Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Farmhouse Christmas Tour 2014

Merry Christmas everyone! Welcome to our home!

Our family loves this time of year. Some of our favorite traditions are baking and decorating gingerbread men and watching Christmas movies together. Of course, we love everything about this time of year. We play Christmas songs while we are busy around the house, and we read at least one Christmas book a day. I want my kids to remember how it feels in our home at Christmas time…that it’s warm and cozy, and welcoming. Most of all, that my kids understand the true meaning of Christmas…that we celebrate the LOVE of our Father who sent His Son for each one of our hearts :)


My Christmas decor is quite simple actually. Over the past few years, I decided to enjoy the season more, instead of spending so much time & money on decorating for the season. Now, I still LOVE decorating for Christmas…I just keep it simple & fresh. I use fresh wreaths & garland and a lot of homemade items.


Our tree is a real Frasier Fir…and our kids decorated it with all of their ornaments. One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree, and listening to the kids tell about how they made or received each ornament.









I took inspiration from Maria, at Dreamy Whites, and made our Advent Calendar from tiny linen bags. I painted a white number on each bag, and hung them from our vintage ladder.




















Well, I know that’s a lot of photos to look through…thanks so much for visiting my blog to get a glimpse of our farmhouse Christmas :)

I wish you and your family the sweetest, most memorable, fun Christmas ever!

Enjoy your time with family and friends.


If you’d like to check out last year's Christmas home tour GO HERE.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Is Coming…

Happy December everyone!

It was a crazy-busy November for us, due to hosting the Barn Sale.

Thanks so much for supporting us and coming out to our Vintage Holiday Barn Sale…it was a huge success and we were so blessed by all of our family & friends who helped make it possible!!

So, needless to say, we are enjoying a slow-paced Christmas season.

Today, I’m sharing just a few photos of our home all ready for celebrating Jesus all month long…



Yes, the decorating is done. And the Christmas crafting and baking has begun.

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I want to thank Today.com for featuring my DIY Dried Orange Garland post on their website this week…honored to be included with several DIY Christmas projects.

I have really enjoyed visiting all of you on Instagram and blogs to see all of your gorgeous Christmas homes.

Please follow Buckets of Burlap HERE ON INSTAGRAM for frequent photos.

Also, follow my CHRISTMAS IS COMING Pinterest Board HERE, for more inspiration.

I’ll be back soon to share some of our Christmas projects and my favorite holiday recipes.

I am thankful you visited my blog today :)


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What’s A Barn Sale Anyway?

It has been a wonderful, crazy-busy few months! When I announced our Barn Sale in my last post, I had no idea how many people have never heard of a Barn Sale before?!?  So, I thought I’d take a minute to describe what you’ll find if you are planning to visit our Vintage Holiday Barn Sale by answering questions I’ve been asked frequently:


What’s a Barn Sale, anyway?

A Barn Sale is a sale in and around a barn :) In the last few years, Barn Sales have become very popular in other states. Did you know there are over 10 Barn Sales in operation in Tennessee? Barn Sales are usually hosted on hobby farms or ranches, some with small barns and some with huge fancy barns. Vendors & artisans set up their products to sell to the guests. You can check out other Barn Sales HERE and HERE and HERE.


What makes Buckets of Burlap Barn Sale special?

Our Barn Sale is an upscale vintage/handmade marketplace…where over 20 unique vendors will sell their quality vintage and/or handmade goods.  They have a flair for creative and eye-catching displays, for turning a small booth space into something to talk about :) You’ll stroll through and around a cozy, quaint barn, which we’ve named the “Tin Roof Barn”. It’s nestled in a pasture next to a pond.We hope you enjoy the music, the scenery, and the company as you shop our two-day event :)

Vintage Holiday Barn Sale Invitation

Is it indoor or outdoor shopping?

Both. Vendors are set up inside and outside the barn. Outdoor vendors will be under individual canopies. 

What should I wear?

Well, it is a barn sale…so wear your boots! There will be a few “photo-booth” type areas…a farm truck and a cotton wagon will be staged with hay, Christmas trees, & flowers to create a nice spot for photos :) Check the weather forecast before you come—it might be cold!


