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.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hooray

Yeppy!!!! I finished the top I started, from oh,  just a couple of years ago.

But if you were around a month ago you know that I decided to finish this. I was making it my 4th of July project.  I did well but then it came to a halt because I didn't have enough fabric for the border. I was able to find border fabric at a local quilt shop.

What do you think?
So now I have another one checked off my list of WIP.  I really need to make a list of all the projects I have in various stages. I know I'll be shocked when I do.
Till next time
Kat
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Friday, July 29, 2011

In the Veggie Patch

I need to get you up to speed on what's been going on in the garden. Since last week I was mainly trying to catch the groundhog and just keep it all watered.  So really did not have much to report. I did not plant any new crops but did harvest my first batch of pickling cucumbers
Just beautiful
Ever since than I have been picking every other day. I going to make and can some lime pickles. The plants are looking good.
They are in front of picture and the Okra are the shorter plants behind the cucumbers. Right now all I have are some good looking Okra plants, no blooms. You can not see the Eggplants behind the Okra, boy are they loaded with eggplants. Should be ready probably next week.

The groundhog did not like those crops, plus he did not like the Peppers and Purple Hull Peas.

Peppers, 3 different varieties.

Purple Hull Peas

The Purple Hull Peas are starting to bloom.

Now the Sweet Potatoes are starting to grow back. Mr Groundhog oh so liked the Sweet Potatoes along with the Green Beans and Sunflowers.

              Sweet Potatoes  

The Green Beans are blooming and the Sunflowers are still growing and some are forming flower heads.  The picture on the left you can see them growing down the middle of the bed. Some still have their stalks intact, where as some had been broken but are still fighting to stay alive. I think it is just amazing.

See the one on the right, stalk is broke.

Today I did get another bed of Green Beans planted and some Butternut Squash.

And I am still waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. It is a problem for many gardeners because of these hot temp and not cooling down enough at night, so they are not getting tomatoes. Not sure why my plants have been setting. The only thing I can think of is that I planted mine close together and they are very dense plants, so maybe being self shading is helping.
                                                                                                    

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Update on Laundry soap

I forgot to mention yesterday something about this soap. It is safe for your front loading machine. I have one and because it is a low suds detergent that makes it OK.

There is  a recipe for powder detergent out there and again just google or you could try a website I go to and from there you are linked to other sites, it is  money saving queen.  It is a local site but there are many ideals and recipes you can use anywhere. If you are into saving with coupons that is one of her speciality.

Oh ya, I forgot to mention it works well on your cats. They come out of the dryer just so white and fluffy.
Plus they smell April fresh.



 That is my cat Pete (short for Pistil Pete) He has a thing for jumping into the dryer when I am trying to get the clothes out. Then he'll get in the laundry basket. He doesn't care if you cover him in clothes. Goofy cat  and of course just kidding about washing him. Thou there are times I would like to. He'll go out, find a spot of dirt and roll in it. No longer white, more of a tan color. He reminds me of the chickens  when they take their dust baths.
Till next time
Kat
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

I had to make a new batch the other day and thought maybe you would like to try it. It is easy, a money saver and a good detergent. For just pennies a load my clothes are clean and softer than name brand detergent. ( FYI - I have hard water)

I have been making my own for a year now and do not see any difference than using a name brand detergent. It takes only 3 ingredients. They are Borax, Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha (a heavy duty laundry bar soap).
If you cannot find that bar soap I had read you can use Ivory bar soap.
You will need;

1/3 bar of fels-naptha
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
2 gallon bucket

You will need to grate the soap. Can use a hand grater or food processor

In a pot add 6 cups of water and the grated soap. Heat until soap is dissolved.

Measure out the borax and washing soda. I just put them together in one cup.

Add to the pot and stir until the borax and washing soda is dissolved. If it is boiling, turn off heat once dissolved.
In the bucket you will need to add 4 cups of hot water.
Add slowly the hot mixture from the pot to the bucket. Then add an additional 1 gallon and 6 cups water.

Stir the mixture thoroughly and then cover. (I use just a plastic shopping bag). Now you need to put aside and set for 24 hours.
After 24 hours the mixture has jellied up some so you will need to stir very well to mix it up.
Now you can leave it in the bucket if you want, you'll need to stir before each use or you can put in empty liquid detergent bottles. I shake the bottle before each use. That is what I do.
Use a 1/2 cup per load of laundry
When  all is done it make close to 2 gallons of detergent. As you can see I filled up 2 - 100 oz  and  1-50 oz containers, plus 2 cups. I have mot done the math but I do know that the cost of just one of the large containers of name brand detergent, it payed for all the ingredients and will make many batches of detergent.

