Friday, December 19, 2014

Nesting ~ Friday on the Farm

Having the privilege of being a mama to five, both boys and girls, I have been able to be a "watcher" of their gender differences. Things that are a big deal to us girls, really doesn't matter to the life of a boy. I am extremely visual in everything I do, especially being creative. I decorate the house fitting to my personality. Hubby could really care less. Not that he doesn't care, but it truly is not on his radar. God created us so different. Now anyone who knew me 25 years ago would never guess that I love nesting. I love cooking, decorating, creating, cleaning, laundry...well may be that is going to far, but you get the idea. I truly believe God created ALL women with this gift. Some do it better than others, some are never able to find it within themselves.  I struggle with this idea, but we spent years in the foster care system taking in children and seeing first hand women who have not embraced this gift.

Now this doesn't mean boys don't get it. They just don't like to admit it. I have to remind my sons often (and Hubby) that this is what we do and who we are. I had to laugh this morning as I was grinding wheat to make bread. I have done this for years and I know my boys appreciate this without even thinking about it. Youngest was in the kitchen hovering over the grinder. He said "Mom, do you know I love the smell of wheat grinding?" Nope, I didn't. "It is one of my three favorite smells, money, gasoline, and wheat grinding."....umm thanks. I think. The point is he connects "home" smells as his favorite. Well, one of them.

I keep reminding my boys that they better be on the lookout for young ladies that enjoy home. Whether they realize it or not they have become accustom to "feminine nesting" here at home.

Embrace you gift of nesting today!

Hot Cocoa Bar


Friday, November 28, 2014

First Annual Funny Pajama Day!

With the kids quickly getting older, I am trying to come up with some new family traditions that work for our growing family (and hopefully beyond someday:)) I declared today our first annual funny pajama day. What makes it funny? Well each person received a new pair of pj's fitting to their personality.  Hubby's is self explanatory and boy does he fit the "superman" title! Mine say "Super Mom", Eldest is "I have a piano and I'm not afraid to use it", Next is "Real Men Love Cats", #1 D is I'm and Artist (spelled backwards) Your rules don't apply", #2 D says "I'd rather be reading" and youngest says "No, I will not fix your computer" 
We had so much fun with this today! I encourage everyone out there to get creative and not discouraged with the ever changing seasons of your own family!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday on the Farm

Michigan is a very small piece of heaven in the fall. This year is no exception, the colors are amazing this year. I don't know if it is because of the cold summer we had or what, but I will take it.  I was looking at the forecast for the next few weeks, they are predicting snow in our neck of the woods by mid-November. Now mind you, they can say it is going to be sunny and 80 some days and we have rain and 40 or vice versa here in Michigan. I'm not sure how I feel about an early winter yet. Last year was the coldest, snowiest, winter on record in decades here, but it was LONG. My memories as a child are ingrained deeply in my brain. Snow forts, ice skating, sledding. We did it all. Thanksgiving memories always had snow, enough to snowmobile at my grandparent's farm every year, or so it seems. I love winter. I love the idea of nesting and knitting. Snow blowing outside the windows and the beauty of it all. In my old age I am trying to be better at enjoying the season I am in. That goes for the weather too. If it is 80 degrees with 100% humidity, I try to enjoy it. If it is -20 and a blizzard outside, I try to enjoy it.  Just like the seasons in life, they come and go, if we don't at least try to enjoy them we are missing out. On a lot.

Hubby and I love to fish and have been trying to get out yet this fall. Last night we went out for a couple of hours. We are fortunate enough to live less than 10 miles from a beautiful state park. These photos were taken with my phone so you can imagine how beautiful they were in person. Enjoy your season!

Angora jewelry sets getting finished to be sent out.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wacky Wednesday

I promised you would see many crazy things at the farm here on Wednesdays.....

