Fall Harvest 2021

Fall has officially arrived here in Illinois, Midwest USA. And so begins our harvest season. For the next couple of months I’ll be spending time in the tractor seat helping my husband with gathering, storing, moving this year’s crops.

Feeling blessed with the opportunity to help with the family farm and spend time outdoors enjoying the fabulous fall weather, sights, sounds, aromas! Therapy for the soul.

Although my time for actually creating new items will be limited during the next couple of months, tractor time gives me an opportunity to reflect and consider new designs and ideas for future creations.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind piece of elegant casual handmade jewelry or an earthy eclectic curio for your home decor both of my Etsy shops, JudysTreehouse and JudysTreehouseToo will be open. The items in both of my shops have already been created, are ready to ship and will be packaged up and taken to the post office within one to three (post office) business days after purchase.

Keep in mind, if you’re holiday shopping now is the time to get your online shopping done early to avoid potential delivery delays during high volume shipping times.

Wishing you a joyful fall autumn season. Be and stay safe!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Inspired by Nature

The world is full of natural beauty. I’m blessed to be living on a small farm in the rural Midwest, USA. We’re situated in a little valley surround by trees and meadows. And, every year I add to my flower and vegetable gardens. It’s an everchanging palette of texture and color. The plants themselves are beauties to behold but add in the bees, bugs, and critters they attract and you can’t help but say, “What a Wonderful World”!

Here are some photos from around our home and gardens and the pieces they’ve inspired me to create.

You can find my earthy handmade jewelry, sun catchers, and dream catchers only online at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse or https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouseToo or https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse .

You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram at @ JudysTreehouse for more of my nature photos from around the farm, new items, and what I may be in the process of creating.

May you be inspired by the beauty you find in each and every day!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Currently Blooming

It’s that time of year — time to enjoy the great outdoors. Soaking up sunshine, digging in the dirt, planting a seed and watching its development, listening to the birds singing, observing wildlife, discovering new insects! Endless opportunities and enchantments! Isn’t nature marvelous! No matter the weather, do your best to enjoy some time outdoors wherever you are. Make it a daily habit. Clear your mind and absorb your surroundings. Exhilarating! An elixir for the soul!

All the best!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Spring!

I used to say I couldn’t live anywhere where the seasons never changed. Well, I’ve changed my mindset because I’m sure I could live anywhere because this world is a beautiful place to be no matter where you live. I am a firm believer in finding the beauty and joys that fill your life with happiness and love wherever you may land.

But, with that said, I do so love how the seasons change here in the Midwest USA. I’ve gone from living in a mid sized city to living a rural lifestyle here on our farm. And, as much as I enjoyed my urban lifestyle I must say that I am in awe of the nature that surrounds me here in the country and the changes that evolve in what sometimes seems like the blink of an eye.

We welcomed spring here on Saturday with temperatures starting to warm up but still a bit chilly so I grabbed my jacket and took the dogs for a little stroll and thought I’d share a few photos of our little farm.

Peace Love and Joy,

Judy

Summertime

My summertime creative muses……  a.k.a. a walk through my gardens.    If you were ever to visit my gardens you might see weeds and bramble or you might see flowers and vines……you might see icky bugs or butterflies ….. you might see work to be done or buried treasures……. I hope if you were ever to visit my gardens you would find the magic they hold.     Life is how you decide to see it!    Enjoy!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

“Good Intentions”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.    Fall is a busy time of year for us here on the farm with Harvest beginning late August and running through October if we’re lucky enough to have all of the crops in by then.

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And, with October comes time to batten down the hatches for winter; raking leaves, cleaning up the gardens, stowing away garden tools, yard decorations, porch furniture…..(although I must admit I wasn’t real good about all of that this year).

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Followed by November which arrived with unexpected early snow showers.  And then there’s the beginning preparations for the upcoming holidays.

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December arrives with joyous celebrations, family get togethers, last minute shopping, decorating, baking cookies, cooking, cleaning, visiting guests and parties; pure joy mixed in with maybe a little stress?

