Tuesday, December 20, 2011

oh my greatness... Christmas already??

While perusing pinterest, as many do these days, I found this cute little wreath:

It is located at this blog with instructions

I really wanted to hand make some Christmas gifts this year so I took this idea and made it my own.  I went to all the local thrift stores and picked up as many wool sweaters as I could find.  My DH was so sweet and suportive, he doesn't even question me anymore.  He actually came along and helped me hunt down some of my best finds!  So then I washed them in super hot, super soapy water and dried them on high.  They came out looking like they would fit no one larger than a muppet.
I got out my scissors and through several Christmas movies, I cut 4x4 squares out of those sweaters.  Goodness knows how many.
Then, I took a wire hanger (the kind you get from your dry cleaning) and with my tin snips cut off the top and made a loop with the wire by twisting it aroung some pretty hefty pliers.  I then started putting the felted sweater squares on the wire one at a time and an hour later, I had something that looked like this:

It is so warm and festive, I just want to cuddle with it.  There are cardigans with their buttons still attached, scarves and even tags throughout the wreath.  It was fun, easy and will last forever.
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, full of fun and homemade love!

Friday, April 8, 2011

your barn door's open!


after 3 long days of painting with rollers, brushes and teeny-tiny detail paint brushes...

it is finally complete!

Here is the coop the way we bought it:

(photos courtesy of the knotty bird company
Crystal, the owner, does an amazing job! 

and after much deliberation,

(so many fun colors to choose from)

we went with fate... the $5 can on sale that someone left behind

I think "the girls" are going to love their new home.

Now all they need is an antique crystal chandelier up top and some swanky fine linens for afternoon tea.


due to the inspiration of Crystal (owner of the knotty bird company and builder of our fine coop)
and her amazing gardens,

my favorite guy created a little veggie garden for us too.

(that's my DH gardening in the background)

We are going to grow corn, tomatoes, beans, lavender (I hear it is good in cookies) zucchini, cucumbers, carrots and who knows what else. 

I love our little farm by the ocean!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the easter bunny came early...

Wanted to stop by and say




and easy.

there are more additions to the family

(is that the only thing I blog about... animals?)

Don't ask me why.





and Henrietta (the yellow one out front, she's mine)

Anna lovin' on her baby chick Liberty
(She's an Americana Chicken)

I said don't ask.

the coop costs as much as a new dishwasher

but what is more fun?

besides, we can hand wash

it builds character.

(and fresh eggs
are about as close
to having a farm
as I can get here.)