Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our 1st Private session of the Season!

Last night I had the privilege to host a private Fall pallet Session.  What a blast we had!  Tiffany (the organizer of the session) had set up a Facebook invite and did all her inviting that way.  
 Each crafter was asked to bring an appetizer or dessert.  What a spread they had!  The ladies gathered and ate and chatted for a bit and then we got right to crafting.
 This gave me a chance to roll out some of our new pallet phrases for the fall season.  Nellie did an amazing job as usual creating new sign templates for me.

 They ladies worked hard and very carefully.  I decided to offer them the option of creating a fall leaf banner for their sign as well to "spruce" it up!
 I just love love love the felt leaf banners!  All the ladies did such a great job!

 If you are talented enough, you can even free hand your own sign!  Look at that free-handed pumpkin!
These ladies all had such a great time they booked another private session for the pumpkin craft in a couple of weeks.  I would LOVE to host a group here for you.  If you can find a group of 10 friends and a day that works for us all, let's plan a private session!

I am also opening up the sign up to the general public tomorrow.... and classes are filling up quickly.  Please sign up today if there was a session you wanted to come to before they fill up!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Friday's at the Farm Sign up is LIVE!!!

Sorry this is a day late....I had an emergency Doctor Appt yesterday.  Always fun!

We did a little changing around of the sessions and crafts.  I have only included the sessions through October.  There WILL be more in November and December, have no fear!  I just have to make sure I have our schedule down for our kids before I schedule the dates.  ( I missed a few important things last fall that my kids were in and it made my heart super sad.  I am a mom first....and a crafter second! I pray you can all understand that!)

Ok here we go!

I have the sessions listed in my ETSY Store.  You can click HERE and it will take you there!  

This is what we got going on!

Create a Crate!  Open House Session on Saturday September 19th from 1-6 p.m.  See details in the listing!  Sign up HERE

Pumpkin Craft Session-Set of 3!  2 Sessions!
Friday September 25th 6:30-8:30 Sign up HERE
Sunday September 27th 2:00-4:00 Sign up HERE

Fall Pallet Session with BONUS Craft!  
2 Session Options
Friday October 9th from 6:30-8:30 Sign up HERE
Sunday October 11th 4:00-6:00 Sign up HERE

Felt Letter Banner!
Friday October 23rd, 2015
Come create your own customized Felt Letter Banner!  
Sign up HERE

I am looking forward to crafting with you!  If sessions fill up, I will add more!  We are busy cutting wood for pumpkins and making pallet signs.  (and by we...I mean my husband and nephew!)  I take care of everything else!  

Please email me with any questions!  Have a super blessed day!  

Monday, August 24, 2015

And just like that....another School year.

Well, the time has come.  Another school year is under way.  I always have such mixed emotions about sending the kids back to school every year.  This year was no different.  In fact, we were pretty close to homeschooling this year.  We pray about it and talk about it every summer.  This year we almost did it.  However, we both felt like it wasn't a good fit for us right now.  We have a lot we are praying about and decisions to make.  I didn't feel like I could commit 110% to homeschooling in such a short time and I needed to give it my full attention.  So back to school they went! This year we have 6 in school full days :(    This is the first year the kids are ALL at the SAME school!  Praise God!  Even though we loved our preschool in Watertown, we couldn't keep making the drive.  (we love you Mrs. Damon!)  And then there is #7...he is going to "mommy school" as he calls it.  I feel like he will be forever attached at my hip!  

We did a little photo shoot with the kids last night because I knew this morning would be crazy.  They really didn't need any new school clothes this year so that was a blessing...until yesterday.  Dan and I were feeling like horrible parents because we didn't get them one new school outfit for the first day of school.  My mom had taken them to Kohl's a month or so ago and bought them all undies, socks and shoes so we thought we were in the clear.  Then we felt bad.  So, we took them shopping  yesterday for one new outfit.  I haven't taken them all shopping together in a very long time at a mall.  Yeah, and I don't think we will be doing that again either.  Everyone is shouting "mom, look at this" or "mom, can I get this?"  We ended up going to Crazy 8, Gymboree, Justice, Target and Kohls.  One outfit for each kid. I will say that I have different tastes then some of my children....but I smiled and let them pick what they wanted!  Here are some pictures from our first day back to school!   