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January, 2019 has come and almost gone.   Time really does fly.   Trust me, I’ve witnessed it!    It’s been cold this month……very cold…..extremely cold……bitterly cold!   We’ve had some snow……..a lot of snow……with a generous topping of ice.

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My husband has done a fine job of keeping us “dug out” much to my dismay.    Me?   I wanted to stay cocooned in the soft blanket of white serenity and beauty that was surrounding us……..until the spring thaw!   If you live in an area with snow, you may understand; or, you may not.    But, if you do get to experience a snowy day or two and haven’t done so already take a moment to find the joy, it will take your breath away will all of its beauty.    Bundle up, go outside, breathe in the scent of the icy air and snow covered ground, listen to the quiet, see the sparkles of light on the icy surfaces.    It truly is a winter wonderland………

If you don’t “HAVE” to get out in it.    I understand, too, the potential dangers this beautiful, snowy world can harbor.

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For those of you who do not care for winter……..Think Spring!    It is just around the corner…..

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Now January is coming to an end along with a lot of New Year’s Resolutions I would imagine.     I don’t do the New Year’s Resolution thing but I do have good intentions.    And, one of my good intentions this year is to post here a little more often.      Posting gives me a little time to reflect on events that have come and gone, times cherished, things I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done.   It’s a place to explore and share my creative spirit, some dreams, thoughts, ideas.   Just a little place to store a few memories and to share a bit of myself with those of you who may be interested in knowing a little bit more about the person behind JudysTreehouse.

So there you have it.    A few reasons (excuses) for my brief absence here along with my good intentions moving forward.

Do you journal or blog?    If so, isn’t it rewarding….both during and after?   If not, maybe give it a try…….you never know where your past journeys may take you moving forward.

Have a terrific day!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

 

Glory Days

The summer days are ticking by.    Beautiful sounds, changing scenery, gorgeous colors, earthy scents!

I love summertime…………

And, I love taking walks.     I’ve started this quest to walk 500 miles…….just a few miles at a time mind you…..I’m not Wonder Woman……although, aren’t we all full of wonder!   Yes, we are.    Sometimes we just have to dig deep down inside to reminder ourselves.    I find walking is a great way to find peace of mind and gratitude for all of the beauty and greatness this life has to offer.

 

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You can join in and walk with me @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/doppelgangersforahealthylifestyle/

And, yes, I am still creating unique jewelry and gifts at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse

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I have some really cool zodiac pendants and tiny birthstone gemstone necklaces in the works.   And, a few hand wrapped gemstone chokers waiting for a final hand polishing.    Coming soon!

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And, I’ve made a few trips to the post office.   I enjoy creating the packaging almost as much as I do creating the items!

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And, I have my flower gardens and vegetable gardens to tend.

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And, I’ve been canning and preserving a bit…..made some sweet pickle relish last week and kosher dills on the agenda for this week.

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And, we have a new puppy, Spot, our outside security guard.    And, of course, Otis to keep an eye on things, too.

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And, a little reading here and there.   A few short road trips.    Time with family and friends.    And, always something creative on the agenda!

So there you have it……..a little glimpse of my glorious summer days.    Hope you are having a great summer, too, and making the most out of every precious moment!

And, I hope you’ll keep in touch.    You can find me here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse (“Favorite” Judystreehouse on etsy and you’ll see m new listings as they become available)

https://www.facebook.com/judystreehouse (“Like” and “Follow” JudysTreehouse on Facebook.    From time to time I’ll post items I have in the works, new items, fashion ideas, and just plain cool “shares” of things I find beautiful and interesting.”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/doppelgangersforahealthylifestyle/ (closed group but you can request to join to give and get health and fitness inspiration (no solicitors, please)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thingsyoumightfindinatreehouse/ (public group…..just a fun place where I share cool, creative finds and ideas)

Instagram @judystreehouse

https://Twitter.com/JudysTreehouse

Thanks for stopping by.   Have a terrific Day!

