Barn Sales are HOT! Have you noticed this trend to transform farm space into a premiere outdoor market venue? Middle Tennessee is on fire this season with more sales than I can keep up with. So it was a great pleasure to premiere our launch to print at the Sweet Tea and Shopping Event at Bottom View Farm in Portland, TN this weekend. From a drizzly start Friday evening to lovely crisp Autumn sunshine on Saturday, we had the pleasure of meeting so many folks from the surrounding area. Some visitors made a special trip to meet us and purchase our printed edition while others learned of us for the first time.
None of it would have been possible without the help of my dear friend and fellow artist, Eve Peach. She gave her heart, sweat, time and talent to help transform a derelict smokehouse into a rustic romantic backdrop to showcase our lovely Fall issue. With yards of burlap and lace we swathed the space and divided it into designated areas for sales and craft workshops (showcasing the crafts from our current issue – leaf prints and decoupaged stones). I chose a simple, natural color palette of white, cream, muted gold and shimmery copper. Over the last couple of weeks Eve and I prepared samples and accessories like glitter votives and pulled natural materials from our backyards to decorate the space. In my mind this select space was not simply a booth to showcase our wares, but more of an unfolding of the pages of Gatherings into a physical experience. My hope was that it would envelope and welcome our visitors with warm fragrance, beautiful foliage, interesting textures and the gentle rhythms of classical guitar.
How I wish you were there because sometimes it is hard to capture an experience like this in a blog post. That is the reason I decided to launch Gatherings into print, because not unlike the appeal of vinyl records in the age of digital downloads, we still yearn for a physical experience. There is something that can’t replace holding a copy of our Fall Issue in hand. Believe it or not, but I was skeptical at first. Considering the waste of paper, but the realization happens once the magazine is tangible and because of the quality and heft of paper our edition reads more like a design book to become part of a lasting collection.
Anyway, thanks for taking a moment out of your busy day to stop in and connect with us here. Tomorrow I will share more photos of some of the other vendors and new friends made this weekend.