Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our Crazy Farm Giveaway!

Terri has an awesome giveaway going on over at her blog right now!  She is giving away a gift box full of cheese made right there in Wisconsin where her hubby works!  We have been the lucky recipients of this cheese and let me tell you it is AMAZING!  We are kinda cheese "snobs" here at our house and love our cheese.  I make a lot of it and didn't think about flavors changing, but I can see why the Green Bay Packers fans wear cheese hats, they know how to make cheese!  It was the best ever!

While you are there take a look around Terri's blog and read her story, careful though, it may be convicting!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Farm Sign

One of my favorite gifts this year was by far the homemade farm sign that my Father-in-Law made for me!  I is from an old piece of wood that came from Grandma Mc. house after she passed away.  Dad Mc. wasn't sure what she had planned for it, but it is now hanging over the door in our dining room.  I love it!!

Talented Daughters

As my girls have grown up, I have been excited to share my love and passion for fiber arts, yarn, spinning and all the stuff that goes along with it.  They both have talents at 12 and 15 that I did not acquire until I was in my 20's.  I tell them all the time how much farther along they are. 

My oldest daughter has taken an interest in spinning and mastered her first skein of yarn using a drop spindle.  I am excited as to what is on the horizon for that talent for her.  She can knit and crochet also along with using the sewing machine.

She had her biggest accomplishment this year when she started and completed (that is a biggie around here as we don't all finish what we start, even I am bad at this!) a beautiful knitted cape for her best friend for a Christmas present!  I am one proud Mama.




Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas!  We are having a wonderful, peaceful day here at home with a Tail Spin Farm raised 19 pound heritage breed turkey!  Hubby and I got the kids a quad for all of them (us:) Hubby and I just back back from a ride:)) and it has been an usually calm, peaceful season for us. 

Green Winter

The grass is green here in Michigan and has been pretty much most winter so far, so much for the hard winter they predicted for us. Of course, the beginning of last year brought us 2 huge blizzards back to back. We aren't complaining to much because animal chores have been made simplier.  Last year we pick up our three goats and three days later we got 20 inches of snow in a blizzard that we haven't seen since I was a kid.  Hubby and I spent most of that night checking on animals and having "Little House on the Praire" snow storm moments where we couldn't even see where we were going!

Looking forward to some snow though!!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lord of the Rings Marathon

What do you get when you take 9 teenagers in costume, an entire kitchen island full of food and 12 hours straight (other than food and potty breaks) of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy?  A very long, but fun filled day!  Our three oldest and some of their friends were here yesterday to do just that.  The kids had been planning it for a while now.  Our two youngest weren't allowed to participate (a whole other blog post:)) so our youngest son had 3 of his friends over (siblings to the others) and  youngest daughter and I had a Christmas movie/game playing day.  I am so thankful to be able to open up our house, now that the remodel is finally almost done!  I am also blessed to have kids that enjoying being here at our house!  That has always been one of Hubby's and my goal is to make sure the house is open to all the kids and their friends (after they ask for permission of course!) 




Monday, December 5, 2011

Family Photo Op

When the eldest got his senior pictures done this fall, my mother-in-law, who is a professional photographer, wanted to get family pictures done again.  It has been a few years since we have had this done and everyone has grown up a lot the last couple of years.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

BARNHEART!!!

Look at what was waiting for me in the mailbox tonight!

I have been following and reading Jenna at Cold Antler Farm for a couple of years now.  I love what this young lady (she's in her 20's I'm not, she's young:)) has done and what she has to say.  I love that she is a fellow fiber nut, and that she has completely described me in the whole "sickness" of Barnheart.  She has created something that this entire nation needs to stand up and take a look at.  Getting back to the basics, buying local, and producing and creating more things ourselves.

I pre-ordered this book and got it autographed to boot!

I am especially excited to dig into this book with all the things we have happening with our little farm right now.  I heard from the designer that I sent my yarn off to today and I am now an "official supplier" for her boutique and line of items.  I have a little tweaking to do in my spinning method (we all have our different ways of doing it) and some color line matching that I need to work on, but it's official.  My first paying job in over 15 years and I am working from my home doing what I love!!!!  So I already have plans to increase our rabbit herd and re-do our barn to get it more rabbit cage friendly so I am able to do that.

I am excited to see what else God has in store for us in 2012~

Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party


We had our 4th annual party today with 15 girls invited! Unfortunately, sickness and sports kept about half away, but everyone who was able to make it had a blast and the mom's were able to enjoy some time together too!  My two little nieces were able to come and enjoy the fun.  They weren't too sure what to think of the really loud older girls!



















Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SNOW!!!!!


Last night when my little kiddies should have been heading to bed we were outside playing in the snow!  We got dumped on here in mid-Michigan about 9-10 inches.  I took the camera out to play with some of the settings and to see what kind of neat pictures I could get.

I stood out in my yard and realized how different and beautiful everything looks in the snow.  It is so peaceful and serene. 

