We have this saying around our house that has us always in project mode- “why not?”.
We’ve had this corner of our suburban yard that has long housed a large purple rhododendron that was adored by me and despised by the Handsome. An agreement was made that it could be removed upon the addition of something really cool that doesn’t require pulling weeds. Enter the chicken coop. (Why not? Remember?)
Crafted with our own four hands and a bunch of amazing reclaimed fence materials, in three (maybe 4) weeks after work and on weekends, we made this little gem. It houses nesting boxes for three chickens, a roosting ladder, a window, garden space, and a small, self-contained chicken run. A friend had more than her share of mature hens and was happy to re-home three lovely ladies. I will be introducing them in the future, one by one, as they allow me to hold and take their photo.
After getting them settled last night, we woke up to a beautiful brown egg this morning, only to be followed by two more by noon. We can’t wait to see how we do on the daily with this backyard flock, but if the eggs keep looking this beautiful, I think we will all get along just fine. Why not?
When the sun comes out after a gloomy winter, we go immediately to the back yard. We have worked for a few years to make it just the spot to enjoy when that bright light makes its way to the great Northwest.
I have been feeling sapped of all of my creativity in the last few weeks since we’ve had what can only be described as a weird April around here, and I am looking forward to a better month of May. Here are a few snaps from my afternoon prepping the garden and spending time with my sweet girls.
We’ve completed a lot of projects around our house over the years, and it always seems to be that we have an abundance of useful supplies. We’ve been consolidating wood supplies from an old deck that we rebuilt and have been enjoying for a couple years. So much used/worn lumber stacked in the shed. The Handsome is always building something new and exciting, but was at a loss as to what to do with some short 4×4 boards that were previously stained.
After a quick trip to the hardware store and an unanticipated popcorn purchase from those ridiculously cute Boys Scouts that stake out in front of the store and see me coming from a mile away, I was ready to dive right in to my quick little project.
What to do with such a short board? Make a multi use centerpiece!
I made two sets- one with more stain showing and a clear coat added, the other I sanded almost all the stain off- the untreated set is my new favorite addition to our table.
If you’re interested in making your own you’ll need:
Drill with a 1 1/2 paddle bit
4×4 post (at least 18 inches long)
About an hour
1. Without cutting your fingers off, make a cuts for the three columns: I chose 8 inches, 6 inches, 4 inches
2. Find center of each column, drill continuously to desired depth (I chose a shallow depth to match a tea light candle)
3. Sand it and make smooth- the softer the corners, the better in my opinion.
4. Stain or use clear coating to protect from dust
5. Insert candles, plants, or whatever your little heart desires.
For some, May seems like the absolutely appropriate time to start a garden. Here in Western Washington, things are a little different. Tomato plants shiver thinking of frost, beans wither just by the sight of cold dewy mornings, and gardeners unite in one brave move to get their plants in the ground at the first sight of sun. The Hubs made another planter box for me this year, since the last years have proved the need for more room. It has been unseasonably warm this week (today we were the hottest state in the country), and the weather offered the perfect window to get my plants started. We’ll see how they do, I have a lot of travel scheduled for work this summer, so if half the plants survive, I will call the garden a success. (also, I am not a magician, the Hubs also helped to take photos)