Backwards, or forward….a tale to tell

I know all of you who come here on Mondays, come to see a furniture makeover, and I know that some of you will go away unfulfilled today in the furniture arena….but I hope to fill you up in a different way today, and then give you your furniture fix on Friday! I am working on two really beautiful pieces of furniture as we speak, but neither of said pieces was ready for a photo shoot……..yet!

Today I want to share a little from my heart: Besides being a creative business owner, writer, furniture designer, and photo taking lover….I am most importantly a mom to two very busy teenagers, a little puppy named roo, wife to the very energetic and wonderful JB, and a friend to some really special people who have poured into my life. My family is making the transition into our Summer schedule, which for me means slowing down, less days at the studio, and longer days to enjoy a more relaxed schedule ……at least for the next couple of months! My daughter has already been out of school for a week and a half now and my son will be out next week… our life is in full swing transition mode as we prepare for a fun Summer ahead. This is one of my favorite parts about being a creative business owner….I set my own schedule, and I plan and prepare all year for the “slow down” in the summer so that I still have enough work and income coming in to keep the business thriving, while at the same time giving myself a little thrive time too! It is the best feeling……and as we head into this fresh new Summer season, I have some goals for myself and for my family .

You may have wondered what the above veggie pictures were all about? Well, our local farmers market is in full swing, and this past Saturday I got up early and went with a friend of mine. We grabbed a coffee and strolled the booths of fresh goods. It was my first time at the market this year and so I was scoping out all of the different booths, and figuring out what I wanted to purchase . There are some new booths this year including a fresh pasta booth that had a line a mile long…and the piles of pasta were so beautiful and stunning! {I will see if I can get a picture of them next time since I will be purchasing some!} I hope to hit the market every weekend to buy fresh veggies, eggs, fruits, and specialty items like this amazing goat cheese, herb, and fig spread I spied and tasted on my way out! {yum!} I absolutely loved getting to chat it up with the local farmers and ask them questions about their goodies! I want to encourage and foster a lifestyle of healthy eating into our home starting this summer, and cut down on all of the processed junk food that gets consumed on a weekly basis. I would love to replace swiss cake rolls and zebra cakes with fresh strawberries and peaches…yadda yadda… on and so forth! We are taking baby steps, and hoping to make some changes in the activity area as well…..I for one miss my marathon running days, and the amazing shape I was in when I was running those marathons. The constant busyness and the growth of a business have all been wonderful things, but I have not been good to my body and it is time to get back to a routine of health. I want to be a healthy example to my family and to others around me….an example in making time to exercise, intentional eating, and lots of smelling the roses.

Be intentional. This is my goal.



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  1. Susan Chancey

    Lovely post….I love the way you write 🙂

    • Barb Blair

      Susan, thank you so much my friend :} I can’t wait to get together! xo

  2. Those eggs look familiar 😉 I’ll be sure & share the good news with the hens when I visit them in just a few minutes. SO good to see you Saturday! Hope I’ll continue to be part of your Saturday routine.

    • Barb Blair

      Deb, Well of course they do !! I had two this morning for my breakfast and they were wonderful!! :} I hope we will see each other every week that we are in town as well …and regarding your comments below… mouth still waters when I think about the soups and stews you used to bring us when we were in the flatiron building! I would welcome any and all recipes you want to share! Also, you are so sweet to introduce me to Jeff…I would really like that. JB will be with me this weekend! Woot!

      oh, and p.s. I love that you include a barn story with the eggs! too cool……I really had a great time!

  3. Lovely post! I missed the market this past Saturday but went the first weekend. FYI – the pasta is AMAZING.

    I too am trying to change my diet and hope to influence my family’s diet as well. I just read a fantastic book – Eat to Live – that you might be interested in.

    Enjoy your slower days! It goes by so fast!

    • Barb Blair

      Stephanie, thank you! good to know you approve of the pasta:} I can’t wait to try it!

      I will definitely check out that book…thanks for the recommendation!


  4. And, Barb, you know I’d love to share recipes/ideas with you. Also keep in mind that Jeff @ Iszy’s Heirlooms is a chef & can tell you lots of things to do with any of his lovely produce. Remind me & I’ll introduce you to him & ask you to look after you – he is awesome like that.

    • Ask “HIM” to look after you …… eeesh. Time to go back to the barn where they don’t expect much of me 😉

  5. Melissa

    Really needed this today! Thanks for posting… the way…your furniture ROCKS!!!!

    • Barb Blair

      melissa, I am so glad! Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet words about my furniture! woot! xo

  6. YAY! Be good to yourself & family! I applaud you…and…I just love local farmer’s markets too!

    • Barb Blair

      sheepy hollow, I am going to try my hardest to be intentional and consistent! Thank you for your encouragement……and I love keeping up with you and all of your furry friends! I have noticed lately that you are making your own goat cheese?! yum! xo

  7. Oh shut up… did you really just admit that you eat Zebra Cakes and Swiss Cake Rolls? I freakin’ love you! I mean… I love you, Little Debbies, Blogs and Coffee. bah ha ha ha But really, where’s the love for the nutter butter? What up?

    Fo realz tho… proud of you girl. That crap will make us grow a third arm or something! xo

    • Barb Blair

      Brooke, Hah!! You never cease to amaze me with your wit and goodness! I did just admit my weakness for junk food…and the nutter butters are in the so on and so forth part ! :} I freakin love you right back! Thanks for making me laugh until I cried today…the third arm comment got me! :} We still thinking about Nashville? xo

      • Ummm…does a one legged duck swim in a circle? Let’s plan it homie! It’s go time! xo

        • Barb Blair

          ummmm….yes he does!! throw out some dates and lets see what we can make happen! xo woot!

  8. Meghan

    I love this Barb. I strive to lead by example for my friends and family but it’s not always the easiest thing to do. I wish you the best of luck and baby steps are definitely the way to go.

  9. Barb Blair

    Meghan, thank you! It is not easy at all…as I have found out time and time again….but I am trying to keep at it…..and appreciate your sweet words so much! We can do this together! xo

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