WINTER STARTS WITH WINDS AND SNOW-NEW HOLIDAY THINGS

22 11 2016

GREETINGS

We have had snow flurries and winds and in Peru, Massachusetts they had 20 inches of snow already.  Skiing season will be early this year.

THE SHEEP AND CHICKENS

The barn door was closed for the first time since last spring and the sheep are always anxious to go out in the morning now.

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Now with the chickens from Patti and the two new ones I bought the coop is cozy.  I have not started the hoop house and am hoping for a few days in the 40’s this coming weekend to get that up.

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MAKING SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

I have been busy making lots of fun things for the holidays.  A batch os Calendula Soap is wrapped and ready to go. Look for them on my etsy shop the end of the week or I will be in Buckland Friday night  at McCusters Market for Moonlight Magic. It runs from 4-9 pm.  Come visit me there.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this late fall day.    Carole

 

 





BRINGING THE CHICKENS IN-HANDSPUN VEST-NEW PROJECT

23 10 2015

GREETINGS

We had a warm spell yesterday but a frost last night and we will be in a cooler pattern for the next week.   I have been spending my time trying to get the house buttoned up.  Windows closed and some covered with plastic. I love the fall but its full of busyness.

BRINGING THE CHICKENS IN

Yesterday I spent most of the day getting ready to bring the outside chickens in .  The screen door which separates the two flocks needed to be repaired and the Waterer needed to be put in a different place and feeders put back up.  Last night I bought the two new hens and Morticia and Violet in.

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 They quickly settled  on the perches.  This morning I tried to catch Eddie with no luck.  I did get Gladys so she is in.  Three more to catch within the next few days.

HANDSPUN VEST

I made this many years ago and have hardly worn it.  It started off as a sweater but then was made into a vest.  The yarn is thick and the vest is toasty.  I rarely wear coats in the winter now, I do prefer heavy sweaters or vests.

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NEWEST PROJECTS

This is my latest project for fall shows.  Woolen hearts with sweet little birds on embroidered  branches.  They will hang with some twine and be filled with balsam.  They are fun to make and I quite enjoy the hand sewing.

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Next Wednesday we will be at The Salem Cross Inn for the annual Rug Hooking day sponsored by Woolen Memories Shop. Deb and I have been attending this even for years at least since 2004.  We have so much fun and we catch up with friends that we only see once a year.

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

 

 





NEW PRODUCTS, TWO CHICKS

12 10 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday was damp and dreary today its sunny but a bit cool out.  It will warm up some and then I plan to do some painting.

MORE NEW RODUCTS

Yesterday I made up some lovely fall potpourri.  

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Its not quite complete.  Orange slices are drying in the dehydrator.

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I made a cookie dough of ground cinnamon and some spices and white glue and water, mixed them up then added some cinnamon essential oil and rolled them out in the shape of hearts and stars.

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 They are almost dry and according to directions the smell should last for years.  This mixture is usually made up into small ales with cloves in them but I thought that the hears and stars would add a bit of interest to the potpourri/   I used a mixture of orange and cinnamon essential oil in the potpourri.

 

 

 I also made up some bags of rose hips.   Good to use in a bowl by themselves or mixed with a potpourri mix.

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NEW CHICKS

The two new chicks are doing well.  Growing and changing colors.

Morticia and Tweets

Morticia and Tweets

Peeps is very tiny and was probably born a few days later than Tweets

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I Hope you have a wonderful day;  Carole and Owen IMG_3899

 





NEW PRODUCTS AND MANY NEW OPPORTUNITIES

5 10 2014

GREETINGS

Fall is back with cooler, sunny weather.  It was a rainy day here all day yesterday and I was able to keep the water out of the barn. Showers were needed .I am still working on the tomatoes, 50 pounds is a lot!  My Cousin arrived safely on Thursday night and is enjoying his stay.

we visited the local swimming hole with its glacier pot holes and fall scenery

we visited the local swimming hole with its glacier pot holes and fall scenery

 Maybe by the end of the year the old tracks that needed to be repaired will be finished and the train will return to the old route going through my old hometown Holyoke.  Time will be saved and I will be able to pick Gary up right in Greenfield which is closer than Brattleboro.

