Monday, December 31, 2012

The Big {Reveal}

For years I have been dreaming of having classes in the {CABIN}.
It's going to be a coupla years before that can happen, 
but dang it!  I want it to happen now!  So it's going to.
In a little building close by that will be transformed into a 
wonderful little space to get your ART on.
The teachers are phenomenal, the food will be yummy,
the projects are very, very cool, and we will have a time
that you will remember forever!!  (hopefully!)
If you want to find out more about it click on the button on the 
side--over there on the right--and it will tell you more.
WooHOO!!  I'm so excited!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Meet {Betty}

As you already know...I'm a sucker for things that have a history.
The other day against all of the *no you cannot go* going on in my mind,
I went to an estate sale.
The email said vintage...vintage...vintage...
how could I stay away???
I couldn't.
About two minutes in I knew I was in {Vintage Heaven}.
It's a real place...seriously.
The lady who owned the house was, along with her sister,
a Starlet in Hollywood back in the 30's and 40's.
The history was there and was tangible.
The house hadn't been touched since the 70's.
(think shag carpet and wood paneling)  
 I made my way through, found some cool stuff,
started my pile, and then I went downstairs.  
Think 70's entertainment lounge...oh yeah.
This lady had some parties.
I rounded the corner and saw Betty.

I instantly knew if she worked she was coming home with me.

She is perfect for the cabin that is yet to be.
(and is already furnished...wink, wink.)
The best thing...$40.
The last 50's fridge I had seen was $350
and covered in bat poop.
I think I tripped over myself running up the stairs
with that adrenaline rush you feel when you find
something {GOOD} running through my body.
You know that feeling, right??

I dragged the estate sale guy downstairs, we plugged her in,
he promised not to sell her for a couple of hours til we 
figured out if she worked and I went on my way.
Now to convince the man that I really NEEDED her for
my Christmas present.  It was a NEED for sure.
*big smile*

It only took me a few minutes and a promise
 that I would make sure
she worked and he was on board.
I went back two hours later, she was all cold and iced up
and 5 guys later (they had built a bar around her and she had to
be lifted up and over the bar and taken up some stairs. Thank you
to the family and friend, who totally think I'm nuts, for the help!)
she was on her way home.
Oh yeah baby.
So, why Betty you ask?  
Because I think the lady who lived here
was a little like Betty Draper.
A little glam, beautiful and maybe a little
bit on the bitchy side.
Hopefully, someday soon, we can have a cold
beverage and sit on the porch of the cabin
on a hot summer day and it will be because of {Betty}.

Friday, December 28, 2012


It's almost here...2013!  

I've never picked a word of the year,
just haven't gotten into that whole thing.
There are usually too many words 
swirling and twirling around in my noggin.

This year, however, I have chosen a word.
There are things I've wanted to do for a while now.
Things that are going to happen and even
if it isn't exactly what I had in mind, I'm going for it.

I'm working out the new blog for the coming year.
Can't includes one of my very favorite 
Artists and her pictures are A.MaZinG.
Seriously, they speak to my very soul.
Wow, that was a bit dramatic...sorry.
But it's oh so true.
(and I am a little dramatic by nature)

I'm going to get to help with a conference
that is near and dear to my heart and I am 
sooo {EXCITED} I can't stand it. 

AND to top it all off I get to go do a little stint
on My Craft Channel sometime soon.
Very cool. 

So, I am looking forward to this new year.
It's been a while since I could say that.
The last couple of years have been HARD
for this girl but blue skies are ahead.
I can feel good things coming my way.

Stay tuned for a big announcement about 
one of my goals I hope to achieve...

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Now in Session ::Brave Girl Art School::

Are you signed up and ready to rock and roll?
I'm in it to win it and can't wait!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I am so full of gratitude today for a Heavenly
Father who knows my heart.  He knows what
I need even when I don't.  He knows that I am 
far from perfect but want to be better.  He knows
that I struggle and loves me for it.  He is always
there.  Always.  Especially, it seems, when I am
farthest away from him...he's there waiting.
There are angels here on earth.  He sends
them to us when we are in need.  He sends
them when he sees us hurting.  He sends them
when we need a helping hand, an open heart, 
a warm smile, a listening ear.
I am so blessed.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Farm {Quote} ~one of my favorite fall sayings~

Come said the wind to the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows and we will play.
Put on your dresses scarlet and gold, 
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.

