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2015 Christmas Tree Tour

Last year, I shared something disturbing with you. Very disturbing. 

I have an obsession with Christmas trees. 

See the evidence here

Obsession might be a little modest, really. . . I mean, nearly every single room has a tree of some sort in it. That just ain’t normal. 

But I digress. 

Since my secret is out in the open, why not make it a yearly thing. I share my trees with you, and you marvel at my descent in to madness. So, let’s get started. . .  From small to large. And everything in between. 

The Tiny Tree. 


The London Tree. 


The Kitchen Tree


The Girls’ Tree.


The Black and White Tree. 


The Woodland Tree. . . . with a DIY toilet paper tree topper. 


20151211_164337Which I think turned out really cute 🙂

The Retro Tree (and my favorite, but probably because it’s in my bedroom). 


And the Big Daddy: 8 feet of Christmas cheer, keepsake ornaments, and deco mesh. Lots of deco mesh. IMG_6109


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Our London and Edinburgh Trip.

I’m baack.

Actually, I’ve been back for about two weeks now. But I’m finally back, rested up from the trip, and completely finished filling all of the wholesale orders that I had received before the trip. 

Which means, it’s the perfect time to share a few photos/videos from the ultimate bucket list trip. Here goes. . . .

My travel companion.

20151005_162104 My poor mother, who I drug on more planes, trains, and automobiles, than either of us had ever even seen.


And even bicycles. In Hyde Park.


We saw London.





And Edinburgh.





We ate and ate and ate. From Burgers. . . .


To haggis (which was delicious). . . . 


To Irn Bru. Which, to me, tasted like a mix of bubblegum and orange soda. . . . I think I’m obsessed with it (by the way, Publix sells Irn Bru!).


Now, let me tell you something shocking.

If you’ve read this blog long, then you know that London was my favorite place in the world and always at the top of my Must-See Dream Trip List. And seeing it was fantastically amazing and better than I ever could have imagined, but. . . . Yes, there’s a but here. Edinburgh is at the top of that list now.

It was so awe-inspiring. The narrow, winding streets.


And closes and wynds.


The castle watching over the city.



The vaults and ghost tours.


And since most of the sights to see are concentrated in one main area, The Royal Mile. . . .


There was always something interesting around every corner. Edinburgh is such a wonderfully old, historical city that felt more like a small town (even though it’s population is just shy of 500,000). It felt like a waking dream to this history geek.

Actually, the whole trip did.


My mom enjoyed the trip, too. Which was totally surprising to her. Before we left, she made sure to tell everyone, “It’s her dream trip. I’m just along for the ride.” Shocker of shockers. . . As we were waiting for the plane to leave London and take us back to the US, she said, “Start saving because we’re coming back here.” 

Look for a post about the tips I learned on our trip and of course, a couple of London/Edinburgh inspired recipes coming up. . . . Scottish tablet candy, anyone? It’s delicious!

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An Etsy Announcement.

Because I know that a lot of our wonderful MaidenHillFarm Etsy customers follow the various social media accounts we have (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc) while others follow this blog, I have a little announcement to make and I wanted to make sure that everyone sees it. 

I’m going on a trip. 

But that’s not all, there’s a reason why I’m telling you this. While I’m gone, the Etsy shop will remain open, but since I won’t actually be here, orders placed between today and October 7th won’t be mailed until next week (Thursday at the earliest). 

A gratuitous picture of Sophie, who is currently curled up next to me wishing it would stop raining.

I also have a few posts planned for this blog while I’m gone, and if anyone would like to guest post, feel free to email me.

Expect a lot of photos when I get back next week. Or follow along with the upcoming adventure (huge adventure – never been on a plane, but that’s about to change), on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram 😉

By the way, a huge shout out and thank you to my father for farm/poodle sitting!!! Sophie and Bryony are looking forward to being spoiled by him. 

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Two weekends ago, we set out for Georgia for my great uncle’s surprise birthday party.

My grandma and great uncle:


A few more pictures from that weekend.

Warner Robins Trip

 We had such a fantastic time: lots of great food, fun, and beautiful scenery. 


Did I mention the beautiful scenery? 


 I did? But it deserves another mention.


 I’m seriously thinking, ‘I have a pond, a hill, and I need a stream flowing down said hill into said pond.’


 With stepping stones. 


 But back to the fun times.

My grandmother looking at a photo of her parents. They had ten children. Yes, TEN! 


 And another photo of her father and a few of his many grandchildren. They had numerous grandchildren, even more great grandchildren, and so on. 

My Mom

 One thing that I’ve always been told about the Chappell family. Over and over again. They’re talkers. Almost everyone of them. Even yours truly at times.

And staging an impromptu photo shoot will probably result in a few outtakes.




 But getting together is always a lot of fun. . . 


 Hope you had a wonderful birthday Uncle Albert! And thank you for sharing it with us!!

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My favorite thing. . .

. . . about this time of the year? One word.



The Jasmine vine that drapes over the fence that runs beside the county road is full of little white blooms and is scenting the air with its perfume.


I love this stuff so much, that around this time every year, I start thinking about jasmine scented soap. I have’t made one, yet, but one day!