Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Baking, Sewing, and all Things Between

Pumpkin Spice cookies freshly drizzled with hand made frosting.

An army of pins from the latest completed Christmas gift.

The last few weeks have been busy. My sewing machine, serger, and CSM have been working overtime. Five sets of pillowcases, two pincushions, one decorative pillow, 10 pairs of socks, one scarf, and one wall hanging have been completed so far. Left to do:  one king size quilt, two scarves, four pairs of socks, leg warmers, boot cuffs, convertible mittens, and something special to celebrate my youngest daughter's first wedding anniversary. Will I get it all done? Only time will tell.

In the midst of all the endless holiday sewing and such a new roof has been put on our house. New skylights and vent covers as well. My poor dogs! They did not take kindly to strangers being on top of the house. Lost close to a week working on holiday things with that. It was so worth it. I love the new skylights and the new roof is so pretty.

The sheep and camelids are all doing fine. The lambs are getting so big! One ram lamb was spoken for shortly after he was born. I have someone who wants a ewe lamb out of my ram and the other ram lamb is spoken for if I can part with him ( he's a real sweetie and looks like he will stay black). That would leave me with one ewe lamb for myself. Not sure how I like that. Guess it's a good thing Max, my ram, has started "wooing the ladies". Hope the ladies find him very alluring and lots of lovely lambs are born in the spring.

Cookies and pies have been made. Tomorrow morning will be spent cooking turkey and the fixins. The afternoon will be spent enjoying all that has been made and family that has come out. Tomorrow night will be spent cleaning up and feeling a bit sad over the family that has gone. Lots of cooking and cleaning for a relatively small window of time spent with family.......but it's so worth it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate the holiday. May you enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gray Days.....

.......are absolutely perfect for fiber play, whether it be fabric or fiber. There has been plenty of gray days here lately. Last week was spent with the sewing machine. The end result is a 32" square flannel wall hanging. The "applique" is actually a panel that was cut apart. All the flannel for the top, plus the binding are Buggy Barn fabrics. I bought the kit at this cute little quilt shop that I stumbled upon a couple of weeks ago. The store front is only open two days a week, but the website is really nice ( ). Well worth browsing.  :)  I even spent time embellishing it with swarovski crystals....which doesn't show up very well in the photo unfortunately.

This week I'm spending time with my serger. I'm working on pillowcases for Xmas gifts. Completed two sets yesterday and hope to finish up the rest today. It's been quite some time since I've played with my serger. I forgot how much fun it is to use.

Of course the fiber critters have been loving them. Gray days means rain....which means green pastures....which means lots of browsing enjoyment for everyone.

Raven and her ram lamb. He was born the 30th of September. He's a big boy! The pasture they are in is much greener than what the photo suggests.

Gracie and her ewe lamb, Hope. Hope was camera shy....Gracie was not.  :) Hope was born the 16th of October. She is a very pretty little thing.

Carrie and her twins. Her ram lamb is very friendly. It was hard to get a photo of him. Her ewe lamb, June Bug, is not as friendly as her twin but she is slowly learning that I'm not such a bad thing.  :) Raven's ram lamb is in the back. All the lambs play together. It's lots of fun to watch.

Everyone in the back pastures is enjoying the late grass as well....which is good since today is another gray rainy day.