Sunday, April 26, 2015

Come Walk With Me

Today was a beautiful day and I decided that I needed to go out for a walk.  I am a fair weather walker, I do not enjoy walking when it is to cold or damp.  I really need to make more of an effort because we have such a pretty property to enjoy while walking.  It is not very green yet and there are not any flowers to share either but here is the path I walk.  This path takes us from our yard out back through the woods.
 
How would you like to listen to one of the songs that I listened to along the way?




As we walk along this path there is a fork and I always stay to the left.

This is what the woods look like right now.  In another month the ground will be covered with fern and wild blueberries.

Continuing along the path.

And here we come to the opening where the back pond is. We have not had much rain yet this spring so it is not quite full.  The board is a foot bridge the woodworker has put there for the grands to walk across and sit to dangle their feet when the water is higher.
 
If you look to the left the back garden has been tilled and is waiting for the weather to warm up for planting.
As we continue around the pond you see this little hunting shack the woodworking built the first year we lived here.  

And now we have came around to the other side of the pond.

Taking the path back toward the house.

After we have walked back to the yard we circle around the house to the front of the property and walk around the big pond up front.
The water lilies have not come up yet but the pond is very pretty right now.
Continuing around the other side of the yard we walk past the hen house and all the feathered ladies come over to have a chat. 
 

 And here is the new raised beds the woodworker built last year all ready to plant.
  And on we go for another go round.  I usually take the same route 3-4 times around.  That gives me about a 2 to 2 1/2 mile walk.  
Now this you may not enjoy as much.  Every year these ants build a large ant hill in the same place.  We are going to try and get rid of them this year.  They are always moving across a short path that I take back up the drive to the yard and I have to move fast to make sure I don't get any up my legs. Might give you the shivers.

video

When everything is green and the flowers are blooming I will invite you along again.  Blessings from our home in the woods!

Brenda

Saturday, March 7, 2015

FNWF Result

Just a short post to share my Friday Night with Friends results.  I finished cutting and laying out the blocks for the current Aurifil mini quilt.

I am using fabric from my 30's stash but had to go out and buy a yard of fabric for background and a fat 1/4 for sashing, which I do not have pictured.  Am not sure if I will keep the blocks in the order I have them set up in now, I was somewhat trying to copy the colors in the designers blocks.  I only got 2 blocks sewn and one is off somewhat, not sure if it will correct itself when I put the boarders on or not.   
So I am off to work on this mini some more since I have my Saturday morning paperwork done.  Still have to pay bills even though I would rather sew.  Hope you are all having a great weekend.  Blessings from our home in the woods!

Brenda

Friday, March 6, 2015

Planning and FNWF

Although we have close to two feet of snow still covering our ground I decided I better get serious about getting some garden seed ordered.  Last year our green bean crop was a fail.  We had too much rain and planted three times and never got a bean.  I also did not order our favorite seed on time and just picked up some from one of the local greenhouses so that might have been part of the problem also.
Photo of Crockett Bush Green Beans grown using Untreated Seeds, Bush Green Beans
This is our favorite, Crockett Untreated from Harris Seed.  https://www.harrisseeds.com/storefront/p-13907-bean-crockett-untreated.aspx  I must get it on order soon,  They are longer thin beans and the harvest lasts longer, re-blooming and putting out beans longer than any others we have tried.  And they are great canned.

I am also going to be on the lookout for something new for us this year.

This sounds like a great perennial to grow, it is also known as mountain celery.  I read about it in the 2015 February/March MaryJanesFarm magazine.  There is also a Creamy Lovage Soup recipe in the article that I cannot wait to try.  

While I am waiting for spring and the snow to melt I have been keeping busy. I have finished the 3rd and 4th block of the Moogly 2015 CAL.

This one is being blocked.
I also finished the center square for the Aurifil 2014 quilt this past week.


I now need to set all the other blocks and then I can put it together. 


Tonight I am working on the next 2015 Aurifil mini quilt.  I have most of the cutting completed. so I can just sit and sew.  You can read about this QAL hereand see what the finished quilt will look like.


Before I close I want to share a picture of our youngest grandson who turned 1 year old this past week.  This is grandchild number 8.

Did not get a picture that he did not have something in his mouth but I wanted to share this beautiful brown eye boy.

