Baah Baah Blog
It is Thursday Nov. 15th. Wow as I look at the Cow-lendar I have such mixed emotions. We are winding down a little in one way and ramping up in another. October was crazy busy -- 1 day off in 31 -- all good -- all smiles.
Last Saturday when I was taking the day off - LOL - one of my farmtastic photographer friends Ashley Blencoe was out shooting family portraits and asked what I was doing as I was pulling everything out of the store room & ripping thru the garden... I said well it is my first real day off and I just wanted to get in the dirt and get organized. She laughed. Her Client laughed and they both said... oh sister you need some re-programming! A day off after a month like yours deserves a day at the spa, get your nails done, your hair done, or get a massage!
I just smiled... that dirt. this dirt. this tiny little farm is my everything. it holds me together. it keeps me grounded. it gives me focus. it gives me purpose. it is my world.
This fall & winter I hope to post more. MORE funny things, educational things, cooking with kid things, and farm things. I'm addicted to PINTEREST where I collecting great kid activities, recipes, spa lotions & potions, party ideas, garden ideas egg cetera.
To all my grammar teacher friends - don't grab the red pencils & let me know about typos - just think of it all as rough draft of a novel farmers day.
With that said, I am posting one of a sweet article about why girls need horses in their lives. I read one similar to this in the AJC over 20 years ago & enjoy.
WHY HORSES ARE GOOD FOR LITTLE GIRLS by By juliaeverheart
(if you like this go to her site - so many wonderful things to read)
Hey pack a snack or picnic lunch and get on over here!
It is gonna be absolutely baaaah - u -tiful out there.
I cant remember if i blasted out to everybody on thursday night or not.
so apologies if you get this 2x
WE WILL HAVE THE PONIES SADDLED UP AND READY TO GO!
$10 per person as usual + $5 for a handled pony ride.
no need to call - im headed out to set up now.
xxxo farmer sue
ps i will have the fall cowlendar - finished up shortly - we are gonna have some summer camp days in nov & december -- drop off camp style days - great for moms to go get some shopping done!
I love love love the art my peeps do in class at school and here at TheArtBarn and would love to see YOU use it for holiday gifts, birthdays and more.
Super easy to do with my favorite company: VISTAPRINT.com -- I am a graphic designer by trade for oh.... 20+ years before becoming FARMER SUE - the luckiest girl in the world (thanks to you and your peeps) and I love this company - they offer every type of product you could slap an image on to and their prices are far better than anybody else I've found.
First find an awesome or as we say around here FARM-tastic piece of ART you love from your amazing artist/peep. Shoot it with your phone or digital camera and follow my instructions below. You may not even need my directions - but they are here for back up if you get lost in the process online -- the guys at Vistaprint.com are in Jamaica & I love chatting with them - they will jump in and help you at any point -- just call the 1-800 number.
You can create 5x7 glossy folded note cards, with your childs art on the front. blank interior (or add a message) and finish out with a cute pix of your child on the back with name age etc and title of work.
I just ran thru the entire process below. Takes maybe 30 mins or less. 100 cards cost $68 plus shipping and they come with envelopes. You can replace the white envelopes with colored ones from one of the Office Supply companies. Just tie them up with raffia or a ribbon and you are ready to go!
first. shoot your artwork with your digital camera or phone, email it to yourself at a higher resolution (dont go more than 1mg)
open it an name it on your desk top.
go to vistaprint.com
select HOLIDAY CARDS there is a vertical & horizontal version. select which one fits your art best. (pears of course are vertical for my amazing friends at school who just painted these)
click the product you want.
the 2nd product is the 5x7 blank folded card TALL -- perfect!
click -- select design
they will ask you upload your image -- HIT BROWSE to find it on your desk top -- it will take a moment to upload.
if the image is headed in the wrong direction - there is a button to the left that says ROTATE.
if at any point you have trouble or are struggling - call the 800 number and they will pop it right in for you. they are in jamaica so i love chatting with them --
once your image looks good on front of card hit NEXT
You will see your image full bleed hit ok or next.
click to select INSIDE card.
remove all the samples text.
there is a button below image of card - click it.
there may still be other text left. click each block & delete.
if you are using them as blank note cards -- erase everything.
you may also like to type a tiny block of text centered at the bottom with something fun like
Portrait of a Pear
painted by John Smith, Age 6, Fall 2012
there is a FONT button at the top that allows you to pick size, style and color and centering
again if you have any trouble just ask the guys to help.
ok you are about done.
now select the quantity you would like, the cards come with envelopes
next they will ask you about paper stock:
the glossy stock that is “included” is nice - you can bump up in additonal heaviness of paper if you want for a surcharge.
now hit next.
they will ask about envelopes -- select blank white for free
now you can select an image for the back of the card.
you can put a pix of your adorable artist, age, etc.
