Summertime 

Dance season has ended, school is winding up, and summer vacation starts on Friday!


With special permission from her dance teacher, with her brother off with his YaYa & Grootvader, and side by side with her best friend, Lorelai finally got a little more colorful


(Don’t let this picture fool you, her friend on the right is actually a foot taller than she is) 


They a now twinning it up at school.

Her dance recital was fantastic and we are excited for the fall season, though we have decided to test the waters at a different dance school. 

Unfortunately I didn’t get the best pictures, so here are two from her second dance 



Also last week we got to enjoy a play at the school put on by the first and second graders, I was informed last minute by chicken little himself, that he needed a mask. So after combining four patterns,  around 11:30 the night before the play, chicken little had a mask


While I was in the process of making this mask, I was also teaching my dad how to crochet


I have so many crafty items I wish I could post right now but alas, they are surprises for a bachelorette party I am attending in the Fall, I’m afraid if I post them the bride will see them. I am excited to post pictures of everything I’ve been working on after the party.

I can however show you what I have been working on for the craft fair



Hats and coasters, I also have cupcake scarves though I have no pictures at the moment.

I also have some lovely Romney all washed 


And thanks to a new friend, today I will be using her wool picker to help separate the locks before carding it up and spinning! 


Next week will be my last week of quilting until school starts again, I am currently working on my favorite project.


Of which I have very intention of purchasing when finished!

Have a great week folks!!

Babies everywhere


We have 102 new babies in the house and are they ever cute!!



They are all happy and healthy and noisy!!


The ducklings have been moved to the greenhouse for a few weeks, until they can get big enough to join last years ducks. Sadly we did lose one before the move was made. 

We have had a busy week this past week, not only was school on vacation, but we planted fruit trees 


That so far have been left alone by our daily visitors, hopefully this will continue so we may get proper fencing.



I am finally pain free…in my hands, I am happy that I am now able to pick up my knitting or crochet without wincing. Though my head is still hurting slightly and I am having a hard time focusing on pattern, I’ve worked on a few items


I’ve recently started a mermaid tote bag, I am using red heart unforgettable yarn. I know some people aren’t fans, but I have no complaints. 


I’ve also almost finished the first skien of a Caron cake on my granny square blanket. 


For weeks I’ve been thinking of the pattern I wanted to use with the fabric I have for Lorelai’s quilt. I had my heart set on the Ohio Star, and though I watched many videos, and read many version of the pattern, I could not figure it out. It looks easy enough, though as I previously stated my head is still hurting, so it’s as if it goes in one ear and out the other.

Yesterday a friend from quilting was able to help me and this was the outcome!


I’m happy with the turn out and I am looking forward to practicing more over these next rainy days, so that I may start cutting the fabric intended for the quilt.
I hope you all have a fantastic week! 

Not over yet!

Well once again we have a couple of more storms rolling in this week, the first being tomorrow with talks of 17 – 24 inches of snow during the day and well into Wednesday, followed by another 7″ of snow on Saturday, though I’m going dress shopping with my best friend for her wedding & we are both crossing our fingers that it holds off until night fall, as she is flying in from Illinois and will only be here for the weekend.
Well the chickens are back full force with the egg laying! We have been getting nearly three dozen eggs a day for the last several days.

 It has Toph’s hopes raised up so much so that he has considered buying an additional 60 chickens on top of the 50 we already have coming. 

We already see our eggs to a local natural food store, however we are hoping to set up at a farmers market mid-late summer, by that time we should have plenty of chicken and duck eggs to go around.

Last fall we took my niece to the Sandwich fair, where she fell in love with one of those blow up doughnuts, it was a prize for one of the games, you know…the games no one ever wins. Well we didn’t even attempt to win it, but I made sure to make a mental note to find a pattern to see if I could somehow make one for her, for her birthday!


Behold, the doughnut pillow. I used THIS pattern and it took me about six days to make. She was a happy camper, she had foot surgery the day after she had it, so it made for a comfy foot rest on the way home.


This past weekend we had tempatatures ranging from -5 to 15. We spent our days indoors trying to stay warm and keep busy. I spent my day in the kitchen sitting by the fire while dinner cooked 

We have been cooking a lot in the hearth lately, so it has become a favorite spot in the house.

Spending my day at the kitchen table next to the warm fire, I worked on many…still unfinished projects. Unfinished mainly because I would start working on one thing & think about how nice it would be to work on something else.

At one point I had three projects next to each other and I would work on them like they were part of an assembly line

Then I got the spinning wheel out, however the wool was so warm that my hands began to get uncomfortably warm and so that lasted about twenty minutes.

Followed by the fabric 

At this point I gained a whole new level of respect for the ladies who cut out the kits at our quilting guild. These are only 55 of the 678 flower centers, petals, and leaves that I need to cut out. Of course I found that I am short on fabric and I can only hope that this fabric is still available when I go back into town on Thursday. 

