Chickens

This Week’s Guest Interviews: How to Speak Chicken

Good morning friends! I hope you have had a fabulous week! I’m having fun doing interviews for my new book, How to Speak Chicken. It’s been super fun and awesome to connect with so many people around the country.  This week, two of those interviews went online.  I had the privilege of chatting about the chickens with Mindy Todd from my local NPR radio station. She came to the house and even got to meet the girls. 

Giveaways

A Leather Travel Tote Giveaway

Exciting news today friends, from our sponsor, Up a Tree Cup a Tea Co! Today, Jo is giving away to one of you lucky winners a Leather Travel Tote of your choice up to a $220 value from her shop.  All of Jo’s bags feature vintage and repurposed materials – everything from 1960s pennant flags to Civil War Era textiles. All bags are one of a kind, just like the people who wear them everyday!  I am in love with the leather travel tote Jo sent me and I was thrilled to take a moment to sit down with her and learn more about Jo and her small business.

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Make A Paper Village Advent Calendar

For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of  freelancing regularly for both HGTV and DIY Network, creating crafts, sharing chicken and bee wisdom and gardening galore. This week, my daughter and I were given the task of putting a new twist on the traditional advent calendar. I had considered creating a new calendar. It dawned on me that it would be fun to create a Christmas paper village advent calendar. It could light up as each new evening arrived. As a little girl, some of my fondest memories were of my Mother’s Christmas village.

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Fall Crafting: Make a Coastal Hydrangea Wreath

I love living by the sea and keeping gardens, but living in New England I find my warm days drifting away. One of my favorite things to do on crisp fall days is to collect beautiful inspirational things from the gardens and make wreaths, like this acorn one. This past spring, we planted almost thirty hydrangeas on the property. The hydrangea blooms have now faded to muted greens, browns, pinks and maroons. They are lovely in their own way. I snipped a few from the bushes that were just about dried and brought them inside to create a wonderful coastal hydrangea wreath for the fall season.

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Tips to Design a Better Backyard Chicken Coop

Backyard chickens are exciting, super fun and entertaining. We have loved having chickens in our backyard for almost the past decade. Over the years, we have gone through a few  chicken coops. Does that surprise you? Sadly, this happens to quite a few folks due to things like chicken math, wish lists, what’s working, what’s not working and quality of the construction. It’s kind of the norm for most chicken keepers, but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to keeping chickens, the chicken coop is the most costly part of the hobby. From building your own chicken coop to purchasing one ready to assemble or even assembled online, here are some tips and common pitfalls to avoid and help you to get your design right the first time.