Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Little Girl

My little bean is sick today. She has a fever and aches all over. Of course, the swine flu has me on hyper alert. So I'm spending my day hovering over her. She has a Halloween party tomorrow that she has been talking about since school started. It will break my heart if she can't go. Poor peanut.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sale-Celebrate Country Style Living

We're having a sale and we wanted to let you know about it first. Celebrate country style living with 15% off your next purchase of $50 or more at Farmhouse Wares. Just enter code "country" upon checkout.

So set your Thanksgiving table with a few of our fall favorites and enjoy the savings:

These new Decorative Wheat Stalks make an elegant presentation.

Our Red Striped Table Runner has French Country style and tons of charm.

The Diego Round Wood Bowl is hewn by hand and finished with coffee grounds and beeswax for a natural, healthy patina.

Offer valid through November 1, 2009. While supplies last.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tupelo Honey

We think Savannah Bee's Tupelo Honey is like a thick, slow-moving river of liquid sunshine. When you pour it from the elegant flute bottle into strong black tea, or onto a piece of crisp buttery toast, or over a piece of aged cheddar, you know you're in for something special.

Shown here with our collapsable wire magazine holder.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

White Wednesday {no. 9}

Welcome to another White Wednesday. All of my whites today come straight from Farmhouse Wares. Hope you enjoy the day.

White Enamel Cake Stands-they're finally back in stock. Yeah!
French Country Coat Rack
Farmhouse Milled Soap
Ivory Wheat Pitcher

Don't forget to visit Faded Charm for more white Wednesday goodies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ladybug, ladybug...

It's that time of year again! The outside of my house is covered with ladybugs. On these warm, fall days they seem to come around looking for a cozy place to hide for the next few months. It's funny to watch the cats react to them. There are literally hundreds of them. I'm sure they're finding plenty of nooks and crannies to hide in this old farmhouse. The frugal mom has the complete low-down on these critters, along with some helpful tips for getting rid of the buggers once they make it inside--and they will.

Monday, October 19, 2009

For Your Viewing Pleasure

This looks like a fine place to view the foliage.

Photo from Yankee Magazine's Photo of the Week.

Friday, October 16, 2009


My little bittersweet wreath was made in approximately three minutes. That includes the removal of leaves and connecting the vines. That was the easy part. It took me about 30 minutes to go out and tackle my way through the brush and another 20 to tug and pull at the vines while trying to maintain the precious berries.

Bittersweet is aptly named, because even though its bright yellow and orange fruits look so pretty, its vines are invasive and can kill trees and shrubs. I know, because I've been watching it kill my lilacs over the years. I've tried everything, save for chemicals, to eradicate it. I've pulled the vines from their roots until my back was too sore to move anymore. But they come back with a vengeance. So every fall, I give up my battle, and embrace their beauty. It's bittersweet.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Going Home to Roost

I recently had the pleasure of getting to know Bonnie of Going Home to Roost. Bonnie is a fellow chicken lover and someone who appreciates the cozy comforts of home. Like our chickens, she likes to roost at home--all snuggled up in her mountain nest, creating beautiful things.

Her etsy shop is filled with the most adorable aprons, tea towels, and pillows. I'm especially in love with the woodland creatures, like the fawn and the owl, that show up in colorful patterns on many of her pieces.

You must also stop by her blog for a daily dose of inspiration. Her blog has a comforting and friendly vibe to it. You'll feel right at home.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

chicken report {no. 4}

Yesterday was a sad day on the farm. We had to say goodbye to one of our hens. The day before, a few of them had escaped from the run via a hole they had made in the fencing. We didn't know they escaped until my neighbor's dog starting going nuts. Pure mayhem ensued. Before anyone knew what was really happening, the dog took hold of one of the bards. My neighbor was able to scare the dog and get the hen free, but there were feathers everywhere. It looked like an old-fashioned pillow fight had just gone down. When everything settled down, we realized four more hens were missing. We searched for a while and finally found them hidden deep in some brush. The injured hen was in rough shape, but she managed her way to the roost. My husband and I hoped she would be fine, while my more experienced neighbors said we should make dinner out of her. We both knew we weren't quite ready for that, so we decided to wait and hope for the best. In the morning she was gone, lying still on the floor in the corner. Our hearts broke. We buried her as the other chickens looked on. My daughter put flowers and a pumpkin by her grave. Rest in peace my little chicken.

Friday, October 9, 2009

an apple a day

These apple votives are fun and easy to make. Not to mention, they make the house so cozy. All you have to do is scoop out the middle, insert your candle and you've got instant ambiance. Hope you all have a cozy, fall weekend.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Royal Treat



Just in time for winter, it's perfect for soothing dry, chapped hands. As we try to ward off flu germs by constantly washing our hands, it is especially important to keep them moisturized as well, so germs don't slip through the cracks

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

White Wednesday {no. 7}

Cozy up with today's white Wednesday finds.

Knit Throw from Pottery Barn
Squirrel Lamp from Farmhouse Wares
Ceramic Tureen from Farmhouse Wares
Hand spun yarn from Locally Grown

Don't forget to visit Faded Charm for more white Wednesday goodies.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Fall Picnic

Fall is a great time to picnic. I'm thinking a cozy blanket, some hot cider and warm comfort foods will make the perfect picnic for this Columbus Day Weekend. This tuffin tin, found via the giver's log is a picnic must-have.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The world around me

Last week, much of my time seemed to be spent hunched over my computer, working. I didn't get out much. When I did, I was lost in thought, so I didn't see the world around me. Well, I emerged today into the fresh air, starting with an early morning bike ride. I was amazed how much had changed--the trees looked brilliant against the blue sky and there were so many gorgeous fall decorations adorning each house that I went by. There were mums, pumpkins and Halloween displays everywhere. It's amazing how much has changed in just one week. I made a promise to myself to break away from the computer more often and keep my eyes open to the world around me.

Image found via Good Housekeeping

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Rhythm of Raking

I love to rake. It's much like vacuuming. I find the rhythm of raking very soothing and the instant results gratifying. It's a good family chore where we can all get out; get some fresh air and exercise. My daughter likes to hide in the piles, and of course throw them in colorful burst into the air. I have to admit: I get a little panicky when she does though. Don't mess with my clean piles! I have to restrain myself and remember to have some fun. It can be a burden to always want to be neat and tidy. I'm going to try to let loose with the leaves this year. How about you?