Sunday, March 31, 2013


This is me and two of my 5 sisters, all decked out for a hundred years ago!  I'm the one with the funky purse, stringy hair and knobby knees!  But hey...I'm all about accessorizing!
 Put on your Easter bonnet (with all the frills upon it) and enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Nothing like a last minute Easter project, right?  But this is more about a sign repair really.
I picked up this little block sign a couple of years ago at Marshall's when I was visiting my friend Judy in Arizona.  However, it didn't look like this......
It was on the clearance shelf and it was broken, sad, $2.00 and it looked more like this....
 It was obviously missing something on the top.  The sales clerk said she thought it was an egg at one time, but it had broken off where it was glued down inside.  You can see it here...
I had a plan, that did not include Easter for this sign, but I never got around to it.  This year, when I pulled it out of my box of Easter decor, I had an even better idea for it, that did involve Easter.  First things first....I drilled out the little peg that had broken off in the top, as well as drilled 4 little holes in the front corners.
I found a wooden egg at Hobby Lobby.  I spray painted it with just some primer.
 I drilled the little hole in the bottom out so that a mini dowel rod would fit into it.
To add just a touch of pretty to the front of my sign, I hot glued some buttons on to the ends of some little pegs that I made out of another mini dowel rod.  
I thought they were a little too plain, so I stuck a little pink gem in the center.  Much better. 
Almost done now....I trimmed some washi tape and applied it to the egg.  Then twisted the long dowel rod onto the base and pushed it into the new hole in the top of the sign.  I stuck the little buttons into the four holes in the corners and this little Easter sign was up on my shelf, with a cute little cast iron bunny sitting on top, just in time for the holiday.....barely.   But, there's another reason for this last minute project.  Oh yes!  Come back next week and you'll see this cute sign with an entirely different look, one I like even better than this....
    Happy Easter everyone!      

Friday, March 29, 2013

Looking Down - March Self-Portrait Challenge

My dear friend Amy at While Wearing Heels hosts a once a month self-portrait challenge and I have been a big chicken about doing it. 
While Wearing Heels
Oh I've wanted to do it, and I've been somewhat of a voyeur, checking out all of the other pictures, but take a picture of myself? Gahhhh!
But it bugged me and lurked in the back of my thoughts.  I missed the first month, then the second, when the theme was "Reflections", which were so awesome that I was just blown away.  (You can check them out yourself HERE.)  Still, I hesitated.  Finally, I did what I always do when I need to make myself do something that scares me....I TOLD someone that I would do it.  (Yep, that's usually all it takes for me to get off my butt and do something.)
That very week we had snow.  I love snow and we get so little of it here in SW Missouri, so I did something I always wanted to do, I went outside barefoot in the snow.
Bare naked toes in the snow.  It felt cold, but wonderful!  Then...I just kind of wanted to lay down in I did.  (My little dog was in the window looking at me like I was crazy.)  It was kind of fun, but it was also cold, so I snapped a quick picture and came back inside to my warm slippers and my hot coffee.
 What surprised me the most when I downloaded this picture to my computer was not the fact that I had on no make-up, nor the fact that I hadn't even fixed my hair yet, much I was smiling!
It was a silly thing to do, all by myself on one of the few days we had measurable snow, but I did it...and I have a picture to prove it!
Thanks Amy!  

Linking up to Amy's wonderful party sometime later today!
Now won't you be a brave soul and join in as wellThere's a new theme every month!
While Wearing Heels

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Facebook and Bloglovin Hop!

It's blog hopping time!  We are so happy to be joining together to bring you this  Bloglovin' Blog Hop to help grow our blogs.   The recent news of saying goodbye to the Google Reader leaves us all wondering will Good Friend Connects be next?  It's always a great idea to have many ways for friends to follow to your blog. 
We were so excited to host our first Bloglovin' Hop last week!  Each week we will also rotate one other social media to follow.  This week we are featuring Facebook along with bloglovin'!
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us last week.  We hope you made some new friends!
Please follow each hostess, and leave us a comment so we can return the follow!
We would love to feature a co-host each week, so please send one of us an email if you would like to be a co-host.  
Please link up your bloglovin' follow link.  To find your URL, just click on your follow by bloglovin' button.  Copy and past the URL link.  
Thank you so much for joining us!  We hope you make many new friends and followers each week.  
Not mandatory, but we would love for you to share our blog hop button.    That's a great way for us to all gain new friends. 
Your Modern Family
Danni  Silo Hill Farm    
Doreen @  HouseHoneys
Kathe @ Kathe with an E
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Please make sure you link your bloglovin' and Facebook URL link, and not your blog.   It makes it so much faster for your new friends to find you!  