If you want to know more just google homemade laundry soap and you'll find this recipe plus many others.

Till next time
Kat
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Knitting Gift

I was playing cards this afternoon with my parents and my Great Aunt Jane. We try to get together on occasion and do this. My parents are in there 70's and my aunt is 81 so this an activity they enjoy. I think it help keep their minds sharp. We play Hands and Feets.

Well today my aunt surprised me with a gift. You see I will knit while the others are playing theirs hands, so she knows how much I love to knit. Knitting was the first needlecraft I learned when I was 8 years old.

She gave  me a Jordana Paige needle case.






 Isn't this the cutest needle holder. I have seen these before and was tempted to purchase one but decided to get one of her bags instead.



She has some really nice bags to hold you project along with the stuff you put in your purse.



What 's neat is the chart on the otherside for keeping a record of what needles you have.




Now I need to go through my needles and record them before I put them in storage.

Till next time
Kat
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Purple Quilt Progress

For Friday Night Sew In
I worked on the purple sugar twist quilt. I made 26 blocks and was in the process of 18 more when I ran out of the light lavender fabric. I had asked for some to be order. So now I just have to wait for the order to come.
I have 25 made before this and I figures I will need 88 to make a queen size. Just a few more.

Then last week I also made another snowman block. this one is really cute.

If you interested in making this Snowman quilt it is available through Sager Creek Quilts

Till next time
Kat
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Goodbye there Mr. Groundhog

photo courtesy of website c.tadst.com



I just love this picture, he is waving goodbye.  OK, so I taken some liberties, my groundhog wasn't really waving at me. I should say that he was very unhappy with me.

It has been a big, no biggest challenge I have had to deal with in the garden in quite a few years.

Now the heat is one thing but this groundhog. Well, you know he is very good at what he does. 

EAT AND EAT A LOT

I put my live trap in the garden in a couple of different spots, no luck. Then I put it by his hole, no luck.
Then I took the hose, stuck it down his hole and thought I would flood him out. I must of ran that water for 40 minutes and it never overflowed. Heaven knows how deep that hole went. So I tried the trap one more time in the garden.

Well I am so happy to say that he will not be eating out of my garden no more. It took some persistence on my part but  it paid off.

But I need to let you know that each time I set the trap I did get something, just not the groundhog.  I had trapped 3 of the coons we had killing my chickens, They were  relocated to somewhere near the river

They are so cute, but can be very mean. I know I would not want to go one on one with it.

Beside the coons,  I also had one of my chickens get caught in the live trap.
I was so happy when I found the groundhog. Did not have my camera with me so I have no picture


I so happy to say, he's been relocated to a good place.
( I must be happy, I wrote it 3x's)


Till next time
Kat
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Handmade by Heidi




I came across this on quilterblogs.com. This site view hundreds of posts a day. Every time I  post I'm on there.

Any hoot, Heidi has a blog and once a month they have a virtual party. All are invited and in the comfort of your own home, you sew till your heart is content. Then everyone posts their pictures the next day.

This will be my first time and I'll let you know what I did.

Maybe you'll give it a try. Still time to sign up. Leave me a comment if you do sign up and that way I can see what you did  also.

I'm off to see what I can work on.  I need to get caught up on a few things.  We'll see

Till next time
Kat
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pictures around the farm

Just a few pictures of the old homestead


These Pholx's are covered in black butterflies but you can not see them all in the picture
                         

                                 I am so waiting for my first ripe tomato. Very late this year

To the cows, this is their ice cream truck.

Oh, just a sweet picture of "the girls"


Pete does not care for the chickens. He'll just find a new spot to go to.

Shankopotamus wants to drive the tractor, but first he has to figure out how to get in.

If you were raised or live on a farm, nothing smells as sweet as fresh cut hay.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A new Block of the Month

I had just come across this. If you have been to Dawn 's blog Linen Closet Quilt you already know about the new online BOM she has started. If not you should check it out.


                                                             The quilt is called Hartfield

She has up the first block and it is free up until the 15th. It will be a combination of applique and pieced blocks. The first one is applique and is rather nice. I think I'll give it a shot. Oh, heck there goes a sign of A.D.D. again.
How does that saying go, "idle hands are the devils workshop". I think I might have that one covered right now
Till next time
Kat
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Shankopotamus"


My cat Buddy or as the man of the place calls him "shankopotamus"
What is it with cats and quilters. Buddy is taking his nap on a block I was working on. I left just for a few minutes.
This is not the first time. He looked just too peaceful for me to move him but I did.
 I had to finish it.

