FIRST SNOW-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-REPAIRING THE SOCKS-OUTSIDE PROJECTS

29 12 2015

GREETINGS

Snow on the ground this morning with sleet falling now. Temps are suppose to go up above freezing today so it may be mostly gone by tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to cut some small trees down tomorrow.

FIRST SNOW

I topped off the feeders and made more coconut feed mix yesterday.  This morning I added a peanut butter/seed and nut mix to a feeder that a neighbor made and within 5 minutes one of the neighborhood squirrels was there.When I lived in a city squirrels were everywhere there are not so many here.  I enjoy their antics.

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FLEECED LINED MITTENS

I love making these mittens and they are so warm.  I took a class in Connecticut in the early 90’s and have been hooked since.  The fleece layer eventually felts and makes these mittens double layered.  The yarn is from my first flock of sheep (Border Leicesters) and my goat Timmy.  I plan on making a few more pairs this winter.

REPAIRING THE SOCKS

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I am repairing these socks again.  I have had them since the 90’s and they have been repaired many times.  The stripes are from my first cat Fluffy.  They are warm and comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

I have lots of unfinished knitting  projects lying around and want to get caught up this winter.

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Chris and I managed to finish most of the outside projects since he arrived.  First he did the barn window which needed to be put up and then yesterday he put the piece of plywood over the dryer vent.  For some reason ice forms on the attic roof and piles up so that I have to dig out the dryer vent every so often.  This will make things easier.  We got the last of the chicken coops covered and stuff put away.   Just in time for today’s storm

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The cats have settled in, they love dark, snowy days but Cosmo has decided to venture out of his rooms,maybe someday he will join the other cats.

Sammu in his hut on top of the radiator

Sammy in his hut on top of the radiator

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Willie and Shorty in their places on the sofa

Cosmo exploring today

Cosmo exploring today

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





CHRISTMAS CARD-FAMILY CHRISTMAS-MORTICIA

27 12 2015

GREETINGS

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I have been either doing shows or getting ready to do shows so I wasn’t quite prepared for Christmas this year.  Presents and cards were late and some cards not at all because my printer stopped working.  Well there is next year to plan better.IMG_6203

From Cosmo and everyone on the farm 

We wish you Happy Christmas and a 

Joyous and Happy New Year

FAMILY CHRISTMAS

There were 8 of us around the large table and 6 at the teenage tale.  A full  house.

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MORTICIA

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Last night was cooler than it has been so Morticia had to keep her feet warm.  Her son Eddie is next to her.

FAMILY PICTURE

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The first child on the bottom row left is my Grandfather.  The picture as taken in Chesterfield, Mass. The picture was probably taken in the late 1800’s I presume as he was born in 1885.

Chris and Lilly Pad are here for the week.  We are planning to get a few small trees cut up and some of the big tree cut up tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have wonderful holidays.  And for my logger friends in England I hope the flooding stops quickly and thing are all okay.  Carole

 





MURPHY-LAST DAY FOR THE POP UP SHOP

20 12 2015

GREETINGS

We are having a bit of a cold snap but for Christmas Eve  day its suppose to be around 60.  Too warm but we will take it.  I am sure we will get plenty of snow in the new year.

MURPHY

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Murphy is a great rooster, hatched right here on the farm he is truly the kindest and gentlest .  Two nights ago I came home from the pop up shop and did my usual animal routine.  I lock up each coop and count chickens.   Murphy,Francis and Miss Speckles were missing.  I got my large flashlight and ran out to their yard.  There himself was with his wings covering the two girls.  The netting  covering  the top of their run came down and covered their doorway so they couldn’t get into the door.   He takes care of his girls and knows when one is missing and will go back out and stay with her and nudge her to come in.

Francis is quite old in chicken years, yet she goes out every day and in summertime still manages to lay some beautiful blue eggs.

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LAST DAY FOR THE POP UP SHOP

Today is the last day for the Pop Up Shop.  Its been so interesting .  As a group we offer diversity in products and we would like to do it again.  Many of our customers wanted to know where and when we would be again.  Its given us all something to think about.  I have met new crafts people and got to spend some time with my friend Susan.  I have also learned  a lot about doing this.  Its fun and exciting and a short commitment at a busy time.

CHRISTMAS YIKES!!!!!

With so much going on with shows and making things I am so far behind.  Hope to catch up in the next few days.  I haven’t even made my Christmas cards yet so they will be  late.  I do have an idea though and it has something to do with Cosmo..

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





THE POP UP SHOP-HELEN-EDDIE- SHIELS SPINNING WHEELS

15 12 2015

GREETINGS

The weather here has been wonderful,  for the past 5 nights it has not gotten below freezing.  I can’t remember a time in mid December that it has happened.  the temps will dip this coming weekend but then warm up again for the holidays.  

Last week I got the flu shot.  I have been doing it for years.  Now having Lymes disease it seems more important to keep myself away from the flu. There are two flu shots one for people under 65 and the other for people over 65.  I got the one for over 65 and have not felt well since.  I will think twice next year and check with my clinician at The Wellness Clinic before getting it.

