Fall Bucket List

Fall is my favourite season. The smells, sights, flavours are all AMAZING!  I will start my fall decor soon, but tonight’s post is about a family activity that perked my interest. I asked my teens what they would put on a Fall Bucket List. 

I was expecting the usual, bonfires, apple picking, and the local exhibition. Instead, they mentioned going on an off road biking trip with their grandparents, taking a weekend trip to the Fryeburg Fair, hosting a corn boil and hayride for friends. It all sounds fun. 

We will see what adventures await us. 

This little piggy went to the market…

And what colour would Piggy be wearing?

There are so many choices. If I had to choose another career I think I would be the nail polish colour namer

This morning I treated myself to a pedicure to get ready to return to work.  It is such a treat. An hour of me time after running the kids all the time, it’s good for my foot and mental health. 

 I am hard on my feet. I spend a lot of time on my feet, in flip flops, in barn boots. I can honestly say that I basically abuse them. So to say that they were in need is a major understatement. 

The foot massage is to die for. Coconut oil for days.

And the finished product. Beautiful smooth feet, all red-dy for fall.

Garb to Glam

Trash to Treasure. My bliss. 

One of my favourite days of the year is large item garbage pick up day. People in my neighbourhood have two opportunities a year to get rid of their big unwanted items. There are lots of old mattresses, kids toys, and unwanted furniture.  Free furniture. ๐Ÿ˜Š

“Stop the car!!!!!”

I found this little wash stand on the side of the road on garbage day as we went for a coffee after our morning chores. I yelled this at my hubby, and he grudgingly stopped. He was less impressed as I loaded my new treasure into the car. 

I unloaded it at home, admiring the great lines, and cute little castors. The door was broken, and I attempted to fix that.  Unfortunately, it was a futile attempt, and I ended up removing the door. After it was glued it was binding too much to be useable. (I do not do fussy at all!)


I gave it two coats of a custom color I mixed up using two parts Fusion Ash and one part Fusion Limestone. Love the transformation. 

In place of the defunct door, I found that one of my galvanized buckets I was using in my bathroom for towels would fit it perfectly.
 

And voila. The perfect piece for my entry to hold dog stuff in the top drawer, and mitts, hats, and scarves in the bottom for winter. 

S’more, please.ย 


My fire pit is my happy place. 

My hubby built me a sunken fire pit just off of our main deck area four years ago, and it is  our favourite place to entertain guests.  We have shared laughter, s’mores, spider dogs, tall tales, drinks and fun around our camp fire. 


I love this time of year when the sweater weather starts. It is cool enough that a fire is appealing, and there is the cozy factor of wrapping up in an old quilt or that  old hoodie. There is something so peaceful about the sounds and smells of a campfire. Everything about it appeals to your senses. 

The stairs off the main deck make excellent perches.

So as it starts on evening here, I am gathering my supplies to have a lovely burn tonight. It is good for the soul. Have a great night friends. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿก๐Ÿป

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T-5

I return to my day job in 5 days. 


I work as an educational assistant in a middle school. I love this age group. My kids (any of the kids I work with are my kids๐Ÿ˜‰) are often challenging, but they are such wonderful little humans once you get the chance to truly know them. They amuse me. They frustrate me. They challenge me. At times, they cause little cracks in my heart due to their stories and circumstances. 

To them I am Mrs. Tammy.  There are times they love me and times they would rather I just fell off the face of the Earth. Haha. I am the one who will joke with them, call them out when they are being a punk, or listen when they want to talk. After a little trust and relationship is achieved, I hope they all get that I truly care about them, more than I should sometimes. It takes a toll sometimes, and I strive to find balance between work and family. Work in progress here. 


The job has changed drastically in the past 10 years. Gone are they days when an EA helped with academics. Modern day expectations are that we will  work with the behaviorally challenged, the medically fragile, those with exceptionalities, and we will do it with more students and less resources.  It is the way the education system rocks now, do more with less. We all do our best, and that is all we can do. 

That being said, if your child is one of my kids I will do my best to see that their year gets off to a great start. We are all in this to help the little humans go out into the world and be productive members of society. 


Treasure the last wisps of summer. 

Tammy

This little light of mine,

…I’m gonna let it shine! ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ˜‰

DIY style. 


Does anyone else out there have a mild obsession with twinkling lights spread throughout their yard and garden at night?  I love my yard at night with it’s hundreds of little lights glowing so warmly.  It reminds me of lightning bugs floating around. 

 I up-cycle old, often ugly, chandeliers into charming solar accents that hang elegantly from tree branches as shepard’s hooks. This is so easy to do!

All you need is:

  • Chandelier (I find mine at yard sales, Kijiji, Flea markets, on the curb.) 
  • Spray paint (I like Krylon’s colours and ease of use. No priming.)
  • Solar garden lights. Dollarama and Walmart sell great ones for as little as $1.50 each. 
  • Glue. I like Gorilla glue the best. Sets up super fast and holds crazy well. 
  • Wire cutters or pliers are handy for removing any stray wires and cords. 

When picking out your chandelier, look beyond it’s gross colour, or strange globes in the lights because they can all change or disappear. I always look for clean lines and the basic structure is what matters. 

Spray your fixture the desired color. It usually takes 2 coats to cover well. 

Disassemble your solar garden lights, remove post  (leaving only the bulb and solar parts) and take out the tab that prevents battery from turning on. 


