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.