Thursday, December 29, 2016

Machine embroidery Christmas ideas

I made these for Christmas presents this year. It is just an idea of what you can do with the items you have around the house.
You can pick any design you want. There are several places on the internet where you can purchase designs. I like to purchase them in value packs.
It is a full size towel, hand towel and a washcloth.

Settlemen Cookbook given to me

This cookbook was given to me by a dear friend. I wanted to share it with you and what was inside the cookbook ❤❤❤❤
Now this is the note right inside to cookbook ( I really love this lady!! who else would have taken the time to write a note?)

Next thing I found was green stamps.!! You remember green stamps???

This next picture is a bit fuzzy ( my fault ) but I wanted to point out it showed correct place setting. Who knows that now??

Last but not least I found this cut out. and I thought to myself how inspiring!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Quilts from 1966

This was an experiment to see how difficult it would be to post an adobe file to my blog. It is working great. Now there are two pictures of quilts from 1966 in this file. To see it I had to copy and paste it in the search bar.
This is opening up a whole new world of things we can do ❤💙💙💚💛💜

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Prairie Bonnets

This year one of the gifts I made for friends was prairie bonnets. This has been such a hard year I felt like everyone needed some fun. They were a big hit. 😃
 These are mop Caps - I made several to be worn during the Christmas time. I told them well Mrs. Clause wears them so have fun. They can also be used as sleeping caps.

The following are Prairie caps. I had been watching Little House on the Prairie lately and wanting several of these. I never expected them to be so popular. I made several with different types of interfacing in the bib. Light weight was ok, Heavy not so good. I also tried some left over batting from quilts and that was my favorite. I would suggest medium weight if you do not have batting. I cheated and did not hand stick the bill to the cap and as such had a stitch line that was undesirable. I masked it with lace. The next ones will have the hand stitch I believe it will improve the overall appearance.

Just as a ending note the white caps were made from a king size white flat sheet. As you can guess I had plenty left over. I tried to make a apron to match an the pattern did not work out ( More likely the sewer did not work the pattern correctly-- I know that one is the truth LOL)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Recycled pants into an Apron

I fully intended to make a full cover apron out of these pant legs. I really liked the white and it was heavy duty cotton blend. I checked to make sure I had enough material and I did but when I cut the pattern out I did NOT put right side to right side so CRAP that will not work.
I trimmed them up and just winged it from there. I wanted to try out some bible scriptures I had found on the internet to machine embroidery and they turned out great. ( these were free so even better) all in all this came out better than I hoped.
All Things considered I really like full aprons better for if any of my clothes are going to get destroyed it always seems to be my shirt. However that is what aprons are for when you cook and yes we cook. LOL.

Chores on the Farm-- They never end. LOL

Today I have learned that the manure spreader is a great thing.!!! I cleaned out the Rabbit pens and just tossed it all into that wonderful piece of farm equipment. I was so relieved not to be pushing a wheel barrels around and around.
Funny note I think last year I put too much manure on the garden...... Who knew....? well NOW I do. LOL

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Animal Print Quilt.

I am putting a animal print quilt together. I have made this my Labor Day week-end project to get done. If I apply myself and manage my time well I can do this. Here is a break down of how it has gone so far. Friday- Went into the sewing room to find that the apron project is laying over the sewing machine not completed. I got that to a point that is 95% done. Moved it to another location. If I wanted to I could use it right now. I want to add some embellishments to it so not yet. Get a phone call-- Your going to mow the grass right? Yes I can..... Afternoon.... Mowing.... Here comes Saturday and still have not started the quilt. Yet I am still focused. So here is a rough break down of my Saturday.... I really wanted to go to a yard sale I read about in the paper so I programed the GPS and off I went. Its 10:00am ... I found it and scored a couple of kitchen items I really like so I am happy. I passed four other yard sales so I went to all of them on the way home. They did not have anything that interested me but hey that is the fun of yard sales. Now I'm home and it is 11:30 am. Ok refocusing.... I thought I had all the pieces precut but when I went to retrieve them it was reminisces of previous quilts. My first thought aggghhhh!!!!!! I separated them into piles of close to equal length. I was not worried about width as much as length at this point. I lay them out on the bed and started sewing. Right direction / wrong direction I did not care I wanted to just go go go. Three o'clock Saturday afternoon- I had a center piece of 38inches by 46 inches. It could work was all I was thinking.... Make it a center piece and have large borders around it. I felt good. Off to gather eggs, milk the goats and cook dinner. This is working I can have this done.
Sunday -- I started measuring early today I want a full size bed spread so I need to be careful. I do not want to make this quilt to small. I measured than measured again and again. Even googled to see what is the standard size of a full quilt. LOL I could have pulled out one of my quilts and measured it but hey I just googled it. I put another row on the bottom of the center piece and than I started on the border. End of Sunday leaves me with only the final border to be cut and placed on the quilt tomorrow I can see the end it sight.

