Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Whiskey Wednesday~Dirty Cowgirl

If you made it through the holiday weekend, crazy family dinners, and Black Friday shopping, then you are sure to be ready for this week's Whiskey Wednesday.

This one comes in shot form, so be sure and have a chaser ready if you are used to sipping.

Dirty Cowgirl
Butterscotch schnapps  
Pendleton Whiskey
Fill your shot with glass 75% butterscotch schnapps.
Top off the remaining 25% with Pendleton Whiskey. 
Bottoms Up!

A lot of the recipes out there call for Irish cream in place of the Pendleton Whiskey, but lets face it, nothin' says cowgirl like Pendleton Whiskey!

This one starts warming you up as it goes down, so be prepared.
And please, please drink responsibly :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Whiskey Wednesday- Girly Drink Recipes for Women

As the holidays approach, I have a vision of the men sitting together in front of the fireplace sipping their whiskey from their short glasses, and the women huddled in the kitchen, drinking wine, and cooking up a storm. Why is it that this happens? Are we divided by our choice of alcohol? Of course not, the conversation had by the fireplace is just not one that is of interest to us ladies...well, not until the whiskey has kicked in anyhow! Or maybe it is because we know that if a bunch of men drinking whiskey were to prepare our family dinner, we would all go hungry :-) If this is you, you can relate to the situation, and you want to mix things up a bit this year...I say, avoid the wine, take a chance, and go for the whiskey! You never know, it may get you out of cooking! Here is a recipe that might help the transition to whiskey go a little smoother.

American Woman Ingredients
1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1/2 oz Creme de Noyaux
1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur
1 oz southern comfort® peach liqueur
ice cubes

add ice to drink shaker
add Bourbon
add Creme de Noyaux
add Southern Comfort
shake well until cold
strain into a cocktail glass

Wishing you all a very 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Western Christmas~ Redmond, Oregon

This past weekend, we took part in a wonderful event in Redmond, Oregon! 
Western Christmas was a shopping experience not to be missed. 
Held just minutes from the Fairgrounds and the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo, this show is what I like to think of as a smaller scale, Cowboy Christmas that is held in Las Vegas during the NFR. 

Vendors came from near and far to set up shop offering everything from fudge to cowgirl boots!
We opted for a "cabin in the woods" theme for our booth. 
The tin backdrop may look familiar. I've used it in past shows, but decided to chop it down a bit for this one. Would you believe me if I told you that we fit everything in the back of the Suburban?

I built the fireplace mantle out of some scrap wood we had left over from previous projects. 
The horseshoe hangers are courtesy of my father (thanks Dad). 

The plate on the side table ended up getting some cookies for Santa, and in place of the traditional milk, 
we opted for a flask! 
After all, Santa has a long night ahead of him ;-)

Who needs ornaments when you have Cowgirl Canteens on hand?
A few clothespins to hold things in place, and we had ourselves a very colorful tree.

TFD released a new line of women's flasks at this show.
One of my favorites is the Dream Catcher!
A simple background gives an earthy feel, and allows the hand-crochet doily to really stand out.
Metal findings that have been patina-ed and topped with some czech beads.

The hand-painted boot proved to be a hit with shoppers.
Another simple background, only this time, I hand-painted cowboy boots in a cheery turquoise and red.
An antique bronze metal piece has been hand stitched to resemble a spur!

One of the many perks of our booth placement was that we were situated right beside the Contestant Autograph/Voting for Parade of Ponies.
That meant, we got to meet a bunch of adorable little Rodeo Stars, like this gentleman, Grayson.

Shoppers were dressed to impress, literally from head to toe!
So many great fashion statements were made, and 
handbag envy was in full force.

There weren't many opportunities to sit down, but when she did, my sister and World's Best Helper came up with some awesome nail art! 
Haha! Yes, that heart was the bi-product of chipping polish.

Central Oregon was as beautiful as ever.
We stayed in Tumalo, Oregon with my brother and sister-in-law, and this is what they wake up to every morning. An absolutely gorgeous sunrise. A HUGE thank you to my awesome family for all the help and hospitality!
Part of the fun is always in the journey...
Especially when you road trip with your sister!

