Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On the First Day of Christmas...

On the first day of Christmas, The Farrier's Daughter gave to me...

25% Off
  Black & White Damask Cowgirl Canteen™
(shown in the middle)

*This offer is good only on today's featured flask.
Offer begins at 12:00am December 1st and ends at 12am December 2nd.

Purchases can be made in the Shop
Use the discount code SALEDAY1 at checkout to redeem.

Not sure this one is just right for that special lady (or yourself)?
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12 Days of Christmas Sale Starts tomorrow! Get your hip flask for women here!

Here is a sale you are not going to want to miss!
These Cowgirl Canteens™ (designer hip flasks for women),
make perfect Christmas gifts!

Be sure and check back tomorrow!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Insta Fridady Take One

Today I am linking up with Jeannett over at Life Rearranged for Insta Friday...

Today's blog post is being created in front of a cozy fire while the girls are (supposed to be) napping. I say, "supposed to be" because they so badly wanted to sleep in our bedroom so that they could be close to the our new puppy. Yes, we got a new puppy...soon to be horse!

These first two shots are of my view. I just added that painting above the mantle last night. I had actually intended on getting rid of the painting and using the frame as part of a bigger display in the house, but as I walked by it in my craft room yesterday, it spoke to me.

What did it say?
Well, let me tell you what it said...
It said, hey lady! If you would take a minute to actually look closely, you would see that I really am a pretty painting. If you would just give my frame a face-lift, I would be a beautiful piece of art for your home!

A couple of coordinating colors, and a dry brush later, wallah!
I love it!

On Wednesday, Raegen requested we do an art project, so we painted blocks of scrap lumber and covered the edges with fabric. I had seen this done by an amazing artist that sells her goods at The Strawberry Patch barn sales...and had been wanting to give it a try.

Back to the new puppy.
We currently have a huge rottweiler that weighs more than I do, and I can't tell you how much I love having her! She is the perfect combination of big teddy bear and watch dog. However, she is getting old, and we wanted to get another big dog. Soooooo, we did just that.

Sir Galahad (The Great), is a mix of great dane and mastiff. Around here he goes by Gally, and he is much loved by all of us!

Reese and I decided to take Gally to the park for a little fresh air and play!
Hope you have all enjoyed your week!

Cheers from The Farrier's Daughter!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Tutu Shoppe

After a year of brainstorming and preparing for my Children's Charity,
Toadally Tutus is beginning to come together!

We just completed our first ever Tutu Clinic in our little town of Molalla and I wanted to share the setup with you.

The idea is that all of the participants get to choose their own colors of tulle, and then we teach them (along with their mamas) how to make one for themselves.

For every tutu we sell (or that is purchased and made at a clinic), we donate one to a child in the hospital at Christmas.

I'm currently calling it, The Tutu Shoppe and trying to give it the feel of an old time candy shoppe.
Instead of candy in jars, I have the tulle choices! 

The framework for the awning is made of 1/2 pvc pipe and held together with pvc fittings. I then drilled holes in 2x4's to sink the base of the legs into. It sits atop a 6' folding table that has two table cloths on it. I'm loving the combination of satin and unexpected!

I'm not so happy however with the color combos.
It's what I had on hand, so it will do for now.

If you are interested in purchasing a tutu to support our cause, please check out my shop, or email for a specific color.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DIY Bookshelf

While moving into our new home, we asked all of our helpers to pile the boxes into the office. It worked out nicely since the office is right off of the front door, it also saved a lot of time and confusion. From there, we would take the boxes and unload them in the appropriate room. The downside is that when it was all said and done, we still had those lingering boxes that didn't really have a place. Sooooo, they sat, and sat, annnnnnd sat. My husband waited patiently for his office to be unburied. Finally, when he was away at training, I tackled the dumping grounds!

(Restoration's $1375 version)

A large portion of the boxes were full of old books that have been in his family for generations. I knew they were special to him, and wanted to give him a way to display them.

After looking around, I found this industrial looking shelf at Restoration Hardware and fell in love!
Next came the big to recreate the $1375 shelf on a tight budget.

