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September 30, 2014

Autumn 2014 & A New Website

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Happy Autumn! Life is looking beautiful here in Greenbluff, such a welcome time of the year.

I'll be returning here to my blog soon, with a new look and fun new content. In the meantime, follow along with me on Instagram where I'll be sharing daily autumn sightings and creative inspiration.

New site coming soon. xo

January 31, 2013

And Then Big Boy Went Missing

Remember Big Boy? Well, he was traveling around and had just returned from Idaho. In fact, let me show you. He was with Jamie (of PattyCake Baby) and her neighbor Alisa (of The Attic) in Idaho and had a great time.

Doing some farming:

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Went for a walk in Dalton Gardens and came upon one of the many local garden stands:

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Picking pumpkins with the fam:

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Enjoying the beach at the Coeur d'Alene Resort:

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A day with new friends at Totten's Pond in Dalton Gardens:

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But shortly after he returned home, he went missing. It didn't help that we were in the middle of a big project at World Headquarters...

We're on the hunt for Big Boy and hope he'll turn up soon. We'll let you know as soon as he does.

November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Favorites

I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving and having a full house. There's such a warmth in gathering together, isn't there?

Here are a few of my favorites for Thanksgiving:

Farm Chicks Style Turkey

Sweet Potato Bake

Thanksgiving Salad

Serena's No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

The Whipped Cream Secret

You can find more of my posts about Thanksgiving here.

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November 12, 2012

Holiday Inspiration

It began snowing in Spokane last week and my Christmas spirit began to soar. I love the first snowfall of the season. Please don't melt. Please don't melt.

Today is a special day for me because I get to announce my sweet friend Heather Bullard's Souvenir Magazine has been released today. The HOLIDAY ISSUE.

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I love so much about this magazine - that it's produced by women, a true labor of love, and most importantly... it's beautiful and inspiring. It makes me want to create, decorate, and cherish the season even more. That's what happens when I'm inspired.

And, it serves as the platform for the debut food story of my dear and talented friend, Sylvia Fountaine. Her recipes are always a treat and I love how what she puts out thoughtfully walks the reader through the steps. I know you're going to love her feature! BEEE-U-T-FULLL! :)

I also got to join in this time with a story about a day in my life. I hope you enjoy it. (Special thanks to Samantha Cabrera for shooting my story. I adore you.)

Grab some cocoa and come join us. You can purchase and download your issue here!

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xo

November 01, 2012

Suffering

Today I'm reaching out to those of you who are suffering, whether it's sadness, sickness, or recovering from the storm.

It can be such a lonely place.

But please know that you are not alone. Today I wish for you serenity, courage, and peace of mind and heart. Today I send you love.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

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October 03, 2012

Big Boy Returns From Florida!

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Big Boy made it to Florida just in time for Hurricane Irene. Yipes!

He was there visiting Jackie and had quite a time, despite the scary weather conditions.

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He took in a football game just before the storm hit, then it was pretty scary from there. Shuttered homes, flooding, and some worry about what would develop. Luckily, Jackie was a wonderful hostess and made him microwave potato chips when they ran out of snacks.

Big Boy loved Florida, despite the scary weather and now he's enjoying some time in Idaho.

You can findout more about his upcoming travel schedule and back story here.

Happy trails!

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August 20, 2012

Big Boy Wants to Visit You!

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Meet Big Boy. He's just returned from a little trip to California.

You see, it all started when Lisa sent Heather a box containing some items from The Farm Chicks Show. Unbeknownst to her, Big Boy was in there too. So Heather, being the California ambassador that she is, took him around to see some everyday sights and have some fun, California style. Juice cleanse anyone?

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Now Big Boy has come to live with me and my family. But turns out, he'd really like to travel all over the world. Would you like him to come and visit you?

We'll be sending him to any state in the U.S. and any country in the world, if you'd like to host him. He's already been to Washington (his home) and to California. Where will he go next? It's up to you!

Here are all the details:

  1. If you would like to host Big Boy, quickly leave a comment here on the blog, telling me which U.S. state or country you live in. Since he will only visit each U.S. state or country in the world once, the first person to comment from each state or country in the world will be the host.
  2. We will email each host to get a mailing address (he will be traveling to each locale in the order the comments are received).
  3. When Big Boy arrives to your home, show him around and take pictures of what he's seen and done. After a few days with your family, you'll mail Big Boy back to us, along with the pictures of his journey and I'll share them here on my blog.
  4. Big Boy's journeys will continue through the end of April, 2013.

