Category Archives: About me

Hand make my life is moving!

Remember when I said there are lots of changes going on with the blog? Well here’s one of the big ones! Hand make my life is moving to a self hosted blog and as of today you can follow along at:

handmakemylife.com

In fact you can click on that link above and go finish reading this post on the new site!

Wow! May was an incredible month for Hand make my life (and in my life that my momma hand made for me). On the blog we had record high views and lots of new subscribers! Well, I’ll tell you what, I am stoked! I really couldn’t be happier.

As it’s going to be the sixth month mark for this little piece of the internet I thought I’d put something super special together to celebrate what this blog is all about with an entire month of hand made! You could almost call it madness.

I am so excited about this, oh my goodness. I have interviewed tons of amazing women who use their creative souls to take charge of their lives! And I am talking, some pretty amazing people. I am so honored to be able share their stories, experiences, as well as their advice with you through out the whole month with interviews every Tuesday and Thursday.

On top of all of that I have been scrambleing to put together more DIY projects and more summer recipes and I’ll be sharing these with you on Wednesdays and Fridays! So fun!

And I will be premiering a super nifty sponsorship campaign with tons of free spots for blog and shop button trades. But more on that later!

Don’t forget: if you are an e-mail or Bloglovin’ subscriber remember to resubscribe to the new blog so’s not to miss any of the great things happening in June! (The Bloglovin’ button to the side now lets you follow the new blog. —->)

I will be posting little reminders for everyone to find along the way and I will update this page with the new Bloglovin’ button for easy following. There will also be tons of new ways to follow, so look out for the way that suits you best!

Again! Thank you! I wouldn’t be here without you and I can’t wait for you to join me on the new blog!

I have an announcement to make!

Now that I have your attention, I am sorry you must wait!

Be sure to check back this afternoon for a special announcement on the blog!

Hometown Tourist #2 – The Yarker Waterfall Tea Room

Sunday I went out with a few of my neighbors on a country drive to Yarker, where we were having lunch. We left the city in the early afternoon and drove off down the winding country roads. Being a country girl myself it was extremely refreshing to get out of town and just enjoy the ride. We past beautiful stone farm houses with great big barns and silos surrounded by wide open fields and herds of dairy cows to arrive at this lovely little country restaurant on the bend of the beautiful Yarker waterfall, The Waterfall Tea Room.

The food was lovely. Their vegetarian menu is simple, but full of flavor and they make homemade fruit and cream pies. I forgot to snap a photo, but I had the baked bean patter which came with a beautiful salad full of pepper slices and cucumber with a delicious mango relish for the dressing, a golden piece of cornbread, and a lovely bowl of saucy mixed baked beans. I finished it all of with a slice of homemade apple pie and a cold glass of iced tea.

When you walk in the door you are greeted by a darling little vintage, local craft and fair-trade, antique shop. You can also pick up some local eggs or cheeses while there.Walls of aluminium siding hide a small and well organized modern kitchen.
Inside the tea room, there are are a few little tables with mismatched chairs adding to the charm.And a little self portrait for you here. My entire outfit was thrifted for under $15, including my brand new with tag still on 3 inch espadrille wedges that I thrifted for $3.50 fro mthe recent 50% off sale at Value Village. I am quite pleased with myself.

Then of course I had to include some photos of the gorgeous little Yarker waterfall. I cannot wait to go swimming and had to fight my natural instinct to want to climb down so my toes could find their way into the cool water.

We had such a lovely holiday weekend full of beautiful sunshine and laziness and I’m not quite ready to jump back into a busy week, but reluctantly I will. We only have a week and a half till June. It truly is amazing how fast this year is flying by, I really cannot believe it.

I hope you all had a lovely Memorial/Victoria Day. There is a beautiful summer ahead of us.


Guest Posting on Apple Blue

Good morning Hand Make readers and welcome Apple Blue readers! I just wanted to pass the word along that I am guest posting over on Amanda’s blog Apple Blue this morning.

Be sure to stop by and show a little love on my fun Friday Tutorial Round Up. You wont want to miss it!  I’ll also be back later this afternoon with a fun little update!

Hillery

Early Morning in the Garden

After a night of little sleep, I went out into the garden in the early morning. I took some product shots and enjoyed the quite quiet morning before the world around me began to wake. I had a lovely little hour to myself out there.

I set up my tripod and got to work photographing my new pieces. I love working with a tripod, it’s fun and liberating. I have 12 new items I have got to get in the shop this week. I can’t wait to work on this week’s set. This is a pretty fun little project and I can only hope I can keep up this momentum. I am going to try the shots again this evening just before sunset when the sun is on the other side.

Here’s a little tour of the back garden behind our apartment/house (We live in the attic apartment of a house built in the 1800s, there are three other apartments).

(There is actually a little bit of feather on my nose, if you look closely you can see it)

We are very lucky to have such a space available to us. I am very much looking forward to the summer and lazy afternoons reading books and sipping on lemonade.

Are you feeling creative today?

I hope you had a beautiful weekend with lots of family time. Have a lovely Monday morning!

Hillery

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day to my beautiful and amazing mother.

I love you more than words Momma and I wish I could be down there with the whole family on this day to celebrate you and hug and kiss you to death.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Momma’s out there!

25 Before 26 – A Years worth of Goals

I decided to make my first ever __ before __ list this year (insert age you are and age you will be). I love setting goals and challenges for myself and I’ve always been good at short-term goals, just need to get better at the long-term. So here’s my little list of 25 things I want to do before I turn 26 next year.

I even left it in all of its messy glory as I felt I might be cheating rewriting it till it looked perfect, plus it’s just a list. Please forgive my spelling mistakes as hopefully they are not a reflection of my character. (:

I also forgot to edit these photos before uploading them. Ehhh, oh well. These were taken using the manual settings on our new camera with natural lighting. I am still learning. Today has been one of the busiest days of my life and writing this list and taking these photos was one of the finer, relaxed points of my morning.

That’s right, I’m lefty. Gazing out over brass snails into the black walnut tree.

Enjoying some savory un-roast sunflower seeds and raisins with a spot of tea to re-energize before moving on with my day.

My hope is that I can realistically complete most of the goals on this list in a years time. I am thinking of grouping them into long-term and short-term and then breaking the short-term into monthly to fit with my current goals and make the list a little less daunting. I tried to think realistically, but also challenge myself to go further.

It will be exciting to see a year from now what I was able to do and what might take me a bit more time. No harm in that, it’s all experience, gain, and learning.

Have you ever created a list like this? Been successful? If you’d like to, let me know what you think in the comments below.