Monday, April 27, 2009

Garden Season

And so begins the gardening season. We (mostly Hubby) have slowly been working on expanding the garden this year. We decided to go with more bulk than with variety. I think we have about 5000-6000 square feet of ground tilled up to plant stuff. Basically anywhere there aren't trees or the house and driveway, it has been deemed garden area. We already had garlic, onions, peas, potatoes, and some tomatoes. Last week I planted a bunch of herbs: sage, oregano, basil, lemon grass, thyme, tarragon, and peppermint.On Saturday Hubby and a friend of his got a lot planted: more potatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, and lettuce. Today Hubby got more tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, parsley, and scallions in. We are going to do a lot of tomato based canning this year. This week Hubby wants to get sweet corn, dent corn, watermelons, summer squash, and Milo in. We'll see how far he gets. It's supposed to rain all week. It was off and on all day today. I took a few pictures on Saturday of the stuff that's growing.This is the area that we did first. If you saw our garden last year, this is about half of it, but we added another 300sq ft to The 'main' garden. Here are the 11 tomato plants that we put in last week. They are the only ones with cages so far. We need to get more.Here are the first round of potatoes. At first we didn't think they survived the ice storm, but the warm weather and rain made them pop out of nowhere.Here are the second round of potatoes. We'll see how they do.This is the septic field. This is where we put the dent corn last year, and are planning the same thing for this year. The area is bigger, and so we'll probably put milo here too.

I haven't updated on the chickens since we moved them. They are getting bigger. We are trying to decided what to do with them. We want to free range them, but are still worried about the dog, and the other random dogs, and animals that run around the property. I took some pictures on Saturday as well.
They always greet us when we walk up to their tractor. It's probably because we usually give them food. This is inside the tractor, the are pretty good about roosting on the bars. Fred spends a lot of time in there.They are very curious about my fingernails. It's kind of funny. Poor Fred came out. He is still trying to grow his head feathers, but the others keep picking on him, and pulling them out.Here are the 'ladies'. We are still getting three eggs a day. They really seem to be doing fine since Delicious became dinner.

That's all for now, I'll keep y'all posted with updates on the wonders of the garden.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rag Quilts

I finished my friends Rag Quilt, so I thought I'd post some pictures of it and others that I have done. I use cotton: broad cloth, prints, flannel, etc. It fluffs the best in the dryer.I used Cotton for the solid colors, and the flower print is flannel. This is the second one I made. I used all Embroidered Linen. It wrinkles a lot more than regular cotton does, but it's much softer. This blanket has been through the washing waching quiet a few times.This is my favorite, because the green cotton plaid on the back is my favorite color. I used all cotton, a couple of prints, and a few solids.This one was fun. I used 3 shades of Blue Corduroy on the back. The front was a mixture of cotton solids, and prints, and a white sheer, that turned light blue because of the back fabric.

The Rag Quilts about about 34-35" square. They are going for $35+ depending on the fabric. The standard base is a flannel print and cotton solids. Each one is unique and custom, as I do random patterning for the front side.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Purses

Creativity struck again. I was inspired by several things on my newest project. A friend has a cute diaper bag and that's where I got the color scheme influence, and the other influence is my Mom's string quilt (piecing together all your left over scraps and making it into a quilt). So I raided the box of fabric my Mom sent a few months ago, and found a cute brown and white print from the late 70's early 80's, and I ran with it.

Before I put up the pictures of the finished product, I just wanted to put some pricing for my purses.

  • For a small 8x9 inch standard (two large inside pockets) purse will start at $20 and go up depending on the fabric and if there is more detail (trim, closure etc.).
  • For a medium 10x12 inch standard (two large inside pockets) will start at $30 and go up depending on the fabric and if there is more detail (trim, closure, etc.).
  • For a large 12x14 inch standard (two large inside pockets) will start at $40 and go up depending on the fabric and if there is more detail (trim, closure, etc.).
  • If you like my string quilt inspired purse add $10-$15 (depends on # of pockets and # of fabric types) to the price of the size.
I'm totally loving this string inspired look. It took a while to get it together, but it turned out awesome. It has one outside pocket and six inside pockets. It has a magnetic snap closure. The fabrics I used are brown cordary, teal cotton, retro brown and white squared canvas, brown canvas, brown suede, light brown micro-fiber, and ribbon trim.
I have six inside pockets. I even did the string look on the inside. It's art inside and outside.Here is close up detail of the front by the pocket.

