A Day on the Farm

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You all know those “would you rather” questions? Some of them can be so gross (and hilarious!) but I feel like I can make a determination fairly easily as to which choice is the lesser of the two evils.  Scott and I are huge road trip fans and I have so many memories of us rolling down a highway at 1 am, air conditioner blasting, keeping each other awake by making up the craziest would-you-rathers for one another. Out of all the questions, there is always one that stumps us both- would you rather live in the city or the country?

That one is so hard. There are so many advantages and disadvantage to both. The answer we both came up with is “a plot of country land right in the middle of the city”. Hah. Well…luckily dream scenarios can happen! No, we aren’t moving to a giant plot of country land in the middle of Dallas (we are not yet kajillionaires…!) but we do happen to live about 10 minutes away from downtown Dallas and both of our families happen to own second properties that are both country-esque! I’ve written about my parent’s land before (that post is here) and Scott’s family just purchased a plot of land of their very own.

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It’s close to a city, tucked behind a neighborhood. You get the feel of being in the country until you hop in the car and are 10 minutes away from a major mall, grocery stores and a Target (basically everything you need to survive and thrive!). They aren’t living on the land yet- they are doing a giant remodel first to make it liveable but that didn’t stop us from gathering there on Easter Day to plant a garden.

It was Scott’s mom’s idea and I loved it. I loved the symbolism of throwing seeds in the ground in faith that they will rise to new life. If nothing else, we had fun. After eating our Easter meal and before heading out to the farm, we first got to meet the farm’s first furry residents….baby ducks! I die! SO CUTE.

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As you can see…I was quite smitten with them. Soon they will be big enough to live out on the lake that’s on the property. Eventually they will shed their yellow fuzz and turn white. I can’t wait to watch them grow. Somehow I think they will not let me hold them when they are wild and free. :(

After I tore myself away from the ducks, it was time to get to work. The entire family had a wonderful time working on the garden together- such a labor of love. The kids (our niece & nephew!) were the cutest and most enthusiastic gardeners of everyone.

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Of course there were plenty of fun things for the kiddos to do as well- drive a lawnmower (safely!) and my personal favorite- picking wildflowers to give to me. I had quite the collection to take home by the end of the afternoon. Never gets old.

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Scott and I took a quick break from the gardening activities and strolled around the property, hand in hand, daydreaming about the future. It was an overcast day but the Lord held the rain back for us so we could finish planting, walking, photographing and dreaming.

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I hope you all had as wonderful of a weekend as we did. It was a perfect time of reflection, reconnection and appreciation of all the good God has done for us. I am so very thankful.

And one step closer to deciding- city or country? What about you guys? :)

 

 



DIY Chalkboard Clipboards

I love hanging art in our home, but sometimes, if I’m being totally honest with you guys, I am too lazy to go find a frame, put nails in the wall, find a spot, etc. First world problems, right? So I’m always interested in ways to have art that is easily changeable, and when I saw a cute little display of clipboards with chalkboard paint on them at our local West Elm, I knew that I wanted to make a set of my own.

No problem, I thought to myself- I’ll just grab some clipboards, some spray paint, spray them and hang them and look fabulous. Easier said than done of course. Shouldn’t I know this by now? The trouble started in locating my supplies. After going to three dollar stores and two Targets, I was finally able to find clipboards. Apparently they are not a popular item if it’s not back to school season. I bought the entire stock of clipboards our Target had…all five of them. :)

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I then had to go to two craft stores to find chalkboard spray paint. What is happening? I guess chalkboard spray paint is popular with the masses now. :) I need to stock up just in case next time. But I bought the one lonely bottle they had, thinking to myself for some unknown reason- that bottle looks suspect to me.

Because it was.

After finally having a day where it wasn’t raining, I was able to spend ONE HOUR taking the plastic off the clipboards and taping the silver clip part off to spray. I was thinking the whole time, this was supposed to be EASY. 

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But whatever, I was FINALLY ready to spray paint. So I started to spray…and chalkboard paint was dripping and shooting out in streams and puddles…I’ve spray painted dozens (if not hundreds!) of things and this has never happened.

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I considered calling it quits and waiting til I could by new spray paint, but I just wanted to be done. I wanted my end result and I wanted it now, you know? So I kept spraying, even as clumps of chalkboard paint were shooting back into my hands (this was a week ago and my fingernails are STILL black on the edges, gross). I am just hardcore like that. Whatevs.

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Finally, after drying for 24 hours, I assessed the damage. I was hoping that somehow the paint was self-leveling and the clumps and drips would be gone. Guess what?! They weren’t. BOOOO. So I got some sandpaper and sanded it all down to where it was a flat even surface. It left some scratches, but I kind of like them….rustic-chic or something right? :)

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So that was the worst of it. After sanding I wiped them clean, and used a piece of chalk on its side to activate the surface. Then I cleaned it and start doodling on the bottom.

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I collected some random images/things I had been collecting to display and started picking my favorites. Meanwhile Scott was hanging my boards for me. Yay teamwork! :)

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So here they are! We hung them on a lonely looking wall in our living room. Isn’t it cute?

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This is one of my favorite pieces of art…it’s called The Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot. When I lived in NYC for a summer I used to spend a lot of time at the Met looking at this one. Hopefully I’ll see it again soon!

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Does this pattern look familiar? It’s the Emporioum Pies menu. I used another copy to make an iPhone case too.

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Tickets from our first Opera- we went a few weeks ago! <3 Loved it!

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Some current paint chip samples that I’m really digging. :)

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And some brilliant original watercolor painted by…yours truly. :P So profesh right?

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I love how they look on the wall…especially with my new favorite chair! :)

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I’m so excited to continue to trade them out. Maybe add more? If I can ever track down any more clipboards…hehe.

Hope you all have an amazing Easter weekend…I have enjoyed being even more mindful than usual of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Take a moment to practice some gratitude this weekend…it’s good for the soul! We all have a lot to be thankful for.