Personalized, Hand Painted Wood Slice Folk Art Christmas Ornaments!

Primitive Christmas Stocking Folk Art Hand Painted Unique Personalized Ornaments at The Weed Patch

Now that Halloween 2019 is officially over... We know that so many of you absolutely LOVE Christmas - we have some fantastic Fall and Thanksgiving goodies to show you, but first - let's talk the beauty of handmade!

We're so excited to have our very own line of handmade ornaments and folk art decor. These items are sold exclusively on our various websites, so you won't find them anywhere else. If you're looking for a unique gift this holiday season, then you definitely need to browse our hand painted ornaments and gifts.

For us, handmade means means following our passion and using our talents. Handmade items are a labor of love, and no small amount of skill (Janene's, not mine...). She has worked over the last several years, lettering every day, to become proficient in hand lettering.

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For our wood slice ornaments, we source the material locally - thankfully we live in the forest... We find, cut, dry, and sand all our own slices. Once they're prepared, then Janene does her magic. We have an entire line of hand painted, hand lettered personalized handmade wood slice Christmas ornaments (and other holidays, too!)

From family Christmas ornaments - Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandpa, Grandma .... or we can letter whatever you want! Do you have an insane Auntie with a particularly creative nickname? Yup, we can do that!

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Because Janene hand letters everything, we don't use vinyl (so it won't peel off) and we don't use stencils - so we're constrained by anything but your imagination (and the size of the ornament, of course!)

Buffalo Plaid Personalized Christmas Wood Slice Ornament at The Weed Patch

Want to customize the color? Yup, we can do that. From a solid background color to a color gradient – to the amazing Buffalo Check Personalize Ornament – we even have one that is a Baby’s First Christmas Personalized Ornament – the perfect keepsake for your little one. If buffalo check isn’t your thing, we certainly have some beautiful other baby’s first ornaments to choose from.

Cute Cloud Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments at The Weed Patch

Want to have a piece of custom folk art? Yeah, Janene can do that too! From a super fun “bacon and egg” personalized ornament to an Americana ornament, an apple ornament perfect for that Christmas teacher gift, personalized sports ornaments – baseball, basketball, soccer… To straight up art – bumblebee personalized ornaments, a “love ewe” with a primitive sheep, chicken ornaments, saltbox houses – and if we don’t have it, reach out because we can paint it!

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Personalized Hand Painted Sports Ornaments at The Weed Patch

The catch, of course, is time. Don't wait - the holidays always see us busy painting around the clock, and if you wait too long we won't be able to get yours done and out the door in time for you to receive it by when you need it.

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In an upcoming blog post, we'll introduce you to our hand painted laser cut shape ornaments - another beautiful personalized ornament option for your Christmas gifting needs! We've got a detailed post coming, but if you just can't wait to see what your personalized gift options are, you can start browsing here: Personalized Hand Painted Wooden Christmas Ornaments

We also hand paint peg dolls - they can be shelf sitters or ornaments, and many of them can be personalized with a name. If you can't wait for the post on it - you can browse them here: Hand Painted Folk Art Peg Dolls and Ornaments


Cranberry Muffins

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Yesterday on Instagram, I commented that here in the Pacific Northwest, we don't typically get to enjoy snow, so we decorate with snowy things indoors, and practice a little hygge.  This weekend, our hygge has been all about muffins.  Yesterday, we made applesauce muffins, from one of my mom's very old, very worn recipe cards (you know the kind).  Those applesauce muffins are the first thing I ever baked, and I made them several times during my high school years.  I took the recipe with me when I went to college, only to discover I'd forgotten to write down how much flour to use, so I never made them.  I don't think I've made or eaten them since I was a teenager, so they were a real treat.  I forgot to take photos of them though, sadly.  Tomorrow I'll pull out the recipe anyway and share it with you, if you'd like.

Today, however, we wanted cranberries.  Our freezer is full of cranberries, as I stock up every winter so I can enjoy them all year long.  I don't know if they can be found all over the country, but at least here in Washington state they are prolific, as we have cranberry bogs along our coastline and we are home to Ocean Spray.  This was a Taste of Home recipe, which I am mixed about sometimes.  I love the old fashioned recipes you can find in Taste of Home, but I stopped getting the magazine years ago, as I felt the recipes involved too much salt, too much sugar, and too many cans of this and that.  I like food made of food.  That was years ago now, and recipes (cooking in general) I've noticed has changed a bit, as the demand for whole food cooking is rising, so I really need to revisit Taste of Home.

