Zinnias…. and a personal confession….

red zinnia

At the beginning of Spring 2017, I received a free packet of zinnia seeds with something I purchased.  I can’t even remember what it was.  At any rate, I don’t like clutter so I didn’t want the seed packet sitting around, so I put the seeds in some little expanding…

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Canning Tomatoes

canned seasoned diced tomatoes

Canning or Preserving Tomatoes What do I do with all those tomatoes! When I was growing up, my mother canned everything – every kind of pickle (we even had a dog named Pickles that had puppies and they named the runt Gerkins…) you can imagine, peaches, pears, jellies, jams, tomatoes…

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Lavender

lavender garden

Lavender Lavender Lavender For many years, I have used lavender scents for everything. If there is a detergent, air freshener, oil, you name it, I will immediately choose lavender.  If you have never tried lavender citrus incense, you must!  It definitely rivals a good dragon’s blood or patchouli (I know…

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Birdhouses…. in Your Soul

unique birdhouse

Birdhouses – Designs Birdhouses – who knew?  Well, after building custom designed rabbit hutches, I started to look around and realize I had so much leftover material.  I didn’t want to throw it all out or burn it (especially when I have nasty neighbors who called the police stating we…

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Growing Hops on a Garden Obelisk

Building a Garden Obelisk I’ve always liked garden obelisks.  I purchased a metal one a few years ago and loved it – in fact, this is the one I purchased.  It was perfect for my clematis near the front porch – a nice focal point to the entryway. I’ve recently…

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Backyard Chickens and Gardening – Part Two

how to grow mushrooms

Gardening — If you just got here, don’t forget to read part one – backyard chickens – revisited. As I mentioned, I re-purposed wood from an old deck into raised bed gardens for gardening in our chicken run and then decided to purchase chickens.  Gardening and chickens do not go…

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Backyard Chickens and Gardens – Part One

yellow sex link chicken

Backyard Chickens Again Life has a funny way of changing or “circling back”….. When I was growing up, gardening was a normal part of life.  My father had a huge garden sitting in the middle of an acre in the suburbs of Baltimore County.   I remember spending hours picking…

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Barn Doors and Closets – DIY

window seat and barn doors

Hanging Barn Doors, Closets, and Window Seat DIY Project If you follow my Instagram www.instagram.com/jodieotte/, you already saw this hanging barn door and closet/window seat project; however, I was refraining from posting it to the blog until I finished, and I didn’t think I would be finished until I put…

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And I’m back photographing – let’s kick this week off ;)

I took a much needed break.  We have a lot of life transitions.  My husband starts a new job – huge transition – tomorrow morning.  I’m very proud of him, definitely a big move forward.  We’ve had a few personal transitions as well… That said – I’m back taking photo…

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Easter Photos with Children and Farm Animals (Rabbits, Chicks, Etc.)

“What about Easter Mini Sessions?…. that’s all we are seeing everywhere….”Lots of changes taking place in the next couple months in regard to Newborn Photography.  I will be revamping websites and adding a few more sites, products, and offerings….  In the meantime, Easter is coming! While I would love to…

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Kitchen Barnwood Table and Benches – DIY Woodworking

This is the second part of my project week.  The first part involved the small laundry room which was sort of practice for this larger project.  I have always wanted a big square barnwood table and built in benches with storage in my breakfast area.  I have been thinking about…

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Small Laundry Area Makeover – Woodworking – Home Projects – DIY

I have spent the past week away from the TV and only appearing on social media to share on progress of some projects….. After I finished, I started reading what was being circulated and the amount of negativity circulating was astounding.  I’m not talking about simply a complaint or two…

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