feaster leipers fork style*

What do you do on Easter you live in a small town like Leipers Fork? Well you have dinner with your neighbors of course. All 400 of them. Well it was supposed to be about 200 but a few extras showed up.

One of the magical things about living in Leipers Fork, TN. is the sense of community and genuine southern charm. People get to know each other. They ask how you are…and really mean it. And we have events like Feaster. img_9685

The directions were simple. It was held in the big field across from town…Bring a dish to pass and bring your fine china…because paper plates were not allowed. Dress was hillbilly chic and the blessing was at 3:45pm…Dinner was at 4. Clean up and take what you brought in because “we ain’t your mamma”.

My husband took the hillbilly chic comment very seriously. Real men do wear purple.

There was a full on Easter egg hunt complete with the Easter bunny and a golden egg…They tried to arrange it by age but since they all ran into the field at the same time…the announcer said…”oh heck…let them all go.” You can’t really hold back an Easter egg hunt, can you?

The Easter Bunny was pretty cute…but I still think my husband is cuter.

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postcards from the farm*

“I kissed a horse and I liked it…”

Spring has come to the Island Cowgirl farm and it is glorious. We watch from the deck as the back ridge past the creek becomes green almost before your eyes. The horses could not be more excited about the spring grass coming in. For those of you who don’t have horses, grass is the horsey equivalent to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. And Sundance loves him some Chunky Monkey.

Tennessee Farms

My sweet husband also had these stall signs mad for me out of local reclaimed barn wood. He was nice enough to put them up for me one fine Sunday morning. He said he had to really refrain from changing Libby’s to read Hippo instead of Liberty Belle. As you can see she is not very amused by his humor. It doesn’t help that he has also assigned them hypothetical rapper names of Lazy J and Miss Eats-A-Lot.

Miss little muppet feet looks pretty in pink. Tennessee country life in all of its glory…I love that pink tree that blooms every spring. Even if it does attract lots of lady bugs in the fall…It is still my very favorite tree. If only because Libby looks so pretty next to it.

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angel wing bracelet

believe in angels*

This blog has been a little quiet lately. I would like to say that life got a little hectic and crazy and I didn’t have time to post…but that wasn’t really the case. For me life pretty much stopped in its tracks.

I awoke on Thanksgiving Day unable to walk and in excruciating pain. My left leg was paralyzed and I was told that I would need emergency back surgery.  I went from being a very active person to not even being able to lift my head to drink out of a straw. I was staring down the barrel of a four month recovery at the very least…if I recovered at all. Those of you that have gone down the scary road of back surgery know that it is not a guarantee of anything. I had to relearn how to walk, right down to the baby step basics.

I was so blessed to have an amazing and strong husband who not only took care of me, a farm, two horses but also got my business through the Christmas holiday. My employees were amazing and I felt so very blessed to have them as they truly function as one big amazing team. Everyone pitched in and did what it took to get the job done.

And a big grateful thanks to my friends who came over every afternoon in the dead of winter to help with the horses. And my in-laws and mother who cooked and baby sat me.

They were all truly angels. With wings and hearts of gold. You better believe I wore my Rise Above Bracelet a whole lot.

I am better and walking now. And riding my horses who got a little fat and sassy. And beginning the new summer collection. You better believe that it is gonna be a whole lot about gratefulness, gratitude and love. xoxo

 

guitar necklace nashville

ode to music city*

We moved to Nashville three years ago from California on a wing and a prayer. And with a house, a horse, a dog, a store, a studio, two storage units and three vintage cars. But a wing and a prayer sounded much more romantical. We were in search of a simpler life and some much needed elbow room.

As you know Nashville is all about the live music. It fills the streets…it’s the first thing you hear when you land in the airport. We even have live music at the grocery store.

Our Guitar Necklace is our ode to the spirit of love and music we have found in Nashville.

my morning gypsy sunshine*

Mornings at the farm…I get to wake up to this sleepy head…How lucky am I?  Libby always has the best bed head around…Is it any wonder why I fell so in love with the Gypsy Vanner breed…

postcards from the farm*

You don’t see a double rainbow come along everyday. Does it mean we get two wishes and two pots of gold?

People ask me quite often about living on a farm…and don’t I miss the city or the beach? The answer is …no, not really.  I read a wonderful little post by Dalarna Farm that just about says it all…
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leather wrap bracelet

your fall fix*

In the depths of summer…it got pretty hot down here in the south…I’m not gonna lie. I began yearning for fall…and although it hasn’t come yet here…I am beginning to see subtle signs. The first leaves began falling from the cherry tree into my horses paddock…August 21st…right on schedule. Each morning when I go out to the barn there are more and more. Continue reading

leipers fork store

island cowgirl leipers fork*

We did it! Our little country store in Leipers Fork is now open and we couldn’t be happier. Everyone pitched in and lent a hand…a big thanks to Ann, my husband’s Mom, who worked tirelessly helping us price everything and clean. Continue reading

i like big butts*

…enjoying the rain outside the garage…mostly because it’s not 111 degrees today…painting the new sign & rocking chairs for our new Leipers Fork store…I love the mud paint I decided to try on a whim…it is the most delicious shade of blush. And it goes right over anything…no stripping needed. We are going to glam these up with some sterling plaques…and they will sit on the old fashioned porch out side the new store. Continue reading

morning mantra from the farm*

“there are only two days in the year that nothing can be done…one is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live…”  ~ dali lama

gypsy vanner

postcards from the farm*

Here are a few postcards from the farm this spring…We moved to Tennessee one year ago this May on a wing and a prayer…with the wind at our back we sold our beach house in California and moved across the country. In the past year we have opened a store, built a farm, a barn, got another horse and learned a lot that we didn’t know about living on the land. It has been a wild ride…but we wouldn’t trade it for anything… Continue reading