Peace Love and Joy!

Judy

“My Old Farm Truck – A True Story of Gratitude”

A true story of gratitude.

Yesterday I was washing out my old truck.     It’s a 2007 Chevy Avalanche.    We bought it brand spanking new.    Today it’s showing very obvious signs of age; rust, peeling paint, a few dings and dents here and there, wear and tear on the interior, dirt so worn in it will never come clean.    My initial thought was I need a new truck; this thing looks like crap, people will think we’re yokels (well, maybe they think that anyway but I don’t really care because I like who we are)…….but, then my thoughts began to change; this truck has been so dependable, it still gets us to places we need and/or want to go; we don’t have to spend money on something we don’t really “need” at the moment; we’ve created memories with this truck; road trips, vacations, trips to the “big city” when our grandbabies were born, bamboozlers were born in this truck, up the hills and around the farm watching the stars come out at night.    I’ve always wanted an old farm truck.    And now I realize I have one; created and maintained with our very own loving hands and memories made right here on the farm!    I love my old truck with all of it’s perfect imperfections!

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Harvest has started a bit late this year.    Little rain and cooler temps over the summer months delayed grain readiness (I know, probably incorrect terminology but you get it).     And now that soybeans and corn are ready to be cut and picked the rain has started……sigh!    But, we will persevere and with God’s help we’ll get this harvest picked, cut, stored or to market before it’s time to plant next year’s crops 🙂   Safety first!

Here are some pics from my “tractor cam” so far this season!    Enjoy!

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Cutting Beans

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whoops!

Soybeans at ADM
Soybeans at ADM

Harvest Sunset
Harvest Sunset

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon

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My yearly hitchhiker! Spidey. Our agreement…Stay where i can see you and you won’t get squished.

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My yearly harvest selfie before I decided to chop off my hair.

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My yearly harvest selfie after I chopped off my unruly hair. I like it!

My Hard Working Husband!   LOVE!
My Hard Working Husband! LOVE!

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Getting a load of corn from the hill behind our house

Glamour Shot!
Glamour Shot!

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Picking end rows

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Picking more corn on the hill

Waiting for a load of corn.   Beautiful view behind our homestead
Waiting for a load of corn. Beautiful view behind our homestead

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The pleasures of Harvest. Sights, sounds, smells……lovely ZEN moments

Harvest Love!    Thank God I’m a Country Girl!     Blessed!

From The Tractor Seat “The Apple Worms”

Another little bit from the storybook I created for my grandsons, Alej and Christian.

Written by Judy Rebman
The Apple Worms by Judy Rebman

The Apple Worms

 

  • I picked an apple from the tree
  •  a worm popped out and said to me
  • You are invading my privacy.
  • This is my house, can’t you see”
  • “You silly old worm,” I said to him,
  •  “It’s not a house that I’m pickin
  • An apple it is I’ve picked from this tree
  • and I’m pickin more, just wait and see”
  • “Now hold on there for just a minute
  •  and I’ll explain why I’m a tenant.
  • I’ve selected this tree for its prime location; next to a creek you see.
  • With sunny mornings and afternoon shade, it’s a perfect locality.”
  • “Why Mr. Worm, I’m so sorry
  • to have invaded your so called privacy
  • But you’ll have to move on and relocate, there isn’t time to waste
  • I’ve apples to pick and pies to bake so its best if you make haste.”
  • “You silly girl I demand you move on to a different kind of tree
  • Each apple here you soon will find is a home to my very large family
  • We’ve lived here for many, many years and have staked our rightly claim
  • So move along, get out of here, we were fine before you came.”
  • “Very well, I’ll move along I do apologize
  • I didn’t mean to cause you harm, I just didn’t realize
  • That an apple could become a house for a wormy family
  • Have a nice day, I’ll be on my way, I’ll go find another tree.”

From The Tractor Seat

November, 2013

By Judy Rebman