Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sponsor Giveaway: Kimberly Peck, photographer
 Kimberly Peck, photographer
organic free-range photography
Specializing in agricultural photography, farmer portraits, photo essays,
and stock photography. Through my Etsy Shop, I offer my newly published Farm book, 
agricultural-focused Notecard Sets, Fine Art Prints, and Mounted 5x5 Fine Art Prints.
Today's giveaway is brought to you by Wooly Moss Roots Sponsor: Kimberly Peck, photographer.
I've really enjoyed getting to know Kim through e-mail (wish we lived closer!) and knew right away that we were kindred spirits. For starters, we share a love of local farms and real food. Her photography speaks straight to my soul. I love love Kim's book: Farm. Food. Life. (I've written about my adoration for it before: here.) We have a cherished copy on our bookshelf. It's truly a favorite. I've often thought her book would make wonderful gifts as well! I also use Kim's notecards regularly, I love them all. Kim has a deep appreciation for hardworking farmers and a passion to share what they do. Her pictures tell a story and her voice comes through in them. I believe the beauty she captures through her lens, blesses everyone who sees it.

You can stay in connected with Kim through her Facebook Page and on Etsy

I'll let Kim tell you more:

Tell us about yourself and your business:

Kim: I received my first camera at the age of 7, a cute little Kodak film camera, and I proceeded to photograph (and probably torture) my friends, family & Barbies with daily photo sessions. I loved everything about photography: the creative process of capturing what I saw in front of me, the search for the right light & angle, and the anticipation of waiting for my prints to come back (oh my, I am old enough that one used to send their film via regular mail to a lab to be developed!).  In first grade, I fell in love with farms. It probably helped a little that my first crush was a cute boy in my class, who's family owned a dairy farm down the road. Later on in college, I found inspiration from such well-known photographers as Dorothy Lange and Peter Miller, and I was drawn to their stunning agricultural photographs. In 2011, I launched my series, Locally Known, an on-going photo project exploring local farms and community agriculture. Inspired by my artistic desire to create a visual documentary of hard-working New England farmers, Locally Known deepens the connection between local farmers, producers and communities.

I currently live in southern New Hampshire with my husband and three children. We live in an art-filled home
with many pets and a flock of chickens. I try to bring my children to as many of my farm photo shoots as possible, in the hopes of teaching them about real food and where their food comes from. And, of course, I hope that at least one of them will be a farmer when they grow up :)


What items or services does your business offer?

Kim: While I think of myself as an artist first, and I do much of my farm photography unpaid and on my own time, I realized that there was a demand to offer my products for purchase. I started my Etsy shop as a way to have an online presence to showcase and sell my book, Notecards, Fine Art Prints & Mounted Prints. I also attend many craft fairs in the New England area throughout the year, which is a great way to connect with customers in person. My main business comes from assignments from magazines, businesses and non-profit foundations to shoot for their pages, websites and marketing materials. I would love to take on more editorial work this year, with a focus on agricultural photography, of course.

What do you love about what you do?

Kim: I always wanted to be an artist when I grew up, and I feel very blessed that I am able to be creative every day and that I can make a living from my art.

What's new?

Kim: In 2013, I published my first book, Farm. Food. Life: Photographs+ Recipes Inspired by Local Farms. The 86-page book is a visual narrative of 12 New England farms, focusing on the hard work that farmers undertake to produce the vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meat that people eat every day. I also included 12 recipes – one for each farm – that showcase a featured ingredient produced by each farmer, as well as 12 farmer profiles written by the farmers themselves; I love that every farm is different - what they do and how they do it. I am deeply in awe of farm life, the ever-evolving, deeply-rooted connection between human, animal and plant. I hope that my book will further connect viewers to this chosen way of earning a living and encourage them think about the food on their plates. 

A big thank you to Taryn & Wooly Moss Roots for the opportunity to share my work with this wonderful community!

