Posts Tagged ‘2011’
Well it is official! Our Christmas has begun. We made it to Kansas and although it’s not covered in snow and Meg’s parents don’t live in a log cabin… we like to pretend that we are sneaking away from the busy things in life. Hiding away feels pretty good about now so we’re signing off for our final holiday post and promise to be back in the new year.
So you know back in September when we talked about doing pre-prep for craft shows? We’ll apparently we learned how to stay a head when it come to our “business” but with our daily life, that seems to tell a different story…
After our two final holiday shows this last weekend we managed to pull out the old decorations on Monday night. Determined to make it “feel” like Christmas around here we got the tree out and plugged it in… only to be reminded about that strand of lights in the middle that didn’t work last year?! Luckily I purchased an extra set on sale after Christmas for this exact purpose. When we went to plug them in they worked for a few minutes and then I think we blew a fuse in that little box that makes them twinkle like a strobe light and gives you a head ache? Either that or maybe our little farm house is rejecting modern technology, I’m not sure why but it was sorta a disaster!? Cale spent another hour trying to get the old set off of the tree which of course they were wrapped around each individual strand of the tree. I finally just told him to leave them on and we cut the cord at the bottom and called it good. Finally we dug through and found some old lights I had in college (leave it up to the old guys to work perfectly)! They of course were on a white strand that totally sticks out against our beautiful green tree (this is another reason why designers should NOT decorate because it gives you another thing to be paranoid about)! See, originally we we’re trying to go for a clean, simple, modern decoration style with a basic tree and matching white lights. Once we got the new lights up it kinda looked like a circus puked on our tree… but hey, they worked dang it!
It’s been our busiest holiday season yet and we are once again hitting the road (only for 30 minutes this time)! We love watching customers interact with our products and look forward to our select holiday shows every year.
As you are probably more than aware, we are in that season of giving thanks. Though there was an attempt to not “go with the flow”, and to come up with something that wasn’t completely season-dependent, the attempt fell short and we gave in to the overwhelming desire to join in with the thankful festivities. Besides, there’s nothing better to kindle that flame than to sit down together on a cold day with a cup of hot cocoa, and reminisce on all the things we’re thankful for. And as a bonus, we made our “Thankful List” a beautifully adorned one. We first went in search for the best leaves in the neighborhood and, since it was a little rainy, enjoyed a walking cuddle under our umbrella. Once our selection was made we started the process of flattening our leaves, placing them inside a large book and using a few extra as weight. Then commenced our sipping and thanking. When our list was complete… our leaves were not yet flat!! There would be no laminating tonight. =/ We laughed and figured that we’ll have to have another short date in the near future to add our adornments, and complete our beautiful creation.
This Thanksgiving things are different.
This feels different without you here.
You were our rock. The family cornerstone.
And we’re all a little lost without you.
Thanksgiving feels a little clumsy and we’re not quite sure what this looks like without you here.
Thanksgiving feels awkward. But we’re determined to live life.
To let it be full, as much as we can without you here.
And we will remember.
We will be thankful.
For every moment we had with you here.
And for every moment we have together.
This Thanksgiving, embrace all things family. Play cards. Eat Aunt Gertrude’s pie cause damn it, it will make her happy! You never know when it will be your last Thanksgiving with the people you love. Cherish these moments because it’s these moments that make life so sweet.
From the Farm
It’s finally here! It’s the day before the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash. Our tractor, I mean truck… is loaded. I can’t help but get that “Home Alone” feeling that we are forgetting something BIG (luckily we don’t have children to accidentally leave at home!)!? All in all we are having a stress free Friday and ready to hit the road bright and early Saturday morning (4:30 am to be exact!). It’s moments like these that we are SO thankful that we took our pre-prep seriously.
So… I’m sure you all are wondering what we might be bringing to our FIRST out of state show? We’ll kids, Santa’s got a bag FULL of goodies. Check it out (along with a 20% off SALE code for those of you who can’t make it).
Concrete & Copper Bubble Jewelry:
**NEW** Concrete Rings. We’re given em a try, let us know what you think (not sold online).
(double bubble: empty & filled)
Halloween is over and that means the holiday season is officially here! We are so excited to show you our latest print designs and hope you’ll consider us for your handmade holiday purchases.
Each design is hand printed by us with lot’s of love (and photographed on our NEW table from Meg’s Great Grandma!) Special thanks to all of you who helped us out in our little facebook poll. We really took your votes into consideration and appreciate your input! Thanks for being a part of our design process. We plan on getting you more invovled in the future.
And of course… stay tuned for some fun giveaways we’ve got coming up VERY soon!
From the Farm
* See our fall schedule and if we’ll be at a handmade show near you this holiday season!
Winterization is the theme for September and October. As you finish up your fall gardening, you should start looking at the plants and things around your home that need to be prepared/protected from the cold.
I hope this helps as we move toward the winter months. If you winterize properly you’ll see a much quicker greening of your garden and a fuller more aggressive growth the next spring. Even though we don’t have frost on the windows yet, that time is just around the corner. So be prepared now and get ready for a beautiful garden this coming spring!
From the Farm
So that should do it for September, we’ve had a long hot summer and not much rain so for those of you who had a some success I salute you! For those of you wondering why everything turned brown…join the club. Yep that’s right I lost some plants this year. It doesn’t matter sometimes how much or little you watered them they just couldn’t take the heat. SO keep reading these garden checklists and start planning now for next year because for every bad year there is a good. Next year could just be YOUR moment.
Until then, happy planting and keep it green!
From the Farm
Let’s just say it; “Here in the Midwest it’s HOT!” But with these little tips and tricks our garden can beat the heat and those veggies can last into the winter. Summer and I have a love/hate relationship. I love summer for the beautiful puff ball clouds and the long days, for the joys of the harvest and the way everything seems to just slow down a little bit as if the world senses we should pause and enjoy. I hate summer for the long heat waves and droughts and the daily work of watering. It’s summers like this that really get to you… In the Midwest it’s so hot my poor plants are wilting from the top down even as I pour the water to them. Luckily I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to keep my little green friends happy. Mulch is a big one, a strong watering schedule, and a good hat! I’ve got my favorite big brimmed straw hat… I look like a crazy old man wandering around the garden (somewhere in between Gandalf and Wild Bill)! So now that I’ve rambled along, another side affect of the heat and the south, I’ll let you get to your Garden Checklist.