AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT …




I love just really love this song … 
the beat, the beat and the beat … 
it moves me … 
just like blogging moves me.
( for almost nine years now)

as of late tho … time is slip, slip slipping away 
my day starts with a hundred good intentions … 
an inquiry comes in that takes an
 hour to resolve, and then
a question rolls in
about the measurements of a piece … 
blah
blah
blah

and so it goes.
I swore I would never
 engage with advertisements
on this blog 
and I committed to you that I would 
never give up blogging
and I am not 

all this to say … 
I'm still here in spirit.
Posting comes a little harder these
days as we prepare for shows
( two national shows now)
and keep up with with grandkids and their 
growth patterns … eight now, yes eight!


… without being repetitive 
I will always have this blog
but these days interacting comes a little easier 
over at Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

If you have input, I would love to hear from you …

I am and will always be 
grateful for you all, my first love …
but some days
ain't nobody got time for that.












HERE'S THE SCOOP … 


 we have made an executive decision  …
 soon we will be phasing out
the beautiful 
Jeanne d'arc Living magazine.
It's been a stellar relationship 
between you the reader,
myself as the retailer, and JDL.
This group of people and their business
is top notch!
As many of you know, 
we will be taking on their new
paint line called
VINTAGE

at this particular time in our business
 we would rather "pour"
a lot of effort into the paint line ...
supplying you the customer 
with this superior product.

That said … 
be sure you secure your next few issues  …
Spring and Summer are the best
of the best.

you can pre order
HERE
 one month
 in advance of any new month
up until late summer.

Needless to say
we will make a joyous announcement
when the paint ship to the 
US!
thank you for your patronage.
SCF

photo credit: rural events and JDL



TRIM HEALTHY MAMA







Can we talk? … not about shows, or antiques, or great rooms, or our latest finds!
Meet my friend Cindy … 
she wanted me to post my modest success story, but I would rather show her off to you. 
We have been BFF's for 25 years … 
we've been up and down the scale together, mostly up.

In July 2013 she asked for the book
 TRIM HEALTHY MAMA
 from her kids for her 60th birthday … yes we even hit that milestone together this year.
 Anywho … she devoured the book, and dove in to this life changing, vitality giving, energy delivering food plan … I refuse to call it a diet!
She has all but reached her goal of 110 … 
she's weighing in at 112. 
One important fact … 
she started at 150!! She's an even five feet tall. 

Long story short, I jumped on
 in November when I visited her
 in Michigan and my life has
 been changed forever. I had been half seriously
 losing a few here and 
there for the last year. 
Well to date I'm minus 24 pounds 
and am in disbelief to 
be able to say the
 words, " I weigh 125" … it's been 19 years since the 
scale read that!
 If you're on 
the fence and or looking for 
the most life and energy giving 
weight loss plan ever, 
this might be for you! 
  let's talk!


ta-da!!
yes my peeps, she's 60 !!!



JEANNE D'ARC LIVING CHALK PAINT





this may be one of the most exciting
 announcements here ever...
just when I was thinking of developing my own line
of chalk paint
along comes this fabulous product …
odorless
less expensive than like products
one coat application
new and improved Euro/French Nordic palette
package and branding 
like no other …  


chalk paint


calling all painters!!

chalk paint

available at
 soon

chalk paint

so I ask  …

chalk paint

would you buy a product like this?

If all goes as planned
we will be toting the paint to all of our 
spring and summer markets


stay tuned for updates
I'm over the moon excited!

you can read and see more info
of JDL


SAVE THE DATE …




Remember out little chat about Nina Hartmann?

spring and summer are on their way …
 guess what follows?
Fall and the second annual
POP UP SALE!

here is the official invite
to meet and greet her.
along with Matthew Mead !


I can hardly breathe right now …
We've been included in the star studded line up
and will be featured doing a demo
with tips, secrets, and fabulous repurposed ideas
from our workbench
maybe even Q and A
(you never know what Kim has in her bag of tricks)

save the date
join the fun
book a room right now!

bring on spring!

watch for updates via Facebook
and this blog


NINA HARTMANN






Nina Hartmann



… at times I live I a dream state
wondering what it would be like to meet this lady …
well wonder no more!!
I am bursting at the seams 
of my way too tight jeans
to announce that
three time author
and uber chic designer
 Nina Hartmann
of "Vintage by Nina"
will be the guest of honor
at the City Farmhouse Popup sale
October 17-18
promoting her fourth book … 

