Brian & Gabi Kinney

  • We've been a bit quiet this past week because we've been working a lot. Brian is still full time at his job and I got the best job in Key West and have been training for the past several days.

But I get to treat people to free tastings of the most delicious rum at @keywestlegalrum three days a week! These guys know what they're doing and these are some of the best rums I've ever had. If you're ever in the Keys, you should definitely make a stop here. The people behind the operation are pretty amazing as well. We are always excited to find people who really love their craft and do it so well. ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ’– Now that we'll be getting back into a regular routine, we'll be posting more often again. Hope everyone is having a great week!
  • Just a gentle reminder - OUR FERMENTATION KIT IS 50% OFF!!!! - through the month of February. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคฉ Trust me - it makes a fabulous Valentine's Day gift for your number 1 sweetheart! I would love to get this from my sweetie! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’–โ™ฅ๏ธ Follow the link in our profile to read all about our awesome fermentation weights and git you some! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰
  • It's #fermentationfebruary and here is another sweet ferment! I threatened to lacto-ferment the abundance of star fruit we had a little while back and I sure as heck did it. ๐Ÿ˜

Isn't she pretty? Tastes pretty good too. A little sweet, a lotta zing. Just like I hoped. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Follow the link in our profile to see how we did it! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • So our weekend was like a scene out of Dexter. The good news is that the living room and kitchen area are about 99% done save a few touch ups. I will take a break from the painting until next weekend when we will tackle the bedroom/bathroom area. Luckily, it's a much smaller area! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Pic #2 is the delicious Zombie that I totally needed after this past week. The glass says it all. ๐Ÿ˜

I hope everyone had a great weekend! G'night. ๐ŸŒŒ
  • Brian had the opportunity to spend yesterday working on a lobster boat - unfortunately, they were catching crab and not lobster. I prefer crab anyway. Sadly, he did not get to bring any home. ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿ˜ญ It was a very long day and really hard work and he's happy to have had the experience. But I don't think it will be a new career any time soon. He did enjoy being able to watch the sun rise and set over the ocean in the same day. I may be a little jealous. ๐Ÿ˜’๐ŸŒ…
  • Coming along! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’Ž Painting, painting and painting. Can I tell you how NOT fun it is to paint a small space while you are living in it? I'm sure some of you have done it and the rest of you can imagine. It takes a lot of patience and luckily, I was born with a lot of it. ๐Ÿ˜’

Brian is the son of a painter and spent much of his young life painting and, ironically, he is doing it for a living right now. So he's quick and good at it. Quite good. I, on the other hand, am slow and very critical of myself, so it can be very frustrating at times. But I've painted with my talented husband many times over the years and am always improving. Steady as she goes.

I'm looking forward to having my small space tidy and uncluttered again. In the meantime, my kitchen island is like a jewel from the sea that sparkles in the sun. ๐Ÿ˜
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We are Brian and Gabi Kinney. Our little family consists of the two of us and our two small dogs, Shorty and Lily. Our backgrounds are in small businesses involving photography, gardening and construction. We enjoy growing, making and preserving our own food. Weโ€™ve been DIYers for several years, at times to satisfy curiosity (can we do it?), but often out of necessity.

We love to learn new skills and we enjoy sharing that learning with others. As small business owners, weโ€™ve encountered many people in our community whoโ€™ve poured their energy and heart into crafting, creating and perfecting their product(s), whether it be kombucha, soaps or beer. Weโ€™ve come to admire these people and seek to learn from them, to understand their process and discover what drives them. In turn, we hope to gain valuable life skills that will allow us to become self-sustaining, to depend less on the commercial world of large corporations and share what weโ€™ve learned with you.

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We want to return to a time of local craftsmen providing services for members in the community, not some faceless corporation far away. We want to enable people to create for themselves and their families.ย 

Like growing your own food in an urban apartment. Baking a fresh loaf of your own sourdough for dinner. Sharing a bottle of wine with your friends that you picked, fermented and bottled. These are the small things that you can do to take you away from the consumer-driven economy, create something wonderful and share it with friends and family.

Join our Journeymanโ€™s waltz through some of the most exciting ways craftsmen and food producers all over the world are changing their communities.

Why โ€œModern Journeymenโ€?

When we were trying to come up with a name for this blog, we went through what felt like hundreds of ideas over the course of several weeks. We wanted something that would cover all aspects of what we plan to do; a sort of mashup of homesteading, traveling & apprenticing.

We came across the term โ€œjourneymanโ€ (thanks Mr. English) and when we learned the meaning of the term, it seemed to fit everything we hope to accomplish here.

A journeyman is a skilled worker who apprentices with other craftsmen on a day by day basis, building their trade and craft.

The term, much like the skills we want to learn and share, has fallen out of everyday use. This made it even more appealing as a title since we are attempting a kind of resurgence of forgotten knowledge.

While doing some research on journeymen, we came across the term โ€œModern Journeymanโ€. It is used to describe lifeโ€™s process of continual learning, or โ€œlife-long learningโ€, โ€œup-skillingโ€ and โ€œmodern apprenticeshipsโ€. Perfect, right?

We are the journeymen and if you follow along with us, you will be journeymen too.

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