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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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Small Business

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Hope this finds you cozy and warm, wherever you are. We’ve been working steadily, tending to the wood stove, for days. And then I just learned that it’s slated to be 70 (!!!) this Saturday. In January. Will wonders never cease?!

So, I had all of these intentions and plans and schemes to wow you with the bevy of fun we engaged in this weekend. The thing is, I’m notorious for neglecting to take photos. Just ask Glenn. Were it not for him grabbing the camera and going to town, this here blog would have considerably less images. I don’t know. I’m just not one of those people who says “Wait! Let’s stop what we’re doing and photograph it for posterity.” I’m a doer, folks. A doer.

Yes, we had a great weekend, but I have no proof, as we were both too busy living it  to take any pictures! So you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you that we checked out my buddy Rachel’s new place in the Chicken Hill neighborhood of Asheville on Saturday, and then headed over to Jael & Dan‘s for some seriously stellar homemade pho (!). Sunday had us meeting up with Meg & Alisa at the Early Girl for a delicious brunch (plus a take-home slice of peanut butter cake that would make Elvis swivel his pelvis in delight). We had plans for a play date with a friend afterwards, but a sudden runny nose and cough from the tiny Englishman put the kibosh on that.

This week so far, I’ve been busying myself with the manuscript edits for Handmade Gatherings. Hard to believe I’ll have another book out next Spring! AND THEN, sweet friends, another one in Autumn 2014! That’s right, I’ve got another book deal in the works! More details will come in time, but, suffice to say, it’s a serious passion project of mine and you’re going to love it.

In other news, with the new year upon us, I’m considering adding new sponsors to the site. Got a homestead-ish store or product? Make homemade ceramics? Sell cloth diapers? Do/make/sell/endorse anything natural and homemade that you think small measure readers would dig? Let’s chat! You can find pricing information in the link at the bottom of the sponsor column on the left.

Here’s wishing the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours!

 

4 Responses to Small Business

  • Brooke says:

    Ashley,

    We are just returned from a nice, long vacation with our daughter in Asheville, and are missing her and the city awfully. We had dessert one night at French Broad, brunch on New Year’s Day at Early Girl, several dinners at Walk, one at HomeGrown, one at Zambra, a couple at Universal Joint, the list goes on and on…Alexandria, specifically Old Town, where we live, is a HOT restaurant town, but Asheville is a mecca of its own. It’s a foodie heaven!!!

    I even made it to Small Terrain where, in order to help the local economy (and not Amazon’s bottom line), I bought your new book! Love it. That is SUCH a neat shop.

    We’re toying with the notion of looking into moving down there some day. We like the urban atmosphere of where we live, and the proximity to family here, and love our house, but there is something about that town and the mountains and the people that just calls to me…One day we drove up onto the parkway and parked where the road was barricaded and just started walking. The silence was, as they say, deafening. I only heard two birds, and the sound of icicles dripping of the mountainside. The fact that it took us about 20 minutes to get there from our daughter’s house was so cool. Quite a spot.

  • kimpeck says:

    seriously, your weekends sound so fun!! thank goodness i don’t blog about mine, which would include cleaning, chasing the kids around, dishes, and oh yeah, more cleaning ;)
    BIG congrats on the 2nd book deal for 2014!! can’t wait to see what comes forth from all of your creative energy!

  • Melanie J. says:

    We just drove by Early Girl and wondered about it, thanks for the link! May try to take my mom and sis there this weekend, if the lines aren’t too crazy. Congrats on the newest book deal!