Preparing for the cold

The weather is growing colder every day, as we prepare for the winter months. Lots of harvesting and canning filling my days

Soups, jams, sauces, pickles, and jellies line the shelves in my basement, root vegetables are in the process of being stored away for eating over the long winter months, all except for the potatoes which will have to wait until I can find a way to rid of the yellow jackets nest resting in my potato rows. I experienced no less than five stings on Tuesday afternoon and the pain and swelling has only just ceased.

As of yesterday all the firewood has made its way into the house

This wood will warm us through the winter and help cook stews in cast iron pots over the kitchen fireplace.

And this yarn will keep me busy! A Michaels craft store has FINALLY opened near me and I went on a mini shopping spree the night of the “sneak peek” with the help up two 40% off coupons and one 20% off total purchase coupon. As if I didn’t have enough yarn, at least now I have the tea cakes I had been eyeing for sometime. I already finished a hat with one of the Caron Cupcakes.

Of course my favorite part of the winter is planning next years garden and talking about which animals will be making their way to our humble farm. Up next: cows and sheep!

Have a great evening folks!

Harvest time

All week long I’ve been canning and harvesting


Applesauce, apple pie filling, apple jelly

This week I’ll be canning pie pumpkins

Our corn did not do well this year, we planted late and now all that remains is the popcorn, we are trying to give it as long as we can.


I am really enjoying the changing colors, we will have lived here a year November 7th and we missed all the changes last fall.

I am very excited this week because after dealing with a not so fun sewing machine for ten years, a friend from quilting is letting me borrow her machine…and I’m freaking out


I have never used a pfaff before, oh my goodness this machine is a dream 


How cool is that?!

Yes, I think a pfaff is my goal. I will work my behind off so I can afford one, it may take a year or two but one day folks, it will happen. 

Today I am currently working on trying to keep the illness away that seems to be plaguing everyone.
Have a great day folks!

Canning, canning, and more canning

We have an abundance of tomatoes, beans & cucumbers on the farm right now


I spend most days parked in front of the stove, canning up a storm 

Lots of pickles (over 45 jars) bread & butter and Dill

Indian pepper relishLots of diced tomatoes

And we have been shelling beans


Don’t ask me what time, because at this moment I don’t remember


I’m really excited that fall is here, it’s my favorite time of the year and the corn stalks, pumpkins, and sunflowers make it feel even more like fall.


What also makes it feel like fall is our three pigs have headed off to the butchers (I apologize to any vegetarian or vegan readers I offend, my husband eats mostly vegan believe it or not)

I have a new project starting always with the projects, I’ve actually been doing very well finish things lately thank you very much. This new project is more of a clean up and restore


This was my late grandmothers & her mother before her, now that I own a forever home, it has come to me. Where my current sewing machine is useless and I am borrowing an older machine from a friend, I am anxious to get this one cleaned up and in working condition.

Now, here are a few of my current works either completed or in progress of being finished Another cat hat, this one for my daughter. I have enough yarn for four or five more, two of which have been spoken for and the others will make it’s way to Etsy. If you live near me and head over to the village store you will find three there, alone with apple hats, crown hats, and crowns

Here is a toddler hat that needs to have the ends weave in that will soon make its way to Etsy as well. 

Today though, I am trying to find different recipes (preferably low sugar/ sugar free) for the 40lbs of apples we picked over the weekend.
Have a great day folks!
Also remember local folks, both ducks & chickens are laying. Come on by! 

The often absent “blogger”

That’s got a fitting ring to it doesn’t it?!

Hello folks, I’m back and I’ve missed you all. I didn’t mean to take off, but we have been having a fun busy summer filled with trips to the park and plenty of outdoor fun

  

Toph and the kids built a fort

We’ve been berry picking 

   
 
And tubing down the river

 
Toph has been making ginger ale 

  And I have been canning
  
And I’ve managed to get some crochet work in!!

A friend asked for a cabbage patch hat for her daughter a couple of weeks ago, I was a little unsure about it at first having never done loops, but I just did a basic crochet hat and the loops turned out easier then I thought they would 

  
I’m actually pretty proud of myself considering I went by pictures.

I also decide to give granny squares another go, which not only turned out well for me 

  
But I spent this past weekend at the home of my bosom friend for her 29th birthday and taught her how to make a granny square and well, she has surpassed me. It took me months to figure it out, she is a pretty fast learner

  
First on the left and second on the right, when I came home today I received a picture of two more squares!!

