Fourth Blogoversary!

Cupcake (photo credit Veer)

FOUR YEARS! Yep, this little blog of mine has been going for four years now. A short time, really, in the blogosphere, but still feels like quite the accomplishment. Posts have been few and far between this summer, sadly. I have an inkling that might happen again in coming years. Winter months, though long here in Alberta, make for great writing & blogging. Summer months, not so much. The growing season is far too short to spend in front of the computer. That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten you! This blog and its readers are very much on my mind as I go through each day and I’ve stored up some good content for posts to keep us entertained in the winter.

Until then, I think a Fourth Blogoversary calls for some celebration! This post marks 477 blog posts in that four year period. I’m crawling my way up to 500 posts (another milestone that will call for a bit of celebration later in the year)! And a BIG THANKS to all the wonderful folks you take the time, not only to read the blog, but to leave a comment! You guys rock and it makes my day every time I see a new comment come through!

So, let’s see, the best way to celebrate… with a GIVEAWAY, of course!! It might only be September 1st, but there’s already a crispness to the morning air. I’d love to help keep you cozy this autumn, so I’m giving away one of my crochet cowl scarves. All you have to do, is leave a comment on this post, and your name will be entered into the draw. Giveaway will close on Friday, Sept. 5th at midnight MST. Winner will be announced Saturday morning.

85% Wool, 15% Mohair Cowl Scarf

85% Wool, 15% Mohair Cowl Scarf

AND how about a sale in the Etsy shop, just to show my great appreciation of all your support! I rarely have sales in my shop, so you’ll want to take advantage of this one. All items 15% off!!! Whoot! Sale ends Friday, Sept. 5th at midnight MST.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for all the love and support over the past four years! Made the journey worth it! Hope to be around on the blog more once we get through the craziness of September (canning season, you know) and go on our Disney Cruise (over-the-moon excited about that). Until then, take care and good luck to all the giveaway participants!

(and before anyone asks, I did not make that lovely cupcake in the top photo… I turned to my good ol’ friends at Veer for a stock image)

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Button-spiration: Sweet Finds

How about a little something different for our Button-spiration post? Today I thought I would share some sweet Etsy button finds instead of a button craft idea. Daydreaming about having these:

love buttons
1. Wooden Buttons by Heart Supplies


2. Cute As A Button Shirt by Little Figs

button garland

3. Button Garland by Tartella

button necklace
4. Button Necklace by Life Accessories

Button Bouquet
5. Heart Candy Button Bouquet by Beaubuttons (isn’t this simply stunning?!)

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Busiest Little Helper

Things have been busy, busy, busy. You can probably tell by this poor neglected blog. Sammy is getting dragged along from chore to chore. And even though his hands are little, he sure has been a BIG help. He might enjoy some more time to play with his trucks or go to the park, but I think he feels pretty proud every time he gets to help out the grown-ups in his life. I sometimes can’t believe the number of things he is learning to do at such an early age (hello, he’s only 2.5 years old)! I can imagine him living on our farm more & more. And maybe, I’m starting to picture my own life on the farm a bit more too.

Always plenty of plants that need watering every day in the veggie garden.

Always plenty of plants that need watering every day in the veggie garden.

Sammy LOVED helping grandpa cut the grass out at the cabin.

Sammy LOVED helping grandpa cut the grass out at the cabin.

My boys washing veggies together for the YYC Growers CSA.

My boys washing veggies together for the YYC Growers CSA.

His favourite thing so far to wash are radishes and carrots. Good thing there were too, since there were about 130 carrots to wash this past week for the Happiness By the Acre CSA. He was a super trooper! No complaints, just kept washing and admiring each carrot.

His favourite thing so far to wash are radishes and carrots. Good thing there were too, since there were about 130 carrots to wash this past week for the Happiness By the Acre CSA. He was a super trooper! No complaints, just kept washing and admiring each carrot.

He's even pretty gentle washing the salad greens for the Happiness By the Acre CSA.

He’s even pretty gentle washing the salad greens for the Happiness By the Acre CSA.

Sam was super helpful crushing the tomatoes for the big pot of sauce we made. This is our first batch of tomato sauce for the season and the first time I've ever canned it instead of freezing. More batches still to make with my little helper.

Sam was super helpful crushing the tomatoes for the big pot of sauce we made. This is our first batch of tomato sauce for the season and the first time I’ve ever canned it instead of freezing. More batches still to make with my little helper.

