If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Something Farm Related

I have written much lately about the going ons here at the farm. We have had a pretty quiet year. (KNOCK ON WOOD)
Which is good and not the norm, but hey I'm loving it.

My garden in June after I came back from California

This is a the sweet potato bed in June.

I had this year decided not to work that hard in the veggie garden. Needed a break, which meant the garden became the best weed patch on the farm.

My Garden Now

Can you see the tomatoes?

The only few things that were and are still out there growing among the weed.

This is the sweet potato bed now

Tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.

Well I had been thinking about when it cooled off like now, that would be the time to start cleaning it up.
But then a couple days ago I had read about someone who said it was getting to be that time to put her goats out in the garden to do the fall cleaning up.

That's when the light went off,
I need goats but I don't 
but then there is a neighbor of mine who might have some. I know she has sheep, so if she doesn't have goats she might know someone who might have some that would loan out for brush cleaning.
I asked her about it.

Now I have out in the garden not a goat but 5 lambs.

Couldn't find any goats but my neighbor was happy to loan me some of her lambs.

They around 7 months and very friendly.
So cute they are.

They are a meat breed and not a breed for their wool. The breed is called  Katahdin 

These guys have their work cut out for them and I'm curious how long it will take them to clean it.
I bet it will be a lot less time than it would be for me.
If this works out, this will be the way to go each year.
I'll keep you up to date on their progress.

Image result for sheep grazing free cartoon
So Cute

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What's Up 10.25.16

I have been so busy the past two days, that I have a variety of things to share.
First of all whats up on the design wall.

I'm making a crib size quilt and with the small jelly roll I had it was perfect for these 4 set of Seven Sisters.
I have as I write this 2 of the 4 ready to put the sections together. The other 2. I have the units made as you can see but will be sewing them into sections.  

There are 6 sections

I also been sewing another section of the HST border for the Words to Live By 
Had put this second for a few weeks now, plugging along.

"The Man of The Place" did get the Christmas boxes down  for me and yesterday I just checked them all to see if there was any mice damage. Just a couple items, almost all good.
I will sort what I want to keep or past on as I decorate.

Did also clean out the chicken coop and the pullets pen. Now the girls are good to go for a few. 

Today I wanted to send the "Little Dudes" something for Halloween and went to Pinterest of course for ideas.
Saw quite a few I would love to do but only needed one, so I decided on Rice Krispie treats, but in the shape of pumpkins.

They turned out cute, the stem is a Rolo and a green M&M for leaf.
Ended up with a dozen so just sent them all.
I think they will like them.

Besides all this I still was able to get cleaning in. 
It's been a month since I started  BHRT and I have from the start felt better and I can stay more focused, something I've been struggling with.
Plus my energy level has increased a little, needed that too.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Oh what a wonderful morning it is today in Northeast Oklahoma. Makes me want to just stay outside and find some sewing to do out on the back porch. Which is what I'm going to do. 
While sitting here I see the container garden I started and realize I haven't written about how it faired this summer, I'll need to do that soon. Not now, it's Sunday.

I was able to get the binding on this week for my gingerbread wall hanging,

 and so I'm going to take time to enjoy this wonderful morning.

Now I was earlier reading some of the links that are here at Kathy's Quilt. And Kate over at Life in Pieces had a wonderful idea of what she was going to do with her Sunday, she called it her personal retreat day. I found that wonderful.
Taking some time to yourself and doing a craft that you enjoy and maybe listen to music, maybe a podcast or a book maybe nothing at all, just nature. How often do we get to do that.

I wish I could say I could take the whole day to do that also, but unfortunately I have to do a little catch-up this afternoon on task I didn't complete yesterday. 

One of them is cleaning the bedding for the check if starting to smell a little ripe.
And the other is to get "the man of the place" to help me when he gets back from hunting to get the Christmas stuff down out of the rafters in the garage.
That way I can go through them this week and keep what's good and toss what went bad.
Linking up to Kathy's 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Yesterdays Class

Yesterday I attended a class given by Pam at Sager creek quilt shop in Siloam Springs. It was to be a fun class, nothing too complicated. 

We were going to make 6 pointed stars using Sidekick ruler by Jaybird's 

and use the pattern from the same company called Sprinkles. 