Glue solar light onto fixture. Give it an hour to set up and cure.

Hang in your favourite location in your garden or yard. 

Enjoy. 


I have also used old insulators in a similar fashion.  Too cute. 

I also use battery operated candles and twinkle lights from the Dollarama in old lanterns to give a welcoming glow throughout my door yard. So pretty. Sigh. 

A new addition from this year’s Sussex Flea Market.
A Kijiji free find that I stuck a battery operated candle in.

Solar fairy lights I found online. Very happy with them as all the ones I sourced locally were not the warm white that I prefer.

Let your light shine brightly!

Tammy

Hello gorgeous…

This dresser was crying out for some attention. Had there not been any damage, I would have simply hemp oiled the wood to condition it. Unfortunately, it was well beyond that point.

This beautiful dresser had fabulous bones, but the top and sides had some major damage.  It needed a little pick me up, so I went digging through my paint stash to find inspiration. Aha! I knew what to do. 

After I scuffed it up a little, I then painted FAT Indigo chalk paint on the main body of the dresser. I had originally thought I would paint the entire piece but I am so glad I did not. (Also, to be honest, I am slammed for time right now and this saved me a few steps, like the misery of trying to remove the old hardware. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

I love the contrast between the drawers and painted body of the dresser.

The tiger striped grain on the drawers just pops now with the indigo back ground. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 

After a couple of coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil this piece has a new life. The richness of the paint just makes my heart sing. 

Check it out now. 

TA-DA! I think the after is awesome. I am so happy with the end result.

ย Come For a Stroll

I am sharing some of my favourite yard and garden pics today in a photo blog. I love to wander around my yard, coffee in hand (often in my pyjamas) checking out what is blooming today. So grab a coffee and come for a (photo) stroll with me. 

Black eyed Susan day lily
Cedric our guard crow that I found at Tweedside Road.
I love using my old enamelware instead of the garden center plastic pots.
A few of the accents I have around the entrance to our old farmhouse.
Astilbe
Old wooden doors repurposed to create the perfect place for my climbing vines.
Impatiens in an old tool box.
Door arch my hubby helped me construct.
I โค๏ธbirdhouses.
Sunflowers ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
I have a thing for day lilies and hostas
Blueberry Sundae daylily
My Monet weigelia shrubs with coneflowers.

E-I-E-I-O

Our gorgeous old barn in front of a moody summer sky.
We really do live on a small hobby farm with 110 acres and lots of critters. We have 9 beef cattle, 2 twin Clydesdale geldings, chickens (layers and meat kings) and some turkeys thrown in for good measure. We also have Holstein, our guard barn cat, and Tipsy, our spastic dog. The kids have always pitched in with chores as this is a team event, not an individual one. 

Some of our cattle chilling out at dusk on night. The babies just peeking up through the grass struck me.

My hubby truly has the soul of a farmer. His happy place is with his animals or working the land. Even a small hobby operation like ours is time consuming, but we love this lifestyle we have chosen. This is our bliss. 


โ€‹The month of August, for us, means that the 4-H season is going full tilt. Our boys are members of a dairy project club, and our daughter participates in a draft horse  project. Between the three kids, they will compete in 7 shows in 4 weeks.  Whew!  Itis a busy time. 

The 4-H motto has not changed in 100 years, “Learn to do by doing.”  They will work hard. They will have fun. At times they will see great success, other times they bomb. Then they have to regroup, and try again. 4-H builds character and I am ecstatic that our kids are involved in an organization that I so greatly benefited from. 

So off I go to pack up whites for tomorrow’s achievement day. Whether blue ribbons performances are in the cards or not, they will be able to say they have done their best. 

Enjoy some random pics of farm life here at the funny farm. 

“I am sorely unprepared…”

I introduced three of my girlfriends to the Sussex Flea Market.  Every year on the third Friday of August, I make an annual pilgrimage to Sussex to see what treasures await me. My mom is usually my partner in the adventure. This year Judy, Dawne, and Nat joined us. 

It is acres and acres of treasure hunting bliss. You can walk all day and not see everything.
The title of this post was one of my favourite quotes from our first hour there. My girlfriends were blown away by the sheer size of the event. Yes, it was hot. Yes, it was super crowded, and yet I love it. I get into a zone and time stands still.  Four plus hours seemed like half an hour. There is a little charge you get from scoring a great deal. Can I get an Amen!?!

You can find ANYTHING at the Sussex Flea Market. Literally anything. Our favourite game is “What is that for?”.  Our biggest laugh was this…

Is Peewee Herman inappropriate  and disturbing?  Oh yes!  He is also a hilarious cultural blip of my generation. 

Of course, I was on the hunt for vintage beauties. I usually come home with a truckload of wooden furniture that has seen better days that I can paint and relove. Not this year!  This year I came home with a load of glorious milk glass, an old lantern,  enamelware, day lilies for a garden I am redoing, I picked up a brass chandelier that will soon be a lovely light in my garden. I also scored a fabulous barnwood birdhouse that  my Mom loved. (Yes you can buy gifts at a flea market. Don’t judge me. Lol)

The old lantern gets new life with a set of battery operated fairy lights.
Wait till you see what I plan for these chippy beauties.
Things are cleaned but nothing is put away yet. Keeping it real, it will be a few days before I have enough time to ENJOY adding these items to my collections.

If you ever get the chance to check out the Sussex Flea Market, I am sure you will not be disappointed. ๐Ÿ˜Ž