Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas from Farmhouse38

It’s been a little quiet around here, I realize.  Lots of holiday posts were supposed to happen.  Then puppy.  Then the Christmas Ick.  So between the flu and the tiny terror, I have been a champion underachiever.

But I wanted to wish everyone a happy Christmas and New Year’s, and I will see you all on the flip side. Big things in 2014.  Big things.

With that–I’ll leave you with a quick view of the farmhouse all twinkled up:

The Newest Resident of Farmhouse38

Hello, Phoebe!

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'

My nephew also says hi!

We didn’t set out to get a puppy.  I knew we would bring home another little soul sometime (I was thinking, perhaps, in the spring), but the universe had its own plans.  We got wind that this little girl was on her way to the shelter; here was this bright-eyed, sweet-faced puppy, complete with all original parts (no tail docking–joy!!), and the Texan and I both knew we were done for.  She was not going to the pound on our watch.  I just wish we could take in more.

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'

How could we say no to the sad puppy eyes!  Kryptonite!  Put them away!

She is now ten weeks old (by best guess) and full of piss and vinegar.  The White Dog has been uncertain; afterall, the puppy is so tiny that she is virtually squashed by only one boxer-bop (in Abbie’s world, your worth is measured by how well you can wrestle).

Here’s a short video that shows the mortal peril the puppy faces just from being tiny:

But Abbie is slowly coming around.

The Newest Addition to the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'

It’s a big deal when Abbie shares her bed.

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'.

Puppy spooning.

While I have struggled emotionally with taking this step (it is still a bit soon for me), she has won me over with her shenanigans.  I would expect nothing less from a boxer.  She is also very willing to learn, to cuddle, to roll up into a wiggly kidney bean when she’s excited, to keep your lap warm, and to deliver an endless, stinky supply of puppy kisses.

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'.

Here’s a short video showing Phoebe’s domination of the stairs (at first she was afraid, she was petrified…but then she got the hang of it after Abbie showed her a thing or two):

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'.

Funny how the only photos I can get of her are while she is sleeping. Otherwise she is a blur of floppy ears and tail.

Here is an example of the blur:

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 Crew

And then we must rest.

She’s been doing great with the cats and the chickens (although the ginger-chicken has chased her off a few times, but that’s what the ginger-chicken do).  Nix already calls her by name (although, for the record, when the bird says ‘Phoebe’ it comes out sounding like ‘Seebie’, but she gets an ‘A’ for effort. Well, maybe more of an ‘A-‘).  She has even gotten the stamp of approval from cousin Milo, the Frenchie (who is not too big to wrestle with).

All-in-all, I think she’s a great fit for us.  I look forward to when she is big enough to box because there is just nothing more joyful than two boxers duking it out for fun.

Welcome to the chaos, Feebs!

Candy Stripe Monogram

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

I truly feel that the paper straw is a highly underrated crafting material. As a functional straw, I kind of think they suck (see what I did there?!). There’s just something that I don’t like about drinking through paper. Kind of right up there with disposable wooden ice cream spoons. Blech. It might just be me. Nonetheless, they are cute as heck, am I right?

Quite some time ago I got this 20″ tall wooden R. I wish I could tell you why.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

A mighty fine letter.

I just decided I needed it. And clearly I did, because it has been sitting around collecting cobwebs for a very long time. Until a couple of days ago when I decided to glue straws all over it.

Obviously, there are a plethora of fairly inexpensive craft store letters that could be used here (see here for an example). In fact, one could even cut a letter out of flat cardboard and achieve this same look without paying a dime. But I had a big wooden R that was calling my name.  I can’t quite remember, but I think I got it from here.  My paper straws came from Amazon.

I simply measured and cut the straws to fit, lining their patterns up and hot-gluing them one at a time. I decided that I wanted to have wide, alternating stripes of two differently-laid patterns, so I measured out five, four inch tall sections.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

Measuring out my horizontal stripes with expert-level precision.

The sections would contrast between having the stripe pattern line up, and having it not line up (incidentally, I learned that the patterns on these straws are not uniform, therefore, it was nearly impossible to have them line up properly. Duly noted).

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

Ah, the chaos of crafting.

When every straw had been singularly glued in place, I then simply glued ribbon around the perimeter of the letter to hide the bare edges (as well as the open, not-so-pretty ends of the straws).

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

The ribbon is an easy, tailored finish for what were fairly gruesome edges.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

A close up of the alternating patterns.  And of the way they really don’t line up very well.  But eh…good enough.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

The R looks great hanging over our off-center temporary range. I may just leave it up until we get ourselves a grown-up range and hood.

The kitchen is starting to look rather Christmassy. I heart it.

Christmas Kitchen Decor from Farmhouse38

Miniature rosemary wreaths are a quick, adorable holiday accent, straight from the garden.

Christmas Kitchen Holiday Decor from Farmhouse38

More kitchen holiday cheer.

Candy Stripe Monogram (using paper straws) from Farmhouse38

Yep. I think I may just leave it all year round.

 

Our Little Coop’s December Click-a-Day Challenge

I love me a photo challenge.  And I love me some Our Little Coop.  So when I saw they were orchestrating this December Click-a-Day Challenge, I thought: YUP.  Sign me up, people.

December Click-a-Day Photo Challenge from Our Little Coop

It’s super simple: just take a photo a day interpreting that day’s theme, and then post to your favorite social media using the hastag #clickadaychallenge.  I’m going to post all my images for the month here in this blog post, so check back in to see my results!  Join me!

The Day 1 challenge is RED, and here’s my photo:

Day 1 Our Little Coop's December Click-a-Day Challenge

A quick moment before holiday crafting officially destroys my entire house!

Day 2: Gratitude

Day 2 December Click-a-Day Challenge

Day 3: Words

Day 3 December Click a Day Challenge by Our Little Coop

Okay, so it’s only one word…

Day 4: Cold

Day 4 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop

How you really know it’s Christmas at our house.

Day 5: Comfort

Day 5 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop

Embarrassingly spoiled.

Day 6: ‘Tis the Season

Day 6 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop

White poinsettias, neon Chuck Taylors. Very festive.

Day 7: Tradition

Day 7 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop

The Christmas Pickle.

Day 8: Looking Up

Day 8 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop

Our newly-adopted puppy, Phoebe, as shown-off by our nephew. So much cute in such a little photo.

Day 9: Light

Day 9 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

Prepare yourselves for endless puppy pics.  I apologize for nothing.

Day 10: Black and White

Day 10 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

Nixie needs some attention. I just love how she always looks like mischief is a-brewing. Saucy little minx.

Day 11: Below

Day 11 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

How to puppy-proof a tree. And, also, the star is supposed to be crooked. I swear.

Day 12: Wish

Day 12 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

A little Christmas pixie dust.

Day 13: Reflect

Day 13 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

Bobbin’ for worms.

Day 15: Through the Window

December Click-A-Day Challenge Day 15 from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

Or…through the screen door. Since it is 82 degrees out today.

Day 18: Close Up

Day 18 December Click-a-Day Challenge from Our Little Coop via Farmhouse38

Thanks for the fun, Our Little Coop!

%d bloggers like this: