Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Update: We have Blackberries and Tomatoes!!

Ever since we moved to our property, I have wanted to create a garden of sorts. 
You can read about my original plans here
Once I got chickens however, my ideas changed.
I moved from wanting a flower garden and something just pretty to look at to wanting a more functional farmstead. Don't get me wrong, I still desire is to "look good" but I'm really wanting to embrace the whole till the earth/live of the land... just a little bit...
I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to give you an update!
My last update was in 2017, you can read that here
Last year, I had just re-fenced off the chicken pen to create and area for the garden, my original idea was to let the chickens out those back gates so they could free range... there was an old fence between our property and the neighbors so, I just connected on to that and let them out... well long story short there were some areas of the old fence that were low and something had started going over it and taking a couple of my hens last year.... I suspect a fox, so the free range ended until I could get a new fence up.  So I started letting them in the back yard, which was great until they started pooping on the patio... my husband was not having it, and neither was I honestly, it made are patio inhabitable....
We want to re-do our patio this year, so first things first, we had to extend the chicken pen.
They come right out of those double gates and into  secluded section of shady trees and woods.
They seem to like it quite a bit now. We ended up just using t-post and 4ft tall hog wire. Very economical and we got it done in about 2 hours.
So far so good and we have happy hens and a happy Roo!
So now you are pretty much caught up on the situation.
And I feel like it has been forever since I got to work on the run,  I was starting to think I was never going to get my garden. I knew it would be a little bit of money but mostly time and effort. With working 30 hours a week and being 7 months pregnant, I figured it just wasn't going to happen. My husband kept telling me it wasn't a priority right now, but I just wasn't hearing all that jazz... to me it was a priority, something I really longed for. Once I quit my job, I knew it was something I was going to really 
work towards to establish.
I had a lot of supplies on hand, such as these t-posts and some landscape timbers and twine...
So early on Monday morning, I got to work and started driving in these t-posts... 
don't worry, the ground is supper soft, it didn't take much effort.
I knew for my first plantings, I wanted to plant a blackberry vineyard and some tomato plants.
As you can see from the photo, I dug up the fence that separated the yard into two, and we ended up fencing off the old coop, which will eventually become a Silkie and Bunny area.
This layout is much better, for me, the chickens and the eventual future members of our farm crew.
Back to the gardening...
So I did two rows of t-posts and strung twine in between.
To create a trellis for the blackberries to adhere to.
We went to Lowes and got all the plants.
I was so excited to get these darlings in the ground!
One thing I have constantly consumed during my pregnancy is blackberries, 
so I just knew I had to grow my own:)
Next I planted my tomatoes, I actually got these old cages from the field behind us, the people who live next to us just discarded a ton of these at the back of their property so one day, 
I went back there and got a few.... 
I planted two regular, heat tolerant hybrids and two cherry tomatoes.
I plan to cover them in burlap at the base just to make them look a little nicer.
Once all that was planted, I decided I would use all the leftover hay and manure from the coop from over the winter. I did the Deep Layer Method, which is basically just adding new hay or straw every week and not cleaning it out till spring, it's suppose to keep the coop warmer and be better environmentally for the ladies... this was my first year to do it, because you really can't in a small coop. But this fall we made a larger coop, I never posted it, but I will soon...
I really like this method until I realized I would be 7 mos pregnant cleaning it out for spring, that was no fun! I always switch to sand in the summer cause it's cooler, cleaner and easier to manage.
So here is the new coop, it's much bigger measuring at 8x8 ft and it's basically a cross between a hoop coop and traditional design at the base. I'll share a post soon on how we did it. But I love it so much better... a walk in coop is just so much easier on so many levels.
 So her is that whole huge pile I shoveled out one afternoon, and I swore I would never do the deep litter method again, but I think I will, next year I won't be pregnant and it will be easier... and I ended up putting it in between my garden rows for all the nutrients and a bit of ground cover, so it's a win!
I started painting the inside of the coop last fall by hand and really just lost steam and eventually found out I was pregnant shortly after this... plus cooler temps just equals me not wanting to be outside, but i'm hoping we can get the spray rig out and I will spray the whole thing white. Yes, my chickens lay in a chair... they never were quite into boxes and they always shared a next or made their own (to share). So when they hung out in the back yard last year, they started laying on patio chairs, so i thought, I have this old chair, I have a bigger coop... they like chairs... you see where I'm going with this... so ta-da... a nest chair....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New livingroom rug and a redesigned wall

Ever since I started designing the nursery, 
I knew I needed to make some changes 
to our living room and dining room.... and even our kitchen.
You know when you redo one room and you love it so much and you feel like it makes all the other rooms look like crap? Well that's totally what our nursery did to the rest of our house.
So, I decided to make some changes. Since I am not working anymore and will not return to work after the baby is born, I decided to think about what I love and what I can live with long term, especially since I won't have extra money to be changing things on a whim.... and I love farmhouse decor. I mean I'm trying to run a blog on the basis of "Raising a Farmhouse" and there for a while my home decor was going away from the Farmhouse aspect... 
So when I think about what I love the most about farmhouse decor, it has to be jute rugs, ticking stripe patterns, blue and white china, crystal chandeliers, neutral colors, oh and white pitchers....
So I decided to make some changes to reflect that love!
I have had several rugs in this space and I have toyed with color and other jute rugs, but this one really takes the cake! It's so textured and plush for a jute.