This is my hallway were I was cutting out the border print. Poor little Ziva was so bored listening to the sewing machine and having to stay off the material. You use every spot you can in a farm house. :-)

Now I had to share this picture because you know when you have entered into a different realm when you have three machines set up for a project. I was using the one in the sewing room than using this brother on the table for the larger pieces.

Today is Labor Day!! Happy Labor Day!!!
I finished the quilt top this afternoon. It is a bit bigger than I thought it would be. HAHA
This is a really nice quilt tomorrow it goes to the quilter to be machine quilted.

These pictures are not the best but I will take more when it is done.

This picture is of our dog Ziva interfering with an attempt to take a picture of the quilt. She did not mind at all being in the picture too.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Keystone De Luxe sewing machine-- Garage sale find

I am super excited about this garage sale find. I wanted a sewing machine that can handle heavy material or many layers of material at once. I found this at a garage sale and I can not wait to use it. I really want to try quilt as you go with this machine I believe I can do it with no problem. :)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Decorating our Farm House-- Farm critter style :)

I thought I might give you a peek at how I have decorated our farm house. Now it is a farm house in all sense-- moved in with things in need of repair/or replacing and when you try to do a little at a time you start looking for ways to improvise while still keeping to a style you enjoy. So I have been using this website to make shower curtains and towels with pictures on them. Pictures I have taken of our homestead. The website is called, artscow. (artscow is based overseas and I have recommended it to a lot of people. Here is my advise if you choose to give them a try. Do not spend more money than you are willing to lose. It can and has taken up to a month or more to receive items. Not every item was good. If you google comments on them you will find people who have had some disappointing experiences with them. However the majority of mine have been great and remember this is overseas not your local photo shop) That being said I am showing your two pictures of the kitchen cabinets  and how I masked the dramatic imperfections in them. The valances are a shower curtain I cut up and used in three rooms. ( its really cool when the light shines the pictures on them. Another cool benefit is the rooms are now named. Its in the Goat room, Your staying in the peacock room....get it?)
I posted a pictures of the shower curtain -- I am sorry the picture is not good but you get the idea.

In the kitchen I have changed out the hand towels with new ones ordered every few years. I think it helps keep us in the here and now. LOL

Final thought on this. From experience use vivid color photos. Spring works best with lots of color and light. I tried fall and it was full of  browns and well I was not happy with them. I have not tried winter or a white winter photo.

Ok enjoy-------

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Thrift Store find Pants ReVamped to wear

Found these pants during a bag sale at a local Thrift Store --They were to short and I really did not want to make capris out of them. So Here is what I did, I made bell bottoms on the legs and used lace and ribbon I have been collecting over the years to spice things up.  I think the pants are fun -- now we have to see if I actually use them.
Just think if I do -- pants cost around forty cents, lace maybe a dollar, buttons just a few cents, and the velvet was a skirt purchased at a thrift store Recycled. I have washed and dried the pants and they are holding up well.
It is fun to create out of the box. :)

I have had some problems with this combination. Here on the farm the inserted fabric did not hold up.:(😔
I took all the extra lace off and mended the fabric but in the end I just let it go and cut it out. After a search I choice some heavy cotton that was formally a curtain panel. I have worn them sever times and I am much happier with this combination.
I have worn them several times and they are holding up great. Lesson learned. LOL Although I love the velvet style the farm life does not and we are all about durability.
September 2017: Update, I wear these pants all the time and get compliments on them like crazy.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Super cool Water Barrel

I wanted to share a picture of a super cool Water Barrel. I went with the neighbor to a class in Warren County and made two of these Water Barrels. They supplied all the parts ( for a minimal fee-- really was minimal) and we put them together on the spot. What I really like is the stand and convenience of my water barrel for giving water to our birds. Super cool. If you want more information I keep the instruction from the class and can post them just let me know.....

