Monday, October 25, 2010

Great knitting projects. I liked the pumpkins as well. We really do need a Thanksgiving project!!
I haven't seen a new Santa project I like but am thinking pine cones. Any thoughts?

Some MEA weekend crafts!

This past weekend my mom and Patty came up to visit.  We enjoyed some relaxing crafts and Halloween movies on TV.  The kids got to paint!  I rarely let them do that, so they were very excited.  I had a few things in mind I wanted to do.  Some pumpkins made of scrap wood, jewelery making, knitting, and finally figure out my sewing machine that just sits and collects dust!  I am glad to say we accomplished it all:)  Oh, the knitting isn't completely finished but we got a start.

http://craftychicmommy.blogspot.com/2010/09/wooden-pumpkins.html

 The link above is where I saw the idea for pumpkins.  With my dad building his cabin we have lots of scrap wood around.  What I had in mind and how the pumpkins turned out weren't the same....thanks to the kids.  They just HAD to help and had a mind of their own on how the pumpkins should look!  They turned out cute none the less!
 The blocks of wood painted by the kids.  When the paint was dry they thought jack o lantern faces needed to be painted on.
 Travis and Ella took the blocks out to the garage to drill holes on top.  Ella found sticks outside for the holes.  Karla and Patty then went on to spruce them up a bit.


A few that didn't get faces.

Onto knitting.
It has been my personal goal to learn knitting.  This summer I sat down with a book and figured it out.  Anthony's school has also been teaching the upper grades to knit(part of a home ec course).  I have been going into school once a week to help out where I can and learn some more about knitting. 
While we watched some good classic Halloween movies and waited for paint to dry we worked on some scarves.

Patty's

Emily's


Anthony's


My jewelery Patty help me make.  One more Christmas present is done! 

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Nothing exciting to show with the sewing machine.  I figured out how to do some pretty basic stuff that I am sure you all know how to do.  We also got a space set up for me to work at.  I was ordered to practice everyday. Now to find a project that's EASY for a beginner to work on.  Until then I will organize my area better.

Overall we had a productive weekend.  It was fun!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

We need a Thanksgiving craft idea. Any suggestions??????? Christmas or anything????

Friday, October 8, 2010

Emily, I have been using the soap you and Karla made last year. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Someday I want to take lessons with you as instructor.

Cold Process Method Soap

Soap my mom and I made using the cold process method.  This method does use lye.  If you were to ever try this type of soap, homework is required. 
We got the recipe for this batch from the book Handmade Soap by Tatyana Hill
It's a plain scented soap made with olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and palm oil.  
This soap will be good used as is or used for hand milling. 


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tomatoes!



My tomatoes never did ripen on the vine.  In my three years of growing tomatoes they never have for me.  I'll fix that one of these years.  I had beautiful plants this year.  It was a wonderful summer for them.  I picked bags and bags and bags of green tomatoes.  What is on my table in the picture is just a small portion of what I picked.  This fall I have canned 36 quarts of salsa.  We ran out in March last year, didn't want that to happen again.  My personal favorite recipe is a pouch of Mrs. Wages.  I like it, and its super easy.  The packets in my photo are my last I have on hand.  Spaghetti sauce is next!
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