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Fall Swap

I have missed you all!!!  I have been so busy living life that I have hardly had time to take pictures or write about it haha!  I have been so blessed to have a job that I love and 3 healthy boys to drive all over to all kinds of sporting events and activities.  We really have such a wonderful time.  We have been enjoying some fun fall activities like the Pumpkin Patch, Wild West Days,  Powell Gardens & Missouri Town 1855.  I love when we are learning and having fun at the same time.

As we have been waking to cooler mornings we have been prepping the animals for winter and putting the garden to bed. I even had my mom helping me haul square bales on her birthday!  It is always bittersweet as the days get colder and shorter.  I have a long list of projects and books to occupy my winter.  I will be taking the Creatively Made Home for the Holidays course hosted by Jeanne Oliver.  I am also cooking a lot of french recipes inspired by our french lessons we are taking.  I even spent 3 hours on the most beautiful, delicious cake the other day!  I was so proud of myself!

Fall is candle season so I have also been making lots of fun new scents like Barn Dance and Sunday Mornin’, Harvest Hoedown, Prairie Pantry and Parisienne Patisserie.  Remember you can email me an order or purchase the candles at Kat & Co in St. Joseph, MO or Studio 1404 in Kansas City or Sweet Wishes Cakery in Savannah, MO.  I’m excited to be wholesaling as well.

Before Fall slips away I am hosting a Swap!  All you need to do is shoot me an email saying that you want to participate with a short list of some of your favorite fall items or interests.  I will then match you up with someone else and we will swap!  I love Swap days.  Shopping for others and of course receiving is so much fun!!!!  The items can include anything from favorite fall drinks (don’t you love Simply Tea in St. Joe?), gift cards to Star Bucks, a mug, candles (wink wink!), cozy scarves or socks, art supplies, lotion, apple butter, you name it!  Spend between $20-$30 and treat yourself and someone else to a pre holiday season treat!!!  I hope you will all participate. I need to hear from you by MONDAY OCTOBER 14, 2013 and swaps must be mailed by MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 2013. Happy Fall Y’All!

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Gearing Up!

I am SOOOO excited to be GeArIn’ uP for the NADA FARM SALE!!!!

I’ve been junkin’ and paintin’ and pourin’ up a storm!  Here’s a sneak peek!!!

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{feedsacks & antlers. farmgirl thru & thru}

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{whipped up this simple potting bench lickety split}

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(love me some rusty metal}

{anything gardeny calls my name}

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{a little RuST & dUsT never hurt anyone}

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Weekend Wanderings Nov 8-10

I’m keeping it short & sweet since I’m headed out the door to the Sugarplum Festival!!!  I hope to see you there!

Some of Blue Luna’s new designs and necklaces by Metal Artist Clay

 

 

Also this weekend there is a holiday open house at Garden Gate, a little shop I LOVE!!!

We have an amazing selection of vintage inspired, hand painted tote bags (including exclusive Sugarplum ones!), gorgeous scarves knitted by our friend Jamie from Bon*Fiber, and darling boot socks which are almost sold out!

 

Minnie Cline PTO is having a holiday vendor show on Sunday.

Brand Spankin’ New! Necklaces from Vintage Ceiling Tiles & Glittered 7 oz. candles in Holiday Scents!!!

Comment anything I’m missing below!!!  xoxo, Jennifer

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Down on the Farm

I had a date with my pruners today.  It was long overdue.  The cooler temperatures have allowed me to get back outside and get some work done around the farm.  Unfortunately we have had some disappointments.  Like the huge increase in chicken feed prices.  The death of 3 Turkeys in 1 week (long, gruesome story…ugh!) and 1 chicken.  The realization that Miss T is not pregnant just a healthy, voluptuous goat.  On a happier note the weeds have never looked hardier and the rain gauge is still empty!!!  (forced smile).

 

Really I am very blessed; we have enough hay & water for the winter to come and that in itself is reason to celebrate after this long summer.  Some of my plants are still alive and the okra & eggplant are still producing!  We planted some extra wheat seed & extra large beets in hopes of rain that may possibly come through (please Lord!) which will be like exotic sushi & chocolate for the cows & goats to munch on this winter.

The boys have started back to school and in between my random bouts of teary nostalgia (like on the phone with my mother in law at the grocery store) I have survived.  The house looks messier than usual as I am trying to ‘deep clean’ & purge without interruption.  Candles have been poured (Cherry Almond, Farmhouse Cider, Hot Apple Pie….the house smells amazing!) and on one day I let myself take a lunch break in front of the tv and watched Junk Gypsies.  At that moment there were tears of joy.

one of our friends; Joyce!

 

Blue Luna & I just wrapped up a weekend of fun at Trails West where we received a blue ribbon for best booth in the craft division.  We had not even known there was a contest and neither one of us had ever received a blue ribbon before so it was very exciting!  I have the ribbon at the moment and April gets to keep it on holidays and every other weekend.  It was a successful show and we were so happy to get to visit with some of you and share our passion for candles, jewelry, decorating and crafty goodness like The Gathering.

