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June 2015

New Bella Taylor Vintage-Style Canvas Handbags

Hello!  We have a ton of new Bella Taylor handbags arriving this week, I thought I'd pop in and give you a glimpse of a few of them.

First we have the Bella Taylor Freedom collection - features enzyme-washed canvas printed with patriotic words and a flag design, trimmed with vegan leather.


Freedom Vintage-Style Canvas Bags, by Bella Taylor

Next, we have the Bella Taylor Adventurer collection - also features enzyme-washed canvas, trimmed with vegan leather, but this time printed with a vintage map, and reads "Explore, Discover, Wanderlust."


Adventurer Vintage-Style Canvas Handbag Collection, by Bella Taylor

Lastly today, we have the Bella Taylor Hadlee Hill Collection - this one is printed with vintage style market-type designs of street names and a pig image.


Hadlee Hill Vintage-Style Canvas Handbag Collection, by Bella Taylor

I will post a bit later this week with the rest of the collections - there's lots of fun things arriving this week!! :)

Stuffed Shells

Recipe: Stuffed Shells at The Weed Patch

A few nights ago, we had really nothing to eat for dinner, so I threw together ingredients pulled from our pantry to make a lovely tomato sauce we had over spaghetti. We had a ton leftover, so we made a second meal out of it. This recipe is based off what you can find on the package of jumbo pasta shells, I only changed a few things. A simple recipe to prepare, the hardest part is filling the shells, only because it can get a tad messy until you get the hang of it. It is a somewhat heavy, rich dish, so be sure to have a nice big salad to go with it, and maybe some bread. A serving size would be 3-4 shells per person, so this will easily feed a family of 6 with maybe some leftovers.

You can use a jar pasta sauce for quick prep, or use a leftover spaghetti sauce. You can purchase fresh ricotta cheese, but we had cottage cheese on hand, so I just ran it through my mini blender to achieve a similar consistency. Be sure you don’t overcook the shells – you want them to still have a little chew to them. They’ll finish the cooking process in the oven.


  • 9 oz Jumbo Pasta Shells (¾ of a 12 oz box, about 30 shells)
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce, or homemade sauce
  • 1 ½ cups cottage cheese, buzzed in a blender (or fresh ricotta)
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (or marscapone)
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced (or a couple teaspoons dried)
  • 1 Tb fresh basil, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper

Recipe: Stuffed Shells at The Weed Patch


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cook pasta shells in salted water for about 9 minutes. Drain and cool on a tray so they don’t stick together.
  3. Mix together the cottage cheese (or ricotta), cream cheese, half the parmesan, half the mozzarella, parsley, basil, and some ground pepper to taste. (I didn’t add any salt, but you might prefer it).
  4. Fill the shells with cheese mixture. They’ll be rather stuffed.
  5. Put half the sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Stir in 1-2 Tb of water. Nestle in the shelves in an even layer. Top with the rest of the sauce, then the remaining cheese
  6. Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and browning, and sauce is bubbling.

Recipe: Stuffed Shells at The Weed Patch

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Hunter Farms Adventures!

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Over the Mother's Day weekend we went down to Janene's mom's place along Hood Canal, in Washington. One of the favorite things to do there is to visit the local "farm stand and nursery" - it's great for everything from fresh produce to local ice cream to plants and flowers... to all the animals they have for people to visit. During the harvest season they have the requisite corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and harvest fun. It's part of a working farm, so they have animals that transition in and out, too. Check out their website and Facebook

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Ben, in particular, is such an incredible homebody. He just loves being at home, being peaceful and calm, and doing things as a family. He LOVES the farm, and farm animals, and talks about when we live on a farm (which is great, as it's one of our goals, and - in particular - Chris' passions).

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

So, naturally, when we go to Hunter Farms, we always go visit the animals. This season we managed to catch some newly born babies, which Ben (who is addicted to all things "cute") truly adores.

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

And, of course, we always have to get an ice cream cone...from Olympic Mountain Ice Cream

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

Hunter Farm Adventures at The Weed Patch

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New Wooden Signs

I'm finally starting to get all these great new wooden signs online, so it is time to share a few of them!


Bare Feet Welcome Wooden Sign


Kitchen For Display Only Wood Sign


Fresh Eggs Wood Sign for the Chicken Kitchen!


Market Wooden Sign for the Vintage/Flea Market Kitchen!


Liberty Wood Sign, or shelf sitter!


These are hand-painted in the USA, most are done completely free-hand on scraps of reclaimed/re-purposed wood, so they're really one of a kind.  If there is one you like, I'd nab it up quickly, as there may or may not be another.  We're also entertaining the idea of custom designs, so feel free to share with us what you're looking for!

See all our hand-painted signs here!

Around These Parts


Is Sprummer a word?  Or Summing?  You know, that time where it's not quite spring anymore, but not exactly summer yet.  If you live in Western Washington, that sort of describes the springs we've been having for the last couple of years.  A master gardener friend of ours says that we're running about 2 months ahead of schedule this year.  Hopefully that means lots of produce, sooner rather than later!


For a while there, I was holding my breath a bit, afraid that a frost would come and kill all these early blossoms, like the strawberries.  You never know what's going to happen around here in the spring.  We won't have a single snowflake all winter, then have our version of a snow storm in March after the apple trees have decided to blossom (that was a sad year for apples).  So far this year, things have been warm, mild, and wonderful.  Around these parts, we've been enjoying a mixture of spring and summer activities.

Doing some art outside, painting signs....


Taking lots of walks, and finding sweet discoveries like this....


...and this...


...and this!  This is a duck egg.  Did you know duck eggs came in Robin's Egg Blue?  I didn't.  (A friend pointed out that maybe robin's eggs come in Duck's Egg Blue.  That blew my mind.)


Flea Markets have begun!



Ice cream!  It's not too early for ice cream. (I think it is always a good time for ice cream).


Warm sunny weather is great for staining!  Staining some new signs....


How are you enjoying your Sprummer/Summing??

New Country / Primitive Lamp Shades

We have received a fresh shipment of new lamp shades and linens, I thought you might want to see!


The Salem Collection is a nice windowpane-style in black on a cream background.  A great country look without being too dark, it comes in the usual sizes - 6 inch up through 16 inch (larger sizes are special order due to their size, but we keep the most popular medium-sizes on hand).


Salem also comes in Placemats, Tablerunners, and Curtains!  Here is a close-up of the fabric:


We also have a nice new green pattern in stock, called Charlotte.  The background is sort of a darker shade of sage green, almost an olive green but not quite that dark.  Just a nice medium shade of earthy green.  The "floral" pattern is of leaves and vines and is cream colored.


Charlotte also has tabletop and curtain accessories, like these pretty round placemats:


Quilted in a diamond pattern with scalloped edges, these could be used as placemats, or just a nice centerpiece with a candle.

We have two more shipments arriving from Raghu this month, I'll share with you when they come in!  In the meantime, see our entire collection of Lamp Shades right here, and our collection of wonderful Raghu items here.

Have a great day! :)