Yes, those are two alpacas, and yes, they are riding in the backseat of our Suburban. This has been a couple years back when we brought them home. It still makes me chuckle though:) 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tail Spin Farm Tuesday

There is a lot happening on the farm these days. Whether it be three adult kids in the house (some only on weekends:(), trying my best to get my fiber, yarn and jewelry line up and running, or just everyday stuff (the most important) like homeschooling the 2 youngest, laundry that seems to multiply hourly, or food...oh the food that goes through this house!  I have written a couple of magazine articles and have submitted one of them, now just waiting to hear back.  My Tuesday afternoons are spent in East Lansing while our daughter is taking her first college class. I am working seriously on my jewelry line right now. Trying to figure out creative marketing (I've got some ideas up my sleeve), how to get my name out there, and make some money as we go along. This blog is in the process of being completely redone right now by a dear young friend of mine. I can't wait to see it finished.
White Angora on my wheel

Grey angora getting ready to be packaged

The view out my office window

Crocheted Angora cuff bracelets 

Baubles, beads and trinkets

I create best in a mess...

Grey fiber fresh off a rabbit today, ready to spin....tomorrow. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Good Morning Mondays!

In my quest to be a more faithful blogger, I decided to give myself some weekly assignments (I work better under pressure!) I have come up with a theme for each day of the week here at the farm. Now, I am certain I won't be blogging everyday of the week, but this will help with some of my creative juices and get the ideas out of my brain and on to  paper umm, I mean screen.

So here is what is new for the blog this week:
Good Morning Mondays-This will include something to create, whether it be a recipe, a craft, or an idea to try.
Tail Spin Farm Tuesdays-This is going to be what is happening here at the farm. It may include new items for my shop, upcoming classes, or projects going on at the farm.
Wacky Wednesday-If you know our family, you would know our week is not complete without something goofy going on, or strange things that happen. This might include children, animals, or even Hubby...he might be on here a lot:)
Throwback Thursday-Reminiscing about life on the farm. This will include a story, pictures or both.
Friday on the Farm-This will be photos of what has happened during the week on the farm.

So without further ado, onto Good Morning Monday!

Today I am going to share my recipe for laundry detergent.  I have been making my own for over 5 years now. I am not a "numbers" girl, but know that this 5 gallon bucket has about $2 of ingredients in it and mine time. That is a pretty good savings in my book.
What you need

Grate your soap you can even use homemade, although I stick with the Fels-Naptha brand

Add grated soap to water and boil until dissolved.  Make sure to keep an eye on this so it doesn't boil over.  Ask me how I know:)

Five gallon buckets. These are pretty easy to find these days.

Soap dissolved

Pour in the borax. Remember, I'm not a numbers girl, so I don't measure. If you need to I use about 1 1/2 cups...I think.

Same amount with the washing soda

Pour in the hot soap liquid

Fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot water.

Stir to dissolve.
Then I have one of my strong boys carry it to the basement for me.  That's it. For about $2 and 15 minutes of my time I have laundry soap for the next few weeks.  With 7 people in the house, the laundry piles up quickly around here. I keep all the items stocked, on hand and ready to make.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday on the Farm

Hopefully now that I'm back in blogger land this will be more of a regular occurrence. I love looking at old photos as I sit here to share today's with you. I see how much my kiddos have grown, how the farm has morphed, and all those great memories we sometimes forget about on a daily basis.  Getting ready for our second sons open house this last spring was especially difficult for me, again one of the season things. I kept thinking back to all the things I didn't do with the kids when they were younger.  Hubby's tradition has been making awesome photo videos to go along with vacations, end of the years and kids graduations. He did that for this son also. We were watching the finished project before the open house and I was simply amazed and my spirit entirely lifted by just watching that video. It was a reminder to me of all the things we did accomplish in his 18 years, and were there ever a ton of things we did.  Spend time today enjoying those memories of seasons past.

Two children's books are written, now to figure out what to do with them~

Yarn that has been created this week

Jewelry that has been created

New baby English angora bunnies

Mama and her babies

A necklace for the shop

New pendant for the shop

New English/German angora rabbit that came to the farm this week

Princess Fiona looking for food

New German Angora picked up this week. She is HUGE!

Malachi and his usual happy self....

Another garden year behind us

Mammoth sunflowers 

Lettuce and spinach in the greenhouse for fall

Tomato plant in the greenhouse

Greenhouse ready for winter