Posts Tagged ‘Farm’
Ok, ok so I know that spring is “here” and summer is on it’s way, but have you been in Oklahoma lately? It’s cold! My baby filled body doesn’t know if it needs to get ready for hibernation or bare feet on the grass.
And then I saw these felted alpaca hats… remember our Everyday Design post featuring the amazingly odd bugs made out of human hair? Well it seems that artist, Adrienne Antonson, is up to more great creative goodness. In between these fantastic felted alpaca hats and the chilly spring I kinda want too crawl back into my winter hole and curl up with a cup of tea (raspberry of course!) and a nice warm fire (comfy house shoes included).
After watching this beautiful video about her farm inspired creations she seems like a reasonable person (not someone who would collect human hair and spend hours sculpting them into tiny bugs). And of course I can’t help but be completely intrigued and yet captured by Adrienne’s locally produced clothing line…
“Now, we’ve known that line as NuBe Seattle; but because Antonson has left her digs on Vashon to be closer to family in North Carolina, the line has been renamed State. As Antonson tours with her artwork, she’ll collaborate with other designers, artisans, and friends around the states (hence the name) and scour thrift stores and antique shops for gorgeous threads to put back into premium circulation.” - SeattleMet by Laura Cassidy
So here I am stuck in between winter and summer and enjoying the “cool” Oklahoma spring days for as long we have them! Adrienne I can’t wait to see what else you have up your “remaker” sleeves! Winter or summer I’m definitely figuring out a way to incorporate your wonderful pieces into my wardrobe!
From the (Oklahoma) Farm
All images are from Adrienne Antonson’s Blog. Check it out!
We’ve been following Dolan Geiman’s work for the past three years. He and his business partner, and wife, have been an example to us as small business owners trying to make a living while being creative. It’s been really fun watching Dolan’s work take shape and move from his original one-of-a-kind construction pieces to these petite 8″ x 8″ reproductions of original collages and illustrations printed directly onto poplar wood blocks.
One of the things that I love about my husband is the fact that he enjoys using his architectural degree as a handy man around our little farm. His design philosophy is one that marries the function of a building with great aesthetics. The longer we are married the more I respect this opinion and see the need for both. When Cale is working on a project, at home or for a friend, he wants to give them a solution that is aesthetically pleasing, money saving, and as efficient as possible. Now, this doesn’t mean he uses “cheap” materials, but when he can, he prefers to use found materials instead of purchasing new. It’s this old school philosophy of using what you have, married with his love for design, that makes him the perfect designer handy man.
Our July Fresh & Local comes a little bit early but I wanted to make sure you had time to take advantage of this seasonal treat (especially for The Fourth)! Last year was my first visit to the Nowakowski Sweet Corn Farm and although it has been a completely insane summer I could not and simply would not miss this yearly opportunity to stock my freezer with fresh sweet corn.
The Nowakowski’s great grand parents originally started in Mcloud, OK in 1948, built a barn in 1951, and were officially established at their current location in 1962. In 1978 they began experimenting with different corn varieties in their garden until they found a favored seed type.
Often called “The Sweet Corn Man”, Greg Nowakowski, is shown with his son Josh and his two grandsons. They help run the family farm from everything to sweet corn, wheat, soy bean, hay, and even a small patch of pumpkins and gords!
The Nowakowski’s own and rent more farm land then they can keep track of. It’s hard to believe that some of the land they have been renting for the past 67 years! Still to this day their “contract” remains the same… an honest word and a good handshake.
We are what we eat…and so are chickens
Eggs, which ones to buy? There are myriads of choices: farm fresh all natural, brown, cage-free, cage-free organic, etc. What about your local farmer? That’s what we are going to look at briefly…
Some definitions for this comparison: Cage-free: chickens are not confined to a small cage, but instead allowed to walk around and forage for their food. Most ideal is in grassy pasture full of different plants and bugs for food. Sometimes this simply means they are grain-fed in a pen outside of a “hen house;” Organic: meaning the chickens laying the eggs are fed on grass that has not been grown with the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and/or fed some supplemental grain grown in the same fashion;
It’s true this year for Christmas my intensely insightful and loving sister presented me with my very own garden journal. So here it is, every month I’ll post a unique or abnormally insightful entry from my Garden Journal just for you, and I’ll include a list of To Do items for that month that will help you follow my progress this year. This is my first entry and since winter is still holding it’s terrible grip on all my green friends, I’m looking forward to warmer days and planning for a productive growing season.
Suddenly the dream is alive again, more than ever we want to make this thing work, move forward and win out. Because the dream was always about people, about giving time and money to see lives changed, to see those that need a break, get one. Now we have the opportunity to do that for my family and we can’t wait to see what God does with our passion!
Winner, Winnaar, Sieger, Ganador, Zwycięzca, vencedor, výherce, gagnant, vincitore, νικητής, sigurvegari, 수상자, vinneren, 勝利者…The winner of our new kitchen line is announced!
I live to discover. My curious spirit is often compared to a child, as I’m always looking out for things I may have never seen or noticed before. Noticing these things in nature is easy here; Hawaii is a place just waiting to unveil new discoveries to those whose eyes are open to its natural beauty.
We’ve been working for months now on new ideas, new dreams, and new goals. It was scary because we took the time to question everything, to drag it all out on the table and say ok…what is all this and where do we want to go with it. When you get to that place it’s one of those ‘come to Jesus’ moments when you know this is going to affect your entire life.