Harvest

Well the bachelorette party has come and gone and I can now share with you the goodies I made,

12 house scarf book marks, no pattern.
All wrapped in gold paper and pulled from this sorting hat, which also doubles as a wedding decoration for the movie themed wedding.

On the tables for the bridal shower I made these
The vases turned out much harder than I expected, so I was very glad to get to the shower to find that they turned out beautifully!

Now I know that doesn't seem like a whole lot, but that was my secret summer project. Meanwhile old projects have now made their way to my Etsy shop

and we are now moving on to harvesting yummy foods from our garden
peas are drying for next years planting.
Don't let the one crate of zucchini fool you, we have hundreds of zucchini, many still waiting to be picked.

We've also been picking potatoes, pole beans, tomatoes, and eggplant. This week the fall garden will go in and we are all eagerly awaiting the ripening of the watermelon, cantaloupe, & pumpkins.

I've gone from working outside from sun up to sun down, to canning into the evening.

We do have 50 new short term additions to the farm

We sold all but 15 of the meat birds this year, so we decided to get one more batch in before the snow arrives. For the first time ever we are not brooding chicks inside the house, which I think we are all happy about. No mess, no smell, no dust.

Have a great day folks!

Harvest

My sweet little baby girl started first grade today, I’ll admit it….I didn’t cry when she went off to school, not for lack of emotions, but we’re pros by now. She has a thirst for knowledge and a yearning to be around other kids, so when she was two we started looking at preschools, when we did a tour of the preschool she ended up going to, the director took pity on the 8 month pregnant woman with the energetic little girl and let her start school a few months early.

So today was our 5th first day of school, and it was more of a “see ya later alligator” thing (I kid, though she tried to get my husband to drive her to school an hour before it opened).

She enjoyed her first full day of school, loved eating in the cafeteria (even if she didn’t care much for her homemade lunch…I gave her left over chicken parmesan, I was hoping for mom points but instead was given an eye roll), oh well, can’t win ’em all.

We harvested part of our potato crops today (can it truly be called a crop, if it were only two plants?!)

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It was a hard task, a few pumpkins were harmed in the process

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Sadly, we didn’t end up with very many russets, it was our first year with them. Last year we planted six purple viking seed potatoes and ended up with 144, this year we planted 15 and will see what we end up with when they are ready for picking.

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We also harvested more green tomatoes to make relish, and of course cucumbers…these are being brought in to my husbands work, as I am sick of canning pickles (40+ jars this year).

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During a break from the storms we have had for the last 4 days, we discovered that we have wild grapes growing in the front yard, we knew we had some in the backyard, yet had never looked in the front yard.

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I picked them until it got too dark to see

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There are plenty more to pick.

On the fiber front:
I’m starting to run out of the purple yarn that is the contrast color on my bartók tunik, when I was up north I happened to have the chance to stop at the alteration shop where I had picked it up before, sadly they are no longer carrying that yarn, however, I did end up picking up 410 yards of this beautiful yarn

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It reminds me of the sand and sea, I need to get back to working on my shawl, and I think this will be the perfect inspiration.

Have a nice night folks