Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April Showers...

April showers do bring May flowers.  Just recently it seems in central Indiana that everything has begun blooming.  My garden has taken off and soon I will start transplanting and planting more warm season veggies.  The grass is green, leaves are on all the trees and spring has sprung.  Love it!
This is my hoop house over the raised beds.  I took the plastic off when it started to warm up but these carrots, lettuce, kale and turnips were planted in the winter and ready to harvest soon!

This past weekend for Mother's Day, we had our traditional trip to Turkey Run State Park.  It's just a couple hours away and a place that I've gone to since I was a little kid.  Caves, hills, hiking, canoeing and lots of trails with stairs, steps and anything else to make your legs feel like they weigh 50 lbs each.  But it sure is beautiful.   Take a look at some of these pics I took with my Hipstamatic app!

The Icebox is my favorite.  You can feel the temperature drop as you walk further down. That's my niece to the side racing down to see me. 


My nephew checking out the waterfall in the Punch Bowl, another cool place!


This week I also started working on a new tablerunner that is a "stack and slash" type pattern.  I've never tried this and hoping it turns out ok!  It's a cute picnic themed fabric bundle that my mom found in Gatlinburg, TN.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Creativity

I got signed up with my first craft show of the year. This show with Macaroni Kid in Lafayette will be great.  I think it will be warm, well warmer to Indiana people that are sick of snow. :)   I always love the excitement leading up to the shows.  I always go through my inventory and think about what to take, what to hold off on, etc.  It reminds me of everything I've made but then I start to get new ideas on crafts.  The problem with creative people is we can't stop sometimes.  I'm always wanting to make and create. Looking at a scarf reminds me I wanted to try more infinity scarves this year, which reminded me I should try making more accessories like bags, and so on it goes. I may go check on something else and then see my seed starting supplies and get distracted and next thing I know, it's 11 pm, and I'm up to my elbows in potting soil and paper pots.  Maybe it's not just creativity, but an inability to slow down.  I am always thinking of what to do next and have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the moments and that I can't do everything- even though I secretly think I can.  I'll check out Facebook and see everyone talking about lazy days and how many marathon shows they watched on Netflix.  I just can't do it. I'll get those marathon shows in, but it's usually on my computer while I'm in my craft room.  Don't get me wrong, I have my nights after a long day at work and I'm drained, emotionally and physically.  But... for the most part, I enjoy keeping busy.  Even now, I just realized it's past 10 and here I am sorting and pricing things.

I guess it is time for me to get to bed.  I have some meetings tomorrow at work and it's also crazy hair day so I need to track down my zombie wig from our Thriller Routine.  Anyways, if you're free on Saturday, come to the Kid Fest.  I'll be there keeping busy, of course!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Nest box warmer

Well snow is headed our way and this week, I had my first frozen egg of the season.  If the membrane is intact, you can save them but I don't really like taking the chance of any bacteria getting inside.  I decided to try making a warmer that I can microwave and also wipe off to keep clean.  Sitting in my sewing room looking through fabric, I had yards of yellow from a Wizard of Oz Halloween day at work :) Absolutely loved that costume.


 This yellow brick road was washed up, cut into squares 10x10 and ready to go. If you want to make a warmer yourself, cut the inside fabric the size of your nest boxes and stitch all the way around leaving a little opening at the top and fill with rice, corn or beans.  Up to you if you want to sew right sides together and turn it, I did, but it's going in a coop, so don't stress.  Stitch the opening closed and then your bag to heat is ready.
Your oilcloth pouch should be cut with some extra allowance for the seam and a couple inches on top for a flap to close.  I purchased this oilcloth from Oilcloth by the Yard and there are so many fun patterns.  After the sides are stitched, I just added a couple circles of Velcro on the flap.

