Tuesday, May 14, 2013
well, i am happy to report that we have finally completed our new chicken coop! i loved our first coop but ultimately it was too small and not the best fit for midwest winters. so we bought the blue prints for the coop from the garden coop. the plans weren't perfect but it was very helpful to have. the secret to its success was shopping at the habitat for humanity store and lots of help from family. its fun to see how happy the birds are to have a bigger run. plus we have been so many neighbors who see the coop and stop by.
Friday, May 10, 2013
It's no secret that I have been a long time fan of old r&b music especially the work of daptone records. when i first heard charles bradley i was smitten.
now here is where i am going to go on a tangent and i hope you can follow me. i sell old clothes, live in an old house, listen to old music. my catch phrase is old timey midwest living. but i don't wish i lived in a previous period. there were linching in my grandma's lifetime, my mom was limited on the jobs she was able to apply for and was required to tell her employer if she was on birth control when she was my age. there was segragation and hatred in mainstream america that we now only see on the fringes of society. do i think life is perfect now? no. but do i think quality of life is better now? yes. how is this related to charles bradley? well, what i like about bradley is that he can channel the pain and beauty of the past without the kitch of pretending we are in that period of time. his videos and style are clearly is own. you can feel his experiences and anguish in his voice, and that sound allows his music to truely be timeless.
now watch this video an fall in love. unfortunately, i am not offering that red suit in shop.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
its been a while since i have had a sale in the shop. time for a spring cleaning! check out the shop, if there is something you have had an eye on for a while, now is the time! but you better hurry because the sale ends may 12th!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
i hope your spring has been going well. i have been busy building a chicken coop, buying a camper(!), getting our garden ready and just being happy it isn't snowing. all of which led me away from etsy. i just posted a few items that have been hard for me to let go. i am sure i will regret but hopefully they will go to a good home!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
i just recently discovered this southern band but i can't stop listening to them. they are great rock mixed with old gospel and blues. in some of their videos, her voice is so distorted you can no longer understand the words but instead feel the emotion. which is maybe the purest form of singing.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
it should come as no surprise to readers of this little blog that I am a big fan of chickens, particularly fluffy show chickens. so, when a good friend of mine showed me the magnificent chicken: portraits of the fairest fowl, i was sold.
for me, it sometimes feels like i am in between chicken communities. we live in a small town in the midwest. its a beauty place to live, but in terms of chickens its rural enough to have a county fair blocks from our house with poultry showings each summer but it is urban enough to have municipal regulations on the amount of chickens i can have and the size of the coop. my country friends don't see the point of only having three chickens and rolled their eyes when i gave them names. my city friends laughed and called me a redneck for having chickens in town. the only thing they agree on is that i throw a good chicken party(more on that later). maybe one reason i like this book so much is i can find my place in this chicken world. the photos are not true to how poultry should be shown in competitions but they are beautiful, sincere and find a way of transitioning between the old and new world of chicken keeping.