Guest Post by the Screwy Carpenter:

This is one for those happy moments. You know the kind where your soul is at peace, your heart is content and the kids are not chewing on each other. It does not happen every day but when it does oooh how I cherish these moments.


Almost a year ago The Lady came to me with the idea of making clothes pins to sell. I initially thought she was crazy. After much research I came to see the opportunity. Having been in sales and business on multiple levels for many years I knew some of the challenges that lay ahead and knew that there were many unknown challenges waiting to be conquered. Continue reading Blessings

“It’s ALIVE!” Garden Update and From the Farm Hop

Well, the last couple weeks has just been crazy around here. I have to say that spring/planting time is one of the busiest times for me. This year it has been even more so with the business. Spring for us is a time to not only plant but it is time to wrap up our homeschooling year.

When the plants start to come alive and the bees are buzzing in my apple tree and raspberry plants (makes me smile)… Well, it’s not just the kids that have a hard time focusing on school…. Continue reading “It’s ALIVE!” Garden Update and From the Farm Hop

Teaching Young Minds… Learning Styles

Before I became a stay at home Mom, clothespin maker, wife and country girl, I went to school to get my teaching certification. I taught in the public school for four years. It was an all-encompassing ministry and I loved it. But when we decided to have kids I transitioned into being a homeschooling Mom. For a couple years I also tutored and directed an educationally based afterschool program. I love to help kids learn. I REALLY love to help struggling kids get back on track.

school time

One of the tools I use in assessment and teaching is Learning Styles. Learning Styles are simply different ways of learning. If I can pinpoint a child’s primary learning style I can teach a concept more effectively. This is especially important when doing remedial teaching/tutoring. Continue reading Teaching Young Minds… Learning Styles

Celebrate National Hanging Out Day

National Hanging Out Day 

April 19th 

Chasing and playing peekaboo
Chasing and playing peekaboo

I admit, I love my dryer. Though some would assume that since I run a clothespin business I wash all my clothes by hand and hang dry them all… well, that is not the case. I wash all my clothes in my washer  (thankful for it every time) and when it isn’t pouring down rain I hang all of my bigger, heavier items (such as towels, blankets, and jeans) on the line.

When we started selling clothespins I ran into National Hanging Out Day. It is a day to encourage people to conserve energy by using the natural dryer… sunshine! (Though drying your clothes inside on a line works well too.) Continue reading Celebrate National Hanging Out Day

After the Wind Calms… Newest upgrades

Today was a calm relaxing day. It was wonderful. For the last two weeks it seems like we have not stopped. Either The Carpenter has been working extra hours or we have had some scheduled event…usually both. For a while it felt like the world swirled around me like a wind storm and I was just trying to keep it all straight.  Spring Break became a time to catch up on things. (though I made sure we had one field trip day to the Dungeness Spit.)

On top of the crazy we had some major equipment issues. Luckily, The Carpenter had just finished a large round of clothespins and product availability was never an issue. However, Five main pieces of equipment decided to go kaput in the last three weeks. AGH! Three out of the five are now up and running again (or replaced) and two are in process with a solution on the horizon. Continue reading After the Wind Calms… Newest upgrades

Gardening Update and Hop

Well, without going into too many details it has been a very busy week. On a good note: Clothespin sales have been good :) .  I am juggling so many hats that the garden duties have been a bit neglected. I haven’t worried about it too much because up here by the mountain we have still been getting overnight frost and the soil is still really cold. 

flowering tree

The humming birds have returned. The leaves and flowers are coming back on the trees and other plants are poking through the soil, so those are good indicators that we are almost ready. Now to make the time to get out there… Continue reading Gardening Update and Hop

Lessons Learned from Kickstarter

As many of you know we launched a Kickstarter in February 2015. The closing date for that project is March 28th.  Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” funding platform. That means that unless a project is fully funded, the funds pledged are not collected from the backers and the creator of the project receives nothing. Monetarily speaking…

However, with very little time left for our Kickstarter and it needing some amazing miracle to fund… I would not call it a failure. In this process we have learned a lot and none of those lessons are negative. Continue reading Lessons Learned from Kickstarter

A Woodworker and Teacher selling clothes pins that last generations, learning to live off the land and raising honest, hard-working children.