NEW PRODUCT

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Yesterday I made up some packets of Simmering Potpourri.  This particular one is a fall/holiday mix with a definite cinnamon and spice smell.  I really enjoyed making these up, the whole house smells of it.  I use mixes like these all winter long on my wood stove.   I even have one to clear the sinuses in the wintertime.  

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I have been asked to give a short talk on fiber and rug hooking at ALL THINGS LOCAL, a new shop in Amherst  .  I am looking forward to it.  Small farmers like myself often live on the edge, time and money wise, but we love what we do.  We are stewards of the animals and land. Talking with people makes it real to them, they see how we care about the land and animals and the products which we make.  An example of this was my sheep Wilber.  He was quite shy and had beautiful wool.  I packaged up his yarn  with his picture and some info about him on it and it was called Wilbur yarn.  Each year it sold out and people were delighted to know where it came from and some history about him.  Often they would visit him on the pasture he was summered on.  Wilbur is no longer with us but when I teach a spinning class we use his roving and he is still ever so popular.  People are now making choices to buy local products and its such a wonderful thing.  In my small town we have people who make wooden bowls, chairs made of local wood, wool and yarn from many small flock farmers, goat cheese, handmade clothes and so much more.  We have The Crafts Of Colrain Tour each fall which shows the talents of many people.   I plan to rejoin them next year.

I have also been asked by Liz at the Sheep and Shaw SHop to give a talk on raising a small flock of sheep.  LOts of people want to raise a few sheep.  Doing it right saves a lot of time and money.  I have learned lots along the way and would be so pleased to share what I have learned.

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I got a call yesterday which I have been wanting to get for some years now.  Sandy of Woolen Memories called to say she has a vendor opening for me at the hook in.  My products will fit in nicely with all the other vendors.  I am so happy.  

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





NEW PRODUCT-CLASS SAMPLE DONE

15 09 2014

GREETINGS

NEW PRODUCT

Yesterday I brought my Grandmother’s Darning Egg over to Ken Noyes wood working shop.  He will copy it and I will have them on my web site and in the Sheep and Shawl Shop and also I hope to have them at some Rug hooking shops.

I love going over to his shop, it reminds me of childhood days visiting  the wood working shop in CHesterfield.  The smell of freshly cut wood is wonderful.  

Ken has many acres of wooded land and cuts his own trees and makes them into lumber.  He sells wonderful chairs made all by hand from his own wood.  His prices are very reasonable about $500. per chair.  You may think that sounds like a lot of money but you can’t forget that each chair is totally made from a tree he cut.  It takes a week or so to make a chair not counting the time in the woods.

Each Darning Egg will be made from several trees which he has cut from his property.  When He looked at the darning egg he was excited to make them.  He though Birch or Maple would be good for them.  I am excited to have them made by him and they will be something that can be used for generations.  I will post a picture of them here when they are done and a picture of his wonderful chairs.

Darning has become popular again as more and more people knit socks.  If it takes 8 hours or more to knit a pair of socks not counting the time if you spin the yarn or the cost of the yarn, you just don’t want to throw them out when they get a hole. Our ancestors darned all their socks and its back in vogue.  There are you tube video’s on how to do it.  This is an exciting new product for me.

CLASS SAMPLE DONE

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I finally finished the class sample yesterday.  It is totally made from yarn and roving.  I filled mine with rose petals and lavender and will use it on my piano.  I had a hard time deciding on the background color and tried 3 different colors before I found this roving that I had dyed many years ago.

It’s very cool here this morning down in the 30’s.  Time to button up the house and get the plants inside for the winter.  Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





A CHANGE OF WEATHER-WILLIE-NEW PRODUCTS-PEACHES-DYED WOOL

3 09 2014

GREETINGS

A CHANGE OF WEATHER

I woke up at 4 am to feel the gentle cool breezes of a change of  weather.  The humidity is gone and the air is fresh.  We also had a little gentle rain. All the animals have perked up too.

