side table.

Have you ever head of the saying, ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are?’  That quote applies to many different areas of my life. Particularly to how I decorate my home, and how I create.

I live 15 miles out of the city, on an old hobby farm, so trips to town do not happen every day, and I usually find myself digging around our sheds and my workshop when I am trying to build or create something, and try to make do with whatever I can find.  Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m creating until I’m 50% done with a project!

This little table was a thrift store find several months ago, and I finally got around to giving it a bit of a makeover recently.

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I sanded down the top of the table, and lightly sanded down the legs.  Then I gave the legs & table edges a fresh new coat of Rustoleum hammered metallic spray paint in a bronze tone.

I topped off the table and the sides of the table with old yardsticks that I cut down to size using my chop saw.  After applying the yardsticks to the table top and sides with small tack nails I rescued from my Grandfathers garage, I finished off the table top with a nice coat of Minwax Polyshades (stain + poly top coat).

This one of a kind table will be for sale at my new vendor booth at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi) starting on November 15th!

Another fun project, and another piece of thrift store furniture rescued!

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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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