Valentine Craft Party ’24 {AN ALL AGES EVENT}

Come in and make something pretty with us! Wednesday, January 31, 1pm-9pm Wednesday, February 7, 1pm-9pm Thursday, February 8, 10am-7pm ART FOR ALL AGESWe have crafts for children through adults, all skill levels.{{{ COME AND GO AS YOU PLEASE between 1pm and 9pm.{{{ Choose from a variety of DIY projects for Valentines Day.{{{ Paper mache’ […]

Use this graphic to identify the leading cause of stroke in adults under 45

WHAT DOES A STROKE LOOK LIKE? Stroke is the most common cause of adult injury and can be very difficult to self-diagnose. The symptoms vary widely from patient to patient, so it’s hard to see it coming. I think it’s important to share unusual medical happenings and to be transparent about my own health in […]

Hello my friends. Are you ready to see what Q4 looks like for the farmgirls?

We’ve been busy doing all the things. Here’s a recap to get you in the loop. Mom and I listed our farm (Gastel Grain LLC) after we returned from Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival 2022 and sold it in December. We’re happy with how things have shaped out since then, with a few key highlights: […]

Interview with a Junker: Where I Found My Why and How to Find Yours

A few years ago, I did an exercise in a business training that helped me to identify why I really love to do what I do, and my notes and progress from that exercise still are helping me to hone in on what really matters to me. I started with a basic question, then turned […]

Farmgirl Toolbox Tip #2203: The Pricing Bot

I talked about my pricing robots in my last Toolbox Tip on The Pricing Kit. A valuable time-saver, you won’t regret adding one to your tool arsenal. My pricing bots are thermal printers that only require thermal labels (they come by the roll) and the occasional recharging. An app on my phone runs the bot […]

Fingerpainting life into old furniture: Old Chippy White Dresser Set

To feel childlike joy, the fastest way is to get your hands dirty. It’s proven science that getting your hands in the soil produces endorphins that make you feel joy. It may not be proven by science, but I get the same feeling from painting with my hands. It’s some fantastic medicine this time of […]

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The story of me.

I grew up farming. When I was a kid, I drove my parents crazy with my little “farmsteads.” I would gather rusty bits from the garage floor, out of the top crust of the dirt floor of the machine shed, or pilfered from the dregs of my dad’s scrap metal pile, which stretched along the […]

Farmgirl Toolbox Tip #2202: The Pricing Kit

How important is a pricing kit? All of the tools in the toolbox are important, but I’ve never been so miserable as when I forgot to bring along my pricing kit to an event. That was a race to the nearest shop where we could get sharpies, sticky tags, cardstock, hole punch and twine. A […]

Farmgirl Toolbox Tip #2201: Start with a Toolbox

The best income tax return money I ever spent was on my toolbox. That probably sounds silly, but hear me out: I can’t live without it. Every time I go somewhere, I need my toolbox. Which means I have to have ALL the things inside it, and I have to load it before leaving, then […]

HOW TO BE AN UNHAPPY ARTIST

“And let us consider one another to prove unto love and to good works” ~Hebrews 10:24 Encourage fellow laborers. No matter what their labor is. Lift others up. I want to share a few remarks on weird stuff other vendors do that ends up preventing sales, how to not be that gal/guy, how to deal […]

My debut as a craftswoman at Silver Dollar City

I had given up on my hopes of being at the Harvest Festival in 2021. I had sent them a request for info last fall, and was in the process of gathering photos and filling out the application when Casey had his aneurysm occur in February. I didn’t even open the studio again until May, […]

My first published article in over 10 years!

I went to school to be a writer, and while I have used the skills I learned in college to write for newspapers in my early out-of-college years and I’ve used the marketing and advertising skills over and over, I haven’t attempted to submit anything other than my own blog posts in a very long […]