~old children's song

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Using Your {JuNk} 101

This here is a new little 
spot on my blog we are going
to call 
~Using your JuNk 101~
I won't pretend to be an expert,
because I'm not. But I do love
the good ole' stuff and I do
love to actually use it...
I'm not a 
*look at it on a shelf*
 kinda gal.

The farmhouse is, let's say, cozy.
That means that everything
 has to pull its own 
weight around here.
So half the fun of junkin'
to me is thinking of ways
to use it that it wasn't 
intended to be used for.
I thought I would just share
a few of those ideas with 
you here and there.
*big smile*

I LOVE metal...metal baskets, buckets, pots, dishes.
It doesn't matter if it's aluminum, rusty, galvanized, you get the point.
That little bucket up there was a bait bucket in its day.
Thus the name on the front, Min-o-Lite.
I have a few and one day while trying to figure out
what in the world to put the dripping tub toys in,
the bait bucket popped into my head.
It has a basket with holes so the water can drain out!
So, plop...There you go.  It's perfect because
the littlest one can get into it easily, the toys dry out fast
AND it's aesthetically pleasing.  Woo Hoo!!

There you go...easy peasy.  They aren't too
expensive.  I got mine in Phoenix a few
years ago but I see them often in my junkin' travels.
{JUNK}  It's not just to look at.
*big smile*

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Roast {Beast}

My husband is an avid hunter.
It is a generations old tradition 
in his family...even his Grandma hunted!
So, we have had some unique
meats brought into the house.
Elk, buffalo, deer, duck, goose, pheasant...
you get the point.
I have to say my favorite is Elk.
This year he drew a tag for a 
big bull in a special unit.
The bull he harvested is 
GORGEOUS...seriously so beautiful.
I would show you a picture
but I don't want to offend anyone
because it's definitely dead and
some people just don't want to see that,
which I totally get.  Ask
me about the dead buffalo heads
that sat on the back of my house for
a few months one winter...NASTY!
I am not a hunter really.  
I tried it once, if you want to 
read the story of my turkey hunting
experience you can hop over here.
I didn't really get it.
I would rather just watch them roam
around and be beautiful.
BUT when you have 200 lbs.
of Elk in your freezer, you eat it.
You eat it ground, as steaks, as roasts.
Sunday is just a roast kinda day
so it's {Roast Beast} for dinner tonight.
I just thought I would share my recipe
with you...who knows you may come 
across an elk roast someday.
*wink and a smile*
It also makes a yummy good 
ole beef roast too,
if that's how you roll.


I like to rub the spices onto the meat before I brown it.  
Rub on meat this mixture:
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced 
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Salt, preferably kosher
pepper to taste
3-4 sprigs of Rosemary, leaves minced 
(you can also just put the sprigs on top of the meat after it's browned)

Brown your meat in a hot skillet with a little bit of olive oil before placing it 
in your slow cooker.  I always cook roasts in a slow cooker, it's the easy way out 
I know but it works!  Cut one or two onions into big slices and place in bottom of
slow cooker,  add carrots and potatoes if you want to.  I always make garlic mashed so I skip the potatoes in the cooker.  Place your browned roast on top of the veggies and place 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme on top. If you don't have fresh thyme then use 1 tsp of dried and add it to your rub, then I would sprinkle a little on your veggies too.  Pour two cups of beef broth over your veggies...don't pour it over your roast, it takes the seasonings off sometimes.  Sprinkle the whole thing with a little more salt, put the cover on and go enjoy your day!
Let it cook for about 10-12 hrs.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vendor Line-Up

I am sooo excited about my vendors this year!!
It is going to be our biggest show and our best year so far.
There is so much talent and so many fun vintage/antique dealers
you are just going to be in shopping heaven.
Remember Saturday, 9-6.
Miriam Sabir~Abode
Shirene Watanabe~Mon Amie Jewelry
Esther Johnson
Kyli Call~The Queen Flea
Cathie Cox~Fleaology
Paula Perkins~Fleaology
Stefanie Link~Abode
Jasmin Dey
Chiska Couture~Nature's Couture
Lori Esteban
Tracy Folkerson~Posh Compendium
Jane Parker~Hello Girlie
Jeanette Parker~Jeanette Parker Design
Leslie Bingham~Little Mookie
Kelli Hansen
Deveryn Farley
Brittany Gerson~Trinkets and Butterflies
Marci Welcker~Fallow Field Farm
Nikkole Winters~Flying W Fotos
Haley Murdoch~Awesome Quilt Raffle!
Dana Engemann~Dana Engemann Designs
Julie Christenson
Claudia Penagos-Lacoyo~Vintage Chic
Heidi Kennington & Wendy Jensen~Rusted Pearl
Christine Ishmael~This and That Creations

Sunday, September 23, 2012

{Junk} Porch Style

My porch got the Autumn treatment this week.  I love, adore, long for and
crave Fall for a good portion of the year.  I love the smells...the colors...
the promise of the season ahead.  Everything about it really. 
From the early sightings of colored leaves on the mountain to late fall cold
and rain, it leaves me wanting it to last longer.
I would rather decorate the porch for this season than any other...

yes, even Christmas!  I also have a strange adoration for pumpkins and
there is no shortage of them used for decorating around here.

