Not-Quite-City-Chickens 1: Birds Flourishing In New Homesteader’s Care

Blackie and Rampage push the cat litter box around like a toy.

Blackie and Rampage push the cat litter box around like a toy.

Lehman’s fan Brianne and her partner Eric are in their second year of not-so-urban homesteading at their place 20 minutes from downtown Fayetteville, NC.

The young couple is proud of the progress they’ve made raising chickens.

“Last year was our first year with the chickens,” said Bri. “They needed a new home, and we had the space. Eric and I rebuilt a hand-me-down large chicken tractor for them, and we took apart old computer monitors, using the casings for roosting boxes, and tossed in a huge pet crate that the girls just love.” Continue reading

Reduce, Reuse…Recharge?

After dumping my cell phone onto a hard wood floor one too many times I started looking around for an alternative to leaving it on the window sill while charging overnight.

There just isn’t any room for a table in the bedroom, even a small one. Besides, a table would just give the cat a more secure footing from which to knock the already battered cell onto the floor. I needed a wall dock.

I’d seen a number of fancy, probably pricey, wall docks online but nowhere local seemed to have them. Loathe to spend real money on something so simple and superfluous, I set the thought aside. Then suddenly I was seeing homemade versions everywhere. Continue reading

Pumpkin Canning Band Craft Big Hit!

Renee used Bulk Canning Bands 1213830 (regular mouth) to make her pumpkin centerpiece. Want some bulk bands? They're in stock now at Lehmans.com and Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

Renee used Bulk Canning Bands 1213830 (regular mouth) to make her pumpkin centerpiece. Want some bulk bands? They’re in stock now at Lehmans.com and Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Recently, we posted a photo on our Facebook page from Renee, a fan from Arkansas. She’d purchased a sleeve of our canning jar rings, and whipped them up into a fabulous fall craft:

Many of you asked for directions for this craft–boy, there are so many choices out there! It was tough, narrowimg it down to these two favorites at the following sites. Just click on the link and craft away!

Pinterest: There are hundreds of jar ring pumpkins! Plain, rusty, painted, paper covered, leaves, no leaves, cinnamon stick stems, no stems, no cinnamon sticks, but stems…Ready? Go!
http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=canning%20jar%20ring%20pumpkin&rs=ac&len=16

If you’re not a Pinterest fan (we know, some of you aren’t), take a look here for a great photo and some description and basic how-to:
http://www.learntopreserve.com/the-art-of-preserving/2012/10/17/adorable-autumn-diy-project-canning-jar-ring-pumpkin.html

Renee, thanks again for letting us use your wonderful picture. And everyone else out there: if you have an innovative (and safe) use for a Lehman’s product, take a photo, drop us a note here at Country Life, and tell us which product, and how you make it work. You may see it appear here!