A Log Cabin Christmas Tour

Welcome to the Happy Days Farm log cabin 2018 Christmas tour. 
We are participating in a blog hop, so make sure to visit the next blog to see more great She Sheds and Chicken Coops, and make sure to join us on Instagram!

I love decorating my cabin for Christmas! I have been doing it for about thirty years. I love placing a Christmas tree on the front porch and fresh greens in the old chicken feeder. This year, we stopped at the local Christmas tree lot and picked up some discarded branches, and made a garland to go around the door. It's really easy. All you need is wire and wire cutters. As you can see, I used buffalo plaid pillows, ribbon and throw on the willow settee.
My cabin is actually one large room downstairs, and it has a sleep loft upstairs. This is an antique walnut rope bed, that I roped myself. My favorite fun addition this year are these buffalo bows and ribbon behind our farm animal prints. Aren't they the cutest! We have these adorable black and white prints in our Etsy shop (click here). I think the red and black adds a festive Christmas touch. The quilt on the trundle bed is old, and one that my son actually used for years on his bed. The stocking is made from an old quilt, and it holds an old topsy turvy doll.
An old ironstone pitcher and bowl sits on the bedside table. A little faux greenery with bells adds a whimsical touch of Christmas to the old mirror. 
When I acquired my cabin, it didn't have any chinking between the logs. I chinked it myself using a product called Perma Chink. The "chinking" expands and contracts with the cold and heat. I love using candles when I can, making it feel cozy and warm.
Here you can see the ladder going to the loft. The loft is about 212 square feet, giving a total of 424 square feet in the cabin. The black and red theme continues with these adorable red truck placemats and napkins. 
A few fresh greens provide a simple and festive touch in this basket. This little tabletop tree in the front window is decorated with gingham bows, hand crocheted snowflakes, and tin santas.
Thank you for stopping by! We hope you have a wonderful and Blessed Christmas!

Also, Please check out these other bloggers for more Christmas She-Shed and coop inspiration.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

True Tales from Happy Days Farm

Almost four years ago, I wrote a collection of children's stories about life at Happy Days Farm. I put it on the back burner for a couple of years, then began looking for a publisher. I had several positives, but they wanted to change some things and shorten the stories too much. That hurt my heart! I decided to self-publish, and began searching for an artist. Well, as you can see here, everything finally came together. I am so excited! The illustrations beautifully depict the characters you see and read about here at Happy Days Farm perfectly! There are four stories in all, 'Chachi Does the Cha Cha', 'Kenny the Guinea', 'Marilyn Lays an Egg', and 'Sugar's First Christmas'. I love that my book is unique in that each story tells about actual events that have happened on the farm. Christmas will be here soon, and if you have small children, or grandchildren, I know they will enjoy it. Check out our stories for more illustrations.
♡You can find 'True Tales From Happy Days Farm' ♡ here 

 Here is a preview of the inside

DIY Repurposed Rain Boot Garden Planters

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Wait! Don't throw out those boots!
Repurpose them into adorable little planters for your garden!

We have had these children's rain boots for about two years wanting to do this little project. You can pick them up at yard sales, thrift stores, or hand-me-downs from anyone who has children! They are so cute, colorful, and the smaller size makes them perfect for planters.

The supplies are very basic! Depending on the number of boots you have, get a piece of wood that you can screw them to. We decided to paint it white, but you wouldn't have to do that.  Bring a drill with a drill bit and the screwdriver option. We used two different screw sizes for this project, a 2 inch stainless steel and a small 1 inch screw with a washer.

Also pick up a few rocks to place in the bottom of the boots, some potting soil, and some plants! Purchase your plants based on where you will be placing your new planter! We are going to have this mounted fairly high in the full sun, so we picked Portulaca, which doesn't require much water, and loves the heat! You could do the same project with shade loving plants if you wanted too.

Drill a pilot hole on each end of the piece of wood you will be mounting your boots too. These holes will help you get the board up easily.

 Depending upon the boot size, and the number of boots you are using, make sure you use strong enough screws so your new planter doesn't fall off the wall!

We drilled about 5 holes into the bottom of each boot to make sure there was plenty of drainage.
If you don't add the holes, the boots will slowly fill up with water, and your plants will drown!

Add a few rocks to the bottom of the boots to help with draining, and then fill up with potting soil! Make sure to leave room to add your plants.

Learn from my mistake! Don't put the flowers in until after you have all the boots attached! Use a screw with a washer, and slowly try to drill into the top rim of the boot, which you should be able to see is thicker. If you don't use a washer, or you drill too fast, you will go straight through the rubber with the screw. We actually used two screws in the back of each boot to make sure the screw didn't pull through the rubber with the weight of the boot, dirt, flowers, and eventually water.
Pre-mark the board with dots so you can find the correct spot to attach each of the boots.
Plant your flowers, and don't forget to water slowly, or your dirt may wash out the first time

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Help! Ten Ways To Care For My New Easter Bunny

So, someone got you or your child a rabbit for Easter.
First of all, congratulations! You have just received a precious gift that will bring you years of enjoyment and friendship as long as you take care of them properly.

I am going to give you a few tips to get you started on the right path with your new friend.

1.  First, make a few calls and locate a rabbit savvy vet. Generally speaking, they are listed under 'exotic vet.' However, you can ask your normal vet about their experience with rabbits. Sometimes, it may work out. Anytime you think your rabbit isn't acting right, you need to call the vet. Rabbits deteriorate quickly. They can be fine in the morning, and deathly sick by evening, so don't wait. The most common ailment is probably gastric stasis. Anytime your bunny starts to not eat as much, or at all, not drink, and you see a decrease in poop amount, or size, it is an extreme emergency. Click here to read more about gastric stasis so you learn to recognize the symptoms and catch it early. The other issue is called 'snuffles.' Rabbits do not catch colds, so runny eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or wheezing is dangerous and needs to be treated by a vet with antibiotics. A good diet of hay, pellets, and fresh foods, and a lot of exercise will go a long way to building a strong immune system. I keep a product called VetRx Rabbit on hand to use if something happens during the night.

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