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Button-spiration: Lace Button Earrings

Aren’t these lace button earrings wonderful?! I love that they make a nice shabby chic style accessory. And of course, super simple to make too! Find the original tutorial on the Evie S. blog. All you need to make these are: two plain buttons, lace, earrings studs, and a hot glue gun. Cut a circle of lace larger than your button. Then simply wrap the lace around the button, gluing the edges on the backside. Let glue cool. Then glue the earring studs on the backside of the button. And you’re done!

lace button earrings

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How Grows the Rest?

Yes, indeed, the How Grows It? post was really just part one of our yard. Here’s the remainder. I’ve saved the herbs for last. Some we enjoy fresh and others we simply dry for use throughout the year. In fact, last year, we dried so much sage that we’re still using it (and we put sage in lots of recipes). So here’s a peek at the rest of the garden:

Lovely, lovely dill! I've been enjoying the dill the most this year, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in salads, in mac'n cheese, in salad dressings, etc. So tasty!

Lovely, lovely dill! I’ve been enjoying the dill the most this year, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in salads, in mac’n cheese, in salad dressings, etc. So tasty!

Bunches and bunches of chives!

Bunches and bunches of chives!

Minty, minty, mint!

Minty, minty, mint!

First time growing oregano since we moved back from B.C. Doing pretty good so far.

First time growing oregano since we moved back from B.C. Doing pretty good so far.

Our sage container, not doing as well this year as last, but not too bad.

Our sage container, not doing as well this year as last, but not too bad.

Thyme plants doing well!

Thyme plants doing well!

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Four Fab Finds: Beach Dreams

I’m daydreaming about beaches this week. Maybe one day, say in October, I’ll find myself on a beach in Jamaica one day, Mexico the next, and a Disney private island… yep, we’re all booked on a Disney Cruise for this fall! Eeek! Western Caribbean here we come. In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy my beach dreams with some beautiful Etsy finds:

1. Sea Urchin Wall Hanging by Star Home Studio

2. Summer Kaftan by naftul
3. Sea Glass Earrings by Cindylouwho2 (Peacock Jewellery)… fellow Etsy Alberta teammate!
4. Sand Dollar Photography by gregoireprint… another fellow Etsy Alberta teammate!


sea urchin wall hanging


1. Sea Urchin Wall Hanging by Star Home Studio

kaftan dress
2. Summer Kaftan by naftul


sea glass earrings

3. Sea Glass Earrings by Cindylouwho2 (Peacock Jewellery)

Beach sand shell photo
4. Sand Dollar Photography by gregoireprint

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How Grows It?

Time for a little garden tour! Of course, I can’t keep up with documenting the growing out there, so these photos are at least a week old, but you’ll get the general idea of how things are going.

First a peek at how it all started this spring. Here are our three main garden beds in May, after the first planting.

First a peek at how it all started this spring. Here are our three main garden beds in May, after the first planting.

Here are the main beds back at the beginning of June. Some bits of life starting to sprout up here & there.

Here are the main beds back at the beginning of June. Some bits of life starting to sprout up here & there.

Here are the main beds in full swing now. A green jungle with lots of yummy food being produced. What a difference a month makes!

Here are the main beds in full swing now. A green jungle with lots of yummy food being produced. What a difference a month makes!

Climbing beans are journeying up the trellis with a few blossoms.

Climbing beans are journeying up the trellis with a few blossoms.

Pea blossoms are so pretty. We've taken a few bowls of tasty sweet peas and snow peas into the house (and into our bellies) since this photo was taken.

Pea blossoms are so pretty. We’ve taken a few bowls of tasty sweet peas and snow peas into the house (and into our bellies) since this photo was taken.

Carrot jungle

Carrot jungle

Green onions needing some serious eating. Poor fellas have been a little neglected.

Green onions needing some serious eating. Poor fellas have been a little neglected.

Loaded with tomatoes! So juicy and sweet!

Loaded with tomatoes! So juicy and sweet!

Our precious broccoli. Or broccolini to be more precise. Lots being harvested off of these each week, and we've even begun to pull off the leaves and dehydrate them for our "super green" powder.

Our precious broccoli. Or broccolini to be more precise. Lots being harvested off of these each week, and we’ve even begun to pull off the leaves and dehydrate them for our “super green” powder.

Squash beauties with the cutest little squash and biggest blossoms right now! I always enjoy watching these gals grow.

Squash beauties with the cutest little squash and biggest blossoms right now! I always enjoy watching these gals grow.

