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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I finally have a fart egg!

I have heard others talk about chicken "fart eggs," or small eggs.  Even though I have raised chickens for a while, I have not experienced the joy of the fart egg until today.  The egg was so small that it did not move the scale.   It only weighed .4 ounces.  The middle sized egg was about 1.4 ounce and the larger egg was 2.2 ounces.  I have a few Silkies, Frizzles, and Barn Yard Mix hens reaching maturity and I am not sure which hen laid this egg.   The second picture shows the egg after it was cracked.  The yolk is about the size of a popcorn kernel.  You may notice that I stamped the eggs for the photo. 

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Have a great day!  Dawnie



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Baby Supply Shopping With Adult Kids

It is fun to shop for baby items, except where the cost comes into play.  I wasn't quite as excited as my son, the daddy.  Yes, I am officially a G R A N D M A.

I hope you have a great week!  Dawnie

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Canning Jar Decoration Ideas

I wanted to decorate canning jars a little differently.  Every year I try something a little different.  Obviously canning jars are not just for canning.  Many gifts can be placed into canning jars.  Gift ideas include, but are not limited to:  canned food, aprons, pot holders, dry spiced tea mix, hot chocolate mix, and cake/cookie/brownie mix.  When you give a gift in a jar, you want the jar presentation to look nice, but fresh and have a little oomph.  This time, I am concentrating on the lids.  I purchased jar lids and rings.  On the lids, I cut out fabric rings and glued them on.  I also cut larger fabric rings and used a yo-yo method and wrapped the fabric over the lids and sewed them along the edges.  I got a little carried away and made lids with lace on top of fabric.  I used antique linen fabric for more.  I centered items on the fabric before attaching them to the lids.  If you hadn't noticed, I centered a cottage, a rabbit face and food, a toile scene, and a tea cup of flowers.  I found that the best glue for this project is rubber cement.  Other glue bubbled on me, or turned colors.  If you are going for vintage, the discoloration is not necessarily a problem, but it you want it to look sleek and modern, it would be an issue.  When using the yo-yo method, it may be a little tighter fitting if it is placed directly on top of canned food with a sealed lid, but it should fit fine.  I have some other ideas and I plan to try those in the next few weeks.  I will share the results with you.

lace on top of fabric the yo-yo method

antique linen

centered decorations

I turned over one made the yo-yo way so you could see the back side.

Since I am from Kansas and our state flower is a sunflower, I like to decorate with them here and there.  I found a lady at the 4th of July craft fair, who made sunflower doilies.  This is her pattern.  She made many doilies with this same pattern.  I had to share this with you.
Have a great evening!  Dawnie

You are able to view my web store at: http://www.custercottage.com 

And my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CusterCottage

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rosie's Visit

Rosie came to visit and see the chickens.  She likes the white Silkie.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Re-purposed DVD's and CD's and other talk

We finished the three day craft fair.  Many talented artisans were there.  If I can shop local for unique fun crafts, or purposeful crafts, I do.  What about you?  We had a politician come by our area at the craft fair.  Todd Tiahrt was there.  He was the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district from 1995 to 2011. He is a conservative Republican.  His wife bought a bar of soap from me.  I was spinning wool on my spinning wheel and they stopped in.  She thanked me for keeping heritage crafts alive.

Not long ago, I saw an idea on the web where a lady crocheted covers for DVD's and CD's.  I don't know if she was  using them as coasters, or hot pads.  She was selling her crochet pattern.  I seldom follow a pattern and I tend to play when I crochet.  With crocheting, if I make a mistake, it can be ripped out easy enough and re-done.  Crocheting goes much faster than knitting.  They are similar to the old covers for asbestos trivets seen on our grandmother's tables.

Have a great week!  Dawnie

You are able to view my web store at: http://www.custercottage.co

And my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CusterCottage

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Craft Fair in El Dorado

3 day craft fair in El Dorado
Pictures taken on July 5,2014
One more day to go.  Please come by Sunday.

Gun related signs.
Aprons made with a man's shirt.   The pockets are made with the cuffs.


More Jewelry.  This vendor had ammo related jewelry.

All hats for babies.

Vendor pose...................

Our dark room.  We tried to have Sunny Dispositions.

Western and farm art.
Re-purposed items.  I love the headboard shelves and  quilt rack.


More jewelry

Toy guns for children.


baby quilts
beer wind chimes

candles and melts

See the spinning wheel in the plate.

More jewelry

More re-purposed furniture with fabric rag rugs in the background.
Yard art---it already found it's way to our house and it is in the ground.  Made with 2 bowls and a candle stick.

Come by tomorrow if you are able.  Thank you for reading.

You are able to view my web store at: http://www.custercottage.co

And my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CusterCottage

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Face Soap

I made a sizable batch of soap yesterday.  I used new silicone molds.  The molds went wonky and made odd shaped bars of soap.  I re-batched most of the soap and I can now clean it up and package it.  It is made with wheat grass, raw cow milk, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, peppermint infused grapeseed oil, Himalayan pink bath salt, olive oil, titanium dioxide to keep the soap from going brown, soap shreds from another batch of soap, fragrance oil, palm oil, and coloring (these items are not in the proper order). I know I have left out something.  As you can see from my funny photo, I did not get the bath salts mixed well enough.

face???alien???green Martian???

You are able to view my web store at: http://www.custercottage.com 

And my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CusterCottage

 Have a great day!  Dawnie