Anyway, I digress.  The point is, I found this recipe via Taste of Home, and it looked pretty good.  There's only a half a cup of sugar in the entire recipe, and lots of yummy cranberries.  It makes 12 muffins, or you can double it if you have lots of mouths to feed.  Or you just want to eat muffins all day, which is what I did when we made these.  They are not very sweet at all, so they're great with coffee or tea for a light breakfast.  The recipe calls for lemon zest, but orange zest would be good too.  I actually couldn't taste the zest at all, so I think it is more a flavor enhancer rather than adding actual lemon flavor.  You probably could just a teaspoon of vanilla if you don't have any fruit to zest.

The only thing I might change when we make them again is to add more cranberries.  I think the amount stated in the recipe is perfectly adequate, but we loooooove cranberries, so I think I'll try adding a half a cup more than what it calls for.

I will share one of my tips for great muffins.  A lot of people use a mixer when making quick breads, but in my opinion this is not only unnecessary and extra work, you run the risk of tough muffins because of over-mixing.  It is very very easy to overmix, most especially with a mixer.  Quick breads don't need a mixer.  Just grab a rubber spatula and fold/stir until the wet and dry ingredients are just blended.  It will take you far more time to get your mixer set up and cleaned up afterwards than it will for you to just stir the batter by hand.

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CRANBERRY MUFFINS

1 cup (or more!) fresh cranberries, chopped a little bit

8 tablespoons sugar, divided

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest, optional

Cinnamon sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Directions:

  1. Stir 2 Tb of sugar into the cranberries, and set aside.
  2. Mix dry ingredients
  3. Mix wet ingredients
  4. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and stir by hand just until moistened. Fold in berries and zest.
  5. Fill 12 lightly greased standard muffin cups. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake at 400° for 18, or until tester comes out clean, and muffins are starting to brown and pull away from the sides of the pan.

Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and set on a rack to cool completely. Alternatively, you can be impatient and stuff your face while they’re piping hot like we did.  Makes 12 muffins.

Enjoy!


K & K Arrows for Fall & Christmas - Available now!

Folks, that small window of time has arrived - we have our first run of K & K Arrow Replacements for Fall & Christmas available for special order now!  Only a few designs of each are available, and as is typical for this supplier, we have no clue when and if they'll be available again, so if you're thinking of getting one for the season, I highly recommend not waiting!  There aren't many things I will say that about, as I don't like to add any pressure to your shopping experience.  I make the exception for K & K Arrows, because the supplier is notoriously unpredictable with their stock availability - I can't recall the last time we actually had a number of seasonal arrows available AT THE TIME of the actual season!

Here are a few example of what's available now:


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Family and Friends LED Rustic Pumpkin Arrow Replacement - This one is extra fun because it lights up!  The neutral colors are really great for the farm house fall look.

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Scarecrow Arrow Replacement - The scarecrow is a popular choice, as you can put it out now at the end of summer, and keep it up all through fall until Christmas.


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Turkey Arrow Replacement - I will say it is very rare to find the turkey available in the fall.  This guy is really pretty and vintage looking.

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Orange Pumpkin Arrow Replacement - This is for the Orange version of the pumpkin (there's a mustard one as well, though not available yet this year), which is the most popular in our experience.

41032a-fall-arrow-replacements-LIlluminating Jack-O-Lantern Arrow Replacement - This Jack o'Lantern was new a few years ago, and was super popular - we didn't realize it at the time (the face is cute in and of itself!), but the box opens up and there's a candle cup inside for you to put an LED taper candle for some spooky lighting!

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Snowman Birdhouse Arrow Replacement - There are some Christmas arrows available right now, I'm highlighting this snowman as it is a new one for us.  He doubles as a little birdhouse!

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Snowflake Arrow Replacement - This snowflake has been around for a while, but with aaaaallllll the Christmas choices, this has always been the most popular.  It is simple, pretty, elegant, goes with just about any decorating style, and it can stay up past Christmas until the late winter holidays begin.
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Pineapple Arrow Replacement - I know, I know, this one isn't a fall or Christmas design.  I am including it in this announcement however, because it has been super popular this year.  Every time it becomes available, it is oversold (and in fact a few of you have been waiting patiently for yours - yay, it will be here soon!).  If you've had your eye on a pineapple, now is your moment!