Thursday, August 11, 2016

We are trying our luck at Fermentation here on the Farm :)

In a effort to use what we grow, milk or raise I am trying my luck at fermentation. I have read several articles on it both in magazines and online. This is some exciting stuff. I have purchased a one gallon crock from Ace Hardware. Now I purchased one with the lid and weights at mothers day. Right away I tried to make some sauerkraut. A little over a week into it I had moisture under the crock. I spent days trying to figure it out. only to notice a small crack in the side of the crock. Ace Hardware took it back with no problems. Because it was so easy I decided to give them another try. The price on the crock is excellent and because they are so easy to return I felt it was worth a second try. ( Wish us luck) We have the new crock and I am once again trying to make sauerkraut. I am also trying to ferment some cucumbers in a half gallon mason jar. I have it weighted down with a empty jelly jar filled with water. I place jar in a plastic container to catch any over flow and I am super happy I did. Last thing in the picture is an attempt to make curds and whey from fresh goats milk. This is attempt number two on the curds ad whey. I read about it and watch several videos this of course only intrigued me to do it myself.
I will keep you informed about my progress. If any one has easier ways to do this I am super interested. My mother said my kitchen will start to stink but hey we live on a farm. :) It seems like every thing stinks. LOL

Ok here is an update to how it is going on the fermentation. Today is August 14, 2016 and the curds and whey turned out perfect yesterday. In fact is startled me because in the morning I was walking around the kitchen and it looked like the above picture mostly and in the afternoon bam it was separated. The jar on the left with cucumbers and onion in it trying to ferment has been thrown out. I notice a layer of mold on the top of the water - it was pretty gross. So I have started another batch of curds and whey the cabbage in going strong and so far no leaks in the crock. What I will do now is some more research on the fermenting in a mason jar and see if we can give it another go.

Today is September 4, 2016 I just wanted to give an update on how the Fermentation is going. The Crock did not leak. Woo Hoo!! I am super happy about that. Ace Hardware came through on a great price and an item worth owning. I went out into the garden and got the last of the jalapenos. Final try at fermentation from the garden.  

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Duck Egg Cake -- Who knew ducks eggs were so Good??

The duck we have has stopped laying eggs. The season is over. :(  What really surprised me was that I now have a love of duck eggs. I have made several of these duck egg cakes and I use duck eggs in my meatloaf, really holds it together. Omelets made with duck eggs were super easy. I can say that with the two ducks I had laying not a single egg went to waste. ( that is on top of the chickens we have) Unfortunately during a sever thunderstorm one duck went missing (we suspect a fox) so for months that left only one duck to gather eggs from. I want you to know I went out and found more duckling for next year!
I am going to share the duck egg cake recipe with all the adaptations I did -- we think it is better than ever!

4 duck eggs ( separated-- use 4 duck egg whites and 3 duck eggs yolks)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar

Lemon Glaze/Raspberry filling:
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup raspberry preserves

6oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fair warning this is a involved recipe so get ready. ( BIG SMILE)  It goes fast when you get started.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 inch pans. ( I posted a picture of them)

Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl until mixed completely. Mix flour and baking soda in a separate bowl ( I used a fork). Beat egg whites in a large bowl at medium speed until foamy. add 1/2 cup sugar increase speed ( I used the highest my little hand held mixer could do) until stiff peaks form.
Now gently mix yolks into whites by hand add flour slowly! I added the flour in small amounts -- Very important mix by hand. It will mix pretty quick - divide into the two 8 inch pans.

Bake 20-25 minutes until light golden brown, Top will be similar to a sponge and toothpick will come out clean. Cool on wire racks. I mix the lemon juice and sugar when the cakes were in the oven-- when the cakes are cooling on the racks I gently poke the top with the toothpick before I use all the lemon juice mixture on both the cakes. Do this while the cakes are still hot.

Mix the cream cheese and sugar. Add lemon peal and mix completely. Add in the heavy cream until icing looks firm. Now this part goes pretty quick. Mix in the vanilla with mixer. It is really good. :)

Now we get to assembly the cake. Place one cake on a platter ( I use a plate with a small amount of frosting on the plate to hold it in place) than you place the raspberry preserve on top of the cake. I put frosting on the bottom of the other cake before I put it on top of the raspberry cake. Now it is only frosting the whole cake. ( final picture) I put in the frig to set the frosting but it never lasts around our house more than a few days.

*******Ok here is my idea-- This is a really basic recipe and I feel so much can be done with it. Next year I am going to try orange juice (undiluted of course) - orange marmalade and use orange peel in the frosting. Just think though really could use anything that strikes your fancy-- this is like a blank slate what else could be combo together. ********* Next year........

