I have a new addiction -- farmhouse blogs!! My inner farmgirl became drawn to several new (to me), charming blogs over the last few weeks, and I'll share them with you today. Each one is unique, and they are all fantastic in their own, individual way.
While I would love soooo much to have my own little farmhouse, it's certain that we will be here in the city for several more years to come. So while I have been reflecting, and searching, on how I will pass the time, I have come to the realization that my only choice is to create my own tiny urban farm! It will be a struggle, trying to find a way to create what I dream of on a mostly shaded, 50 by 145 foot lot. I'll show you my vegetable garden soon -- it's only 6 feet by 10 feet! It's the only spot where we have a good amount of sunlight.
We have finally decided though, that this little house, while cute as a potting shed, could be put to such much better use --
We're taking the plunge, and converting it into a chicken coop! (You can read more about the previous transformation of our little shed here.) We're searching for materials now, repurposed of course, and have found a family to purchase our hens from. It's an exciting new adventure that we really look forward to!!
But until then, I'll be reading these blogs and enjoying their farm adventures. Click on the blog names to link directly to their sites!
This adorable family does it all: homeschool, raise animals, participate in their community, even enter their crafts in the county fair! The live on a beautiful property that they share with their kids' grandparents, and are learning about farming as they go. You'll find wonderful farm house style along with everyday peeks into what it's like for Kim as she transforms from suburban girl to farm girl.
The only problem with Jayme's blog is that you could almost die laughing while reading it! But equally as engaging is her soul-baring, honest story about her journey to improve her health and lose weight. It will inspire you to set out on a course of self-improvement, no matter what subject you choose to tackle. I want to be her.
If you need inspiration to gitter done, visit Linda and see her charming farm on 100 acres in Ohio. She accomplishes more than anyone I know, creating the setting for her twice-yearly Barn Sales. Imagine fantastic styling, amazing vintage finds, beautifully redone furniture, and added touches such as home-grown heirloom pumpkins and gorgeous seasonal flowers. I just can't say beautiful enough times to describe the inspiration you'll see when you visit. Anyone up for a road trip?
This blog has it all: stunning photography, breathtaking scenery, and Teresa's hilarious wit. While she claims that she doesn't do any of the actual farming herself, she totally makes up for it with mad gardening skills. Any of you who have lived through the hot, dry summer we've had here in the south will keel over when you see her massive displays of petunias, zinnias, and every other flower that she waves her magic wand over. And seriously, the scenery -- amazing.
If there's anything -- and I mean anything -- that you need to know how to do, run straight to Suzanne's blog. I would just about sell my firstborn to be able to attend her retreat on her beautiful West Virginia farm this weekend. She's a renowned writer of Harlequin Romance novels, and her creative writing adds a comic spice to her twice- and thrice-daily blog posts. Her blog sections are organized by category, making it super-easy to choose the content that interests you most. If you're like me, you won't know what you want to do first.
This hard working couple not only laid their own wood floors, they milled the wood themselves, right off of their property. Oh, and they built their entire home. Themselves! Something interesting is always in the works, like their recently renovated 1957 tractor --that they call their NEW tractor. Precious animal photos and scenic countryside are another treat from this southern Georgia farm. Lovely people, they are, with a lovely story of dedication and hard work to go along.
Caroline's urban farm is an oasis in the middle of Phoenix. She defies the obstacles that living in a city could pose, and is creating a purposeful, sustainable life for her family. Their French inspired home and well planned gardens provide inspiration for anyone seeking beauty, whether urban or rural. If only I had all of that wonderful sunlight, I would copy her to a T.
I hope you enjoy visiting these ladies!
Today I'm joining Laurie Anna's Farmhouse Friday. Wish I could visit you in Canton, Laurie Anna, but we'll be busy working on our coop! Thank you for hosting us today.