The Gathering.  We have been scheming and molding this little baby and I have to say I am sad that it is almost here because I don’t want it to grow up and move on just yet.  It has been the most fun and we have met the most amazing people through all of the planning and I kinda think I’ll be meeting more of you fabulous ladies that day!  Be prepared to have loads of fun is all I can say!!!

If you’re out and about tomorrow go see HomeGrown Junk she is having an awesome sale and I’m trying really hard to convince myself I don’t need to drive 3 hours to go to it……….Also the Rusty Chandelier in St Joe is having a fun Pop Up Flea Market tomorrow….stop by our booth downstairs and look at our goodies.  Oh & if you haven’t signed up for a class at The Gathering or emailed me to participate in the Building Your Bliss Swap please do so I’d love to have you!!!

Junk Hugs,

Jen

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Setting the Mood

My dear friend Angela, The Parisienne Farmgirl, posted a fun read about coffee.  In the post she mentions how she loves to drink it from an all white mug.  I too am a very particular person.  Yes, I will eat lunch in the car if I’m to that point (hubby will tell you sometimes if you just feed me first then talk to me it’s a much better outcome) but I do prefer my favorite mug and coffee made my way.  Or a drink in a clear glass with ice rather than a can.  Even if I have to clear off the table I’d rather eat there with a proper plate & silverware than in front of the tv (my boys think that’s the coolest thing ever!).

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When I plant the garden I want to arrange the seeds in a fun pattern.  I like to give gifts that are wrapped beautifully.  I don’t spend a lot of money or even a lot of time to make something extra special.  But I do it because I feel life is short and full of moments.  Everyone deserves to feel special.  I read a story once where a child remembered company was coming because Mom would take the time to make everything extra special with fancy dishes and music and candles.  But why do we do those things to impress others but not for our own family?  Sure I don’t do it all of the time either because life gets busy.  But if lighting a candle or turning on the music becomes a habit it really doesn’t take that much time.  Send the kids out to pick flowers for dinner or set the table with extra special elements.

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I am including an old post here of why I want to go the extra mile for me, my family & our home. Enjoy!

I have not posted in a while because I have been extremely busy.  Very, Very busy.  Did I mention extremely busy?  Not the busy that most people are used to I’m sure but for me very busy.  All with wonderful good things like volunteering at school and watching my boys play hockey and helping someone in need and going on dates with my husband to Lowes.  All very good things but I am just not used to getting my kids in bed after 8:30 and falling asleep while I read them stories.  We each have seasons in our lives of busyness.  I used to have to nurse the baby while I read to the preschooler and chased the toddler.  All at once.  My mom would say “Enjoy it.  It will go by fast.”  And looking back it did.  Now that I’m down to one kiddo at home I thought things would slow down but we are just as busy, just with different things.  But I love it and I love experiencing life with them.  As long as I get a few afternoons in the garden once in a while.

I’ve always tried to make time to do things for me that I love admist the busyness.  Most of the time I love where I am but I dream about and am inspired by a certain lifestyle that I don’t necessarily get to live out.  Like the poet who writes from her bedroom window overlooking Paris.  Or the artist who overlooks the River Seine as she paints the tourists.  Sensing a pattern here?  I take elements of what I imagine these carefree women with their lavish lifestyles enjoy, that appeal to me.  For instance, I love local coffee shops but I would rather make my own cappuccino or spiced chai tea latte.  I love to buy fancy drink ingredients and make them to suit my taste and my budget.  My sister got me hooked on making my own chocolate croissants, after having one for brunch on the Plaza, by simply placing one piece (or more!) of your favorite really good chocolate inside a Pillsbury triangle croissant dough.  I can make a dozen for the price of one and enjoy it without leaving my kitchen.

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I have always loved decorating, especially at the change of a season.  At times I feel frustrated in a house full of men; thinking “What’s the point?”  Recently I met with a good friend whose beautifully decorated home inspired me to remember that I do it because it makes me happy.  A quick google search of fall decorating or flipping through a favorite magazine can get my juices flowing to create even small vignettes that make me smile.
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers?  A few years ago when I was daydreaming, as a lot of stay at home moms do, I created my “dream budget.”  It was to include an amount for weekly bouquets.  I don’t treat myself to my favorite florist as often as I’d like but in the summer I pick bouquets from my garden that cost pennies from the seed aisle.  Even a branch from the out of doors can look artfully arranged on your fireplace mantle.

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In case you haven’t noticed I love all things french so a few years back I searched for french musicians.  I fell in love with a few artists whose songs I may not be able to understand but they can instantly put me in the mood that I’m not surrounded by screaming children, loads of laundry and dozens of action figures.
The woman sets the mood in the home for sure.  It’s sometimes a frustrating responsibility.  It took me a long time to realize I have to make myself happy and can’t wait for someone to do something for me that will make me happy.  For me, surrounding myself with beautiful things and delicacies to eat, good music and lots of fresh air make me happy.  If I take the time to pray and do something for myself before the kiddos wake up (coffee alone=bliss) it’s a definite step in the right direction.  Even throughout the day if I am doing chores while listening to my favorite show, that’s 30 minutes of me time that helps make me a better wife and mother.
What do you do to keep your sanity and include elegant elements in your every day?

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