Nuts and Bolting at the Hardware Store

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Nuts and Bolting at the Hardware Store

When you’re a homesteading artist, trips to the hardware store are an adventure. There has never been an occasion when I have gone to the hardware store and not totally and utterly confused the staff. They just can’t seem to wrap their brains around why I’m doing the things I’m doing.  Let me explain… The following stories are, unfortunately, very true. Bee story Last…

Finding Center

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Finding Center | ImaginAcres

Dear Friends, I apologize for my lack of presence lately. December was… well… insane. Too much stress. Too much candy. Too much hyperactivity in my students caused by too much candy. Too much everything. It’s a time for gluttony and full schedules. Those full schedules kept me from this place that I love… connecting with all of you. I’m not…

Dreaming of Springtime and Maple Syrup

Forage The Garden

Making maple syrup

Looking outside, into the wintery landscape, filled to the brim with snow and cold, it’s easy to slip into daydreams about springtime. These days, I oftentimes find myself scanning Pinterest for garden designs, and lost in thought over tiny chicks beginning their lives under their fluffy mommas. Most of all, I’m looking forward to that very first spring time activity, tapping…

How to Make Butter: A Visual Guide

Homemade Basics The Bakery

How to Make Butter

The very first time I made butter I searched through seemingly endless websites and blogs that all droned on about the butter making process. Why? I wondered… why doesn’t someone make an easy to read, simple guide on butter making? After all, making butter is one of the simplest things in the world, why must the instructions be so complicated?  Well,…

Always Count Your Chickens

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Always count your chickens. An Important lesson learned the hard way

I always count the chickens before I shut the door for bed. Always. They’re always all there. Always. I don’t know what happened. Last night I didn’t count the chickens. I glanced into the coop and it looked like they were all there, so I shut the door and locked it. Perhaps I was feeling lazy, maybe the complete lack…

The Great Chicken Caper

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The Great Chicken Caper | ImaginAcres

I didn’t want to leave her outside. I wanted her to join the rest of her chicken family and get in the damn coop before I closed the door. But she wouldn’t listen. Chickens always think they know best. I had let the flock out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air for a few hours before I had to…

The Ultimate Homemade Holiday: The Best DIY Gift Ideas


The Ultimate Homemade Holiday: Your Guide to 100+ Amazing Homemade Gifts!

We’re pretty crafty folks. My husband is an artist, and I’m a tad obsessed with knitting and getting messy with my art supplies. Lucky for us, many of our family members asked for handmade gifts this year! Nothing says love like a handmade gift. In the spirit of upcoming holidays we’ve decided to put together a list of our favorite…

The Super Scarf Knitting Pattern

Knitting The Woolery

Super Scarf Knitting Pattern | ImaginAcres

This lovely scarf is super fast to knit, super easy to make, and super cozy, therefore it has earned the name Super Scarf! I knit this scarf in about two hours, it’s perfect if you need a last minute gift and have some super bulky yarn laying around. Feel free to use this scarf knitting pattern for personal use, but…

Nico and the Chickens

Patio Raptors

Nico and the Chickens | ImaginAcres

We stood there staring at it. Tufts of gray fur and tiny rodent hands sticking up out of the scattered leaves and dying grass.  It had been slowly decomposing in our backyard for weeks, maybe months. We both looked at our psychotic Australian Shepherd charging at helpless trees with maniacal eyes and giant, toothy grin. Suddenly we understood why Nico…

The Chickens of ImaginAcres

Patio Raptors The Coop

Taco at ImaginAcres

Yesterday I spent an hour hanging out with my chickens in the backyard. I watched them frolic through the tall grass, and chase each other around the garden. I took the opportunity to practice using my new camera to capture their little personalities and quirks. I’d like to introduce you to our flock of insanity here at ImaginAcres. These little…