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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

Comments are welcome!

l’automne

The french word for Autumn is l’automne.  Although it is usually an ending to the cycle of the year it is like a new beginning when school starts back up.  I am a goal girl.  Lists, usually outlined with roman numerals and very specific A.1.a etc.  I love writing out plans it makes it so much easier for me to stick with.  I am working right now on this new school years plan for both the whole family & me personally.  It is fun to dream and plan out what goals we have.  Thanks to my BFF Pintrest I have lots of great ideas for meals and the boys new TV schedule (I’m sure they will be estatic!!!).

Obviously I loved the part of school when we got assignments.  You know in college when you get your syllabus at the beginning of the semester?  I would start working right then on that big essay paper or figure out how many pages a day I needed to read to get done early.  I can’t help it….it’s how God made me.  Preparation is HUGE for me so I can arrive on time and ready to go without stress.  Now I do love summer where I let the reigns loosen and the rules fly out the window.  This time of release is a tonic for my household.  But after purging our house this past week and trying to get the boys back on a normal sleeping routine I wonder if it really is worth it.  But I suppose it is.

Because of my love of goals, lists, assignments I have been seeking out classes I want to take that actually interest me!  I almost wish I had been older when I went to college so I could have done that rather than take what I needed to get out of there. And now that I have my own childrens’ college funds to save for it’s very unlikely I will spend the small fortune they want for one semester of French.  However, in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday today, I will be seeking out a French class so if you hear of a Non Trad one in our area let me know!  I want to take a cooking class from JC Wyatt House, a cheese making class and croissant class from my dear friend Christy and a photography class.  I also enjoy creative classes online or at a retreat (Ahhhemmm… The Gathering girls!!!!) like those that the lovely Karla Nathan offers.  Karla has graciously donated a lovely nest she’s made and a code for a creative tutorial online that will be given away at The Gathering.  I am currently participating in her Fairy Pages swap that has been so fun to work on!  I also participated in a swap hosted by The Speckled Egg over the summer.  It is so much fun to make time to create and then make new friends and get goodies when you’re done!

Karla’s Giveaway Item

 

So in honor of the new school year, new goals, new schedules and of course The Gathering!!!  I am hosting a swap of my own.  This swap is called Building Your Bliss ( to tie into our themes at The Gathering on Finding Your Bliss and as a cheers to all of those ladies participating who are Living Their Bliss).

1. As a participant you will CREATE a bookmark.  It can be as simple as using old wallpaper scraps glued on cardstock or you could crochet one….the possibilites are endless!!!  And Pintrest has some great ideas!

2. Place the bookmark inside of a book somehow related to CREATING.  The value must be $14.95 or higher so can include any of Somersets amazing books/magazines such as Where Women Create (which printed on p. 83 The Gathering!!!).

3. Email me at amusingprovincial@yahoo.com by September 1 to let me know if you are participating.

4. Then purchase your book and make your bookmark.

5. By September 15 you must mail it to me with the address you will receive in your confimation email.  I know it may cost some postage but this will allow people from anywhere to be able to participate and to ensure no one gets their own Swap back.  If you do want to get it to me personally I will come up with a date/time to pick them up in St. Joseph, MO around this date.

6. Swaps can then be picked up at The Gathering on Saturday September 29, 2012.  If you are not coming to The Gathering (worth a road trip….more on all the area events coming soon) please include an extra $5 in your package for shipping for your new Swap item.

 

Sound fun?  I’m excited!!!  I’m sure everyone will do their best to ensure high quality items.  It is ok to give a used book that is of $14.95 value but please make sure it is indeed worth that much and in LIKE NEW condition, something you could resell at Hastings or Amazon for $14.95.  I apologize in advance if you do not receive a subject matter that you enjoy or if you already own the book there it’s just part of the risk.  Thanks SO VERY MUCH for participating and I cannot wait to meet you all at The Gathering!!!

Comments are welcome!

Snail Mail

I love to go to the mailbox and see what treasures might arrive.  Inspirational magazines, sweet notes from friends, even advertisements from favorite boutiques letting me know about their next event or coupons from Feed Stores!!!

If you remember I had signed up to participate in a Swap from Speckled Egg.  The rules were easy to follow and the shopping was oh so fun!  And actually very inexpensive.  We had to put all of our treasures in one of those large match boxes.  I forgot to take pics of the ones I created for my new friends but I did decorate in their favorite colours and used some nature items like nests with felted balls to resemble eggs and moss, my new favorite decorating item!

I was paired up with two amazing artists.  Amy from Curly Q Mosiacs & Heather from Speckled Egg.  Amy is an awesome designer of paper creations including some really cool calendars.  Heather has a fabulous shop where you can order tiny trinkets to create with.  Please click on their names above to visit their sites and prepare to be inspired!!!

I hope in the near future to have a Swap organized as well so be looking for the details.  It is a fun and inexpensive way to make new friends and receive new goodies and of course get crafty yourselves.  If you are interested in participating in my swap please let me know in the Comments below.

Here are the amazing boxes I received.

sweet birdie in glitter trophy

 

I love all the farmy images

 

The boys & I have been loving the sheep cutter!

 

Details of even staples make this so sweet!

 

Packaged so neatly

 

The mushroom is one of my favorites!

Comments are welcome!
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