We take care of the land...it takes care of us.

We're just a couple of country dwellers......

that love nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, campfires, crafting, cooking, canning, laughter and living!!

Ya just never know what I'll blog about next...

So visit us often!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Favorite Kind of Magazine

pages filled with lovely pictures...

stories from artists telling how they create...




Story headlines like: "Happy Scrappy Cakes"
and
"Scraps of Encouragement"

are my kind of stories to read...




Starting this month 
the Prairie Preservationist 
is carrying two of
the Somerset magazines
in the store...

SEW

and

Home






Pick up a copy soon,
you won't be able to put it down!

I'm sending a special package
to a special textile artist in our family...

Fabric in a fat quarter,
a gourmet soup mix,
a book filled with creativity,
and a little South Dakota rain...
She's gonna love it!



and she'll be "sew" surprised!

Happy Tuesday,
Lisa

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Good Thing



Our garden is the birthplace
to all of our 
home canned goods...

home made dill pickles,
fresh and spicy tomato salsa,
rich and healthy tomato juice,
sweet relish like none other,
and Hot Hungarian Pepper chutney...

and my husband's garlic
is a key ingredient to all of it...




Every year he plants the half we didn't
put into the recipes...

400 cloves planted last weekend,
and more to plant...

it's going to be a great year!


Monday, April 4, 2016

Silos and Blue Sky

I love a beautiful blue sky,

don't you?




Some puffy white clouds,

and I'm almost in heaven...




or somewhere near 
the chicken coop...




if anyone in heaven is
listening,
please protect our lilacs
from freezing!




we cleaned out
some weeds from 
behind our barn
and uncovered
a pile of posts




The sparrows and finches
kept a close 
eye on us
as we did
some spring cleaning
around the farm...







I love spring cleaning
as long as it doesn't include
a dust cloth!




Sending happy clouds your way,
Lisa

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Things Are Looking Up

If you try to be really observant...

and stop and listen once in awhile...



If you can try to be a little positive...



Look up!  

"Chin up"  My parents would say,

Look on the bright side!


If you can do that,
there's no telling 
what good things 
you will find!

Good day, friend!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Visions Of Gold

Our two goldens are
bored with me...


Max: "Will she ever stop 
taking pictures 
long enough to give
us some love and attention?"

Jazz: "She just keeps finding 
more stuff for that store of hers!"




I tell them, "somebody's gotta
keep the dog food bowls full!"



Jazz and Max, "AURRRRoooouuuuuuf!!!"
that was "Ladder for sale!" in dog talk.


venture down this country road
and you will find 
me and my dogs taking pictures
in between walks and playing fetch...


as long as there is food in the bowl
and water in the pond,
life is good.

Happy Wednesday,
Lisa,
Jazz and Max

visit our new Website and online store here:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

On The Move

Some scenes from
our neck of the woods....




Flocks of geese here and there...




Barns slowly crumbling to the ground




When there are no more barns
to capture,
I will head out with the geese...

North or South
it doesn't matter....




as long as I have my partner by my side.



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy March

Several Seed Catalogs in the mail...

I'm ready.




 Geese and Ducks flying over
steadily...

I'm ready.




65 Degrees on Saturday... I'm so ready for spring...

5 inches of Snow on Monday...I wasn't counting
on shoveling!




Me and my garden tote
are back inside...




the garden tote turned into
a kitchen caddy...

and I went back
to my computer.

Happy March,
Lisa

Sall's Barnwood Caddy
will be listed on our website soon!
find it Here:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

South Dakota Snow

We are covered in white stuff once again!

South Dakota snow can drop 
down upon us right 
up into April.
When april rains should 
be the norm, we can get
a foot of snow!

at this time of the season
I prefer to keep my nose
inside and just make art
or at least try to 
keep up with my sister
and make 
artsy things...

she came up with these
little twisted bundles of pure sweetness...


She's calling them South Dakota Rain

(yes, but what about the 5 inches 
of snow outside you say?)



I guess she's thinking SPRING,
and RAIN
and 
colorful
HAPPY
things
that come 
with springtime...


Like a bowl of Easter Eggs...

from my Twisted Sister...
"South Dakota Rain"
to make bracelets, 
necklaces,
decorate almost anything,
or just leave in a bowl as eye candy!

Happy March!
Lisa

SD Rain now available on our website
1 spool = 1 yard = $3.00 US







Take A Leap

Our Temperature took a leap
this February 29th...

Saturday it was a gorgeous 65 Degrees
the geese were flying
the ducks were landing...



the only snow left was the remnants of the deep drifts
shaded from the sun...




Today we took cover inside,
(Hubby in his studio - me in my office)
while it snowed all day
sometimes total white-out conditions!




 I've been wanting a new top
on this old piano bench...

I wasn't wishing for a blizzard
to get it done, however!


But I do love it when he
can stay busy in the studio.
My builder
can be pretty creative
when he wants to be...
(the bench and rustic tool tote will
be up for sale in our new store!)
check it out here:
by the way the temp is 15 degrees F tonight!

Bring on March!
Lisa


Monday, February 29, 2016

"Hittin' the Bottle" Workshop

Let's get together for another
bottle painting session!

The first one was so much fun
and the projects turned out so FAB!!


I'll do some more bottle hunting,
so you can hit it with paint and your imagination!

Join us Thursday afternoon,
at The Prairie Preservationist
357 Dakota Huron, SD

This Thursday or Next Thursday!
Here's where you can sign up...