THE POP UP SHOP

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What a wonderful idea from Christa.  Its worked out so well for all of us.  People just love a place that sells locally made things..  Everyone’s things are different and wonderful.  Wish  we could do it every year.  Thanks Christa for setting it up.

HELEN

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She is laying eggs again and is perky and bright.  Its been a long haul but so worth it.   It will be great for her to be outside this next summer.  I will be changing all the side area around.  The large tree was cut down and a new tree to give them shade will be planted in one of the chicken yards.  Which means that another yard must be made.  A fun project.  

EDDIE

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Eddie has been showing his powerful (so he thinks) rooster self lately.  He is only about 8 inches tall!!!!   Yesterday he jumped out of the coop and was flying around the bottom of the barn.  he had gotten himself stuck between rolled up chicken wire and dog crates.  It took me about 15 minutes to find him.  I am more cautious now when opening the door.

SHIEL’S SPINNING WHEELS

I had a delightful surprise in the mail the other day.  I small package from Ireland.  It was a handmade wooden tree made by Johnny Shiels.  It is so beautifully made and will go perfectly with my Christmas village.

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He is hoping to see where all the  Shiels Spinning Wheels are located.   Do you have one???   I will be trying to locate owners here in the states and in Canada.  If you own one of these wonderful wheels please let me know.


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PRIM SANTA’S

I am making more Prim Santa’s for the Pop Up Shop and for gifts.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this spring like day.  Carole 

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

 

 

 





KRISTEN NICHOLAS OPEN HOUSE-OLD RUG HOOKINGGEMS FROM THE PAST

7 12 2015

GREETINGS

We have been so lucky with the weather.  While other parts of the country are getting snow and flooding we enjoy seasonal and warmer weather.

KRISTEN NICHOLAS OPEN HOUSE

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I found Kristen Nicholas and her colorful life only months ago.  She lives in the next town over from me .  I love what she does with color and when I found out about the open house I was delighted.  My friend Susan came up and off we went yesterday.  It was easy to find and there were many people there.  From the outside her house looks like the Colonial Cape Cod houses which dot the countryside here in Western Mass. But when you walk through the door color hits and delights you.  Lime green walls, pinks and purples, wonderfully decorated with books everywhere, my kind of place.  It was such a comfortable house you could sit down anywhere and relax.  Kristen greeted us at the door and in this small world we found out that she had visited Susan’s old shop The Cooperage.  We chatted with Kristen and meandered off into the downstairs rooms.  In every room there was things made by Kristen.  Her delightful whimsical paintings beckoned me.

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Her Husband was giving a sheep herding  demo with his sheep dogs.  It was so interesting.

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 She has many wonderful books out and I recommend “Crafting a Wonderful Home” which I plan to get soon.

Check her out on Facebook and her web page.  She offers lots of ideas.

RUG HOOKING GEMS FROM THE PAST

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Susan brought up this box of rug hooking information.  Carefully collected in the 50’s.  It was given to her by a fellow whose Mother passed away and he couldn’t bear to toss out her life’s work.  I just started looking through it today.  She made her own color wheel,

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there are patterns and notes on bindings etc.  I would like to find a museum to give it to.  Would anyone know of a place where it would be valuedIMG_6157

Many thank for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 





BEACH TOWEL INTO A TABLE PAD-MAKING GINGERBREAD MEN AND STARS

3 12 2015

GREETINGS

It looks like its  a spring day instead of an almost winter day.  Mist is thick in the woods and the temps in the 40’s

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My Mom had this wildly colored beach towel.   It was always taken to the beach in Florida.It was surprisingly unlike my Mom.  Inside her house was all painted white, she just didn’t like a lot of color, she was very conservative.  Of all the things I kept from her this one is precious.  But I had to do something with it so it could be used.  So its been sitting around for a few years.  Finally in the summer I cut it up.  It was a little fragile and there was little pieces of the towelling material all over.  I tried to crochet with it to make a bath mat but it raveled more.  Finally this week I decided to braid it.  Now its a table pad.  I do like it and it will go with my primitive red dining room.

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In one of the houses I lived in all the rooms were painted white too.  Now I have moved on from that and am making my house so colorful. The kitchen is coco brown and mustard, one of the bedrooms is a pumpkin color and the dining room is primitive red and mustard trim.   This weekend a few friends and I are going to  an open house in Leyden.  Kristen Nicholas, a famous knitter and crafter extraordinaire is holding it in her very colorful house.  We are all hoping to get some new ideas for our worlds.  An exciting thing to look forward to.  And she has lots of sheep.  A kindred spirit.

GINGERBREAD MEN

Today I have made these Gingerbread Men and stars.  I will be bringing them to the Pop Up Shop that is coming up in Turners Falls.  I have made then before and sold them they are not edible and will last a long time.

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 Most of the stars will be used in swags which I make.  There will be bay leaves, cranberries and the stars.  The whole kitchen smells wonderful

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It saddens me on this night to see more gun violence in California.  I hope and pray that we can stop all of this around the world.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.  I hope that you enjoyed the day.  Carole\

Shorty and Willie

Shorty and Willie