Friday, June 26, 2009

Anchors Aweigh

I finally got out of my sewing slump and made my Navy bag today. With a lot of effort and extra cuts, I finally got it finished. And it turned out great!This is the front. It has two pockets (one with a flap).Here is a close up of the patches.Here is the back. It has one large pocket that goes the whole width.Here is the inside. I'm not the biggest fan of busy patterns, but it was the one I liked the most of what was available.This is my logo. It's been fun trying new ways to get it onto the products. I like this quilted kind of look.I tried a different strap style. Instead of the tradition two (one on each side), I went with a hobo type style. I made it extra wide. I got a little artsy with my picture.This last picture is of a burp cloth and full flannel receiving blanket that my mom made. It got missed from my last entry, so I thought I'd post it. If you like this comb pack it would be about $25+ because of the full flannel blanket. We have a lot of this 'I Love Grandma' fabric, so if y'all like it, send me a line and we can get one out to you.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inherited Sewing Skills

As my Mom and I have been working on the business, I wanted to share with everyone where I got my sewing skills from. My wonderful Mother. She is wicked fast at getting things sewn. I'm more of a one project at a time kind of person. I wanted to post some of the pictures of things she has been working on, plus it will give everyone a better idea of our wide range of craftiness.

Here are some burp clothes. They are flanel on one side, and terry cloth on the other.
Here is an eyelet blessing/christening dress. I think it's about a 3mo. size.

We have been inspired by a lady (Camp Follower Bags) that does military bags and purses, so this is our version of military inspired bags.

A long time ago, I used to dance West Coast Swing, and my Mom still does. Well she designed these shoe bags about seven years ago, so now they come in camouflage as well as black. They call be personalized if you had a family member that served in our Military.

This is the tote bag that my mom did. Her Father and my Grandfather served in the US Navy. I am currently working on a bag that I lovingly call my 'Navy Purse', that is more historically accurate. I love my Grandfather and want so show my pride in his service for this country and our freedom.
Just remember that everything you see her and more can be customized and made to fit you and your needs.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Our World on a Saturday Morning

This particular Saturday morning is full of noises, so I thought I'd capture the more quite parts of my day. The noises are coming from Hubby, his Dad, and a friend. They are all working hard at getting the property trimmed and cleaned up for the summer. It's beginning to look like a park around here.
As my usual I walked around with the camera and pretty much took lots of pictures of things around me. Here are my findings:
We got Fred a new temporary house. He had outgrown the pet carrier. I think he likes it better. We are thinking that once we get the new chicken coop build we are going to put him in the chicken tractor. The nearly fully grown babies were out enjoying the shade before it gets too hot. Hopefully we'll be getting eggs from the females in a couple of months or less.Our solo egg layer was getting pretty lonely so we took the most aggressive male and put him in with her. He was starting to get randy with the other chickens, so hopefully he will calm down. Hubby has named the female Henryetta, and the male (with help from his Dad), Casanova. I was watching them earlier, and he doesn't seem to like her, but she's been following him around since we paired them up. The garden is really starting to blow up. We have so many green tomatoes. I'm trying to psych myself up for the canning of all those tomatoes. The green beans have started to come it, and we harvested all our garlic and hung it up to dry. I'm so excited for fresh vegetables all summer.Hubby also planted some peanuts we picked up at the grocery store. Well they've decided that they want to grow. It's fun to try different things and see what comes of them.
The sweet corn is doing well. It's a little over a foot tall.This is our St. John's Wart. We planted it last year, and we thought that it had died. It came back with a vengeance. Now I just have to figure out what to do with it.
Through my walk around the property, my artsy side came out. I saw this branch in the driveway, so I took a picture.Duke has been loving the hot weather, especially if he gets to be outside with Hubby or his Dad. I was playing fetch with him (even though I have to tug the ball from his mouth), and he's getting good at catching the ball in the air. Plus it's funny to watch him scramble if he misses it.Hubby's Dad found another turtle. He was pretty sure he didn't like the brush mower going in the grass. The only good (non-blurry) picture I got was of its cute tail. So I'll just end my entry here. More updates as they happen.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Raccoons are of the Devil!

We lost two more of our egg layers. We are down to one. I'm so upset! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's so frustrating not to be able to do anything about it or at least not having the right things to do. I feel like we can't go into town without worrying about our poor helpless sleeping chickens. If anybody knows anything or anyone that can help with these pests, I'm open for any and all suggestions.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Picture This!

