Brent and I just returned from what I would consider, the 8th Wonder of the World. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I'm referring to JUNKSTOCK - a feast for the eyes and the senses. An old dairy farm on the west side of Omaha hosts the event each year and features vendors from 8 states. Everywhere you look you'll find old mason jars, reclaimed wood furniture, refinished furniture, old bicycles and Pyrex. It's sort of like an antique show/estate sale/craft fair/artisan market all rolled into one. And a lot of this stuff is farm fresh, meaning it looks like it literally came directly to Junkstock straight from the farm. They've also got live music, kids activities and food vendors. If you purchase something large and aren't sure how you're gonna get it to your car...no fear...they provide "junk hunks" to help you carry it. Luckily, Brent tagged along with us this time, so he got to be our personal junk hunk.
In case you're looking for a one arm, cowboy hat wearing mannequin in a green bathtub, Junkstock's got it!
And my absolute favorite part of the day was meeting Robin Nielsen of Robin's Nest out of Springfield, NE. As we stepped into her booth, my eyes caught her display of General Finishes paint, as I've been researching their Van Dyke brown glaze for awhile and she happened to have some for sale! Robin also told me about the milk paint, which I've been dying to try and even spent time explaining her process and tips for applying it. Brent and I are just finishing up a project that we'll be sharing on the 4th of July, so I bought some milk paint in a light gray to try out. Here are some of her finished pieces and if you love them as much as I do, pay her a visit in Springfield or visit her Facebook page to see what she's up to!
Getting to visit Junkstock was great, but spending an afternoon with my girl, Amber, was even better. Since she lives 3 hours away, we only get to see each other a couple times per year but we always pick up right where we left off. She's that kind of friend that you can 100% trust in their opinion and decisions. The friendship I have with Amber is the kind where your shoulders relax when you're with her, there isn't any of that underlying insecurity that some people bring out in you. After just an afternoon, my heart and my spirit feel full from being with her. And don't even get me started on her adorable family! Her husband, Mike, and I used to work together - and probably did more laughing than working. Seriously, one of the funniest guys I know. Then they have these two adorable daughters that will melt your heart - I tried to convince them to move to Sioux Falls but they got all technical with their excuse of "we just built a new house." Amber is the kind of woman that helps you believe in yourself, and when you can't find the strength to believe, she'll help you get there. I can think of a few other friends that I'm lucky enough to have that possess these same qualities. Surround yourself with these people and be there for them. Everyone needs a cheerleader.
The next Junkstock is coming up on October 10th, 11th, and 12th 2014...see you there!