Friday, September 26, 2014

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 172 and GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Welcome back for another great week of blog hoppin' farmgirls! Today's the day we announce the winner of the very talented Sarah Hudock's Lighthearted Chicken Art Tin Sign, pictured below! I also wanted you to see some of her other adorable chicken art designs pictured above! Way too cute and I just love the bold color pallet she uses, with her whimsical patterns and heartfelt sayings.

We had thirty entries total but, only one lucky winner takes this fabulous sign.
Who's the lucky farmgirl?

CONGRATULATIONS TO June McConkey of the adorable blog The Heart of Junebug!
 Thank you to everyone who entered!

 Visit Sarah here to see all of the Lighthearted Chicken Art products she creates. Just in time for sprucing up your kitchen, coop or both!



Time to link up for your weekly dose of farmgirl soul food! You're sure to get your fill this week.  Lots of our farmgirls have been busy in the kitchen canning, preserving, roasting, and filling their pantries with farm fresh goodness.

Be sure to stop by Big Sky Acres to catch up with my co-hostess and "farmgirl in crime", Debbie too! ( aka Farmgirl Unleashed)! She's knee-deep in tomatoes and has a great tutorial for Roasted Tomato Sauce.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJane Butters

As always, we thank you for all you share at the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! 

Put Down Some Roots And BLOOM!

Love, 
Deb  
PS. Sorry about the missing linky window this week! I was so excited to get the post up that I skipped over checking the thumbnail box and ended up with the basic format. 



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 171 and Sarah Hudock's Lighthearted Chicken Art GIVEAWAY



Sarah Hudock Art
 Dear Friends,
Welcome, welcome and a big farmgirl howdy! It's been eons since we've hosted a give away on our little ole weekly hop but we're fixin to change that right here and now! Debbie and I are so excited to introduce you to farmgirl extraordinaire, artist, chicken keeper, gardener and digital design diva, Sarah Hudock of Lighthearted Art.

Sarah, ( 52) is in the juicy peach ( more about juicy peaches later ) stage of life ( we are the same age) and she's ripening to perfection on her small homestead in Vermont. Sarah is a self-taught artist, an animal lover, a keeper of chickens and cats, and a lazy gardener on the small homestead she shares with her husband and her critters. She's the mother of one 29 year old daughter who has flown the coop. But Sarah isn't letting any grass grow under her feet. She keeps her days filled with creating lighthearted art inspired by country life.

 Her artwork is hand-painted in watercolor, gouache, and sometimes acrylic paint, and she loves to digitally play with her work as well. Her paintings are sometimes wholly hand-painted, and sometimes done with a combination of digital effects and scans of odd materials she finds visually interesting. She's a girl living her dream, sharing her HEART and her ART with the world and us!
 " I am the luckiest person in the world ", says Sarah.

This week,Sarah is generously giving away one of her darling tin signs, titled:  Blessings ( see top photo ) This sign is beautiful enough to hang inside your home and yet durable enough to weather the elements and hang outdoors on your chicken coop or next to your front door.
 Sign measures 11.25" x 11.25". The corners are rounded and holes are already drilled for easy hanging.

Sarah didn't tell me all of her creative secrets! Keep your eyes peeled for a future article in MaryJanesFarm Magazine we're sure she'll let her feathers down and share more juicy details about her amazing journey into chicken art!

To Enter:
1 ) Simply leave a comment here or at Farmgirl Unleashed!
2) Pop over to Sarah's Facebook page and give her a " new like"

To see more of Sarah's whimsical chicken art visit her store website.

Now, I know you're excited but don't forget to enter this weeks Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop on your way out the barn door! Oh! Entering the hop is not a requirement to enter to win the sign, it's just our regular hop so if you've got a post you wish to share, please do!

 Be sure to stop by Big Sky Acres to catch up with my co-hostess and "farmgirl in crime", Debbie too! ( aka Farmgirl Unleashed)! She's knee-deep in harvest season and cooking up a storm! YUM!

As always, we thank you for all you share at the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! 

Put Down Some Roots And BLOOM!

Love, 
Deb 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Color Me In Flowers


Dear friends, 
Late yesterday afternoon the skies clouded over and a panic ran through me because I knew if I didn't run out and cut some flowers, they'd turn to mush in the rain like this poor drowned dahlia below.


You know I love my dahlias so I ran ( yes, ran ) out into the sprinkles and cut two buckets of flowers  as quick as I could. I set them aside while I made dinner. Once our tummies were full, I played with the flowers in a tarnished pitcher until I was happy with the results. Then I tucked them in for the night with a cool drink. This morning we went outside for a photo shoot!

This particular grouping of colors jumbled together just made my flower lovin heart go pitter -patter!


The mix of bright orange, deep plum, burgundy, purple, magenta and pale pink feels like a chintz covered sofa in an English cottage sitting room. Rich, warm and cozy! I used to have a pair of pants that looked like something similar! Hm... a tell tell sign of where my future was headed perhaps?


Something tells me I'm not gonna get anything else done today... I'll be too busy staring at these beauties!!! Honestly, they take my breath away!Which is why I just had to share them with you!

Dahlias, nine bark, hydrangea, native aster, Autumn sedum joy, and variegated tall phlox.
 Enjoy friends!

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