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, March 31, 2013

Slow Stitch Sunday plus some

I thought I would make this post one of a little of this and a little of that.
Well what should be first, I think I'll start with the stash report. Added 6 yards to go with the quilt I'm making for my daughter.
I did get a quilt bound this afternoon but I had  counted it already I believe so all I can show is a picture.
My total numbers are located on the side.




Besides doing the binding on this, for my slow stitching Sunday I am doing a little embroidery on the 30's row quilt.


Just a simple stem stitch will do the trick. I have 4 blocks to do.

Then there is March's NewFO.
I am starting a quilt for my daughter. She had emailed me a picture of a crib quilt but wanted it done as a queen size. The pattern was minimal and simplistic.
So on EQ I drafted it to be her size


The blocks will be rather large and the quilting will be done by hand in a big stitch quilting.
Here is the fabric she had picked out a few years back and the new background (under the folded pieces, bad pic) I just purchased



Here is was I did earlier, not much but its a start and really shouldn't take long to put together.




Saturday, March 30, 2013

Some Scrappy Orange





I got a late start on this months

 http://superscrappy.blogspot.com
Even though I dug out my orange scraps a couple of weeks ago.


I still do not have a design or plan for this months baby quilt. So I thought I would just start sewing strips together and then either leave it as a whole piece or just as fabric and start cutting out pieces.


So I'll  just keep sewing and maybe something will pop into my head.

I believe this my first post on soscrappy so I thought I would show Jan. and Feb. 

Feb.

Jan. 
You have a great Easter



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Refried Beans



I made some refried beans the other night and if you have had homemade you know how good they are and if you haven't you ought to give it a try. They are very easy to make.
1 cup dried pinto beans
3-4 Tbsp. bacon grease or lard (bacon grease does give it a great flavor)
1/4 chopped onions
cumin to taste

Start with cooking the beans until soft.
Drain and set aside.



 In a pan that's heavy enough to take the mashing of the beans, add the bacon grease and the onions and cook over a med heat until lightly brown.
 Add the beans a little at a time with  a little water and mash. Can use a masher or the back of a spoon. The heat can be low or off while mashing. Add seasonings to desired taste. But when completely mash turn heat on to low and stir and simmer until thickened.

I served mine with and egg dish called Migas,
recipe in here

Give it a try and if you do not want to cook beans from dried beans I don't know why you can't use canned.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's Yarn Along Time

Boy this week has gone by so quickly, hard to believe it's Weds.
I just want to say that the calf we have been nursing back to health is back out with it's Mom. I so hope with the milking we have done that she has enough left and will continue for the calf. She has been away from her Mom for 3 days.

Now for what I'm knitting on is a matter of choice seeing how my goal for last week was to go through my stash and make an inventory of what I have and than stored back organize. And in the process of doing that I found projects I started and forgot about so now I have many to do.

Clockwise; Top left 1 slipper, a green shawl, baby blue preemie hat, Prayer Shawl, and 1 sock.

Which one will I'll start first....
Don't know yet.




Did finish the socks and love the pattern. It will be one of the first ones I do after I finish the UFO's.

I want to take time to thank everyone who left a comment last week on helping me figure out how to organize my yarn. I went to my Ravelry like Michelle suggested but I could figure out how she did that but I going to keep trying. I did find an app to put on the I-Phone called Ewe Stash. I like it because you can put all the info of the yarn, amounts on hand and a picture. So now if I'm at the store I can check with my stash. 
Really Cool
Ana and Paula suggested I organize by weight or type and I did that. Thank you, I think that will help a lot. And Chrisknits uses plastic containers and I too followed her suggestion and decided on clear so I see through them, beside marking with a number. Boy has it been a job. I'm almost done but as I was putting the bins in the closet I realized I really need to organize the rest of the closet

So I will continue last weeks goal and make it this weeks goal.
Finish the yarn and organize the rest.

Now for what I'm listening to but first I want to say the last book "The Book Thief" was very good and I just couldn't get enough and hated to see it end. You know it's a good book when you feel that way  



I just started this one this morning so I have no comments yet 
This is what the publisher wrote;


Book Description
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
In the tradition of Kate Jacobs and Lolly Winston comes a deeply felt, utterly charming novel of three newfound friends and the unexpected gift that will change their lives.

