NaDa Farm {Part I}

I am home from my very busy weekend in Illinois.

With the launch of the line and then the trip to NaDa Farm to sell and teach….I am just trying to catch up on sleep!

I arrived in Illinois last Thursday.  My friend, Jen, picked me up and Beth Quinn (who was also selling at the farm).

Jen pretty much was running me all over the Chicago suburbs to find all the art supplies I needed for my class.

{these are a few photos from Jen’s beautiful home}

There is something so special when you are able to be in a friend’s home.

Sitting at a table, sharing a meal, laughing over a glass (or two…or three) of wine, meeting little ones and husbands for the first time.

I think it gives you the biggest insight to the real life of your friend.

We had all kinds of big plans for the night.

I had all my merchandise to tag and price and iron.

Instead, we drank wine and smoked cigars…don’t even ask how the cigars started.

I take complete responsibility;-)

Lets just say that the next morning the cigars were not making me feel ready to take on the big day we had ahead of us!!!

We made our way to Anne Marie and Jason’s farm and were busy all morning and afternoon setting up.

I truly felt like collapsing at this point but we headed to our hotel and got ready for the opening evening.

The theme of the night was the Boho Ball.

It was fun to see everyone dressed up and to watch the first buyers come to the sale.

There were also incredibly talented vendors like Polly and Jill!

Fifi O’Neill was also there to sign her new book, “Romantic Prairie Style”.

I enjoyed the time I had to talk to her photographer Mark Lohman.  He is an incredible photographer and I encourage you to check out his work.

I grew up in Illinois….in fact, not too far way from Anne Marie’s farm.

Coming home in the spring you forget about the humidity and mosquitoas that will soon be everywhere.

Instead, you see prairie grasses blowing in the wind, green everywhere, family and sweet friends.

Whenever I come home I am so happy to spend time with Jen, Tracey and Traci.

I have a confession to make.

It is wrong…really wrong…on soooo many levels.

Traci has a really hot son.  He is only 19 years old and I always tease her about him.

I better cut back on the jokes because I think she now thinks I am a little Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mrs Robinson!!!!

We all slept well that night and got up to do it all over again.

Well, that is all I could go through today.

Tomorrow I will share photos from the sale.


On a side note I have to tell you all that I have restocked some items in the shop.

I am also so tickled that my lookbook has received over 100,000 views!

I am so excited about this!!!

I guess we will be doing lookbooks from now on:-)



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  1. paige

    hysterical about traci’s hottie son!
    you are a riot
    if you come to atlanta , i’ll fill your class up , provide you with wine and try to hook you up with some cigars.

    1. jeanne Author

      You get a class together I would love to come:-) I obviously need cigars AND hot sons!!!

  2. Kathy Kupferschmid

    Jeanne…I am from Illinois and was hoping to come to the sale but was not able to! Looking forward to seeing all the display pictures…it looks and sounds like you had a great time! I don’t know how you did it with this sale and the new line! Amazing!! Congratulation on your success!

  3. Sheila R

    One of my highlights from the weekend was taking your class. Listening to your inspiring story that has made me realize that I am never to old to follow my dreams… no matter what others say. I left feeling inspired and rejuvenated. Thank you.

    1. jeanne Author

      Thank you! I loved seeing you again. It was such a fun place to have a class. Thank you for coming all that way.

  4. amy

    jen’s home is beautiful, so many sweet touches! love all the pictures. and cigars. really??=) enjoying the details of the weekend.=)

  5. Melissa

    Jeanne ~ those legs of yours! Hot, hot, hot!

    Can’t wait for part II! How are you going to top cigars and handsome young boys?

  6. Anne Marie

    ***you look like an angel***

    BIG smiles to you & how very blessed I am that my son is only 14 and not in your radar

  7. Paula Parrish

    Hello Jeanne,
    I will be checking back on your blog to see the photos of the sale on the farm; can’t wait. Thanks for sharing about all of the fun you are having on your visit to IL.
    Smiles, Paula

  8. Leah C

    What a topsy-turvy weekend it must have been for you! Being at Nada Farm was a dream come true for me…and being able to take your art class was truly magical:) Thank you, dear Jeanne, for teaching me to believe that I can be an artist. It was such a pleasure meeting you and being around you; you are a hoot!!

  9. Leah C

    P.S. Please give your Mom a hug from me:) She’s such a sweetie and it was so nice meeting her, too!

  10. Lisa Johnson

    So fun seeing your smiling face and sexy legs in this post. I’m so glad you had a good time at the sale visiting with your friends. Great to see pictures of your line in Tracey’s blog post too. Miss you sweet girl!

  11. Lisa Johnson

    Remind me next time I see you to tell you what the other lunch ladies called me when I worked at the high school.

  12. deborah@applesinwonderland

    insane:) so, you are the naughty influence? hahaha–me too!!!! but, 19? really? oh lordy, my son is almost 17 and i’m keeping MY girlfriends away from him. love that your friend wore one of YOUR designs–she rocked it. and you, of course look gor.geous.

  13. Jen Osborn

    oh jeanne! I am SO happy for you 🙂
    what an amazingly wonderful time you must have had.
    thank you so much for sharing … I can totally see
    you guys puffing on cigars (which I must confess I
    have a bit of a love affair with myself) and toasting
    with your wine glasses to life and love!
    YOU, my friend, are a very lucky woman, and I am so
    excited for your future 🙂
    love you!

  14. Tricia

    A hot son?!! I can see I need to start paying better attention to Traci’s posts! LOL. I keep seeing pictures from Anne Marie’s event everywhere I go. It looks like it was sooo much fun!

  15. meg duerksen

    this looks like so much fun! you look great.
    i know tracy too!
    through blogs at least.
    and her son is a cutie for sure. 🙂

  16. gabrielle messina

    Jen’s home is beautiful. I just love admiring a friends home while staying in it too…. I am in love with your dress and necklace, Jeanne! Looks at those gorgeous gams, girl! Was the necklace your creation? I think I need one! The cigars sound like a fun, naughty memory!

    1. jeanne Author

      Jen’s home is so pretty! You would love it! Yes, the necklace is from my shop. It is there if you are needing it:-)

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