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Giveaway: Chicken Art Tin Sign and Garden Flag

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Sarah Hudock is the creative chicken genius behind Chicken Art. I first met Sarah almost four years ago when she donated beautiful chicken prints for Hug a Chicken Day. We were kindred chicken spirits from the beginning and I have just loved watching her grow to be one of the most talented chicken artists.  Lucky us!  Sarah designs and hand paints feather by feather these and many beautiful creations from her studio located in the Vermont countryside. Today I’ve got an amazing giveaway from Chicken Art just for you.

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Early Spring Gardening

Even though we had a bit of snow last night, I have been very busy puttering around the yard with spring clean up and getting ready for the photo shoot with the book. My favorite spring flowers are pansies. They are so lovely, especially the ruffled variety in this pansy sphere on my front steps. I just adore the blooms and they are entirely edible. The chicken love them!

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The Bog Garden

This past week the family and I took a small vacation to try and break up the cold weather and discover signs of spring. The day we left, there was almost a foot of freshly fallen snow on the ground! We had a great time in North Carolina. It was still chilly and a bit rainy but it wasn’t snowing. We went to the lovely Bog Garden in Greensboro, North Carolina. Signs of spring were everywhere. As we strolled along the boardwalk, we discovered the garden waking from its winter slumber. We even found one of the owls nesting in the garden again for the second year in a row.

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Upcycled Spring Terrariums

spring terrariums

I tend to keep things that most people would consider junk or recyclable. You never know when you can upcycle items into beautiful crafting creations. Some of my favorite items to keep are the glass jars and their lids from foods. Salsa jars are perfect! I remove the labels, wash them in the dishwasher, and set them aside for crafting projects, like these upcycled spring terrariums.

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Spring Has Sprung

We have had so much rain over the past week that I was beginning to believe that we would never see the sun again.  Yet, yesterday it was beautiful, sunny and not a cloud was in the sky.  Despite the rain, spring is my absolute favorite season.  The spring blooms are just making the yard smell heavenly.  I love lilacs and lily of the valley.

The chickens are laying in full force too.  I have so many eggs, that we joke that we are lacking places to put them.  Do you think it is possible to become an egg hoarder?  I think it is time to make some quiche for dinner.

 

 Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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Welcome Spring

Typing is a strange thing.  Sometimes, it seems as though my fingers are faster than my brain.  Do my subconscious thoughts sometimes flow from my fingers as I place the words upon the pages?  I think so.  Sometimes when I begin to type “chi…”, chicken will automatically appear on the page, typed by my hands.  When it was supposed to be chill, children, chip or the like.  Today, as I was entering the title of this post when I came to the word “Hop” my fingers typed Hope.

Perhaps my mind is trying to tell me something.  Life around Tilly’s Nest has been taking its sweet time to emerge from its winter slumber.  The chickens are now laying eggs regularly everyday.  The gardens are beginning to bloom.  The spring peepers are croaking in the pond and gentle evening breezes blow through the window fragrances of life; hope.

These past few weeks I have spent many hours tending to the gardens.  Connecting with delicate new fronds of ferns, dainty Lilies of the Valley blooms, and gently mulching around the tenderest of tiny stalks of Lavender.  All these give me hope.  Audrey Hepburn said it best, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

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The Columbines are blooming.

 

The tulips I planted last fall are spectacular.
The Robins have returned to nest.
The bees are busy in the gardens.

 

The garden is beginning to grow.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest