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.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yarn Along Time

I am so excited to be able to show and tell you that I finished the "Little Dudes" sweaters.  I so wanted to have them finished a couple of months ago when they were here, I just didn't anticipated how tired I would be trying to keep up with two toddlers. 

They turned out so cute, I just hope they can wear them some. It is a pattern that can be made for infants to adults and I planned to make them again sometime in the future for the "little dudes". 

I'm now working on crocheted eggs and chicks to give the boys for Easter. 

They are the cutest little thing. Besides being fitting for Easter, they can continue to play with them in other ways.

They can match the color chicks to the eggshell, learn the color's name and toss them around like balls  

I'm making them in all the primary colors and it just takes scraps of leftover skeins. 

I found the pattern on pinterest but here is the link to the website 

And now for what I am reading/listening to. I had heard about this book awhile back and how the reviews were good.

Here is what posted on amazon

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

THE GOLDFINCH is a mesmerizing, tell-all-your-friends triumph, hailed by Stephen King as "a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind." (New York Times Book Review)

I'm about halfway done with it and for the most part liking the book. There are times that the author can get a little long winded in details and if I were reading instead of listening, I believe I would of gotten tired  or bored and maybe not have gotten as far as I have.
The plot or story is enticing  and keeps me interested.
Wondering how it all will end up.

Till next time 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Stitching

I spent part of my Sunday making fabric Easter Eggs
I had been looking on Pinterest awhile back and came across a pin for these cute fabric eggs and thought what a great way to use up some scrap.

I am using up some of my 30's scraps, mainly because the 30's club is coming up this week and they will make cute decorations and great small gift for everyone.
If you would like to make your own here is the link to retro mama blog and her pattern.

They are very easy to make and a quick project.

Hope you had a wonderful day.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Long overdue updates on the girls

In my absence of writing, "the girls" have been one of the categories or subjects that I have not written about. I want to give you some updates on "the girls".
It has been a long cold winter here in the United States. A majority of us have gone through some below freezing temperatures for long length of time, and Oklahoma has been hit with it also. Not as bad as those in the North and East have had. 
Poor girls they were just not happy with this weather. When it snows and such like that, they won't even leave the house, they hate the snow. I do not have a covered run for them because they spend most of their day running free around the farm. True free-ranged chicken 

So I wanted to give you some update on my girls.
I do not have a light or heater out in the hen house and I was so worried about how they were going to fare with the temps in the single digits and below zero we had had this winner. Well I like to tell you that they did well. I had lost only one, my red hen, she was one of my older hen I have. 

Pretty Red Hen

She was looking poorly before it got cold and that's all I took was this nasty weather and she just couldn't hold up
My production really went down as well but that is to be expected  it always does in the winter. There are a few reasons, the cold weather has something to do with it, plus I do not have a light in my hen house so I can't give them some artificial like to help induce a production. So I was down to 2 eggs a day. Sometimes nothing.

But I am happy to say, the past couple weeks we have had more normal and springlike temperatures here in the northeast part of Oklahoma. So I have been getting, on the average, 10 eggs a day now. I had someone say to me the other day  "well they had all those eggs stored up inside and now they are just trying release all those stored up eggs and laying like crazy". I don't about that but they are blessing us with such beautiful eggs.
I've decided not to get any chicks this year, I do have 18 hens and most of them are in the very good laying eggs stage.

 I'll keep you updated on that one.
I am thinking about getting a batch of chicks to raise for eating. Did that once before and we did our own butchering, but we do not want to have to do that again if we don't have to. It has been hard to find a place to process them for us but I have learned there is a place around us that will. I'll have to wait till after the "little dudes" birthday in May.

Monday, March 24, 2014

What's Up

Well this is what I have up on my design wall, and has been at there for quite a while.

 A couple weeks ago I posted that my what's up was to cleanup my sewing room. Which I did. 
This is a lot neater believe or not

And since then, I have not done a bit as stitching, at least in the sewing room. I have done some handwork and some knitting but that's about it so far.
Mainly what's going on right now is getting the garden ready and planting the spring vegetables.