Still working on the website, hopefully it will be up soon. We are also working on a price list. You can always email me at stephanie@ourtaylormadedesigns.com for orders or questions. Thanks for everyone's support and spreading the news.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Baby Stuff

This week I've been working on making baby stuff. I learned how to make summer dresses, because a friend of mine is due in a few weeks, and she needed summer dresses for her little girl, since her middle child was a winter baby. There is still a rag blanket to finish that I promised her several months ago. I think they turned out so cute. I also made some receiving blankets for another friend who is having a baby before the next few weeks. Here are the pictures of this weeks projects (bear with me, I've been experimenting with my photography).Cotton Floral Print, newborn size (can be made up to 12-18months), ribbon detail, and button closures. $10 and up, depending on fabric and details.Close up of the buttons. These were the first buttons and holes that I did right with my sewing machine.Cute Mod-Cotton Floral Print, newborn size (can be made up to 12-18months), ribbon detail, and snap closures. $10 and up depending on fabric and details.My artistic view of this cute dress.32 inch square Double sided Flannel and Cotton Receiving Blanket. $8 and up depending on the fabric.I did pink plaid flannel on one side, and light pink cotton on the other.32 inch square Double sided Flannel and Cotton Receiving Blanket. $8 and up depending on the fabric.
I used blue with daisy print flannel on one side, and yellow cotton on the other.

The website is still under construction. Too many things to do and not enough time to do them. You can still contact me through email if you need or want something right away. Everything right now is special order since I haven't been able to get any stock up. The pictures of the rag blanket are still to come.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Purses 'R Me

I thought I'd write about something other than the chickens. I know it's an amazing concept!
This week has been full of sewing. I've made 3 beautiful purses, two for a fundraiser, and 1 for a family member (picture to come, as it is a present and they haven't received it yet). They turned out awesome (if I do say so myself). I was inspired by this said family member to do a smaller version of my big pink purse. So, I made an 8ish x 9ish inch bag of the same style. If any of y'all want one, they will run about $20 or so depending on the fabric. If you send me the fabric, then it will just be notions and labor costs. They are great for nights out, or those of you that don't have as much stuff in your purse that I do. It's been a blast expanding my skill set, and also having some creative wiggle room for the designs and details. So here are the pictures.This is a shot of the labels I made and ironed on.

Green is my favorite color, so I really enjoyed making this one. It has dark blue denim on the outside and the cute modern plaid on the inside and a detailed band on the outside.

This one has dark brown faux suede/micro fiber on the outside and a cute chocolate and blue flower print on the inside. I felt it really didn't need any outside detail.When the other purse has been given I will post pictures of it, and also the sizing difference with me big pink bag.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ode to Delicious the Giant Chicken

It is the end of the reign of Delicious the Giant Chicken. Yesterday, Hubby and his dad butchered Delicious. It was kind of sad to see him go, but it was time. We were worried about his heart and lungs trying to support his huge body. I would just like to say how grateful I am that Heavenly Father put animals on the earth for us to eat and live off of. It is a blessing to be able to raise chickens for food. We know what they are eating, and we treat them with as much kindness as we can. Delicious was part of our family for so long, being sad was only natural. Here are some pictures documenting Delicious' life.
About a week or so after we got him and the other 'older' chickens in September 2008.

Delicious was the smallest of the Cornish Cross, and the most curious. I guess that's why he was able to stay around to long (for a chickens life span).Delicious checking us out in their new coop.Delicious giving us the eye in their new area by the garden.Tromping around the yard, with his ladies nearby.
The Delicious and Duke Stand-off. Delicious never did get ornery with Duke. Alan says it's because Delicious had a good view of Duke's teeth.Delicious could barely get up the ramp and into the coop.Death Row. We had to separate him for 24 hours before the butchering to clean out his system.Delicious the Giant "Turkey"? This is my 12x15 inch glass casserole dish. He fills it up completely.
We'd like to thank Delicious for his life, and hopefully he'll live up to his name.