Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gifts from the Chicken Coop~ Just in time for Easter

If you keep chickens, even a small flock those farm fresh eggs will soon be taking up valuable storage space. Backyard chickens keepers can go from zero fresh eggs by the end of winter to multiple cartons in a few short weeks after the arrival of spring. That's why I love to gussy up a few cartons of eggs and give them away to family and friends on Easter Sunday.

I know Easter colors are usually soft and pastel-y but I just love traditional farm-y red and white gingham. So off I went to my local Michael's Craft Store to gather supplies!

One roll of red and white wired ribbon, ( any width )

small little yellow rose buds ( with floral wire attached for easy assembly)  and

 brown paper gift tags ( any color or size )

Oh, and fresh eggs of course!!!

 The possibilities are endless for what you could use..! 
Sh. Don't 't tell my mom about the eggs! I want to surprise her!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #152

Dear fellow farmgirl friends! Welcome back to your favorite weekend hop! This is your place to kick up your heals, toot your own horn and get down and dirty in the bragging department about all things farmgirl! Before you take off to enter your posts let's send out some well wishes to our fellow farmgirls who have been in the midst of the riotous weather this week. Baseball sized hail, flooding and tornadoes have brought challenges difficult to bare for some of you an we wish you all a quick recovery from mother natures recent attack on your homes and homesteads.

FUN farmgirl facts!

Our own Dolly Sarrio of Hibiscus House Family of Blogs has a new writing post over at Savannah Attic. She's the perfect southern lady addition for this beautiful and elegant home and garden blog. Stop by and say hello and check out Savannah Attic.

Did you know that your Farmgirl Friday Kitchen Board has over 350 pins and 900 plus follower?
Keep those delicious farm fresh recipes coming!

Farmgirl Chit-Chat rose over 250 members last week!
It's nothin' but farm baby posts from top to bottom right now! 
Think baby chicks, baby goats and cuh-ute baby lambs.

Sure gets a farmgirl in cuddly- wuddly mood I tell ya!

New farm baby from Clearwater Farm

Now, lets' get hopping shall we?
Heidi, Dolly, Debbie and I love to see what you're up to from week to week so let's get going!

Heidi of My Simple Country Living 
and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog
Dolly of Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking
Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed 
and me of course!

You don't have to live on a farm to join this hop!
 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters 

Brag a little ( or a lot ) about your farmgirl talents! Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals, quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea! Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April~ The Urge To Purge!

  Dear friends, 
  As I walked around our yard today, barefoot for the first time since late last fall I couldn't help but let out a huge sigh of relief. The ONLY redeeming thing about this long, bitterly cold, dark, dank winter are the extra hours it has forced me to stay indoors and do some serious DE-cluttering, hence, my brief absence from blogging on a more regular basis. I hope you'll forgive me for not sharing pics of my car loaded to the gills with boxes of books, old clothes, and various household items we no longer need or find useful.

Tis the season for clearing the decks so I though I'd share a few "creative seeds" to help get YOU started if you haven't already. But wait! I'm not just talking about hauling boxes and bins full of " stuff" to the nearest donation center. Sometimes we humans need a good DE-cluttering too! 
Ya follow? I know this is certainly true for me and this year my urge to purge is stronger than ever!

 I think it has a lot to do with my trying a gazillion and one creative ideas last year. Imagine me standing in my front yard, blowing on a big ole fluffy dandelion sending out hundreds of scattering seeds hoping to find rich, fertile soil where they'll be loved, watered and nurtured into beautiful maturity. Romantic isn't it? In reality, I learned that's it's darned near impossible to take care of all  my little dream seeds at once and do it well. 

Most creative people have a hard time saying " no" to opportunities to try new things. I know, I'm one of em! And, I still believe in saying YES more often than NO. But what's a gal to do when she starts feeling stretched and worn out?

Ask your beautiful self these questions and BE HONEST!
  1. Where is the bulk of your creative energy going?
  2. Does it feed your creative soul or are you starving yourself by wasting your precious creative energy on tasks that don't fit your idea of living your best creative life? 
  3.  Are you feeling inspired or are you perspiring too much and not feeling any forward movement? 
There's nothing wrong with letting go of a precious dream seed if it didn't quite take-off the way you had hoped. Perhaps it just isn't the right time and you need to put it on hold for now. Or maybe it just needs a new setting with different circumstances to take-root and bloom! It could be the hard truth is that it just needs to be ripped out of the ground and tossed into the compost heap where it can die in peace.

I had to make the tough decision this spring to close my booth Burlap and Bling. I learned that I enjoyed some parts of running a vintage booth and others not so much. It was a wonderful "creative experiment" and I'm glad I gave it a try! I'll admit, it hurt a little to let it go, but I LOVE the feeling of  more FREE space on my hard-drive ( and in my basement ) for new ideas to develop and grow! 

The  urge to purge is paying off. Rather than going into spring time feeling like the head juggler in a traveling circus act, I'm feeling a sense of calm and peace. I'm ready to get outside and be one with my gardens without the distraction of feeling like I should be doing something else.

 Life is too short for "shoulds"!

Here's wishing you all a beautiful April filled with fresh ideas and the energy to create and share as all creative seed sisters are meant to do!

Tell me, what are YOU making room for this spring?

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