At the end of his journeys, I will let the readers vote on which trip they liked reading about the best and that person will receive a brand new Instax Instant Camera from me! Hooray!

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Big Boy will then make a final appearance at The Farm Chicks Show in June where he'll showcase where he's been in a special display.

Where in the world will Big Boy be next? What will he see?

It's up to you. :)

Log of hosts:

  1. Heather (Heather Bullard, Heather Bullard Lifestyle)
  2. On his way now to: Jackie in Florida     Then....
  3. Jamie in Idaho
  4. Camille in Louisiana
  5. Colleen in Pennsylvania
  6. Marti in Colorado
  7. Shelly in Georgia
  8. Amy in Ohio
  9. Heather in Michigan
  10. Kelly in Nebraska
  11. Cat in Texas
  12. Gwen in England
  13. Deanna in Utah
  14. Di in Wales
  15. Wendy in Australia
  16. Julie-Ann in New England
  17. Merielle in British Columbia
  18. Amy in Montana
  19. Catherine in France
  20. Liv in Spain
  21. Heather in Maryland
  22. Brenda in Tennessee
  23. Tammy in Minnesota
  24. Carrie in Kentucky
  25. Heather in Indiana
  26. Amy in Illinois
  27. Christina in Missouri
  28. June in North Carolina
  29. Kingsley in Virginia
  30. Darcee in Oregon
  31. Marieke in the Netherlands
  32. Karen in Ontario
  33. Jennifer in New York
  34. Heather in Massachusetts
  35. Barbara in Wisconson
  36. Tina in Arizona
  37. Sylvia in Arkansas
  38. Tauna in Hawaii
  39. Jackie in Oklahoma
  40. Courtney in Nevada
  41. Barbara in Alaska
  42. Amy in Germany
  43. Sue in South Carolina
  44. Courtney in Alabama
  45. Sanna in Sweden
  46. Erin in Vermont
  47. Who's next?!

April 20, 2012

My Favorite Find Friday

The weekend is here! Here are the events I've found happening this weekend via My Favorite Find:

The Grassroots Wedding Fair - Vancouver, BC - April 21st  Mini spring 'pop-up' wedding fair. Vintage inspired, eco-friendly and handmade wedding fair in Vancouver. All businesses has a commitment to sustainability.

Custer's Antique & Collector's Sale - Spokane, WA - April 20th - 22nd  Over 200 dealers from all over the west coast selling thousands of antiques and collectibles including.

Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show - Roseville, CA - April 21st 40 vendors/vintage designers with vintage furnishings, inspired art, and jewelry, live music and food.

Girls Night Out at Wigget's Antique Marketplace - Coeur d'Alene, ID - April 20th Two hours of storewide sales, prize drawings every 10 minutes, and hors d'oeuvres in the antiques marketplace.

Monticello Home & Garden Show - Portland, OR - Ongoing Vintage Home & Garden Show set inside a 5,000 square feet garden room featuring 16 vendors offering home, garden and outdoor living finds.

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to show-and-tell your finds on My Favorite Find!

January 29, 2012

Business Card Contest!

Whenever I receive a great business card I think about how I wish everyone could see it. And this week when I received another that was just so great, I thought to myself that I just had to do something about it. To tell the world.

So I decided I'd hold a little contest. A business card contest.

Do you have a great business card that you'd love for the world to see? I'd love to take a look and possibly show it to everyone! It's really simple: Just mail me your business card and if it's chosen, I'll share it on my blog, along with a link to your website! And don't worry, I plan on sharing lots of cards, because I really love spreading the word on other small businesses.

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To enter, mail your business card to me here:

The Farm Chicks

P.O. Box 1328

Mead, WA 99021

It can come from anywhere in the world, just please have it postmarked by Friday, February 3rd. (Cards will not be returned).

And then, stay tuned! I'll be sharing these great business cards really soon!

January 04, 2012

A Little Cuteness

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I thought I'd share this little sketch I received from an old friend of The Farm Chicks.  Cute, no?

January 02, 2012

New Year's Inspiration

My friend, Heather, reminded me of this clip that anyone who leads a creative life should read - by my favorite radio host, Ira Glass, of This American Life.

Happy new year!

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

December 31, 2011

One Small Step For Me...

 

... one giant leap for Farm Chicks kind:

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MainClick here for an invitation.

 

December 23, 2011

The Glow

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Our family is settling in for our first Christmas in our new home.