We found this beauty on the way out of town, and I was in LOVE.
Someday, I will make this dream of owning an old truck a reality, but for now I'll enjoy 
hopping in them when found on the side of the road for a photo opp :-)

Not the greatest representation, but in the new fall line, you will find these Western Shirt inspired flasks.
Keep an eye on the website, as they will be added very soon.

 If you are in the area, and didn't make it this year, you'll have to shoot for Western Christmas 2013.
An extremely well run show, that offered food, drinks, Santa, a fashion show, and Cowboy Church along with over 100 fantastic vendors! Thanks so much to all who had a part in putting such a great show!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Creatively Made Home E-Course

For those of us living in the Northwest, it's the time of year where we say good bye to many of our outdoor activities, and prepare to settle in for the long, rainy season ahead. To stay-at-home moms like me, it means many hours spent indoors. It means focusing on the interior of our humble homes, and making them as cozy, clean, and functional as possible. That said, what I am about to share with you couldn't have come at a better time!

I received an email the other day from an amazingly talented friend, Kimberly Taylor, of Kimberly Taylor Images. She was sharing news with me, that she and four other creative ladies will be hosting an e-course designed to help you create the beautiful home you desire. 

"This course isn’t just about “keeping up with the Jones’” which is a large part of the American culture these days.  It’s not about switching out your decor regularly.  It’s not about creating a home that is esthetically pretty but emotionally empty.  It’s about creating a home that is beautiful BECAUSE the people that live in it and the happiness it has within it’s walls."-Kimberly Taylor

Some things you can expect out of the course:

* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from not only the five teachers but other creative women.
* Each week we will take a room from one of YOU and all five women will give their suggestions telling you how they would transform the room with their style.
* There will be 50+ project videos.
These will be incredible videos that include everything from gardening, cooking, gift giving and decorating.
* There will be written tips from each woman telling you how she starts a room, picks paint, fabrics, etc.  You will learn where to start when putting your own home together.
* Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the five women.
* Videos that truly reflect what life is like in each of their homes.  The stuff that life is really about.  Believe me it has nothing to do with the perfect table setting.
* Each woman will share their own truthful journey about how they started making their home a reflection of their hearts.
* Each person registered will get an easy entertaining e-book to download.
It will contain go to recipes for beautiful and easy entertaining (they do go together), photos of table settings that take the stress out of having people over, favorite drinks and so much more (and their funniest entertaining story).
* There will be a private Facebook group to connect with other class members.
* There will be a once a week live discussion with one of the teachers!
* You will get printables and pdfs to keep and use again and again.
This course is about loving your home, loving your family and blessing those around you….and having fun doing it.
To register, please visit Kimberly's website.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Small Business Experience~Pulling the Trigger

After creating my first Cowgirl Canteens (hip flasks for women), I was more than excited to tote them off to my first show. I can recall the joy I had in creating something unique that shoppers responded so well to. Lucky for me, the bride who bought the whole batch for bridesmaid gifts left them on display in my booth until she was done shopping for the day. This gave me the opportunity to see how others would react to my product. In doing so, I gathered first-hand information on what kind of people would be interested in Cowgirl Canteens, and the occasions they were interested in purchasing for. When I went home at the end of the day, my head was spinning! I could hardly wait to create more flasks.

I started out small, making a few and listing them on etsy. I also opened up my own online shop through Bigcartel. Between these two ecommerce sites, I was able to list and sell my product for only pennies at a time. All the while, my husband, family and friends were urging me to approach retail shops and start selling wholesale (a thought that scared the living day lights out of me). I remember the moment I finally broke down and went for it. Upon asking my husband a “business” type question, he replied with,

“Have you ever realized that you are doing everything in your power to put off succeeding? What are you afraid of? Stop talking about it, pick up the phone and call a store.”

Sounds a little harsh right? But, it’s what I needed. He was right, and I went inside, picked up the phone and made a few calls. I planned a road trip to Bend, Oregon knowing there were a few shops that would be a good fit for my product. During these initial phone conversations, I asked to speak to the person who did the purchasing for the company. Once on the line, I introduced myself and my product, letting them know that I had an item I thought they might be interested in. I would then ask to set up a time to stop by the shop with samples. Three out of five business I visited that weekend placed orders, and some continue to.