 

 

We also currently have available all 3 choices of the arrow portion itself - the original black, the white version for those of you that prefer something lighter in your home, and the newer barnwood option, which looks great in a modern country farmhouse style home.

A quick note on shipping - it's a little tricky with these.  The arrows are oversized, and most of them are quite heavy.  Shipping cost is based on box dimensions, weight, and how far away it is shipping from us here in western Washington state.  Shipping is set based on the purchase of a single arrow, so if you purchase multiple arrows, you'll probably see a refund of the shipping difference after we pack and ship your box, especially if you live closer to where we are.  We do refund shipping overages on these arrows.

 

 

Shop all K & K Arrow Replacements here.

Let us know if you have any questions about our K & K Arrow Replacements, and happy shopping! :)


DIY Foaming Liquid Soap Refill

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Normally we’re a bar soap family.  For a number of reasons, I’ve been making soap from scratch for my family since college (it’s actually what ultimately led to our ownership of The Weed Patch, but that’s another longer story for another day!).  As I reckon most homemade soap users will say, once you start using made-from-scratch soap, you just can’t go back to the store bought stuff.

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However, that said, we are a busy family that includes two grungy little monsters, which tends to result in a bathroom counter covered in soap scum and bits of soap melting in pools of water.  99.9% of the time, handmade bar soap is fantastic.  However, in a high traffic bathroom used by messy children, it isn’t the best.

Thus I confess my love for those foaming liquid soap pumps.  I LOVE those.  Liquid soap, already sudsy, quick to use, leaving little to no mess on my counter.   Great for kitchens, high traffic bathrooms, or anywhere a lot of hand washing is happening.  However - 1.  I’m cheap, and soap refills add up; and 2. I love handmade soap, and really don’t like commercial “soaps,” liquid or bar.

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Well, I’m happy to say you can have the best of both worlds!  We had this foaming soap dispenser on hand, leftover from a gift package we received at some point.  We’ve happily kept it refilled, using my own handmade soap!  If you, like us, prefer to use natural soaps (instead of commercial “soap” bars), want to save on liquid soap refills, or just have a bar soap you love that would be great to have in liquid format, then this DIY is for you.

  1. Grate a little bit of your bar soap using a regular kitchen grater – we used roughly 2 slightly heaping tablespoons of grated soap.
  2. Put the soap flakes into your empty bottle. Fill bottle with hot water (as hot as you can get it without melting the bottle or burning yourself).
  3. Put the foaming dispenser lid back on the bottle, and swirl or VERY gently/slowly shake to help melt the soap. Do NOT vigorously shake the bottle, or you’ll create a huge foamy mess (ask me how I know).

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When the soap is melted, it’s ready to use!  Give it a try – if you get foam, but it doesn’t feel very “soapy,” then add a little more soap next time (or add it right away while the liquid in the bottle is still hot).  We added only about a tablespoon the first time around, and it wasn’t soapy enough.  Two tablespoons was perfect.

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One bar of soap will provide enough for many refills.  We’ve refilled this bottle several times already, and you can see we’ve only used about ¼ of the bar.  Plus, we get the benefits of natural soap but in liquid format, AND we’re helping the environment a little bit by not buying a soap refill in a new plastic bottle!

As my soap is already scented with essential oils, I didn’t add anything for extra scent, however you are certainly welcome to add a few drops to the bottle before mixing!  You may need to periodically gently shake your bottle to redistribute the oils, as oil and water don’t mix, and they won’t fully emulsify in the soap/water mixture.

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I have no idea how this will work on commercial “soaps.”  They are made with chemicals and thus legally cannot be labelled as soap, so they have a different make-up than natural handmade soap, and I couldn’t tell you for sure that they’ll work.  If you try it and it works, be sure to let us know!

Happy soaping! :)


Cambridge Black and Wine Plaid Collections are in!

 

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Hi all - we had a super hectic and busy Thursday and Friday, lots of work stuff, and not even the super fun kind, like photographing new products, chatting with you lovely folks, or blabbing on a new blog.  I ran out of time to finish putting together some more interested and pretty things to share with you before the weekend, but I DID want to pop in really quickly on your Saturday to let you know that the long-awaited restock of our best-selling Cambridge Black and Cambridge Wine curtains and table top linens are finally starting to roll in!