When Talya from Grace Grits and Gardening contacted me and offered to do a guest post here for Silo Hill Farm, I was so thrilled!  She has a wonderful blog and has guest posted for us at the Inspiration Cafe as well.  If you don't already know her, you should be sure to check out some of her posts as she never disappoints!  Take it away Talya.....

I am not a crafty blogger, but I do love to make homemade baby gifts.

I made this mixed media piece for baby Haley, my friend Jenny's new daughter. 
Haley Frances Rolland

Although the project takes several hours, it is fun, creative, and not as difficult as it appears.


Blank artist's canvas
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Vintage buttons
Vintage rick rack
Scrapbook stickers
Pictures from old children's books
Glue Gun
Scissors / Paper Cutter

I know, I know, I KNOW it's sacrilegious to cut out pages from books, but I buy these books specifically for this purpose at estate sales and at Half Price Books to lessen the pain...

I also buy stickers and scrapbook paper on sale from Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Target, knowing I will eventually find a use for everything.
sheet of scrapbook paper - various colors/prints

vintage buttons

When I prepare to do one of these projects, I never have a plan other than the general theme. In this case, 'baby girl' theme. On my computer, I printed lines from Mary Had A Little Lamb, substituting Haley to make it personalized. This phrase becomes the backdrop for the project. I glued this first piece of scrapbook paper onto my canvas with Mod Podge, then began adding layers of paper.

gluing rick rack along side
The key is to layer and layer and layer the canvas with pieces and strips of scrapbook paper coating each side and seam with magical mystical Mod Podge. The more layers the richer and more interesting the finished piece.

Allow coats to dry before adding more layers. If you tear a piece of paper, no worries. Add another piece. If two pieces just don't seem to work side by side, glue on a button. (Buttons should be adhered with hot glue rather than Mod Podge...)

Don't forget to decorate the back with your name and date.

Remember, this isn't supposed to be perfect. It's hand crafted.

Note:  This project isn't exclusive to baby gifts...I made the following piece with drawings of my puppies and pages about dogs from vintage books. Favorite sports team is another fun theme. You are limited only by your imagination.

Lucy and Annabelle
Have fun!


Grace Grits & Gardening

p.s. This is the gift I made several years ago for Haley's big sister, Samantha.

Thank you Talya!  I love this project and although I have never tried a mixed media project, I love the "no rules" idea, the possibilities are endless.  Looks like a great scrapbusting project as well!  I look forward to giving this a try! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Wednesdays "Bloggers I Admire" posts are some of my very favorite posts to write!  The blog world constantly amazes me with all of the talent and creativity it holds and Linda @ With a Blast is one creative blogger.  I never know when I visit her blog if I'm going to want to grab my glue gun, my paint brush, my hammer or my spatula, because Linda does it all and she does it in South Africa!
 I love her blog and her projects.  She also has a great new "All My Bloggy Friends" link party with another great blogger, Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes.  It's a great party so when you're finished reading this post, head on over and link something up!  You can get to the party by clicking on the image below.
Now, please take a look at some of Linda's favorite posts, and then I'll show you a few of her projects that I love!