 I love these kids like crazy.  I am SO proud to be their mom.  I will miss them while they are at school but am confident that this is right for us...right now.  I can't believe I have a 7th grader and a kindergartener.  I love how they look out for each other at school.  When we prayed with them this morning I challenged them to be "different."  I don't want them to follow the crowd.  Most of all, I want them to shine for Jesus.  I want my kids to be kind and loving to everyone.  Even if that makes them different.

 We went in to school with our camera.  The air was buzzing with excitement.  We even went in to 7th grade and snapped some pictures.  Our 7th grader thinks we are crazy.  It will always be cool for your parents to come in and take pictures!  (she really did smile for us a few shots later!)
 Late last night I realized I didn't make the teachers their first day of school gifts.  I always bring them in something.  So....cricut we did.  We made 6 sets of "Make a joyful noise" banners for each of their teachers.  That is the school theme this year.  We hung the banners while the kids were in chapel this morning.  I also made them each some puppy chow in a pencil box.  Hopefully that helps their first day go by a little bit easier!
I am enjoying a little bit of peace and quiet today from our crazy summer.  I still have #7 at home and he is a ball of energy and demands...he has already had 3 snacks this morning so I can try and get some things done!  I am excited to see what this year brings.  To see how my kids grow and learn.  We have been blessed with great teachers again this year who I know will love my kids when I am not around.

Happy First Day of School!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


The time has come!

I have ironed out the fall schedule for Friday's at the Farm!  

Here is the schedule:

September 19th (this is a Saturday!)  Crate Making Open House! We will be using old apple orchard                    crates to create a custom crate just for your home!  You can come between 1:00 and 6:00 to make your crate!

September 25th (Friday!) Fall/Harvest Pumpkins!  Session will take place from 6:30-8:30.  We will create 3 wooden pumpkins for you to decorate for the Harvest season!  (You get to make all 3!!)

September 27th (this is a SUNDAY!!!) Fall/Harvest Pumpkins!  I wanted to offer a weekend session if anyone couldn't make it on Friday night.  Come craft with me on a Sunday afternoon to make your own set of 3 harvest pumpkins!

October 9th (Friday!) Deck Board Sign!  We will be using old deck boards to create a LARGE custom sign! I can't wait to decorate my front porch with my sign!  **This will be a very limited size class**

October 23rd (Friday) Pallet Sign Class!  You can't go wrong with a pallet sign when decorating for Thanksgiving!  This is our most requested session so we thought we would bring it back for anyone that hasn't been able to make one...or for those of you that want to make another one!

November ??? (Date to be determined yet!)  We will be creating our first Christmas craft...and it's A.W.E.S.O.M.E.  I haven't finished my sample quite I can't show you a picture!  I have to finalize that date yet as I have a daughter trying out for the Milwaukee Ballet Nutcracker and need to get the schedule for that first! (if she makes it!)  I promise it's gonna be super cute!

What do you guys think??  I CANNOT wait to craft again with you all!  I have enjoyed my summer of craziness and am ready to get my craft on again!  I have included some pictures below of the crafts we will be making!

If you cannot make the pumpkin class, I will be taking orders on them as well.  I would love to craft a set for you!

The sign up will be posted on Monday afternoon sometime! (my kids go back to school that give me the morning to sit and do nothing and then I'll post during nap time! )  I will post on the Fridays at the Farm Facebook page when the sign up is posted!

If classes fill up, I am always open to hosting more please don't fret!  Also, if you want to come craft with a group of friends and create your own private Friday at the Farm session (does NOT have to be on a Friday!) please email me.... I'd love to have you and your friends here!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Saying Good-Bye :(

 3 years ago exactly our lives were forever changed.  For the better.  3 years ago we met 2 people that would make such an impact on us.  A lot has happened these past 3 years with them.  So many memories were made.  Our families grew super close.  We had many double dates, a ton of laughs, and our friendship moved from friends to family.  Today they move to Florida.  Last night was the last time we will see them face to face for many months.  This is hard on us, but doesn't even touch the reality of what their family is facing this morning as they pull away.