(My $150 version)

I headed outside to my stash of barn board and found some that were just the right width.
Next, I found some steel casters for the base for only $5 each at a local discount store.
I then headed to The Home Depot where I purchased 16 lengths of threaded galvanized pipe (each at 18" long), 8 threaded flange fittings for the top and bottom, and 12 couplings.  

Here is where things got a little tricky.
The easiest way to do this would have been to bypass the couplings and just buy 32 flange fittings for each place where a pipe needed to join to the wood shelf; however, the flange fittings are much more expensive than the couplings and that would have put me way over budget.

My fix was to drill holes in the corners of the middle three shelves, slide the pipe through the hole and let the shelf rest on the coupling below. I know that sounds super confusing, and if anyone is interested, I would be happy to do a tutorial with better pics and instructions!

What I Wore Wednesday:
Linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy

Playing at the Park with Reese and picking Raegen up from School

Jacket: Sadly, it's so old I can't remember where I got it, but i LOVE it
Flower pin: off of a different jacket that I got at Old Navy
Blue top: Old Navy
Gray Tank underneath: Ross Dress for Less
Jeans: DKNY
Shoes: Naturalizer. These are my new fave! The are cute, comfy, and have a sole that holds up to our rainy, Oregon climate.
Bracelet: Made by The Farrier's Daughter it is a vintage silver spoon that I shaped on an anvil, and stamped the word, "LOVE"

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Art Party-Birthday in Bend

We recently took a road trip over the mountain for my niece's 
          5th Birthday Party!    

It was an Art themed party, and my sister-in-law pulled off another amazing event.
I snapped a few photos of the day to share with all of you...

I know how we all like some eye candy and good ideas :-)  

Happy Birthday Miss Gracie!
Cake: In the shape of a paint pallet with dollops of colored icing to look like paint.

 My Father, The Farrier (guest posts here and here), was in attendance.
Being a bit of an artist himself, he was like a kid in a candy shoppe!
No, a small child didn't attach the pom poms to his boots...
He Did!

Everything was super cute and "themefide" (I think I just made up that word-just roll with it).

 Snacks were all part of the theme too.
The Rice Crispy paint brushes seamed to be a big hit with the kiddos.
(Rice crispies and a stick, dipped in colored frosting-so smart)

 A colorful balloon wreath was made by the proud mama and hung above the food table.
There are a ton of online tutorials out there, but this one seems to be very popular.

The venue was a place located just across from the Old Mill District.

The Art Station was the perfect place for this party.
They supplied everything a kid could dream of for getting their craft on.
Stations were set up for the kids to try a variety of things.

Birthday Crowns were at one of the stations.
 This is my youngest sporting her new sign of royalty!

 As a mother of two party goers, I was pleased to see the row of smocks!

Blank rainbow shapes were waiting at the tables for the kids to paint.
This is my oldest standing under her masterpiece...
Does this make her a leprechaun?
(unfortunately, she is going to be vertically challenged like her mama,
I probably shouldn't make jokes!)
Debbie (sis-in-law), made these yarn pom garlands that also hung above the food table.

Can never resist a picture of fresh cut flowers...
It's a condition :-)

Swimming Pool Art!
I had never seen this done before, but it's super simple, and the kids Loved it!

1. Place big sheet of paper in the bottom of a small pool.
2. Squirt globs of paint in a few piles on the paper.
3. Drop in a handful of old golf balls.
4. Allow eager kids to grab the sides of the pool.
5. Gently roll the balls around.
6. Admire some funky, abstract art!

Gracie and Debbie at the food table.
Another cute idea:
Splatter paint on a white table cloth!
Colorful Fruit Kabobs drizzled with white chocolate!

Messy hands? No problem!

Concentration? Lots of it.

A whole group of budding artists? You bet.

Rainbows hanging out to dry.

They all had a blast....
And it was written all over their faces!

 Happy Birthday Gracie D,
We Love You!

Great Job Debbie!


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