And just like that

Spring has finally arrived.

Several days of 75+ weather and a rain storm has rid us of the snow..aside from a few patches here and there.

Just in time for the fruit trees and berry bushes to arrive 


Soon birds and the bunnies will be returned to their summertime homes so grass can be nibbled and dirt can be scratched, but best of all, the mini garden I have going on in my living room will all make its way to the warmth of the greenhouse.


Onions, peppers, eggplants, celery, cabbages, chives, and six different kinds of tomatoes are all ready to go. It will be nice to have a jumpstart on veggies this year for not only ourselves, but for the fine folks at the farmers market that we will soon be a vendor at.


Have a great weekend folks! 

One more week

I have a one week left before life starts to slow back down and everything becomes “normal” again. I’m ready to get things finished and start other projects that I have been putting off but need to get happen. 

We went into negotiations with the chickens & ducks last week & after much squawking, quacking, and clucking, we settled on these terms: we agreed to an extra scoop of feed & all the compost, and in return they up their egg production. 

They were going crazy for awhile and then as soon as we started delivering eggs to the local natural food store, they slowed down to a mere 14 chicken eggs and 4-5 duck eggs a day. Not cool. This week however, after meeting their terms our numbers are up! 18-20 chicken eggs and 6 duck eggs each day!! Though that’s not a great number to be coming from 50+ birds, it’s better than what it has been! 

The snow to grass ratio is 60/40, Spring is headed here quickly which means, gardens, baby animals, and campfires. It also means the NH Sheep and Wool festival! 

We ordered more trees yesterday, along with strawberry plants & blueberry bushes, we won’t see any fruit this year but I am looking forward to seeing what we get in the years to come!

I haven’t done much this week, I crocheted two hats and I am currently finishing up my nieces birthday present

Pictures of the present will have to wait, but I assure you it is fun!

Until next time, have a good week folks!!

Smells like spring 

All that snow we got is quickly melting away, we have patches of grass in our yard right now, while I know spring won’t be here for another few weeks, and I’m certain we will have a couple more light snow storms, I can’t help but get excited at the thought of starting seeds & the baby critters headed our way! 

The temperatures have been above normal this week, yesterday it was 60 degrees! That’s Mother Nature for you, always keeping you on your toes.

We are on school vacation this week which means we have built snowmen 



We have started the onions


And yesterday we went swimming. 

The downside of vacation is however, the large amounts of traffic, being cut off while driving, and the worst, people throwing beer bottles in my yard. Sadly that is something I came home to yesterday and it breaks my heart. Please, I get that you want to go out joy riding and see where different roads lead (we really need a dead end sign on our road), but please don’t drink while doing it and if it as passanger drinking and not yourself, please have a spare trash bag with you so you aren’t littering.  

The fine in the state of NH is $150 for having an open alcoholic beverage in your car, however the fine for littering is is up to one year in prison and up to $2,000. I personally don’t think either is worth it. So wait till you are at home folks, okay? 

Sorry to be a buzz kill but we work hard to keep our property clean for our children & our animals, the people in my town work hard picking up trash off the side of the roads to keep our town looking nice. Consider this before you so carelessly toss trash out your window. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem


On a happier note, I finished up the alpaca/silk combo I starts spinning last August and have started spinning up the merino/yak/silk wool I purchased 

Isn’t it beautiful, so soft and silky, like a cloud. I am loving it! Once again I purchased this on etsy from StickChick and I highly recommend it (I’m not getting paid to advertise her page, I just really love her product, though I do get paid a small commission if you purchase something from the ads over there ——> )

And with that note, I hope you all have a wonderful day folks!!

Remember, nobody likes a litterbug.                                         Not even these bug eaters right here. 


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!

Babies 

I have hardly picked up a hook or knitting needle this week, my kids were on spring vacation (did I mention we are no longer homeschooling?! We have FANTASTIC school here), so we were busy doing other things such as:

  
Cleaning up the leaves and cutting back the old lavender

  
Enjoying flowers

  
Baking a cake for YaYa’s birthday (natural food coloring doesn’t make the most vibrant colors, but we don’t mind)

  
  
Enjoying sunsets

….and oh yes

  
Picking up our first set (of many) babies ❤ six chickens and four turkeys

Oh and here is the outcome of the small amount of time I did manage to get something done

  
Have a great night folks!

A few rows short of a blanket

Last time on ‘The Year I Made My Own Clothes’

  • I had an 8 year old
  • I was crocheting a mermaids tail blanket
  • I found some neat artwork
  • And we had a lot of snow.

Well, I now have a NINE year old 😳, the mermaids tail blanket is almost finished, turns out my girl had a bit of a growth spurt (I also apparently used the wrong size crochet hook for twelve rows 😭) so I am adding rows to the top

  
And I messed up the fin, go me. So while I have presented the mostly finished present to Lorelai (which is how we found that blanket to be too small), I still have a little ways to go.

However I have been enjoying every moment of it & I am excited to announce that I have joined the knitting group in town and I absolutely LOVE every minute of it. I haven’t been part of any group since the spinning guild two years ago, so I am happy to have been invited to join in and have made new friends! 

I started a new project this week (because we all know how great I am at finishing old ones, maybe I have a fear of finishing things…is that a phobia some sort?, I’m attached to the project so much that I can’t bear to finish it?!) 

Anywho (disclaimer for people who keep getting snarky with me, yes I meant to write anywho over anyhow, so simmer down!!)

I started the bluebell cardigan from Jane Austen Knits 2015 designed by Zsuzsa Kiss

  

(Picture curtesy of Intearweave’s Jane Austen knits 2015) 

Lorelai, the budding fashionista she is, chose the colors for me  

I’m using this Caron simply soft Harvest Red & the contrast color will be Caron simply soft Blue Mint. 

I won’t lie, this pattern was a little confusing at first because it called for something I had never heard of before, but after frogging six rows I finally figured it out and now it’s coming along. 

We are currently have strange weather here in New England, some people are getting hit with snow, while here in our part of NH we are having 50 degree days that is melting snow, today we had a mix of rain and snow, and sometime next week we will be getting snow again. 

 We are looking forward to spring however, we just got in the first order of seeds for our garden, with plans to place a second order sometime soon!

 I’m also looking forward to fluffy animals and hopefully spending some quality time with my hand carders and the insane amounts of wool I have sitting in my craftroom. I’m ready to be spinning again!!

  
This was the last thing I spun, seasilk back in who knows when!! 

Oh well, soon enough 😊

Have a great night folks!

    Late winter funk

    They say time gets away from us all at one point or another, and that certainly holds true for myself this past week. Again we’ve had issues with freezing pipes, then pipes that lead to my washing machine being cut when my landlord attempted to fix the other pipes. Followed up with a little bit of winter funk due to the lack of sun, which I managed to finally get past with a couple drops of vitamin D.

    I managed to get very little done this week, I added the lining to the top of my dress…though I may have messed up a little in my hurry to use adhesive tape instead on part of the dress sigh, luckily, I think I have enough fabric left to fix this problem, always buy an extra half yard folks!!

    I’ve also been spinning up the stunning mulberry silk I purchased from Silk and Shine, all of the silk on her page looks amazing. I will certainly be purchasing more.

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    I’ve already come up with plans for this beautiful yarn!!

    Have a nice night folks!