Hi there.

My name's Elizabeth, and I'm a 26-year old newlywed living with my husband, parents, two brothers, and a menagerie of pets in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. I have a full-time job as a teacher, and I also run an Etsy shop called kiss me awake where I sell shabby chic jewelry and decor, mainly for weddings.

I did not grow up on a farm, and I do not have a domestic bone in my body. I never learned to cook, garden, sew, knit, crochet, or do any other old-fashioned homemaking skills, and until quite recently I was very happy in my household ignorance. That is, until my husband proposed to me and I started to daydream of that utopia called our home.

Now I have the nesting bug pretty bad, and I'm determined to turn myself into a real contemporary farm girl. Since we're living with my parents for a while to save up money for our dream homestead, this is the perfect time to experiment. I'm going to try my hand (and my sanity) at cooking, baking, sewing, and other good farm girl arts.

However, I'm also going to keep it real, hence the "contemporary" part. Most of us 21st century ladies don't have the time to spend on these activities that our mothers or grandmothers did. Plus, there's some things that are just best left to modern conveniences (read: dirty dishes. gross.).

Another motive for beginning this project is my love of the earth and my desire to be more aware of and involved in where my food and other things I use come from. I'm really interested in the simple living movement and in adding more handmade and DIY to my life.

If you're looking for an expert, this is not the blog for you (but don't fret, I hear Martha's got a pretty kickin' website). However, if you want to learn along with me, or share some advice, or even get a giggle out of my inevitable mishaps, then stick around. Add Contemporary Farm Girl to your favorite reader, or subscribe by email at the top of the right column of this page. Either way, come by often, and don't be shy to chime in!

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