Lots of Carpenter Bee Traps

Remember all those bread racks we rescued from a curb pile? Turns out they’re really handy, if you own a carpenter bee trap factory.

Checking In …

By Erin Huffstetler | 06/02/2015 | No Comments
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It’s been three weeks since the carpenter bee trap madness started, so I thought I’d drop in and give you guys an update.

When I last left off, we had sold 1,045 traps. We have now sold over 1,700 traps! Crazy, right? I still can’t believe we managed to make and ship that many traps. And the orders keep coming in. Right now we’re shipping between 40-50 a day. It’ll be interesting to see how long this goes on.

Car Loaded with Packages

Everyone at the post office now knows me by name. Apparently dropping off two car loads of packages at a time makes an impression.

To keep up with all the orders, we had to bring a bunch of family members out of retirement. It was like one big family reunion at the Huffstetler house. The girls even met a few relatives for the first time. At the height of production, I was feeding 15 people lunch and dinner every day.

With all those people and all that activity, my house pretty much exploded at the seams. It’s still a huge disaster. But the upside of that? I told everyone here that I now never had to worry about cleaning for another party. After seeing my house like that, anything will look clean.


To make things extra interesting, we were in the process of getting ready for our first craft show when this bit of viral wonder happened, so all crafting had to come to a screeching halt. We didn’t get back to work on that until a few days before the show. Talk about down to the wire. My poor husband was right along with me for the ride. There were times he’d get up from the table and announce that he had to go mow the lawn or do something else manly for a bit. Ha! But I’m happy to say, we made it through that round of crazy, and the craft show went well. I’ll do a post on that later this week.

Now, we’re busy trying to catch up on all the things we neglected. Laundry. yard work. grocery shopping. All that life stuff.

Bagged Grapes

Yesterday, a reader asked me a question about my method for protecting grapes from birds, and that prompted me to peek out the window. Yep, my grapes needed to be bagged, stat. So, I raced to the store for supplies, and I spent several hours today bagging my grapes. Glad I got them covered before the birds found them.

It’s been three weeks since we’ve been to the cabin, gone yard saling or taken a day off. I think it’s safe to say some bush hogging, yard saling and R&R are in our immediate future. Man, do I miss my yard sales.

At least we’ve found a couple curb treasures this week to tide me over.


I rescued this pretty mobile yesterday.

Aluminum Christmas Tree

And my husband found this aluminum Christmas tree today. Can you believe someone threw that out? It’s madness. Kind of like the schedule I’ve been keeping the last month.

But things seem to be calming down, so I should be back to my normal posting schedule soon. We have someone coming out to look at our well this week (it needs to be dug deeper), so you can expect our cabin updates to resume, too. I’m ready to get summer started!

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