Monday, March 24, 2014

Hurry up Spring

Well, since my last post, the seedlings have really taken off.  I can't wait to have a peanut harvest! So different than just my regular veggies.  Here is one of the peanut seeds that have sprouted.  Pretty much all of them have now started to sprout, along with the other seeds I planted.

Hopefully after this last snow... yes, snow, I will be able to plant more in my new raised beds.

Also, my chickens are little egg laying machines these days.  I pretty much get 7 or 8 eggs a day from my 8 chickies. 3 Red Stars, 3 Orpingtons and 2 Sebrights!  I'm getting a large collection of eggs in the fridge... time to make some creme brulee again and maybe some quiche!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wishing for Spring

Finished another jelly roll quilt, this time with a flannel bundle.  I love it! It's the rag type quilt where you basically sew backwards so that the seam shows on the top side.  After you sew all the layers together, flannel solid on bottom, batting strip then flannel strip, you fringe all the top seam allowances that show and then wash and dry!  There are a lot of tutorials online if you need pictures and better steps.  Some use three layers of flannel, but I had a lot of batting leftover and just cut small strips from that.  This quilt is now for sale in my Etsy shop, too. 

 Since I'm so ready for spring to get here, I got a jumpstart this past weekend on my seed starting.  I bought the Pot Maker from Burpee and also several new seeds, like Peanuts and Luffa! Everyone may get canned goods and luffa sponges this year for Christmas. :) Here is my little set up with a new grow light hanging down from a chain. My dad built a T frame from some leftover lumber in my garage and I made all the newspaper pots to get a head start on growing. The rest is just a little shelf I already had so all the supplies can go on the other shelves.  As they sprout, I'll cover with a larger plastic dome, water the tray at the bottom and raise the light until it's time to harden them off outside.   I can't wait to have a harvest of peanuts along with all the other normal veggies I like to grow.
 So far in the pots, I have onions, super sauce tomatoes, lettuce and peanuts!

Getting so ready for Spring!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Snow days

I've gotten quite a bit of sewing done while we're battling all this snow.  I was meaning to finish my nephew's dress pants but got distracted with skiing and a cabin stay in French Lick.  This cabin was just... gorgeous.
We went with another couple and so enjoyed skiing, spending time at the cabin, going to the casino and some go karting.  Just a great weekend!  I'm already looking forward to next year. :)

I also finished  my jelly roll quilt.  I saw this and the You Tube video and thought I'd try. So easy!  My bundle wasn't quite a jelly roll, so I had to improvise and add some borders but it turned out pretty good.  I also added a machine stitched binding to the edges.

And now that it's 10 pm on a school night, (I'm a therapist at a school), I've been working on those dress pants again for my nephew.  Had to take out stitches several times because I kept making the same mistake but finally tonight, I got the legs all put together, complete with a cute little welt pocket in back, side pockets, faux fly and will work on the belt loops tomorrow.  Not that a two year old ever needs belt loops, but they'll make him look pretty handsome.  Here's a sneak peek. 

 I'll be watching him and his five year old sister tomorrow evening so I'll see if I can wrangle him long enough to try them on! I'm sure it will be a night of Jake and Barbie. :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014


My nephew loves Mickey Mouse, so when I saw that Oliver and S had some great patterns for boys, I had to buy the art museum vest and trousers pattern.  I finally got around to buying some buttons that would match and the vest is done!  Next week, I'll work on the pants.  They look so professional and her instructions for making my first welt pockets worked out great!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year!

Well, time has flown by since Christmas.  It was a great time with family and celebrating New Years, as well. There was a lot of sewing done for my Etsy shop and also Christmas presents.  I finished my niece's dress from Oliver and S and also almost finished my nephew's art museum vest from the same site.  I just love her patterns. They always come out looking so professional and clean looking.

 Here is me and my niece in her new dress on Christmas day. She had a mouth full of bread. :)

We also survived the Polar Vortex that hit here.  So much snow and below frigid temps!  I was pretty much snowed in for three days, except the many trips I would take out to the coop to check on the chicks.  

Also was able to look through my new favorite cookbook.  Have her second book, but love this one centered all around the Holidays.  Trying to figure out the first thing I will cook.  Maybe the eggs in hash brown nests for my coworkers!

Tried some of my new honey in some warm steel cut oats for the cold snowy mornings.  This stuff is so good!  The company is called NobleBroMan and I bought it at Agrarian in Indianapolis. It's a new store all about homesteading. They sell everything for keeping chickens, beekeeping, canning and gardening.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sewing up Some Gifts

This week has been busy for my Etsy shop.  I have several items out at Jones Greenhouse for the Christmas Sale.  If you're near the Carmel or Zionsville, IN area- stop by!  I also mailed out a couple scarves this week and am getting ready to mail out some onesies to South Korea.  I love that my handmade items will be someone's gift soon.

Tonight I've been working on some Christmas presents.  This one is using Moda's Nature's Christmas line and it's a secret who this goes to, but I know it will turn out great!

 The quilt blocks below are my first attempt at a Block of the Month club on Craftsy.  I like learning how to make all the different styles of blocks and it's nice to go at my own pace, considering this is last year's Block of the Month Club... and I'm working on April.   =)

Oh, and I took all these pictures with my early Christmas present from my boyfriend.  A new Nikon Coolpix L320!  Looooooove it!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chilly start to the month

Brr, it is getting cold outside.  I probably wouldn't think about it so much except I get home from work about 6pm and it's dark out.  Then I have to go in, feed the Beagle and change into my outdoor muddy chicken clothes.  I got some new Bogs that I love and they keep my feet warm and dry.  Anyways, back to chicken chores.  I have the new chicks separated from the old chicks while they're adjusting to each other and establishing the pecking order.  So I go outside and let them all run around if there's still daylight, fill the two feeders, fill the two frozen waterers, gather the eggs and kick a couple broody's out of the nesting box, put more shavings down and secure everything back up.  It will be good after this weekend, when I can hopefully get the heated waterer plugged in and make all the chicks live together in sweet peaceful harmony.  I do love having them and getting fresh eggs any day I want.  But tonight I made chili and cornbread which is such a wonderful winter comfort food.  Now to work on some sewing for my Etsy shop and for the Christmas Sale at the Jones Greenhouse.