Under the Willow

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Nail Polish Ornaments

I bought some clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby, I believe they were 40% off.  

Then I collected some sparkly nail polish.

Take the glass ornament and remove the metal top.

Pour in some nail polish.

Swirl it around until it is fully coated.

You can pour any extra back into the nail polish bottle.  Then turn it over so the rest of the excess can slowly drip out and the ornament can dry.  I put mine in a egg carton.  


Eventually I started using other paints and stuff I had around the house.

I do think the nail polish ones turned out the best.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Busy Busy

I've been very busy but not with anything interesting to show you.  Here's a general overview of what I've been up to this past week.  

I've been trying to get back into a regular exercise routine.  I often wish I was more active, but now that it is getting colder and I'm not able to work on as many things outside, like gardening, I definitely need to find something active to do.  I've started using my crazy collection of exercise DVDs.  I just started Rockin Body.  It's actually pretty fun so far.

Even though it has been cold and I don't want to be outside, my husband and I have still needed to do some work with the chickens.  We are still working on figuring out what we should buy to keep the chicken's water from freezing.  We also believe that some of the chickens have gotten bumble foot, so we have been cleaning their feet and attempting to treat them.  Not fun.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner the holidays are officially here.  My husband and I actually already had one Thanksgiving meal with his family yesterday!  Although I hate the holidays because of all the stress and obligations that seem to come with it, I can not resist all the decorations and glitter that also come along.  Hopefully I will soon have some diy ornaments and other decorations to show you.

Until then... Happy Thanksgiving!  Eat some pie for me!!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Winterized Coop

I took some more pictures of how we have winterized the coop.  Here is the light we installed to lengthen their days.

The ceiling.  I hope to paint it in the spring.

The window covers from the inside.  And you can see the thermometer sensor hanging on the wall.

We also insulated the floor, not pictured.

The pop door closed at night with all the chickens snuggling inside.

The door open.

So we are finally done!  Well aside from some painting in the spring, and I'm sure there will always be repairs and improvements, but for the most part it really is done!  We will no longer be starting from scratch!  So exciting.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ear Covers for the Girls

My dachshunds do not like the cold.  I try to keep them warm in sweaters and fleece, but their ears are always exposed and get very cold.  So I decided to make something for them to wear around their necks to keep their ears warm on walks.

I crochet these without any pattern.  They are not exactly the same but they seem to do the trick.  All I knew was I wanted them to be narrower on one end so it could stay snug to their heads, and wider on the other end so it could go down their necks and over their shoulders a bit.

I really think Talley loves it.  Her ears are always the coldest!

They can also be rolled down a bit and look like cute scarves or turtle necks.

Stay warm!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


My husband and I have been scrambling to get the coop winterized.  And it snowed last night!!!  I don't have any pictures really.  We put some insulation and a ceiling in the coop.  I hope to paint clouds on it in the spring.  We covered the windows with insulated box inserts, and we put vents in those so there would be proper ventilation.

Window inserts.

We have put a light in the coop that is set on a timer to extend the chicken's day time so they continue to lay eggs.  We have placed a thermometer that sends a digital reading to a display that is inside our home.  This way we can check on the temperature and humidity of the coop with out leaving the comfort of our home.  And we have also installed a coop door that is set on a timer to automatically open and close.  Opens in the morning so the chickens can roam around in the run during the day, and closes at night to help keep the heat inside the coop.  I finally got it to work yesterday evening, and haven't even had the chance to take pictures yet.

While we were working on the coop the chickens, of course, got out to walk around in the yard.  They have discovered that they can jump up into the raised beds and eat all the kale and lettuce they want!

I also made them a treat.  Oats, lentils, and sunflower seeds.


Friday, November 8, 2013


We were cleaning the chicken coop and the chicks hatched a plan to escape!  One by one they all jumped down except for one.

Ginger took a good 20 minutes longer to figure out how to get out.

Finally she made her way to the ledge.  Then took a leap.


Then they all explored the yard.

I was entertained just watching them scratch around in the grass, looking for things to eat.

I'm sorry these videos are such bad quality.  I was just playing around while I was keeping an eye on the chickens.  Hopefully they work!

This one is some of the chickens scratching around for food.

This one I call Chicken Run.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Soup and Such

Now that it is colder I like to make soups and stews.  I always end up making a large batch which is great because then you can freeze half and have quick easy meals for now and several weeks in the future.

Random ingredients I gathered for chili and chicken vegetable soup that I just grabbed some things from the fridge and made up as I went.

I started both with sauteed onions.

For the chili I added the meat, beef and turkey.  The vegetable chicken soup I added carrots, mushrooms, frozen spinach and some broccoli slaw.  Once I mixed that all together I added some chicken stock and some shredded chicken.

Once the meat was browned I added diced tomatoes, three types of beans and some lentils.

Don't forget your spices


So pretty.

These will definitely help keep me warm as nights get colder!