While that first step felt more like a shove out of a plane, it has paid off in many ways. Contacting new shops no longer causes me to have an upset stomach. For me, it’s never been easy putting myself or my product out there…especially in a situation where it has to be judged, but it has gotten less nerve racking. So, if you make something special that others are telling you you’d be crazy not to sell…Sell It! Go for it! Stop making excuses and pick up the phone. 

(these are the original 6)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Appreciation Sale~All flasks just $20 for a limited time!

The Farrier's Daughter's facebook page reached 200 "likes"!

To show our appreciation, we will be offering a SALE, making the flask of your choice 
only $20!!!

Please visit the Shop to chose yours today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Black & White Damask with Yellow Wedding Theme

Your Invited...
(to join me as I drool over these ideas for a black and white damask wedding with pops of yellow)

I'm loving this cake because the formality of the damask takes a back seat to some black and white polka dots and a huge flower that add a hint of playfulness. 

This idea board has so many wonderful things, I'm not sure where to begin...

Top Left: 
These invitations are to die for! The modern flower design, is simple, yet powerful...and not too dark for a wedding invite (making this wedding classy, but not landing it in the evening-wedding-only category.)

Top Right: 
Chandeliers...need I say more?

Bottom Middle:
I love how this cake looks like the decorator took a piece of lace from an old wedding dress to recreate an edible design. It's also perfectly paired with a black milk glass stand, which is really just as good as the icing on the cake :-)

Bottom Right:
This adorable black and white damask clutch has great shape, and could likely be used for a night on the town even after she says "I do". With a satin yellow bow and rhinestone/crystal brooch to add to the fancy factor, this little bag is ready to be stuffed with tissues and lipstick.

This next photo is for the boys.
Want your wedding photos to stand out from the crowd?
Try mixing it up with a patterned necktie!
With mustaches being all the craze, think about easing wedding day jitters by adding a little humor to your day via mustache on stick!

And for the ladies...
Your shoes typically aren't seen too much on your big day, so why not have fun with them?
Go for a bit of a surprise when your new groom goes to slip off your garter.

While we are on the subject of accessories...
Might I suggest, The Little Black Book as a perfect complement to your theme?
Another fun way to add interest to your wedding day photos, while saying thank you to your bridal party! You can find these, and many more for your big day in the shop at 

I saw this tablescape and instantly fell in love.
I love how they have made a dramatic statement while keeping in fresh and airy. 

Thanks for taking that little journey with me. 
Even though I've already had my wedding day, 
I still find so much joy in others'.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Must Have Summer Accessories for 2012~Unique Jewelry (Horsefeathers Gifts) & Funky Flasks for Women (The Farrier's Daughter)

Looking for that perfect accessory to compliment your summer look? 

We all know how much we here at TFD love our cowboy boots with sundresses. But today we take it a step further, and pair that look with some one-of-kind, handmade jewelry from our friends at Horsefeathers Gifts, and Cowgirl Canteens!

After a recent purchase of a silver stamped horseshoe necklace, I can honestly say that Horsefeathers Gifts offers high quality jewelry that can withstand the hustle and bustle of my busy life. Not only that, you can rest assured that you are buying directly from some hard working, down to earth gals! 

Cowgirl Canteens can be found on our website in a fun array of designs.
Perfect for concerts, camping, rodeos, weddings, etc.

*Photos Courtesy of Horsefeathers Gifts

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Your number one source for hip flasks for women! Bridal, Bachelorette, Rodeo and Concerts...the list goes on!

It feels so good to finally make this announcement:

The Farrier's Daughter now has an official website!

Please check us out at 

From this wonderful location, you'll now be able to shop our new low prices on many Cowgirl Canteens, and find links to follow us on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

Please feel free to bookmark us, or even up! 


Friday, June 1, 2012

Guest Post on Thrifty Living

Today's guest post on Thrifty Living comes from a very special source.
Meet Darcie.
I talk about her often on this blog, and if we've met at a local show, you have almost definitely met her as well. She is fun, hard working, and has a heart the size of Texas. 
She is my baby sister.