We are dreaming of spring here in Michigan as I know so many of the rest of the country is.  Blessing from our home in the woods.

Brenda

Linking with: circa 2011 The ORIGINAL Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop  
And Hanging with: Everyone is WelcoMe


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday Night Sew In Results and Some Baking.

My plan for my Friday Night Sew In was to start the next Aurifil Mini Quilt, which this month is designed by Joanna Figueroa of Figtree and Co., but I only spent a little time picking out some fabric from my stash before I realize I needed to shop for some new fabric for this block.  I did finish last months block since the last FNWF, so I can share that although I have not quilted and bound it yet.
Sew instead of working on the Mini I moved upstairs, where it is much warmer, and worked on the center block of last years Aurifil QAL.  Started with this:
Ended with this:
Not a lot accomplished, I got tired of the blanket stitch so I moved on to the center of the block and will go back and finish up the stitching on the applique.
I was not able to work on the block anymore today because it is my week to take cookies to church so my day was filled with baking.  Started out with this:
Gathered up all my supplies to make cookies that I picked out on my Pinterest board that is titled Baking for Church.  I ended up picking recipes that were all from Sally's Baking Addiction.  One of our family's favorite cookies is her Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies. I have made these quite a few times.
Today I tried three more that we are liking a lot also.  First is the Thick Oatmeal Raisinets Cookies.  I could not find the Raisinets at the local grocery so I substituted Brachs chocolate covered raisins.
These last two cookies start with a cake mix.  One is called Cake Mix Cookies, I used Funfetti cake mixes, and you only add some oil and eggs.  The other is Strawberry Chocolate Chip cookies which you start with a Strawberry cake mix as the base.
I have shared the links, just click on the name of the cookie if you want a yummy recipe to make for your family or friends.  I have filled our cookie jar for the grands also which has put some smiles on their faces.  Of coarse the Bug was hanging all afternoon with me in the kitchen hoping that I might drop something for her to clean up.
I hope you are all having a great weekend, don't forget to hop over to Sugarlane Quilts to check out what everyone else has been working on this weekend. Blessings from our home in the woods!  

Brenda

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FNWF Results

Just a quick post to share the results of my Friday Night With Friends.  I worked this Friday so by time I got home and got myself organized I really did not get a ton done.  I did get some of the mini quilt pieced.  This project I am really excited to get finished, but today was errand day so no more was accomplished on it.
After I got tired and my feet got cold, my sewing room is not real warm in the winter, I spent some time in my chair upstairs picking out some threads for the center block of the quilt I am finishing off that I shared here.
I was able to stitch around one spool before I was ready to head for my bed.


I hope everyone had a great evening and was able to accomplish what they set out to do.  I am off to visit some of the other participants.  

Blessing from our home in the woods!

Brenda


Friday, February 6, 2015

CAL and SAL Time to Get Cracken

Last year I joined the Aurifil 2014 designer blocks Sew Along which I am starting to sew together following their layout.  Here are the monthly blocks set up on my makeshift design wall.
I have started putting the center block together. This quilt is put together on point which is something new to me.  It will be good practice for the future because I am piecing a Farmers Wife quilt and that quilt top is put together on point also.
Center block layout and the next picture shows all the pieces cut and ready to start piecing.
This years Aurifil Designers are sharing monthly mini quilt tutorials.  I am really excited about this because I have always wanted a wall of mini quilts.  Here are the pieces cut and ready to sew.
And if you followed me at all last year you know I also participated in a Crochet Along and had two afghans done and ready to give this past Christmas.  So I have joined in the Moogly 2015 CAL again this year.  Here are blocks 1 & 2. This afghan will be a gift for my Sister and Brother in law.  You can see last years finished afghans here.

And if that was not enough to keep me busy I joined a 20 week CAL at Look At What I Made.  This is the first 3 weeks and it is called Sophie's Universe.  This will be a Christmas gift for my oldest daughter.
Since we are only into the second month of the year you all still have time to join in the fun and stitch and crochet along with me!  I have added links above so you can go check out each of the blogs yourself.

Blessings from our home in the snowy woods!  

Brenda 
and grandson Lucas!


I should be back tomorrow because I am stitching and crocheting along with friends.
Everyone is WelcoMe  Also joining with the Farmgirls!circa 2011 The ORIGINAL Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop