Saturday, September 19, 2015

Busy as a bee.....and then some...

Ok, so I've been super busy with work and all. Working nights 7:30pm - 6am was killing me with no time for my home or myself. I decided to give my notice and now I'm home until I reapply on Monday (9/21/15). Yes, I requested days and Monday-Friday.

With that being said, I have gotten alot done around the house, not to mention been able to spend time with my furbabies and made time for myself. I was able to finally read a magazine my hubby got me last month and catch up on some other reading, especially learning how to homestead. While I'm not quite there and ready yet, I have some tips and tricks with the help of a wonderful book "The Homesteading Handbook" by Abigail R. Gehring. Some useful information indeed.

Not to mention, I am in love with Mary Janes Farm books and was able to pick a few of her books up "used" at 2nd and Charles, a wonderful store that buys and sells books and other fun goodies for a good price too!

I know I haven't been blogging much but now you know why, but I really want to get in gear and learn how to do a few things in 2016. Here are some off the top of my head.

- Learn how to grow a garden (tomatoes, cilantro, basil, cucumbers, peppers, onions, green beans, etc.) AND keep the critters out
- Read more on homesteading (will also help with #1)
- Homemade cleaning solutions that work with pets in the home
- Cut costs, live simpler
- Learn to can

That already seems like a lot to accomplish but with only 3 months left of 2015, I've got to get myself in gear and be prepared, so it's time for me to keep reading and browsing the internet to help me accomplish the things on my list and maybe a few more.

Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Make your own Primitive Spice Rack

Hey there and good day my Simple Time Living friends.

I just wanted to show you something I made from an old 7-up wooden rack and some small 4oz. ball jars with rusty looking lids. I made a spice rack.

It's easy to do as I'm sure you could find someone selling an old rack (I already have 2) and you can find 4 oz. ball jars on the internet or local candle supply store and you can also find the lids in the same places.

Put in your spices, make some cute tags (I used a paper punch and kraft cardstock) and write in the spice name and using ribbon or what ever you want, attach it to the jar. I'm even tempted to attach a cute rusty bell as well (you can view my previous post on rusting)

Take a peek and tell me if you've made something similar or just want to know where you can obtain supplies. Pictures are awesome, please do share.

Tracy - Simple Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Flea Market Finds

Living Simply, does have it advantages, especially at flea markets and yard sales. Take a peek at my finds and post your comments. Remember to click on each picture for a bigger one.

This is a Shaker House Tissue Box, retails for $66.25, I paid $10. I normally wouldnt have picked up a tissue box holder shaker box but this struck me as gorgeous and I just had to have it. Hubby was with me this day and is always impressed when I find a good deal and he actually told me he likes this and ran out to buy me a box of tissues to put inside.

Believe this! This is a Longaberger Basket (that I added a bunch of sweet annie to) and this cost me a whopping $1, not sure of it's retail and I sure hope the young lady who sold me this didn't get in trouble for it. I just happened to wander past her table and pick up the basket thinking she probably wants a lot for it, I asked her how much and she said "It's only $1", I grabbed this baby up so fast.

Fabric Covered Boxes set of 2, I paid $3 and they look so adorable in my living room stacked so nicely. I am crafty but I just cant seem to get it down how to cover these boxes without looking like a child did it, glad I was able to find these 2, lol
This is a PeterBoro Wastebasket, not sure of it's value but around $80, I paid $0, yep someone was throwing this cutie away and hubby was the one who actually picked this up for me, gotta love him!

This is an Irvins Tin Wear Tart Burner, picked up at a local yard sale for $2, works perfectly (as you can see) and has an awesome silhouette of a pineapple when turned on. I'm not much into pineapples but since I make my own tarts I just had to have this and the price was just right.

This for some reason I was so happy to have picked these up, a set of burgundy plaid prarie curtains and valance for $3. When I saw these, I hurried up and picked them up like I had struck gold. To me I did hit the jackpot as these retail for the panels alone $60 and the valance $30-$40.

If ANYONE has the matching prarie curtains (panels only) please comment and let me know. I need one more set for the other window in the living room. Must be 63" long and I need both panels. THANKS!

I am an avid flea market shopper, I usually go on Sundays when there are more sellers and of course a better selection to choose from.

Tracy - Simple Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I've got chickens on my mind....

Hey everyone,

I'm back and this time with chickens on my mind (no I'm not a bird brain) lol

After talking with hubby and doing some research we've decided to further think about getting a few chicken for laying (for now) as we love eggs. We've found some great plans on the internet for feeders and waterers but our main thing that will take some time is making a DIY chicken coop and making sure my "chicks" are away from any dangers here at our homestead.

While we dont live in the country and there are plenty of houses around us, we know that where we live we are allowed 4 fowls for each license and since we're newbies at this whole raising chickens thing, we will just start out with 4. We only want the chickens for the eggs and of course to have them become a part of our family as we are tremendous animal lovers around here.

We've researched and are thinking about a few breeds, maybe someone could help us out with this one:

1. Red Star
2. Black Star
3. Barred Rocks

I mean, right now we're in planning stages but it would be good to hear your input if you have experience and opinions are greatly appreciated.

Cheers, from my homestead to yours!

Tracy - Simple Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
and handmade primitives!