  
See folks!! She is amazing!!!

After all the other crochet I have been doing, Leif demanded that I continue on with his blanket, which turned out to need two more skeins of yarn, sadly that limelight Caron simply soft yarn was discontinued or so they told me at the only place around here to get yarn (you’re not in Kansas anymore Dorthy 😭). I wasn’t about to pay twice as much on Amazon, so we picked a second color. 

 

I think it’s coming along rather nicely! 

As the summer is slowly coming to an end (the leaves have already started to change colors), I am still crossing my fingers that a house will come our way, this week will be another week of looking at potential properties where we can grow our own food, which will help me to stop crying over the grocery bill every time I exit the store. It’s amazing how much you can save when you have a garden. 

I’m picturing fields of sheep whose wool will become fluffy blankets, cows grazing happily on the lawn, pigs and chickens, and more. Here’s hoping!!
Have a great week Folks!!

Blogiversary!

Happy blogiversary!!! Yes folks, it has been a year since I moved my blog over from blogspot to WordPress, and while I didn’t exactly stick with making my clothes for a whole year, the intentions were good and you folks keep coming back so I must be doing something right!!

Here is a little year in review!

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I learned to weave and I bought a spinning wheel

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I made a Jane Austen inspired dress!

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I sewed some Christmas presents, among a few other things

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I got Carrick, my English angora. We had baby ducks born, and my husband learned to carve.

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I attended a natural dye day with my guild (the very last picture on the bottom is my lot)

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I spun up some nice yarn

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I did a ton of canning

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I went to Georgia and watched my cousin build her house…I held screws and got to use a mallet, but unlike my father, I am not a master carpenter.

All in all I am happy with the few things that I did get done, and will continue to knit, sew, attempt to crochet and of course continue on writing here. We are still searching for our forever home, a homestead to enjoy, raise animals, food, and our little family.

For those of you who keep coming back, you rock!! For you new readers, you rock as well! I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next year!!

Coming up soon: move number one of two! Our days at this house our growing shorter, we’ve run out of time to buy and will be renting elsewhere while we look for our dream home.

Thanks reading folks!!

Well, I’m getting SOME stuff done.

I didn’t finish carding all my wool, I could place blame on ten different things but really, I got burnt out. It’s okay though, I spent about an hour yesterday cleaning the drum carder and I wasn’t about to get it dirty again after all that.

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That looks good right?! I hope so because I got a little OCD when it came to cleaning it. I wanted to ensure that there was no wool left on it at all.

The last thing I did end up carding was some of llama and then I blended it with the Icelandic wool, I even spun some of it

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I managed to spin it thicker then I normally spin, unfortunately after my husband saw the yarn, he informed me that he wants a pair of socks before the snow falls. Good luck with that buddy, last year I made a dress, three Halloween costumes and a few small items, this year I made 80% of a sweater…I’ve dropped the proverbial ball.

On the other hand I did make:

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Pickles

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Ketchup

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And started my first batch of kombucha!

Here is what has been happening on the farm this week

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Maid Marion gave me a quick glimpse of the eggs that should be hatching this weekend, it will be exactly 30 days tomorrow since she started sitting full time.

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Ailey has been trying to pester Moose at night,but he is so gosh darn tired from chasing foxes and woodchucks.

Have a nice night folks!

Slacker

Ok I admit it, I have hardly started on the sleeves of my sweater, the rain has made me sluggish and I’ve had to catch up on laundry & making chicken stock to fill my pantry for the upcoming Fall & Winter.

Today the sun played peekaboo behind dark ugly clouds, it stayed cool outside and Carrick spent is first day outside in his pen over a week. The baby americaunas had been occupying his pen as they were too little to be around the older chickens. I hope Carrick enjoyed his day in the sun, we are going to have rain for the next two days.

I have started another project, a friend asked me to crochet her daughter a pair of sandals for her first birthday. Now honestly I’ve only crocheted once or twice in my lifetime, so I couldn’t make any promises, luckily I came across Lovely Little Life, she has a fantastic tutorial and I was able to crochet within two hours last night

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Of course this sandal isn’t even close to being finished and this one was a practice sandal to see if I could do it. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the turn out.

Have a nice night folks!

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