Saturday, October 31, 2015

Flower Pins on Etsy

Visit my Etsy Shop before these are all sold. 25 Different flowers to choose from.

Add some spring to the winter ahead.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall Clean Up

Clematis Puffs. Each year the flowers turn into these really cool looking puffs. Horton Hears a Who comes to mind again.

The garden is close to the end for the year. I'm cleaning it up this weekend and planting garlic for next spring. Maybe I'll pick up some spring bulbs - tulips or something to add color. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Etsy Fence - on a Cake!

Look at My Fences!
Check out this Etsy Seller - She placed my fences on this really cool cake. THANK YOU for sharing.  Costal Cupcakes

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Thanks to Etsy!

Going to Los Angeles! Thank you buyer.

I listed a few pair of different house shoes I created a while ago and two pair have sold. Etsy is a great site.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rush Hour Driving

Farm Fields - Pecatonica, IL
My day job requires me to go to an office. This office used to be 2 minutes by car, 15 minutes by walking from my house. For the past 9 years, my commute was minimal. Well... that as all changed.

We now work in a high rise in a new-to-me suburb. The commute is now 45 minutes in the morning and one hour in the evening. The location of said new office has got to be in the most congested suburb I've ever been through. Every morning AND every evening, there is a fender-bender. I am not exaggerating. EVERYDAY!

Someone has either run into the back of someone, or turned into someone or crashed into something. A tow truck must stand by and watch because they sweep in, clean up the mess pretty quick. It blows my mind that there is a crash every single day during both rush hours. AND I probably only witness one of the 100's that happen. (Well, I don't witness them - just the aftermath).

It hasn't even started to snow yet. I can't imagine what will happen to this 13 mile stretch once the weather turns. I bet I'll see a lot more fender benders and maybe cars in the ditches. Slow and steady - that's my drive motto.

I listen to the radio as I get ready each morning and listen to the traffic update. This was never a concern in the past but now, I wait to hear if any of my routes are in trouble.

So - to combat my driving stresses, I listen to WXRT which thankfully has commercial free music each evening for the drive home and I in-vision the photo above.

It is what it is until I find the farm. I would love to see the above each day as my commute. One day - It will happen.

Thank you for reading.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Make Money on a Farm

Wisconsin Dairy Farm
Before we start a farm - we have to think "How will it make Money?"

I'd think that's pretty important. So - below is a list of things we can do and sell to make money.
It's in a random order as they have come to me over the years.
  • Seeds 
  • Photos and post cards of the farm and activities
  • Tee Shirts
  • Honey
  • Dried Herbs
  • Tours - bird watching, flower gardens, hiking trails
  • Herbs in pots
  • CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Milk, butter, yogurt, ice cream - oh so many avenues if you have a cow
  • Chickens, eggs, baby chicks
  • Grains - for animal feed or flour
  •  Manure - if you have animals, you will have this. 
  • Fish
  • Weddings, birthday parties, showers, bridal or baby
  • Cross Country ski trails
  • Educational classes, preserving, baking, growing food, caring for livestock
This is just a start. I have a note book I keep close and as the ideas come to me, I just add them. It is endless and multi-faceted way to earn a living on the farm.

Thanks for reading and your support.