  For today's giveaway, two lucky winners will receive one signed copy each of Kim's new book:

Photographs + Recipes Inspired by Local Farms. 
* 12 Featured New England Farms 
* 12 Delicious Recipes 
* 12 Farm Profiles 
* 86 Full-Color Pages

In addition to the giveaway, Kimberly Peck, photographer is offering 15% off your entire purchase (before shipping) in her Etsy Shop when you use the coupon code: ILOVEFARMS at checkout. Coupon code ends April 26. (Edited to add: first coupon code I posted was incorrect, please try again if it didn't work for you, I just changed it above!)
Entries in the United States only.  
The giveaway will be open through Thursday, April 24th and the winner will be announced in the widget below on Friday, April 25th. Winner will receive an e-mail with the happy news. To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecoptor widget below. You can earn up to 30 entries. (Leaving a comment on this post is not mandatory since a few of you have told me you've had a hard time getting it to work, but it will give you extra points.)

Thanks for the giveaway Kimberly Peck, photographer!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

staying home (& a dandelion in his pocket)

On Wednesday night, I woke up in the middle of the night to hear that Bracken had a runny nose. Yesterday, we came down with something. I wanted to stop by here to say that we will not be making it to market tomorrow, even though we were very much counting on it. I said aloud "I wonder what picture to use for this post?" and Jeff pointed across the room and said "How about that bag of tissues?" (haha. You can always count on him for a dose of humor.) With continually runny noses, we have been going through a crazy amount- roll after roll- of toilet paper. I thought a picture I took recently of the dandelion Bracken stuck in his pocket, would be more enjoyable. An epsom salt bath felt good on an aching body today. And when my throat felt a bit sore last night, our coconut oil treats with frozen blueberries felt wonderful going down. Apparently I reek of garlic. Jeff says he can smell me from across the room. It's worth it. I was up with Bracken for much of the night. His runny/stuffy nose would wake him up and, half asleep, he would ask for tissues. We finally got some sleep, but not enough for this tired mama. I am feeling much better than I was. But that's when I'm sitting down, not doing anything. So we'll be staying home this weekend, filling up our online shops to try to make up for not going to market. Not having a nap today, I'm very much in need of an early bedtime tonight.

Wishing you all a good weekend & be sure to come back tomorrow for a great giveaway!

{this moment}

...Joining Amanda at SouleMama for {this moment}...
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

yarnalong: spring eggs & chick days

...Joining Ginny's YarnAlong, sharing what I'm knitting and reading...
I purchased Liz's Spring Eggs pattern awhile back and I've been looking forward to knitting them. I planned on knitting a bunch of spring eggs, but I'm thinking I'll just knit a few this year and add a few more each year. That's much more do-able for me right now. I had some tiny balls of leftover worsted weight yarn from Brambleberry Yarns and they are making the loveliest little eggs! When Bracken woke up from his nap today, he helped me stuff the first egg with wool. We added some lavender buds in there too. I'm making another one for his friend. I love making a little project for Bracken to enjoy and using up leftover yarn bits to boot!
Picked up 'Chick Days' from the library. Read it for the first time last winter. Wanted to flip through it again. It's fun to see what's happening week by week with our chicks. I've been looking through the book with Bracken and reading aloud, since there's lots of pictures in it. And he loves pictures of chickens. He keeps asking for more "chicken book!"

How about you? 
Knitting? Reading?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

how to make living spring baskets

 Last year our friend Alex showed me some fun spring baskets she made for her boys for their Easter Egg hunt. She learned about them from the Waldorf School and she explained how she did it. I was excited to make some for this year. I intended to start the project early so I'd have time to share this with you in case you'd like to make some for your egg hunts (though wish it would have been sooner, so you'd have ample time to create them for your festivities.) This is a great hands on project for children to help with. Bracken and I started ours last Tuesday and today, a week later, they're ready for use. I love these cozy, green nests for the eggs.
 Step One: Pick your baskets. I picked two that we already had around the house. I had gotten them from the thrift store at one point. If I would have gone to the thrift store and chosen some for this specific purpose, I would have chosen baskets that were more rounded and not as upright and squarish.
 Step Two: Line them with aluminum foil. Little hands love to help with this.
 Step Three: Spread a layer of dirt.
 Step Four: Spread wheatgrass seeds generously across the surface. (I used up the last of what we had. I could have used even more to cover the entire surface.)
 Step Five: Cover seeds with a layer of dirt.
 Step Six: Water. I chose not to poke any holes in the aluminum foil to let the water drain out because I wanted to use these baskets again in the future. I didn't want to ruin them. Without drainage, I was afraid that I would over water them though, because I tend to do that. Jeff lightly watered them every day when he watered the other wheatgrass he had growing. He had a good suggestion: spraying them with a spray bottle would keep them moist without the worry of overwatering.
 Step Seven: Watch them grow! We put our baskets in the window and watched for them to pop up. I don't remember when we first saw signs of green coming up, but it took about a week until the grass was as thick and ready as we wanted it to be.
 Step Eight: Place your eggs in your green, grassy nest and enjoy! (These are some harboiled eggs I took out of the fridge right before photographing and they were wet with condensation.) We haven't had our egg hunt yet, but I placed some eggs in the basket today to show how they looked all tucked in there. These natural colors from our hens are wonderful on their own, but we plan on dyeing some as well. If the grass gets too long for your liking (it grows quickly) than you can take some scissors and give it a trim.
Bracken came over while I was taking pictures to give it a test spin (complete with spider man rain boots and colorful elephant pants.) He's delighted with these grassy baskets! And so am I.
I think this could be the start of a fun spring tradition...

