Cottage Business Highlights

Starting today we are going to start featuring some new products on our website. Because we ourselves are a small business, we have a longing to support other small, home based businesses.

We are calling this part of our Online Catalog our Cottage Business Highlights Section.

We will be featuring a few items from each featured business. If you would like to see all that they offer you can follow the link at the end of each product description.

Introducing Our First Cottage Business 


Come to our Store and check out Wood Forge Armory’s fun Sword and Shield Sets

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Tips for Tent Camping in Hot Weather

Being in the Pacific Northwest, we are not used to being in hot weather. Though I am not an experienced camper, I am an avid researcher. I didn’t find a whole lot on the internet about it other than “don’t get dehydrated”. So, I figured I would share what we have learned in this last two years of camping in 90-100 degree weather. Continue reading Tips for Tent Camping in Hot Weather

Vacation Time

From July 3rd to July 12th we will be on vacation and off-grid.

 All orders placed in that window of time will be promptly processed and shipped by July 14th. 

We have clothespins still waiting for you.

Everyone needs to disconnect at times and this is ours.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

clothespin stack

Mother Earth News Fair Wrapup

Ever have one of those moments when you feel like you are on a big roller coaster, heading upward and all you hear is “click click click, click…” ? It is thrilling and at the same time you think “What was I thinking…What kind of warped sense of fun is this? AAAAHHH!”

At the beginning of this month we attended the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon.   It was a great experience! It was like that roller coaster but on a good day when I love the thrill of the ride. Continue reading Mother Earth News Fair Wrapup


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

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