Every day the anticipation almost takes over me. Anticipation for the day.

The day where the light pours into our happy home and its brightness fills me with cheer. I feel like there's so much that I can do. So much in the day.

When evening rolls around, I love the coziness that snuggles in around us inside our home. That feeling you get when the lights glow so sweetly and illuminate the house.

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Sometimes I like to slip outside and soak in the glow. A glowing house is one of my favorite things in the world.

Like the farmhouse down the road, with its Christmas tree twinkling merrily through the front window. All is well there, in that twinkly home.

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When bedtime rolls around, I don't want to go. And I think about that good 'ol Johnny Cash song:

I was totin' my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road,
When along came a semi with a high an' canvas-covered load.
"If you're goin' to Winnemucca, Mack, with me you can ride."
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside.
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand.
And I said, "Listen, I've traveled every road in this here land!"

It reminds me of where I've been, and just like the song, I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere.

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And now, I'm home.

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Hang the mistletoe by the fire’s glow, put the angel on the tree.
Light a candle in the window, just for me.

 

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Images by John Granen.

Coming home for Christmas lyrics by Jim Brickman.

The Focus Group

Yesterday, the focus group I assembled for my new venture, My Favorite Find, gathered in Spokane.

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It was important for me to get their input on what I'm doing.

Wherever you are in the world, My Favorite Find is coming to you soon. And I'm pretty excited about it.

Soon, I'll be inviting some of you, my readers, to join me, and I'll be asking for your input too. Hooray!

In the meantime, don't forget to follow My Favorite Find on facebook!

Special thanks to my team at North by Northwest, and focus group members Jennifer, Luke, Nancy, Alison, Hollie, Marianne, Katelyn, Chelsea, and Virgina.

November 22, 2011

Winter Blew In

Winter blew in this weekend and left me happy.

I've never been so happy to see snow. It seems like everything at home just feels right.

I stop and think about how my heart feels full several times a day. You know how you feel when you've been feeling so bad for so long and then you get better and everything just feels so happy and wonderful? I get teary just thinking about it.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here. I love that day.

And the soundtrack of my life keeps playing in my mind. Today, it's my Winter Song. :)

November 13, 2011

Remembering Ann Caster

I often talk about my antiques show and the vendors who participate. We gather once a year, but stay connected throughout. I've watched their children grow, their dreams unfold, and been there throughout the ups and downs. Like family.

I remember getting to know Ann when she began participating in the show, back when we'd just moved it to Fairfield. I can still see her antiques spaces in my mind, and remember each one and why she'd moved from one to another. I admired her candor and witty personality and loved that her husband Andy was always by her side - one of the many couples I've grown to love over the years.

And I remember when I learned of Ann's battle with cancer and the wave of emotion that I felt that day. I didn't - and still don't - handle these struggles well.

This week I found myself struggling with the loss of Ann. What could I do?

And I was left with the only answer I know. To live my life and be the best I can be. To be thankful for the life and the family that's been given to me.

When I think about Ann, I can see her smile in my mind. The way she wrinkled up her nose and squinted her eyes when she smiled. And when I remember that, it makes me smile too.

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A Funeral Mass will be held in Ann's honor on November 18, at 11am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3720 East Colbert Road Colbert, WA 99005, with a reception at the church immediately following the service.

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November 02, 2011

A Chat & My Kitchen

Hi there,

Just a quick note that I'll be chatting live on Facebook, this Friday, November 4th, at 9am PST. I'd love to visit with you!

Love,

me

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P.S. Remember when you asked for a tour of my new kitchen? A whole series of posts from my kitchen are coming up!

 

November 01, 2011

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Hi! Today feels like a new beginning for me. I'm happy to report that I'm slowly beginning to feel like myself again and I'm really thankful for that. Turns out recovering from surgery can be quite a bugger. Honestly, I'm ready to put the whole experience in the rearview mirror.

Today is 11/1/11. Doesn't that feel like a clean slate number? I sure think so. And with this date, I feel a renewed sense of energy and excitement for what's to come.

Health.

The holidays in our new home.

MY FAVORITE FIND!

The Farm Chicks Show 2012

The best is yet to come.

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October 03, 2011

Storefront Here and There

Let me tell you that I love visiting a cute little store, especially in the fall, when decorating is as darling as ever. Here are some cute shots from little shops here and there.

