Thursday, April 23, 2015

more chicken coop picture

Still lots of work to do, but it's coming along :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

coop progress

We finished framing the coop and built the nesting boxes this week.   Although a lot of the work I need to do myself the kids are all helping whenever they can. 

The kids said they were going to put the coop in the front yard and sell hot dogs out of it if owning chickens didn't work out for us :)

I got pretty frustrated trying to cut the pieces for the nesting box with only a circular saw, but I finally figured it out and even though it is far from perfect I am feeling pretty good about what we've accomplished so far. 

This is the first time I've ever built anything like this and sometimes the task seems a bit overwhelming but it is so rewarding to push through my doubts and insecurities.  I am really enjoying the whole process!
Next up, roof trusses!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

tutor gifts

It's that time of year again!  This Thursday is our last day of Classical Conversations for the year.  I can't believe how fast this year has gone by!  As I have every other year, I made gifts for each of my children's tutors and the nursery workers.  I used this tutorial for the coin purses.  These little bags are totally addicting to make, so be warned.  They were not what I had planned to make for the tutors, but when I found myself making more and more of them it just made sense to give these instead of starting a totally new project.

I put some Burt's Bee's chap stick in the bags and filled the baskets with Easter grass and candy.
 I ended up giving all but one of the bags I made away so I am totally going to have to make more!  If you think you want to make some of these bags I recommend looking for the clasps on Ebay.  I ended up getting 25 clasps for less than the cost of two at Michael's... and trust me, you are not gonna want to stop making them at two!

And just for fun, here are some of the tutor gifts I have made in the past.

Monday, April 6, 2015

it's official...

We got our chicken permit last week and the kids and I took advantage of the nice weather and got started on our chicken coop!  Between feeding the baby, trying to do at least some schoolwork, and driving kids to extra curricular activities our progress is slow, but we are having fun :)

I spent many hours scouring the internet looking for coop inspiration and finally decided I liked the size and style of this coop.  So after studying the pictures and deciding what changes I wanted to make I drew up my plans and made my supply list.

After 3 hours in Home Depot we had our supplies.  It took us another whole afternoon just to get everything unloaded and organized!

Everybody helped prime the wood after I measured and cut our framing pieces.  I thought Tallulah was taking pictures of the whole process, but it turns out she only took a few, and they were random pictures of supplies and me cutting the wood - except the only thing in the picture is my hands holding the saw!  Oh, well!

Max helped my put the base together Friday afternoon and we are trying to get outside this afternoon to work a little more before the rain comes tomorrow!
I'll share more pictures of our progress soon :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


For my birthday last month my mom got me this beautiful bundle of Anna Maria Horner's Folk Song.  After a quick Pinterest search I found a free pattern I thought would be fun and cut right into the fabric.  The top came together quickly and now it is just sitting waiting for me to quilt and bind it.... which for me usually gets put off for quite some time :)

I also got a bundle of Roots and Wings to make this quilt.  My triangles are all cut out and ready to be sewn but life has been full of other things recently and I have not had time to sew any more than this... just 2 more weeks of CC for most of us - then one BIG project (I will be sharing about this soon) before I can get back to my quilts :)

I also made this fun fabric map of the US.  You can find the map pattern here if your interested in making your own.  I traced the map backward onto heat bond, cut out the pieces, ironed them on to the back of fabric scraps then trimmed the excess fabric.  I lightly traced the map onto my background fabric with pencil to help with placement and then ironed on my fabric states. 

Now I just need to frame my map and hang it on the wall with this piece that I finally framed last week!

Monday, March 16, 2015

what i've been reading

I love to read and although I don't often have lots of time to sit down and read I usually have a number of books that I am working through, some more quickly than others.  Anyway, I thought I would share some of the things I am reading now, or have recently finished reading...

I have been talking about wanting chickens for years and recently decided that it was time to do some serious research on chickens and see if chicken keeping was something doable for our family.  So along with lots of internet research I purchased these two books:

I finished A Chicken in Every Yard pretty quickly and really enjoyed it, and if you can only get one book on keeping chickens, this is a good one.  Lots of helpful information and easy to read.  I am still working through Keeping Chickens and the further into the book I get the more I am getting out of it, although most of the information is very similar to what I already read in the first book.

I was picking up some books we had on reserve at the library and came across this book.  I am always looking for good reading material for my kids and this looked interesting, so I grabbed it.  I am only one chapter in, so I can't really give a real review of it, but I am looking forward to reading what happens next.  And just to be clear - I do not always (actually rarely ever) pre-read books before I hand them off to my kids, but sometimes when I see something that looks interesting but has not been recommended my someone I trust then I will read at least part of the book before recommending it to one of my kids.

In the wee hours of the morning, while I am feeding Kai, I have been reading Edie's Lenten devotions.  I look forward to those few moments of encouragement and reflection in the still darkness of the early morning. I will be sad when the series is over!  You can read day 2 and find out how to subscribe to her Lenten devotional emails here.

This is another devotional I recently read and really enjoyed.

Tallulah and I started this book together last night and I am looking forward to finding a few moments each day to connect with my child who is feeling her place as the middle child right now.

We have not started it yet, but Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles inspired me to read A Tale of Two Cities aloud to the kids.  I am hoping to start this week :)  You can get if on your kindle for free from Amazon.

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Last night we had our third snow storm in the last 10 days.  Addie was out early and made this snow man all by herself!
After lunch all the (non-napping) kids headed out to make an igloo.

They worked hard all afternoon and ended up with a pretty awesome igloo!

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