2dirtydiggers



2018
 
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02/11/18 Sunday – Lips To Hips


Cinnamon Roll Cake! Ooo la la!

cinnamon roll cake

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02/09/18 Friday – Bedside Manner


The rustic nightstands are complete with hardware and they now sit beside the bed. What a beautiful addition to the farmhouse. I adore them. Thank you, Hubby!

farmhouse nightstand

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02/05/18 Monday – Hog It


It's almost bush-hogging time!

bushhog

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02/03/18 Saturday – Beside The Bed


Hubby did an excellent job on the nightstands that he built. I absolutely love, love, love them! I wanted a rustic, imperfect, farmhouse look and that's what he delivered. Awesome!

solid wood custom nightstands

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02/02/18 Friday – Humble Hill


The cold weather has us inside working on farmhouse projects but we also take the time to enjoy the view.

snow on farm

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02/01/18 Thursday – Tackle Brattle


I have some projects in mind that require me to dive into some man-tools for the very first time, so Hubby bought me what he thought I needed. Oh, I can hear some of you powerhouse women out there, "Man tools? Us women use them too!" Ya, I know. And I envy y'all. So the tomboy in me is gonna give these woman-tools a try! Wish me luck.

man tools

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01/31/18 Wednesday – Sands Of Time


Butterfly kisses and sand between her toes. Oh how I love her.

granddaughter katelyn playing in sand

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01/29/18 Monday – Syringa Vulgaris


I'm ready for the flowers to start blooming in springtime.

lilacs

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01/27/18 Saturday – Favorite Feature


I think one of my favorite features in the heart of our home is the mason jar lights that hang over the bar in the kitchen. This was another difficult project but more than worth it. I believe I purchased the light fixture from Pottery Barn, but what you see here in the picture is not what you will get if you order one. We had to modify ours by adding a box unit that Hubby built and I then I painted it white. In addition, this unit required a custom rod and connecting units because of our cathedral ceiling. But I had a vision for this space and I knew that I wanted mason jar lights suspending over the kitchen bar way before we sat down with the architect to design the house. So even though these lights didn't come ready to install right out of the box, I was stubborn enough to know that the modifications were going to be well worth the efforts. And I was right. Hubby agrees. These mason jars rain sunshine into the heart of our home - each and every night.

mason light fixture

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01/26/18 Friday – Farmhouse Flummery


There's one thing that I keep in mind when decorating the farmhouse. Dust. The more things I have the more there is to dust. In more ways than one, less is more. Besides, I like simple. When we designed the kitchen I didn't want the hoity-toity cabinets. I opted for shaker style, straight lines, nothing fancy. I was quick to notice that it was common practice for contractors to add a fancy angled crown molding at the top of the cabinets. Whoa, whoa, whoa! Not for me. Remember? Straight, simple, clean. That's what I got, but I have to admit - I don't particularly enjoy dusting the rustic relics that sit 10 feet high atop these kitchen cabinets.

antique glass milk bottles

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01/25/18 Thursday – Pillow Talk


Tractor Supply had some decorative wall panels that I swooped up in a hurry after seeing them on sale. Bingo, headboard project! At the time I thought it'd be a simple level-and-secure project but Hubby told me otherwise. With joint effort, we hung the panels and I'm quite pleased with them even though this project is not completed. I think the wall needs a single large piece of barnwood directly below and horizontal to the panels. Only then will the headboard project be complete. After the nightstands are done and the barnwood board is in place, I'll share a picture of it with you. I think it will come together nicely.

panel headboard

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01/24/18 Wednesday – Wash Room


