Thursday, December 18, 2014

Know your farmers

We've officially started selling eggs.  12 dozens of eggs have left our coop in the last week-week and a half.  Exciting. I've included a little tag in the carton, "Know your farmers, Meet them here:

So that's where you must go to see the post of the day. The tab is right above you..^up there. Or youc an click right here: .

Just a heads up, there's oodles of cute chicken pictures. Here's a sneak peek of a new one. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


It's 10:45pm.  I just exercised for half as long as I intended and I still need to shower.  I have half of our bags packed for the work day tomorrow, but still half to go. Our house is hardly clean but is halfway tidy (ahem....halfway tidy is likely an exaggeration). That craft that I had started to make for Hanukkah last year that I was planning on finishing tonight, it's only half way completed. Only half of my to do list for today was checked off. I'm trying to figure out how I can get animals all fed and kids dressed and fed to get out the door at 7am tomorrow, which is daunting just to think about, as that's not our typical routine. I sit down to blog and have no energy to do that which I was planning.  I scan through pictures to see if there's anything else that inspires me.

I find these.  Just an ordinary day in our house and the dance party that erupts when hearing Jingle bell rock.  Not the best pictures clarity wise, but they do offer a new perspective for me.

Just finding these pictures reminds me that although there's trivial things I may not be completing in a timely manner, it's because I'm giving the majority of my effort right here. Suddenly the trivial things matter much less and I smile thinking about the awesome little people we have the pleasure of raising.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're decked. 2014

We're decked. Complete with a Charlie brown tree (my fave) from our own land...decorated with my kids' paper chain and all my vintage/thrifted finds (lace, vintage name tags, vintage red bulbs) for a grand total of $2.50 for all decorations. Plus festive corners, lots of handmade and their little tree that they are decorating with miniature ornaments from the advent calendar.  Also pictures of our last 10 years of Christmas' together a couple as well as pics from my kids' first Christmas. It's cozy, festive and comfortable sprinkled with sweet memories from past years.  Come and tour our holiday house.

 (My nativity that came with two Jesus figurines 15 years ago, still a fave!)

 Someone is excited!
We're ready, how about you?!
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Itch to Stitch: Dress 11

First things first, do you see the URL up above?  My new site! Really, it's the same as before for content, but now the URL is . The other one will work, but using this one will be better and quicker than the other one. Make note, update your favorites, tell your cats. Really not breaking news to anyone other than me, but it feels like a victory, given it was not an easy task for me.

Remember my dress a month challenge?  No November dress, did you notice? Yeah, so this dress was supposed to be done by the end of November, only I got busier than expected creating hennies, mostly, for my etsy shop.  I'm not one to give up a challenge, even if it's a silly challenge I set up for myself.  

Dress one: Here.
Dress two: Here.
Dress three: Here
Dress four: Here.
Dress five: Here.
Dress six: Here.
Dress seven: Here.
Dress eight: Here.
Dress 9
Dress 10

 Now, dress 11:
 It's a wool dress upcycled from skirt I found at the thrift shop for a dollar. I'm so mad I never took a 'before photo' before I cut out the pieces.  Oops.  I loosely followed a pattern a reader gave me (thank you!) that is apparently so old, there's no date.  Audra picked out the red button, which is really quite perfect.

 He never ever ever wants his picture taken, unless if I'm taking her picture of course.

A little bit more wool for my baby girl, perfect warmth for this old farmhouse . Now I cannot decide what to work on next!
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Saturday, December 13, 2014


May your weekend include just a bit of holiday crafting. I know ours will!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Noone sees us in our pajamas....

No one sees us in our pajamas more than our chickens.  We take care of them before our breakfast and before getting dressed for the day.

 Our pullets are laying regularly now.  I've been working so hard trying to train them to lay in this fab vintage nesting apparatus.  (It was ours as a child. My dad brought it to me and put it up as a gift.  How awesome is that?)   I have been going out multiple times a day and popping a hen in a cubby.  It's been paying off. They are using it.
 Holy Toledo, eggs.  19 today.  Thankful for all these eggs and thankful to have found a buyer for our abundance of eggs.
 Because as good as frittata is...
 A 19 egg frittata a day would be a bit much for our little family of four.  Thankful for our coop full of layers now.
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