What I didn’t expect at Bella Rustica

When I got invited to Bella Rustica, I didn’t exactly know what to expect.

I mean, I expected there to be a big ‘ol barn with lotsa great junk in the middle of amazing Nashville.

But a few other things transpired that caught me off guard.

What I didn't expect at Bella Rustica - Funky Junk Interiors

Sawdust and Paper Scraps

I went ahead and let a few bloggers into my life. And heart.

… continued …

What I didn't expect at Bella Rustica - Funky Junk Interiors

Patsy – biz info needed – anyone?!

I also made friends with those that shared my true blue junk passion. Tight friends.

What I didn't expect at Bella Rustica - Funky Junk Interiors

Three French Hens

I may even have convinced a certain hen to ring a certain bell when a certain workshop was about to embark. And I may even have run after her hooting, “I’m goin’ to THAT workshop oh yeah!”

What I didn't expect at Bella Rustica - Funky Junk Interiors

photo courtesy of Candy Martin Donegan

As for the droves of amazing beautiful warm hearted folks that came by to say hello in person? Oh my.

I just didn’t expect to fall in love so many times over.

A few that I met up with at Bella Rustica asked me how I became brave enough to hop on a plane to fly clear across the USA all on my own, to people I didn’t know. How did I know I’d be safe?

What I didn't expect at Bella Rustica - Funky Junk Interiors

Linda Lindley aka Bella RusticaΒ with Sandy Leeper


Faith in knowing the kind hearts that are attracted to my kind of blog, and faith in knowing that my needs and desires would be taken care of in every way imaginable by amazing folks.

Autumn Lynn Photography

I have so many wonderful stories to tell and awesome junk to share, I barely know where to start.Β So for today? Let’s just say I’m feeling so incredibly blessed to have been a part of this event.

Just pray for the man that ended up sitting beside me as I flew home that had to listen to me spew out my ENTIRE story, watch my slideshow, and pretend he didn’t notice my tears as I turned towards the window on occasion.

Never mind. I think he was Heaven sent too. πŸ™‚

It’s just going to be a good long while before the words Nashville or Bella don’t make my eyes sting.

More to come!

All Bella Rustica posts to date are HERE.

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34 thoughts on “What I didn’t expect at Bella Rustica

  1. Donna- I’m happy that you had such an incredible experience. I’m sad that I couldn’t have been one of the people to welcome you. Maybe someday you’ll come to the Northern part of the East Coast?? I know that feeling of not being sure you can communicate a feeling with just the words on a page – there are only so many exclamation points you can use, right? (poor little overused punctuation mark that it is) Even when something is very VERY exciting!!!
    I’m glad you’re home safe and sound. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  2. I smiled throughout your entire post, thinking of the friends you made and the amazing experience you had. I know I’ll never forget getting to meet you… it makes your posts even more special to read to remember the warm, sweet person that’s writing them. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day, Donna!

  3. Can’t wait for all the details!
    I wanted to go SO BADLY but fell & broke my foot a few days before.
    That changed all my plans (for several weeks to come!) so I appreciate seeing it through your eyes!!!

  4. Donna I am touched by your story! How wonderful to meet up with beautiful souls like yours! Looking forward to hearing the rest of your journey!

  5. Donna,
    You continue to amaze me in all you do! You are so strong, brave ,talented, and loving. I know you have memories of this experience that will truly last a lifetime. I know what you mean by faith. It is the ONLY thing we have to trust that our needs Will be provided.I would love the opportunity to meet you but I am way down south. I just keep praying that you will get close enough to see your talents in person one day. God Bless you in all you do. Vicki

  6. Donna, thank you for sharing this wonderful experience. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story. That reminds me of Paul Harvey….the rest of the story. You are so blessed. Hugs.

  7. I’m so glad you had fun, Donna. You just can’t miss with fellow bloggers and friends. They are totally the best and I can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  8. Donna,

    What a wonderful post! πŸ™‚ A great picture of you and Sandra! So happy to have gotten to meet you and shared at least one day of all that is Bella Rustica. πŸ™‚ You are just as amazing in person as you are here on this blog. I was blown away by the great time and just how great you are! πŸ™‚ Come back to Tennessee anytime…we are always happy to have you! πŸ™‚


  9. Thank you dear friend, You will never know what an impact you’ve had the success of our show, not to mention, on so many lives!!!! You are an inspiration and embody everything that is AGAPE love!!!!

  10. Hi Just wanted to say that I had a good time,not so much my husband. He’s not much into the girl stuff. hehe thanks for letting us know it was going on!

  11. Wow, Donna…what a great post, and I can’t wait to see more pics and hear more details. What really struck me in this post were the faces in the photos. Everyone looks so warm and happy to be participating in the event. Those probably aren’t the right descriptive words, but they all convey a sense that a complete stranger could walk up to any one of them with a question about something, and fifteen minutes later, have a best friend for life! And you, Donna,…positively glowing! It is so obvious that you have found something that is part of your greater calling. I am so happy that you were able to participate in this event, and that everything was beyond your expectations and hopes. Congratulations on a safe and successful trip.
    Linda S. in NE

    • Yes yes and YES! That’s exactly it! Those lovely friendly faces looked like this the entire event. You nailed it Linda! I was fast friends with anyone and everyone instantly. How amazing is it when you share a like minded passion? It truly was a dream trip!

  12. So happy for you that you had such a wonderful experience! I love Tennessee!

    Don’t worry about that guy on the plane who had to watch your slideshow and listen to your story. The last guy I sat next to I fell asleep with my head on his shoulder and drooled on his suit!
    πŸ™ (and no, it was not my husband)

  13. i was there but i didn’t get to meet u in person but just knowing u were there seeing and touching the same thing i was WELL,that was good enough and maybe next year i can give u a big ol hug WE LOVE U TOOO DOWN HERE IN THE SOUTH, DONNA!!! COME BACK SOON!!!

  14. So glad you had fun!and I know every one you met,you touched them with your kindness and true original self that so many of us love…..we do a small show in our location called Marta and Friends …Nov is out next one…Hope some day, you will be able to come to Texas….like RoundTop…it is so yu

  15. Shirley said:
    You are such a beautiful person. I wasn’t there but I will live the trip through you. Thanks so very much for sharing.

  16. Donna, you have touched so may people! As I sat out in the audience listing to you tell you story, I felt as you were just chatting to me πŸ˜‰ then as I looked around everyone was listing to you and nodding their head as if you were also speaking to them. You have a way of making the entire room feel so personal. I’m hoping you will continue to inspire women with your life story <3 I'm already looking forward to next year!!

  17. I’m a numbers person so I enjoy looking at your site meter pages. I like to see your visits climb every month. Lately the two most popular posts have been the one where you showed how to edge your flower beds and the one about your adoption story. Interesting dichotomy. One is a straight forward how to and the other is a gut wrenching revelation. You have a gift. People want to learn what you do and learn how you live. You are very blessed and I know your Mom and Dad are very proud. Ann

  18. …and just when I thought I was over it. Sniffle. I had SO much fun hanging out, dancing, crying and laughing and eating deep fried Coolade. Or was it jello? Either way, I liked that giant fried fluffy batter thing WAY better. What are those called? Good times! Let’s do it again next week.

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