Social Networking is Hard

We’ve been having a complete blast creating items for our Etsy shop, and we’re even having a bit of success in our first month with a few sales. We’re dedicating quite a bit of our time to creating new items and learning how to market ourselves and our shop in the process. And it’s A LOT of work. I have no idea how anyone does the part-time successfully! If you want to take a peek of our progress so far:

Our Shop, it’s chock full of all sorts of stuff right now.
Our Facebook, where you can subscribe to updates and discount codes exclusive to Facebook.

We’ve set ourselves a goal to have at least 100 items in our shop by Valentine’s Day. We’re at 76, so not too far to go! We’ll soon be setting up a regular booth at our local farmer’s markets and craft fairs.

Life is good!

– Tracy (on behalf of The Seals)

The Worst Blogger Ever

HI! And I’m back. Well, at least I dished a pre-warning about how terribly inconsistent I am at posting. And before I knew it, BAM, 2012. And there’s SO much going on.

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDAH. 27! This mostly sums everything up for me:

WE’RE GETTING MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER! WOO! Waiting on a date confirmation from our venue for either September 8th or 22nd. The thought of how much needs to be planned makes me panic, but good ol’ Judah will be there right by my side. We’re celebrating our special day at a gorgeous venue in the redwoods, and we’re absolutely stoked about it. Preparations here at the homestead include preparing plots of land for veggie crops and flowers. Our goal is to grow our own flowers and food for the wedding. I should mention that the tastiest tomatoes I have ever devoured came from this place.

We started an Etsy shop! Check us out at By The Seals. The purpose is for us to learn something new everyday. Currently, our shop features  wire wrap pendant necklaces, original acrylic paintings, wood block photo transfers, crochet items, glass marble magnets and painted jars.

Also, as of next Tuesday, we’re both back in school.

2012, I like you lots.

-Tracy

Salt Point, or “With Wings of an Eagle, We Fly at Speeds Matched by Cyclists”

There are parts of Highway 1, North of Jenner, where the road exists more for thrill seeking madmen than tourists and RV campers. These are the paved turns that nightmares are made of, and surely will haunt me for months to come. We’re fine after a detour on 10mph dirt roads for our 20 mile drive back, and honestly I wasn’t going much faster than 18 or 20 in the 55mph zone on 1-N to begin with so it didn’t take that much longer getting home. Oh also, Salt Point is amazing and worth the scariest drive ever that made driver and passenger simultaneously sob, gag, scream and laugh with carnal, instinctual fear.

Also, be sure to bring exactly $8 cash and a pen for entry.

– Judah

 

Until next time,

Tracy

 

Home is Where the Heart Is

I’m not sleepy and feeling quite internet savvy so I put together a little something for y’all. We get lots of questions about where we live, so here’s a bit on that.

Nowadays, we live in a teeny tiny town with a population of around 350. Keep in mind that I come from the East Bay suburbs, and Judah comes from the weird city life of Berkeley. We’re used to lots of people, but we hardly see them here! We’ve got a little local general store, but our nearest grocery chain is a 30 minute trip in each direction. Needless to say, we’re learning to plan ahead these days.

Our house is nestled on top of a hill on almost two acres of land. The main house has one of the coolest house layouts I’ve ever seen; almost every room has two separate ways to get in and out. It’s got that cozy country cabin feel. More awesome: one of the small bedrooms was converted into a large walk-in closet that now serves as my craft haven. I have more space than I even know what to do with. I’ve never had that problem before. Dilemma, seriously. I’ve been making stuff! I’ll get around to taking photos of projects soon.

In addition to the main house and garage, there’s also this beautiful barn on the property, and an awesome solar powered pond nearby. We’re continuing to make this area as awesome as possible for Judah’s mom, who will live in the barn after retirement. That sweet path you notice there is courtesy of none other than Judah himself.

Recently, we took on a project to fix the current paths, and build on some new paths down to different areas that we use a lot.

First we laid down cardboard. The weeds here are OUT OF CONTROL. The cardboard also doubled as an easy way to deal with weed control without spending hours ripping three foot taproots out of the ground. After we laid down the cardboard, we covered it with a mix of chipped trees, leaves and mulch. We got a huge pile for free from the tree guys. I had no idea you could even do that. Apparently all you need to do is ask. And it looks pretty good. Actually, it smells pretty nice too!

I’m actually looking forward to the world of weed whacking. It seems sort of liberating in its own way. As you can see, that duty is fast approaching.

Our little fava beans are growing nicely. You can see on the far side how the weeds can get though. Tiny weeds, EVERYWHERE.

We’ve also got loads of garlic cloves planted as an additional cover crop. They’ve yet to sprout, but we just had our first heavy rain in a while, so they might show up soon.

The kale is just as crazy and fractally as ever. We’ve got several huge plants, we’re thinking kale chips.

We’ve got loads of strawberries all over the place too. Still flowering and giving off a few tasty little fruits every now and then. Also not shown: endless raspberries.

And we’ve got cool flowers like these. I like to catch a new one every now and then:

Well, that’s all for now.

– Tracy

REMIXXXXX

Okay, so let’s try this again. This round we’re seeking consistent solid results; I start these damn blogs and never follow through with them, so let’s keep our fingers crossed here. People can change!

Let’s get back to the basics. Why are we here? We’re keeping a blog of our recent doings for the amusement of family and friends. Strangers with candy are welcome too. If you’re seeking background on the us, here it is:

Two twenty-somethings from the suburbs move out to the cuts; to a hidden gem in a resort area between the redwoods and the ocean. In a few short months we’ll be back in school, building a farm (complete with goats and chickens), and generally living out our dreams.

We live on a gorgeous property in a teeny tiny town nestled in the redwoods just outside of wine country. One of the largest pumpkins in the world came from our backyard! Living in a cool place like this makes me want to take too many pictures, so there will be plenty of those.  Just check around.

Oh, and did I mention we’re engaged? Fall 2012 Wedding details TBD!

Your Pals,

Tracy & Judah