Friday, April 24, 2015

Hunting for Miracles

The redbuds are blooming, the May apples are up and that can only mean one thing - the miracles are just waiting to be found!  For those of you who aren't familiar with miracles (merkels/morels), they're an elusive but very delicious breed of mushrooms.  Yesterday we rounded up the family and went out searching.  It appears this year is going to be a good one for miracles - we went home with a good sized mess of mushrooms to fry.  If you're lucky enough to find miracles large enough to stuff, they're absolutely delicious stuffed with a mixture of hamburger, sausage, cheese and onion and then floured and fried.  I can't wait to eat these yummies tomorrow!

Side story... One of my first dates with the farmer consisted of bear hunting on this farm known as The Finch Place.  When I went home and told Daddy about our date, he realized that the farm we went to was my Great Great Grandaddy's home place. Small world!  Someday the farmer and I hope to build a house on the Finch Farm that resembles the old Finch farmhouse and make our homestead there. 

I tried to gather some of this pink trillium to take home, but they wilted too soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Meeting Leo

My baby Annabelle had her baby this week.  Meet Leo!  He got off to a very rough start, but is showing progress little by little.  My sister chose his name and while it isn't my favorite, her reasoning fit. Leo means lion, and this little guy needed a strong name .  When we arrived at the farm today to meet Leo for the first time, he was sprawled out on his side and appeared lifeless. It was a heartbreaking sight.  Though my farmer had tried and tried to get him to suckle and stand, it had made no difference. I always tell him that a little lovin' and a reason to live can make a huge difference in the life of a suffering animal, but he always dismisses me as a crazed animal lover. Well, this little 30 lb. fella is living proof!  Not 30 minutes after some neck scratches and forehead kisses, this little guy  not only stood up, but started (wobbly) chasing my sister across the lawn and head butting/sucking on anyone he could catch! My hope is that little Leo will soon be well enough to be reunited with his Mama. As we prepare to build a fence and put a gate on the shed to house these two sweeties, my dream of having a family milk cow seems closer than ever!  Without further ado, little Leo!
I just love it when he wrinkles his sweet little nose!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny at Small Things for today's Yarn Along!

I'm still working on my test knit of Portage from Dandilion Girl Designs.  It's going to be a Christmas gift for my sweet sister and it suits her perfectly.  The deadline is a week from today, so I hope to have finished object photos by then!  I'm just so glad to be finished with all that honeycomb/ribbing and working on garter/stockinette so I can catch up on some Christmas movies & BBC Masterpiece Classics whilst knitting.

I also started a little chicken jumper for my sweet hen Plucky who has a bare butt.  Poor girl is at the bottom of the pecking order and refuses to stand up for herself, so I try to take extra good care of her.  

Not much in the way of reading for me as of late.  Mostly job descriptions and applications.  I do, however, plan to grab a copy of Ann Voskamp's Advent Devotional pronto to read through December.

The gorgeous plum skein in the first photo is next to be cast on.  It's destined to be another Mullspice hat for my dear friend Mary.  Since I never blogged that one, here's a photo of my first version:

I'm pretty sure I'll be giving it to my sis (the model) because, seriously... look at how well it matches those gorgeous brown eyes!? Sigh.  Maybe I'll make one for me someday :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dress for a Dreamer

In the midst of recent chaos, we celebrated my (out-of-town) niece's third birthday.   My husband informed me that she is going through a unicorn phase, but that he couldn't find any unicorns in town with the party a mere three days away.  Since a dear woman in my life just gifted me one of her sewing machines (more on that later), I decided to jump in head first with this adorable unicorn fabric found in a neighboring town.  The fabric is from the Far Far Away collection by Heather Ross and the pattern is Geranium Dress by Made by Rae.  This is my first finished sewing project EVER (after a 30 minute crash course in how to sew a quarter inch seam) and as such, I'm very pleased with the results!  Now, don't get me wrong - it's far from perfect, but I think it will be just perfect in the eyes of the little lady wearing it.  Excuse the crumpley photos - I took them before the final pressing and it certainly shows.  YouTube is a wonderful resource and it's where I went to learn everything from pleats to buttonholes to edging stitches.  I've already bought fabric to make the grown up version for myself when Christmas gift making comes to a halt.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Craigslist Find of the Year: Dress Form

My quest to find a dress form began not long after I joined Ravelry back in 2011 when I started seeing so many gorgeous project photos using them.  I had only a few stipulations... she had to be:

  1. Affordable
  2. Pretty, duh
  3. Close to my size
  4. NOT adjustable
  5. With a wire bottom
Since I started watching, it seems like every dress form I came across was either new/adjustable or wayyy out of my price range.  I was so excited when a quick Craigslist search turned up this one.  I just knew that she had already been sold since the asking price was $65 and it was listed two months ago, but to my surprise she was still available despite a lot of interest.  My husband and I made the nearly-2-hour drive on Sunday afternoon and I snatched this baby up for less than the asking price within 24 hours of finding the listing.  Her measurements are almost identical to mine, so I'm excited to use her for my newly found sewing hobby.   Now I find myself wondering what her story is... was she in a store window or a workshop?  Where was it located?  In what years?  What kind of clothing did she model? How did she end up in that little town called Penhook?  All I know is that the wife of a man from upstate NY bought her for no apparent reason during their time together and she somehow ended up here in VA.  I'm in love.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny at Small Things for today's Yarn Along!
I've had a severe case of cast-on-itis as of late and this is the start of yet another new project!  This time, a Christmas gift for my Mama.  The yarn (Lily Chin Tribeca) isn't my favorite to work with, but it makes a fabric with a nice, soft halo and was a steal at $2 a ball!  More on the pattern in my Ravelry notebook :)  It's pretty and ruffle-y and sweet.

Still not much in the way of reading lately, but I did receive my fall issue of Deeply Rooted Mag & have been savoring one article at a time.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Campside on a Rainy Day - A Test Knit

I'm so excited to finally be sharing this!  There was quite a bit of up and down with this pattern, but it's been released now and even better than that - it's FREE!  The pattern is Campside by Alicia Plummer and goodness is it ever beautiful.  The yarn (Julie Asselin Leizu DK) is perfect for the shawl and, well, just perfect in general.  I really wanted to channel the end of summer camping vibe, so my sister and I made an evening of it.  We even made a makeshift tepee out of a sheet and some sticks, and built a fire in the rain (not an easy task).  I wear this all the time now - so go ahead and grab the pattern and get started!