Category Archives: DIY

New Garden Markers


Last year, my husband surprised me with some carved wooden garden stakes, wood burned with various vegetable names. We quickly added many more, marking my culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as all my vegetables. They looked really adorable, and were a fun (and free!) project.

However, after a year of rain and sun, bugs and wind, the woodburning faded. The herb markers were left out all winter, and had become impossible to read. The vegetable markers had made it safely to storage, but we’re still very worn and faded.

I love the look of the stakes, but needed a more durable way to mark my plants, so I wouldn’t spend hours re-burning the letters in. So I decided to try paint markers! Continue reading

Garden Planning Tips


I absolutely love garden planning, to the point that I tend to start thinking about next year before I’ve even put this year’s garden to bed. I even find myself slightly disappointed in the lack of “work” there is to do in planning these days – I’ve honed in on those tried-and-true varieties, and really gotten the layout of my vegetable bed down to a science. Really, it plans itself nowadays! Continue reading

Hand-Knit Wash Cloths


I love knitting, and  I constantly push myself a little further in knowledge and skill by trying new stitches, methods and projects. Yet some of the most fun projects are those simple, easy little ones that you can whip out in no time. I have a love-hate relationship with knitting blankets – they can take so long to finish, that you lack the triumphant feeling of finishing and accomplishing. With smaller projects, you get that satisfaction of a completed project much sooner! Sometimes I will even take a break from larger projects to do something smaller, just as a refreshing distraction. Continue reading

How to Keep A Garden Journal

I’ve been keeping a garden journal for several years now. Some years were more detailed than others, or I kept more frequent notes, and other years I only jotted down my varietals and a few early weather notes. Since moving to our current property, I’ve “upgraded” my note taking to include all homesteading things: wildlife sightings, chicken and bee keeping notes, gardening, weather, seed starting, and even our canning totals!


Keeping a log or journal can seem like a daunting task at first – how do you get started? What do you need? I’ve found that over the years my needs have changed, and being open to adapting and changing your format is key to a successful journal.  Continue reading

DIY: All Natural Mascara


Mascara is my one, must-have cosmetic. I really don’t use much else, I have a shimmer eye shadow for work and some eyeliner and a light face powder for special occasions, and that is the entirety of my cosmetic collection.

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Wood-burned Spoons: Now Available


Now available in our Etsy shop ! 4-pack of wood-burned spoons for $9.00

Hi all! It’s been a very busy summer here in Woodford. We have jars and jars of jams, pickles and other canned goods up on our shelves (check out our Canning tab for some of our favorite recipes), our chickens are growing rapidly, there has been wood to cut and stack and grass to mow, mow and mow again. Continue reading

Garden Markers!

Hi all!

I don’t usually like to advertise our Etsy items through regular posts, but I am just so excited about our new garden markers that I have to share!


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