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August 22, 2012

A Little Holiday

Summer is winding down for the boys and I'll be taking a little holiday to share this time with them before school begins again.

So, I'll be away for a wee bit. (I plan to connect again sometime around September 5th).

This summer has been as great as I could hope. Here are a few things I've loved to pieces this season:

Sylvia's Quinoa Cakes (My favorite favorite summer meal):

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Image: Feasting at Home

These super fun games that the folks at Zume sent us. They actually got the boys excited to run around outside more. One night, we had tons of boys outside playing Zume games until 10:30 pm. What could be better than boys being crazy and having fun?

Image: Zume

These beautiful bracelets that Heather introduced me to. And they're recycled too!

Image: Heather Bullard

Note: I have a call in to the maker of the bracelets so that I can provide you with her contact information in case you want to purchase your own. I'll provide contact information for the maker here if I'm able to do so. Stay tuned...

So, farewell until September...



July 09, 2012

Feasting At Home

Today I want to introduce you to Sylvia who has the most fantastic food blog, Feasting At Home.


Here she is delivering some of her amazing food for a shoot I was producing.

It was a terrible, horrible stormy day and we were trying to shoot an outdoor event. In the hours we were sitting and waiting for breaks in the thunder, lightning, and torrential downpours, we had plenty of time to catch up. I loved getting a chance to visit with her as I find her work really inspiring.

I think she's one of those people who is so gifted and the world (outside of Spokane) just hasn't discovered her yet. Do you love beautiful wonderful food? Then you'll love Sylvia, and Feast.

March 30, 2012

My Favorite Find Friday

Welcome to My Favorite Find Friday!

Several Fridays a month I'll be sharing upcoming events and great shoppes that I've discovered on My Favorite Find! (You can click on the image to be taken to the event/shoppe listing on My Favorite Find).

Vintage/Antiques Show/Sale Event - Newburyport, Massachusetts:


Women's Vintage Day Out - California (Participants need to RSVP by March 28th):


Classic Farmhouse Open House and Sales Event - Auburn, WA:


Vintage Trunk Show - Beaverton, OR:


And take a look at this shoppe, Tattered Tiques, in Lake Barrington, Illinois:


Don't know about My Favorite Find yet? You can read more about the story behind it's creation on these blogs: (Of course, you can visit the site any time!)

OC Cottage

Drinking From My Saucer

Cathy Penton - Dare to Dream

Blissful Blooms

Vintage Grey

The Savvy Luna Bug

Homesteader's Heart

Alexa Lett

Rural Revolution

Ramblings from a Vintage Gal

Curious Details

The Grand Suprise

KXLY 4 News

Farm Fresh Therapy

Hampton Victory Garden

Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Finding Home 

Recraft Magazine

Tanya Smith

Sweet Peas and Happy Things

Homemade Renegade

SugarPie Farmhouse

Raffia Sisters

Sing and Don't Be Silent

Pots and Pins


March 13, 2012

Personal Favorites

Do you remember the Business Card Contest I held recently? That was fun! I thought I'd share these cards that I've saved from my travels and Farm Chicks business. I do love a great business card!


Gather and Hunt, a Farm Chicks Show vendor.

Marguerite, one of the most beautifully curated shops I've ever visited.

Hello!Lucky, I adore the business and their goods.

And speaking of Hello!Lucky Stationery, look at these darling cards I recently received from them. Letterpress is just so lovely.




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October 17, 2011

Fall Favorites (Part 2)

Today I want to tell you about the pretty little things I'm loving right now. A few more little pick-me-ups for the fall wardrobe.


The best thing about gold? It makes you SHINE!

Happy day!


Lace Clutch: Forever 21

Gold Nail Polish: Nicole (OPI) in shade "Next CEO"

Fabric Flower Pin: EmersonMade

Gold Lace Necklace: Payaya!


August 26, 2011

Fall Favorites

Adding a few special things to your seasonal wardrobe is like a little pick-me-up. A "Happy Day To Me, From Me" sort of treat. Here is what I'm loving for fall:


1: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon - I love the look of a stained lip. Not overly made up, but lovely, nonetheless. And, yes, it feels velvety, not dry like a normal lipstain. I love this stuff! My fave? Mulberry Nude. $7.99 at Target.

2: Maybelline Express Finish polish. I love how quickly this polish dries. Perfect shade for my toes: Mocha Blast. $3.49 at Target.

3: Maybelline Express Finish polish. I like the shade Ivory in Seconds for my hands. $3.49 at Target.

4. Aviators (on the cheap!) Let me say that I've owned really expensive sunglasses and really inexpensive ones and the expensive ones break and get lost just as easily as the cheap ones. My vote? Wal-Mart $4.99.

5. Minnetonka moccasins. If you're going to buy moccasins, don't go cheap. I think Minnetonkas are the best, and aren't they just the cutest for fall? I got mine for a great deal: $29 at TJ Maxx. (Normal retail is $45, but well worth it).

Note: I was not paid to endorse these items. I just happen to enjoy them.

May 04, 2011


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April 04, 2011

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February 10, 2011

Floral Fashion

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January 13, 2011

A Short Novel About Fashion

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November 28, 2010

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June 29, 2010


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April 01, 2010


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March 30, 2010

Heather Bullard

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October 26, 2009

Sisters Weekend

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August 19, 2009


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August 17, 2009


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August 05, 2009

Wildrose Prairie

Last night, we all headed out to Wildrose Prairie to volunteer at a bike race.
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If you're going to race, the prairie is where it's at!
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You've heard lots about my prairie that I love.  And we are so lucky to live in an area where prairies are found almost everywhere you go.  Life on the prairie is good!