Yesterday at a guild meeting, one of the members  Barbara E. was talking about herself and said she was a "blocker'
Went onto describe what a "blocker" was. This a  person who likes to  figure out how to make a block and then figures she is done with that quilt

Then there is the "topper". This is a person who likes to make the top and then figures she is done with that quilt.
Maybe will pass it on to get quilted.

Then there is the "quilter".  She goes all the way.  Makes the blocks, puts it together and gets it quilted.

What kind of quilter are you?


update on operation groundhog.

Nothing positive to report, set the live trap with cantaloupe
did not catch him. He did have a nice lunch of red cabbage. He is teasing me.

If your keeping track of successful attacks.

Groundhog   6               Gardener    pitiful  0 ( not from lack of trying, just
                                                                           out witted by a 4-legged fur ball) 

This is getting down right embarassing.

Till next time
Kat
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Monday, July 18, 2011

ATTACK



HE'S BACK,  I SPOTTED HIM.

This little critter has enormous appetite. 

Just look at what he has done to the veggie patch.


My poor sunflowers, they were 3 1/2 ft tall


I haven't had any problem there for a few days. Started to think what I did was working


the red cabbage was pretty well ready for picking, at least he thought so

Getting a little to relax and put down my shields.

That's what I get. So I going to try to trap him. I didn't think I could bait the trap but after hearing what had happen to a friend of mine, it might work. She said she had one get up on her porch for a melon.

I saw him escaping the garden by going under the gate I use to get in and out.
Doesn't look like he could fit through it but he did. He ran across the pasture to the old homestead and slipped under the house



So I'm going to bait the live trap with a piece of cantaloupe. Put it near where I saw it escape from the garden. By the looks of him, he has been eating high on the hog.

Did you every wonder where that phrase came from. Well  years ago "high on the hog" were cuts of meat near the shoulder and neck and are the  more expensive pieces of a hog.  So if you could eat that part of the hog you were considered well off.

I'll keep you posted on this very devastating event. I just don't know how much more I can take without losing it. If it wasn't so blasted hot, I think I would not think twice about just starting over. Now the thought just sounds terrible and unbearable.

Till next time
Kat
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Class with Elsie Campbell


Just look at so many happy and smiling quilters   Photos by Pam at Sager Creek Quilt Shop
 I have been quilting for over 25 years but I still love taking classes. I always learn something new or reinforce something I have been doing.
I try to take classes from quilters I consider masters of their art. Elsie Campbell is one I would put in that category. I have taken classes from her before and never failed to go home being impressed and inspired.
Just look at some of these beauties she has done.
Doesn't she just beam. 

All done on her bernina.
Her quilts win many awards. For years Elsie quilts were hand quilted by her and just in the past few years she has being doing some of them on her own home machine. Just perfection.

This is one of her quilts she hand quilted. Love the colors. Reminds me of an antique quilt I've seen.



The class we took was based on a pattern in her new book.

We did the one one the cover.

You can see and read more about Elsie at

http://www.elsiemcampbell@blogspot.com/




                                      Till next time
                                             Kat
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Some embroidery WIP

I haven't yet shown any of the WIP's I'm working on. I have not been diagnosed but I think I have adult A.D.D. I just can't stick to one thing and finish it before starting another. I either get bored or see something new and just have to start it.
So here are two that I am working on
I have had this pattern for a while now and just could not wait any longer. Now I'm doing mine in blue
thread on a very pale blue fabric. For these two project I'm using Sulky 12wt. The blue is variegated.
I like Bird Brain Designs. I'm doing this one and have completed another one. Except I am not doing them again in Red. Maybe you can tell I am not that fond of the color red. This one is done in sulky thread also, 
color is charcoal. The one completed I used a variety of different colors. And I used DMC embroidery floss.
Pam at Sager Creek liked it so much that she is offering as a kit if anyone wants to do it also. But it can be done the way designer intended also, Red work.

Not sure if you could tell by the photos but I  just love these products for getting the pattern onto the fabric. So easy, just run it through the copy machine and stick it to your fabric. When done stitching it washes away in cool water.
One is  just as good as the other.

I use both of them. Sulky is slightly larger than Transfer Eze. Once you try them you will never go back to your old way of transferring the pattern.
So there, I admitted to having more WIP's., woo wee that feels good to get it out there..


Till next time
Kat
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