This beautiful weather awoken our working spirits this weekend. We came out of our hibernation mode for a bit!
My cousin is having a baby boy very soon and I made her a homemade gift, along with the wrapping paper that I upcycled from a paper bag! I even made a little card and bow from that single bag!
I also was able to enjoy some crocheting and finished off projects that were almost completed!
The boy and I whipped up a large batch of lip balm. We are going to use the profit that we make from selling them to buy food for the Union Rescue Mission. Good deeds are being done! ✅
The boy and Mr. helped to measure off the area of the garden that we are going to expand and I’m going to start planning where I’m going to plant everything! And I also started putting some planning into our pollinator garden area!
The Mr. was busy in the garage working on the camper, and doing other projects. I’m excited that he put together our bat house and that he even painted the Batman logo on it! I love it!
He also up cycled the mount from an old satellite dish into a holder for a flag. He’s been wanting to put a flag outside of his garage!
And now to brag on the boy! He made this nice trivet in shop class last marking period! I think he did a great job!
I’m going to enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts! Are you all starting to plan out your garden?! 🌱💚
This weekend is a continuation of below freezing weather. I’m really missing those warm summer days and growing my own food! However, I have been enjoying making soup with the tomatoes that I preserved and eating my own pickles, catsup, garlic and green beans!
I have been making most of our meals from scratch, and made some awesome cinnamon rolls earlier in the week and then a pizza that was perfection today!
To keep busy, I have been crocheting lots of messy bun hats!
I also made this matching set for an adorable little girl and her beautiful momma!
While I have been crafting, the mister has been out pounding on the anvil! This is a bottle opener for a friend out of a railroad spike!
And the only extras that we have purchased so far: a McFlurry for my birthday boy and another for a neighbor that shares his day!
And we also bought the boy an ice cream cake for his day! It was a great deal at 1/2 off because it was a Christmas cake! I added some extra frosting, some sprinkles and put the 13 on it. No one knew it was a Christmas one!
And I will continue to sit around and enjoy my footed pajama pants (feejays) and dream about warmer weather!
Is it so stinking cold where you live?! Stay warm friends!
November brought the cold temperatures that reminded me that Winter is will be here to stay. It allowed me enough nice days to clean up the garden and chicken coop. So, without waiting, here are how the goals are going:
1. Zero waste our home! We are continuing to enjoy our deliciousness that we canned from the summer and fall including: peaches, apple sauce, tomato sauce and even ketchup! I’m also loving the upcycling that we have been doing here! That’s going to be a focus next year!
2. Declutter 20 items per month. We need to continue cleaning out the boy’s closet since he’s growing like a weed! I’m sure I will find someone here that could use them!
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. We are still on bag 6, but it’s basically full.
4. Merge crafting and homestead business. This month we have been crafting away! We will be having a sale through our Facebook page and I have been working hard on hooded towel orders!
5. Create a summer kitchen. We will be turning a spot in the garage into a nice canning area. This just won’t be happening this year. #comeonmrllewellyn!!
6. Expand the garden. We are definitely working on this! We will be putting up a nice fenced in area next year and driving posts for a better appearance. So, I guess that I need to be selling lots of goodies to help offset the costs!
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 tons of cucamelons, popcorn, okra and luffa gourds!
8. Make a chicken viewing area. Yeah, um, I don’t think we are going to do this! We have some other 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, and we have recycled 88 pounds so far! I also convinced my principal to buy a zero waste glue stick recycling box and we are also recycling our cereal bowls and markers!
10. Track our solar panels. This month we reached 730 kWh! And our electric bill was less than $6!
11. Continue beekeeping. We are still providing lodging for our flying insect friends! I made them some sugar boards to help keep them fed this winter!
12. Travel more with the family! We managed to visit so many places last year and only a few this year. Next year we will be traveling out west!
How are your goals going?! Have you starting thinking about goals for next year? We are hoping to accomplish just as many goals in 2018! Keep on blooming where you are 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!
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!
This weekend was full of all the reasons why I put so much into this lifestyle that we are wanting to live.
Remember the mushroom spawn that I spread in a raised bed back in early May? Well, the mushrooms have finally popped up for harvesting! (Best find of the weekend!)
Also, a few of the birdhouse gourds had fallen on the ground. So, I decided to go ahead and pull them from the dead vibe and start the drying out process.
And the garden is still producing so much! I really am not sure of what I’m going to make out of all of these tomatoes at this point!
We had our last produce sale of the season, but it was unfortunately a flop. So, I gave a lot of produce to family and friends!
And now onto all the crafting that has been going on around here! The Mr has been busy beating on metal and blacksmithing lots for our upcoming craft show!
And I have been sewing up a storm too! I’ve been working on unpaper towels and napkins. Also, I have sewing up reusable wet jet refills. Now to hope that the customers at the craft show enjoy a more zero waste lifestyle!
I officially got tired of my crazy long hair this weekend, and decided to get it cut off! 14 inches to be exact and I’ll be donating it to a wig making organization. I figure since it grows so fast, I might as well use it for something!
I hope that you all were able to enjoy your weekend and that your garden is still flourishing!