Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I love being on the water!



If you know me, you know I am obsessed with water. I've always wanted to live on the water, by the river or the ocean. Lucky for me, the farm is just minutes from the Turkey River! In fact, our first trip to Iowa, Zach and I had an unexpected three-hour trip down this beautiful river. We had originally planned for a short trip from Ten Mile Bridge to the trout hatchery; we didn't know that we actually put in at Frieden Park, barely across the river from the hatchery, and so we ended up canoeing all the way into town looking for the hatchery. We managed to jump out just before the dam, although Zach lost both of his shoes when he slipped into quicksand! I remember that walk from the river to the apartment his grandma rented on Rainbow Drive. Boy was she surprised to see us at her door, muddy, laughing and barefoot.

This spring we were surprised by Dad H with an awesome two-seater kayak/canoe hybrid. Zach and Dave took her out for her maiden voyage over the July 4th holiday weekend, and I got to take my first trip on Sunday! This trip on the Turkey River was over three hours, but we planned for it this time! We packed a picnic, water bottles, bug spray, and sunscreen (all things we could have used on that first Turkey River voyage)!


Wow... after a long month of kitchen reno and other projects, a day on the river was just what I needed. I had been craving time on the water and longed to get out of the boat and into the river. It was a nice and breezy Sunday so I didn't get all the way in, but it sure felt nice to get my feet wet!


I cannot wait to get back on the water again. There's nothing like relaxing on the river! 

Cheers,
Jillian 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our First Garden: UPDATE!


In the beginning, I was skeptical that anything would actually grow in our garden. We didn't use any fertilizer or pesticides, and we had never used a tiller. Not to mention, I'd never planted anything from seeds before. We literally didn't know anything about gardening, but by some miracle, we've pulled it off and plants are popping up! 

 I never knew how exciting our first garden would be! 


It looks like we will have quite the squash harvest, some corn (if the deer don't eat it all), watermelon, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cabbage, and volunteer dill! I've seen no signs of the peppers or carrots that we planted, but I am amazed at all of the things that have grown up among the weeds! (I'd like to think you are a true green-thumb if you can grow weeds with your veggies. Maybe the weeds will keep the deer out?) Hopefully, I'll be able to control the weeds better with our next garden. :) 


This has truly been happy gardening!

found gardening:

"Lettuce" hope he doesn't eat too much! 


What will you be harvesting this year?
Should I be worried about this worm/caterpillar thingy?
I know my lettuce is a little reddish but it tastes good!





Coming Soon:
Momma D doesn't like Weeds
Kitchen + Paint = Awesome!
Laundry Bath Reno








Thursday, July 10, 2014

Come by Willow Creek in Elkader, IA



This year I am excited to participate in my FIRST 
(can you tell I love "firsts") 
Elkader Sidewalk Sale! 

Stop into Willow Creek for all sorts of fantastic finds. 

-AND-

One lucky person will win a J.Webb original painting ($175 Value) for FREE!


Entries must be made in person at Willow Creek; Friday, July 11th 2014. Name and Email to enter, no purchase necessary. A drawing will take place at 5:00 pm. The lucky winner will be notified by email (or phone) and must be available to pick up their new painting at Willow Creek; Wednesday-Saturday during regular business hours.  


Willow Creek 
Wednesday             1:00-5:00pm
Thursday & Friday   10:00-5:00pm
Saturday               10:00-3:00pm




I hope to see you tomorrow! :)
Cheers♥
Jillian 

The 4th of July: Herrmann Style :)


Each July 4th the Herrmanns host an awesome cookout with friends and family in North Carolina. Since Zach and I've moved to Iowa, I figured that we would miss out on the festivities this year. That is until Mom and Dad Herrmann decided to bring the party to us! We didn't really know what to expect. Would the weather hold up? Who would show up? Could we pull this party off with no house or electricity? Does Daddy Dave get an idea and follow through with it one hundred and ten percent?

  ..."You Betcha!" 

With a magnificent view of the Mississippi River, shaded by a massive party tent and perfect warm breezy weather, delicious hamburgers and hotdogs (grilled by my hubby), a baby pool filled with iced beverages (thanks to our genius Momma), croquet, amazing potluck dishes, new friends, surprise guests, old friends, and family....we had a thoroughly fabulous Fourth of July! 




Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us! 


While we enjoyed an amazing day off in celebration, it is important to remember those who have served and those who continue to serve our wonderful country. I cannot begin to comprehend the daily sacrifices that are made in order to preserve and protect. 

Thank you. 
Jillian 







coming soon:
Momma D helps around the Farm 
Our Garden is Actually Growing 
(Maybe I do have a green thumb?)
Laundry Room Reno 
(As soon as I hang some artwork!)



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Before & After: Lazy Susan

Before & After: 
Old Lazy Susan REVAMPED!

I was out shopping last year and came across a Lazy Susan that had been wood-burned and painted with an adorable design. While I desperately wanted to buy the piece, the price was a bit out of my budget. Even though I had never done any wood burning, I decided to give it a shot and ordered a wood burning kit. I then began my search for a large inexpensive wooden Lazy Susan.


I found this Lazy Susan at an antique store in McGregor, Iowa, for just ten dollars. It couldn't have been more perfect for my project!  




I put the Lazy Susan away for several months. I think I was afraid to tackle this project. I decided to break it out and begin the wood-burning process. I painted the piece yesterday and I LOVE how it turned out! Sometimes you just have to DIVE IN! 

My new and improved Lazy Susan:




I really enjoyed the process and outcome...
I think there will be more wood-burning in my future! 

Cheers♥
Jillian 





Saturday, July 5, 2014

A "Sip & See" Shower

•STRAWBERRY♥SHORTCAKE•Splashes•SNUGGLES•LAUGHS•Cocktails•Presents•& Baby Bubbles•

Last weekend the yoga crew hosted a strawberry shortcake-themed baby shower for our friends Jodi and Brian. Since Jodi and Brian didn't know whether they were having a boy or a girl, we thought it would be neat to wait and throw them a celebration after the baby was born.  As soon as baby Emery arrived, everyone was overjoyed with her cuteness and couldn't wait to meet her in person. The Sip-and-See shower was the perfect solution! Thanks so much to Kate and Trisha for helping with the food and decorations, and to those who came out to meet sweet baby Emery!  




Thanks so much to Brian and Jodi 
for sharing their sweet baby girl 
with us last Sunday! ♥






Cheers
Jillian