31 August 2015

PART II

Of the "it's what you might call a Renovation" sale

 SUNDAY

 SEPTEMBER 13th

10-3. 



As promised, I've been sorting, scouting and purging since you last visited in January and you will not be disappointed. Those of you looking for good junk to up-cycle then this is your day! We've been cleaning out the loft of the barn, the back of the barn, the garage and gardens, leaving no stone unturned.  But, in the spirit of my favourite season, it's not just about all the good junk and the day has officially become . . .


"The Flower, Soap and Good Junk (festival)" 

I was originally aiming for "The Flower, Soap and Honey Harvest (festival) but that begins and ends with the honeybees!  
To do a little catching up, winter 2014 was a tough one on the bees.  I lost all five of my hives after a long, persistently cold February.  I was, of course, devastated.  I love my bees and didn't realize just how much I missed their presence in and around the gardens until they were gone.  Spring and no bees.  Total bummer.  I re-hived in June just as soon as the new hives (called nucs) were ready to be picked up from two fellow beekeepers.  The gardens and yard were awash with the familiar buzzing of the honey bee once again.  Unfortunately, new hives spend their first season building up in population, foraging for pollen and nectar and making honey for their use.  It rarely results in extra honey for the beekeeper!

The new girls worked hard.  One hive in particular proved to be very strong early in the season and some extra honey they did offer up.  But not in sufficient quantity to allow me to have my Honey Harvest festival!  

So, we'll just celebrate in other ways.  

On the much, much brighter side, it has been an amazingly productive growing season.  The flowers are stunning and very ready for harvest.  We have been harvesting flowers for fresh and dried market bunches for a few weeks and are now in full harvest mode.  





In the spirit of the season we love so much, you will also find lots of lovely autumn goodness.  Fresh (live) Autumn planters of the unique Moss Cottage kind, bunches and bunches of flowers (fresh if mother nature continues to bless us with frost free nights ~ although there have been a few touch and go in that department), gorgeous drieds, and a stunning but limited selection of wreaths.


Handmade soaps alongside wonderful pottery and other handmade goodness.  

September is the perfect time to be planting and you will find a limited but intriguing selection of perennials for the garden alongside a great selection of garden "junk".

Urban rustic kitchen linens which speak to me of harvest time, knick knacks and doodads and well, I think you get the idea.  So, get the travelling shoes on, we'd love to see you. And, please help spread the word.  The more the merrier!  


Here's to warm autumn days and travelling shoes . . .

You can read all about Part I of our "It's what you might call a Renovation Sale" https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Farmchick/103573643060291?fref=nf
Just scroll down to January 2015 for the fb post

Photos:  1 & 2 taken by the incredibly talented Ashley Kibzey of Maria Maria Photo https://www.facebook.com/photographymariamaria?fref=ts




22 April 2015

I know I have . . .

been gone awhile.  Just popping in quickly to say hello, hope all is well.  I have a whole bunch of posts coming your way including some "how to's".  Thanks for hanging in there with me. 


Planning and dreaming of warmer days ahead . . .



In the meantime, I thought you may just enjoy this perfectly lovely tumblr blog.  It calms my soul when I'm in need ~



12 January 2015

RENOVATION . . .

S.A.L.E!

As I turn the shop space into a workshop studio space, the shop is undergoing a serious, but cosmetic, renovation.  More on that to come but for now, you'll find some display pieces, french doors, old windows, chairs, an old cast iron sink, knick knacks, doo dads and while I'm at it, some left over shop stock.  And, the best part, it's going cheap!

FRIDAY,  JANUARY 16th  4-7
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17th  1-3


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08 November 2014

I'm being . . .

. . . enveloped in the most magical, all natural, scents of the season.


It never fails to amaze me just how much I still love the scent of fresh cut greens.  That first clip of the branch sends me into seasonally creative overdrive.  The workshop has been awash with their fragrance for a few weeks now.  But, this season, the all natural, engaging fragrance of our simmering spice blend is running a very close second.  Mmmm!



06 November 2014

WINTER 2014

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30 October 2014

'Tis the Season . . .

. . . to catch up and get ready.

I always feel like I'm saying "where has time gone".  Is it just me or is time really just flying by, all the time! 

Summer came and went, autumn has been well, interesting, and here we are in the final throws of October.  Hmm, how does that happen?

I have most definitely been neglectful of my blog, posting instead to Facebook.  A time thing really - not enough of it.  

It's been a jam packed busy time and I have much to share but for now, let's just say I have been making soap, sorting out creative ideas, working on photo shoots, managing the bee yard, rebuilding fences, gardens, sanding floors in the house, finishing a headboard and other projects for the master bedroom, getting mucky with cement for a garden project, weddings and flowers for weddings, filling the cold room and pantry with the summers harvest, enjoying every possible moment with our new great niece, and so on and so forth!! 

But now, as that most glorious of seasons begins to creep up on me, I have begun harvesting greens, planning and fine-tuning seasonal ideas and finishing outside projects before the you-know-what arrives.  So, for now, just know there is much to come as the season approaches.  I hope you will be excited by the additions to the line up and again, thank you for being patient with me and checking in from time to time.  












WINTER 2014 will be well worth waiting for.


01 September 2014

Blueberries and Figs

I like waking up to the sound of a nice rain on my roof.  It calms my soul.  The perfect day to spend in the kitchen making Blueberry Jam, Blueberry Syrup and Fig Jam.

I discovered the Fig Jam recipe over here at Missing Goat Farm.  
I made this condiment for my nieces bridal shower - paired it with brie cheese and an assortment of crackers.  Yum. 



The recipe is super easy, you will find it over on Heather's blog in the link above.
Nope, I didn't grow the figs.  Can't grow the figs here, it is way outta the growing zone for Northwestern Ontario.  But, my local grocery store brings them in and if you get there early enough you can manage to pick up flats that aren't picked over and squished.  


The recipe calls for Port.  Luckily my husband loves Port so there is always a bottle in the house. 


Fig with Port Jam, Blueberry Jam, Blueberry Syrup (with the lumpy bits of blueberry).  A great way to spend an otherwise rainy day.  



Happy Labour Day!