(you may want to take text our of inside of card in the center spread or leave it there)
now just keep clicking next til you get to check out.
they are gonna show you a million things to put it on! (there are some cool notebooks and other things - you may want to take a peak)
hit check out -- review -- done!
use a credit card to pay or paypal.
finally - you will hit shipping & they will calculate fees & turnaround.
viola -- your child is in PRINT!
and seriously you can ask the guys on the 800# for help at anypoint.
if there is a spot to say who recommended you put in:
susan shaw ToFarmerSue@yahoo.com is my info.
I used 100 as my order number figuring i could do 10 sets of 10.
100 5x7 gloss folded cards for $68 with envelopes.... tie them up with some ribbon or raffia, box them -- woowhoo - a perfect perfect gift for anybody you love created by somebody you love!
there are other companies out there who do this --but i think these guys have the best prices!
if you are a MAC.com person -- upload to your iphotos and jump in from there!
HAVE FUN - you can also upload your image to the several companies and out put on canvas wrapped frames for some big time art wow. will get you a list of those shortly!
just google 'PRINTING YOUR PHOTOS ON CANVAS" several will pop up and the prices are great!
love farmer sue & TheArtBarn Crew at morning glory farm where good things grow
hey yall i was typing just toooo fast last night when i sent out info. apologies!
one of my friends found an itty bitty kitty way up in a tree in their office parking lot. it is cute cute cute.
tiny, whitish, with gray ears & tail & 2 gray paws. if interested... call or email my friend alicia she can send you a cute photo.
email@example.com or 678-794-7153
family farm days are SATURDAY OCT 13TH NOON - 3:30 & SUNDAY OCT 21ST 1-5
$10 per person. pack picnic lunches - dont forget camera - rsvp needed
only 3 weekday spaces available.
wed. oct 10, tues. oct. 16, wed. oct 24th possible 26th.
10/13 SATURDAY! 12:30-3:30 FAMILY FARM DAY
Check the website for other happenings!
from farmer sue!
Barnyard Meet & Greet from 12:30-3:30
We will make a great horsey art project & everybody will take home a horse shoe!
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy & Farmer Sue will share birthday cupcakes!
Limited space for this workshop: 12 friends max.
cost: $65 for the morning
9/18 Tuesday 10-12:30 rsvp appreciated
9/19 Wednesday 10-12:30 rsvp appreciated
9/27 Thursday 10-12:30
Cost: $10 per person. (moms free) rsvp appreciated
6 Sunday afternoons filled with Laura Ingalls' Wilder Tales, Arts, Crafts, Sewing, Prairie style cooking, Campfires, Quilting & more. A great way to share a wonderful set of books that have been loved for more than 2 generations. Limited space.
cost: $240 for 6 weeks for a parent/child combo (siblings +$15 per week)
time: sundays 3:30-6:00 (9/9. 9/23. 10/14. 10/28. 11/11. 11/18)
email for syllabus & supply list
october - starting to fill up
november - wide open
LET THE SUN SHINE IN!
it has been so great to have a little break in the weather! This summer was non stop fun and now that we have a couple of weeks before the Fall Field Trips & Farm Days kick in I am trying to knock a few things off my to do list.
here is just a start
x repaint all the picket fences on the farm.