Now this morning doing chores in it wasn't so much fun, and we have some fences to repair because of the weight of the snow, but all is well with the animals.

I am just waiting for the questions to come at me "Do we get a snow day too?" as all the public schools are closed.  We will continue our work and take some extra time outside to play today!  Maybe this is incentive to get their work done a little quicker today.

There is a lesson in everything.











Friday, November 25, 2011

Big News for Tail Spin Farm

When we turned this little farm into a "hobby farm" a few years ago we only wanted one thing...for it to at least pay for feed for the animals.  Well, it hasn't always done that, and I have often questioned if this is what I was supposed to be spending time and energy on.  Just when I think about selling all of my angoras and just being done, God opens doors.

My dream for my fiber farm (mainly angora rabbits) was to spin yarn to sell, create things to sell or sell the rabbits.  We have done a bit of all of this, but never much.  This week I was contact by a designer from New York, who has her own line of angora items.  She found me from our local harvest site, and she wants to purchase ALL of the yarn I can get to her to create her line with!!!!  This is exactly what I have always wanted (alright, I would rather have my own "line") and wanting to be wife, mom and homeschooler has to come first right now, so this is going to be a perfect fit for me!

I ship out my first order to her tomorrow.  I will be spinning away with the fiber I have on hand and what I can get from my rabbits.  She has made a name for herself and can sell items for so much more than I ever could.  So can I officially call myself a fiber artist????  I think so!!

Winner!!!

And the winner is...  Amy!!! Your hat will be in the mail!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Giveaway!!!!

Okay, the snow is flying outside and I am feeling like it is time for another Tail Spin Farm giveaway!  Here is what you do:

1.  Become a follower of my blog (if you are already go to #2)

2.  Blog about the giveaway on your blog (If you don't have a blog, you should:), but you can facebook       it also!

3.  Leave me a comment here.

What you can win:

Angora Knit Hat

This warm, fuzzy, hand spun, hand dyed (no we don't have weird colored rabbits) 100% hand made in Michigan at Tail Spin Farm by yours truly, Angora rabbit winter hat.

We will pick the winner next Friday, November 25, 2011.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upcoming Speak Up! Interview with Terri at Our Crazy Farm

I have mentioned quite often here about Hubby's "side job" in a ministry called Christian Devotions where he hosts a Internet Blog Talk radio show called Speak Up!  He has been able to interview and "meet" some very awesome people.  He is very good at what he does and has a very good stage presence when it comes to interviewing people.  Me, not so much.  This is WAY out of my comfort zone.  I did help him about a year and a half ago and co-hosted with him, but didn't say too much.

Why do I mention all of this?  Well I will be stepping WAY out of my comfort zone on November 29, because Scott is going to be interviewing a very dear "bloggy friend" Terry .  I know a lot of you know who she is, and the faith walk her and her family have taken the 10 months.  I will be joining Scott to interview Terri.  I think this interview will have a grand impact on a lot of people and I hope some of you will join us and see where God is leading this awesome family.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday on Tail Spin Farm

WOW! Time sure can fly around here. Both Hubby and my youngest Sis reminded me how long it has been since I have blogged anything! I have been struggling through some health things (sinus/allergies and a tooth that had to be surgically removed), and honestly just haven't felt like doing much of anything extra! I find when I am not feeling well, God has a way of putting things into perspective for me as to what is most important. Although on the days when I was feeling good I got a lot accomplished. We have been making soap again. The more we make it, the easier it gets and the more creative we get! So I have 5 batches all cut and sitting with 2 or 3 more planned this week. I have also been able to dye some fiber today for a Christmas present I want to start working on.
November is a big birthday month for our family and even more so this year. Our second son Cameron turned 16 on Friday and Hubby's birthday is this Thursday. Our oldest, Nolan, turns 18 Thanksgiving weekend! Oh my where did time go there? Hubby and I were able to take them this past Sunday to see the "Called to Love" tour with Jason Gray, Aaron Shust, and Downhere. Hubby radio show job has some perks and he was able to land us some "meet and greet" tickets, so we met them also and had VIP seats four rows back from the stage!! Very awesome people and performers with great messages. There were I few indications that I am getting old though;

1. I have not been to a concert in about 20 years and the last one I was at was the Beach Boys:)
2. I could not handle the level of the music so I spent the night with toilet paper stuffed in my ears:)
3. A couple of times during the show I was very content to just sit and watch rather than be on my feet.

Oh well.


School is still in full swing and we will probably stay that way until the week of Thanksgiving unless something unexpected comes our way. One thing I have learned is there is a lesson in everyday.



I am always amazed with our finds on a nature walk


Monarch Butterfly in October



Nature Journaling at its best


soap making



"Autumn Harvest" up close


I finally finished and sold my bridal shawl!


Happy 16th birthday parfait

He doesn't like his picture taken...can you tell?

Same kid, different picture:))

Aaron Shust, Jason Gray, Downhere

Aaron Shust

Jason Gray

Mark Martel from Downhere


Everyone on Stage at the end of the concert