What is a Betty?

Betty is the term used to describe an amazing person who you can depend on. Betty is also a term for "sweet and loving girl." The more you get to know her, the more you love being around her. She has a good sense of humor and has a cute laugh. She's chill yet hard working as well as kind and considerate. Betty lights up the room and lights up my life. She's always happy and cheerful. She's also cuddly, independent and smart. She appreciates the simple things in life and can make anything good out of a bad situation. -Urban Dictionary

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Goldendoodle Playdate

Never a dull moment around the acres...a batch of new chicks, and dog breeding 101.  Dana was raised  with litters of AKC Cocker Spaniels.  She wanted to give her kids the same experience and we possibly may be able to do that at the end of January. So stay tuned!

Goldendoodles are  a mix of Standard Poodle and Golden Retriever.  The great news...they don't shed and are WONDERFUL with kids.  They have a ton of energy and need some room to run with a high demand for affection.

One thing about breeding dogs...it answered a lot of questions about the birds and the bees and gave the kids, especially the older ones, some answers.  This is definitely something we thought over for some time, and we are not taking the responsibility lightly.  Our goal is to maintain the great standards for the breed and ensure healthy pups while giving our family a great opportunity to learn.  Providing folks with a hypoallergenic option when purchasing a dog is a great benefit too.

We should know if Ginger is expecting after Christmas.

Max (left) and Ginger

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Some recent photo shoots!

Busy with photo sessions, we thought we would share what we have been up to! Stacie has been busy with holiday photos and childrens portraits. These kiddos are so fun to photograph and the camera loved them!


Happy clicking!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Betties' Halloween 2012

We hope you have an enjoyable evening tonight.  We will be hitting the streets with our kids and are thankful to be spending the time with our families.  So many on the east coast are without power after hurricane Sandy; causing Halloween to be cancelled or postponed for many neighborhoods.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were effected by this powerful storm.  Stay safe and warm.  Happy Halloween!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Believe Boutique

A great way to see unique items from great vendors, all under one roof.

We know one great vendor there who is making tied wreaths for all occasions.

We are enjoying the burlap variety. However, there are many more styles to choose from.
Find Jill and tell her the Betties sent ya!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simple Halloween Craft

We both love Halloween and decorating for different seasons, but it gets costly buying new things for every holiday! This is such a simple idea and very inexpensive! You can purchase the letters at any craft store for 2 or 3 dollars a piece. You could spell "Spooky"... "boo" or "Wicked", but they were out of one or more of the letters, so "31" it is!

 Cardboard letters, some glittery scrapbook paper, and some fun embellishments is all you need!

Make sure you draw the letters or numbers backwards on the backside of the paper, so the paper is right side out!

Spray paint (or any paint will work) the outside edges of the letter. We used black, but you can get creative and use any color!

 Once the paper is cut out glue them onto the cardboard. We used scrapbook glue. There is some really cute scrapbook paper for any holiday. Green glitter worked well for this!

Then you can wrap ribbon around the letter and add any embellishments you want!

Happy Crafting!
The Betties

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Urban Acre Betties "Boo" Their Neighbors

What a fun way for the kids to create a buzz in the neighborhood before trick-or-treating gets under way.

Here are the rules:
1.  Prepare 2-3 goody bags for neighbors including a copy of the "boo" ghost and poem.
2.  Secretly deliver the goodies leaving the instructions for them.
3.  Recipients should place the "boo" ghost in their window or front door letting everyone know they have been booed.
4.  They prepare and secretly deliver goodies to 2-3 additional neighbors not displaying the "boo" sign.
5.  Watch the neighborhood come alive with "booed" signs.

Here are the free printables provided by the Betties.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Decorating/Velvet Pumpkins

Living where we do, we really look forward to fall and cooler temperatures. We decided it is time to kiss summer goodbye and start decorating for fall (and do it inexpensively)! We saw this great idea using different types of beans or peas and stacking them in a hurricane candle holder with the candle set on top; very inexpensive and great for fall colors. We Purchased the beans at a grocery store and it really added a cute seasonal touch to the table! Most of us already have this type of hurricane, but if not, they are easy to find at any discount decorating store.

So why stop here?  One Betty knew she just had to keep going! She remembered seeing these velvet pumpkins at an expensive boutique, but was not willing to pay what they wanted, so she decided to take a stab at doing it herself. She bought a few different colors of crushed velvet at Joanns, which was on sale for $2.50 a yard and found a great tutorial online. It was super easy and with one yard of fabric, she easily made three pumpkins.

Start out by cutting your fabric in a circle. She used a 20 inch diameter, but you can go a little larger or smaller depending on what you want. Using something round can help!

Next, fold the fabric down about 1/4 of an inch and sew a medium size stitch all the way around the circle.

Once you get all the way around pull it together.

You will want to fill the bottom with beans or rice to give it some weight.

Then comes the stuffing, not too full!

Pull the thread tight and tie a knot, before you add your stem. The stem can be hot glued on.

These were purchased a long time ago at pumpkin patch (Five for a dollar :) You could also use a thick branch if you have one handy.

For a final touch cut burlap for the centerpiece as a table runner and layer two colors for a more textured look. Very inexpensive and completes the natural look.

And there you have it!
Happy Fall Ya'll!

-The Betties

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Recovering Chair Cushions

The dining room chairs have seen better days.  A new dining room set would be great...but that's not going to happen anytime soon.  So, off one Betty went to the fabric store to purchase new fabric hoping to give the chairs a fresh new look.

Well, spending thirty to forty dollars per yard was not what she had in mind (she only needed 2 1/2 yards but still, hoping for a cheaper solution).  She combed through the clearance fabrics and came up with nothing.  It seemed all of the new designs and patterns were full price and she left empty handed.

Fast forward to today at Target.  "Why can't I use the fabric from a twenty dollar shower curtain to overhaul the chairs?"  With so many new designs to choose from she grabbed one and ran for home.  Three are done and and she has three more to go.  She is left with more than enough fabric which leaves her some extra so that when the kids spill she has a back-up piece to replace the stained fabric.  These cushions will be scotch-gaurded as well.  The fabric is 100% polyester but looks clean and crisp and DOES NOT look like a shower curtain!  

No sewing required!  Just a pair of scissors and a staple gun.  
$20.00 and two hours later the job is done and the dining room set may just make it a few more years!

Have a great week!
-The Betties