Monday, April 14, 2014

a book sale & a sunny market weekend

 On Saturday morning, Jeff finished getting our display set up at the Saturday Market while Bracken and I headed over to a nearby book sale. We needed to go park the car anyway and I wanted to check it out. Our friend Taylor told us about it the week before, telling me there were used books- many withdrawn from the local library- for good deals. At first, I didn't want to spend any money so dismissed the idea of going, but she told me that there were children's picture books for only one dollar each. Every single day Bracken wants Jeff and I to read books to him and asks us to read the same ones over and over. We love snuggling up with him reading books. But sometimes we get a bit tired of reading the same ones. I've been thinking for quite awhile that it would be nice to get some new books and ones that we really enjoy. Some books we read just because we have them, but not because they are particular favorites.
We located where the book sale was. Taylor gave me some good advice about timing, saying not to go too early because the lines would be crazy long. We arrived about 9:20 in the morning since that was the only time we were able to go that day. I hoped it wasn't too early. The book sale opened at 9. I was told there were people who had arrived at 5 in the morning and the line just kept growing until it opened. When we arrived, there was still a line, but it was moving quickly and it didn't take us long before we got in. I realized, while standing in line that I had forgotten to bring a bag with me, to hold our books. People in line pointed to the giant piles of boxes and said: "That's what those are for!" When we got inside, I was amazed at how many books there were! We located the children's books section. I started flipping through. We were only able to be there for a short visit, so I looked for beautiful illustrations mostly. I didn't even read through our picks while we were there. There wasn't time. After we had seven books picked out, Bracken said "all done!" It was a bit crowded and chaotic for him and he wanted to go back to the Saturday Market (which seems less so because it's outdoors, I guess.) For not much money at all, we were able to come home with some new (to us) books. Bracken was so excited and ever since has been asking us to read his "new books" to him. We have some new favorites now.
 This sign was hanging up downtown. Someone told me this sale happens every year. I can't wait to go next year! I'd love to spend some more time there. Jeff wants to check it out next time too.
 Coming over to capture Bracken's face against the car window as we unloaded our car in the morning.
 We wanted to get back to market from the book sale quickly because we were expecting visitors. My dad and his wife, Dorrie, came up to visit us for the day from southern Oregon. The morning was overcast, but it didn't take long before the sun came out and warmed everybody up. The weather was sunny and beautiful, they couldn't have picked a better April market day to come. We walked all around the farmer's market and the Saturday Market. Bracken got to ride around on Grandpa Bob's shoulders and make silly faces.
 Later in the day Jeff taught Bracken how to blow paper wads with a straw. He made little tiny paper balls out of a napkin, put them in the straw and sent them flying. It delighted Bracken to no end, who had never seen that before. I was happy about it as long as they were all being aimed at the bushes, which they were.
 Bracken was quite happy with his new found skill and Jeff started holding up his hand for Bracken to aim at.
Bracken was so exhausted by the end of the day. We went to get the car, while Jeff watched the booth, and ran an errand. On the way back from our errand to the market, Bracken fell asleep in the car. Jeff and I packed up the booth and loaded up the car and he stayed sleeping the whole time. He woke up on the ride home after Jeff had gotten out of the car at Morning Glory Farm to buy some bags of frozen blueberries. He has a sixth sense about blueberries and knows just when some are nearby.