Walking the Bunbuns

I read that the bunbuns should be getting some outside (their hutch) time and that they like to explore and take walks on leashes. This intrigued me so I bought some leashes with harnesses at the feed store yesterday.

It’s a little (okay a lot) less fun and relaxing than I thought it would be.

The plan was that Braden would play with the buns and I would do some weeding and planting in the garden.

That didn’t work. Rosie is adventurous and Blossom is scared frozen.

Braden tried to get Blossom to venture out.

And I had Rosie.😍

Blossom did get a little bit braver, thankfully, but she got tired quickly!

Here’s Rosie checking out the garden!

And the weeds!

Shaleigh and I tried my you-play-with-the-bunnies-while -i-garden plan. The bunnies tried to go different directions and she dropped one of the leashes.

Luckily we caught them and I cancelled my plan and we played with bunnies together til they got tired!

Turns out it’s a grown up hands on job not a turn the kids loose job… ok, I’ll play with the cutest bunbuns around! Tough job!😍


Feeling so grateful


I took this photo last night, but I just keep staring at it.  This is my home, my favorite view, the happy place.  I still have a hard time believing it sometimes.  We love living here so much and we are really making an effort to take the time to sit and enjoy it more.  There’s always a lot of work to do, especially this time of year – yard work, gardening, animal care (someone always needs food or poop clean up or love!), and don’t get me started with what needs to be done inside the house (oh, ok, I’ll get started – dishes, laundry, vacuuming, dusting… and then as soon as it’s finished, it’s time to start again!).   We enjoy doing most of the this work, honestly… what else would we do with our time, really?  It keeps us active and young (okay, not actually young, but… anyway!)… we really do enjoy what we have, and we love the way everything looks and feels when the hard work is done… I love that we can be proud of where we live, and share it with others.

After last month’s market, we were so tired that we could hardly move.  We declared it Lazy Sunday, and it really was.  We fed the animals and the children (and ourselves) but we really did take it easy for the first time in forever.  Carson asked, when was the last time we had a day like this?  And I honestly couldn’t remember ever having that kind of day.  We plan to have another Lazy Sunday after the market tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to it!

Tonight, I’m feeling so grateful for where we live and where we are in our lives.  This market has been such an amazing example to me of dream it, make it happen!  It is so out of my comfort zone… the introvert side of me is just shaking her head wondering what is happening.  I opened myself up and talked about this little dream I had of having a market celebrating people who grow and make things… it was one of those “if you build it, they will come” things… but I thought it would take years to build.  All I did was open my mouth and say it out loud and people are coming – sellers and shoppers!  It has a mind of its own and I love watching it grow.  I love to think about all of us getting ready  for the market – putting ourselves out there making things and sharing them with others.  I’m meeting wonderful people and learning so much every day.  Every day, I hear from people about how great this market is and how fun it is to be part of – sellers and shoppers.  Our community is so wonderful and I love how connected everyone is to other people – the small town connections are so great!

The support from my family and friends is EVERYTHING… my parents are coming to tomorrow’s market (they also came to last month’s market) and are bringing us dinner so that we don’t have to think about food tomorrow night.  My brother and sister in law are bringing their kids from Seattle.  My cousin who lives in downtown Seattle came up last month and is planning to come tomorrow and has a shopping list already!  My aunt and my cousin and her family came to the last market from Tacoma – a two hour drive!  Some of our friends couldn’t make it to the market, but they sent really sweet, supportive and loving texts and messages letting me know they were thinking of me, and waiting to hear all the details.

Most of our family and friends thought we were a little crazy to be moving into the country with nearly eight acres in our 40’s, but I think people get it now.  (I don’t think any of these people are thinking of making this move themselves, mind you, but they understand why we did it and why we’re happy here.)