After finishing her Undergrad degree at OSU, she has been working as a CNA at the hospital, while taking classes to prepare for nursing school. The big news came this past week with a late morning phone call from Darcie, "Lin, I got in!"
She did it. She got into the nursing program she was hoping for.
Chills covered my body, as I fought back the tears of pride and joy in my little sister.

Just yesterday, she read one of her scholarship essays to me.
By the end of the short and sweet 500 word ditty, I found that the corners of my mouth were turned up in delight. She had produced an entertaining read on a topic that has become a way of life for this stay-at-home mom...making me proud yet again.

Without further ado,
Darcie Rabun on Thrifty Living

During my time at Oregon State University where I earned my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Science I also learned the science, importance and sheer thrill of penny pinching.  It was during these college days that I held down a position at a local feed store, assisting the community of self-appointed bird and wildlife animal conservationists with all of their bird seed and squirrel feed questions and concerns.  The money I earned working 20-30 hours every week helped pay groceries and rent for my modest apartment I shared with 2 other girls.  I had a vehicle to drive, however the old Toyota with 300,000 miles was saved for lengthy trips, so the majority of the time I opted to hit the pavement, saving money on gasoline.  It wasn’t uncommon to walk 20 minutes to campus then another 20 to work, equaling a grand total of 40 minutes hoofing it home, usually in squishy water logged shoes thanks to a typical Oregon rain storm.  Over the summer months I was a bona fide poop scooper for local horse stables, which earned me cash that I put towards paying for school tuition and used during the school year.  By the time I graduated from college I was catering to over ten barns by feeding horses and cleaning stalls.  

Today, I am still nurturing my thriftiness but I am doing it bigger and better.  As I am about to start nursing school in the fall I have adopted many great methods of saving money.   The most impressive gesture I have made yet in the name of saving money is living in a barn.  My husband and I have seized the opportunity to live rent free in an old barn on my parent’s property.  We have successfully converted the old space into a cozy, semi drafty dwelling, with only the occasional uninvited bat, spider and mouse. (Although that takes the guess work out of what’s for dinner that night, another money saving tip.) We utilized yard sale finds and Goodwill treasures to furnish our abode for dirt cheap.  I physically cannot pay full price for something, my stomach begins to churn and I get clammy all over.  I treat this self-diagnosed physiological disorder by shopping at brilliant places like Ross Dress for Less, TJ Max and second-hand stores.  I have no mercy in the game of saving money, not even on my beloved tresses, so I have implemented the practice of minimal hair washing, usually every 3-6 days, and in turn my long locks are healthier for it and I save a great deal on shampoo and conditioner, although my husband can and does enforce the sniff test and informs me if my hair is due for a washing.  Along with these efforts I have bought a new cell phone for one cent, which does not have internet capability, I put water in my mascara to make it last longer and I line dry my clothes. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

It's Derby Day

Howdy Ya'll!
I'm back from the wonderful state of Texas, and while I wish I were in Kentucky to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports in person, I am going to suffice for a date with NBC and a homemade cocktail.

Just in case you too would like to enjoy the official drink of the Kentucky Derby
I am sharing a how-to video for the  famous Mint Julep.

Bottoms Up!

As I had mentioned in this previous post, I'm laying my money down on I'll Have Another!
If you want to check out the contestants in today's big race, you can head on over to the Official Kentucky Derby Horses page.

On another super cool note...
The TFD Signature Cowgirl Canteen was on TV! 
Yes, real, live, Television!
You can watch the Kings of Swag as they show off this year's 
Celebrity Gift Bag by clicking on the link below:

I know it's a baby step, 
but it's enough to make me smile!

Enjoy the Race.
from The Farrier's Daughter

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Texas Bound

Just a heads up to let everyone know that we won't be filling any orders until May 5th...I'm heading to Texas in hopes of finding sunshine, good times with family, inspiration (so excited to be attending the Country Living Fair), and killer BBQ...lots of BBQ! I plan to have my camera permanently affixed to my body, so watch for lots of photos! Have a great week all!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Free Flask Giveaway

Hay, Hay, It's a Giveaway!

As I packaged up all of the Cowgirl Canteens to be shipped off to the Kentucky Derby (with the help of my great friend Jess), I thought to myself, celebrities shouldn't be the only ones who get free swag! So it seems the perfect time for a giveaway.