But my word for the year is focus, so what I'm going to try to do is focus a little bit each day on my sewing. That's as time allows when not away from the home with appointments, etc. So I'm going to try to devote at least 15 to 30 minutes a day in there doing a little bit of sewing.
In the past that's not how I do my sewing. I'm one that likes to go in there and work for hours. I enjoy sewing and so once I get into it it's hard for me to stop. And I think that's part of the reason why I haven't been sewing. It's because I have a frame of mind that once I go in there I have to have a few hours devote to sewing and I haven't had that time. But now I'm going think of it as short periods of time, just 15-30 minutes, and see what happens. 
If I don't do this I don't see how I'm going to get any of the projects I have started or want to do done this year.

That's my mantra

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Slow and Peaceful Sunday

I have been watching the first season of House of Cards, knitting and playing around with this new app I put on my i-phone. I first saw it at aunt polly's porch blog. 
Seeing how we are having another blast of cold with snow flurries I have been inside the house. 
The other day I was checking out some blogs I like and over at Polly's she had also been playing around with this app and posted her pics.
The app is called "waterlogue" and I found it on itunes, so I only have it on my phone. What it does is it takes a photo and changes it a watercolor picture. 
Here are some of the pictures I have taken and change over to watercolor pics.

Pretty cool, I believe I will be having some fun and using these from time to time.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mini Impossible Sweet Potato Pies

It's getting to be that time of year when I have just a few sweet potatoes left from last years harvest. I was trying to get creative and make something different that I haven't done with the sweet potatoes already. When surfing the Internet, I came across a recipe for an impossible mini pumpkin pies. I thought to myself why not use sweet potatoes, I've done it before for pumpkin pie recipes. So I thought okay I'm going to make little mini impossible sweet potato pies. 
They turned out yummy. 

So here is the recipe from Betty Crocker website I used with my adaptation, to make it a sweet potato pies.

Mini Impossible Sweet Potato Pies

1 1/4 cup mash sweet potato
1/2 cup Original Bisquick®  or baking mix
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk (I used milk)
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1tsp vanilla
cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping, if desired

Top with brown sugar and chopped pecans

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
In medium bowl, stir all ingredients except whipped topping until blended. 
If using just milk instead of evaporated milk need to mix  1 tsp. of corn starch in with the sugar, then add with the rest of ingredients.
Pour 1/4 cup of mixture into each muffin cup.
I put the br sugar and pecans on each one

Bake about 30 minutes or until muffin tops ( I found it to be around 25 minutes) are golden brown and edges are starting to pull away from sides of pan. Cool 10 minutes. With thin knife, loosen sides of pies from pan; remove from pan and place top sides up on cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer, and serve with 1 generous tablespoonful whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Makes 12 mini pies

Another thing I want to add  is how to make your own pumpkin pie spice mix if you don't have it on hand. You will need the spices cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg

 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 1 teaspoon ground ginger
 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

mix all together

This makes 2 tablespoons but you can increase amounts and store in a clean container for use later.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My word for this year

 Cheri Gregory

Have you noticed the past few years others talking about what their word is for the year or maybe you are doing a word for the year. I had seen others pick and talk about their word last year and thought that was a cool thing and something I wanted to try. But the days got passed me and I didn't pick a word and to be honest I really didn't fully understand the purpose behind it, so it just went by the wayside last year
So I thought this year with my new year goals (birthday) I was going to pick a word for myself to work on. I decided I needed to do more focusing,
 so focus it is my word.
In the process of thinking about what would be my word for this year, I did some research on the Internet to understand more about the purpose behind this one word. When I came across this book called "My One Word". 

Product Details
My One Word
I thought okay I'll read this and see if it can give me a little insight to what it's all about.
I'm glad I read it because it did give me some insight to what is floating around out there about their one word. I found it compelling, inspirational, and something that I think can help me grow as a person through this next year.
So focus is my first one word. 
I'm going to start with focusing on my family and health. Then I'll see what happens, where I end up. 
If you haven't done it yet it's never too late you can start now or months from now which ever and just focus on this one word for a year. If you want to know more just Google my one word and see what comes up. After reading what you find and if it's something that you could embrace, give it a try, I think it's a good idea 

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