The singer reveals how she'll spend her downtime over the summer

By Danielle Anderson
Updated May 06, 2015 10:15 AM
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Miranda Lambert has a lot on her plate this summer … making jam with husband Blake Shelton, designing new living quarters for her 15 rescue pets, adding to her salt and pepper collection – oh yeah, and then there’s that whole music career.

The singer, 31, serves as the very first person to guest-edit and appear on Country Living‘s cover (which usually features home décor or food) in the magazine’s 36-year history.

Get an exclusive look at some of the highlights below:

On her summer plans to make jam with Blake:
“My dad taught me to live off the land. I now have my own garden, but Blake is really the gardener. This year, we’re planting tomatoes and strawberries to make jam. I have a little downtime this summer, so I’m looking forward to this task.”

On her affection for old things:
“I love all things vintage, and I have a growing collection of salt-and-pepper shakers. I have about 50 sets right now, and it’s getting out of control. My favorite – a ’55 Chevy with an Airstream – came from a fan.”

Why she likes things a little out of sorts:

“Growing up, my house was basically condemned when we got it, but my mother was determined to make it awesome. It had mismatched carpet, and the halls were creaky. But those little things that were imperfect were what made it perfect. It’s funny, because I had friends with really nice houses – with pools! – and they always wanted to come to our house. I think our home just had love. I think that’s why country music resonates with so many people.”

On her passion for her pets and her obsession with Pinterest:
“We’re building a new house, and I’ve been saving inspiration on Pinterest. A friend of mine recently said, ‘I can see your Pinterest boards, and all you have on there are dog rooms.’ My husband and I have 15 rescue animals, and I spend way too much time planning our pets’ spaces. I’m like, okay, I probably need Miranda Lambert to move on to the laundry room!”

Lambert co-founded the organization Muttnation Foundation – which is devoted to ending animal cruelty and neglect – with her mom Bev in 2007. To donate, click here.