Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Tire Swing!

Ok, so this is one of those things in life that i never enjoyed because i was too busy cleaning and grocery shopping and other terrible things. Now that i am chillin in ding-a-ling-a-ding-dang country i thought i would make a tire swing. And just in case you feel like happily swinging from a tire, I thought i would provide some instruction on how to make it happen.

 I had no idea what i was doing so i made my hubby help me....and we figured it out.

At first i thought tire swings should be vertical, but it is MUCH better horizontal!

ROPE weighted for like..... hundreds of pounds
Driver/drill with drill bit big enough to make a hole for the rope
Washers the size of half dollars
{don't you just love my precise measurements?}

Get a driver and then let your kid drill holes in the tire. 

No seriously....drill 3 holes on EACH SIDE as the rope will go all the way through. The holes should be spaced evenly. Does that make sense? Good.

Now gather some slack in your rope, bunch the rest together and THROW it over the tree limb. Sorry i didn't take a picture of this part. I suck. Ok, then do it again, so it grips the limb better. You might have to try a few times. You will then have 2 lines hanging. Cut the lines so they are ready to attach to the tire.  

Then repeat the previous step. You only need 3 lines for the tire, so you will then see you have an extra line. Take that extra line and tie it around the tree. You are going to need it later.


Now that you have all the lines hanging from the tree, get your screwdriver push the rope through the top hole. It is rather frustrating but after some pushing it will go through. Do the same inside the tire through the bottom hole. 

Now slide the washer through the rope, so the washer is against the tire. Then tie some kind of an awesome knot a few times until its good to go. 

Repeat the whole rope,screwdriver,washer,knot thing 3 times.

Now, grab that extra line you tied around the tree, make like a monkey and climb that mofo. Good luck with that. 

Tie the hell out that rope. Climb down from the tree. Do not hurt yourself. 

Hopefully you leveled and slacked it correctly so it comes out somewhat evenly and high enough on the ground for the weight of people using it. No idea how to explain that one, so you are on your own.

My apologies if my tutorial sucks. But hey, it might work. 

Oh also, if it starts spinning out of control....try not to puke.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I can now say that i have fulfilled a life long dream.
 I am a chicken owner.
Never did i think i would love them the way i do though. 
They are beyond awesome. 
From their litte chirps to their poo.....
I bought 6....sadly though, i am down to 3. One just died for who knows why and well, the other 2?
EVIL #$*&! DOGS.  
I have gotten smarter though. And alas, my 3 prize chickypoos are doing well.

I got them right before Easter and because i am the most awesome mom EVER, i put them in my son's easter basket. 
His joy was overwhelming.
Here is a little photo montage i have put together to show the timeline of their amazing growth spurt. Every day, they change a little. Its quite fascinating! 

This could possibly be when the evil dogs were running towards them in a wrath of fury:

And fast forward to now:

Stay tuned as i will continue to follow their progression and provide some "personal experience" chicken advice and some not so good advice [like leaving them for 1 minute while your evil dogs attack}, as well as a revamped chicken coop design.

Flea Market Treasures!

There is this amazing Flea Market in Harper's Ferry - open on the weekends. It is dangerous. I only allow myself to go in with a certain amount of cash. For this trip, i brought $40. Here is what i walked away with:

A totally awesome Singer Sewing Table for $23.
The top is obviously just some piece of wood, but the original base is SO COOL! The stamp on the inside bottom says 1800something. The wheel still spins. I put it my kitchen/foyer area for mail and other odds and ends.

In preparation for a French Bohemian wedding i am hosting on the farm in June, i found some adorable items:

I think the baskets were a couple dollars each. The Water pitcher was only $2! The blue vase - $1! 

And lastly, just a super cute sign i thought would look cute above my sink in the kitchen:

It was $3!