Saturday, November 16, 2013

Reclaimed wood sign

Well, I did it. Can you believe it? I'm finished with my sign! It turned out great. We used reclaimed wood from Scott's Gramma's house. The wood is tongue and groove so it was easy to piece together. There is a perpendicular piece of wood on the back securing the pieces as well. I plan to hang it over my bed. Read more about the reason I chose the words here Using old scrapbook paper as my stencil, I cut the template using my Cricut. A sponge brush was all I needed for stenciling. I actually used leftover wall paint as my paint. It is Benjamin Moore shaker beige. I didn't want it to look at all perfect so I did a light coat.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mason jar piggy bank

Once upon a time, I milked a cow several times a week. And I loved it. It's been awhile since I've milked and because of that, we have LOTS of leftover half gallon mason jars. I decided to use one of them as a piggy bank in the kitchen. We always have loose change on the counter so what better way to store it than in a mason jar? Hello, sweet goodness. I love it. It's so "homestead" like. You can use any size jar but I chose the half gallon because of my overabundance of them. I also wrapped the top with a little bit of twine for a more rustic look.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

One project...

only takes me fifteen forevers. Seriously? Yes. I have such great intentions but I have even greater excuses. I like to blame it on these two cuties…
I think they make a great excuse for me not being able to complete a task. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But this current project I'm working on really has been going on for a long time. And I don't know why I'm so intimidated by it. I think I have this fear of messing the whole thing up. Who knows. I'm using scrap wood from Scott's Gramma's house. That's what makes it extra special I wanted to keep a piece of her house as they were tearing down a section of it. I'm sentimental like that. So, I decided to take a piece of "reclaimed wood", as it's now called, and make a sign out of it. I toyed with what to paint on the sign. I finally came up with "bind my wandering heart to thee". Come thou fount of every blessing is my FAVORITE hymn. It holds a special place in my heart. I sang it to both of my kids and still sing it every. Single. Night to Shep. The words are deep and rich. Ahhh, I just love it. No, I'm not finished with it but I am close! Here's the sneak peek of it. I should finish in the next few days (who am I kidding?) and will show you the finished product then!

Friday, November 8, 2013

This is a HUGE day...

I've been waiting for this moment for years… and it's finally here. Woohoo!!!! We finally have an egg!! I got my little chicks for Mother's Day this year. I've been wanting some for years. The stars finally aligned and we were able to get some locally. We bought 8 straight run chicks. That means you don't know which ones are hens and which are roosters. As they grew, we found that we had 4 of each. That worked out great because we only wanted four hens anyway. We gave the roosters away, with the exception of 1. We kept Cripple (we call him that because he has a leg deformity). We are just gonna let him roam. So, I went out to the coop to check on them today because I noticed the ladies have been doing a lot of "bock booking" lately and I figured the time was near. Sure enough, a little egg was waiting on me in the coop. Sheer excitement came over me. I cannot wait to go out to the henhouse daily and gather eggs!!! Here's a look back on the ladies growing up…

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Burlap wreath

Burlap is all the rage right now… I remember back in 2010, Ella and I went to the fabric store to buy some burlap to make a Christmas tree skirt. When I asked for burlap, the lady just looked at me with the strangest look and had no idea what I was talking about. Now, just a few years later, it's everywhere! You can buy it by the yard and even in rolls. I'm sure it was Pinterest that jumpstarted the trend of it… you can find hundreds of burlap crafts on Pinterest… including this one I just did. It's an easy peasy burlap wreath. You only need wire frame (I think mine is 24") 3 1/2 rolls of burlap ribbon Take the roll of ribbon and insert the end into the frame. Secure. Next, you just loop over and under, over and under until you complete the frame. You can make it as poofy as you like. All of my supplies were purchased at Hobby Lobby. (Never pay full price. Always buy on sale or use a coupon from their site).

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Here's what a year and a half looks like...

We took our family pics on Sunday. Thanks to a friend of mine, she told me about this little spot of goodness near her home. The leaves are falling around here and it's absolutely beautiful. This is my fave time of the year. I set my camera up on a tripod and used the self timer. :-)

Monday, November 4, 2013


Could it be? Could I be coming back to the blogging world???