The porch is a great place to use the good {junk} for creative good.
You gotta know I love anything metal that can be used to contain something.

When I saw this little vintage crib mattress spring I knew I needed it,
just wasn't sure where it would go.*smile*  It turns out I did need it...
to hang right above the front door.  It is the perfect place for a little
burlap bunting and to let a few minikins hang from...just poke a hole
through the middle and hang them with some rayon seam binding. Lovely.
I actually can't wait to decorate this for's gonna be good.

We found this beautiful stained glass window that we got for a steal because
the middle pane was gone.  The man put a piece of tin in there, we hot-glued the
house numbers onto it and voila', a pretty welcome to our home.

Don't forget the all important porch chairs.  We like the old stuff so ours
are a couple of seats out of an old meeting place in Manti, Utah.
Add a couple of pillows and a crocheted blanket in the perfect shade of orange.

The following plug is brought to you courtesy of me:
Burlap bunting can be found at Fallow Field Farm Marketplace this weekend.
*big smile*

Friday, September 14, 2012

My Heart is a Little Full...

My heart is full today and I wanted to share it with you.
Once a year I get to watch the gnarliest group of guys you've
every seen descend on a hotel.
It's like a biker convention rolls into town.
But instead of being scared of them, I feel safer
than you will ever feel anywhere anytime.
They are all narcotics officers from Utah.
I get the privilege of hanging out with them for a week.
My husband is on the board for the 
Utah Narcotics Officers Association and 
I get to go to their conference with him.
Besides getting to spend a week with my husband,
I get to spend time with these guys.
They are men who are dedicated to 
getting drugs off the streets of Utah and they do 
an amazing job.  If you are from Utah you
probably remember this incident.
That was a horrible, horrible day.
I watched those men put their arms around
each other in a huddle last year at the conference
and tell each other how much they loved
each other and how they knew they would always
have each others backs.  
Last night I got to be there as those officers
were honored by their was so cool.
It felt so good to honor them myself.
It was humbling to watch Officer Francom's 
parents accept an award on behalf of their 
son for his willingness to give his life for 
a cause he believed in.
I just wanted to share that with you.
Pray for those men who are fighting a good fight.
Thank them because they are protecting you
and your families.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Run Away

There is a lot going on right now in our lives.
Building the greenhouse, pictures soon to come.
Getting ready for Studio 5 to come and do a segment, 
post to come.
The marketplace is coming up...
and it is going to be FABULOUS this year...
post to come.
Are you sensing a trend here?
Add in to that my other job being a bus driver,
kids that need stuff {oh yeah, I have kids?},
and just trying to keep up with the day to day.
Every once in a while my brain goes into over load
{emergency lights going off} and this mama needs
a minute to recoup.  Yesterday morning amidst

I don't want to wear that, I can't go in 
my room to get dressed because there's a spider,
I want a home lunch...all done with that whiney
high pitched cry voice.  

Something inside my head went SNAP and I could
feel it getting ready to come out so I just left.
Yep, I sure did.  I stopped and got me a Pepsi
and some salt and vinegar chips, yes at 9am, and
headed for the hills.  Blasted a little Mindy Gledhill,
drove up the canyon and soaked in some peace for a minute.
That's all it took...some beautiful leaves, a little twinge of 
fall in the air and singing by myself in the truck.

Sometimes we just need to take a time-out...
and that's just fine.
*big smile*

Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's A Homemade Spaghetti Kinda Day

I don't know about you but Sunday is the day 
I like best to spend some time in the kitchen.
No-one is bothering me about what's for dinner because 
I can start it way before they are starvin' marvin. 
 My middle one would eat spaghetti 
 So every once in awhile
I break out the big pot and make a 
double batch of home-made sauce,
 it takes awhile to cook so it's perfect for Sunday. 
 I always freeze half of it for later {good idea}. 
 My mom is a terrific cook 
and her sauce is the best I've ever had.
So I thought today I would share it with you...

