Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Old Macdonald Had a Farm...

*Warning*This is a very long and picture heavy post!

In my previous post, I promised you all an introduction to our farm animals.

We have 2 dogs, 2 potbelly pigs, 5 goats, and one horse.

We are currently in the process of building a chicken coop so we can get a few chickens on the farm!

Let's start with the dogs.

When I was a kid, my parents raised Shih Tzus. I have always loved Shih Tzus. I think they are so cute and such good little dogs. Plus, they do not shed. Okay, I know what you're thinking: "I thought she said this post was about farm animals?" Who says a Shih Tzu can't make a great little farm dog?

Fine, fine. She really is spoiled, rotten, and does not like to go outside when it's raining.

She just had her 4th birthday, I got her when she was 10 weeks old. At the time, I was living with my mom. She was so mad at me for bringing a puppy home. She fought me tooth and nail. Yes, I probably should have listened to her... I was never usually the type to rebel against her.

Eventually, she grew to love and spoil my puppy. Now that I am married and have moved out, I swear... she misses this dog more than she misses me!

Everyone... meet Payslie!

She is my little diva, and she bosses the next pup around that I am going to introduce you to.

My husband got him around the same time I got Payslie, he is a lab mix. He went on a diet as soon as we get married back in October because he had a little extra fluff. :)

He is very energetic, it took me some time to get used to having a big energetic dog around when Matt & I got married and moved in together. However, he has given us nonstop entertainment.

Meet Jack.

On Christmas morning we gave both of our dogs new chew toys. This was the result we had after a total of 5 minutes....

Look at those guilty faces...

Moving on. Meet the goats.

This is Mina and her kid, Opal. Opal was born 2 weeks before our wedding in October!

This is Betsy and her kid, Ellie. Ellie was probably born some time in August, we got her and her mom in September and she was not very old at the time! These two are our escape artists. No matter what we do they seem to always find a way out of our fence, but they never go too far. :)

This is Dolly. She is the sweetest little thing. :)

If you're wondering why we have a goat in the house, we were snowed in last month for about 4 days and we got extremely bored. 😊

Now, moving onto the pigs!

We have two Potbelly piggies. I asked my hubby if I could get them and he reluctantly said yes. I think he is already regretting it because they are also our escape artists, You wouldn't believe how small of spaces these pigs can squeeze through!

This is Petunia.

This is Talulah, the mischievous one. She loves nose and belly rubs. Petunia is still getting warmed up to being petted.

We got them about 2 months ago. When we brought them home they fought... a lot. We had to keep them separated for a time. Eventually they grew to love each other.

These two are very entertaining. I will let them out of their pig pen during the afternoon when I get home from work most days and they just roam around in our pasture and in our yard. Both dogs are extremely fascinated by them. They haven't quite figured them out yet. The pigs pay them no mind. :)

Lastly, meet Sissy... the Quarter Horse.

Sissy is 12 years old and my husband has had her for about 6 years. She is very sweet and a great little trail horse.

That concludes the introductions to all of our farm animals. When we do finally get chickens, I will share pictures of them and of the coop my husband builds!

I hope everyone has had a lovely Valentines Day today! My sweet husband had these beautiful flowers sent to my job. I was very surprised!

I woke up extra early to bake him some muffins for breakfast. They were cinnamon roll muffins and oh so delicious. :)

He also surprised me by bringing home dinner from my favorite local restaurant, lit some candles and pulled out our glasses from our wedding to drink out of. He made me feel very special today. I am so lucky to be married to him! The Lord has surely blessed me with a wonderful husband. 

This week I have been working on several different projects, I just have not 100% completed any of them. I guess that is what happens when you start too many at once? Most of the projects are for a sale I will be setting up at in a couple of months. I will share more about that later.

I know that I had said in my previous post that my goal is to blog 2x a week, and I definitely failed at that this week. I am shooting to have a completed project to share with you all by this weekend. 

Happy Valentines Day!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

When You Have a Shopping Problem...

This past weekend I decided to check out a vintage/antique place that I have never been to before. I have been meaning to go for a while. They only hold the sale one weekend out of each month. It just seems that every weekend that they hold it I have had something going on. 

What makes this place really unique is that it is held in an old, huge barn. 

I did have pictures to share of the barn with you all, but guess what? My phone decided to crash on me Sunday night and I spent four hours working on it the next day and ended up losing ALL of pictures.

So poof! 

There went all of my pictures from the barn sale, as well as the before pictures of my laundry room which I had started redoing/painting on Saturday. 😒 My plan was to share my before and after pictures with you once it was all done. I am pretty sure I do not have any good pictures laying around of how it looked before. I was super disappointed. Life goes on though... the only pictures I have to share with you today is some that I had to re-take yesterday of the items that I purchased at this barn sale. 

I actually went to this sale two days in a row, because vendors restock each day. Which was an unfortunate temptation for me and my wallet... I actually did not do that bad, some of the items I purchased were things I am going to make something out of and earn some profit back on those. So the way I look at it, it was a win-win for me!

As I was walking through the barn I was mostly looking for items that I could make something out of, or items that could hang on my wall (Since my walls are pretty much naked and I have not hung very many pictures or wall decor up since we moved in). I mostly ended up with neither of those general items. That's just how it goes when you have something specific on your mind though, right?

My first purchase was this Hanson Food Scale. I have been looking for an older food scale, and while this one was not quite as old/antique as I was looking for, I could not pass it up for the price. I think it will look good in my kitchen once I find the perfect spot/setup for it...  and it works great as well!

I have an obsession with baskets. Anything to do with storage. I am trying to be more like my mother and become a more organized person. I found a great deal on these antique metal baskets. They were very sturdy. I decided to display my towels in them in my newly painted bathroom cabinet! (See previous post for this bathroom cabinet transformation) 

My favorite thing that I bought was this old ash bucket. I am absolutely in love with it! I stuck some lavender in it and I currently have it sitting as my centerpiece on my dining room table. I brought it outside to take a picture for better lighting. I got a really good deal on this! My maw-maw came with me the first day I went to this sale and she just could not understand why most of the antique metal items were rusty and "beat up" and people were actually buying them. 😀

Those were the majority of my purchases on the first day. The second day I went back and picked up a bunch of pieces for future projects, I found some old windows, shutters, antique pieces of metal, etc. Whenever I decide what I am doing with those I will be sure and post before/afters!

Saturday morning my husband went to help some friends move some things out of their house. In the process I guess they cleaned out a little bit and gave him some really cool stuff. One thing was a 1950's blow dryer. I have never seen one like it! I forgot to get a picture but I will have to get one to share with you all soon. She also gave us a washboard, which I was most excited about since I have been wanting another one!

I also love going into our local Habitat for Humanity as they are always having 50%-75% off sales. I scored this cutie for $6. It looks brand new!

I am still deciding on how I want to display it. I thought it would be a cute Easter display with some dyed eggs and straw on it. We shall see!

Lastly, my latest project was a small project.. and of course I lost my before picture. I scored this vintage mail holder for $3 at the goodwill. I found a picture on Ebay of what it looked like before. I am seeing them go as is for anywhere between $20-$45.

Before (Ebay photo)

& after!

Loving the transformation!

Today is supposed to be really nice and sunny at 71 degrees. I plan on going outside when I get home from work and hanging out with the animals. I believe I will introduce you to them all in my next post. My goal is to get to where I have time to blog twice a week.

I hope you all have a blessed day!