I really enjoy laying out designs for signs and making them myself. I’ve thought much about starting a small business of custom made farmhouse signs, but just haven’t. Yet. However, sometime early last Fall, I did make a few handmade farmhouse signs I had in mind for our own home. And today, I am getting around to sharing them with you. They are super simple and rustic in design, which is pretty much my style, and fitting for our home, where much of everything is made by us, in just that fashion.
I hope you enjoy checking out these farmhouse signs.
Fall is here, and while nature readies itself to bless us with the year’s annual grand finale display of beauty in New England, our gardens had found it time to wither and fade, with an early prep for a long winter rest. Especially since we opted to not plant anything new for a fall harvest this first season in our new garden area. We still have lots of carrots in the ground, and we’re still picking peppers of all kinds. But everything else was pretty much done. So with a good wait in front of us before a pure blanket of white snow covers all that is post-life and ugly, we wanted to keep the beauty going a little longer, with some festive Fall garden and home outdoor decor. We thought you might enjoy seeing the photos of our efforts.
We worked with an abundance of the typical Fall elements: Glorious mums in a variety of shades, pumpkins of various kinds, straw bales, cornstalks, and gourds. But we also planted our first big arrangement in a huge whiskey barrel, and we’re excited to show you that!
We had started getting everything ready to go, but then Storm Jose’ was heading our way. So we put many plants out behind our house in a more sheltered area to wait. Besides, we were also still having some days that felt a whole lot like summer. The heat is no good for many of these cool-loving plants, so keeping them in the shade until things cooled down a bit, was the right thing to do, also. (Even though I was so excited to get working on making everything FALL TIME, like the calendar said!)
The days came where I couldn’t wait any longer. So we got to work over a weekend, and banged it all out.
Then we smiled.
Here’s an overvew of the fenced garden. We’ll give you a closer look around in a minute. But let’s talk about the fresh layer of straw over all of the beds first. We use it all gardening season long around the plants in the beds as a mulch, to protect the soil from the sun. It does a great job of keeping the beds moist, and not drying out to a dush in the heat. It’s important to be sure you are using straw in gardening though, as opposed to hay, because hay has seeds, and unless you are going for wheat fields, you really don’t want all these seeds falling on your garden soil.
The straw is not only a beautiful golden color for a Fall look, but throughout the bitter winter here in New England it helps protect any perrenial plants buried in the garden beds, holding in some heat from the earth. Come spring thaw, what is broken down can just be turned into the soil with other more enriching compost.
Ok, less talk, more photos, now.
Our garden-entry gates.
Come on in.
Have you ever met our hedgehog, Paprika? If not, we thought we’d introduce you to her, today. If you have, you might want to see how much she’s grown!
You’ll just want to let all of the photos load, so you can see if she does indeed have some serious cute-factor, or if it’s just us.
So give it a moment.
We think you’re going to love her.
P is for Paprika, of course.
And here she is . . . .
We announced awhile back that we decided to add to our chicken flock, but there was a little wait.
Well, our day-old sweet new baby chicks just arrived!
There are few things sweeter than opening a box of brand new baby chicks! If you opened the box with us via video on our Facebook Page, (<– watch here), you know just what we mean! We’ve been so excited to get them, and we’re loving having them here.
Most of them still have their little egg-tooth too, and well, we’re all smitten with every one of them, already.
So today we are going to just briefly share with you their photos, names, breeds, and egg colors!
And also, what they will look like, for the most part, when they are all-grown-up!
A Word on Naming Them
You may know that for our first-chicks-ever (one-day-old chicks we received just like this, in 2014), the name-theme we were running with was towns we had personal ties to. When we allowed those chickens to have offspring with our rooster the following spring, we went with names of personally-relevant streets in those towns. (From the coinciding towns, of course.)
This time, with this order of sweet chicks, we have no consistent theme for names! So, don’t expect that. We’ve got a couple of spices, a couple of shrub/trees, and one more street! We roll unpredictably like that.
And God-willing there will be NO boys/roosters! We did order to have them vent-sexed, to be sure (ha haha!) we get females again. But ummm, well, last time (our first order), there were 2 out of 8 mis-sexed chicks. (We kept 1, even though we never intended to have a rooster. We did love our time with Weymouth.) And then when their offspring were born, 5 hatched, and 3 were boys/roosters! We kid you freakin’-not. So, we’ve had our share of finding homes for roosters.
We are counting on having ALL GIRLS with these chicks! Please, Lord.
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Alright, are you ready to meet the new chicks, one by one?
Juniper is a Blue Easter Egger. Isn’t she just a doll?! She is expected to lay blue or green eggs. We can’t wait to see her eggs! Because whatever color the first egg is, is what that Easter Egger will always lay. I’m sure we’ll show the first egg on our Facebook Page and or our InstaGram. So yeah, follow us theres. (Typo on purpose.)