I was outside yesterday morning with the camera. I only meant to take updated pictures of the garden, but it was such a beautiful morning so I just went hog wild. The following is a few of the pictures I took with updated information on the happenings in our world.
One great thing about going to check on the chickens, is they are always excited to see us, but that's usually because we have something fun to give them. They are almost full gown now. The are really enjoying their run. It's fun to watch them run from one end to the other.
Here is Fred, he's doing well. His head feathers are about 1 1/2 inches long now. He is walking better (as much as he can in the pet carrier). We are trying to figure out a way to get him outside and safe. He's about half the size of the others, so he's the most vulnerable. For now, he's content as long as we keep him stocked full of scratch grains.
The turtles have finally come out (mostly because Duke had gone inside). I think it's the same one we've seen for the last couple of years. He wasn't too excited about me taking pictures of him because he hissed at me, but that didn't stop me.Here is a picture of the beans that Hubby planted last Saturday, they are already an inch tall. The soil on the other side of the driveway is awesome, and it got a lot of water.Here is the main garden. It's growing so well. We are starting to see the beginnings of food to eat. The Roma tomatoes are going full board. Hubby said that they will all come in at the same time so I'll just be canning for about 2-4 weeks. I'm really looking forward to having fresh tomatoes to eat this summer.This is our first zucchini. With the rain we're getting today, hopefully the first part of next week they will be ready. I'm going to try my hand at zucchini bread. It can't be much harder than banana, so I'm good to go.This is the first of our Yukon Gold Potatoes. We are going to have them for dinner on Sunday. I'm looking forward to eating the fruits of our labor.This is a volunteer spaghetti squash plant that is growing near the storage building. Hubby and his Dad modified an old electric chipper, and put in our leftover squash from last year, well some of the seeds have sprouted. We are just going to leave it and see what happens.
Here is the rest of the seeds from the chipper incident. They are growing out of our compost heap. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to eat anything we get from there, but Hubby wants to see if the produce food. I guess the chickens will be eating pretty good off that.Here is our sweet corn field. We haven't gotten to our dent corn yet, but we are excited about our sweet corn. This is our second planting. The first one got burnt by the fertilizer, and then washed away in the rain we got the week straight after we planted it. Hubby also planted some melon, and summer squash at the end of the plot, so more fun, yummy food.We found some volunteer dent corn in the spetic field. We are going to let them go and see how far they get. There are six stalks.One beautiful this about this year is all the daisies that came up. Most of them are small, but I love dasies so it's nice to look out and see them.
I guess that's all for now on my picutre update.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Not Fun, Interesting, and Good Clean Fun.

Not Fun: This week has been full of lots of different happenings. After last weeks chicken mayhem, we went out and bough some more plastic chicken wire to cover all the holes in the new fencing. We also got some metal hardware cloth to put under the babies house. We did catch one raccoon, but haven't caught anything else. We've been pretty consistent in locking up all the chickens at night. We'll we got home fairly late on Saturday night (story to come), and didn't get the big chickens locked up. Unfortunately 6am came and Hubby found lots of feathers, one dead chicken, and one who flew the coop into the garden. The trap was set, but it was by the babies, so the critter avoided it. I am really disliking waking up, and having to deal with dead chickens right before we are supposed to go to church. We are working on more diligence, and more protection this week again. We locked up all the chickens before we left for church to insure there wouldn't be dead ones waiting for us.
Interesting: After church, Hubby went and let out the chickens and gathered eggs. He came back laughing. He handed me the eggs, and stated "The chickens must have gotten the brown scared off their eggs today."Starting from the top left and going clockwise, are the three we got yesterday. The forth one is one from Saturday. You can see the difference in them. The lightest one is nearly pure white.Here are some others from Saturday and Sunday. We've also been getting speckled ones.
I guess we'll have to see what we get today.
Good Clean Fun: So we have a Girls Night Out we try to do every month. Well Saturday was that night. We did a luau theme. Me loving an opportunity to dress up, made myself a coconut bra. Hubby was very supportive in my endeavor and even found the perfect material. We bought a $3 Coconut fiber basket that you put hanging plants in. I cut circles, and then made cones. In the end it was kind of Madonna-esk, but it was funny.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Chicken Mayhem

It's been a killer of a weekend, and I mean that literally. Saturday morning Hubby slept in, so I went out to check on the chickens. While filling their food and water, I noticed that there was one missing. I counted them several times. I even lifted up their house to make sure they weren't in there hiding. Nope, no chickens. As I was walking up to the house to get Hubby, Duke strolled up with a chicken leg in his mouth. Low and behold it matched the color of the missing chicken. After waking Hubby up, we searched the property (as best we could), for the remaining bits of chicken. No luck.
Sunday morning comes, and Hubby's up early (as usual on a Sunday), to check on, and feed the chickens. He found two dead chickens in the run, lots of feathers, and upon counting, one came up missing, plus one was loose. Duke sprang into action and helped Hubby herd the chicken so Hubby could get it back in the run. He did come back for the camera, and a garbage bag. And as much as I love to share pictures, I will spare you all the gore of the poor chickens.
After church Hubby checked on them again, and all seemed fine, they were chillin' in the shade. We decided to lock them up in their house over night, just to be safe. After dinner (around 8pm) we headed out to see if they were in their house yet. There were chickens everywhere, four had gotten loose; two were on the outside, one was in the garden, and we found one in a small tree about 30 feet away. As we got them back into the run, I counted and we were down two more. Duke found one, because he was eating part of it, and we searched for the other, but couldn't find it. As Hubby put it today, the chicken mayhem left us with four KIA, and two MIA, leaving us with 18 babies (not including the four big ones, and Fred who is still in the cat carrier in the storage building growing his head feathers back).
Today our mission was to find some more chicken wire to cover the holes in the new fencing, and come up with a solution for the pest problem. Upon research we decided that it's an opossum that has been killing and stealing our chickens. Those buggers aren't going to get any more of our chickens.
It's may sound strange, but in some ways I feel totally violated, like we had the house broken into and stuff that we valued stolen. I know it's weird, but that's the only way I can figure out how to explain this dread and frustration I feel. So if any of y'all have good suggestions on how to stop the killers from killing, besides what we've already done, we are open to suggestions. I'll give updates as we get them.