First up is this  beautiful bench that she made out of an old toy box, which is very cool...but you won't believe what that back is made out of...
Blanket Box Bench
 The next time you're throwing a party, you're going to want to give this 90 Minute Sweet Party Platter a try!  Six different fillings, all on one post, using those pre-made frozen mini pastry shells you always see in the freezer section and want to try.  Just click the link below the picture and "pin it" straight from Linda's blog!  You'll be glad you me!
90 Minute Sweet Party Platter
 These candles are the cutest and they started out as some fairly boring containers.  With Linda in the house, they sure didn't stay boring for long!
Easy DIY Candles
All of the above are just fabulous projects that Linda chose to share with you.  Now, please let me show you a few of her projects that I love.
With summer coming on, I'm in the mood for salads and when Linda posted this salad last year, I knew it would be one that I would make over and over.  It's so easy and has everything I love in it!
Avocado, Cherry Tomato and Corn Salad
 Now this next project is in my all time favorite DIY Hall of Fame Projects!!  Seriously....who wouldn't love a little extra storage space and this project gives you plenty!  I can think of a couple of places I could use this.....
DIY Grocery Slider
I'm pretty sure that Linda is responsible for a few of the extra pounds I have put on in the last year, so when she posted this recipe, I was pretty happy because, it's not only delicious, but it's got some yogurt in it and that makes it healthy right?
Polenta Cake with Orange Syrup
Finally, I couldn't post about Linda, without showing you one of her amazing "Smash Cakes"...
Valentine's Smash Cake
Uh huh....a chocolate heart filled with chocolate candy...what's not to love here?!  
Yep....Linda makes some  really great stuff!  I'm working on a knock off of one of her projects this week and hope to share it with you soon!  So if you want to see some more awesome projects from halfway around the world...head over to With A Blast and check out Linda's blog.  While your there, don't forget to link up a project at her party!
Thank you Linda, for all of the inspiration (and a pound or two!) that you've given me!  Thanks for being such a good blog friend too!  You're awesome!      

Monday, March 25, 2013

Inspiration Cafe - NorthShore Days Opens a New Series

We're excited to bring you a new series at the Inspiration Cafe.  For the next 5 Mondays, the girls are going to be sharing a food dish from our heritage, culture or that has special meaning to us.  At the end of this series, we're going to have our first link party and ask YOU to link up a dish that is special to your culture or heritage.
Natalie from NorthShore Days is kicking this series off with Durban Beef Bunny Chow as she grew up in Durban in South Africa. (Did you know that?)
 Looks delicious doesn't it?  Just click on the global door to the Inspiration Cafe and we'll take you there to see what this delicious Beef dish is all about. 
Do you have a dish from your heritage that you would be willing to share at our link party?  If so, write a post about it sometime during the next 5 weeks and then come back here the last week of April and link it up!  Should be some global fun!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


I made a head of cabbage for my Easter bunny out of coffee filters and you won't believe how this project came about.

 Tina at What We Keep posted a picture of a floral arrangement that had faux cabbage leaves in it that was so gorgeous, that I couldn't stop looking at it.  Click HERE and take a look at it.....I'll wait for you.
Wasn't that a beautiful arrangement and weren't those cabbage leaves cool?  If you read that post, she told you that she made them accident.  I was so fascinated by those, that I made that picture be my screensaver and looked at it all day.  Then I contacted Tina and told her I wanted to try it or something similar and asked her permission to link to her if I did.  She is so nice, of course she said "yes".  
So I set to work...... 
 I gathered some acrylic paint, a styrofoam ball, and a stack of coffee filters.  I ended up only using 2 of the colors shown.  I mixed up a little bit of the Apple Green acrylic paint with a lot of water and set the whole stack of filters in the bowl to let them soak up the color.  This happens VERY fast.
Then I mixed up some Foliage Green acrylic paint and water and flipped the filters over so just the tops were dark green.
They still absorbed the color very quickly, but you can see the effect above.
Then I spread them all out on a table and let them dry overnight.  Patience is always the hardest part of any project for me!  When they were dry, I stacked them back up and I painted the edges with a little more of the dark green, just to give them some definition.
 Using straight pins, I pinned them on to the styrofoam ball in layers, just kind of crumpling them around as I went.  I didn't get any pictures of this, because it's a two-handed job and went so fast it wasn't funny.  I kind of folded down the edges on some of the leaves in hopes of making them look more realistic, something I noticed on Tina's picture.  What do you think?
Not as cool as Tina's project, but fun in a different way.  A note about Tina and her blog.....
Did you ever notice that button on the right side of my blog that says "Proud Member of the Nothing Will Happen Club"??  Well that's how I first met stumbling on to THIS page about the Nothing Will Happen Club.  I applied what I read there to myself, when I was stressing about've probably been there.  It changed my attitude and my blog quite honestly.  So go read about it and ask Tina if you can join...she'll let ya...then you can have a button too, and maybe even eliminate a little self-imposed stress in your life as well!
I hope you enjoyed this project and this post.  If you didn't..well...
"Nothing Will Happen"!!! 
Thanks Tina....You are Awesome!

Linking up to any or all of the fine parties listed at the bottom of this page as well as HERE and.......