We moved! Not far from where we were, about an hour. My husband got a new job so we got a new location, a new house, a new farm, a new baby on the way, and a new dream.
We have 17 acres. A lot of woods but relatively flat, with some land cleared. We brought our pigs with us but my father in law is “babysitting” our chickens. Our pigs are slowly helping us till/ clear some land and spread mulch, which we desperately need with all the clay soil.
Our old house had pretty decent soil as soon as we moved in. We still worked it for years and when we moved, it was pure black gold. (We also left our new owners a lot of stuff in the gardens. I hope they enjoyed it.) This clay soil is going to be a new challenge for us to deal with, especially with our new plans.
Our plan this year, lord help us, is to have 2 garden plots 25’x50’ with veggies and flowers. LOTS OF FLOWERS! Also to plant as many berries as we can with our time and budget. Did I mention I’m pregnant? So we’ll see, I’m not sure if I’m nesting with unrealistic garden dreams or if we can get it all situated before the baby comes. (Fingers crossed)
Very easy craft and helps with fine motor skills! I let him string on as many beads as he could. Then I helped string the names on. Tied and finished!!
Very easy and fun! First, I taped off the L and E. Second, I squirted dabs of paint all over the canvas and let him use his hands and paint brushes to move it around. After he was done playing, I let it dry. When it was dry, I painted his feet red (while in his high chair, highly recommended) and pushed them onto the canvas like a V. Then we painted his hand white and pressed it onto the canvas like an O. We let everything dry and removed the tape! Ta-Da!
3. Footprint Heart Frames
Also very easy. Probably my favorite! I love the vintage look!
I painted his feet red (while in high chair, highly recommended). Then pressed them onto scrapbooking paper in the shape of a heart. I bought some cheap frames from Goodwill. Cut the paper to size and put them in the frame. So easy!
I love getting pillows as gifts. It’s something I wouldn’t buy myself but I love changing them out with the holidays.
Another thing I probably wouldn’t buy myself but I love! You could add little paper hearts for extra festivities. Also might find some great deals this time of year.
6. Little Cake Pans
Great for wives and kids. You might even get a treat in return! Especially if you buy ingredients to go with it.
7. Mini Scarves
These are the most handy things to have! I tie them on my purse/diaper bag and pull them off whenever I need to get my hair off my face. I use them as headbands or cute little accessories. Click here for hair inspiration!
8. Kids Shirts
Kids get clothes for every occasion. Duh!
All women need more clothes!
These are my personal favorites. I love pearl everything. My engagement ring was a pearl. I’m obsessed.
This necklace is also an essential oil diffuser. Another thing I’m obsessed with.
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You ever have a project you just can’t seem to finish?
That was these windows for me! It was suppose to be a one day project during my sons usual 2 hour nap. 1st day he only slept 30mins so I didn’t get much done. 2nd day he would not sleep at all! 3rd day he fell right asleep but woke up in 15 minutes to poop! So after changing his poopy diaper he would not go back to sleep. Needless to say I didn’t get anything done. Finally the forth day I got it finished!
Finish nailer (you could probably screw them in but you would have to do a lot of filling)
Square (for marking a straight line)
Cut list for window
(this is for my window measurements = Bottom 35.5”-Right 37.625”-Left 37.5”-Top 35.875,” Adjust accordingly)
1 – 1x6x8
2 – 1x4x8
1 – 1x2x8
Remove existing ledge. I used a pry bar, box knife (to cut existing caulk) and a hammer. Loosened it up and wiggled it out!
Pull up caulk or other things that make the new piece not fit good.
Measure out your window on all 4 sides (especially old houses). Bottom 35.5”-Right 37.625”-Left 37.5”-Top 35.875”
Start with the window seal piece. Measure bottom of window then add 7” to account for the two 1x4s on the sides. 42.5”
Measure how far in the 1×6 will go. 4.5”
Cut you 1×6 to length. 42.5”
Next mark on each side how far in the 1×6 will go and then mark a 3.5” line from the side to make the square your going to cut out.(Picture)
Cut out you squares on the 1×6
Cut your 1×4 to the same length 42.5”
Fit your 1×6 onto the ledge and secure with the finish nailer
I used a clamp to hold the 1×4 under the 1×6 then nailed it
Next measure the two sides from the top of the 1×6 to the top of the window opening. L. 36.875” R. 36.75”
Cut your two pieces of 1×4
Line up to the sides of the window and on top of the 1×6
Nail in place
Measure from the top of the outside corners of the 1x4s 42.875”
Cut your 1×2 and 1×6 to length
Add 1 inch then cut another 1×2 piece 43.875”
Add another inch and cut a 1×4 piece 44.875”
Space the 1×2 where there is a half inch overhang on both sides
Then do the same with the 1×4
Drill holes along the top bottom edge and screw the 1×6, the 1×2, and the 1×4 together ( TIP – clamps are your friend, just make sure they are all lined up before you screw together, and try not to let the screws go through the faces, drill a longer hole if you need to)
Place the 1×2 on top of the 1x4s and nails into wall and into the 1x4s
Next put your 1×6,1×2, and 1×4 on the 1×2 and nail into wall
Optional I had a big gap between the window and the 1×6 so instead of caulking the crap out of it I put a piece of quarter round and nailed it to the 1×6 35.5”
Caulk all seems and nail holes. Wipe smooth with a wet towel
Paint ( I used a white semi-gloss)
BEFORE & AFTER
You can do it too! Upgrade something thats been bugging you and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Like my friend Erin at thediynuts.com. She made an awesome ombré hexagon wall! Check it out here!
Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message on instagram or leave a comment below! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!
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