In the quiet community of Avalon, Illinois, Julia Evarts wonders how to move on with her life. Though her husband and five-year-old daughter give her an abundance of love, Julia still reels from a tragedy that has left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend. Meanwhile, across town, widow Madeleine Davis takes great pleasure in serving up delectable treats and cozy comforts at her tea salon—now, if only she had some customers to enjoy them. And famed concert cellist and recent Avalon transplant Hannah de Brisay finds herself at a crossroads when her career and marriage come to abrupt ends. The three strangers forge a friendship at Madeleine’s Tea Shop, and soon their camaraderie extends to everyone in Avalon in the guise of a unique and wonderful gift. But even as Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

Life and loss, friendship and community, food and family: Friendship Bread tells a spirited, remarkably moving tale about the triumph of hope.

Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

Sounds like it could be good so I'll let you know later what I thought



Monday, March 25, 2013

What's Up


What is up today. I hope it is the sewing I wanted to get to this past weekend which I wasn't able to with the event of having a house guest, to know more here's a link


Yes, I have had a calf in the house for the past 24 hours but she made it through the crisis and now she is in the garage for now. I still need to keep bottle feeding her and watching her to make sure she is strong enough to go back out to her mom. 
The sooner the better for her.

So what I plan on doing are the 2 months of Stash Bee blocks. These are the ones for my hive that I have to get done and in the mail.
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Tanya made this as an example
Churn Dash Finished Block
Emily made this one as an example

And then there is still my Get-R-Done for the month. I hope to have progress on those to show later this week.
So there it is, a little sewing news and life on the farm news too



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Calf Update



She is doing better. Made it through the day and even stood up and walked around a little. IN THE HOUSE. Did get another 24 oz down her. She should be eating twice the much but she is not uses to drinking from a bottle and she is still in a weaken state. But need to get fluids in her so she doesn't dehydrate.
Here is another picture of her


This doesn't happen often having a calf walking around your living room.
The problem is they are not house broken.



My Slow Sunday

I have to admit it didn't start out slow here. Yesterday while the "Man of the Place" was out checking the cattle he notice the calf that Joy (one of Snicker's offspring) had last weekend wasn't doing well. So we moved her and the calf from the pasture up to the corral to try to figure out what was going on. The calf looks like it hasn't eaten in a while so we check Joy's utter and milk. 

She looked as thou she hadn't nursed much and there was blood in her milk.  We decided to give the cow a shot of antibiotics and try to give the calf a bottle of milk replacement. 

The little thing barely got down 3 cups. By this time it was around 4 in the afternoon and we would just let the calf digest that bottle and we would check on her in the morning. 
Well wouldn't you know that this had to be the morning that cold front from the north finally made it with some snow. And the poor little calf had made no improvements, she was weaker. Had to take some more serious action and force fed by feeding tube some more milk and brought her into the house to warm up. 
Doesn't look good
She was just too cold and we are not set up with shelter for the cows out in the corral. It is a working corral for running the cattle through for shots and tagging, that sort of stuff. The barn has the heifers in it with no room to share. We really need to think about improving that corral a little, build a little shelter for times like this.
Now we are just waiting to see if the calf makes it. Doesn't look good but I hopping for the best.

The rest of my day has been putting around the house, baking bread and cookies. Cooking beans to make re-fried beans later. 
I have been going through my yarn and I'm about half way getting it listed in an inventory.
I will sewing for a while on the 30's plus the Stash Bee blocks for Feb. and March.
By then it should be dinner time and I can sit with the "Man of the Place" and do some piecework.  

Update ( 4 hours later)

She looks a little better but still not out of the woods yet.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tonight's Friday Night Sew In

I forgot to mention earlier that it's FNSI
Handmade by Heidi
Go over to
and check out who else is sewing tonight.

I'm going to work on my daughter's quilt 



I'm going to start stitching the rows together.
I'm making this a short blurb so I can get back to sewing.
I hope you are able to be sewing on something too.


So Sweet......

This is such a sweet story. Last Monday at a quilt group I belong to, at the end of the meeting there is always a time for show and tell. I look forward to see what everyone has been up too. We have such an eclectic group of talented ladies. A member named Sandy told as the story behind this quilt. 

(I hope I get this right Sandy)
While Sandy was visiting family she offered to make her young niece a quilt.
 Her niece went and drew a picture of the quilt she would like that included her in the bed with her cat.  

It included a short note; 
Hi aunt Sandy i just wanted to thank you for offering to make me a quilt.
Love Stella


But she also went a little further and painted a picture of the quilt.

I like the detail in the fabric strips. Polka dots, stars and stripes
So Sandy had a good idea of what her niece would like.
But then Sandy received an email with a picture of this quilt stated she like this one too

So Sandy got busy and finished Stella a very pretty representation of her drawing. And the quilting is fitting for a young lady.

And the label on the back was perfect.
Boy I wished I had an Aunt like that when I was young.
So special.
 Sandy is telling us the story here.


 

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