Maralyn's Spaghetti Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil                                            1/2 c chopped onion
1lb. ground beef                                            1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can undrained mushrooms                         1/4 c fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried
1 8oz can tomato sauce                                 1 tsp salt
2 C tomatoes                                                 1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano                                              1 bay leaf
dash basil

Cook onion in olive oil for 5 minutes.  Add ground beef and garlic and cook until meat is browned.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Cook covered for 1 hour. Cook for 1 hour more uncovered or until desired consistency.  Like I said I usually double this and freeze freezes like a champ.

Have a happy week!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

{PUMPKINS} I love em...

Oh how we love pumpkin season.
You did know this gourd-ish 
squash has its own season, right?
Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin...
We anxiously anticipate it every year.
~Trader Joe's {Fearless Flyer}

It's true.
Their bright orange loveliness 
brings a smile to my face 
and happy to my heart.
It's almost time...
I can feel it in the air.
  They are almost ripe and
 I will soon be picking up
 wayyy too many 
from my favorite punkin' spot
and putting them 
here, there, and everywhere
 in preparation for the show.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pictures {redone}

I am NOT a whiz at PhotoShop.  
Thanks to Kim Klassen I can at least use it a little bit.
When Picnik shut down I thought I was done for
in the photo editing department.
But then I found two photo editing sites
that are the
(Did you know that you cannot use the
on Facebook...go ahead, try it.  It won't let you.)
So I thought I would share them with you.
First of all...Pixlr.
If you go to the 
it is seriously one of the coolest things ever!
AND you can download it onto your phone
to use on Instagram...which I may or may not be
slightly addicted to.
Play with will LOVE it.
I guarantee it.

{before Pixlr}

{after Pixlr}

If you are looking for easy-peasy,
PicMonkey is the place to go.
It is what I use if I have to re-size or
add text really quickly and easily.
It kind of took the place of Picnik but
it is 1,000 times better I think.

{before PicMonkey}

{after PicMonkey}

So, there you go.
Two of my favorite places on the www.
Have a great day and go edit some photos.
*big smile*

Monday, August 6, 2012

Give-Away {Faded Prairie} *Creatively Made Home*

My sweet friend Kristin of Faded Prairie
is giving away a most generous gift.
You should go and visit her and while 
you are there make sure to take a little time
to look around...her blog is {be.utiful}.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

~Vintage Cowgirls~

Each year when I start to think about the next year's Marketplace,
usually the day after it's over :D, the first thing I start to think about is
the theme.  Sometimes it comes quick.  Sometimes it takes until this year.  Just couldn't quite wrap my mind around it.
I knew I wanted it to be vintage looking but just wasn't quite sure
where I wanted to go with it.  I love the cowgirl picture in my blog
header and have had it on my computer just waiting to be used...
and then BAM! it hit me that was exactly the feel I was looking for.
I LOVE it when that happens...that moment when you know that's
just the thing you are wanting to do.  Today the postcards and a banner
came in the mail from VistaPrint and they turned out exactly the
way I wanted them to...gosh I love it when that happens too.
So, here is a peek...if you would like a few to hand out to your
friends, family, co-workers, people who you meet on the street...just
let me know and I'll get em right to you!
*big smile*

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sweet Little Vintage Sewing Machine

Oh I am sooo excited right now!
I just found this little beauty at Curious Sofa...
love that Debbie Dusenbury.

So, why would I want this??
I have a good reason, really I do.
When we put this up this summer...

it is going to be my studio.
{Hopefully someday you can come and take a class here.}
*wink and a smile*

And a studio needs to be a fun place to be, right??
I thought it would be rad
(why, yes, I do watch American Pickers)
to have the man put
up a shelf and line that shelf 
with old sewing machines.
I've already started collecting and that 
little red sewing machine, 
well she needs to be on that shelf.  
Don't you agree?
*big smile*

Oh I am so excited for that cabin!

