Monday, February 28, 2011

Ruled Ceramic Pitcher

Hey there! For those of you who have been patiently waiting, the Ruled Ceramic Pitcher is finally back in stock. I think it would be perfect filled with some pretty pink tulips.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Herb Crates with Flowers

I decided to add a little bit of spring to my farmhouse decor. Our Vintage Style Herb Crates make perfect flower boxes. This one is packed with baby's breath to welcome guests as they enter our porch. It makes me happy every time I walk by it. Happy Friday.

P.S. I'll be taking a little bit time away from blogging next week to play with my daughter during her vacation. See you soon.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

sneaky mama

From time to time I like to sneak music onto my daughter's ipod. My goal with these little surprise tunes is to put a smile on her face, but I also want to expand her range of music to reach beyond Disney and Taylor Swift. Most of the time she likes my picks, but she has reported back that she's been mortified when one of them comes on while she is with her friends. Today, I give her the gift of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk". I think she'll like it. How 'bout you?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

a white wednesday sale

We're celebrating this White Wednesday with a sale.
Today through Friday, February 18, 2011,
you can save 20% on these Enamel Cake Stands.
Just enter coupon code "ECS216" (case sensitive) during checkout.'s just for you and our Facebook fans.

Offer available while supplies last. Not valid on previous purchases.

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

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

chicken report {no. 11}

It’s been a long, rough winter for me, and I’m pretty confident my chickens feel the same. Because of all the snow, their run has been diminished to a small patch of freedom in front of the coop. On cold days, they stay nestled inside, and can’t be bothered with the outdoors, save for a few small moments of kicking around for some scraps in the morning. Their sleeping habits are all messed up. We find them sleeping in the nesting boxes, which are metal and cold, rather than on the roost. My husband thinks it’s due to a draft that appears to be blowing in the lath shutters he designed. If I know my husband, he’s already planning a way to provide R4 value insulation to keep his ladies warm.

They’ve still been producing eggs, though not as frequent. We’re down to about 4-5 a day versus eight. Last year, we used a light to trick them into thinking it was spring, so they would produce at their regular pace. My husband didn’t want to stress them, so he gave them a break from the lamp this year.

Yesterday was near 50 degrees and we were all happy chickens. It was nice to see the girls venture outside and play in the dirt. They must be staring at that wall of white stuff that leads to their big run and wondering if it will ever go back to the way it was: lush green grass and warm, sunny days. I know I’m very much looking forward to seeing the grass again. I just can’t wait till I can make my way to the coop without slipping and sliding on the icy, narrow path. Feels like we have miles to go...

Thursday, February 10, 2011


SAVE 10%

Please enjoy a 10% savings on your next purchase from Farmhouse Wares.

Just enter coupon code "valentine2011" during checkout.

Available today through midnight February 11, 2011.

Offer available while supplies last. Not valid on previous purchases.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

a sweet valentine tradition

Making Valentine's Day cards with my daughter has become a sweet little tradition that I really cherish. We found time during the last snow storm to start making a batch for her classmates. She loves getting all sticky with glue and glitter and letting her creativity flow, but most of all, I think she just loves having my full attention. In this busy life, there's nothing sweeter than that.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chase Away the Winter Blues

This new Botanical Aromatherapy Beeswax Candle Gift Set is just the thing to help you escape a case of the winter blues. Enjoy the fresh, natural scent of garden flowers while immersing yourself in the purity of natural beeswax. These hand-crafted beeswax candles are infused with the soothing properties of the hive and the purest essential oils.

The gift set includes one 2.1 oz. square glass each of Lavender & Frankincense, Grapefruit & Fennel, and Clary Sage & Ylang Ylang candles. Each candle will burn for 15 hours.

Makes a great Valentine's Day Gift too.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I'm no spring chicken

I have had my share of shoveling snow this winter. I shovel to the coop. I shovel to the wood pile. I shovel a path for the oilman. I shovel all the snow that the plow guy did not remove. I shovel all the piles of snow that the plow guy put in my way. I shovel around the foundation. Anyway, you get the point. I'm thrilled to burn tons of calories, but I'm one sore lady. Luckily, we have Spring Chicken Muscle Rub . Rub this cinnamon scented concoction into tired, sore, aching muscles, and all of a sudden, you’ll feel warm, soothing relief! Made with pure cassia and peppermint essential oils, plus heat expressed Calendula oil (used for centuries for inflammation and pain relief, as well as cell regeneration). All the above is mixed into a great, soothing and vitamin rich canola oil gel.

After a warm shower, I massage the rub in and my whole body says, "Ahhhhh." Its scent is heavenly, too, which works wonders on my aching mind. (More snow tomorrow!)

This all natural, old-fashioned remedy is a must-have for the medicine chest.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

This Winter is No Picnic

Looks like I won't be having cocktails on the veranda tonight!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Recycled Valentine

If you're a fan of recycling old things into new treasures then here is a sweet idea for a Valentine's Day Gift. Head out to your local antique shop and rummage through the old post-card bins. There are so many beautiful vintage Valentine’s Day cards just waiting for a frame and a new home. Often the writing is still legible, which makes me feel a bit like a voyeur. But it’s also kind of poetic to know the sweetness that these Valentines once brought to someone continues to bring joy to the new owners.

reposted from 2008