Thursday, September 30, 2010

directions to french hen farm!

For those of you that are new to our barn sales, here are some directions!
We are located at 14458 Fladt Road, Marysville, Ohio.
We are just a few minutes north of Dublin, Ohio.  Just south of Marysville, Ohio.
If coming from Columbus - take 33/161 towards Marysville.  Get off exit route 42.  Make a left onto 42.  Make the first right at the stop light onto Industrial Parkway.  Turn left at the Marysville water tower onto Fladt Road.  We are the big red barn on the right.
 (there will be signs to follow once you get off on 42, so you can't miss us!)
If you are coming from Marysville, we are one road south of Scottslawn between Industrial Parkway and 736.

one more day!!

so much to do!!  
the pumpkins are picked, washed and almost priced!

Doing the finishing touches on arranging and pricing ....and then i get distracted and decide to make something new!  
I need to focus and get everything done!
Here are a few more pics of what we have to offer this weekend!
Latest weather report says it should be a nice Fall weekend!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I have had several questions about the dates and times of this weekends sale.  Here are the details!!  Hope to see you there!!!

country living fair

here are a couple pics from our day at the country living fair.  we had alot of fun!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

sneak peak...

here is just a sneak peak of some of what we will have on friday...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

glitter pumpkins

In addition to the velvet pumpkins we made, my daughter and I have been glittering pumpkins.
They are really beautiful under the lights.  They are perfect for decorating now and through the Holidays.
Here is a shot of what we will be offering at the Fall sale.
One week away!  So much to do between now and then!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

best county fair in ohio

I had the pleasure of visiting my home county fair last weekend.  I grew up in Wayne County Ohio and always attended the county fair when I was younger.  Living in a rural area we always looked forward to Fair Day - when we got a day off school to go to the fair. 
It has been many years since I have been back to the fair and I realize what I took for granted all these years.  This fair is really a terrific fair.

I especially enjoy the barns with the produce and pies with blue ribbons!!

What makes for blue ribbon hay I wondered?

If you ever have the opportunity to go to the Wayne County Fair - check it out.
While we were there we also went to the Quailcrest Farm Herb Fair, which is always a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

craft day- velvet pumpkins

I started worrying that we might not have many pumpkins to sell this fall.
The weather has just been really hard this year - first all the rain and it was too wet to plant...

Then, when we did get things planted, there was no rain...

then, there were the bugs .... and then, the weeds...sigh....

So, I started thinking how will I still have the look of Fall without all my dear pumpkins.
I decided to make some!
We have been making sweet little velvet pumpkins.
My daughter and I hand dye the silk velvet, then we make the pumpkins together. 
These are wonderful to decorate your home with and last year after year.

But no worries, I think we have more of the real pumpkins than what I thought.  I walked the fields today and there were quite a few hiding under the leaves!

french market

I recently just got back from Paris.
One of my favorite places on earth.  
Everything about it is beautiful.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite pictures.
I love the markets in France. They make you want to buy (and eat!) everything.
Being a farmer and an artist, I really appreciate the beauty of the food displays.

It is amazing to me that they can set up for just a couple of hours in the morning and look this amazing! Yum!! 
 The bread, the fruits, the wine, and oh the cheese and butter!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fall Sale two weeks away!

The Fall Sale is just two weeks away!
So much to do! I hope we get it all done!
It takes the whole family to get ready for the Sale.  My daughter helps me with the crafting and setting up, my sister does the baking, my husband get the pumpkins and mums ready and my son has been helping me by taking pictures for the blog. He has been doing a really great job - here is one of his shots.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

beautiful fabrics!

The Fall Barn Sale is Oct 1& 2.
We should be calling it French Hen Farm & Friends, because we have quite a few new friends selling their things at this sale. One of my friends will be selling some wonderful fabrics. She has collected many beautiful fabrics over the years and has decided it is time to clear them out.
I am talking beautiful designer fabrics.

Some of the names of
Anna Maria Horner
Amy Butler
Heather Bailey
Heather Ross
Joel Dewberry
Vicki Payne
Japanese Designers:
Etsuko Furuya-Echino
Naomi Ito
Also: Kona Solids, linens,

Solid 100%
cotton velvets,
Solid knit jersey
And buttons and novelty ribbons!!!
These wont last long!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

bottles, bottles, bottles...

I have been obsessed with bottles. Most obsessed with blue ball jars. While doing the longest yard sale, I just kept buying and buying them until my husband told me I had to stop.
Hopefully others will find the beauty in them and buy them up at our Fall Barn Sale!
I have WAY too many!

I bought all kinds of bottles. Wine bottles, beer bottles, whiskey bottles, medicine bottles, syrup bottles!
I began wondering if the South had an obsession with drinking the reason why I found them so plentiful, or if I was just obsessed with them!
I have been doing all types of things with them. Here are some pictures to show you the many things you can do with bottles.
I love taking something so ordinary, and making it beautiful and useful again!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

craft day - ribbon

I try to have a craft day every sunday with my 12 year old daughter. I plan the week before what kind of things we can do together. I will be sharing some of those projects with you as we get ready for the Fall Barn Sale. I really look forward to the one on one time that we have together and I hope that she gains an appreciation of making things with her hands that I have always had.
In the past we have made beautiful hangtags, stamped pencils, decoupaged clipboards, iron on bags, stamped jewelry and many other things.
A couple weeks ago we dyed ribbon.
Here are some pictures of our before and after ribbon that we make together.