Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gathering Eggs in Style....

If you had told me years ago that we would be chicken owners, I would have laughed the comment away!  No way could I ever imagine such a thing!  Horses - YES, I've dreamed of owning horses since I was 5.  Chickens - NEVER!  Ha, as it turns out, we have been blessed by both horses and chickens - and ducks!  And I wouldn't trade it for anything, especially if you can gather eggs with such fine accessories.....

The most rewarding part of owning chickens? Sharing the colorful delicious eggs with neighbors, family and friends! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Wedding Extravaganza

The 2011 wedding season is winding down for Forrester Farm.  (Although 2012 wedding planning is in full swing!).  There is still always so much to do at this time of the year, and I always look forward to seeing photographer shots for the season.  For today, enjoy some previous year's wedding photos.

 First 3 photos by  Studio 6.23

Following 3 photos by John R Ziemann Photography

Following 4 photos provided by Single Moments Photography

I look forward to sharing this season's fall wedding photos with you soon!  Enjoy the season and all of the color that it brings!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Friday!

Enjoy your weekend~

(bridesmaid's bouquet)

(2 photos of the Bride's bouquet)

It is going to be a BEAUTIFUL October weekend in Michigan, and I can't wait to see my bride's face when she sees her flowers tomorrow.  Months of planning coming together and absolutely fabulous weather!  Blessings Lauren and Mike!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Distinguished, Dashing, Darling Dahlias

It is the time of year that dahlias are in full bloom in Michigan - and many fall brides love the look of them in their floral arrangements.  I recently provided flowers for a very sweet couple, and dahlias were on the list of flowers to have.  Because I didn't have enough white dahlias growing in my own garden, I had the pleasure of going to the Hamilton Dahlia Farm in Hamilton, Michigan to hand pick the blooms that would grace my bride's day.  I'm looking forward to seeing the professional wedding photos, but in the meantime, here is some of the fun that we had leading up to the special day:

Rows and rows of colorful dahlias:

Close up shots:

Farm helpers had been busy cutting for market day:

Paige, age 12, was thrilled that while mom was cutting white dahlias, she was allowed to pick up the colorful and perfectly beautiful "dead heads" that were on the ground.  Armed with a bucket full, she immediately started using her creativity when we returned home:

Wedding flower delivery day:

I'll share more wedding day photos as soon as I see them.  In the meantime, you might see some of my wedding day snapshots show up on the Forrester Farm Facebook Page - or here on the blog :)!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Summer of the French Chicken....

It happened the summer of 2010.  We had a sweet girl from France come to intern with Forrester Farm for 10 weeks.  Alize and 64 other agricultural students from Esipta, needed to secure 8 weeks of internship experience in an English speaking country.  Alize found us through Local Harvest, and I'm so glad that she did.  We worked, played, camped and worked some more.  The internship was as much about helping with Forrester Farm weddings and flowers as it was about experiencing the culture of the area.  We learned from Alize and she learned from us.  She even changed her opinion about camping being only for "old people"!

While Alize was with us, we needed to construct a chicken coop for our little flock that we had purchased in the spring.  Inspired by a friend who mentioned turning a corn crib into a gazebo, my husband and I decided to use that idea for a chicken coop.  We tend to optimistically jump into a project, only to realize later just how long that project might take.  It really became the whole summer project - between my husband's work, Forrester Farm weddings, farmer's market vending days, camping and some other fun excursions like ice cream runs, trips to the beach and outdoor concerts.  By the end of the summer, I had decided that the summer of 2010 would always be remembered in my mind as the Summer of the French Chicken.

Here is the completed coop.  We do just want to paint the roof yet.  I love that we can gather eggs from the little doors on the outside - they open into the nesting boxes for easy gathering.

Cooped up and ready to be set free:

Our favorite rooster of all time - Henry.  He would actually run to us if we called his name.  Alize loved picking him up. 

If Alize were with us this summer, I know that she would be smiling at the new flock additions.
At the end of the summer 2010, our coop was completed, Alize returned to France, and ever since, she refers to me as her American mum.  I gained a "French daughter", a friend, and so many memories.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Always Amazing - Allegan in August

 The last Sunday of every month, April through September, the fabulous Allegan Antique Market takes place at the fairgrounds in Allegan.  Vendors and buyers come from far and near to enjoy the show, find new treasures and be inspired by what they see.

A couple of booths caught my attention this time around...
Heaven's Walk was a new booth this August.  The booth featured great items from Heaven's Walk, Lakehouse and Seashells & Lavender.  Three friends joining together to have fun and share their creativity with others.

Another fun booth is Butter Beans Antiques, a regular vendor.  I'm always drawn into their booth when I'm there.  The displays are just a breath of fresh air after visually taking in so much as you happily meander through the whole show.

If I had the farmhouse that my husband and I had put an offer in on this past spring, this might have been the table set that would have graced the dining room.  We still might get the house, but I'm sure that the table is gone.  Allegan is a great place to go when it comes to furnishing and decorating homes.

I would be remiss if I didn't tell you about a couple other fabulous booths.  Truth is, by the time I reached them, my arms were full, I was in desperate need of a coffee and some food, and I didn't want to take the time to pull out the camera.  Lame, I know, but I also knew that I had contact information and a photo of this cute camper from before the time my great friend Karla bought it.  Karla's Place is a great fun store in Holland that my friend owns.  If you look for this camper at Allegan, you will find Karla's friends from Rebel Reclaimed set up with all of their fun finds and creations.

Another great booth:  When I first met the couple who own Rivich Antiques, they had an adorable sweet little camper that they were selling at Allegan.  I knew it would go, and within a couple of hours of the show opening, the camper had a new owner.  Aside from the camper, they always have an amazing fun display.  Though they drive in from Chicago, IL, if you miss them at Allegan, you can probably find some of their treasures in Holland, MI at Karla's Place!

There are so many quality vendors who are a part of the Allegan Market.  Several of them will be participating in the upcoming Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH which takes place Sept. 16-18, 2011.  I'm bummed that I can't attend this year - I promised a great bride Forrester Farm wedding flowers for that weekend :)!

If you enjoyed this post on Allegan, you might also enjoy a former post featuring photos from our sweet French intern who lived with us last summer:  Allegan Antique Market, Sept. 2010.

Enjoy your day!  I'm off to move a son into his college dorm - though I cared about having his bedding, towels and accessories color coordinated - he could care less :)!