(i looked like casper the ghost when i was done - but the fences look great.
x add in lots of new black eyed susans to the front since last years planting did so good.
x scrub the duck tank and put toppers on all the little tanks so my duck friends
won't swim in everybody elses water
x fix the roof on the chicken house in the friendship garden -- now the girls are happy!
x lay rocks around all the new pickets so mud won't splash up
x build & plant 2 huge planter boxes all by myself for Olivia's Garden (wow they look good)
x paint a flying pig - that made me smile
x Renovate Olivia's little Pig Cottage -- it looks adorable - see pix above - we will unveil it
during story time in September
__ repaint mailbox
__ fluff up wellhouse & story barn doors
__ redo the American Flag Gate
__ move bench and hang cool old tools & hub caps on fence
__ get truck inspected so i can get tags for my birthday
__ POST FALL SCHEDULE FOR WORKSHOPS & LITTLE HOUSE -- (almost done!)
__ Rent Honey Extractor and spin the rest of our sweet stuff
__ pick pears and put up for winter tarts
__ one more round of tomato sauce!
as you see i gotta go get to work to finish up!
hawgsnkisses - from farmer sue
I want you to say WOW when you get here this fall
from 12:30 to 3:15 so you can share some farm fun with your DAD.
Moms & Kids have been having a blast at the farm all summer long
DADS now is your chance to get on over and
have some farm fun with your cute peeps.
YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY
This was dinner last night - Friday July 6th! Our very first tomatoes from the garden. BLT's were delish!
Ok - here goes...
Time flies when you are having fun - and we have been doing a lot of that and even more! The bad news is I have not honored my new years farm resolution to blog. There are so many wonderful exciting things I want to share and by the end of the day I just plain fizz out. I usually fall into bed and am asleep before my head even hits the pillow - already dreaming about the next amazing day that waits for us.
We've booked a zillion field trips, parties and crazy cool campers so far and it looks like Fall will be even BAAH-ter as the sheep say.
My new goal is to go for a quiet 30 mins even before the roosters wake up and here is the most farm-tastic thing ... I have managed to convince Rose...My Vice President of Barketing to talk to Olivia the Pig and everybody else in the barnyard and see if each of them will help me out and do a report here and there.
Everybody is totally eggcited so stay tuned.
I am headed out to the barnyard to give everybody their assignments!
OH - BIG BIG NEWS... since I got married and I am now officially a Wilder... We are starting the Wild Ones!
Anybody who loves Little House on the Prairie and all the adventures of the Ingles family that go along with it can join us this FALL for our very own set of adventures as we work thru the books, the art projects, recipies and more. It should be a blast!
more details to come.
hawgsnkisses love farmer sue
The Farm 5 - things you need to know!
This Weekend is the big BIG Baby Day!
time: 12:45 -3:15 cost: $10 per person
Baby April our adorable miniature donkey will be 9 years old.
Baby Chicks just hatched on Tuesday -- way cute
and...we are babysitting every girls' dream...
A 14 day old foal from Brownwood Farm.
(I've waited 50 years to see this up close and personal)
We will meet all the babies and the rest of the barnyard crew.
Hop a hayride and make some fun art too.
Time: 12:45-3:15 we have private parties before & after so be on time!
cross your fingers that our little lambs will be born soon too.
THIS FRIDAYstory time & barnyard hulabaloo. 10-12:30
Come enjoy a story in the Haybarn with Farmer Sue then head out to the barnyard to meet the entire crew.
We will hop a hayride and of course... make some farmtastic art too.
RSVP greatly appreciated - cost $10 per person.
Be sure to check the DAILY activity tab on the website for open days
during the week - we've got lots of good things growing on!
summer CAMP CAMP CAMP
we still have some spaces available the following weeks:
** june 4-8 at the farm * june 18-22 in the CITY * july 16-21 **
** weeks not listed above are jammin with field trippers & we are accepting only a few campers as "farm hands" to help run the show -- awesome chance for older friends to experience the farm in a whole new way. - call farmer sue for details
x x o the Nest is Best
a very sweet Mother's Day Workshop
Come with your mom or come with a friend to make this sweet sweet little nest as a special gift for your mom.
We will create a beautiful hand made bird nest, adorned with feathers, flowers & eggs.
These are keepers for sure! This project was featured in TravelGirl magazine a few years back
We will also have time to meet all the new babies on the farm, have time to hop a hayride and visit with your other favorite farm friends.
DO BRING A PICNIC LUNCH TO ENJOY
parent/child combo $30 Saturday May 12th 10-1:00
cross your fingers.... maybe the new lambs will be born
That Farmer Sue & The Barnyard Crew love YOU!
Thank you to each and everyone of YOU for making this
YOUR FAMILY FARM.
All your support and love this spring feels like a giant
from farmer sue & the barnyard crew
see you at the farm real soon!