I had jellyroll strips to make my stars and then I cut 2 1/2" strips of white Kona for the background.
Well since only two of us showed up, Pam had some free time in between instructions. I asked if she thought it was possible I could make Seven Sisters using this Sidekick.

She did not know of any written instructions already, so during her free time while we were busy she was drafting up how we could use the same cuts we just made into a totally different pattern, 

Seven Sisters.

This pattern using the Sidekick ruler is meant to be sewn on the machine. There are no Y seams like when made with all diamond shapes. I'm using triangle in the background fabric.

This is what I have so far. One set of stars. 

For a baby quilt I think I'll need 3 more sets of seven stars

This is Laura's start of her quilt she is doing the pattern.

Looking good.

Now I can say I really do not need another project but sometimes I can't stop myself. I just have to see it made up.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A New Scone Recipe

I have a weakness for scones and have done pretty well not having them all the time. In fact I haven't made any this year. But on Mennonite Girls Can Cook they have an Apple Pie Scone recipe that looked yummy and I broke.
Had to make them, was going to yesterday after I got back from Tulsa but by the time I did we had a strong storm roll through. When there is lightening I have to unplug my modem and router, otherwise it can get fried. Which meant I could not get the recipe off their blog.
So this afternoon after coming back from being at Sager Creek Quilt Shop for a class, I made them. 
(I'll share the neat pattern we worked on tomorrow) 

They were good so I thought I would share this with you. They say it's okay to as long as I give them credit and link back to them. And if you get a chance you might want to go mennonite girls can cook because they have wonderful recipes and a large collections


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cold butter
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apple (tart apples such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith are best)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 cup icing sugar
Preheat your oven to 375°F. 
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender...or grate with a coarse grater and combine with fingertips. 
In separate bowl, add brown sugar and cinnamon to diced apple and stir to coat.  Add to dry ingredients and stir to distribute apple pieces throughout.
Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients. 
Drop by large spoonfuls (ice-cream scoop) onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake until golden...15 to 18 minutes.
While still warm, drizzle with glaze.  (Heat butter and milk together in microwave for 30 seconds on high. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until sugar is melted. Stir in icing sugar a little at a time until smooth and desired thickness.)
 Yield: 1 dozen large scones.

Tip: Scones are best enjoyed fresh from the oven.  They do freeze well, however.  Just thaw, heat and serve. 

Hope you enjoy these. They are not overly sweet and I think the next batch I would add a little more cinnamon,  I love cinnamon.

Monday, October 17, 2016

What's Up 10.17.16

 on the design wall is the same as it has been for the past couple of weeks, Words to Live By.

I didn't do a thing on it today other than prep a section to sew.
What I did do is trimmed 3 quilts for binding.

My mind is on Christmas already. You see my daughters and their families will be here for the holidays.
First time in ages, and being that is been a while I have to find the decorations. I haven't decorated in years and not sure if all will be fine. They have been stored in the crawl space above the garage and hope to get them down this weekend.

Decided to start with the gingerbread quilt,
have the strips cut  just need to press and attach. But before I can do that I needed to finish the last block of next months Farmers Wife

Another paper pieced block, #97 Tracy.
Using freezer paper this time all is going well except I did not receive enough of the dark purple print to finish it. I'll get tomorrow when I go to the shop.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

I love Sundays

Sundays have always been a day of rest since I was a kid but not all Sundays can we rest. 
Today was one of rest and it was nice to just take time to think and reflect. I can do that when I do mindless sewing and that is what I was doing today.

In the Words to Live By quilt I did what the directions said but for some reason I did not have enough black and tan HST.

Fixed up another 80 HST, sewn and trimmed them today. Now I'm ready to finish the boarders now.

While doing that I was looking around the room and thinking about what I wanted to put back in here and where.

Notice the shelf with a little fabric on it that hadn't been wrapped around the boards I have. Took a little time to do about half of the stack. 

I wrap only pieces that are larger than 1/2 yard and up to 4 yds. If they are 4 yards or more I use the boards they use at quilts shops. They will give them to you if ask, otherwise they just trash them.

 When it came to keeping the fabric from unwrapping I was using rubber bands but then I started using paper clips and I think I like the paper clips better. They seem to keep the fabric flatter.

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