• Mother’s Day: A lesson from my mama

    I got teary listening to this song and singing along at 50 odd miles an hour on the way to work, going way too fast on Hobart-Issaquah road and directly past a waiting cop. Luckily I didn’t get pulled over, but even if I had, it might have still been worth it. I was having one of those moments of living completely in the moment. I got all kinds of emotional thinking about all of the wonderful, supportive, strong people in my life, especially those who raised me. It was Mother’s Day this last weekend, and this day has never meant more to me than this year. It isn’t just because  I am now a mom and…

  • Egg Bound Chicken

    To be a great farmer, one must also be a great detective. Because our animals cannot speak to us in words, we spend a lot of time trying to guess their needs. Over the past few days we have had the chance to hone our detective skills when we noticed one chicken who wasn’t being her usual chicken self. Rather than hanging out with the other chickens she has been laying in the goat stall on the ground, which is never a good sign. When the other chickens were flocking to the feeder in the morning fighting for food, she hardly turned her head, an even worse sign. It didn’t take…

  • My Own Subversive Garden Plot: raised bed kitchen gardening at the Kelly house

    In his Ted Talk “My Subversive Garden Plot” Roger Doiron suggested that gardening is a subversive act, through which sassy little garden gloved rebels can take back control from the industrial food complex and the obesity epidemic and gain food freedom.  When I watched it a couple of years ago, my black thumb was inspired. I highly recommend watching it, here at the end of this post. He is fresh, and funny, and so right. Now, before I am accused by my dear friends and readers as sounding completely hippie-washed, consider this fact- at the height of the Victory garden movement during World War 2, forty- FORTY-percent of our nation’s food came from kitchen gardens grown in…

  • Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream Filling and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and a bittersweet “See You Later”

    I have no idea how to hold it together while writing a post about goodbyes, however temporary, so let’s just call this a cake recipe post. Today, my very best friend since the age of 15 is finally, after years of waiting, off to begin officer training in Alabama with the United State Air Force. I show my love in layers, so his going away party cake was my biggest creation yet. I am happy for him to begin this adventure, since adventure has after all been the common thread in our stitching, tugging us along in life in varied directions, states, relationships and careers. I’m proud that he made…

  • Designing with Bead Board

    I am currently obsessed with bead board. I love the antique charm that bead board instantly brings to a room. Generally when people think of bead board they think of white paneling that is 36″-42″ tall. However, if you are willing to think outside of the box when installing bead board you can achieve a look that is different and refreshing. Recently we finished installing bead board in our kitchen and our barn guest room. In addition to my tips and tricks below, make sure you check out my before and after pictures to spark your creativity. If you have pictures of a project you have done or are working…

  • Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

    One of easiest and most rewarding remodeling projects is upgrading cabinets and counter tops. This will be my third kitchen remodel and each time I have skipped the expensive option of replacing the existing and opted for a facelift. In this house, I love the fact that the cabinets are original to the house and solid wood.  I have priced enough cabinets to know I couldn’t afford new solid wood cabinets and since the existing cabinets are fully functional I saw no good reason to tear them out…waste not, want not!  Besides being way cheaper, revamping old cabinets is a whole lot faster and when I started this project I…