~a book about winter~
with reflections of Christmas




details to follow
as they become available!!
stay tuned here 
and follow along at 
"city farmhouse"
on Facebook



save the date
We'll be there too, with a booth full
of fabulous finds, redesigned goods, farmhouse vintage
and Euro style painted furniture.
... make your plans as soon as possible
to attend the second 
annual 
City Farmhouse show 
in Nashville, TN

chat soon!
love y'all
"scf"

JEANNE DARC LIVING FEBRUARY 2014






Need I say more?
one thing I will say …. 
this will now be one of my favorite cover features!

limited copies available
shipping end of January

POST ROAD VINTAGE




POST ROAD VINTAGE
Allow me to introduce you to someone really special.
I met Heather …  where else but Facebook.
I stumbled upon her and we chatted back and forth.

I fell in love with her and her life's philosophy.

Here's a brief interview,
pictures

and links to all of the social media connections.



   savvycityfarmer: "how did this all start?"       
My business took flight in 2009 when I opened up my etsy shop www.etsy.com/postroadvintage
I started out by selling handmade and vintage items which I loved. This was such an exciting time for me! I really didn't know it was possible to do all of the things I loved, and make money from it...... create and shop antiques while being home with my babies. Ever since I was a young girl I've loved creating things to gift or sell. My sisters and I were in the local craft fair with my mom, we would also go door-to-door selling bouquets of wild flowers and pretty rocks we had found. I am also the oldest of 14 kids. I've always known I've wanted to be a mom, and that was always my #1 dream. So yes, a creative, nerdy, entrepreneur, mini-mom from the start :)
My business has evolved quite a bit since the beginning. Within a year of opening my etsy shop I also started bloggingwww.postroadvintage.com this was such an awesome experience! When you own an online business and do not have direct person to person contact with your customer it can become easy to feel disengaged. I am a huge people person and struggled with this because I really love the interaction with others and the encouragement and support you can offer each other. Blogging was a way to get a part of that back into my business. Even though it's not face-to-face your relationships are still way more than transactional. And through my blog, I have found the best support group of creative women! Also, It will never cease to amaze me how lucky I am to be born at this time in history. When else could I have possibly owned a small business while raising so many kiddos, homeschooling, and farming? We are lucky that we need not own or run a storefront, as I have no interest in maintaining and giving so much time to something like that.

savvycityfarmer" It's clear you have a young family … how do you balance work, hubby, and young children?" 
 Work/Life balance is a huge issue for me and continues to remain so. On any given day which seems to flow real smoothly and I start to think,  "maybe I've got this thing figured out?" The next day I am almost guaranteed to be standing on my head again, trying to tread water..... and wondering what-the-heck I'm doing. When I started my business I had two toddlers and a baby, and looking back, my life was so E.A.S.Y. Ok, maybe my memory is making things a bit more rosy, but my boys would literally roll together on the floor like baby bear cubs most of the day while mamma got her work done. Fast forward to today......... two more babies, and a growing farm. (We have since began raising most of our own meat). And life no longer feels quite as simple as it used to. Because a simple family centered life is what we strive for it requires constant evaluation and change to get rid of what's not working and do more of what is. I am stubborn enough to believe it is possible to create a business which revolves around our lives, instead of a life which revolves around our business. Creating my magazine (Homebound Magazine available in my shop shop.postroadvintage.com) and holding classes has been such a great fit for our lives, and family that we have chosen to focus on these two things moving forward. It is important for me to figure out how to structure my business so that as it grows it won't change our priorities as a family (Me being able to be home with the kids, homeschooling, and growing our own food.) Because we have busy lives, yet value our closeness as a family I have learned to be really good at letting go of the perfection. Of course there are moments when I look at what other people are doing and wonder "how did they do that so fast??" And then I remember that we are each on our own journey's, with our own priorities, things that come up, and there is nothing I would change about my life (ok, I actually would be totally fine never scrubbing another toilet!) So yes, I do very much feel that my business is still in the growth stage. My magazine and classes are still babies in the business and creative world, but I am so excited to see what they will become with the proper nourishment, care, and love!
Through everything that I do, my shop, blog, magazine, and classes (even being a wife and a mom!) my hope is to be encouraging and inspiring to others. That you also can create a home and life you love which revolves around life's simplest and most beautiful of pleasures. I am addicted to the farmhouse style because the life and design of it is everything which I love. Pure function, simplicity, and love of the imperfect. I love teaching and inspiring others to be creative and use whatever they've got (they're current supplies, talents, etc..) to create something which makes them feel so happy and fulfilled. This is our one chance to live and love with all we've got!