So far we're seeing valances, tiers, swags, placemats, table runners, dishtowels, and a few other lovely things.  We know many of you have been waiting anxiously for these to arrive, and for those of you with backorders, they will be shipping very early next week!  Still to come are things like the rugs, chair pads, and the curtains with the star patches - I don't have an ETA yet on those, but I understand that things will be steadily streaming in.

I'll keep you up to date as I find out more!  You can ask me any questions you may have by filling out the contact/chat form on our website, or send us a FB message (or comment here on the blog!).

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See the Cambridge Black Placemat Here (then scroll down to see ALL related items)
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Send us a message here!

 


Swinging in to Summer

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Well, graduation has happened, father’s day has come and gone, and I think we’re all ready to get in the swing of summer in the country.  I need to make a bucket list.  I have all these things I want to do now that we’re back in the country after so many years.  I can’t possibly do it all, so I need to just write it all down and pick off what I can.

Don’t ask me what The Girl in the tiny bucket is doing.  She has an entire pool behind her, but this is how I found her, huddled in a little bit of water in a little plastic bucket.  Her “pool” is actually an unheated hot tub, sort of an upgraded kiddie pool.  In the process of having it fixed/serviced, our suspicions were confirmed that the electrical had not been originally set up properly.  I believe the technician’s actual words were that he was “shocked no one had been electrocuted.” (No pun intended.)  So, until the parts arrive, it’s a small pool for the kiddos.

Is it just us, or are there butterflies EVERYWHERE this year?  We have an assortment of butterflies that grace us with their presence each summer, but the main one is the black and yellow swallowtail.  I have many fond memories of these flittering little lovelies in abundance when I was a child.  We’d find them dead all over our property, and each time such a treasure was found, I would bring it inside and perch it on this big floral wreath my mom had in her dining room.  I thought it was delightful, but as an adult, I’m now proud of my mom for letting us kids putting dead bugs on display on her decorations.  Now grown up, I was starting to think that butterfly abundance of butterflies was just childhood’s tendency to see everything as bigger, or longer, or in bigger quantities than things actually are, because I never seem to see more than about two swallowtails flying about each summer.  But THIS year, holy cow.  They’re everywhere.  And they’re not shy, and they’re kind of drunk.  We found our first dead specimen since those I found when I was a kid, we have it saved in a shoe box for special display someday, or for a homeschool science or art study.

Summer seems to happen all at once here.  It’s like we go from this halfhearted winter, to an almost spring, and we’re waiting and waiting for REAL spring to happen, and all of a sudden, wham!  Early summer is here instead, with gobs of flowers, yellow sunlight, warm days and warm nights, strawberries, butterflies and bees and birds, and green green GREEN everywhere.

Around here, we have green in every shade in succulents, all over everywhere outside.  They’re like bunnies, you get two and you end up with 200.  Not that I’m complaining.  I don’t think you can have too many succulents, with their flower-like shapes, strange alien-like projections, and every color of green under the sun.  My mom rips half of them out, though.  If you want some succulents, come on over, because she rips out enough for a plant nursery’s supply every year.  They’re so pretty, though.

On the studio table, we’re seeing a lot of farm toys – cows, pigs, chickens, farmers.  I wish I knew more about where all these peggies were going.  Will they be toys, added to some child’s farm set?  Will they be toppers for a farm-themed baby’s first birthday cake?  Or maybe someone just loves cows? It’s a mystery.

I have been informed that tuna arrives in a week and a half.  We’ll be travelling a few hours to Westport to pick up our fish, and take it home for canning.  This year, I plan to learn how to can the tuna.   My mom says there’s just nothing to it, you just do this and that, and you’re done.  But what she doesn’t realize is that us kids don’t know this stuff (at least, not enough to actually be able to do it on our own), and it is her obligation, her matronly duty to pass down this knowledge before she croaks.  (Yes, I do remind her of this often).  Now that we live only 3 miles from her, we’re really excited to be able to take an actual hands-on role to all the harvesting, canning, juicing, and dehydrating this year.

Do you have canning plans for the summer?  Do you like succulents?  What butterflies do you have where you live?  Do you have a summer bucket list?