WILLIE

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Willie was off to the vets today. He has been coughing and sneezing and with Big Sam just recovering from a respiratory illness I want to make sure he is okay before Sam arrives.  He has a sinus infection and has to take some antibiotics.  This is not the first time this has happened and  he may have to be on them off and on the rest of his life.  Willie  is just a beautiful, loving cat.  People moved out of a rental house down the street and just left  cats there.  You just wonder how people can do that.  He showed up on the porch and me vowing no more cats, I had a house full at that time, Needless to say he ended up here to stay.  He had a hard time adjusting to living inside but now he is a happy inside cat.   Of course bird watching is a favorite pastime. He is younger than the other cats and will soon have someone to play with.

HOOKED ON RUG HOOKING

A friend Jan  had decided to learn to Hook Rugs and since she now lives in another state I suggested that she go onto Deanne Fitzpatrick’s site and watch some video’s.  These are her first two projects.  They are wonderful.  I can’t wait to see her next project.

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NEW PRODUCTS

I have been making candles for years and even made them with my Mom when I was young.  A month before Christmas we would make square candles in milk cartons and then she would melt wax and we would both beat the wax with a hand crank beater till it was fluffy and she would put it all over the box candle and tie a ribbon on it with some Holly.  They were  a very popular Christmas present.

For years I have sold Bee’s Wax candles, they are very popular and I have a wonderful source for fragrant wax.  This year I have decided to make a few Soy Way candles.  Maybe only two or three varieties.  I am also going to make some simmering spices for simmering on the wood stove too. I use them all winter.  I also mix up essential oils and put them in a cast iron pot with water  on the stove.  The scent permeates throughout the house.  Everyone has been after me to sell these so I hope to get them out this fall.  

THE PEACH TREE

I was surprised to see all these peaches on the tree.  I hope they ripen before bugs get them.

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Some Dyeing

This was a woman’s jacket, now it will be used to make Primitive Sunflowers.

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Wish I had more of this, probably have some in my stash.

Many thanks for reading my blog hope you had a nice day.   Carole

 





MORE SNOW AND MELT-SPINNING WHEEL HOOKS-FLEECE LINED MITTENS DONE

19 02 2014
A TREE BRANCH IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME ICE HANGING OFF THE KITCHEN ROOF

A TREE BRANCH IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME ICE HANGING OFF THE KITCHEN ROOF

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MORE SNOW AND MELT

We are going to get a couple more inches of snow today then warm temps the rest of the week.  Chris and I will be trying to attempt to divert the water from coming into the barn.  I do have mini meltdowns every time that happens.  This summer he and I will come up with a plan that I hope will prevent that.

THE AREA CHRIS HAD TO CLEAR TO FIND THE DRYER VENT.

THE AREA CHRIS HAD TO CLEAR TO FIND THE DRYER VENT.

SPINNING WHEEL HOOKS

Yesterday I finished the spinning wheel hooks and packaged them.  It was really quite interesting that while making them I glued two fingers  on each hand together.  I have used this glue many times (jewelry glue) and this never happened.  Nail polish remover from my son’s help did the trick .It was a funny situation to be in.  Made me appreciate my fingers!!!!!!

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FLEECE LINED MITTENS DONE

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For those of you who don’t know about fleece lined mittens, they are a mitten with fleece knitted in them.  I have include a picture of the inside of one of the pair of mittens I just finished.

inside of a fleece lined mitten

inside of a fleece lined mitten

 The fleece is knitted in as a knit stitch.   When wearing the mittens moisture felts the fleece and it becomes a second layer of warmth.   I took a workshop in Ct. on making these mittens many, many years ago and have been making them on and off since.  They are a fun project.  You can use roving, washed locks, dyed locks etc.  Try making a pair, your hands will appreciate it.

INSIDE PLANTS

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I can’t remember where I heard this but on February 1st you should give your inside plants special attention.  Feb 1st is when things change more light etc.  My plants are all starting to bloom.  A sign of spring.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you day is a wonderful one.    Carole

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