Chickens on a Fence


Tired of the stress of city life and motivated by a desire to be more self-sufficient, my husband and I decided to trade life in the busy suburbs for life on a quiet country homestead. In the fall of 2012, we moved to an acreage in rural Northeastern Oklahoma where we are learning to live off the land (hahaha).

We share our small acreage with a large garden, our four shih-tzus, and a growing flock of chickens we raise for meat and eggs: Lavender Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and American Bresse).

I began this blog for the purpose of documenting our eventful transition from city to country life and our attempts at starting a small business in the market garden arena.  However, my husband and I soon learned that there was not enough of an interest in naturally grown heirloom vegetables to make a go of it.  In the wake of that disappointment however, I discovered I could draw.  Inspired by my garden, chickens, and our beautiful rural surroundings, I began developing a series of digital and hardcopy products including day planners, stationary, printables, and clip art.  I also enjoyed collaborating with other homestead bloggers, small business owners, and farmers in creating homespun logos and custom illustrations.   In 2014 I launched my digital art business “Scratchy Pixel”  (website coming soon!).  

In order to dedicate more time and energy to my growing work as a freelance digital artist and illustrator I am no longer providing blog updates.  If this is your first visit, you can read here to learn more about who we are and how we got here.  “The Building of a Homestead” and “The First Twelve Months” tabs at the top will link to a series of posts all about the ups and downs of establishing a homestead.  The search on the sidebar should help you navigate through our previous posts including recipes, gardening tips, and all we’ve written about our chickens.  We also invite you to follow our regular contributions to The Traditional Cooking School by Gnowfglins.

You can view and purchase some of my creations (including a homespun style day planner) at my growing Etsy store front Scratchy Pixel.

We still want to connect with fellow homesteaders!  Comments on the blog are currently closed but you can drop us a line at our email address listed on the sidebar.  We also  invite you to follow our updates on Instagram,  follow us Pinterest, and drop in to see us on Etsy!

Thanks for stopping by!








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