This week’s thrift report

This thrift report will actually cover the best of the best for the past three weeks that I have been painfully absent from telling you about my finds. Unfortunately this is the time of year that work ramps up and my drive to do anything else goes way down. I have had to cut my…

Rhubarb Season is upon us

The beginning of spring brings with it many fabulous things, but one of the best is the start of rhubarb season. One is either firmly for or against rhubarb, I have never met anyone on the fence about it. My husband for example is repulsed by rhubarb, even with the addition of his hands-down favorite…

First of the Season Blooms

Well summer is finally here in Northeast Ohio and it hit us like a semi- truck.   Luckily we did have a couple weeks between winter and the 90 degree days we are seeing now, I suppose you could call it spring.     I was able to gather some nice bouquets of our “spring”…

My #pinterestwin

I am seeing Jadeite everywhere on Pinterest lately. I am giving it my stamp of approval as the color of early spring 2018.   I have never found any REAL Jadite on my many trips to the thrift shop, and that’s ok, according to Pinterest making my own upcycled “jadeite” was easy-peasy with a things…

The New Container Garden

Vertical Herb Gardens are the new container garden. Jump on the “green living” train and build your own “edible arrangement”. It’s no secret to anyone I know that I love my job. It is the perfect balance of analytical and creative for me. Sometimes the creative aspect takes a back seat for long periods and…

When you know spring has sprung.

  Yesterday my husband and I took a walk around the garden to see what was coming up. The weather in our area has been very rainy lately so we still haven’t been able to work the ground enough to plant our broccoli and other early spring greens. We are hopeful that that can take…

This week’s thrift report

  I took a vacation day Thursday, and boy oh boy it was fantastic. Not only did I sleep in (yay, the boys cooperated!!!) but also I did a ton of thrifting. A TON! And it was good thrifting. I hit some hot finds. Here are a few highlights. I found this beautiful strand of…

What did I do with my spare time before I had a Cricut?   I recently received an original Cricut cutting machine. Don’t ask me which model- I just know it’s old. My mother’s friend passed it to her when she upgraded and my mother passed it to me when she finally upgraded. It sat…

This week’s thrift store update!

After a one week dry spell of thrifting – I couldn’t find ANYTHING worth purchasing- I hit the jackpot last weekend! While I was doing my weekly runs through the local stores I was thrilled to find that one location had wares UP TO 50% OFF and another favorite stop had a manager’s special for…

Seed Starting for your Homestead

The easiest (and cheapest) way to the garden of your dreams is by starting seeds. This is the first year that I have saved seeds- a topic for another time- and replanted them the next year. Currently in the greenhouse I have ten varieties of heirloom tomatoes, with varieties like Brandywine, Striped German and Cherokee…

Trend Forecast 2018- Houseplants

Have you been eyeing spring issues of your favorite home and garden magazines that are hitting shelves now? Every room looks crisp and meticulously decorated, farmhouse, shabby chic, Mediterranean, and boho, all perfectly styled. If you look closely every one includes a houseplant. Houseplants are trending big time, and it’s time you hopped on that…

Venison Jerky Making- for Beginners

I recently tried my hand at making venison jerky for the first time. This is actually my first time making ANY jerky so my learning curve was steep on this project. I had a few venison roasts that were taking up space in my freezer so I set them out to defrost. A quick Pinterest…