Grandiflora Home & Garden (Lynden, Washington):

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Good Look, Inc. (Princeton, Texas)

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Twin Elm Farm (Peterborough, New Hampshire):

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Oh So Lovely (Winnepeg, Manitoba)

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Ruffles and Rust Square (Snohomish, Washington):

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Have you seen a shop decorated sweetly for fall? I'd love to hear about it!

And hey, let's support these little shops, shall we?

September 23, 2011

Weekend

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The weekend is upon us and I'm too busy to post, so I thought I'd share some Autumn cheer. Living in the middle of a pumpkin patch is the best! Happy harvest weekend to you.

July 25, 2011

It's All About the Chickens

You know how people talk about what's "trending" on the internet? You know what's trending in Farm Chicks World? Chickens.

I just discovered there's a chicken out there with my name on it...

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Meet Serena.... the chicken. She belongs to Sandi.

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She loves long walks, eating, and hugs. Just like me. hee hee

And my friend, Heather, has put the Belgian coop I recently found for her to good use.

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Isn't it lovely?

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What's trending in your world?

 

July 10, 2011

Strawberry Week Starts Tomorrow

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Join me here for Strawberry Week starting on Monday. Recipes, tips, and ideas all around this sweet little berry.

And you can join in on the fun. Leave me a comment with a link to your favorite strawberry recipe, post it on The Farm Chicks Facebook Wall, or tweet it to #strawberryweek

I can't wait!

July 08, 2011

Strawberry Week!

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Grab some strawberries and meet me here all next week for STRAWBERRY WEEK!  It's going to be strawberry-licious!

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April 06, 2011

Tag Sale/Rummage Sale!

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February 23, 2011

A Needle In A Haystack

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December 19, 2010

Santa Claus

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October 22, 2010

Sister's Sale This Weekend!

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March 29, 2010

Sur Le Plat

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January 11, 2010

Answers - From Behind the Scenes

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January 08, 2010

Questions and Answers

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January 07, 2010

A Little Love

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December 24, 2009

Dear You....

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October 23, 2009

May I Dance

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July 30, 2009

Rise and Shine

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Goodbye comfy bed

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Good morning, shoes... you'll wake me up, right?

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Good morning, flowers... you make me happy

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Good morning, apples... you're almost ready to pick

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It's going to be a beautiful day.

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November 18, 2008

Chris (Part 2)

First of all, I have to say that Chris is one of my favorite artists of all time.  Her paintings are just beautiful and oftentimes depict our local Spokane area.  I just about died when I saw a piece she did on downtown Spokane from quite a few years ago - complete with lots of great cars in the parking lot.  It's my favorite so far.  But she is truly amazing at everything she does.  And as you'll see, she loves quilting.  Here are some shots from my visit yesterday.  (And you can see one of her paintings in the background in the photo below).

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A Collection of rescued quilts in an old crib and a stack of doll quilts in a doll crib on the right.

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She's even used the doll quilts as placemats from time to time.

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Oh my gosh - I love this.....It's hard to read, but what she does with the unfinished quilts she rescues and completes is that she signs each one (in stitch) as follows:
Ann Onymous - Pieced  (get it?)
C.E. Druffel-Lynch - quilted  
(her name)
2008
 (year of completion)

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And as I've mentioned before, Chris and her sisters hold a couple of sales each year in Spokane.  Tons of vintage, antique and homemade items.  We'll be sure to let you know when the next one is and will share pictures of Carrie's house and the last sale we went to.  Can you even stand it?!

November 17, 2008

Sister Sister

It's been an overload of sisterly love for me lately.  First, getting to spend a great weekend with my sister and then today, getting to spend the day with my friends, the sisters (I've mentioned before) and some other friends too.  Today started out as so busy - zipping here and there and a business meeting too.  It was so nice to head to Chris's house for an amazing lunch and good conversation.  I'll post more about my visit tomorrow, but I wanted to show you what we were treated to for lunch:

Fresh Fruit:

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Southwestern Chicken and Avocado Soup, Creamed Asparagus Soup and Bread:

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Fresh Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad:

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Ginger Cake with Lemon Sauce:

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Oh, and here's our hostess, Chris:

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I can't even tell you how delicious everything was.  And all homemade.  Just like sisters do.

October 18, 2008

*Blush*

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It's like we've just moved into the neighborhood and all the neighbors have stopped by with casseroles and pies.  What do we even say for such a warm welcome to your blog-er-hood?  Thank you for your sweetness, your encouragement, your love.  It's the best move we've ever made.



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