Friday, January 11, 2008

The Rest of the Story!!

On March 17th, 2007 I began my blog with an entry about Willow Nest, a most magical seasonal event marketplace just across the river into Washington. For some inexplicable reason I was compelled to attend each event. I thought it was all about the shopping experience. As it turns out though, it was much more than that. It was my destiny.

This is my dreamhouse. A 1900's schoolhouse resting on two acres. This is the picture that I drew when I was seven years old. And yes, there is a swing. There is also a barn, the original gymnasium (think 1900's) and what I call a carriage house.

On March 15, 2008, almost a year to the day from my first blog post, and with the blessing of Linda and Ludmil Marcov of Willow Nest, Bill and I will host our first seasonal event as Flourishes. I cannot tell you how excited, nervous, overwhelmed and giddy I am all at the same time!

There will be six events this year including two outdoor flea markets. These are one day, Saturday only, events. A calendar will be posted soon!

What about the bears? Not to worry. The beauty of an event schedule, rather than a brick and morter store, is that it still allows me time to design bears.

I do hope you'll join me on this most marvelous adventure......

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta


Brenda said...

Hi Aleta,
It's amazing! I know you will have it looking like a showpiece in no time at all LOL! What an exciting adventure - I wish you all the best in creating your dreams.



Lisa Kaus said...

So exciting!
Please send me invites etc. as I want to be first in line..

Jill said...

Hey there. I may be way out of line, as I have never blogged before, but I was googling "Italian Tole Chandelier" and saw that you were looking for that perfect piece for your daughters room. Are you still looking? I have one that have blue and pink poppies. It's very cute. I was going to drop it off at my girlfriends booth, but thought I'd see if you had any interest.


Brittany said...

This is so exciting to see pictures. I always forget what it looks like and I can't wait to see the inside too!

Love, B

gretchen said...

how exciting!!!...karma at it's best! will you post event, vender, etc. information to this page or will there be a new "flourishes" site we all need to bookmark???

Auntie Joy said...

Yipeee for you!! What fun you will have. Looks like first in line is called for can I be second??

Theresa said...

Wow!!! How exciting and what fun you'll have doing your own party/show. I guess I just might have to fly out to one of these gatherings. :) The school house is amazing Aleta... I'm so glad you got your dream house. :)

Big Bear Hugs,


Shantell said...


As you know I'm so thrilled for you and glad you are finally in a place that you can share with everyone. I can't wait to be in line the first day whether it be first or last, I plan on being there to wish you well...and pick up a bobble or two.

Many hugs & counting blessings,

Christine LeFever said...

Of course, having been to many of Linda and Ludmil's events there at Mt. Pleasant, I know you have chosen a dream setting overlooking the majestic, Columbia River Gorge, and as that incredible place has already been featured in magazines, I expect it will be yet again, for you, like Linda, have that special spark. Thank you for inviting me to be one of your artists!

Chrissi said...

Wow! How incredibly exciting for you Aleta, Congratulations!!! :)

I know you (and other publications) will give those of us who are far away full write ups with TONS of photos (we love the pics...lots of pics) :)


Sandra Evertson said...

How exciting, it's so beautiful!
And Love those wonderful pink pinwheels below!
Sandra Evertson

weechuff said...

What a dreamhouse!! And how exciting to find out that there was a swing after all!
Good luck with all you do there.

Love Sandie (UK)

Adrienne said...
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Adrienne said...

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear your news. I just got an email from Linda and Ludmil and that's where I read that YOU are the new owner! My old computer went bye-bye and I've lost track of some of my favorite blogs, including yours. So, when I heard through Linda that you are going to keep the Willow Nest legacy going I hopped right over here to read your news and to say congratulations. I can't imagine how ecstatic you must be. I wish you the best between now and your first event and I hope to be there.

You're back in my favorites list again so I will be back often.


Barn House said...

Congratulations!!! We are so excited for you and your new adventure! It is wonderful to hear that this magical property is staying in the family. We wish you the best!

Joe and Jermonne
Barn House

Julie said...

(smiles) You started blogging on my birthday! Good luck and have a wonderful new adventure in life with your new business!!

Draffin Bears said...

What a dream come true ~ I am so happy for you
Aleta and wish you all the very best with your
new ventures!

I just love your new place ~ how very special.

Warmest bear hugs

Marlys said...

Congratulations, Aleta. You have such an artistic flair, imagination, style and more. I'm sure your dream-come-true will be a huge success.

P.S. I love your blog. Everything is just soooo interesting.