My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Home Again, Home Again...Jiggety Jig!

Hello Everyone!

I've been home from Tennessee for just over a week now but...
Just getting over a terrible cold that I came down with as we were driving home.

So many of you have emailed me asking about the Tennessee event... wondering how things went...
That I knew I had to get a post up today!

So, here we go,
Tennessee was wonderful. The site of the venue was stunning... and the people were very friendly!
 A special Thank you to Kim and David of City Farmhouse for putting on such a beautiful show!

All in all, it was a good trip.

My bestie, Rebecca and I headed down on Wednesday afternoon and were met by my Precious Son-in-law Russell

And Darling Daughter Miss April!

Even though she is now 6 months pregnant...she was such an amazing help!
I could not have done this without either of them!

My space seemed quite small but we made the best of it by filling it to the rafters with merchandise!

We were packed on day one!

By day two, We had to do a reset! Always a good thing! Just wish I could have brought more merchandise to refill!

My aluminum frame, side panels and lights made our space quite festive and fun! Thanks so much to those of you who noticed the structure!
The hand painted panels were done in a reverse ombre effect and I really had fun doing them.

The lights were a lot of work but so... worth the effort since they really made my tiny space come alive!

I ran into some old friends... Doug and Carrie 

From right here in Indiana!

And made so many new ones! Kristin had such a cool vibe with her company Relek!

And Shannon with Gathered Comforts!

These two lovely ladies were my neighbors!

Of course, So was Miss Rebecca!

I've returned home exhausted and with very little product! YAY!

What I do have...
I've started loading in my etsy store!

I leave for Virginia on Thursday to meet up with my youngest son. His ship will be arriving from deployment and I can't wait to see him!

When I return, I will load the rest on Etsy and share it with you!

I was so excited to have sold so many of the clay pot candles and even picked up a couple of retail stores who will now be carrying them as well!

Just a few pictures left to share...

A huge thanks to all of you who made the trip out! I was able to visit with several of my blog buddies who came to see us!
You made my day and I really appreciate it!

I'm heading outside to clip my limelight hydrangeas!
We actually might see snow by Wednesday so I  am running out of time to get the remainder of my veggies and flowers picked!

Have a blessed rest of the week and Thank you for stopping by!


  1. What a wonderful, wonderful show you had. It must be so much fun to see all those people that you know from other shows. Blessings to you and I hope your cold goes away quickly- xo Diana

  2. Awesome show. I wish I could of been there. MY KIND OF SHOPPING SISTER !!! LOVE IT ALL and you did an amazing job. WIsh i lived near my friend... WE would so hang out LOL . love it all and thanks for sharing ... Have a blessed week

  3. Donna, So glad you had a wonderful time. I know it was fun with your daughter and SIL...of you were with REbecca too. What a nice time. Your booth looked very full and inviting. Hug your son and tell him thanks for serving. Be safe. xoxo,Susie

  4. Looks like a great time was had by all. Healing energy for your cold. Safe travels to meet your son.

  5. Oh my gosh Donna, I am in LOVE with your space and what you did in it! Everything is so you. Those lights are crazy awesome. This must have been so much fun and I am so glad that you would share these photos with us. I loved seeing your beautiful daughter and her husband again and you must be the luckiest mom in the world to have such great help.
    I was so thrilled to get your message Donna. I think of you ALL the time sweetie. Have a great time in garden this week. I'll be out cutting all of it back this week and can already feel my sore bones :)))
    sending love...

  6. Donna, you are just an amazing and busy gal! What DON'T you do?!?! Loved seeing what you have been up to! I know I've been a slacker in the blogging dept! :( So much is going on right now and my kiddos are growing up way too fast! My eldest is now a senior in high school and my youngest is in Kindergarten....well, that you for sharing your photos. It my be so nice to be expecting a grandbaby in the family soon. I bet you are excited!

    Have a lovely day!


  7. Your space was amazing my dear! Hope your nest endeavor is productive as well! Love ya!

  8. Your shop {booth} looked beautiful - so creative with the leaves and lights. It comes as no surprise that you didn't bring much back home. Lovely!

  9. Hey Sweetheart... loved spending time with you!
    Hope you're feeling better... and getting ready to take off.
    Give Justin a hug and tell him hello from his aunt Bea...
    Love to you

  10. Oh my goodness, it all looks just too wonderful! Your space is darling! I still love those botanical prints, i'll have to see if any are left in your etsy shop. I bet you are tired, but how cool was all that!



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