Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Monday
Mar112013

Replacement

We've begun the task of baby-proofing. Glory isn't quite crawling but we decided to be proactive and fix a few hazaardous areas. One of which was the wire-rack shelving unit that held our china. Sad face. Lets take a moment to remember this lovely piece in our dining room

We've replaced it with Dustin's great grandmother's dresser that we repainted. I wish I had taken a before photo, this piece has had many coats of paint and decorative treatments, not all good. But we're fairly happy with how it turned out..now it's on to all those exposed outlets..

Friday
Mar082013

Wear it..

Just putting together a little something-something for your every day needs. Here is the Bellis styled for a day at the office and the Rosa perfectly paired for an afternoon class.

Bellis Dress in Coral - Celeste Jacket - Mini Chateau Duffle - Keanna Colorblock Flat

Rosa Dress in August Rose - Holepunch Flat Sandal - Timex Weekender - Cotton Caridgan

Tuesday
Mar052013

Peeps

Last week we received 26 baby chicks in the mail. Yes, you heard me right.

Rewind... I mentioned our egg laying hens and while they have been wonderful producers, my hub has had an itch for raising something else with a purpose. After tossing around a few ideas, we landed back on chickens. So we have these 26 baby chicks in our basement that we are raising to eventually eat. 

Yes, you can send live baby chicks in the mail. It's pretty routine and the post office calls you when they arrive and you go and pick them up. Kind of crazy, right? The little birds were shipped out the day after they hatched in Pennsylvania and ended up in North Carolina the next day. Huddled all together in this tiny box, I felt like we had just recieved a bundle from the stork. 

Since it's cold out, we'll be keeping them inside for about a month in a brooder box. We have a heat source for them to cuddle under that mimics the warmth of a momma hen, insert (aww). Even though it hasn't even been a week, these little peeps have nearly doubled in size. Their wings are growing in and they have little hints of tail feathers! But here they are in all their baby chick glory..

In our small town, it's quite difficult to find much in the way of local, organic veg or pastured/free-range meat. Well, from late fall to spring anyway. That's the main motivation behind this little endeavor. Have no fear, we're not processing them ourselves (I'm not quite ready for that) but we're pretty excited about having a freezer stash of chicken that we raised and grew all by ourselves on fresh pasture around our home. I'll definitely keep you upated on their growth.

Anyone out there have experience in raising your own animal for meat? Or do you just think we're crazy :)

Tuesday
Mar052013

Two important things...

...collars on dresses + scallops on coats. Love these looks from Valentino RTW Fall 2013.

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni from WWD

Monday
Mar042013

A Spring Baby Dress

I finally had some free time recently to make little Glory something and had really been wanting to use this fabric from my mom's shop ...so voila, a simple, sweet spring dress. Adorned with a simple velvet ribbon and bow with gold buttons up the back.

Saturday
Mar022013

Weekender!

It's Saturday...I'm posting about Kate Spade Saturday...on the weekend...and it's the weekender bag...AH!

No really, this would look good on my arm, I'm sure of it.

Found over on FAB.

Friday
Mar012013

Wild Folk Studio

My hub is typically in charge of the gardening around here, except for when I enjoy the fruits of his labor :) But I've had an itch to grow a few things of my own, flowers specifically. However, I have no idea where to start. We'll see if I can make it happen this year...

However, I'm smitten with the work Caroline has been posting lately. She recently opened up a flower studio, Wild Folk Studio and I love following along with her creations. 

Thursday
Feb282013

Baby Book Favorites

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I needed to buy a few books -- books on raising a little one. Silly? Maybe. But I just didn't have any experience in the area! To be honest, I was not very interested in the pregnancy side of things. I wanted to know the basics about what was growing inside of me but other than that, I didn't spend very much of time reading about pregnancy. My nighstand was filled with what happens after birth, the real unknowns and need-to-knows for first-time parents. So I thought I might share a few books that really helped us newbies make the transition into parenthood...

 

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp MD- this came highly recommended from several people. We read the book, but the DVD of was so much more helpful. To watch that man stop a baby from crying was magical..we practiced all his voodoo. Just kidding, it's not voodoo but it was definitely useful to see the techniques in real life.

Bringing up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting: by Pamela Druckerman- We have this as an audiobook which was fun to listen to and hear the author speak in numerous faux-french accents. We listened to it before Glory was born and are actually listening to it again right now. It's definitely a memoir and should not be taken as proven science or anything, but there are little nuggets of wisdom that really helped us. 

Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice For Your Baby's First Year by Denise Fields and Ari Brown MD - I wanted a book that I could look up answers to if something came up. This book is exactly that without being too uptight or unrealistic. I liked it so much that I recently got the sequel, Toddler 411.

Simpliticy Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross - I stumbled across this book and thought the title sounded interesting, but wowza. I've been listening to the audiobook for the past few weeks and had no idea how thought provoking and engaging it would be. I could talk for hours about the ideas and research presented in this book..but suffice it to say, the authors present a case for how a quieter and simpler home life is highly correspondent to happier and well-adjusted kiddos.

And that's really it. I checked books out at the library so I could decide if they were worth purchasing and I found that a lot of them just weren't for me. Of course the internet is it's own beast when it comes to baby questions so I try to steer clear of getting sucked into mommy forums. I found breastfeeding books to be completely unhelpful, reading about breastfeeding and actually doing it are completely different things. And at the end of the day, it's truly an on the job training kind of thing :)

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