So, as I finish up decorating 700 billion cookies, and finalizing the plan for our display… and checking and double checking the weather forecast for our market tomorrow – which, at this moment, is not looking very good, I’m staring at this photo, and feeling grateful and supported and loved.   (And hoping that tomorrow looks a little more like this… and NOT 70% chance of rain.)

Rain or Shine, the Makers and Growers Market happens tomorrow, May 25 from 9 am to 4 pm at our homestead – 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA.    Come out and see what I’m talking about – and do a little shopping while you’re here, too!  Support our community and these brave people who have amazing skills!



May Market Sneak Peek #7

Today’s sneak peek for the Makers and Growers Market is BriAnn Boots. I love her creative mind, and her ability to ACTUALLY MAKE the things I pin on Pinterest all the time! 🙂 She’s bringing potted plants, veggie starts, the cutest painted rocks you’ve ever seen, wood decor, signs, and more.

Here are some pictures of some of things she’ll have for sale.

Come see what I mean for yourself on Saturday!

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday May 25th 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood WA 98292

May Market Sneak Peek #6

Today’s Sneak Peek for the May Makers and Growers Market is Andy and Heidi Hill of Freeborn Metal Art.  They make metal yard art and have such cute stuff.   They’ve set up early for the Saturday market and and I’m so happy that I get to check everything out.


Here are some of my favorites… so far! 🙂

These garden stakes are a great deal – $5 each.  I will definitely be adding more of the colorful flowers to my yard – and the fish are so cute, I may need some of those, too!

Wine Lady?  Need i say more?! 🙂

Jumping fish are sure to be a hit around here!

Someone was looking for crows at the last market… and look at those owls!

There’s sure to be something for everyone here… come check it out!

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

May Market Sneak Peek #5

Today’s Sneak Peek is Diane Meyer of ReJoyce!

She makes lotions, soap, lip balms, natural bug spray, sunscreen, and more…

Here are some of her products.


And here is her price list:


Come see for yourself this weekend!

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday, May 25th 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

May Market Sneak Peek #4

Today’s Sneak Peek for our Makers and Growers Market on Saturday, May 25 is Debra and Chris Parmeter of Wet Dog Studios.

Debra makes hand-made bags, wallets and keychains and Chris will have his photography.

Here are some samples of their work:


Prices for Debra’s products range from $5 to $100


Chris’ photography prices are $20 to $200.

Come meet them and see their work in person at the Market this weekend.

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Avenue NW  Stanwood, WA 98292


May Market Sneak Peek #3

Are you ready for Sneak Peek #3?

Jana Budden of Tie Dye Jana will be join us for the Makers and Growers Market on May 25!  She makes tie dye clothing for kids and adults, bandanas, dish towels, and more.  Check out these colors and patterns!


Her prices range from $5 to $60 depending on the item.

You can find her at www.facebook.com/tiedyejana and don’t forget to come see us in person, too:

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

May Market Sneak Peek #2

Sneak Peek #2 is Kelly Vance of Blooms 4 U.  She has such cute stuff!

She makes birdhourses, succulents, spoon jewelry, planted chairs, cement garden art, and heart shaped planter boxes.

Here are some pictures of some of her products.


Come see this and more at the Makers and Growers Market on Saturday May 25, from 9 am to 4 pm at 30709 68th Ave NW  Stanwood, WA 98292

See you there!

May Market Sneak Peek #1

Time for Sneak Peeks for our next Makers and Growers Market, just eight days away on Saturday, May 25th from 9 am to 4 pm.

Sneak Peek #1 Amy B. Vazquez-Ely of A & R Decor.  She joined us last time and it was amazing to see all the beautiful art they brought.  They make Fractal Burned Wood Decor including shadow boxes, trays, candle holders and signs.

Here are some of their beautiful pieces.


Their prices range from $30 to $50, and they will be cash only at the market.

You can see more of their work at their website www.warmarts.com.  

And you can see it in person at the Makers and Growers Market on Saturday, May 25th from 9 am to 4 pm at Stevens Homestead  30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292