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Button-spiration: Bag Lady

I’m waaaaay overdue for a Button-spiration post. Have you missed them? I certainly have! Today, finally, a little button love with a simple project. Who can resist a button bag? Certainly not me. In fact, I’m thinking that a trip to Value Village might be in order to find an old purse that I can spend my evenings embellishing with buttons galore. Find the original post on Burkatron.

Button Bag

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All the Perks

Bubblegum Belles Perk Package

Within days of making my contribution to the Bubblegum Belles Artisan Collective Truck, I received an awesome package in the mail with some of the perks! Best kind of mail day! I’ve been proudly “toting around” my Bubblegum Belles cloth bag and every time I see the magnet on the fridge, I’m filled with the excitement of this project. Check out my previous post about this awesome artisan hub on wheels.

There’s still a ways to go to pull off the funding for the project. As of today, there’s 17 days left and about 34% of the money raised. 32 wonderful folks have already committed to donating over $9,000!!! Which is so awesome! Thanks to all those who have stepped up. Let’s keep spreading the word, and growing that donation amount so that we can expand the unique experience of our creative culture in Calgary!!

The amazing list of featured artists has grown. In fact, sounds like space in the Artisan Collective Truck is filling up. Really talented group of local artists and designers (proud to be included among them)! Some super fun shopping opportunities coming up in the future when this project hits the road!

So pop over to the Indiegogo campaign page and take a moment to donate (and score some great perks of your own)!

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Our Week (so far)

A fairly regular, if not weekly, post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

Isn't he just adorable?! Trying to capture some of the more simple moments with Sammy these days. He spends multiple times a day looking out the window, waiting for daddy to come home. If he thinks he hears hubby's old truck pull up, Sam climbs up on the couch to look out the window. Partly excited to have daddy home and partly excited to watch daddy park his truck and trailer.

Isn’t he just adorable?! Trying to capture some of the more simple moments with Sammy these days. He spends multiple times a day looking out the window, waiting for daddy to come home. If he thinks he hears hubby’s old truck pull up, Sam climbs up on the couch to look out the window. Partly excited to have daddy home and partly excited to watch daddy park his truck and trailer.

The big experiment this week was homemade rhubarb ketchup. Turned out super tasty and processed a bunch of jars. Now they're sitting on our pantry shelves, thus beginning the preserve season. Actually, Marcus started us off by picking radishes and asparagus. Shelves will slowly start to fill from here on out. Find the recipe for the rhubarb ketchup on the "My Living Nutrition" blog (http://mylivingnutrition.com/2013/06/29/homestyle-rhubarb-ketchup/)

The big experiment this week was homemade rhubarb ketchup. Turned out super tasty and processed a bunch of jars. Now they’re sitting on our pantry shelves, thus beginning the preserve season. Actually, Marcus started us off by picking radishes and asparagus. Shelves will slowly start to fill from here on out. Find the recipe for the rhubarb ketchup on the “My Living Nutrition” blog (http://mylivingnutrition.com/2013/06/29/homestyle-rhubarb-ketchup/)

We had a surprise harvest of garlic scapes from our garden (pretty sure hubby must have slipped them in at some point since he's growing them for his CSA customers). We also harvested our first tomato of the season!! The vines are loaded and this hot weather is helping them ripen in record time (insert proud tomato growing mama smile).

We had a surprise harvest of garlic scapes from our garden (pretty sure hubby must have slipped them in at some point since he’s growing them for his CSA customers). We also harvested our first tomato of the season!! The vines are loaded and this hot weather is helping them ripen in record time (insert proud tomato growing mama smile).

So this happened finally... It's probably looong overdue, but converted Sam's crib to a toddler bed. He's been ready for a while, but this poor mama, hasn't been. Don't want my baby growing up, but looks like I can't stop it ;-)

So this happened finally… It’s probably looong overdue, but converted Sam’s crib to a toddler bed. He’s been ready for a while, but this poor mama, hasn’t been. Don’t want my baby growing up, but looks like I can’t stop it ;-)

Simple pleasures... green smoothie in the morning. Made from 1 banana, 1 cup of coconut milk, and 2 cups fresh spinach from the garden. Never get tired of fresh veggies from the garden or all the tasty fruit in season right now.

Simple pleasures… green smoothie in the morning. Made from 1 banana, 1 cup of coconut milk, and 2 cups fresh spinach from the garden. Never get tired of fresh veggies from the garden or all the tasty fruit in season right now.

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