A Little Sewing Party!


I decided it was time to get my sewing machine going, and to do up a few little projects that I had planned!


The first thing up with a little soft Ipad pillow that I could use to prop up my ipad when I am watching movies!  (Or tv shows…)  Usually, I was just propping it up on things and then I thought, wait, I could make a little poofy pillow with a bit of a back on it, and that would love lovely.   I actually had some of those little teeny beads for the stuffing and wanted to use them up!   It worked out so nice.  And works perfectly!

It kind of looks like a little purple couch.  For my beloved ipad.  DSC_0218


Maggie wanted a workshop apron so that she wouldn’t get her clothes so full of shavings and sawdust!   Your wish is my command!   I made her a nice heavy duty brown denim apron.  She approves!  It works just fine.  DSC_0223

Luna and Calcifer laying about, waiting for me to make something good for them.  Haha…  sorry kitties.  Nothing for the kitties planned today.


I wanted to make a little pantry shelf topper for the top two shelves of the panty.  I have a big plan, to make the bottom two shelves all cute and clever with nice jars and little baskets and such.   But the top two will be storage for things that we don’t use as often and aren’t that pretty.  The whole new shelves/pantry project is still in the works, as you can see.  Still debating whether to put up another shelf in the bottom or not.  I’d rather wait and see what sort of storage things I want to put down there and all.   But we’re very busy right now with holiday sales, so it will have to wait until January!  Still, the topper is a start and it’s so cute!  DSC_0230 DSC_0232

Last up on the sewing parade is a couple new goat coats for the sheared angoras!   We sheared a little later in the season than we really wanted to, so I made them up a couple of fleece goat coats to give them a little extra help from the cold.  They are very simple in nature, but seem to work well.  Just a big rectangle of fleece, with a couple little ties at the chest and then belly straps underneath to keep it on straight.  Pretty simple.


Buttercup and Sam are doing fine in with the sheep.  Even though Sam is an angora, he was very robust and has been fine.  Buttercup is positively chunky in her fuzzy warm winter hair!  We moved them in with the sheep for a few weeks to give Lefty, Rana and Rafeka a chance to bulk up a bit.  They were a little scrawny, and just needed some extra groceries.   It’s hard with fiber animals…  when they are heavy coated, it’s easy to miss their overall body condition.  The more meek, gentle animals can sometimes get bullied and pushed out of the feed by the bigger, stronger animals.  Seeing that Buttercup and Sam were both in charge and rotund…  I think a little separation was in order.  DSC_0239

Lefty got the Frozen look…   she is modeling her nice blue snowflake look!


Rana and Rafeka look rather like hobbits on a journey!   They love their coats, though.  It’s funny, most anything you do to them…  shearing, hoof trimming, shots, meds, they will fight and act like you are killing them.  But when it comes to coats?   They stand there patiently and pick up their legs and are really very cooperative.  Makes me laugh!  They are pretty smart.  They know the coats and nice and warm!  DSC_0243 DSC_0247 DSC_0249 DSC_0250 DSC_0251I don’t do a lot of sewing, but when I do, I enjoy it!   I used to make some quilts and do clothing sewing, but just have gotten away from it.   I picked up a pattern for a top awhile back…  I think I need to just sit down and make it up soon!   Because I really enjoyed today’s sewingpalooza!  And by the looks of it, everyone enjoyed the results of my effort.



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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving to You All!

We tried so hard to get a cute picture of Ratchet and Evee sitting at the table, getting ready to dig in, but neither would cooperate!  They would sit on the bench, very sheepishly, and act like they were being bad, even though we were trying to encourage them to sit pretty and take a picture! Haha…  I guess we need to plan ahead a bit more and practice before they will help us out!


We had a simple gathering, just the girls and I and that was just fine.  We had worked so hard the last week, trying to get all our orders caught up and out the door so we could enjoy a few days off.  We brined a lovely full turkey breast and made homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and cranberry jello relish!  And of course course a little sweet corn!  It was perfect for us!

