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Down Home Blog Hop~Number 99 + DIY Spiderweb Doormat


Happy first day of October! This week, I wanted to share a sweet spiderweb doormat that I made for HGTV Gardens complete with its very own spider! I thought that this would be a fun way to greet trick or treaters and fall's guests.


The materials were inexpensive. I found the mat at Home Depot. The rest of the supplies are from the craft store. It came together in just a couple of hours, including drying time.


Here I am adding the final touch! A creepy black spider to really make this webbed mat feel lived on!


If you would like to make your very own spiderweb door mat, take a peek at my complete step-by-step tutorial over on HGTV Gardens.


Now onto this week's blog hop!  Thank you so much for joining us. As we welcome fall, I can't help but think of sweaters, hot apple cider, and raking leaves. How about you? What is happening at your place? I can't wait to read all about it this week!



Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

DIY: Chicken Run Ladder


I love going junking and antiquing. It's one of my favorite pastimes. Now that fall has arrived, I am constantly thinking of boredom busters (scroll halfway down) for the flock come the cold snowy weather.


Last time, exploring a flea market, I picked up this sweet ladder. I could see that it had good bones but was in very poor condition. The paint was chipped and the framework needed repair. I got to work and made the minor repairs and added a fresh coat of navy blue spray paint.


I tucked it into the corner of the run. This would provide the girls some fun, a high place to roost, and allow them some exercise.


I can't wait to see who explores it next! For now, Tilly went first.

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest


Giveaway: Sarah Hudock's Lighthearted Art Trivet




One of my all time favorite chicken artist is Sarah Hudock. Our paths first crossed last year on Hug a Chicken Day, I have had the pleasure of welcoming Sarah as sponsor and have thoroughly enjoyed her artwork. Sarah is truly an artist whose inspiration comes from her own flock of chickens on her small homestead in Vermont. She captures chicken moments so perfectly and her color palettes are breathtaking. 

Lucky for us, Sarah adds her delightful creations to outdoor tin signs, prints, cards, ceramic tiles, magnets and more . You can visit her online store at ChickenArt.com.

I'm so excited to be the first to giveaway one of Sarah's beautiful trivets. Sarah's tile trivets are top quality and have been put to the test in my very own kitchen. The artwork is not decaled on. Instead it has been baked right into the trivet so your trivets and coasters will last for years.

Today's giveaway is for the Chef Saucier trivet. Chef Saucier is ready to come home to your kitchen and be put to work. He will certainly be a topic of conversation at your next get together. I know mine is! You can check out over 30 different trivet designs and Sarah will even customize her art just for you. The best part is that everything is made in the USA. Here he is!


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Down Home Blog Hop~Number 98 + DIY Apple Picking Tote Bag

As a family, each fall we look forward to going apple picking. We sometimes even do it more than once, as we have several favorite places across New England. This year, we made a canvas tote just for apple picking. The kids and I worked on this craft together and made block prints from the apples themselves.


Many different fruits and vegetables can be used to make a bag like this. These totes are a fun way to get creative, give as gifts, and take on traditional family outings. To learn the basics of making this tote bag, head on over to HGTV Gardens for the full tutorial.



Hello friends! Welcome to this week's hop. The first day of fall was yesterday. Is it beginning to look, feel and smell like fall to you? What is on your fall to do list? Will you go apple picking, pumpkin picking, go on a hayride, jump in leaves, drink apple cider? I can't wait to hear what you have going on in your neck of the woods. Please feel free to share up to three of your blog posts for this week's hop. Thank you too to those who joined us last week. You all are some pretty amazing peeps!


DIY: Chicken Coop Chandelier


If you know me, I love touring chicken coops. One of my favorite things lately in chicken coops are chandeliers. Surely, my chickens would like to be fancy too!

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by my friend Sam's creation over on HGTV Gardens. With this in mind, I got to work creating a beautiful and functional chandelier for the chicken coop. I just so happened to find this amazing one at this past week's Vintage Bazaar. This chandelier that I created serves a couple of purposes. It makes a great herb drying rack to dry herbs for the chickens and a light.


First, you will need to make the hanger for the lampshade. It looks like this.


To make the hook through the lampshade, assemble them together like so, put washers on either side of the lampshade.

Hook Supplies:
2 cup hooks
1 connector
2 washers
1 nut


Screw another eye hook into the ceiling of the coop to hang the chandelier.


Be sure to test it out to be sure the door clears the chandelier like so.
It even looks pretty just like this!


Next we'll move onto the mason jar. You will want to put a hook onto your mason jar.


Put it together like so.
Drill a hole into the lid of the mason jar.
Then attach a closed screw loop with a couple of washers and a nut.


