Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Travel Tales - A Visit to Silo Hill Farm

Well, I've been home for 4 nights and still feel a little groggy. Perhaps too groggy to write a blog post, but I'm going to give it a try.

I've been chatting with Danni @ Silo Hill Farm for about a year now. Danni is a craft blogger. A craft blogger who not so secretly wants to be a furniture painter. She paints stuff all the time. But she couldn't quite make the leap into furniture painting. I kept telling her "TAKE THE LEAP WHY DON'T YOU????!!!!! But she would not.

Then I found out that she lives about 15 minutes off the road. The road I take several times a year when I take the trek to Oklahoma to visit my family. 

Freaky huh? I drive by Silo Hill Farm several times a year!

So we made a plan. A plan where I could come in and sing in my loudest Mighty Mouse voice "HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!

She showed me pictures of what she wanted to paint, I recommended the paint, she picked the colors and ordered from our favorite Miss Mustard Seed stock list. All I had to do was show up.

Danni welcomed me as any good blogger friend should - with a glass of wine.

But this wasn't really a wine fest. We had painting to do!

And I will tell you all about the painting. Later.

But first let's look around Silo Hill Farm.

The view -

The crafts -

the colors -

She's a green girl like me!

This is Finn - short for Finnegan (I think).

He's like the coolest dog ever. But he's camera shy. As soon as he saw the camera he would turn his head and walk away. I did get this one picture. Finn swims in the creek. Silo Hill Farm has its own creek. Bet you don't have a creek.

I love this pallet wall/shelf that she built. It's perfectly pallety. All of Danni's pallets are retired farm workers. They're all finished with carrying pumpkins and corn - or whatever pallets do on farms. I'm not exactly an expert.

If any of Danni's loyal followers are here, this may surprise you . . . she did not cook for me. I think she was intimidated by my legendary cooking skills. She did take me out to the No Name Saloon for steak night. It was good. And nobody seemed to care that I was having a bad hair night and no lipstick. The girl on the left is Stacy, a friend of Danni's. She likes to sing with the band. I helped her. Notice how Danni's beer is full and mine is not. That's because Danni was on her third and I was still on my first. Beer that is.

We got to take a short road trip one day. That was when I saw this. A cow on a house. 

On purpose. 

Bet you don't have one of those either. 

That house was just outside of Plew. 

Plew, Missouri. 

I want to live in a town named Plew. 

Say Plew. 

Say Plew again. 

It's a wonderful word.

Something I learned at Silo Hill Farm . . .  There is a fungus that grows on mulch that looks like dog vomit. 

It's called Dog Vomit Fungus. 

Go figure.

Did I mention that Danni was a pure joy to be around? 

I'm sure that I will eventually meet bloggers that aren't everything they have represented themselves to be. Danni is not one of them. She made me laugh.

It won't be long until I'll be back - back to Willard, Missouri. Visiting Silo Hill Farm. Next time I need to stay longer so I can eat steak at the bar, Mexican food at ????? AND get Danni to cook for me!

Did we paint? Heck yea, we painted. Painting stories to come...

Make something wonderful today!


Sharing here:

French Country Cottage
Funky Junk


Unknown said...

I'm so freaking jealous!!!!
I named Danni's property the United States of Danni - or did John?
Can't remember!
I say we do a blog conference in the
USD anyway!
Looks like so much fun - and I know she was thrilled to have you,
Did she show you her guns lol

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

You guys had fun! I would have stolen Finn, he's way too cute to leave behind. We have that dog vomit fungus sometimes in our mulch- it's gross! Cool pictures but they aren't showing up- the big ones anyway. Only if I click on them.
Did you guys sit in the creek?

Kirby Carespodi said...

I am so jealous that y'all got to visit! What a beautiful place.
PS: I have that same dog vomit fungus at our house.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Wow love Danni's farm. So pretty. I get to meet Danni this weekend! I think it is so awesome to meet all of you soon! Great post!

ANNE said...

I'm SO JEALOUS! I wanna play too!!!!!!

So glad you guys had fun - love the weird stuff you found there. God you made me laugh with this post.

Danni's the best and you're a close second!!

Have a happy 4th!


Bliss said...

Bull. I mean isn't that a bull on that house and not a cow? And I'm almost ready to google dog vomit fungus, but not quite yet, maybe after a beer. Three and I wouldn't be able to google at all. Danni, I'm coming for Finn.

Jean @ said...

Looks like you had a great time! What a beautiful farm, too! If you come visit me, I won't cook for you,either, but Mr. Wonderful will and he's a much better cook than me.

NanaDiana said...

What fun!!!! Are you sure that was only your first beer? lol What a beautiful little spot in the world and she sounds like a wonderful person, too- xo Diana

Art and Sand said...

Dog vomit, fungus, beer - you had an interesting visit.

Hope you don't make us wait long to see what you painted. And, I hope you painted it before you went to dinner.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Wow Karen! You make me, my house and and my farm look pretty good! I had to laugh at the Mighty Mouse comment, because that's exactly how it felt to me! did get me over my fear of furniture painting!! I had the most fun with you! Can't wait til you return...maybe we'll have more fun, less work. Maybe!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Sounds like you had a great time and what fun to meet other bloggers in person. I'm sure you will be going back.

Unknown said...

I miss that part of the country! Being born in Oklahoma, my grandparents always lived in Oklahoma or Missouri and that's where I would spend my summers. Then I got older and stopped going except at the holidays. Then they all moved to the Southeast. And I need to learn to paint furniture, too, and will gladly finish any beer that anyone can't drink (leaving it would be alcohol abuse)--so bottom line, I'm going with you to Danni's next time. :)
- Brooke -

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

What a fun adventure you had!!!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I love Danni! She is one of the nicest, realest (is that a word?) bloggers I know. So much fun seeing photos of the great paint adventure! It was so nice of you to teach Danni to paint! AND that pallet shelf, I WANT that pallet shelf. So pretty!

Amy Ellis said...

Danni is the best!!! What an awesome tour of everything Danni. That pallet shelf is just the coolest. Great read and beautiful photos ~ Amy

Feral Turtle said...

What a fun thing to do! A road trip/painting lesson/drinkfest! You could definitely market this. Cheers from your newest follower.

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

What a beautiful home, incredible views...and their own creek! Sounds like heaven to me.
It looks like you had a great time, and what a treat to spend a few days with a great blogger like Danni.
Debbie :)

Unknown said...

Fortunately, because I've known for years that my dog has food allergies, his palette has not been given the chance to become snobby as he is on a very limited diet and always has been. He thinks a raw carrot or frozen green bean are among the greatest treats in the world. If my dog refuses to eat a new kibble, I know I can add things like chopped carrots (allergy tested and approved) to get him to eat it.


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