Monday, June 25, 2012


So I was cruising through my other blog tonight
and came across this post and it made me so proud of myself...
I know that isn't very modest but well...I am!
I dreamed a dream and put it into action and *BAM* we are
in our 3rd year of doing our marketplace.
Anywho, I wanted to share this post with you.

march 21, 2008
here i am at 1:08am with insomnia. i have this problem where the minute i lay my head on the pillow, no matter how tired i am, every thought imaginable comes into my mind. i worry about stupid things or i don't know, whatever. tonight when i laid down, exhausted by the way, my eyes popped wide open and i began to have thoughts of grandeur. i have wanted to have a home show of sorts at my house for a few years now. i got this great thought after seeing an article in a magazine of a lady who has shows a couple of times a year in her very cool barn. so i've been holding out for a very cool barn. not going to happen anytime soon. i do, however, have a pretty cool yard. so my little brain starts thinking 1,000 miles per minute about how great this could be. i start envisioning...booths, handcrafted, cool products...who could i handpick to be involved? what kind of advertising should i do? mady and her cheer buddies could have a killer bake sale/raffle for a fund raiser (heaven knows that we need funds for cheer!), maybe we could make a quilt to raffle or janet, a fellow cheer mom who also owns a very cool store named 'busy biddy' in orem, might be willing to donate something. where would they set up their little bake sale? out front in the drive, at the side of the house where people would have to walk by them to come into the fabulously fallishly decorated back yard? should we do it in september, and if so, what part of september? how many booths should we have and where would we place them? would it be okay to have a few in the way back by the deer pen or would they feel left out back there? would people actually come to this great event? what would i advertise it as...a craft fair, no...a boutique, artisans fair, kind of like that one. wouldn't it be so fun to have a huge bonfire weenie roast with all of the vendors and families after everyone was done taking down their booths? so finally i gave up and thought i would get up and put all of these fabulous ideas down on paper...then i start thinking about who i could invite to participate...kelly mccaleb is a fabulous new blog that i have found and she has so much talent! she does the beehive bazaar...what other fabulous ladies reside in utah who would participate? so then i'm online cruising around every utah blog and site that i can find. i discovered a whole new utah world, by the way. i live in an awesome state. so that is where you find me at looking for awesome ladies to participate in this awesome home show that will probably seem like a wacky idea in the morning. or maybe not. stay tuned to find out. goodnight.

Thank goodness we are done with cheer and high school...
no more bake sales
or thoughts of paying for cheer. 
I have found fabulous vendors from our great state, 
not Kelly McCaleb but many others.
I have also made some amazing friends,
spent some great time sharing our little corner
of the world with the people who have come,
it made its way to being a 'Markeplace'...
and I have loved every minute of it!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Applications {Please}

Hello to all of you prospective vendors!
I just wanted to give you a little tour of the blog.
On the sidebar you will find links to all of the
places you need to go...
There is applications, you can find out a little about us,
and pretty soon there will be vendor profiles!!  
We are going to have a FANTASTIC show this year!
Hope to see you here.
*big farm girl smile*
If you have any questions please feel 
free to leave me a comment
and I will get back to you soon.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Reflection Pond Begins..

The man had an idea a few years ago for a reflection pond using
an old galvanized waterer that we picked up somewhere.
The idea is that it will rest on a bed of rocks, the waterer will
be full of water and then spill over the sides, disappear into the
rocks  and then a little stream will start on that side of the yard, 
look like it disappears under the grass and then pop out 
on the other side and continue til it hits the fence.
He borrowed a fancy little machine from our uncle today
and the digging begins!  I am so excited to see how it
turns out...can't wait to share it with you.
*big smile*

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Guess what's on my mind...

It starts with a 'G' and ends with a 'House'.

All pictures can be found on my Pinterest...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Meet the Newest Member of The Farm Family

Her name is Harper Lee...
she has taken 4 yrs of hard core
begging and pleading on my part.
Worth every second of groveling.
*big smile*

She's half and half...
Boston Terrier and Shi-tzu.
She is also adorable.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Well Hello There...

It's been awhile.
My thoughts are already swirling and twirling about our show
this year....the poster and postcards are forming in my head.
I have had emails from vendors who are excited and already
planning their booths and collecting their goods.
I've also started collecting a few things of my own.
*wink and a smile*
I have a vision for the direction of the show and I am so excited.
It'll be a place where you will find goodies and amazing vendors
that you won't find anywhere else.  Excitement. Excitement. Excitement.
I will be announcing the date soon...just waiting to see when
*SPARK* is because I can't miss my creative fix.
*big smile*

In other news...
I just received my copies of *FOLK* Jan/Feb 2012.
It's lovely.
It is inspiring to me to see these young people so full
of ambition and full of love for our beautiful country.
So full of love for our American way of life and for
the people that make it a special place to live.
Including the artists who hand make and
appreciate items that are American made and full
of quality and history...the same things that I appreciate.
They are good, down home, southern kids that
WILL make a difference.  I love it!
So, because I totally slacked off and didn't get
my Christmas issue give-away done I will be giving
away both the Christmas issue and the new issue to a
lucky winner on Tuesday, January 30th.