There!  Ok, now microwave the cotton pouch ONLY for about a minute, then place inside the oilcloth and put in your nest box. Do not microwave the oilcloth.   I'll add a thick layer of shavings on top of this to hopefully keep the eggs from cooking and the pouch to get soiled.  I'll add it in the morning and see how the chickies like it!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

The time has come to begin thinking about Christmas, gathering with family and friends and maybe braving the shopping malls for gifts to buy.  If you're like me, you enjoy this time of year and thinking of that perfect gift for someone.  I also really like handmade gifts, whether I'm making something up for someone else or I'm buying something handmade.  It may be more expensive and yes, you can just run to your local big box store, but making or receiving a gift made with love, is just better. At least in my opinion.  Lately I've been working on some quilts, stockings and some other orders that have come in.  But I also was accepted to the Handmade Promenade Pop Up Shop in Indianapolis.  I'll get to sell my items this holiday season at a shop on Mass. Ave with many other local artists.  Here is the flyer to check out!

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I've got to get busy making some more items to drop off there next week.  Should be fun!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

New chick in town

I got new baby chicks a couple weeks ago at Agrarian.  Love this store so much! They were getting ready for their Tour De Coops event and had three little Barred Rocks left so... home they went. I have named them Pepper, Sage and Nutmeg but cannot tell them apart.  Anyone know where you can buy safe little colored bands for their legs? Don't mind the water, they constantly kick shavings up, so I finally raised it up on a paver until they go outside soon. Got that vintage waterer at an antique store!
 I haven't visited that store in awhile since it's not too close to me, but I saw something new this time - a chicken buffet bar.  Perfect!  Whenever I go to PetCo, I always go to the treat bar for Mollie so this is great.  I got a large mixture of flax seed, barley, oats, cracked corn and rye.  And I have the perfect little metal pail and tin cup to hold it- another antique find.
I also thought I needed something for me from Agrarian and saw that they now carry Beeswrap! It's a fabric covered in beeswax and it softens with the warmth of your hand to replace plastic wrap. After you've molded it around the food, it then hardens again.  I've seen this stuff on other blogs, so I got the assorted sizes pack and it really does work well.  I made a BLT the other day and just wrapped up a tomato and was able to put it in the fridge.  You just wash the wrap off when done and reuse again! I think I want to buy more and eventually only use this and foil since I can reuse foil several times, too. 


Here's the backyard farm in full swing!  This weather has been great and I'm loving the fall nights and summer days. :) 
Luffa gourd growing like crazy in the raised bed and my Meyer lemons are finally turning yellow!

Some of my canning this year- sauces, pickles, jams and relish. 

Now, back to sewing for the busy Christmas season....

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer pasta recipe

This time of year, I'm up to my ears in tomatoes and zucchini so I like to make a summer pasta.  Pretty much any veggies I have growing, can be sauteed and thrown in here. You can customize the dish with flavored salts, herbs, different vegetables, whatever you like! It's simple, just saute some chopped onion and garlic in a little oil in your skillet.  After the onion is translucent, I added some chopped yellow bell pepper and herb butter.  Make it, so easy and great for cooking.  Take a stick of softened butter, put in food processor and with chopped up herbs from your garden.  I think my combo this time was basil, thyme and parsley.  Then scoop the butter out onto some waxed paper and roll up and twist the ends.  Store in the fridge and it's ready whenever you need to slice some off!
 Back to recipe- Ok, I sliced up some grape tomatoes and zucchini from my garden and added that to the skillet, too.
 Meanwhile, I was boiling water and added a couple cups of some pasta I had.  This one is some whole wheat penne from Trader Joes.  Salt the water and once it's to a rolling boil, add pasta and let cook until al dente or just a little chewy, about 7-9 minutes.
 Then drain pasta, reserve a little pasta water if you like.  I pour the cooked penne in the skillet and stir everything around, add plenty of salt and pepper to taste and some grated cheese.  I had some Asiago and it added a great flavor.  Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Craft show season

Started the craft show season this past Saturday at Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg, IN.  Had a great show, met lots of interesting people and saw some good talented items and artists.  My booth looked good using my new EZ up tent.  Turned out to be a hot, sunny day so was nice to have a good covering.  My family also showed up, which always helps the day go by better instead of sitting there all alone. Plus, it was my dad's first outing since his surgery so that was also great! :) 

What shows have you crafters been to?  I'm going to set up a booth in Lebanon at the Back to the 50's Festival, but want to check out some more, either to sell or buy from!