Under the Willow

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review

This has been a CRAZY year.  I hope next year is full of a few less surprises.

I tried to pick out some highlights from my year.

Huge project I finally got gone was updating the kitchen.

I was blond for a while.  

I was given CHICKENS!  That is definitely the biggest, craziest thing that happened to me in 2013!

Grew my first real garden.

Did some hard labor.  We built raised beds for the garden, built a retaining wall and then of course a chicken coop.

Had to totally gut the guest room where the chickens lived before they could move into their coop.

Working on the coop took forever.

And then I was still crazy enough to update the master bathroom.

We finally got a fence.

I was a zombie for the second time.

And then I decorated three trees for Christmas.  

Looking at all this makes me very tired!!!!

Goodbye 2013, it's time to see what 2014 has in store.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Happenings

There was lots of eating.

Over night french toast! 

Some time spent in stockings? and opening gifts. 

This was my husbands idea, for the record.

Some time with family.

Santa Talley!

Then more present opening, and food eating.

And yes, even some naps.

Hope you were able to enjoy yourself as much as Talley.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Painting

I titled my blog The Hesitant Artist, and yet it's been looking more like it should be called The Hesitant Urban Chicken Farmer!  So here, finally, a painting.

My Husband has been asking me to make a painting to put in his office for years.  So for Christmas I decided to finally just do it.  I haven't really painted for years, so it was nice to try out my skills again.  Of course I feel that there are many, many flaws, but hopefully my husband will like it.  And maybe I'll start painting some again.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Getting Warm and Cozy for Christmas

Christmas is so close I can hardly stand it.  I have been enjoying the pigs in a blanket, cheese balls, and other treat and goodies at various holiday events.

I just love this deer, I think it's so cute!

Talley is excited, are you?

I finally made another cheesecake.  Apparently I'm only meant to make one a year.  This year I found a recipe for a Bailey's Irish cream cheesecake, but instead of using Bailey's I used bourbon and cream!  I am from Kentucky after all.  There are pecans and graham crackers in the crust, and the filling has some white chocolate.  Can't wait to try it at Christmas Eve dinner.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Christmas Wish, Ha!

The mailman who delivers to my work has been begging me to dye my chickens for months.  Dye my chickens?!?!  Well in the spirit of Christmas I attempted to dye the tail feathers on a few of them.

The chicken on the left has some green.

Umm... yeah.  Don't plan to do this again, but Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

It is really getting close to Christmas.  I have started wrapping presents and putting them under the tree.

The dog's gifts arrived.  I don't know if you watch Jenna Marbles but I think she is hilarious, and she is selling these dog toys that are replicas of her two dogs!  Love them, the girls just had to have them.

And the chicken's gift has also arrived.  It is really more of a gift to myself.  I'm already getting very tired of knocking the ice out of their current water bucket.  I'm sure the chicks will love it too.

And here is Roxie, roasting in front of an open fire.  The girls just LOVE lounging in the warmth!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Cupcake Ornament

Supplies:  White air dry clay

Fun ornaments that can fit in cupcake liners, any fun color will do

Little red ornaments or berries

And Cupcake liners.

Get out some clay and start rolling it into a coil? shape.

Coil the clay onto of the ornament so you can see what would be a good fit.

Squish the clay together a bit and onto the ornament to make it one solid piece.  Here I have the clay siting on the side of the ornament, but I found that it worked better if I stuck the top of the ornament through the center of the clay.  Of course I didn't decided to do this till the end, so all of the pictures are with the clay on the side, I just found it was too top heavy when trying to hang the ornament.

Add some glitter if you want, and a red ball to act as a cherry.  I don't usually see cherries on top of cupcakes but for these ornaments it sure makes them extra cute.

Then I got out a cupcake tin so the liners would hold then shape when I hot glued the ornament into them.

And complete, hanging on the tree.  The clay does take a few days to dry but i thought it could dry while hanging on my tree.

Since I had the clay out I decided I needed to make some paw print ornaments with the help of my girls.  Roxie's is on the left and Talley's on the right.

Merry Crafting!

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 Christmas Decor

Ok, I said I wasn't going to put up any trees this year... not one!  Well my husband wanted a tree so he got the stuff out.  It was slow at first but once I got going I just couldn't stop.  

I would like this tree to have more ribbon worked into it, but when I started I just didn't want to do it.  I will probably add more stuff to it before Christmas comes, maybe just some more picks and snowflakes.  I wanted to go with a candy theme this year.  Of course all of out other random ornaments are on here too.

I will be showing you how I made the cupcake ornaments.

You can see one of the nail polish ornaments I made.

Yum doughnut.

This tree is going to be making me very hungry.

The mantle, very similar to last year, with some candy thrown in.

Candy canes, lollipops, and cupcakes, Oh My!

Then I did more of a woodland themed tree using my four foot white tree.

I really love the way this one has turned out.

Then I put my four foot silver tinsel tree in my craft room, with pink, purple, and gold balls to match the decor.

I think I have lost my mind!