We Got Chickens!

We got chickens and ducks! You read that right and I wanted to make it blog official! This place is feeling more farm like already. I’ve shared little snippets about our newest family members over on Instagram, but I wanted to share some more of the details about our fluffy little friends!

We Got Chickens

I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about our poultry news here for awhile, but honestly, we’ve been dealing with a few things that have kept me from being very blog productive. First of all, I’ve had some sort of stomach issues for awhile and I meet with the GI specialist this coming week. (Any prayers you could spare for a good outcome would certainly be welcomed!)

Second, during the process of doctoring, I also found out that I am extremely anemic, which probably has contributed to my lack of motivation and general laziness over the past couple of months. I’ve started taking iron supplements and that seems to be helping a bit.

Third, about a week and a half ago, we lost our sweet kitty Rowan to congestive heart failure.  He was only 2.5, so it was pretty devasting for our family to lose him so quickly. He was such a friendly little guy and we will miss his antics and snuggles.

White Kitten Cat Kitty

Anyway… back to the chicks and ducklings! Aren’t their fluffy little butts so cute?

Baby ChicksBaby Pekin Ducklings

We currently have 10 Silkies (white), 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks (black and white), and 2 Pekin Ducks. Originally, we only wanted 3 of each chicken breed, but the silkies are sold in 5’s and as a straight run (males and females) and we wanted to make sure we had several females. Plus, the hatchery sent 1 extra of each chick breed! Unfortunately, we did lose one Silkie the first night, but the rest have been growing at amazing speed since then!

White Silkie Chicken

They are about 6.5 weeks old now (in the awkward teenage phase) and have been so fun to watch grow and change.

Barred Rock Chicken Silkies

The ducklings are massive (I had no idea they would grow this much in such a short time period!) Both of them are female and have the cutest sister bond ever. We named them Poppy and Paisley.

Pekin Ducks

As for the chicks, each member of our family has claimed and named one of the Barred Rock cuties. Their names are Obscura, Robber, Lunch, and Sable. Our plan is to raise them and enjoy the eggs they produce, but my husband thought that Lunch was an appropriate name for one of them. He can be a bit cheeky.

Barred Rock Chick Chicken Pullet

Unfortunately, we have yet to name the Silkies. Since we don’t know whether they are pullets (female) or cockerels (male), naming them seems like a bit of a waste of time.  Plus, we will more than likely rehome the cockerels at some point. In the meantime, I do have a list of names prepared!

My hubby has also been intently working on transforming an old shed on our property into a chicken coop. He has done so much, but there is still quite a bit to finish. Once it is all done, I will be back to share all of the details. I can’t wait for you to see it finished!!!

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3 Things I’m Lovin’ – No. 5

Hi, friends! I’ve been in such a rut lately. I don’t know if it is seasonal depression or something else, but my motivation has been lacking since the New Year. Do you ever feel like that too? Like there are plenty of ideas and things to do, but you just can’t get going with them? That has been the spot I’m at. However, I’m trying to change things up a bit. I’ve decided to help myself by just doing one small thing to start and hoping that it manifests into more.  So far it seems to be working!

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Anyway, I wanted to share with you the 3 things I’m loving lately! Even though they aren’t all home decor/DIY type products, we do use all of the following items in our home.  Enjoy!

Farmhouse Kitchen Towel

This farmhouse kitchen towel is the cutest!  A few months ago I purchased one for a giveaway and I loved it so much that I bought another for us. It is the perfect neutral touch to a kitchen!

Farmhouse Kitchen Towel

Raw Sugar Body Wash

If you haven’t heard of Raw Sugar, then you may be missing out. They produce a line of yummy smelling soaps, body washes, and scrubs that smell delicious and leave your skin feeling soft. You get a ton of all natural product for a great price too.  To top it off, for each product purchased the company donates soap to a family in need!

3 Things I'm Lovin'

Mainstays Manchester Shag Rug

This rug is so wonderful that we’ve bought 3 of them.  The prices are ridiculously low ($85 for 7′ x 10′) and there are quite a few colors to choose from. Initially, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a shag rug, but we haven’t had any issues with shedding and the rug brings a nice softness to any room it is in.

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

So, that’s what I’m currently lovin’! If you end up trying out any of these (or already have) I would love to hear what you think!

Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Sometimes with DIY, I pretend like I know what I’m doing. For example, check out this chair in the corner of our living room. I mentioned on Instagram that it needed a little help. However, I’m not a seamstress, upholsterer, or a person who really knows anything about sewing/upholstery. But I definitely faked it to look like I do with this slipper chair upholstery makeover.

Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Here you can see how bad the chair was damaged.

Yeah. All of that was done by our sweet kitty, Rowan.

Beige Slipper Chair

I’m not sure if it was the weave of the fabric that attracted him (it wasn’t very tight) or the sleek style of the chair *wink*.

Cat Clawed Chair Furniture Corner

The chair was also rocking some pretty creepy looking stains. Once or twice, our son had spilled a drink on the chair and even though I soaked up the liquid and cleaned the fabric, it remained stained.

Trying to clean it possibly stained it more!

Stained Chair Seat

This chair is pretty comfy and we wanted to keep it, so obviously, it needed some help. I started by un-velcroing the fabric on the bottom of the chair and removed the back and legs to dismantle the chair into pieces. Our pup, Harper, helped out too.

Golden Retriever Helps Projects

I hope not to offend those who do upholstery (am I using that word correctly?), but honestly, this project with pretty much just tucking, folding, pulling, and stapling the fabric (canvas drop cloth) around the base and back pieces.

Staples Upholstery

And I must say that it looks a lot better!

Drop Cloth Covered Chair

Because I’m not the best with a sewing machine, I opted to just fold all of the edges under to make a straight line down the corners.

Upholster Chair Corners

The back piece was another story. Even though I still folded everything, I had to sew the pieces together with a few quick knots of thread every few inches. I’m not really sure what this is called or if it is even a real technique that people use, but it worked for me.

Upholstered Drop Cloth Chair

This chair is by no means perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for a girl with no upholstery skills whatsoever. The best part thus far is that the cat has left the chair alone!

Drop Cloth Chair Swiss Cross Pillow

What do you think of this chair’s new look? Did I totally ruin the good name of upholsterers everywhere by botching this up more? Or did it turn out reasonably enough to pass the test?

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