savvycityfarmer: " tell us what a day in the life of POST ROAD VINTAGE looks like?" 
A day in the life of Post Road Vintage........
My perfect day is waking up at 5am with a hot cup of coffee and a quiet house (the only time of day it is almost guaranteed to be quiet around here). I am a morning person and LOVE the mornings. It truly feels like ANYTHING is possible and I can take on the world. So I usually try to get some work time in here. Or I will read, write in my journal, and just breathe :) The kids usually wake up around 7 and we make breakfast, read books, and do some chores (not in any particular order). I am not one for an overly structured day and have found it works best when I don't force this upon myself. We do 'school' all day. Between work, play, making meals, working in the garden, tending animals, and bumming a little bit too. I have found that there is rarely a 'perfect' day, but rather it is 'perfect' if everyone is healthy, happy, and finding time to do the things they love. After my hubby gets home we have supper together. The evenings can vary quite a bit. Sometimes we just continue on with our days activities, other times my hubby takes the kids bumming, trapping, or hunting so I can get some work done. Many evenings we also have projects to work on together (right now we're building a chicken coop.) We go to bed too late, but it doesn't matter.... the babies stay sleeping all night. (oh, I did say perfect, right?!) ;)
 savvycityfarmer: " what role does your faith play in your business?"
How my faith effects my business......
Our faith is very personal to us, and I don't usually dive into it too much on my blog. But obviously it is a huge part in shaping us and what we do. Just after a year of running our business, we lost our first daughter. And I will say that experience with her and our faith has changed a lot of how and why we do what we do. She is my reminder to always always do what I love and be brave, because there are no guarantees of tomorrow. She is also a reminder to us to never sacrifice family in a way which will hurt them because most of what we do is just 'details'. It's the big huge things like faith and family that really matter.


please visit any of these links and get to know Heather.
She is an amazing woman … you'll fall in love with her, too 

~~~
if your business and design philosophies are a good match
and
you would like an interview with scf
showcasing your business
send an email to
stuffintheburbs@gmail.com

HOME IS WHERE THE HEAT IS …




my hope and prayer is that you are all safe and warm

so yeah
I'll be staying in today
loading many new items to our on line
store

 home is where the heat is … 

have a blessed new week.



savvycityfarmer

SHOP THE SHED ...



savvycityfarmer



we're back after a one time sale in Indiana
at the family farm last September

SHOP THE SHED
 is popping up again in 
Illinois
at the farmhouse
potting shed of
Don and Joy Waltmire

... back where we started!
the shed you all love and love to shop

save the date 
June7, 2014
8-3

questions


e.x.c.i.t.e.d.

FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS …

FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS
MERRY CHRISTMAS


happy new year 

I adore all of you
and lift my glass to a
 blessed and prosperous
new year in
2014

savvycityfarmer




SHE'S THE WON …




SHE'S THE WON …
PAM
 from 
MOMENTS LIKE THESE

is the special lady
the random number generated !

Her copy
of the December issue of
JDL
was shipped yesterday.

Thank you all for playing along and
promoting via facebook and blogger 
~~~~~
two hefty announcements
coming from here at the end of the month
well maybe three … I think I might burst!

… if you can land back here

then
we'll chat

I pray your season is blessed beyond measure 




THE THREE DAY GIVEAWAY ...




THE THREE DAY GIVE AWAY
I'll make this short and really sweet … 
speaking of sweets, how was your Thanksgiving?

as usual, we sold out of our December quantity of
JEANNE D'ARC LIVING
with that being said … 
I am offering my copy
 of 
the beautiful Christmas issue
as the giveaway
gift
{I always keep one issue for my library}


leave as many comments as you
want
talk to me if you social network over at

 if you don't please tag along if you wish

the more comments you leave
 the better the chances
… go … 

giveaway closes 
December 3 at midnight Chicago time
CST
USA entries only please


you can purchase an entire year 
subscription  
we autoship on or around
 the first of every month
and track the year for you





CEDAR HILL FARMHOUSE ...






meet Anita ... 
we've been friends for a long time via blogging.
Last week we chatted on her front porch  ... well sort of

she posted an interview
that made me feel very special!

you can read it 

thank you Anita!
ps
she has a lovely Facebook 
page, too !

FAMILY MATTERS ...


... taking some much needed downtime to
tend to some tender family matters.
I covet your prayers.

~~~
planning a beautiful giveaway in November