July 28, 2009


On a recent trip to Nantucket, we stopped by the farmer's market.

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I fell in love with the aprons made by Lindsey Cressman.  Isn't she such a cutie pie?

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I've been waiting to tell you about her because I wanted her website to be up and running so you could buy her cute things if you wanted.  And now it is!  And you know what else?  Her business has the cutest name ever:  Spoon!  And, it turns out she makes quilts too.  An apron and quiltmaker.  I think that probably makes her one of the happiest girls on earth!



July 03, 2009

My Prairie the Beautiful

O beautiful, for spacious skies,
Spacious skies

For amber waves of grain,
Amber waves of grain

For purple mountain majesties
Purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!
Fruited plain

America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

(Pictures from my morning run on our beautiful prairie).

June 10, 2009



We've been munching and crunching around our house lately, since we stocked up on one of our favorite treats from the show.  Anoka Farms Brittle.  Oh. My. Goodness.  It is amazingly terrificly scrumptiously delicious.  And what I love even more about it is that it's a tiny mom and pop business, created by Stephen and Shelly, using her grandmother's recipe.  And I love how they honor the memory of her grandparents and their farm on Pleasant Prairie, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from me.

And as we've been munching and crunching, it occurred to me that I just had to do a post about it before Father's Day because it would make the best gift for that special day.  Really.

My favorite is Chocolate Dipped. I wonder what yours will be?  Let me know!

May 15, 2009

Back to 4th Grade

Yesterday was a youthful day.  After a haircut from the best stylist ever, she surprised me with a little gift:

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Cute, right?  And it opens up to reveal two little tubs of lip gloss.  It reminded me of my 4th grade year, when all my friends had themed lip glosses, which I adored, but was unable to afford.  Now I have my very own!  Thanks, Annie!

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And later, with lips glossed, my friend Stacey and I made it to the Kellie Pickler/Taylor Swift concert, where we were surrounded by little girls who would probably love my new lip gloss just as much as me.

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May 01, 2009

Holly Farrell

I am so enamored with the work of Holly Farrell.  Love love love.






February 12, 2009

Cuckoo for the Cuckoo Clock

Turns out, many of you love my cuckoo clock as much as I do.  I saw the clock at Pottery Barn Kids and watched it all season, not really wanting to pay as much as they were asking.  Luckily for me, my watching paid off and they put it on clearance at the end of the season.  I love love love it because the little bird pokes its head out the window and chirps every hour.  You can make it as quiet as you like.  Colin was a little apprehensive when I hung it in the kitchen, as he was sure that little bird was going to drive him, well....cuckoo!  I turned the volume down pretty low and it's the cutest thing ever.  And I'm not kidding, every single time the little birdy appears, softly chirping, the boys stop what they're doing and say, "cuckoo clock!  cuckoo clock!", which Colin and I think is one of the cutest darn things in the whole world.  
I've received emails asking where I got the clock and was sad to see on their website that it's no longer available.  When answering another email about the clock this morning, I decided to take a look at ebay....just in case.  And lucky day!  I discovered there's one for sale on there now!  You can find it here.  It ends in just four days....


January 02, 2009

Happy Home Office

I love feeling happy, so my office nook needs to look that way and be organized at the same time.


I use a lot of clear storage boxes to hold my supplies, but didn't like seeing through to the contents.  So, I just lined each one with some dotty wrapping paper.  On the shelf below, Ikea magazine files keep my magazines tidy:


Business cards:


A painting of downtown Spokane, by my favorite artist, Chris:


Sweet little clutches by my friend, Jennifer Paganelli.  I use them for my coupons:


My pin cushions were actually Martha Stewart Christmas ornaments from a couple of years ago.  I just cut off the hangers:


Tacks from one of my FAVORITE stores ever - the Japanese dollar store in Seattle.  The gingham CD organizers and stack of colorful journals shown above were found there as well.


The HOORAY card shown above is from the lovely Elum Designs.  The Big Boy figurine is from Kitschy Kitschy Koo, a vendor at the show.  All of the tins are from Michael's.

October 23, 2008

Hi Friends! It's me, Serena.

6a010534adb750970b01053590244c970b-200wiAt the end of every school year, I'd say goodbye to all of my friends for the summer and head for home, which was deep in the mountains of Siskiyou County, California.  It was a lot like losing contact with the world for those few months.  When I'd return to school, I felt a lot like the new kid, like I needed to introduce myself to everyone once again.  And although I loved summer, reading for hours on end, wild strawberry picking, and the occasional visits to the swimming hole, I craved news from my best friend, Lisa.  Since we had no telephone, I had to rely on letters from her.  And each time one would arrive, it was the best thing I could ever imagine.  A gift in my mailbox.

When my BFF Jordan (Okay, I don't actually even know her, but if I did, I know I'd love her) recently announced her Pretty Little Things Club, I had to sign up.  I have no idea what she'll be sending every month, but I know it will be lovely.  So, every month, I'll be waiting for my mail from Jordan.  It won't contain any news, just something sweet.  The best thing I could ever imagine.

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