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Country Living The Farm Chicks Christmas: Merry Ideas for the Holidays Hardcover – September 7, 2010

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About the Author

The Farm Chicks got its beginning when Serena Thompson and her friend Teri Edwards held a yard sale to get rid of some of the "junk" they both love to collect. From that simple beginning Thompson parlayed her love of vintage stuff, handmade crafts, cooking, and family into a brand that celebrates the simple and stylish. Serena now runs The Farm Chicks Antique Show, a large and successful annual antiques fair in Spokane, WA; maintains a website and blog where she shares Farm Chick Style, a line of jewelry, clothing, and stationery items; and is a contributing editor to Country Living magazine.
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Product Details

  • Series: Country Living
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; 1st Printing edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588165213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588165213
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Serena bounced through the first years of her life in a hippie gypsy wagon, hand-built by her father, wandering the back roads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Her family eventually settled into a tiny cabin in the woods on property that was once inhabited by American Indians. She spent her days searching for arrowheads, teaching herself to sew on a treadle sewing machine and to bake in a wood-burning stove, with no running water, refrigeration, or electricity in her home.

Her family lived frugally and early on, inspired by my parent's thriftiness and style, she gained a knack for thrifty creativity and turning ordinary objects into something useful. And Serena dreamed of the home she would create for her own family someday. Serena is now married to her husband, Colin, and they have four sweet boys. And her dreams have come true.

Along the way, she founded The Farm Chicks Antiques Show, created thefarmchicks.com, and authored The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen with her best friend, who has since retired from the business. Serena now runs The Farm Chicks on her own and writes about her life as an entrepreneur, wife, mom, author, and Contributing Editor for Country Living Magazine on her blog, www.thefarmchicks.typepad.com. She thinks of herself as the luckiest girl in the world, doing what she loves day after day.

Serena's second book, The Farm Chicks Christmas, was released in the fall of 2010.

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Format: Hardcover
Christmas "Farm Chicks" style is just what I was hoping for this season. I am a big fan of Serena Thompson (previous book, site, products, blog, etc) so, of course I had her new publication, The Farm Chicks Christmas on pre-order the minute it was available. I was not disappointed in the least. The beautiful photography alone is worth the price of admission - but, never fear Ms. Thompson has given us many more "treats" to freshen our holiday plans. A few favs - the Pom Pom Ornaments (especially if you have super little ones and need non-breakable on your tree), and wrapping & shipping ideas (including Gift Card Holders & Wrapping Paper Village).

A few recipe highlights for me include - Marble Bread and the Mini Orange Bundt Cakes. No way to choose, so I'll be making both.

And, if all that doesn't seal the deal for you --- included is adorable color recipe cards (perfect to make copies and expand your collection or for gifts) and sticker gift tags. Love a free gift with purchase! This is a beautiful holiday book - full of lovely stories and collections. As a fan of the brand, The Farm Chicks know how to throw one heck of a holiday extravaganza!

Cheers!
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"The Farm Chicks Christmas" by Serena Thompson is the follow-up to 2009's The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much. The first Farm Chicks book was a countrified cookbook peppered liberally with stories and reminiscences by Serena and Teri, antiques-inspired craft ideas (a reusable stencil was included in the front), and comfort food: easy recipes for breakfast treats, appetizers, soups and salads, and decadent desserts, over fifty in all.

"Farm Chicks Christmas," on the other hand, is written only by Serena, a contributing editor for Country Living magazine and antiques show hostess (her best friend Teri has retired from their business). The book still includes numerous country-inspired craft ideas; you'll find decorative, retro-inspired self-adhesive gift tags and notecards at the back, along with various decorating ideas for "the most wonderful time of the year." However, the ratio of crafts to recipes is reversed from the first book; there are only 17 recipes included at the back with gift-giving suggestions on how to package them.

"Farm Chicks Christmas" captures the magic of childhood Christmases, from family visits to the tree farm (complete with recipe ideas for hot drinks to tote along), holiday decorating ideas (holiday scalloped bunting, vintage-inspired snowball pompom ornaments, cone trees and vintage funnel trees, banners and more), and photos of Serena's friends' and family's homes decorated for Christmas.

Much of the book is more like a scrapbooked photo essay, with crafts sprinkled in every few pages.
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This book is a great way to get ready for the holidays and well worth the price charged by Amazon. Theirs was the cheapest I found and got here in a timely fashion. Great buy!
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I bought this book for a gift. Of course I had to read it first- and was delighted! A real return to making Christmas simple and fun!
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If you know the Farm Chicks, you won't be surprised or disappointed. Fun, creative ideas, nicely written in a good format. The photography is excellent. If you like mid-century or kitsch, you'll love this. If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, you'll love this. Every detail down to the font and expression is Serena Thompson, and what we've all come to expect from her and the Farm Chicks 'label.' I loved the useable gift tags and labels included--a refreshing change from the more typical link to a site for downloadable clipart.

You're sure to find either a new idea, or a twist on something you already do, making this a fun, pleasureable read. If you have vintage decor in particular, this will give you loads of great ideas.

Picking this up each year will surely put you in the Christmas spirit. I'm looking forward to getting it out with my other books next year and revisiting...but I'm hoping for another one next year!
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In true Farm Chicks style, this book inspires new ideas, wonderful cooking and merriment of the best kind! I have been a Farm Chicks fan for as long as they have been around and ordered this volume a soon as it was available. It is a delight to thumb through and look at the gorgeous photographs and you will be truly in the mood for the holiday after you read it cover to cover as I did!!

It is filled with memories of Ms Thompson's past Christmases; yummy recipes for warming drinks and munchies, cookies,
mini bundt cakes and soooo much more! There are crafts to help decorate your cottage...Wrapping Paper Village; ways to use your collectibles to add to the holiday spirit:get out those vintage ice skates; tuck a small-size pair of red cowboy boots stuffed with winter greens into the corner of a book shelf; display your colorful baking supplies in glass jars on a kitchen shelf or counter....the reds, greens, and multi-color cookie decorations are pretty as well as functional!!

Just when you think you have seen it all, you turn the page and there are color recipe cards (make copies or use the originals to attach to those homemade goodies) plus 2 pages of sticker gift tags! Fun little extras!!

This is a wonderfully written book chock full of entertaining stories, and all the recipes and decorating ideas you need to make yours a merry holiday!!
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