And we got our our lovely china from Grandma Mildred!  I do miss her, I think she would have loved to be at our gathering!   And in spirit, I’m sure she was here.  We all filled up our plates and we gave thanks and a nice prayer for all the blessings in our lives and dug in!

I almost had a turkey plate catastrophe!!!  I forgot room for the green bean casserole!  And that is dreadful because I’m pretty much the only person that eats the stuff.  But I managed to shove stuff over a wee bit and make some room.   I think I took a little too much spuds, but holy cow, homemade mashed potatoes?  Those are the bomb…  DSC_0272

We ate and enjoyed lovely conversation and ate a little more…  Until it was time to share with our very patient and polite critter guests.   They were all within earshot, waiting nicely.  I am very pleased to report that we do not have begging pets…  they know us well and we always share a good feast. Ratchet was very ready to give a plate a little lick up!  DSC_0274 DSC_0282

Aww…  nice waiting doggies!   Waiting for a goodie or two.  We have such good animal friends!  Everyone outside got lovely 55 degree weather and sunshine to eat their lovely hay and extra goodies of grains and apples today!  Inside everyone got plates to like and a little turkey bits and such!   The kittens were so impressed!   All this and turkey too!!!   We are careful not to overdue the feast, but everyone gets a little taste!  DSC_0286

Evee even licked up the jello salad eventually, but first to the good stuff!


Luna was very very interested in the green bean casserole…  good thing cuz’ I’m gonna be eating it all week!  I might want to share with her.  DSC_0304

I thought this was funny.   The party’s over…   Luna contemplated the dirty dishes and lack of kitty goodies…  Hmmm….  DSC_0305Totoro was snoozing and would not come when he was called.   He missed out!  All that was left was the water glasses!   Of course, Jessy saved him a little piece of turkey and he was sorry he missed the fun!  I’m pretty sure his kitty siblings told him all about this wonderful event!!

Since yesterday was my birthday, the girls had gotten me this beautiful 4 way cake!  It had carrot cake, red velvet cake, chocolate cake and caramel cake on it!  Oh my dear…  it was lovely.  So we had that for our Thanksgiving desert…  we are not pumpkin pie people!  Sorry!   I got a little sliver of each one to celebrate!  Lovely end to a lovely feast…  And then we all went off and took little food coma naps!  We have a planned Settlers of Catan marathon for this evening, but I’m not sure if it’s going to get off the ground!  If nothing else, we will start it up tomorrow evening after we get a few more things out the door!  Should be a lovely weekend!!!


Hope you and yours had a lovely day as well, even if you don’t celebrate the US Thanksgiving!   You are all a blessing to us and we are very thankful for everything that makes our lives special!!!


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First Winter Storm…


Bella, the storm, came ripping through our area last Saturday like a freight train, dropping off lots of snow, slush and unpleasantness to the whole middle of the U.S.  We woke to a light dusting, but then it stopped.   We laughed and thought, is this all?   But then the second round of this storm hit and we got a good slap in the face.  Pretty soon, we have about 3 to 5 inches on the ground and then a nice yucky layer of slush that froze to ice in the Sunday aftermath which made temps plummet to around 13 to 15 degrees.  Wow, ouch.


The second part of the storm was getting a little nasty and Maggie decided to help out the ram boys up front by wrapping their shelter in heavy plastic.   It really was on our chore list, but doing it in the middle of a mini blizzard just made the experience so much more fun!  Huldur was excited, if nothing else and to be honest, it made it super nice inside the boy’s fort.  It had some cover to it, but it was gappy and just not really nice.  Now, it’s very cozy in there!  DSC_0202 DSC_0203 DSC_0205

We got this top off a semi truck from friends last year and let me tell you, it has been so darn useful all over the place.   Apparently it is a very tough plastic tarp with little fiberglass threads in it!  The stuff is amazing!  We have used it all over the homestead.  This is the last of our stash, but I think we can do a little more magic with it.

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We got everyone settled, lots of good hay and feed and secured shelter and then we came in to stay warm and do like the kitties…  nap!   Nothing better than a nice long nap during a winter storm.  The skies were all dark and stormy and the cold made it just perfect to snuggle up and snooze!!!


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