P.S.  You can see all of our Peg Dolls here


Weekly Specials - May 1, 2017

Happy May Day, everyone!  Just a quick note to let you all know that the Weekly Specials section of the shop has been updated with fresh new gifts and home decor!  We've moved it into our "Sale Corner," so that you can easily find all our steal and deals in one place.

Each week, we like to offer 10% off of a dozen or so items in appreciation of you, our customers!  With Mother's Day, graduations, bridal showers and weddings, and so much more coming up, all those gifts can add up.  We like to help where we can!

Plus, springtime has a lot of us cleaning, purging, and updating our rooms, and is a great time to freshen up our home decor with a few small but impactful touches, such as a new lighter weight floral quilt for the mild weather ahead, a new caddy or set of baskets to corral clutter, or a decorative accent for your living room or patio area!

Here are a few gift ideas or decorative accessories on sale for 10% off, this week only!

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Antique Bloom Floral Quilt, available in King, Queen/Full, or Twin size!  Give a vintage chic vibe to your bedroom, but is also great over a couch or even as a table topper!  Features florals and paisley in a variety of old fashioned country colors - rose, mossy green, gold, sky blue, and creme.  Quilt comes with the matching sham(s)!

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Bird and Crown Coaster Set - Featuring a vintage bird and crown graphic inside, these coasters are made from mason jar lids with a distressed rustic finish made to resemble an old barn roof!  Image is printed on waterproof ink on absorbent cork, keeping the picture intact and your surfaces dry!  Sold in sets of 4, these will freshen up your living room space, or make a great bridal shower, birthday, or mother's day gift!

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Charming Light Candle Lamps - These have been a long time favorite of ours, as they are called "charming" lights for a reason!  When placed in front of each window of a room, they add homey warmth inside, and inviting glow from the outside!  Available in several colors and heights, these particular lamps include the silicone dipped bulb - the look of a candle without the flame!  Many folks like to put one in each window of their home, which can add up quickly - now is a great time to buy, while they are on sale!

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Quart Mason Jar Dispenser with Barn Roof Lid - We've always loved the charm and practicality of a mason jar soap dispenser in our kitchen.  This extra large one is especially perfect for decanting large bottles of soap or lotion, such as dish soap in the kitchen, or lotion in the bathroom that seems to always run out so quickly!  Vintage reproduction mason jar adds farmhouse charm, while the lid is given a distressed finish to resemble an old barn roof!  Makes a great wedding or housewarming gift.

These are just a few of this week's offerings - check out our Weekly 10% Off section in our Sale Corner today for the rest of the gifts and decor on special!  Hurry, as they're on sale this week only!


Signs of Spring

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Here we are in late March, and many of us are just now starting to see signs of spring.  As recently as a week ago we had delays in shipments due to massive snowfall in areas of the country - in March!!  While we have not had the joys (or not) of snow in the Seattle area recently, we're enjoying the usual rainfall that is standard for our springs here - which I never mind, because with it comes the flowers!

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A few weeks ago my 9 year old and I set out to obtain photographic evidence that spring had arrived, as it usually had by then. I was surprised to see that it really hadn't!  Normally by then we'd have lots of happy little greens poking through the earth, but we had to walk for about a mile and a half in our neighborhood to come home with photos of just three places showing any green shoots.

So, we didn't really find what we were looking for, but it was a pleasant walk none-the-less, and we knew spring was coming, even if we couldn't quite see it yet.  We played at the park, said hi to the ducks, and examined the buds on all the various bushes and trees in our area.

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I grew up in a part forest, part wetland, part prairie area that was less than a mile away from Puget Sound, so we had a little of everything.  When I was a child, very February/March without fail I would explore all over our property looking for signs of spring showing - I'd run to all the usual places where the flowers appeared.

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In order, this is how they would arrive - always first were the snowdrops, then the English bluebells came next, as well as tiny purplish pink bleeding hearts (all wild flowers).  The first of the planted flowers were hundreds of daffodils (one of the very few things the deer didn't eat), and yellow primroses passed down from my grandmother that are older than I am (my mom still has them - she moved them with her, twice!).

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We had a few tulips that braved the bunnies and deer, and they came next - and later a couple of peonies.  But for the most part, the glory of spring was the purples, pinks, and yellows of daffodils, bluebells, plus cherry and apple blossoms.

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What does spring look like where you live?