A while back I told ya that I'd have to get creative with the guest bathroom because it turned out much smaller than I had imagined when designing the farmhouse. I've been wanting to show you how I decorated this bathroom but taking pictures of it in such a confined space is a challenge in itself. I might just have to piecemeal parts of it for you to see. Even though it is a tiny bathroom, it was fun adding some farmhouse charm to it, like this little table. We adopted it from a subcontractor who, instead of throwing it into their burn pile, asked me if I'd like to have it. It was used and beat up but I liked the scars and thought it only needed a new, yet shabby, coat of paint. Then I added a clock that I purchased on sale from Hobby Lobby. And I'm not an expert on antique perfume bottles, but I found the perfect clear yellow jar with a copper pump-spray top that worked perfect sitting next to the clock. Then I found an antique copper pot that I filled with an extra roll of tooshie tissue. The drawer on this table is tiny and it originally had a single handle, but I like to be different so I added two single brushed nickel knobs to tie it in with the brushed nickel hardware throughout the rest of the bathroom. The drawer holds simple restroom amenities that company might find useful without having to go buy them. If I ever find the right angle, I'll post a complete image of this bathroom. The farmhouse feel is worth the effort.

guest bathroom farmhouse design

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01/23/18 Tuesday – Bedside Manner


While I've been working on other things, Hubby has been busy building nightstands. My very first nightstands! Solid wood, soft-close drawers, and made with love! Perfect! But they still need some doctoring. Hubby built them; I have to stain them. It's on my to-do list.

nightstands

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01/22/18 Monday – Chippy


I'm told that these antique windows came out of an old schoolhouse. Every time I revisit them I'm careful not to erase the charm that they hold and while I work on them I imagine all of the little children sitting at their classroom flip-top desk made of solid wood and forged iron. Inquisitive little minds working studiously on their assignments and others daydreaming while they peer out these windowpanes. What did they see in the distance? A playground? A pasture? Or maybe an imaginary friend calling them to come outside and play a game of Kick-The-Can or Hopscotch. If only windows could talk...

antique windows

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01/21/18 Sunday – Knock Knock


Come on in and visit for a while!

farmhouse living room

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01/20/18 Saturday – We Gather Here


I'm still busy glazing the antique windows. These windows will hang on the wall next to the entryway. There are three giant walls in the living room that await individual attention. Projects. Projects that take time. Project one is the West wall: Antique windows with farmhouse coat hooks on a large rough-cut maple board, and maybe a bench. Project two is the North wall: Giant wood forest (hand cut, hand made, hand painted trees) with a giant antique windmill clock. And the final project is the East wall: Gallery (art and pictures of our children and grandkids). This will complete the heart of our home, as odd as it sometimes feels. When we designed the living room with a corner fireplace, the household details were not considered. We didn't own a couch, recliner, or entertainment center at the time and we had planned on purchasing these items after we moved into the farmhouse. Little did I know that arranging living room furniture in this space would be so challenging. I bet I moved furniture around twenty times or more trying to get it to feel right. But this arrangement is the best that it's gonna get. I'm still not pleased with the layout but nevertheless it has purpose. Just discombobulated purpose. I'm counting on the wall projects to pull it all together.

farmhouse livingroom

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01/19/18 Friday – Hang It Up


Now that the two small closets are done, I've been focusing on other projects.

bedroom closet

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01/18/18 Thursday – Icicle


Frozen stiff. We're trying to keep warm.

icicle

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01/17/18 Wednesday – Zero To Sixty


Alaska winter in Tennessee...Brr!

snow on farm

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01/14/18 Sunday – Sugar 'N Spice


This was my first attempt at making hand pies. Outcome? Winner-Winner! It's super easy, super quick, and super messy. Here's the recipe; give it a try!

Ingredients:
Pie Crust
Jam (your choice)
Cream Cheese (room temp)
Sugar
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water (whisked)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Roll out dough 1/8" thick and cut out 4" circles
3. In center of dough circles add 1 teaspoon cream cheese and 1 teaspoon jam
4. Brush edges with egg wash, place dough circle on top, press together using fork
5. Brush top of hand pies with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and cut small steam hole on top
6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown
7. Place on wire rack to cool

handpie

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01/12/18 Friday – Of The Sea


Another awesome painting done by Saphy!

octopus painting by saphire

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01/11/18 Thursday – Old Man Winter


Winter needs to go away; I'm done with it. Bring spring!

fly on poppy bloom

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01/10/18 Wednesday – Family Tradition


In Alaska, we have big bears! And Harley seems to approve of this teddy as he watches my grandson cheerfully greet his newfound friend.