What type items will the vendors be selling?

Some of the things you’ll find are: hand-painted furniture, signs, windows, wreaths, quilts, bags, scarves, jewelry, pillows, dressers, mirrors, chocolate, floral centerpieces, Christmas decor, buckets, banners, baby items, handmade soaps & candles, granola, journals, clothing, chalk paint, vintage items, antiques, home decor, barnwood frames, reclaimed lumber signs, vintage inspired items…

Should I bring a truck?

That depends on what you are looking to purchase…are you in search of that perfect piece of furniture? Are you shopping for Christmas gifts? A little of everything? 


Do I have to purchase a ticket?

No, you can pay at the entrance. Admission is 2$ a person. Children 10 and above are 2$. Half of the admission collected will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Will you have food available to purchase?

Yes! Food will be served at our Barnyard Bistro. Gumbo and harvest chicken-salad sandwiches are on the menu, along with a few desserts. Drinks include hot apple cider, coffee, hot cocoa, and water.


Do I need to bring cash?

Yes! Cash will be the easiest form of payment. However, some vendors will be equipped to accept credit cards.

Do I pay for items at each booth space?

Yes! You’ll pay each individual vendor for your purchases from their booth. 


What time will the Barn Sale open?

On Friday, November 21, we are open from 3pm-7pm. On Saturday, November 22, we are open from 9am-5pm.  Sorry, we don’t open early :)

Do I pay for parking?

No, parking is free. Please be respectful of our neighboring residents by driving the speed limit and not parking on the streets.


How do I get there?

The address is 369 Stacy Lane, Stonewall, Louisiana. HERE is a link to Google maps for directions. There will be someone to guide you to a place to park.

I’m coming from out-of-town…what else can we do while in the area?

There are so many local activities around the area that weekend! Les Boutiques de Noel is held at the Bossier Civic Center.  The Natchitoches Christmas Festival opens that weekend. And if you’re interested in more antiques and vintage, our area is covered with Antique Malls and unique shops. If you need a place to stay overnight, click HERE or HERE for nearby hotels.

Are you still accepting vendors?

We might! It depends on what you sell and if you are stocked with enough products for a two-day event…send me an email at bucketsofburlap@gmail.com   If you aren’t ready for this November Barn Sale, possibly you could participate in our Spring Spectacular (times subject to change):

spring barn sale final invitation

Can I bring my friends? Family? Church group?

Sure! We welcome anyone who enjoys vintage and handmade items and a fun, family atmosphere…especially if you are ready to kick-off some holiday shopping. We just ask that you supervise all children, and keep them with you at all times :)

I hope that I’ve answered some of your questions today :)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Big Announcement

Hey everyone! I have exciting news to share with you!

We’re hosting a BARN SALE! And you’re invited :)

Holiday Barn Sale 2014


I’ve had this God-sized dream in my heart for a few years now…and it’s becoming a reality. And my heart is overjoyed!

Last summer we hosted two Barn Sales …without a barn or vendors.  And it was fun, but we have such a bigger vision.


Well, guess what?? We have a Barn! However, it needed so much work! There were holes in the roof, metal torn away, and rotten boards. The structure needed major repair. It also had to be cleaned out…from several years of  neglect and storing unused stuff.  Overwhelming…but possible :)


So, my husband and I stood in the barn and decided to tackle the task ourselves.


It has been quite an undertaking! Replacing boards, new/old metal, and hauling off loads of trash…  But it’s coming together.


Sharing a little of our hearts with you…

We’ve always enjoyed this small farm where we live. It’s captivating to our souls. The open space, the pond, and rolling pastures is refreshing. And we want to welcome guests here to be able to experience a taste of the countryside. 


And most of all, we want those who visit to feel blessed and inspired when they leave.


So, with thankful hearts, we want to invite you to our Barn Sale!

Holiday Barn Sale 2014

I would be honored if you would share our above Invitation on your blog, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook page.

Also, if you are interested in being a part of our Barn Sale as a Vendor/Merchant, please email me @ bucketsofburlap@gmail.com

Thanks for reading my blog! And thanks in advance, for getting the word out about our Barn Sale!


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