Last Monday I finished two quilt tops that I had started awhile back


The quilt on the right I started last June before I had to take a break for summer vacation. I started on my old crappy sewing machine and had just barely gotten the yellow and red piece sewn together to make 60 rectangles. I started in on it again and within two Mondays on my amazing machine, I was able to complete the top. 
As I feel I’m getting repetitive when it comes to talking about the snow, (as I am type it out I think in my head “Your reader’s get it, it’s winter and it snows”), I was thinking that I’d would like to do a Q&A for my next post if anyone is interested. I will answer questions next week or if no one has any questions to ask, I will just write a regular post. My blog isn’t as exciting as most bloggers, but I’m willing to try a Q & A!

I hope you all have an amazing week! Have a great day folks!


Well folks it’s official! There is a ten year old in the house! We celebrated with a few friends at the local indoor pool, followed by a slumber party.

Per the request, with a bit of hesitation from the chef, there was a Boston cream cake made from scratch by yours truly


It’s not pretty, but it was delicious. Another first was that I made butterscotch pudding for the middle, now that I know how easy it is to make pudding, I might do it more often.


Well we did it, we placed the order for some new feathered friends! Black Australops and Golden Comets, 11 more Golden Runner 300 ducks, and then our short term Cornish Cross birds.

We have a couple of plays (<—what?! 2/5 edit), escape artist in the greenhouse that are either eager for new surroundings or really just want to free range with the chickens and ducks.
Every so often when it warms up they keep trying to tunnel out, we’ve been moving them weekly to to help dig up the soil for spring.

​                                I’m looking forward to spring to see how Noël will react to grass. 


Last week I took a two day break from knitting & crocheting due to swollen joints from…over crocheting I’m sure. On the third day my hands were back to normal and faster than ever


The top hat has been tossed up on my Etsy page though I am toying with the idea of adding a bow. The others will be added as well when I can finish weaving in the ends


I tried a new pattern this weekend, it isn’t perfect but I’m still the new kid on the quilting scene so that’s alright 


And now my internet friends I have a task for you, my quilting guild was gifted with some already made blocks and we are in search of this green fabric


I have been searching online with no luck but maybe someone out there has the matching fabric or knows where we might purchase some.

Have a great day folks!

The First Thanksgiving

I came down with a bug over the last couple of days, usually where I would normally contemplate avoiding housework in favor of playing with yarn or my new sewing machine, I spent the better part of two days asleep on my comfy couch,  not wanting to touch anything in the times I had been awake.

I did however fall off the Pinterest wagon, which was fantastic because for the first time I am in the position to host my first Thanksgiving dinner and while I will most likely fail at half of the ideas I fell in love with on Pinterest, I’ll have fun trying & I will take pictures along the way!

We are so very close to finishing the Greenhouse, we along with Toph’s parents have been working hard for weeks trying to finish it before snow. Although it has snowed several times, luckily it hasn’t stuck. 

We have however has time for a bit of fun


We take Halloween very seriously.

Now here is a project I have been working on for awhile (among the several orders I have been lucky enough to have gotten over the last couple of weeks)


I have a long way to go to finish this wonky stars quilt, my new machine has been so fantastic and the only issue I have was brought on by myself piecing things the wrong way. 

Have a great day 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!

Marco

…..polo
You know the drill I’ve been busy, I’m always busy, what’s new?!

We have been digging in the garden, putting in plants only to have the wind destroy half of them 😭



(Picture courtesy of my MIL)

Some of us have already harvested some crops


Before school, after school, all weekend long, the kids have been devouring the wild strawberries


We finally put the laying hens out…& they stayed just like this for twenty minutes, birds were sick of waiting and started to fly over the mass of birds just standing there. 

Yesterday was my last day at quilting as summer vacations is starting up, I’ve finished three quilt tops since my last post


I call this my anxiety quilt, I’m happy to have it finished. Amount of anxiety attacks I’ve had since I’ve finished this quilt? 0


On the 25th of this month, our guild will take part in a celebration in our town and we will have some quilts up for sale.


One of the ladies in my quilting group gifted me with a quilting loom, I am excited to try it out this summer and go back to quilting in the fall with a little more skill.

The merino has finally dried out, but will soon enough need to be washed just a bit more, as there’s too much lanolin to run through the drum carder. 

What though what has been run through the drum carder has turned into 188 yards of beautiful blue faced leicster 


I’ve never before spin yarn so consistently, as much as I want a new sewing machine, I’m secretly hoping that this skein doesn’t sell at the craft fair. The rest yes, but not this one lol.


I have four hats almost ready for the craft fair this coming August, it’s amazing what you can get done in a garage waiting room when your oil change takes slightly longer than expected, not due to the mechanic but sometimes things happen and you just have to roll with the punches. 


Graduation season is among us, a few weeks ago my 17 year old handsome nephew graduated in Georgia & this past Saturday my beautiful 17 year old niece graduated as well. We brought noise makers, wore silly hats, & it turned out to be quite the event, lots of fireworks. I’m so proud of both my niece and nephew and to all the seniors who graduated in the class of 2016. I wish you all the success in the world. 

Have a great day folks!