Fill you mason jar with a bit of dry rice. This will help keep your flameless candle stable and also absorb any moisture that might come from having the mason jar closed.


You could finish your chandelier at this point, but if you are like me and in the process of drying herbs, why not decorate your chandelier with them? This way, they dry and then you can take them down and share them with your flock!

With small strings of garden twine, take several stems of your herb cuttings and tie them together with the twine. I used oregano, mint, lavender, and pineapple sage.


Now tie them onto the bottom of your chandelier!




There are many variations you can do with this project. If you have electricity, try wiring this lamp with a light bulb inside the mason jar instead of a candle and rice. I have included a complete supply list below so you can have it ready at the hardware store. I would strongly advise you to bring your lampshade with you to be sure your hardware fits perfectly.

You can adjust the size of your lampshade and the size of your mason jar based upon the size of your coop. The possibilities are endless.

Complete Supply List:

  • 1 old lampshade
  • 2 open eye hooks
  • 1 closed eye hook
  • 1 connector
  • 4 washers
  • 2 nuts
  • 1 eye screw
  • Half-gallon wide mouth mason jar
  • Drill and Drill Bit
  • Flameless candle
  • Uncooked rice
  • Freshly harvested herbs
  • Garden twine
Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest

Tilly Considers an Egg


Patience.
Love.
Understanding.
Encouragement.

It all happened in under a 5 minute time period out in the coop yesterday morning between Tilly and Oyster Cracker.

Yesterday morning, I opened up the coop door and let the vivacious young uns out along with the old ladies. I could hear everyone chattering up at storm out in the run enjoying the freshly scattered scratch that I shared with them. I began to get to work tidying up inside the coop as I typically do each morning. Then I noticed that I had a visitor.

I hear a little buh-dup from behind. Usually it's Lucy, our new Salmon Favorelle, but the voice was not raspy enough.  I turned around and it was Tilly. Tilly hadn't come to visit me inside the coop for months. I immediately wondered what she was doing here. I squatted down and chatted with her. I soon realized she was not here for love. She was searching for something.

She peered under the roosts. Then she went into the nesting boxes one by one, inspecting each one and chatting all the while. She appeared to be on a mission, like she was going to lay an egg. An egg! She has not laid an egg in almost a year now. Then, Oyster Cracker came inside and they had a chicken chat. Tilly seemed to be explaining to Oyster Cracker why she was there and then, Oyster Cracker, while still chatting, showed Tilly a nesting box- the middle one. She selected it, walked in a circle, sat down for mere seconds, chatted some more, stood up, talked once more to Tilly and then left.

It was darling. Tilly followed Oyster Cracker outside and I never did get that egg from my henopause Tilly. She did however, get great egg laying tips and later took a dust bath instead with Oyster Cracker.

It's nice to have a cheerleader once in a while. Someone who helps you get back into the saddle. Someone who cares enough to check in on you. Someone who is willing to listen to you. Someone, who doesn't care how long you take. Someone who loves you for just the way you are. Someone who gives you one of the best thing you can get in life for free-friendship.


Down Home Blog Hop~Number 96 + The Porches Inn


Hi friends!  Sorry I missed you last week for the Blog Hop, but I was away at Storey Publishing working on my book in person with my amazing team.(More to come on that!) For the blog hop this week, I thought that I would share some neat history about where Storey Publishing is located and where I stayed.


North Adams is nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful green and purple mountains. I came in on the Mohawk Trail. This trail was used by American Indians as a trade route. It was gorgeous! I stopped on the hairpin turn and snapped a view of the vista for you.



Storey Publishing and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) all reside in old renovated brick factories that are commonly found across New England. Built in the 1800's these factories were first a printing company and then an electric company.


While there, I stayed at the most amazing New England Inn, The Porches. The Porches used to be row houses that where the factory workers lived with their families. It's conveniently located just across the street. Today, completely renovated and connected by one huge porch, The Porches is just the most darling place that takes you back to yesteryear.


Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the sweetest resident kitty, Sabine. She was very busy and hardly kept still for a photo. She had things to do!

I could not help but be a lookie loo in the lobby. Vintage finds were everywhere. Right up my alley!



It was just a short walk to my room.



 Here is the back of  the inn.


My room was right across from the outdoor pool.


A hallway now ran between the two buildings. It was covered a glass covered atrium.


Here was my room. I snapped the pic on the last day. (I didn't make the bed up all pretty like they did but I thought you might want to see it anyway.)

It was so nice to call this place my home away from home for a few days. There is nothing like feeling at home in a place hours away from my family. I could not have asked for a more wonderful stay. 



Welcome to this week's blog hop! I can't wait to see what you will link up this week. So please, feel free to share up to three links from your blog. Off we go!