 
I'm so glad I ended up getting it, it's by far the best look for the living room thus far.
I also moved our fireplace from the livingroom to the bedroom, so I free'd up a ton of space on our massive living room wall. I eventually want to build out a fireplace similar to the one we did upstairs... You can see that here and the final reveal here but until then, I decided to use a couple of mirrors that I have been stashing for several years. I'm not quite done with the paint job, 
I want to add a few more layers to create a french country look.
I picked up these darling striped pillows from my local Tuesday Morning, and I love the fresh farmhouse vibe/summer feel they have.
I also repainted my demi-lune cabinet white. 
I'm not sure if I'm going to add any things else to it paint wise..like any layers or waxes...
This wall has always been such a challenge for me, I seriously hate large blank walls.
But so far, I'm enjoying this look. It needs a few more finishing touches, like new knobs for the cabinet, a wall socket cover.. as you can see I'm rocking bare bones and a glade plug-in, and I also ordered a new chandelier.... etc..
So far,  I'm loving these changes, I'm sorry for the very skewed and cropped pics, but as I decorate, I make messes too... so eventually this will be all put together and
 I can't wait to show you all the changes!
More to come soon!
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

French Farmhouse Nursery Reveal: One Room Challenge

Welcome friends! If you are new to my site, thank you for stopping by! I honestly didn't know whether or not I would be able wrap up this project for the final reveal in time or not. With all the shenanigans we have had at the farm with the snakes and the chickens, to Dr.'s Apts. to just last minute set backs, this Spring ORC has truly been a challenge.
But as with most things, anything worth while is usually a challenge!
So, I'm dying to give you a tour of OUR French Farmhouse Nursery!
Raising A Farmhouse
We started off by giving this ceiling a beautiful wood treatment. You can read about that here.
I have many many favorites to this nursery, but I think by far the ceiling is my prized possession;)
It just adds so much rustic charm and character but,
 still lends to that light and airy feel I love so much!
Raising A Farmhouse
We knew right away, we were going to mix old and new.
We ended up finding this 1940's-50's era pedal car, and I just fell in love with the colors, 
the rust and the nostalgia of this piece.
I ended up choosing a round crib, I originally wanted a crib from Restoration Hardware, but I quickly came off my high horse with a price tag of $1400, I then found a tufted crib I liked for around $599 and for several months, I felt like such a bargain shopper. But when it came down to it, I knew I didn't want a crib that would grow with him, I like to change decor way to much to be tied to a crib that eventually turned into a bed, so I found this crib for a steal of a deal.

You can read about my furniture make over here.
I also originally wanted a Lamb rocker from RH as well, but I messed around and when I went to buy it, it was no longer on sale. So I found a Groupon for this little guy for $43.. random price.. but it beats the crap out of $179... any day... and I feel it looks more farmhouse-y.
I originally bought this blue rug for my living room, but I'm currently going another direction with it, so I decided to save it and use it for the nursery. However I bought it to go under my coffee table so it was only a 5x8 and it floated in the room... none of the furniture made contact with it.
So I ended up buying a bleached jute rug in an 8x10 and I'm so glad I did, it gives the room so much texture and it is the softest jute rug I have ever owned!

I ended up getting our bedding from RH, I got the bumper and the skirt. I started to get the toddler quilt, but I decided I would make my own.
 Tutorial Coming soon!
I ended up getting a gorgeous medallion to showcase our vintage 
pendant light that I ended up getting for $10.
I think it turned out gorgeous.
Another feature I love, is this DIY rollup curtain I made.
I knew I wanted a pattern with french grain sack somewhere. 
So, I decided to do it on the window treatment.
Currently this is a fixed treatment, meaning it doesn't roll up and down, we have really nice wood blinds that actually block out a lot of light, 
so I didn't mess with trying to make this a working curtain.
My sanity thanks me!

I'm in love with this rocker, it's large, comes up high and looks seriously chic in this nursery. The button tufts really add to the feel and texture of the room.
Of course, no chair would be complete without a gorgeous pillow to compliment it.
Thank you Melissa from le lis home 
for sending me this perfect farm house pillow... 
and even better, it's custom!
To purchase this pillow from Melissa's Etsy Shop, click here

The shelves were kept simple with vintage decor items.
I used thrift store books to create these yummy textured book stacks.


The knobs got updated as well.
 I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up these cute little deer head knobs.
 Now I have to brag on my husband ya'll, I showed him a pic I found on Pinterest of an airplane shelf, and he built me one in one night!
When he got it done, it looked so cute and just how I wanted it, it made me want to cry! 
I was so in love!
I'm thinking of doing a tutorial, I never could find one, and then I realized why.... It's not a beginner project and you need a lot of tools...lucky for me my husband works on cars and we have a nice shop full of tools, but I still might show it anyways.. just for kicks!
If making one is not your forte however, you can purchase one here off ETSY

And here is a shot of the room with light turned on...
Thought you might want to see that vintage beauty gleaming:)



And....

too please:)


Thank you for stopping by friends and I hope you enjoyed our sweet little nursery!
Our baby boy is due July 27 and I cannot wait to bring him home to this sweet room!
It's everything I hoped for and more!
Have a beautiful day and I'll be seeing ya soon with some more tutorials and projects coming up!
Stay tuned!
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