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STUFF: TOAST Lookbook Early Autumn

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I’ve been on TOAST’s email blasts for a while now and I just love, love LUUVVV their mixture of earthy clothing with simple textures and colors. Their lookbook backgrounds always capture me with the way their clothes just pop off the landscapes. Not only is toast one of my favorite things in the morning (with homemade jam of course!) but I seriously enjoy getting my TOAST emails and was excited to see this lovely video showcasing their Women’s Autumn Collection.

Look out for their Fall Men’s & Housewares coming out at the end of August 2012!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces. Perfectly comfy for cool weather yet dressy enough for a client meeting.

Anyone else ready for corduroy skirts, boots, scarves, and jackets? Oh, I can’t wait! I’ve been eyeballing all kinds of pieces in my pre-baby wardrobe. Just gotta get this baby out and I’ll be baby belly free!

Well… kinda! ;)

Still waiting for Little Noddle to make his grand entrance! We will keep you posted.

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Can’t Stop

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I randomly found this photo by Amelia Lyon a few months ago and have been obsessed with it ever since! Seriously, it’s been on my desktop for the last few months and I cannot stop staring at it.

It has truly captured me.

As we await the birth of our little bundle of joy I can’t help but hope that I’ll look something as beautiful as this new momma. It’s like she knows a secret that I desperately long to not just know, but to understand. I want to gaze upon my baby with that much awe and wonder. To love with more than I know how to contain and yet feel a since of protection and care unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

I know technically I’m already a momma, but oh to hold him. To gaze upon him and to know that this baby, this baby is what love has made. What God has made out of my marriage with my husband. I want to know what that is like.

When Cale and I first met being a mom was not the first thing on my radar. It’s not that I didn’t think it was a “cool” job or something I was just focused on other things. But, now that we are here, about to step into parenthood, it’s already been one of the scariest and most beautiful journeys we have embarked on thus far. It may not be climbing mountains or starting a new business, but it’s shaping a life.

Forever.

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Nursery Design Bits

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It is safe to say that “nesting” has completely taken over Meg’s brain. We swear she has cleaned drawers that have not been touched in our 4 years of marriage! We’ve learned that somehow when you are pregnant it’s easy to convince yourself that your baby will really care about the wall color and/or what stuffed animals are available to snuggle with. Either way it’s been a good motivation to get on top of the nursery as well as other household chores we’ve had on hold since… we moved in! ;)

Originally we were going to do an entire room with whale/sea decorations (see Meg’s pin board) but decided that, that could get a little crazy REAL fast! As much as we like whales we didn’t want a character themed nursery. Instead we settled for more of an “Adventure” theme. You know… sailing the seven seas, traveling the world, bugs, and a variety of other whimsical things. This was an intentional design decision because we wanted to create a room that our little guy could grow into, not out of in the next few years.

Since we live in a very small farm house (yes, our child is sharing a room with the washer and dryer) we we’re very intentional about not just filling his room with a bunch of “stuff”. Looking at the list of registry “must haves” recommend by Babies”R”Us it’s easy to see how this happens to so many people. Instead we were very intentional about the items we registered for and used most of the toys and cards received as gifts as decor items. This made decorating very inexpensive and more personalized. We love the fact that we can look around and see the many ways that all of our friends and family have contributed to the nursery decor.

(PS If you look closely you might find a sneak peak of our baby boy’s name!) ;)

We looked at several mobiles but thought it would be fun to hang some of our shower cards and favorite art pieces (in miniature form) over the crib to create a custom mobile. This was an inexpensive way to support and purchase prints from local artists, utilize the sweet words spoken over our baby from friends and family, while giving us the flexibility to change things out in the future.

(Hanging Mobile Picture Frame: Blue Seven; 5 Step To The Left Of Your Right Hemisphere Postcard: Samantha Lamb)

(Bow Tie: Handmade from our “Manly Baby Shower“; Leather Baby Shoes: Vintage from Meg’s Dad; Oklahoma A-Z Animal Print: STASH; Oklahoma Cuddle Monster: DNA Galleries; Elephant: Sassy Nasal Aspirator; Plush Boat: Collected Thread)

We wanted an easy storage solution that could evolve depending on the needs of our child and the future function of the space. Cale whipped up this simple 9 Frame Storage Solution from lumber we had leftover in the shop. All the baskets we found were to expensive for our budget so Meg covered used diaper boxes and spray painted them with orange stencils (DIY coming soon… still waiting on a few more boxes)! ;)

(Wellington the Duck: Scentsy; Embroidered Plush Bunny: Custom Gift, Whale: Handmade gift from Meg’s mom & grandma)

In case you don’t remember the BEFORE crib shots we got rid of Bambi and settle with a nice blue/gray base. Cale thought it would be a fun accent to spray paint all the metal pieces orange. As you can see we carried this color combo throughout the rest of the room painting the metal window hooks, coat hooks, and shelf brackets orange as well.