big teddy bear

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01/09/18 Tuesday – Between The Toes


Who's ready to go to the beach?!

five kids on the beach

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01/08/18 Monday – Solo Silo


Lately, Tennessee has had winter temperatures that reminds me of the weather common to Alaskans. Brr! One of the reasons why I agreed to move to Tennessee was because I got pneumonia year after year after year. And of course my husband got sick right along side of me. The last time we got pneumonia, it pert near sent both of us to The Gates of Heaven, I kid you not. And lately the thought of fighting off another bout of that crud scares me enough to keep my heinie inside by the warmth of our fireplace as much as possible. Perfect time to get my antique windows done before blue sky and warmer temperatures return to The Farm.

barn and silo

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01/07/18 Sunday – Flower By Ice


Glacier lakes have flowers too.

mendenhall glacier lake juneau alaska flower

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01/05/18 Friday – Microgametophytes


Nectar...love potion that attracts pollinators. Pollen...key to plant reproduction. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds - love them. All them other bugs...well, I'm learning to love them too.

bachelor button bee

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01/04/18 Thursday – Acres Of Love


I'm learning to love it here on The Farm, especially since more and more things are coming together in the farmhouse. I'm looking forward to completed projects and moving on to some personal interests that I have in mind. My goal is to achieve these things this year and I will share them here with you. I'm excited!

farm heart

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01/03/18 Wednesday – Farmhouse Fun


I cleaned up the antique windows back in June of 2017 and they have been waiting for my attention ever since then. These are single pane windows that require me to pry out any loose chunks of glazing compound with a putty knife before I can apply new glazing. Please let me interject one thing here: I am not the type of person that is One-With-A-Knife, let alone anything else that is sharper than a butter knife. Me and tools do not get along. Although the Tom Boy in me has always had the itch to learn Man Cave things that involve dangerous power tools and whirligigs. But, you know those lil' voices that sit on each side of your shoulders? You know. That voice on the left side is always saying, "Ya, man! Go for it! No problem!" And that other voice on the right side is always saying, "Whoa, man! Don't listen to the dude! It's goin' to be painful! Don't Do It. Dooon't Do It!" I tend to listen to that voice on my right side more often than not. But not today. Besides, a putty knife isn't technically a knife per se. It looks more like a...like a miniature trowel. Yeah, we'll go with that. So with tool in hand I set forth to conquer my antique window project. It was all going awesome until the very end. Busted. Yep, cracked a pane. I pondered with the thought of leaving it for "added character" but to avoid any potential mishaps from a cracked pane, Hubby and I agreed to replace it. That's done and I have yet to get back to that lil' project. Coffee first.

cup coffee

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01/02/18 Tuesday – Here We Come!


Let's get started! Hello 2018! May it be a year full of blossoms and blooms.

2dirtydiggers flowers

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01/01/18 Monday – Goodbye 2017


For me, 2017 was a year of learning many new things. If I had to pick just two lessons that had the most impact, I'd choose compartmentalizing as one and gardening-in-the-south as the other.

The deep rooted gardener in my soul beckoned me into the sweet clay soil of the south and despite my fear of all fugly bugs, each and every insect that I was unfamiliar with was documented in an image, then researched so that I could learn their pros and cons in our garden settings. I hooped, I hollered, I divided, and I conquered. I may have said a few too many of them dirty little cuss words too. But I lived. I learned. And in the end, my husband and I were most humbled by our blessings and the ability to donate large portions of our harvested produce to the homeless shelters. And that, my friend, makes all of the hard work worth it.

Then there is patience. More often then not, I crave the completion of our farmhouse. There are still many projects to get done. But we must have balance too. So I've learned to compartmentalize this list of projects, allowing myself to only think of them in segments for a brief amount of time. Then I concentrate on what is right in front of us. One. Thing. At. A. Time. Getting projects done has proven to be painfully slow, but...I've learned to bite my tongue much more than I use to, so I guess that's a good thing. Heh. Besides, even at snail's pace, some things seem to be coming together much better than I had envisioned. How does that ole idiom go? Oh ya, "All in good time." Ya. I like that.

tennessee sunset

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