Dear Bryan....
I am semi proud to call you my husband's best friend...only semi because I am still a little mad at you!  I have never met anyone with such a passion for the youth of America.  From the first time we met you when you were dancing with Molly at Easter Jam, I knew you were special.  Over the past few years you have gotten to know us and love each and everyone of our kids.  You play with them like they are your own.  You always take time to say "hi" to each one of them.  You make sure that when we are swimming together you pay attention to each Wilke kid.  I am positive you have made a drastic impact on Molly's life.  That is one one reason I am mad at you.  I wanted you to be my kid's youth pastor.  I wanted them to be under your guidance and love.  They need men like you in their lives.  Your smile is contagious and we love being around you.  For the past 3 years, Dan has had a friend.  Even though we forced you guys to be friends at first...look where that brought us!  Not only did my kids learn a lot from you, Dan and I did too.  Some good, some bad.  Just kidding about the bad!  Well...somewhat kinda sorta!  While our vacationing styles are a bit different, we still loved our time with you in Door County and on all the other adventures we went on.  I wouldn't say we "loved" snowboarding, but we were just glad to be with you and Brie.  I could ramble on and on about how awesome you are and how much we love you and how much you have changed our lives....and because you are a words of affirmation kind of person you would love that....but I won't keep going on.  I know you are going to do amazing things in Florida.  I know this road wasn't the easiest choice to make.  I know God has some awesome things planned for you and your family in Florida.  With a heavy heart I will say I am proud of you for following where the Lord is leading you.  I am jealous of all the youth that will get to call you their Pastor.  For the record...if any of our kids turn out messed up, it is officially your fault.  Just kidding....kinda.  Thank you for all you have done for our family.  To say you will be missed is a huge understatement.  Oh, and Dan said you told him you would fly me down 6 times a year now....something about me being awesome he said.  I'll take a ticket next week!
 Dear Brie...
3 years ago things were changing in my life.  God knew I needed you.  My sister and I grew apart and God brought you into my life just when I felt like I had no one.  From our first outing at Olive Garden with John I knew we had what it took to be friends.  God used the past 3 years to turn our friendship into something way more!  I am positive we are sisters from different mothers :)  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work along side of you.  You giving me that chance has been life changing.  My faith has been strengthened.  I have actually met and made lots of new friends.  Working with you introduced me to wonderful people that have made an impact on me and my family.  While we had fun working together we also had a blast crafting and shopping together.  Our friendship with each other and our families turned into a huge extended family.  I love that knowing you came along with knowing your husband, kids, sisters and brothers and your mom and dad.  I have watched you and your Dad's relationship and have always been jealous of that.  I wonder if that is what my dad and I would have been like.  You parents have opened their home to our family so many times and have treated us like family.  I know this has been the hardest on you.  I know that there is NO way you would be moving if you truly didn't feel that God was moving you.  I know how close you are with your family and you are going to miss them like crazy.  I know this is gonna rock your world.  I am sad that I can't be there for you down in Florida.  I am so proud of you guys for taking on this life change.  I know God has big plans for you guys.  Even though we are 20 some hours away from each other we will still have each other.  We have gotten really great at texting and I know a few states in between us won't keep us apart.  I don't just feel like a friend is moving away, I feel like we are loosing part of our family.  We will FaceTime so Stellan and Lanie can keep their relationship strong....or Lanie and Caedman...or Brighton and Griffin.  A little encouragement won't hurt, right?  We will have to FaceTime while walking through Target which is totally not the same but will have to do until Bryan brings me down!  Brie, thank you for all the laughs.  I know there are many more to come.  I know our friendship will look different now and we won't see each other as often, but I am confident that we will not grow apart.  With neither one of us working now we have all the time in the world to FaceTime ;)  I love you so very much and am going to miss you like crazy...but I know God has this.  One day we'll be.....(visualize me being Ariel pushing myself up on a rock...but super skinny) PART OF YOUR WORLD!

 I don't really know how to say good bye very well.  There is no manual on it...and if there was I don't have time to read it.  At the end of the day our best friends are moving away.  There is nothing good about it.  We are surrounded by so many other friends and family still which is gonna be a huge blessing for us.  We know that we are loved by so many others and we love each of you guys!  That is what will keep us going.  I would ask that you would pray for our friends as they move.  It will take them a bit to get into the groove, but I know they will.  Pray that God will bring wonderful friends into Brie's life to make this move a little less sucky for her.  My prayer is that God will reunite us one day!!! That this move isn't permanent.  I hear Disney is looking for people to be Ariel at Disney World.  Maybe I should apply ?!?!?!?  Brie and Bryan, we miss you already.  We love you and your family.  We cannot wait to see you again!