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! 🌱💚
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! 🌱
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!
Yes, you sure read that correctly. For a couple years in a row I have enjoyed entering our crafts and foods into the fair, but I just get this nagging voice in my head that screams that I’m not good enough. So let’s start with the good, what all we won!
And the boy won first place for his ceramic fish he made on art class!
Now on to the crappy part! Yes, I only have about three quarters of an acre. Nope, I will never have goats, cows or other poultry. It makes me feel like I’m just not enough. My garden isn’t huge and I can’t fully sustain myself from my home alone. I don’t solely live off the grid and I have a full time job, other than living off our tiny plot. So, I guess what I’m sayin is that life isn’t perfect! I’m doing ok with what I have and I am just going to continue to bloom where I am planted! There, I said it! I’m just tiny plot farmer!
Last weekend we had our first sale event here at the homestead! It was a honey and egg sale! We sold out of honey and sold a lot of eggs! Plus, people got to taste some cucumelons and look at my craftiness! It was great!
We also had several people notice our garage decor! Ha! I finally got the Mr to hang the hooks he blacksmithed for the onions and garlic!
I will be sharing a walk through the garden later on the week, but I thought I’d share an update on the fence line garden! The left was this week, top right is end of June and bottom right was the end of May!
The birdhouse gourds and growing all over the chicken run!
We have been having some great harvests this week too! Lots of onions, some zucchini, cucumbers and even a good many cucumelons!
We have hit some pretty good sales on things we have really been looking for lately! First up is an amazing pond insert. We were looking for something that we could add plants to so the bees would have a more reliable water source. Well, here’s our $10 yardsale find! (We had lots of digging and prying to do, but we got it finished!)
When we were buying some chicken food at tractor supply, I found an amazing half off deal on a gardening hat!
And while I was searching for water plants that weren’t there, Lowe’s had their perennials for only $3! So I snatched up some!
And On a totally different topic, Sherman has a play mate for a few days! We just love squishy faced dogs around here!
Have a great week and continue to bloom where you are planted!
It’s really summer! We are starting to get some food from the garden including garlic and potatoes. I’m looking forward to gathering lots more this month!
1. Zero waste our home! We already do a good bit to avoid creating trash, but there is always room for improvement! The summer challenge is going well! We (all 3 of us combined) only sent about 10 ounces of garbage to the landfill this whole month!
3 weeks worth of garbage
2. Declutter 20 items per month. Last year I decluttered 2016 items from this house. We got rid of a big gaming table and a few other not played with things!
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! Yep, still on the same bag of garbage, #4! We might just make it through the summer!
4. Merge crafting and homestead business. This has been going pretty well! I had a craft set up at a local friend’s store and a few online sales. I’m sewing some round earbud holders now to see how they sell and the mister has been blacksmithing hooks for keys and hanging heavy things!
5. Create a summer kitchen. We will be turning a spot in the garage into a nice canning area. Thank goodness that I don’t need this yet because it’s not been accomplished yet! But I did just buy some peaches at the farmer’s market that I might need to can! Come on Mr. Llewellyn!
6. Expand the garden. I widened the area along the fence and planted plants all throughout my yard (grow food not yards, right?) And, it’s looking better!
7. Grow some different plants. Luffa gourds were so fun to grow last year, and we are growing more this year! We are also growing popcorn, okra and my favorite: cucumelons!
8. Make a chicken viewing area. Yeah, um, I don’t think we are going to do this now! I love watching the chickens, but life has kept us busy!
9. Green up my school. Schools create an absurd amount of trash! My class recycled around 150 pounds of plastic film this year, recycled their plastic cereal bowls and even planted a pollinator garden! Watch out 2017-2018 school year!!
10. Track our solar panels. This month we reached 1.9 MWh! And our electric bill was less than $6! 💚
11. Continue beekeeping. The bees have been doing well! I pulled off some honey to spin from our largest hive. I’m hoping to add more boxes soon!
12. Travel more with the family! We managed to visit so many places last year and have some major traveling ideas for this year! We were able to take the boy to an awesome indoor water park in Ohio on Lake Erie. It was a great time and we were able to go to a military vehicle show close by. (Of course the guys enjoyed that!)
If you set goals, how are yours going?
I’m elated to say that this week is my last week of school and from here on out I will be busy taking on all this homesteading!
I’ll start with my beekeeping fun. All the hives seem to be doing well and are laying lots of eggs. The newest swarm that I got has been really busy laying eggs! Great job on picking that queen!
When we pulled the hive out of the tree being cut down, we put some frames of their brood in there to help get them started and attached them to the frame with rubber bands. Well, they showed me how much they liked those bands!
The mister has a friend that has a ton of bamboo growing in their yard. That stuff is so invasive and grows too fast! But, they let us cut some for free to turn into tomato stakes and a green bean teepee!
Around the homestead we have been gathering lots of eggs and some delicious strawberries!
The mycelium from the winecap mushrooms are really enjoying this wet weather!
I was also given a fixer upper kind of project by a friend! Her camera strap was looking sad and needed recovered! So, 30 minutes later, I had removed the old fabric and made it pretty again!
The solar panels did great last month!! Our bill was for only $8.16 and we even got a credit back for over $80 from previous months!
So that’s a quick update here on our tiny plot of land in the middle of a small town!