Friday, September 23, 2011

Pallet Love

Just look at all the Pallet Love we can now find all over blog land and on Pinterest.  There are some seriously clever ways to re-purpose a used pallet.
                                                                         Source: via Laurieat on Pinterest

 To see some inspirations for future projects at the farm, check out my Pallet Board.  With construction still under way at the farm,  I've had to resort to function as well as fashion. Many of you have seen some of the Farm's Creations, for those of you that have not.
The Garden Pallet ~ used to Keep Garden Tools Close at Hand

Nature is doing a great job providing a wonderful weathered appearance
When the farmhouse was finally ready for a table ~ Mr. Norm went to work.  
Original post can be found here.
Yup, my incredibly gorgeous farm table made from pallets that were going to be throw away.
Mr. Norm rescued four solid mahogany shipping pallets that were destined for the dumpster.

Only one was used in constructing the table.  My girls keep dropping rather large hints that they know exactly how at least two of the remaining ones can be put to use.
  While we're on the subject of my girls.  There is another project where pallets were put to use on the farm.  One that when their "OLD" parents first constructed it, my girls were pretty much mortified.
 Can you guess what it is?  Let me change the focus. 
Does that help? 
Yup, our "temporary" outdoor shower!
Their reaction made Mr. Norm and I laugh.  While they were under our guidance and protection, they were pretty much sheltered.  Now that they are married and wonderful young women, they are seeing a side of their parents, that sometimes shocks them.  Can I tell you, that it is quite fun to do!
 Our love for our "temporary" outdoor shower has evolved into another project on the farm.
A slab has been poured, all the connections for Hot and Cold Water, along with waste water disposal have been made.  

 And a pallet or two has been saved to put to use in our new permanent outdoor shower.
 They still claim that we are suffering from a major dose of midlife crisis'.  I claim, we should of taken this leap  years ago.  You can read how we sold our beautiful home, trekked out in the middle of 128 acres  here and here. No water, no electricity, just two "OLD" folks in a camper with all their belongings packed into a storage locker,  looking for a simpler life.  Every morning when I venture out to take my shower, I Thank the Good Lord that we found it!  

btw... I'm still enjoying my 40's, wonder what adventures we'll be enjoying when I enter my 50's.  My girls may not be able to handle it!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hats Off To You ~

My hat is off to all of you!  
                                                                   Source: via Crystal on Pinterest

I just don't know how you do it!!  Your discipline and dedication amazes me.
I love blogging, all the friends I make and discovering all you creative genius' out there.
I have to admit, I'm having a difficult time keeping up.  My heart says I will, but my life says there's just to much to do.  
                                                                     Source: via Crystal on Pinterest

I'm enrolled in photography classes and I'm discovering a whole new world. I am beyond excited with all there is to learn. If you'd like some great photography tips, visit Digital-Photography-School, a wonderful blog our instructor shared with us.

Mr. Turner and I have enjoyed a sunrise or two while preparing the farm for the colder months.
 I've also re-discovered a long lost love.  Please don't be jealous.  I still Love you!
Yes, I Do.  It's just that, well this love makes me feel so good! 
                                                                                 Source: None via Monica on Pinterest

Logged my most miles in a day yesterday ~ 32!  I'm blessed to have quick access to thousands of miles of logging roads right behind the farm.
                                                                                  Source: via Erin on Pinterest

The possibilities are endless.
 I'm is LOVE.
                                                                                  Source: None via Fátima on Pinterest

                                                                     Source: via elissa on Pinterest

 Please forgive me for my temporary absence, Cold weather is just around the corner.

                                                                      Source: via Lisa on Pinterest

The fall harvest will be complete.
All the weddings and events on the calendar will be fond memories
and I'll once again have a bit of time.
Yes, I will!  I know I will!  
Oh, I know you've heard it before.  
                                                                               Source: via Gretchen on Pinterest

Would love to know how you do it.  How you manage your family, your jobs, your life and your blogs.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Oh, How I've Missed You!

Edited to add photos ~ 9/16/11

It has been a busy, busy summer. I'm so ready for the fall and a bit of a slow down. I have so much to share with you and want so much to catch up with you all. I'm sure I'll be days visiting and discovering all the treats you've had to share over the last couple of months. Hope you all had a fabulous summer!

I've had such a blast this summer. Had the opportunity to take part in several weddings where I was able to work with some super creative DIY'ers. Have tons to share! This is one where I was the wedding planner/caterer along with my sisters/partners of our Course ~ Lakeview.
The wedding of Lee and Jessi-Sue.  I can not tell you how much I came to LOVE this family.  The wedding was in the families apple orchard and Jessi's style was so much fun to work with.  When access to a tent to hide Jessi and her wedding party in the orchard fell through,  went to work creating the wall of apple bins ~ how cool is that!  I'm hoping to get some photos from the photographer, as I was busy during the wedding itself, with all the details of the day.  You wait till you see the beautiful bride and groom in this setting ~ WOW!
It was so much fun for me to not only be creative with the wedding planning,
 but also with the food presentation. The bride works part time at the local auction hall,
she and her mom spent an entire year purchasing tables and chairs for the big day.
No uncomfortable folding chairs at this reception.  The guests were wowed walking into this tent. 
Apple bins as buffet tables, $1 old pictures painted with blackboard paint and used as menu boards,
And oh, the year long collecting of cookie jars to be used as centerpieces...
A perfect example of how this couple's personality was reflected in every detail of this lovingly fun filled day of celebrations! In an upcoming post I'm going to share the DVD of their Wedding Vow Rap ~ so much fun!

 Apple bin ~ outdoor sink!

Will be stopping by to visit you all and will be back with more weddings, movie nights, farm updates and much much more.  A lot has happened in a few short months!  LOVE you all!

Adding a few photos from the brides facebook page.  I know the photo quality is not the same coming from facebook ~ but thought that you must see some of these...  AJM Photography


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yum ~ Top 5 ~ #14

With all the business of our spring and summer, we have not had a lot of time to focus on fun DIY projects around home.  Yesterday I was blessed to have a rainy afternoon home alone.

Yum ~ #1
Played with my Food

Yum ~ #2
Greeted new-comers to the farm
a Snail's Life ~ the way summer should be

Yum ~ #3
Keep a watchful eye on the new crew that picked up where my contractor
(Mr. Norm) left off 

Yum ~ #4
Cleaned up a curbside find and went to work creating my kitchen garden

Yum ~ #5
The transformation of the ugly picture
Picked this up for .50 cents because I liked the shape

played around with a couple of looks
was never happy with it ~ but knew I liked the over
all shape with my old door rolling pin display 
got the chalkboard paint out and I'm really excited with
the possibilities.  Still have a few details to work on.
Will be back with the finished project soon..... I hope... 
depends on the weather, the farm, the course, the work.. haha...I will be back...