(Wooden Rocking Horse: Vintage gift from Cale’s cousin)

We love books, especially children’s books, so we thought it would be fun to display their covers like pieces of art to fill the space with color. This little shelf Cale customized and set it nice and low for little hands to be able to reach along with a functional placeholder for hanging tiny hats, toys, coats, bath towels, etc.

We snagged this authentic canvas maps with sea creatures and ships as a $10.00 Groupon!

Remember this insane Shaker Style Rocking Chair that Meg’s Aunt found at a Garage Sale for $20.00?! Here is it in it’s completed state! She did a BEAUTIFUL job re-finishing it (Check out her other finished pieces at Ollie Belle Home Decor).

All the sudden those late night rocking/lullaby sessions don’t seem SO bad? Right!? ;)

Our inspiration for the map display came from this really simple Hanging Map DIY at Smile & Wave. Thanks Rachel! :)

Josie is STILL trying to make since of all this change!? She’s gonna make a great Nana Dog (you know, like on Peter Pan!?).

Our friends and family filled out this fun prediction calendar for the baby’s arrival (Meg’s not counting any guesses after the 20th… at least for now)! ;)

Oh and of course… here is the shot we probably shouldn’t show. Definitely not “pin worthy” but it’s how we roll here on The Farm! We’re actually using one of the Pedestal Drawers as a toy box. It’s all about making your space work for you and designing it in a way that meets your design aesthetic AND functional needs. Honestly, we are doing cloth diapers so rooming the baby with the washer and dryer might work out after all?! :)

Meg and her grandma made curtains out of Painters Drop Cloth’s and surged the curtain edges orange to continue our accent color throughout the room.

You would think that re-decorating ONE room wouldn’t take months and months but we are both designers and definitely have our opinions on how things should go down. It’s always a lot of work and a lot of trial and error but in the end it’s ALWAYS worth it. We are really pleased with the space, especially with what we had to work with. It’s crazy to see the transformation of what once was a shared office space is now the place our little man will rest his head. It’s been a process but one we’ve enjoyed and feel like we’ve given our boy a room not just filled with “stuff” but “stuff” with true meaning and function.

What is your favorite detail of the room?

Have a due date prediction you’d like us to add to the calendar?! List your estimated date, weight, length, and time of day in the comment section below!

We’ll keep you posted!

39 weeks AND counting! :)

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Canning with Kerry: Green Pepper Jalapeno Jam

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I always get a little sad this time of year. The garden seems to slow down it’s production as the summer heat rages on in full force. This summer we’ve shared some great jam recipes with you and I hope you’ve found sometime to put some away for the winter as well as can some of our old favorites.

I thought it would be fun to conclude our 2012 “Canning with…” Series by taking it back to it’s original roots and sharing a recipe from a local friend. Kerry and her family have opened up their home for Cale and I in so many ways. We’ve spent lots of Sunday afternoons part-taking in meals around their dinner table, projects around the house, and a few intense moments playing Settlers of Catan.

Actually it was in one of those “intense moments” that Kerry busted out some of her Green Pepper Jalapeno Jam. From that moment on, I knew I had to share this recipe with you! It’s super easy to make… no hours of boiling down fruit AND we didn’t even have to give ours a water bath in order for it to seal! You’ll have to checkout the full instructions below, but I promise this is one recipe that is well worth your time!

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2012 Garden Checklist: August

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It’s August and it’s hot! This month for a garden checklist you’ve got some basic rules of thumb, about heat protection, sun protection, and hydration. I know it sounds like I’m talking about working out or the proper summer safety techniques. But honestly, your plants are the same way, they have skin, and need water, and they suffer sun damage just like us. So below you’ll find some basic rules of thumb and techniques to protect your plants and prolong your summer yield.

Click HERE to downolad our 2012, August Garden Checklist!

I hope this helps with your summer gardening. As we move toward the fall, I’ll be talking about planting cover crops and prepping for fall gardens.

Happy August and happy gardening!

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