More Basketweaving…

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I made this little basket!  It’s actually the second basket I’ve ever made!  Made it from a pretty cool kit that I got online from a basket making kit company.  They are pretty famous, available on Amazon and for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of them!   It will come to me, I’m sure.

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I was pretty pleased with it!  I think I have a bit of a knack for these things!  (I can say that now because I made this last spring and have made a few more in the last year and really enjoy it!)

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I even had some left over and I went and made another little basket!  I am hooked.

But you know, basket weaving is not that far away from textile weaving, same sort of principle and all.  Just a little harder material.  Hard, in as, hard to the touch, rather than fibers.

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One of the cool things that I am finding, is that basket weavings apparently like to sell off all their stuff on ebay and Facebook marketplace, cheap!  I got another bundle of materials, tools, and books for $20 on eBay…  free shipping!   My gosh, I think it cost that much to send it!   I think that it might be mom’s or grandma’s tools and such and she has passed on and the kids just can’t bear to throw it all out.

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I am happy to give it a home.  Honestly, there are times that I think I was born in the wrong era.  I would have enjoyed being some housewife pioneer woman, making and doing in the wilds of Ohio or Michigan.  I like my woods and forests and gentle fields.  Big huge open prairies are a little boring to me.  I love a good burbling stream.   It’s been forever since I set foot near one, but I plan to this year, I sure hope!

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But, one of the nice things about these two big hauls of basket weaving stuff, is that there has been several kits in the midst of it all.  And kits are great for learning!   And you can redo the kit a time or two with all the excess materials that are in the stash!  Like this little wound raffia rope basket that I made…  I think it came out rather nicely.  A little rough in the beginning as I learned the skill of this style, but still, it was fun to do.  I can see using other sorts of rope like materials and then perhaps some beautiful hand made yarns as the binding thread!  I have ideas, aplenty!

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It makes a lovely little mouse caddy cozy basket-thingy, don’t you think?

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Well, after a couple kits, I was ready to push on to my own designs.  I really want to make beautiful natural baskets from founds materials on our homestead.  And a few things grown, like fibers and yarns from the sheep.  This basket is made from grape vine from our homestead, fibers from our sheep and dyed fabric scraps that I cut and braided.  The only thing not from here is the seagrass in the middle of the basket.  It was just too muddy and nasty to gather grasses to twist and braid!  However, don’t put it past me in the coming years!   :-)  Just really enjoy this expression of weaving and looking forward to do more this coming spring and summer…

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Our First Kitty Tree…

Yes, we can admit it.  We have become higher level cat ladies.  We have purchased a cat tree.

This was last year, but it was still fun to remember.  The kitties ADORE it…  it’s in the kitchen nook now and they love to sit and look out the windows at the courtyard garden.

Miss Maggie and Miss Jessy put the whole thing together and all the while, they had quite an audience!   Kitties sure love boxes and new construction!

Enjoy the pictures!  Fun was had by all!!!

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The Courtyard Fence!

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Yes, I have been a little behind in posting to the blog.  Life just got in the way and I was thinking after 1,000’s of posts that everyone might be a little bored with the goings on at our little homestead!  After all, it’s been like 8 years now since we had been out of the moby!

But then, I got to thinking lately, I miss writing about the timeline of our little home.  I really started this blog for myself and the girls and our immediate family, who wanted to know about what we were up to.  I know Facebook has taken over for quick, easy up to the minute updates, but I missed documenting the whole story, the behind the scenes information that Facebook is just not that good for.

So, I am going to try and catch up through my stash of post ideas and pictures.  So we are going to start with the spring of LAST YEAR…  Yes, 2018!

And one of the first things to happen was a bad storm came through and WRECKED our courtyard fence!

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A big gust broke the main post and the whole thing just collapsed!   Now, to be honest, it was kinda of old and nasty.  We had gotten the fence used about 8 years ago.  And the posts we used to hold it up were not treated with anything.  They just rotted away.  Thank goodness, all the animals were safely in their little areas so we had no escapees.

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But it was a big problem…  We dragged out the fence sections that we could and had a piece of 16 foot long cattle panel, so we kind of hillbilly engineered a fence that held up most of the summer and into the winter.  However, it’s awful looking and we plan to really make it much nicer this spring!  I really like the look of this photo below!   It’s using some cattle panel wire fencing, but with a nice wood topper.  I love that!  We need something very sturdy at the bottom to keep the sheep and goats contained, but I like the way you can look through it nicely.  But I also love the wood part!  I think we are going to play around with this idea and see what we think!

The span is only about 25 feet, so we can afford to do something really clever and interesting, perhaps a little detailed.  I would like to incorporate some birdhouses along the space because I have seen that and thought it was adorable!   Maybe even a cat house with a little purrrr-ch for the farm kitties to sit and lounge on!

Off to Pinterest!!!!!   :-)

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