October Barn Sale

Look at all those antique marbles!

After an exhausting weekend full of furniture delivery, 2 hour long Red Lobster ordeals, 4 + hours of driving and lifting what feels like a thousand pieces of furniture, my booth for the Stylish Patina Barn Sale is almost done. Just a few finishing touches left.

I’m really excited and completely terrified for my first sale this coming weekend, and a little bummed I won’t be there to see it all happen. But this crafter is turning 27, and 5 of my best friends already had plans to take me to Atlantic City to celebrate. Or mourn. Or whatever.

I think it’s crazy that I’m here in my life right now. Nothing is the way I thought it would be, but I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I could get all sappy and deep right now, but I’ll keep it light. But if 10 years ago you’d tell me I’d be married to my husband (who I’ve known for about 15 years now), I would have said you were crazy. If 5 years ago you would have told me I was going to love to craft and upcycle and create things, I would have told you you were crazy. If 1 year ago you would have told me I was going to being selling my products at such an awesome place as the Stylish Patina Barn, I probably would have laughed at you. But here I am, and I couldn’t be more happy.

I keep listening to that new Ben Folds Five song, and thinking, this is my life. “Tell me all the things I said I wouldn’t do. Tell me all the things I said I wouldn’t say. Tell me all the things I use to not like but now I think are okay.” And by the way, if you would have told me 6 months ago that I would be referencing a new Ben Folds Five song, I wouldn’t have believed you either.

Here’s a few pictures to get you excited for the sale! There’s more at our Facebook page, check it out and like our page while you’re at it.

A teal Dixie dresser!

Muted green French nightstand,

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Big news!

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I guess I should make it official and announce the exciting new development for Bmore Nestled:

Starting this month, we are going to be apart of the Stylish Patina monthly Barn Sales in Frederick, Md.!!!!

It has been a huge honor for me to be able to participate in these sales. I’ve had my eye on Stylish Patina and some of the other vendors, like Persephone, for quite a while now, and I’m beyond thrilled to be working with them!

I’ve been super busy getting my inventory up for my big move in on Sunday (hello rental van again. Someone needs to talk my husband into buying us a minivan). Check out our Facebook page tonight to see pictures of my ridiculously packed house, some new items, and the chaos my life has become.

In other news, I’m still working on getting a newsletter out, but I just can’t seem to find a newsletter program for free. I have it written, it’s just patiently waiting to be sent. By the end of the week, I promise to get it out to you all. There’s still time to get on the mailing list to get a 10% off coupon code to the etsy store. Just email me at BmoreNestled@gmail.com with your email address!

My first show!

My first craft fair booth!

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been pretty MIA lately. No new listings on my store, no blog posts in nearly a month. I’ve been working just about non-stop on items for my first craft fair, which was this weekend at the lovely Ginger & Spice Marketplace in Walkersville, Md.

It was incredibly fun and such a great experience. I won’t lie to you all, I didn’t sell nearly as much as I hoped. Turnout for the event was low, as it was the Fall Festival’s first year and my taste may have been a little modern for the show’s clientele. But I did earn some money and got my name out there, and most importantly I got my first show under my belt. I’m a veteran now!

Over the past month I have made so many new items, including branching out into a lot more small crafts, including wreathes and coasters. I made 10 wreaths in about a week, and I tell you, if I made one more damn burlap flower I was going to cry and my fingers were going to fall off. Smaller crafts are much more tedious, and while I like them, I definitely enjoy the larger tasks like furniture more. But it’s fun to branch out sometimes.

Check back later this week for an awesome coaster tutorial! They were probably my favorite thing I made for the show, and I already know I’ll be making lots of these for Christmas presents. They’re fairly easy, so it’s a perfect beginner craft!

Lastly, I want to thank everyone in my life who has been so incredibly supportive over the last month. Getting a booth ready in 3 weeks with about zero inventory to start was not easy and there was no way I could have done it without so many amazing people. Tommy not only worked his butt off hauling furniture, running to the store and doing every little task I could put on him, he also picked up my slack around the house and put up with a living room full of product, sometimes even having to sit on the floor because all the couches were moved or blocked. Bmore Nestled would not exist if it weren’t for him. My mother worked hours in her quilting lair of a basement to help me put items in my booth, and talk about tedious crafting- I would never have the patience or her attention to detail to do the work she does. She is amazing! And my best friend since middle school, Megan Kobuck, who not only put up with coming to visit a messy house, she woke up at 5 a.m. to drag herself to that show with us, and there’s no way I would have ever gotten my booth set up in time if it wasn’t for her hard work. I’m lucky to have her as a friend!

That’s barely the tip of the iceberg for people who gave me their support. I’m really a blessed girl with great family and friends.

And I’ll leave you all with a teaser. Nothing is a official yet, but Bmore Nestled may be taking a big step forward soon! Keep checking back to hear about a possible exciting development.