My Story

HI

My buddies call me Dallas! This is my story. I did hair for over 10 years. It was my passion. I especially loved big events where I could be more creative, like a wedding, prom, hair show, etc. The thing about doing hair is it’s 90% talking with people, making them feel better, listening to their problems, dealing with negativity, and dealing with mean, hateful people. 10% is actually doing hair and 8% of doing hair is the same repetitive thing every time. So I really loved the 2%! (I also loved those clients that leave a mark on your heart. Thank goodness for social media where I can keep in touch.)

At home my husband jokes I rearrange the furniture at least once a week. Im re-doing something in the house or outside all the time. I love tearing things apart and making them the way I want them. Which is good since we bought a fixer-upper farm in 2015. It’s always a work in progress but we’re getting there.

August 2016 I found out I was pregnant. Somewhere along the way I decided I wanted to stay home with him. 1. Childcare with our schedules was IMPOSSIBLE. 2. We would spend all the money I made on childcare. 3. I really didn’t want to leave my child.
My pregnancy was really difficult so I ended up leaving my job two months early. I got a little stir crazy so we redid the kitchen.

Our little Witten made his appearance in May! This changed my life forever. I looked at everything completely different. All of a sudden I was braver. Everything was more precious to me. Time was more precious. My family was more precious. Everything changed.

For the first four months I was figuring things out. I was spending much needed time with family, struggling through breast-feeding and naps, and seeing friends. Then it hit me hard Postpartum Anxiety! I didn’t know what it was because I thought that would happen to you early on, not 4 months into it.

So about eight months after my son was born I decided to go to counseling. Which was really hard to do, but it was worth it. She made me realize something was missing it was throwing off my balance. She asked me what I would be doing if I didn’t have a baby and I said “working.” She asked me did I miss it and I said “I did.” So for a while I contemplated going back to work but the logistics did not make sense and I really started to dread it. So she asked me what were some other things I did besides work before the baby that I missed and I said “DIY projects around the house, crafts, painting, drawing, sewing, basically making stuff.”
It was like a lightbulb went off instantly in our heads. I was a maker and I needed a creative outlet.

I googled maker.
MAKER: A person that makes or produces something.
Synonyms:
creator, manufacture, constructor, builder, producer, fabricator, inventor, architect, designer!
Yes that’s me in a nutshell!

My husband had been working on his woodshop in the garage for a while but we were never motivated enough to get it done.So I decided to go in there and tinker a bit. Then I started watching some YouTube videos on making wood projects. I could do that, I thought. So I started videoing what we were doing, and then I put together a few videos. I put them on YouTube. One of my videos got over 500 views in a month, which is probably not great, but I was very excited about it. I was hooked.

We already had animals but we needed to get a lot of projects done for them like a feeder, fencing, a coop, etc. so I started videoing that too.
Homesteading has always been important To me but time has restricted some of the things we could do. I think it’s important for my son to see how things work, to learn hard work, and to know where his food comes from.

So I have decided to put together this website on homesteading and woodworking for my baby, for my sanity, and maybe to help with income eventually. I can’t wait to dive into this adventure. I’m learning new things every day with what tools I have, the resources I have, and the time I have. I know it’s not going to be perfect at first or the best way to do things, or even the right way to do things. But this is a learning as you go process. Anyone with suggestions, feedback, or tips please reach out to me. I can’t wait to learn from new people.

I want to be an inspiration. I want to inspire people to be able to stay home with their kids, I want to inspire people to quit their job if they hate it and find something they love, I want to inspire people to get outside and know where their food comes from, I want to inspire people to try new things, and I want to inspire them to be independent.

Farm

Farm Stand

Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman

My husband grew up on a farm. I grew up around my grandparents who had been farmers. I spent countless hours with my mamaw canning everything from green beans to apples. We played outside all day every day, rain, shine, snow, whatever. Those are some of the best memories I have.

I want my kids to be raised the same way. I want them to appreciate the small things. Grow up slow. I want them to love being outdoors. I want them to know what hard work is. Know the value of hard work. I want them to appreciate the animals and where we get our food. I want them to love to pick their own vegetables and eat them right out of the garden, dirt and all. I want them to rather have a vegetable out of the garden than candy or sugar. I don’t want them to worry about going to the gym because they’re already so active. I want them to value relationships with people not just technology.

Life on the farm…

Woodshop

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Baby chickens for sale! $3.00

We have 17!

Also we are working on an Egg Stand to put at the end of our drive way that will be based on the honor system 💙

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