Under the Willow

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our Chickens Are Growing!

I took a picture of our chickens before we left on vacation so I could see how much they had grown.  And geez did they grow!  We better get started on that chicken coop!!
 
Before vacation.
 
 
 
And after.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Vacation Part 1


My Husband and I went on vacation to the Carolinas.  We started out going to Ashville.  We ate at a several restaurants and explored the down town area.  Unfortunately we didn't take many pictures.  We really should have taken pictures of everything we ate, because that is basically all we did.  At Tupelo Honey Cafe Kyle had a delicious grilled cheese with fried green tomatoes and tomato bisque soup, and I had scrambled eggs with crap meat and spinach.  For desert we went to  French Broad Chocolates. Saturday we had some popcorn with truffle oil at Wicked Weed, We had lunch at a noodle place and for dinner we went to a tapas place (don't remember which ones) On Sunday morning, before we left, we went to Shoji Spa.
 

 

You can sit in a hot tub and enjoy the view, we also enjoyed tea service.
 
Then we were on our way to Myrtle Beach.
 
 
 
 
We did some touristy stuff, ate a ton, and relaxed.
 
 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

More Master Bedroom Progress

I finally took the accent curtains I bought and cut them in half sewed them to I could use them as cute fabric curtain panels.
 
 
 
 
Here they are next to my diy wall art.
 
 
It isn't exactly what I envisioned but I think it will give it that little something extra that the room needs.  Hopefully in the not too distant future I will be able to make the headboard.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dachshund Wall Art

For my birthday my friends Lisa and Nick bought me these adorable tea towels.  They were to cute to be used.  They needed to be framed!!  I started just trying to fold them so that you could see the whole dachshund print spread over the three towels.
 
 
I then made sure each was folded to the same size and ironed them flat.
 
 
I bought some archive frames, where the glass is held together to the back board with clips.
 
 
I then centered each towel in the center of each piece of glass.
 
 
And covered that with some cardboard.
 
 
Once I clipped the frame back together I flipped it over to see what it looked like.
 
 
Then it was time to hang them.
 
 
So cute!!!
 
 
It's a bit of a strange placement, Most of the walls in my house already have something on them (apparently I don't like bare walls).  But I thought this placement was cute.  It's is over the door to the half bath.  You can get a great view of them when you are walking up and down the stairs.  Love them!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wall Art

I had an idea of a way I could hang a bunch of cheap dollar store frames and make a larger piece of wall art.  So I went to the dollar store and bought ten frames.  I also went to the craft store and bought scrap book paper that I thought would coordinate.  After I cut the paper to size and put it in the frames, I cut a large piece of craft paper to make a pattern for where I wanted to hang the frames.  I spread out all the frames in the pattern I wanted and then did a little measuring to make sure they were spaced correctly.  Then I traced the frames onto the craft paper.
 
 
After I traced them, I turned each frame over and marked on the paper where I would need to put the nail into the wall.
 
 
When I was done marking everything I taped the craft paper to the wall.
 
 
I then put nails into the wall where I had marked the paper.
 
 
I then carefully pulled the paper off the wall, and just let the nails poke through the paper, being careful not to rip the paper in case I wanted to use the pattern again.
 
 
You can sorta see the nails.  They are all perfectly spaced to make the pattern I want.
 
 
Then you hang the frames, and Done!
 
 
What do you think?
 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekend Warriors!

My husband and I have been hard at work on our back yard.  Last weekend we finished the raised beds.  Filled them with dirt (three truck loads).  And then we started planting!
 


 
There is lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, herbs and more in the beds.

 
On the trellis Kyle hung strawberries.  In the large pots are blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.  Eventually we will move these large pots out of the way and I will plant some tomatoes and tie them to the trellis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the pots I planted some flowers and more lettuce and cabbage.  I am so excited to watch our garden grow.
 
What will you be doing this weekend?
 

 
 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dogs and Chickens?

 
 
 
 We decided to let the girls meet the hens.  Talley didn't really care.  She would sniff a bit, maybe give a gentle lick, but then would walk away to explore other things.  She was really interested in their food.
 
 

 

 
 
Roxie, on the other hand, was very interested.  She wanted to eat the chick!  Or at least play with it like one of her toys and pull out all of it's fur.  Now that she knows the little chicks are up stairs she won't stop crying to go back up there.
 
 



 
 
 
 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Chicken Crazy!

I hope to write some posts and finish some projects around the house to write about, but... I've been a little busy.  For my birthday, my co-workers (insane co-workers) bought me chickens!  Yes I said, CHICKENS.   Six little baby chicks!!!
 
 
I went and bought some supplies and feed for them today.  I also have spent a good bit of time holding and just watching them.  They are so cute!

 
At the very least, this present was a complete shock!  But they are so adorable!!! So I will be doing some research on chicken coops and chickens in general.  I was told that these are Golden Comets and they are egg laying chickens.  I'm am so excited!!
 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Seedlings

My lettuce is growing!  Can't wait to plant it outside and start my garden.
 
 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Back to Reality

Meghan Madness 2013 was fun.  My husband, a few friends, and I went out to dinner and then to a club.  I had sushi for the first time, ate part of an interesting Japanese pancake, and had a ton of fun laughing and enjoying the night.
 
As for my 30 before 30 list, I did not accomplish everything, but I accomplished a lot.  Every day I strive to be healthier, by eating the right things and being more active.  It's been a bit of a back and forth, a few steps forward and a few steps back, but I think I am making progress, and that is what counts.  I had planned to run a 5k race without walking.  That did not happen.  I need to work on pacing, I get out there, and I want to pass people, I get excited, run to fast and then have to stop and walk. But I have made large improvements in my running, and hopefully will continue to do so.  I did not learn a foreign language, or even begin.  But I still see Rosetta Stone in my future.  My home is far from organized and clean.  It seems every time I start to get organized I destroy something, like the kitchen, and then everything is a mess all over again.  I guess that's life.  Other things I mentioned from my 30 before 30, make a cheese cake, Check, learn the thriller dance, Check,  finish quilt... nope.  I guess I need to start a 40 before 40 list, item 1. finish 30 before 30 list!  It's been a year since I started this blog, and I haven't really done anything with it.  I hope to write more and get back to what this blog was going to be about in the first place, crafts, diy, maybe some painting, and a few other things here and there.  I need to refocus.
 
I have taken a few days off work, and it has been lovely, but now it's time to return to reality!