while I was away

Hello Monday!

We got my computer this weekend, and being able to blog again really feels like having an old friend back.

Here are some things you’ve missed while I’ve been away!

Our garden has taken off! If you ask him, Joe will tell you that it’s not much, but this garden is quite substantial in comparison to what we’ve had in the past few years. Currently we have growing :

  • Indian corn (good for cornmeal!)
  • wheat
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • peas
  • beans
  • lettuce
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • brussel sprouts
  • eggplant
  • summer squash
  • cuccumber
  • 2 different varieties of melon
  • huckelberry
  • parsnip
  • a variety of different herbs

Today we got a new goat, Rosie May, who is currently still in milk! So starting this evening we will be milking 2 goats at once!

I feel enormously blessed in the goat department. From our point of view, Joe and I feel so under prepared and ill equipped to raise these beautiful and generous animals. Over the past year, we lost two goats. One was an unexpected and strange death, and the other was lost to sickness last month. We felt like terrible goat owners for not knowing enough to catch it in time. However, we have been blessed with generous friends who were willing to bless us with replacement goats for the 2 we lost, and we have been plunged into the world of milking!

I have found milking to be one of the most soothing things for me to do. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I do. Our new mother, Belle, is a little feisty in the stand, and we’ve lost a couple of pails of milk due to her either kicking or planting her foot in the bucket, but I have learned to just keep a watch out for the hoof and be faster than her in pulling the pail away. Aside from that, she and her kid are very very sweet.

This month Piper:

  • started walking!
  • got to go to her first parade for the 4th! She was absolutely fascinated by all the sirens, cars, and marching bands.
  • turned 1-year-old last week! She had her first taste of cake and frosting, and she absolutely loved all her gifts!

That’s all for now. I hope to share with you a look at a few things that are exciting me lately, and also hoping to share some big news in the month to come (fingers crossed)!

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wardrobe revamp: intro

I need a new challenge. The posts on self-sustainability for everyone were really good for me to blog about because it gave my blog something substantial to write about. The baby food was definitely a worthwhile challenge. I just need…something.

Ever since I had Piper, nine months ago (has it really been nine whole months!?), I have felt…well…dumpy, to be quite honest. My body looks different than it did pre-pregnancy. And I’m ok with that. At first I didn’t think I was, but then I realized. It’s my wardrobe. I’m still wearing the clothes of a young, flat tummied, early twenty-someone.

Only I can’t justify dumping all my current clothing, and going out and buying a whole new wardrobe. Nor to I have the time to buy a new one one piece at a time. No, I need drastic action.

Last night I folded my family’s laundry and I was absolutely disgusted with the amount of clothing I had and the fact that I hated just about every piece of it. The only reason I wear any of it is because I have no choice. This is no way to live.

Then I had to ask myself…

What would Little Women do?

or

What would Laura Ingalls do?

They would reinvent their wardrobe! Dye a used/stained white garment in tea or coffee. Place a bow over an old stain. They would turn something old into something new again! Genius!

And so my lovelies, with the help of pinterest, books, and sewing patterns, I shall endeavor to overhaul and revamp my entire wardrobe one garment at a time. If it cannot be reused, it will be given to a new home!

Would it be gross to offer a giveaway of my used clothing on this blog? Maybe yes?

Anyway, I’m off to find THE thing to transform or create today. Wish me luck!

nap time sewing

I’ve wanted to get a few things sewn for a while. This morning while P was down for her nap this morning, I got the pieces cut out and started for one of my projects.

1. I want a towel/mat to lay underneath my dish rack.

I actually need to make a few of these for this purpose. My  dish towels get so yucky under there so quickly and I need something that will stay looking nice for a little while.

2. I want a grocery bag holder.

At the moment mine are all piled in a corner of my bathroom and looking very messy indeed. Which reminds me…that is an area of my home begging to be cleaned!

One of these things got made today!

Voila!

I buy all of my fabric at Marden’s. They have the best prices for fabric anywhere. I got the floral print fabric several years ago for $2.99 a yard (their cotton fabric prices have gone up since) and the terry cloth was bought in the past month for $2.99 a yard. One of these probably cost me a little over $1.50 to make. Ding!

What have you been sewing lately?

Leave a link if you’ve blogged about it.

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UPDATE:

So I guess I was feeling rather industrious today.

Ding!

a few updates.

Hello. Here are a few updates for you out in Blogland.

1 Last weekend’s SSFE Blog Hop didn’t go so well. Thank you to Inspired for participating. It also seems that no one is interested in giveaways. I just don’t think I have enough of a readership to start introducing fun interactive things just yet. Maybe I will in a year or two.

2. I am running out of inspiration for my weekly Self-Sustainability for Everyone post so…rather than doing one every week, I will do a post here and there in the series as I either think of a topic or actively participate in something I consider to fall into the category. If you, my dear reader, can think of a SSFE topic, please post a blog of your own and link up with Hipster Homesteading and comment about it! I’d love to get inspiration from you!

3. As a filler to take up the space where SSFE used to be, I will try to be more faithful in documenting the different projects I [plan to] undertake. Things such as:

  • cleaning and making over my oven
  • attempting soapmaking
  • joining the ‘no poo’ movement (this has nothing to do with excrement)
  • goat & garden progress
  • attempting cheesemaking
  • knitting, sewing, and embroidery
  • recipes
  • book & music reviews
  • mama-ing
  • etc.

4. Sisters, please check out my other blog, Broken Record Confessions, over the weekend!

Have a great weekend!

gifts from my mother

My mom is awesome. She made me these bags, and I have decided to use them for my knitting projects. My mother is the one who taught me to sew. I’m not that great at it, and right now I don’t have much time for it. So I am so thankful that I have these beautiful bags to help me keep some of my things organized.

Recognize the yellow bag? It’s my Everything Bag that mom made me as a diaper bag last year.

In a one-room home, organization is at the hight of importance. I am so ready to do my spring cleaning (and I’ve started doing it a little at a time). All the warm weather we had last week was so tempting to put away all of my winter jackets and sort through all of my clothes. But I know it’s only March and this cold, which came back, I knew it would.

So until the spring is completely upon us, All of my things will rest in bags, baskets and totes, stacked neatly about the “house.”

self-sustainability for everyone #3

make it homemade / /

This should be a no-brainer. To be self-sustained is all about doing it yourself! There are so many things that can be made at home. Just take a look at Etsy to find out!

I understand that it can be intimidating to do something yourself for the first time; especially when there are ready-made things out there that can be had right away for a price. However, there is nothing so satisfying as making something yourself and seeing/using the finished project made by your own hands.

Taking on and learning a new skill is good for your self esteem, for your brain function, and for your home. Maybe this week you could start researching something new.

Knitting
Spinning
Sewing
Quilting
Embroidery
Soap Making
Wood Carving
Beer Brewing
Bread Making
Pottery
Herbology
Cheese Making
Basket Weaving
Etc.

There are so many things that can be learned which are forgotten arts that everyone used to be able to do.  There are free tutorials, recipes, and and YouTube videos for these things all over the internet. What have you always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage to try?

You can do it!

baby time!

I can’t stop taking pictures of my girl!

Her different faces melt me.

Last night I was on my hands and knees cleaning a spill on the floor right beside her highchair, and I felt her fingers softly in my hair. I looked up at her and she was looking down at me and giving me the biggest open-mouthed smile, and it completely reduced me to giggles.

Have you got Pinterest? I love some of the craft ideas they have there!

I made this tutu and leggings from tutorials I’ve pinned!

Having a daughter is one of the most fun things for me ever!