If you pay attention to the little sponsor boxes on my righthand side bar you may have noticed something new this past month.
As you know I spent the majority of last summer swearing at a pile of wood and injuring myself. All in the name of a beautiful chicken coop. Now, this whole chicken coop experience would have went with much fewer swear words and scolding looks from neighbours if I’d had some actual chicken coop plans.
Alas, I did not. After spending hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and HOURS on the Internet looking for the most perfect chicken coops around I emailed all of the owners asking if they had plans for their coops.
Nobody had plans. Well, one guy had plans, but apparently there was some sort of “legal” issue with them and he wasn’t allowed to sell them. Oh dear. The coop I was most desperate for the plans of was Chez Poulet. So I did what any sane person would do. I kept a picture of “Chez Poulet” from Heather Bullard’s blog up on my computer at all times, even out by my building area and basically ripped the entire design off. It’s easily the most well thought out coop I came across. I modernized it a bit with a flat roof, dark grey colour and different siding, but basically, it’s the same coop.
So how shocked was I last month when Heather emailed me asking to advertise her COOP PLANS on my site. Yeah. NOW she has the coop plans for sale. Heather had such a demand for her coop plans that she hired an architect to draw up the plans, after her husband had already built their coop from scratch, (much like I did).
So, Heather is my latest sponsor and believe me when I tell you I COULDN’T BE MORE EXICTED ABOUT IT. So to everyone who has asked me for plans for my chicken coop … click on Chez Poulet … to buy a set of the originals.
Also new this month is Lynne Knowlton who has a blog called Design The Life You Want to Live. She’s an interior designer who seems to always be traipsing around the world with her suspiciously attractive family. To give you an idea of her house and life these are the posts I would recommend you take a look at …
Back this month are “Lovin’ Every Minute”, an Etsy site run by Patricia who will do custom silhouettes of your kids, parents, dogs … HOLY CRAP!! HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP!! I wonder if she could do chickens! Gonna have to ask her about that! Have a look-see here at some of her work. It’s cheap too! (cheap like inexpensive, not cheap like ……………..)
Elizabeth of Compass Jewelry is also back. I first met Elizabeth a couple of years ago on a show I was hosting. I think she was the director. No wait, the producer. She could have been on the catering team. Whatever. Who cares. As the host all I needed to know was 3 -2-1 … TALK! Regardless Elizabeth is a jewelry designer and she has a little something light and airy and new for spring!
Also back is Denise from Iguana Makeit. Denise designs teeny, tiny, teensy things from felt. She also makes felted soap which I had to explain to my mother. It’s soap that’s encased in felting which she adds a design to. The felted soap works as a great exfoliant, plus helps lather things up. As the soap shrinks, so does the felt.
Now I know you’re probably slowing down on your clicking now, but now is not the time. Get ready to click again. Because Barbie, who you might recognize from the comments section, runs Kate Coury’s Farmhouse. Barbie is also Kate. Long story. Read her blog to find out all about it, LOL. So, Barbie emailed me the other night and is offering … get ready for it … 2 FREE BUNDLES OF LAVENDER WITH EVERY WREATH PURCHASE OVER $50!! Her twig wreaths are my personal favourites.
Stephanie from Favor the Earth has some of the best stuff I’ve seen online. I love it. I have no idea why, but it just appeals to me. It’s all stuff that’s eco-friendly/organic. What does that mean? It’s stuff that’s nice to the Earth and the people on the Earth basically. Recycled products, organic chocolates, and even vegan/toxin free nailpolish!
Art of Doing Stuff readers get $6 off any $25 purchase from Favor the Earth. Just use the coupon code KAREN.
As I mentioned earlier this week I’m planting an organic/heirloom vegetable garden in my front yard this year! Wooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Around half of the seeds I’m using are from Laura at Cubits. You may remember her from her generous giveaway earlier this month. You still have time to buy some seeds and get them started, so go have a look at her phenomenal assortment of rare and interesting vegetables. This is the seed I’m most looking forward to growing …
Rough Linen. What can I say about Rough Linen. Every night when I get into bed I literally squeal out loud. Sometimes it’s because of the noxious smell from the large sweaty man in the bed, but mostly it’s because I’m genuinely excited to get into my Rough Linen Sheets. It’s been months that I’ve owned these things now and I still LOVE them. As in, the excitement of having handmade, 100% linen sheets has not worn off. Nor do I imagine it ever will. Well, I got Tricia’s Rough Linen newsletter last week and nearly choked. She has taken the Rough Linen line and made it even better. It’s like that time when someone realized you could take meat and cheese, put them together and end up with a cheeseburger! She has added “Raw Edge” products. Tablecloths, napkins, etc. that have a raw, unfinished edge. LOVE THEM.
And even though you think you might be familiar with all of Brenda’s rolling pins, did you know Cattails Studio also had these??? I thought not. Brenda has a whole selection coat racks which she hand carves herself. AND she wanted you to know this …
“Now the dog ones are a bit special, 25% of the proceeds are donated to my special cause Labrador Life Line who fund families worldwide when their dog needs lifesaving surgery..not many groups give money to owners who find themselves short of funds..my theory is with so many folks finding it difficult these days, losing your family dog because you also lost your job, got a divorce, are ill or plain old poor just doesn’t seem right…99 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the vets. Amazing stories of the dogs and families who are helped each year…Oh and I do other breeds as well.”
Finally I have to thank Wayne and Selina from WayLay. They have the “Creative Websites” button on the sidebar. Every single month I email them frantically with a problem I think will never EVER be fixed. EVER. Something I’m sure will end up shutting my website down forever. Within minutes they’ve emailed me back, fixed the problem and sent me detailed, full colour directions on how to fix it myself if I need to in the future. Yeah. They’re that good.