One Free Cowgirl Canteen (flask) of your choice

3 Days, 3 Ways to Win:
(chose as many as you want)

1.)  "like" The Farrier's Daughter on facebook

2.) Visit us on facebook, and "share" the giveaway link on your wall.
(Just be sure to do it via the "share" button so we can get you entered in the Giveaway)

3.)  Mention and link to this Giveaway on your own blog.
(Don't forget to let us know)

Giveaway will end Monday night at 9pm. 
Winner will be selected via random number generator.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

T-Shirt Converted to Dress

Since the beginning of the school year, my oldest daughter has been begging me to buy or make her a, "Russian Dress". Two of her best friends in her Kindergarten class are Russian, and often wear the traditional, long, satin dresses. My daughter, being the girly-girl she is, absolutely LOVES them...the little girls, and their dresses!

My response to all of her requests has been something along the lines of, "Sweetie, I don't have a pattern for that style of dress."

Or sometimes, I gave her the more honest response, "Satin is really difficult to sew."

Then, this last weekend, we had a birthday party to attend.
My daughter came to me with a piece of paper with a carefully sketched pattern.               
 I've gotta hand it to my girl...she's got her mama's determination :-)
She wanted me to sew her a long party dress, and I couldn't put it off any longer.

Out to the notorious fabric stash we went.
With a little assistance, she chose the fabrics she wanted, and we were back to the drawing board. 
For my own sanity, we used a plain, fitted t-shirt for the top.

She was dead set on having the, "strips" be part of the dress. To speed up the process, I tried to talk her out of it, but it was, as she reminded me, " the pattern."

When we went outside to take some pictures of her in her new dress,
I was quickly reminded of the importance of those, "strips"!
What little girl wouldn't have fun spinning around in this dress?

she was more than ready to do a little modeling herself.

Today, I'm linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for WIWW.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Photoshoot TFD Style

Just recently, my sister and I got together for a little TFD Photoshoot on my parents property. Ideally, we would have had models, hair and makeup artists, and a real photographer...but that's just ideally! What we actually had was a break in the rainy, gloomy weather that still lingers here in the Northwest, a Suburban loaded down with heaps of clothes, and accessories, two little girls running in and out of photos along with a couple of unexpected animals!

Do you see what I mean???
That is my sister's dog, Daphne.
Daphne, apparently, loves Cowgirl Canteens too!

 (ps-those are not my buns nor my hands)

Now, if you are thinking that my baby sister and I are the type to just get together and take pictures of ourselves for fun, you should think again.
We hate it actually, but (haha, no pun intended), I am in the middle of designing a new website for 
The Farrier's Daughter (Can I get a woot woot?!?!), and I needed images.

Stay tuned for the big reveal....

(this however, is much easier when you don't look at the camera)

Until then, these are a few teaser photos of our hard day's work.
Lots of Cowboy Boots, Dresses, Denim, and Flasks of course!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Minnetonka Boots Review

You might remember this post, where I mentioned the Minnetonka fringe boots...
Ok, so I actually made it public that they were on my Christmas list.
Any who, my MIL took me up on my hint-dropping and guess what I got?
That's right, she got me the gray Minnetonkas!
Thanks Nona!
Now that I've had some time to wear them, I wanted to give a quick know, in case you were thinking about telling the world you wanted them on your blog ;-) 

Let's start with the Pros:
Absolutely Adorable.
Great shade of Gray.
Super Comfy.

And now for the Cons:
The shaft is itty bitty! 
As you can see, I am what I like to call a, "healthy" girl.
I have never had chicken legs, and I am most certain that I never will. 
Falling instantly in love with the boots, I thought, 
"No worries, I'll just get a half size bigger."
Minnetonka boots don't come in half sizes.
I was, however, determined to keep the boots, I have just been slowly stretching them out as I wear them. 
Because they are so tight on my calf, I am limited to wearing leggings with them, but they are so cute, that it's okay with me.

Today I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for

Top: TJ Maxx
Batwing Sweater: Ebay
Mini Skirt to cover my (caboose): Made by Me
Leggings: Ross
Minnetonka Boots: Nordstrom
Cuff Bracelet with Bling: Local Boutique (also from my MIL-she's a good gifter!)


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