So sorry to be out of touch the last, well, two months! I can’t believe that I haven’t posted in almost two months… that is just a record!
Well, it all happened around the first of April. We debuted this brand new loom that we designed. We expected that it might sell a few, because of it’s unique qualities. We just never expected to sell 40! And believe it or not, we have been working on getting all those looms done and shipped every since. And people keep ordering more! Along with all the other wonderful things that Maggie handcrafts in her workshop… we have been super duper busy little woodworkers for sure.
Jessy helps in the shop and then handles all the finishing and shipping. I help as well, but do all the customer service and handle and printing as well as all the ordering of supplies and such. It’s really crazy! We even have our friend Miss Julia coming to help through the week!
Right now we even had to put our Etsy shop into vacation mode for a few days so that we could get a little breather and try and get ahead of all the orders in shop. Right now, we have 55 open orders!!! Wow!
We’re so amazed at the success and thank everyone for the wonderful blessing! It’s a great problem to have, I think!
However, there has been fun things happening here at the homestead, so I will try to get back on track and start posting much much regularly! So sorry to upset folks… I know I got a little scoulding from my Dad! He loves to read about the farm and all our adventures and he was worried about us! Sorry Dad! We’ll get back on track now that things are calming down a little bit… Whew!!!
If you want to go and see what all the fuss is about… here is our shop. It should be up and running in a few days from this post.
Miss Jessy got a new camera for Christmas and has been learning to use it!
And of course, she had to try a little photo shoot with her beautiful kitty, Sophie!
Learning is always a fun thing when you add kitties!
We learned about another nice lumber shop that is a bit closer to our house and we just had to make a trip over and check them out! Just a little west of Wauseon! (And the county fairgrounds!) They offer all local and native species of wood, milled and processed right there in the shop!
Maggie was in heaven! Lots and lots of beautiful lumber to pick from…
This area was her favorite, however… a bunch of cut offs and discounted shorter pieces of beautiful wood. Since she’s not building furniture or floors, she doesn’t need super nice long pieces. She can work with 2 footers and less. I think we spent about 2 hours just going through all the beautiful pieces!
We even talked about harvesting a black walnut tree on the homestead! Now, wouldn’t that be something… a beautiful black walnut loom made from actual Windhaven lumber! It takes up to a year to dry the lumber once it is cut! We will have to think about it… it would be something neat to do at some point!
We also filled up the truck with slab wood to heat the shop! You can’t go wrong with cheap hardwood slab wood. It burns great and is easy to handle. Especially for our two wood stoves. They are not big stoves, so we can cut the slab wood to just the right size to fit our stoves nicely!
Since we were over that way and hungry, we decided to stop at one of our favorite places to eat… Das Essen Haus! Real good Amish buffet. Oh my goodness. You just HAVE to be hungry and ready to eat at this place. We don’t go too often but when we do, you can count on the fact that you will not eat for the rest of the day and you better be ready for a nice nap! It’s like Thanksgiving on demand!
Super yummy salads and soups…
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean cassarole and all the fixings! Delish!!!
And a plate of goodies for desert! (Jessy and I shared this plate so we could get a little taste of everything!!!) It was just so darn good and so reasonably priced… Just a lovely little field trip!
We’ll be back!!!