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer is here at the Farm

We have been busy here at the farm with incubators running, hatching chicks and peachicks. Rabbits having babies. Here in Kentucky we have had so much rain. I believe I have lost my half my garden. If I hope to have green beans I will have to replant them by the end of the week and than it will be close for them to produce before the first freeze. The meat and dairy goats are doing well. I have had the milk production go up and down with the extreme heat ( over ninety degrees) and all the rain. I will be taking pictures in the next few days to post.
Sewing wise I have been working on pants for me. I have machine embroidery on three pairs of pants. two have flowers and on one I did patriotic. All are really fun to wear.
On my list of things to do this month is make goat cheese and finish up some sewing projects.
Keep checking back for updates on what it is like out in the country on a dead end street. (just the way we like it -- quiet)

Monday, March 21, 2016


This is a super cool idea that I have taken to doing. I have (like everyone else) tons of scrap material. I don't know about the rest of you but I do end up throwing some of it away because of space issues. However I thought what can I do with them. Well here on the farm we have plenty of eggs so I started making these ornaments. I give them away at Christmas time and everyone just loved them to pieces.
Here is how I made them:
what you need to do is poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg and blow out the inside of the egg. I made one side bigger and cooked the blown out egg as scrambled eggs. Be very careful for you can break the egg or get egg shells in your blown out inside goodness. Next I used very hot water from the kitchen facet and ran it through the egg shaking the egg in an attempt to clean it as much as possible. It will take days to completely dry and it needs to be completely dry. Be Patient.
Take a paper plate and cover it with freezer paper. I taped the back to keep the paper on the paper plate. I used paper plates because in the end it was a lot easier just to throw the covered paper plate away than take off the freezer paper from a regular plate. 

Cut up your fabric into small pieces. The pieces do need to be very small but this whole project works better when the fabric is of various shapes. I just went a little crazy and snipped and snipped. I divided my fabric into bowls with different color schemes. Trust me this will make your day go a lot better when you start using the glue things get a little messy and you do not want to be trying to sort through a lot of small pieces of fabric for one color mixed into a large batch of fabric pieces.
Now we glue the fabric onto the egg. There is not right way or wrong way to do this. I overlapped my fabric to cover the whole egg. However it is not necessary to do that. Use regular white ( school glue) it is cheaper and your hand will get all sticky. It is nice to be able to go to the sink and wash up when ever you want. You may find you need to do this often for the fabric piece you keep trying to pick up start sticking to your finger after a while. Now when you cover your egg with fabric place them on the cover paper plates and let them dry for 24 hours. Than I took the glue and just lightly cover the fabric cover egg with a layer of glue. Placed it back on the covered paper plate and let it dry for another 24 hours. This was my way of making sure the fabric was secure.
See here the eggs covered with fabric. My stash of prepped eggs ready to be covered with fabric.
I generally make two plate full of eggs. It helps in the next few steps they can be messy.
Remember you have cover your eggs once in a layer of glue now your going to cover them again in a layer of glue this time roll them in some glitter. Choose the glitter you want to compliment the eggs. This is messy but Wow is it fun.:) Let dry for at least 24 hours.

You know those twist ties on bread? Here is a place were we can recycle them. Yea. Take some ribbon and use the bread ties to wrap them into a hanger. Can you see them there on the carpet? This is another reason why I make several at once. Plug in your glue gun and take the tied in and glue it into the larger hole. I do not skimp on the glue gun glue. I apply generously. Can this be a little trying to you. Well the answer is yes. Be careful not to break your egg. ( you can) did you make the ribbon small enough to go in the hole of the egg. The what if's are endless. Try and go with it - don't let it frustrate you this is suppose to be fun.
Here is what you end up with at this stage.
During this step I gather branches from outside and stuffed them into a box. I placed a garbage sack under the make shift tree. This was to prevent the polyurethane from dripping off the eggs onto the carpet. If you do this outside you may or may not need the garbage sack. I did this in winter time so I was definitely not going outside. ( it was far to cold)
I took a foam brush and coated the eggs ( after the glitter had dried) with Polyurethane. I waited 24 hours and did another coat. I did have some eggs drip. I used the foam brush to dap the bottom of the eggs to prevent a weird look. Also I wore gloves during this step. It will be messy, go slow. The good news this is the final step.

Ta Da Ornaments for any occasion.
Have fun with it.