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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The 2 cards next to the yarn are new business cards I am experimenting with.
I have been dying wool and spinning.  I had some Border Leicester X wool to wash and dye.  I used two blues and a pink for dying in a somewhat rainbow method.  The wool turned out to be a lovely shade of blue.  There was some yellowing in the wool and that area became more of a teal once dyed.  All together the varied tones make for a more interesting yarn to me.  I made 2 plies and for the second ply I added 3 colors of Mylar with the wool. (silver, light blue, dark blue)

I also put bakers twine and yarn strings on a few price tags.  It seems that my price tags do not stand out enough for people, so I am trying the larger tags in varied pink colors.

The boys found a possum in the chicken coop.  We lost 2 chickens in this last week.  We live in the city so it is a little unusual to find a possum in our yard.

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What have you been up to lately???

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!  
Thank you for your service veterans!
Thank you all fallen veterans and your families for your sacrifice!

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Vendor Cart

Do you ever make a purchase and hope it was a good decision?  I love the look of vendor carts.  I purchased one at an on-line auction sight unseen.  It was a great buy and the delivery was not expensive either.  The kids cleaned out the garage to make room for my new purchase.  It was too tall to fit in the garage.  LOL  I could take the wheels off, but I will tarp it until I get a garage/barn put in.  I guess I will get it put in sooner than originally planned.   I plan to paint this and put my logo on it, but here it is:
  I think I could sell my wares from this.  I still have my pink awning in case it doesn't work.  The sides pop down and they become shelves.  There is lighting inside too. 

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I asked one of the kids to change the granddaughter.  I meant her diaper.  The kid brought my granddaughter in the living room a few minutes later and she had new clothes on her.  I didn't think anything about it until I heard that kid tell another kid that I told her to change my granddaughter's clothes.  I guess I have to be specific.   How was your week?  Dawnie

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Old fart hat for a little toot.

I recently completed a crocheted hat for a friend's little boy.  He has a unique style and I thought a man's hat made small would work best for him. I needed a thicker yarn so it would keep its shape.  I used Silky Wool XL by Elsebeth Lavold.  It is a thicker version of Silky Wool with the same tweedy appearance and made with 80% Wool and 20% Silk.  It is still very soft like Silky Wool.

If there is a request for this hat pattern, I will write up the pattern.  As you may notice, the hat brim rolls automatically because of the crochet technique.  I washed the hat once with soap and hot water so I could shape the hat.  When I steamed it, I only wanted the back to fully roll and the front to stay straight.

The tie is made with cotton yarn. 

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Have a great weekend!  Dawnie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Greek Yogurt

Lately I have been making Greek yogurt.  It is expensive to purchase and my favorite is usually in limited supply at the local grocery store, so I thought I would give it a try.  Years ago I make yogurt with a yogurt maker which had individual cups.  It was fine, but I like the thicker Greek yogurt now.  I purchased a new yogurt maker so I can make a one-container batch instead of using smaller individual containers.  I pour the finished yogurt into a muslin bag after I remove it from the machine and I let it drain for several hours in the refrigerator.  The whey comes out and the yogurt thickens due to the loss of this liquid.  There are ways to use the whey liquid, but I can't digest it well, so I usually toss mine.  I understand it is a great substitute for buttermilk.   I haven't done the math, but I am sure I have saved a little money by making my own yogurt.  In the first batch I used a purchased yogurt starter, but after that, I use 2 heaping teaspoons of yogurt as a starter.

Greek yogurt without any flavorings or sweeteners may possibly be substituted for cream cheese or sour cream in your favorite recipes.  It tastes very similar, but it is a bit more bitter.

I prefer to just add local honey in plain Greek yogurt.  It can be eaten this way alone, spread onto crackers, or eaten with fresh fruit.  Since apples are in season, I have enjoyed yogurt dipped with sliced apples as of late.  My peach sauce I canned earlier this year is also exceptional when added to Greek yogurt. 

If you have considered making yogurt, give it a try and you will shirley like it.  This is the link to the yogurt maker I purchased.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LH4C4U/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Have a great week!  Dawnie

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bedroom Make Over

We are trying to re-do a bedroom without spending too much money.  We had wall damage from parrot chews in the bedroom, so we added texture to the wall.  It is not my wall treatment of choice, but I didn't want to replace the sheet rock.  I tried to convey the way to texture the wall to one of the kids, but it was placed on the wall too thick in spots.  I went over most of what was attempted and added thicker texture trying to blend it in.  I know G is learning, so I give him a little slack.  (He is a young adult with special needs.)  I have laughed and came close to banging my head on the wall during this remodel.  I try to give clear instructions, but sometimes they are lost in translation.  I drew a picture and explained trimming in.  I wanted the edge of the wall and the ceiling trimmed in with a paint brush.  The ceiling and the walls are going to be the same color.  It planned for them to be white, but I bought the wrong color of paint by mistake.  The paint can was opened, poured into the paint tray, and spread onto part of the ceiling before I was informed that it was tan colored.  Oh well, we went with it.  Anyway, I wanted the edge of the ceiling and the edge of the wall, including the corner (where the walls and the ceiling meet) to be trimmed in.  This is where the roller does not get.  I guess I can't explain myself very well because this is what I got. 
This painting project reminds me of the elementary school lesson of writing down all of the steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Can a person read the steps and perform the task if he or she hasn't ever made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

How is your week going?
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