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Cheep, Cheep! Oh Boy

Chickens are surely a never-ending addiction. Once you start chickening, you can’t stop:

We’d better get the chicken coop started. ūüėČ

Here We Go Again

We thought we could get away from it. We thought that we could go back to how things used to be. We should have known better. With the move to Florida for my wife’s health, we decided that we were going to leave the country/hobby farm life behind and be good suburbanites. We didn’t even last two years. The place we lived in was nice and the neighbors were great, however, they were 15 feet away (too close). They’d also frown on the chickens and goats that we were starting to miss. We fought it for a year mostly because we thought everyone would think we were crazy. So I guess we are…

So on to a new adventure or a twist of an old one. We now have the starts of our country farm with a tropical twist. Check out our new Florida hobby farm:

It’s 4.9 acres of country bliss. It has two ponds on the property both with fish and turtles. It has an existing outbuilding that needs a ton of work. We have a bunch of stuff to do in the house, once that is done we’ll move to getting the outside in order and ready for animals.

We’ll probably have chickens again by this summer and possibly goats in the next year. I’m so excited to not have to worry about breaking ice in water troughs. Just have to keep the gators away from my birds ūüėČ

Farmhouse Chic Before and Afters

I love to see before and afters of DIY projects. ¬†It’s so awesome to see how something that is not so pretty turns into something fantastic and makes me smile! ¬†These projects were really fun to do.

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After!  So gorgeous!



 This is inside the drawer.  Love it!




My sweet girl helping sand



Look how gross the cushion was!  Ewww



I forgot to take pics of it all assembled..oops!


And here is the finished project! I love the upholstery!





Look at the cute red handle!




I also did another aqua colored chair to match the other one.

So I’ve listed these babies on Facebook¬†and KSL classifieds. ¬†Hopefully I can sell them on my own. ¬†But, I’ve contacted a consignment shop in Farmington called Consign and Design and have emailed her pictures of all my stuff and am still waiting to hear back from her. ¬†So wish me luck and let me know if you are interested! ūüôā

Introducing Farmhouse Chic!

One of my favorite hobbies is refinishing furniture. ¬†Just about every piece of furniture in our home has been repainted or refurbished in some way by me. ¬†I love how every piece has a story. ¬†I wish that I could sit down with them and just listen to where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. ¬†We have an old antique piano that is over a hundred years old! ¬†Think of all the music and joy it has brought over the years! ¬†Cody’s sweet Grandma has given me several things that I just cherish! ¬†An old tea set from when she was a girl, quilts that her mother made from her dresses growing up, and a set of dining room chairs that have been repainted at least eight times! ¬†(I counted when I stripped them down and repainted them!)

Well every time I refinish a piece my family and friends always say that I should go into business. ¬†I’ve always kind of shrugged it off and said “…maybe one day.” ¬†Well, I guess “one day” ¬†is here! ¬†I’ve decided to start with a couple of pieces and post them on facebook and see what happens. ¬†I will probably post some things on KSL ( a local classifieds section online). ¬†I’ve even talked to a consignment shop in Gardener Village that has a darling little place that is interested in my furniture. ¬†It would be so fun to have my stuff there but they take a huge chunk of the sale. ¬†So I will try to do it on my own first and see what happens.

I’m hoping that some people will like what I do and maybe have me refinish some things for them! I’ve already had one person ask about a bid! ¬†So fun! ¬†I think this little side job will be a fun creative outlet and I’m excited to start experimenting with paint! ¬†There are a bunch of things I’ve wanted to try but my house can only hold so much stuff! ¬†So bring on the paint!

Here are some fun pieces that I’ve done around our little homestead.



Tea Cart

A Darling Tea Table


A Fun Pedestal Kitchen Table That We Use in Our Living Room


My Latest Treasure… Old Dresser into a TV Stand


Grandma’s Chairs

Blue Chair

Old Kitchen Chair Looking Shabby and Fabulous!



We’re Official .. Again

In accordance with state law, we applied for and received our beekeeper license. Very exciting.


Bees Are Cool

I finally got a chance yesterday to go check on our bees. I needed to make sure that the queens got out of their cages and I needed to put some sugar water in their feeder (they need to be fed when starting out). Our lovely queens did get out of their cages but I’m still not good at finding them in the mass of 10,000 bees. Our little ladies have been very busy in the last six days. I took out a frame to place the queen cage in the hive last Saturday and I didn’t put the frame back. Well, I was surprised yesterday to see that my industrious girls had filled the space of the missing frame with honeycomb. I had to¬†remove the extra comb so that I could put the missing frame back in. We got six fair size honeycombs out of the process. I feel bad to set them back by removing their hard work but it couldn’t just stay there. It was also neat to see the comb. It had nectar (to be turned into honey) and pollen in the comb cells. The kids thought it was pretty cool to see. Amber’s going to try to make something out of it, maybe some lip gloss.


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A Brand New Hive

We finally have bees!! Our bee packages showed up today. We ordered them through Cache Valley Bee Supply out of Logan but only had to run to Brigham City to get them. It was very exciting to get them into their new hives and a little daunting. Check out the videos and pictures:
Sorry about the shaky video, we had a very cute but inexperienced camera girl:

Sorry about the shaky video, we had a very cute but inexperienced camera girl:




Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

DSC_0011 No, my in-laws are not discussing my financial attitude. We had a surprise visit from the stork today. The postal office called today, ¬†a Sunday, and told us that they had a bunch of baby chickens waiting for us and that we had to pick them up today by 3pm or they’d just leave them on the dock at the post office. We had ordered 80 chicks from¬†Murray McMurray Hatchery but were expecting them a week or so later. So we scrambled to go get them and get their stuff ready. Looking at the picture, you wouldn’t think that there were 80 birds in there and you’d be right. Turns out that they shorted us 11 birds. We’ll have to call tomorrow to figure out why. Half of the birds actually belong to our neighbors so only 32 of them are ours. 15 of them are meat birds, 15 of them are layers and 2 of them are ornamental birds. They’re cute little fuzzy butts.

May The Force Be With You, Chewie

2012-06-28_20-58-46_510We’ve had a little rabbit named Chewbacca or Chewie roaming our pasture for the last year or so. He originally was in a rabbit hutch on our porch but he was starting to get stinking, all that poop and all. so we moved his hutch out to the pasture. Our kids weren’t very diligent in putting the lid back on to the hutch after feeding him and he got out of the hutch. We had assumed he ran away but a week later we found him hiding out in the back corner of our pasture. We figured that he seemed to be healthy and content with just roaming back there so we decided to let him.

It became¬† a treat to see him from time to time. He didn’t like for us to get too close but it was fun to see him. A couple of weeks ago I started noticing him hanging out in the chicken coop and figured he was just trying to stay out of the cold. I even reached down to pet him and he let me, which was weird. Maybe he was getting tamer. Well, our kids came in from feeding the animals yesterday telling us that sad news that Chewie had become one with the Force (Star Wars lingo for that he had died). I guess he wasn’t really getting tamer but was coming to his end. It’s kind of sad to take care of his body but I am grateful that he had a “free-ish” life and didn’t have to stay locked up in a cage.

Eagles Again

I know I just did an eagle post but I got some good pictures with my nice camera of 4-5 eagles in one spot. I couldn’t get them in one shot due to angles and tree branches.

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