Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina







Chicken News!

Two major things happened last week...

We finally moved our 26 broiler chickens into the pasture. Although we had hoped to do this sooner, the weather just never warmed up -- so we ended up putting it off until the last possible day. Dustin made a hoop house for them to live in and every day we scoot it to fresh spot of grass. We wish they could just graze without being contained, unfortunately there are too many predators around here (dogs, foxes, coyotes, hawks, etc). But the hoop house is pretty good protection from the rain and wind and they've been awfully happy basking in these warm, sunny days. 

Remember how they were going through puberty? Well, they've definitely started to grow into their looks...

AND in other chicken news. Remember our lovely laying hens? We found poor Betty dead the other morning! She had flown the coop (which wasn't too uncommon, she was a bit flighty) and was laying there lifeless in the pasture -- we're not quite sure what happened to her...possibly kicked by a donkey, who knows (farm life, people).

We had been wanting to get a few additional laying hens, but it can be hard to introduce new chickens -- there's a cut throat pecking order. So with the departure of Betty we thought this might be a good time to start over. Coincidentally, a friend of ours had her whole flock wiped out the day before from a wild dog in her neighborhood and was looking to get some new birds. And voila! We gave Joan and Peggy to her and we picked us up five new hens.

The most exciting part is that we now have three different varieties of chickens. We'll be enjoying brown eggs, chocolate eggs (dark brown), and easter eggs (greenish blue). These new little girls are not yet laying eggs but I'll be sure to share when they do!


Handmade Baby Leggings

Buying baby clothes has definitely been an interesting experience. There are plenty of baby clothes out there, but I try hard to go with versatile, well-made, timeless, affordable, comfortable pieces. The good stuff that can get dirty, wash clean, then go again. However, I've had the hardest time with finding baby leggings. Again, there are plenty of baby leggings out there but if you want something gender-neutral without an animal/cupcake/ruffle on the bottom then sorry!

So I decided to try my hand at making a few for Glory Maeve and I've been so pleased with the outcome. I've enjoyed it so much so that I've been designing a few custom prints for her own one-of-a-kind leggings which I can't wait to share! 


The Big Day Recap

I had a great time at The Big Day event this past weekend in Asheville, NC. It's not every day that I do a wedding show and its defintely not every day that I'm able to talk to so many people face to face about my work. So it was awesome to hear feedback in person. Here's a peek at my booth...


An Easter Dress...

..but not really though. Wishing you all a Happy Easter! 

Dress from Rodarte FW 2011. Photo by Tim Barber.


Modern Farmhouse

As you know we've fallen quite snuggly into living in a rural area with farm land surrounding us but it's a real dream of ours to build (or renovate) a modern farmhouse. Clean, simple lines with a rustic aesthetic. 

I'm pretty sure this one in Austin would do the trick..

Photos from Rauser


Ready for the sun!

We're taking a family beach trip this summer, and of course, I'm already thinking about bathing suits. I blame it on the fact that it's still freezing in late March and I need to brighten my mood with daydreaming about the ocean. I've been a little confused with baby swimsuits though -- what's the deal with the diaper? 

I figured swim time would be fairly abbreviated anyway with a baby but I did find this rashguard/swim diaper combo that seems to make the most sense. And it needs to be slightly accessorized with cute hat and little sandals. I just couldn't help myself.

Swimwear & Hat - iPlay
Sandals - Saltwater 

And I decided to make the splurge on this swimsuit number for myself...take that winter temps!


Lucky Mag + Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

It's not everyday that I partner up with a company to test out a product, but when Lucky Magazine approached me about trying Vaseline's new Spray & Go Moisturizer I was intrigued. This has long been a pet peeve of mine, the necessary evil of lathering on lotion after my morning shower. Normally, I would hang around in my bathrobe waiting for it to dry -- blah, boring. So I gave this spray moisturizer a shot, and voila, I have new efficient addition to my morning routine! 

I am incredibly grateful that but my hub and I work from home, but it has definitely taken some time to figure out ways to stay productive with an adorable baby eating up our attention. Mornings are essential, if I don't get up and get going, the whole day is messed up. I've long been a believer of deciding what I wear the night before. Even if I'm going super casual (jeans/tshirt),  when I already have it picked out I start my day out so much better. Vaseline's Spray & Go Moisturizer has helped shave off time from my morning routine (hallelujah!) -- now if only I could find a product that would dry and style my hair just as quickly :)

If I were to choose one outfit as part of my daily,  nightime prep for the next day, that I would then wear every day (especially now that I'm a mom)..this would be it...(sorry for that incredible, run on sentence)…

Leggings - Dress - Handbag - Sandals

For more information,  head on over to… maxthemorning.com

This post made possible from a collaboration with Lucky Magazine - all content and ideas are by yours truly. 



I put together a few lookbooks for my recent collection and went with Artifact Uprising to have them produced...I couldn't be happier, these little books are so perfect for my aesthetic and you can't beat the price or quality. And I love their mission.."inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible."