Hey y’all! I love to decorate! I could spend days in Hobby Lobby or At Home. And Kirklands just makes me smile! I thought I would share just a couple of fun new things I’ve picked up lately to beautify our home. Up top is my fun little pedestal I put by my kitchen sink. I got it from Hobby Lobby. Of course, I don’t buy anything from there if it’s not at least 40% off! The cute little pumpkin soap dispenser was two bucks at Family Dollar! I hardly ever go there and I was just tickled when I found that cute little guy! The flowers are from Aldi… that I bought myself, because I felt like it! Haha!
This cute little container is for puppy treats! I’m pretty sure I picked it up at Tractor Supply. Surprisingly, Tractor Supply has some cute home decor, not a ton, but it’s usually really cute! Oh, and it was on clearance!
Then the final thing I want to show you is Betsy! Betsy probably isn’t for everyone but she sure makes me happy! I love all the colors and the textures! My girls and I were at Kirklands having a look around, taking silly snap chats of ourselves, and there was this one filter that was super crazy colors and looked a lot like Betsy here. Well that did it! I took a picture with the snap chat filter next to Betsy and fell in love with her! I wish I still had that picture! I really feel like the things in your home should make you feel happy and be a reflection of you and I’d like to think these all reflect me a little bit.
Hello peeps! I have finally decided to start up our little blog again. I’ve been doing so many fun things here on the farm and decorating our pretty farmhouse! My friends and fam keep encouraging me to share with y’all, so here we go! My latest project that I’ve worked on turned out so much better than I could have hoped for! We have this beautiful big front porch and I desperately wanted one of those long antique pews that I’ve seen on other farmhouse blogs and Pinterest! (Love Pinterest!) But have you seen how much people want to charge for a dusty old pew? No thank you! So, I was browsing through the Facebook Marketplace and of course FREE caught my eye! There was a lady getting rid of an old headboard and a kid’s armoire. Surprisingly, I was the first to respond! That never happens! It was just meant to be! So I went and picked them up along with a couple other things that were sitting around on her property (The redneck in me couldn’t say no!) and headed home. Well after lots of research on Pinterest I created this beautiful bench! I am in love!
I think our little barn kitties love it just as much as I do. I used Rustoleum Heirloom White and did a matte protective spray to finish it off after I distressed it. I think she’s a beauty! If y’all would like me to do a tutorial, let me know. It looks intimidating but it really wasn’t that hard. I’m excited to share my crazy projects and all the chaos that is our farm.
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 😉
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.
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! 🙂
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.
A Darling Tea Table
A Fun Pedestal Kitchen Table That We Use in Our Living Room
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.
No, not those Eagles. I’ve loved bald eagles for as long as I can remember. I about had a heart attack when I first saw eagles flying around our house shortly after we moved here. I’ve had them fly over my head while I’m shoveling snow, they’re absolutely beautiful. They only seem to be here from December to February. A week or two ago I saw at least 10 eagles in a tree that was too far away to use the camera. I think some of them were golden eagles too. I caught one by itself the other day. Not the best quality images from my camera phone but I still was pretty excited to catch them.