by Jenny Brown

Anyone who raises farm animals, especially dairy, knows it’s hard to get off the farm for very long. Well, this farm girl managed to escape for a few hours today…what better place to escape to than The Farm Chicks Antique Show!

After milking the goats, packaging up the homemade dog food I baked the night before, getting a batch of baked beans going in the crockpot for supper, and throwing together a breakfast of  ‘Golden Potato Bake’ for my crew from the ‘Farm Chicks in the Kitchen’ cookbook (just seemed apropos for the morning), I headed out to meet my sister-in-law and niece at the show!


With Serena living just over the hills, the Farm Chicks Show is only a hop, skip, and a jump away!


All that was planned for the next several hours was…

There were so many inspiring ideas! Below is a collection of such inspiration that caught my fancy.

For those of you who love The Farm Chicks but don’t have the opportunity to come to Spokane, I hope you enjoy tagging along with me!


As you entered, you were greeted by this beautiful bedroom set. Hand me a cup of tea and a good book and I may not get any further.


Beautifully painted chairs…almost too pretty to sit on!


I love this chalkboard calendar…I don’t know about you but my calendar is my lifeline. I think one could create this with a white paint pen and some careful measuring.


I love curtains on cupboards. Hoping to make some soon on the cupboard where all my recipe books are.


Will someone please reintroduce rubber sealed reusable canning lids? I don’t like buying disposable lids every year and I’m not crazy about the plastic option.


Old farm doors in the corner of a room…love it!


Hanging a quilt behind a bookshelf with no backing


Removing the glass from an old farm house window and replacing it with chalkboard


Bottle cap magnets…it appeared that a cork circle cut to fit the bottle cap was inserted and a picture glued on top of the cork…cute idea!


Rustic looking candle holders made from old barn boards (by Retreat Furnishings and Decor on Camano Island, WA)


Now this I thought was unusually clever…farmhouse windows made into cupboard doors with hinges and knobs!


A creative twist on birdhouses…an antique book jacket as roofing.


Such creativity! Hmmm…I didn’t notice the old box when I took the picture. Antique Idaho ice cream??


Another imaginative idea…an old wooden utensil drawer made into a shelf.


Just one more…an old trunk cut open on top and made into a planter box


Equally as fun as all the creativity was the people! The Farm Chicks Show is definitely a place where girls can just be themselves…with flair!

(mother and daughter – Crow’s Feat Folkz Art)


Good friends having a good time!


What a beautiful smile!


And of course, the farm chick herself, Serena! Isn’t she adorable?

Serena has been a great inspiration to me.  As a mother of four children myself, she’s shown me that a mother with four kids, if she puts her mind to it and is willing to work hard,  can accomplish amazing things, while keeping her family her #1 priority!


I realize this is a bit of an off topic from my usual blogs…I’ll be back to writing about raising farm animals and organic gardening soon but today was this farm chick’s day OFF the farm!

Look what I spotted in the parking lot on the way out…



A beautifully restored 1967(?) Ford Pick-up with a King Cab!


And owned by a chick!

A Farm Chick, that is…..So, make that a Queen Cab!


Back to work and hanging one of my little vintage finds on the line to dry. What a FUN day!

Don’t leave just yet! If you enjoyed this post, check out Jenny’s other great posts in Farmer Brown’s Journal !

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9 Responses to “The Day this Farm Girl Got Away – Farm Chicks Antique Show 2011”

  1. Deb Kennedy@Retreat Says:

    Hello Jenny!
    Loved reading your account of your day at the Farm Chicks show… and thank you for including a photo of our original Retreat creation, the rustic wood candle holders. Those were actually made from old barn boards, not flooring, just so you know! ;0)

    Deb Kennedy@ Retreat
    Camano Island, WA

  2. Jenny Says:

    Thank you Deb! I made the correction for you 🙂

  3. Kim @ Homesteader's Heart Says:

    Trying really hard not to be jealous. LOL! What all did you end up getting? Well besides what’s hanging out to dry. LOL!

  4. Ginny Says:

    hey jenny,
    thank you so much for sharing your experience at the show. i don’t live close enough to come to the show but i think i need to after seeing all they great thing there!!
    i love to can and i agree that i hate buying new lids every year. i found these so i thought i would share. i have not tried mine yet. i hope you find this helpful.


  5. Stephanie Says:

    Love everything! Thank you for letting me visit the show vicariously through you!

  6. gladys hanning Says:

    Hi Jenny, What a beautiful post! Loved seeing treasures that we missed, there just didn’t seem to be enough time for us vendors to get out and see everything. So happy you had a great time, and got to leave your farm for the day for a little bit of junk heaven.

  7. Rattan garden furniture Says:

    Hola Jenny…I love the experience you shared at farm chick Antiques show.Captures are really cute and adorable i hope that i was there but hard luck for me.I like the creative and innovative antiques…..!!!!!

  8. Karen Murray Says:

    Jenny, looks like it was a fabulous show this year. I love the photos you took. You sure found some great inspiration! Maybe next year I can go with you.

  9. Jenny Says:

    Thank you, Karen. I would love that!

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