Last year at a craft show the sweet girl next to us sold these beautiful things made out of corn stalks and leaves. I loved them because they were pretty and because you can just compost them after using. So, I took some corn stalk tassels, a few weeds with pretty tops and a few ears of popcorn and created this:
I also still have some yummy things coming out of the garden! The tomatoes and pepper plants are still going strong!
Plus there were a whole basket of overly ripe tomatoes for the chickens!
The weather is supposed to be cooling off soon, so we are putting some of the luffas into the greenhouse to dry out the rest of the way!
The bees are enjoying this beautiful day and some are still bringing in pollen!
And my big lump of a dog likes to sunbathe!
I also put my garlic in the ground today (next post will be all about that!) and continued to pull up weeds and dead plants!Cleaning up the garden in the fall is so important! It doesn’t leave a home for all those unwanted pests that may have invaded your garden this summer! Enjoy your remaining hours this weekend and keep blooming where your planted! 🌱💚
It finally happened this week… our first frost. It wasn’t the hardest of frosts, but enough to make us realize that the season is slowly fading towards dreadful winter. But, happy thoughts for now… garden harvests tonight! I started with the gardens around the house and we have cucamelons galore:
Then, I dug up the last of the sweet potatoes! (14 pounds more to be exact!!)
Before I ran out of daylight, I also harvested as many jalapeños and popcorn that I could find!
Since I was already close by the big garage with the forge, I decided to see what was being created!
And since I have not had anytime to do much crafting, I thought I’d share the chicken doorhanger that I made with some coworkers at a paint night!
I hope that you’re still getting some goodies from your garden! Only 2 more days in this working week!!! Come on weekend!
Autumn Glory is usually our biggest craft show in this area. I’ve been with my mom selling in years past, but this will be the first year that we finally use our Llewellyn Homestead name. Oh, and the first year for my husband to sell his blacksmithed items! (Pictures of his creations below!)
I have not been crafting quite as much, but I’m still getting some finished! I have lots of unpaper napkins, unpaper towels, reusable makeup removers, crocheted chickens and even wet jet style refills ready!
And, since I didn’t want to buy a bunch of business cards, I thought it would send out that zero waste vibe to make our own from a stamper and some old boxes! I love the way that they turned out!
And that business card holder that the Mr made… it looks amazing with our cards in it!
And we will be taking our luffa and birdhouse gourd seeds with us too! Turns out that our stamper fits perfectly into a coin envelope!
And here is the real reason that I’m falling behind in the craft department! We are still getting lots from the garden and I need to put it up!
Tonight’s objective is to get our set up squared away, finish up a few not-quite-ready items and write on that easel that we upcycled from the boy’s old crib. So much to do, so little time! Keep blooming away! 🌱
The Mr has been forging his heart out lately! Just about everytime I walk into the garage, I can hear pounding and smell coal smoke. (Weirdly enough that sulpher smell reminds me of my childhood home.)
After bending several, he attached them to some old barn wood and created an absolutely gorgeous and rustic rack!
He also bent some horseshoe nails to create a unique leash or key rack!
He was even able to upcycle a few of our ball jars into candle/plant/flower holders!
The business card holder is my absolute favorite! We have ordered a business card stamper and will be upcycling some cereal boxes into business card!
I have been creating some upcycled crafts as well! We turned some wine bottles into self watering planters! I planted them with spider plants!
And I figured that I’d finish with my crazy chicken that enjoys roosting on our fence in the morning!
September was a month of colossal harvests, produce stands set up, still getting acquainted with my new students and working around our tiny homestead! Here are how the goals are going:
1. Zero waste our home! We have been eating a lot from the garden, which is great! Also, the ketchup that I made is amazing and we are loving not having to buy plastic bottles!
2. Declutter 20 items per month. We got rid of some motorcycle helmets that we don’t use (and made a few bucks!) We found a scrapper to take our satellite dish! Oh, and we got rid of our home phone.
3. Create only 12 bags of garbage per year. Americans are super wasteful. We are going to try to only produce one 13 gallon kitchen trash bag per month. Still on bag 5, but it’s filling up fast.
4. Merge crafting and homestead business. The Mr has been Blacksmithing up a storm this month!! All credit goes to him for working so hard!!
5. Create a summer kitchen. We will be turning a spot in the garage into a nice canning area. #comeonmrllewellyn!!
6. Expand the garden. We are definitely working on this! We tilled up the area for expansion next year! We have big plans!!
7. Grow some different plants. Luffa gourds were so fun to grow last year, and we are growing more this year! The okra grew great this year. We harvested so many cucumelons! The popcorn is picked and drying in the basement and we are now successful at growing our own wine cap mushrooms. And you know what… they were the best mushrooms that I have ever had!
8. Make a chicken viewing area. Yeah, um, I don’t think we are going to do this! I have some good ideas for 2018!!!
9.Green up my school. Schools create an absurd amount of trash! My class recycled around 150 pounds of plastic film last year. The plastic bag recycling program has started! I also started a collection area for plastics bottles and k cups at work. Oh, and my students wrote to our mayor to try to get a recycling program here!
10. Track our solar panels. This month we reached 1.39 mwh ! And our electric bill was less than $6 again! I’m interested to see how this goes with the cold months coming up!
11. Continue beekeeping. We are still providing lodging for our flying insect friends! They are “busy bees!” And I am hoping for them to overwinter well!
12. Travel more with the family! We managed to visit so many places last year and only a few this year. I’m soooo looking forward to our winter project of working on our new-to-us camper!
How are your goals going?! Have you starting thinking about goals for next year? Keep blooming where you are planted!! 🌱💚
Well tomorrow is the end of September and my birthday! I have no plans, but I know we will get into something! Now, onto the harvests!! We are getting some popcorn harvested and it is beautiful!
We also cut a few of the sunflowers down and we have some huge seeds and I plan on roasting them! (For the first time!)
The cover crop in the raised bed is growing very well! I’m hoping this will keep the soil in there nice and healthy!
The next crop to be harvested in October are all of those sweet potatoes! The video of our sweet potatoes was even featured on thehappygardeninglife on Instagram and has been viewed over 5,000 times!!!
The luffa gourds are still growing and I’m really hoping that they will be ready to be harvested this year!!
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be posting how September has been for our goals!