Friday, August 21, 2015

Quilted Chicken Door Stop

I did it!
My first time ever quilting something.
It's not a quilt but the basics of quilting.

has an awesome video showing how to make a chicken pincushion.
I thought I would use a charm pack and make it bigger for a door stop!

The chicken measures 8 1/2 x 9 inches,
 and weighs 2 1/2 lbs.
She is filled with 3/4's polyester fiber &
the bottom is filled 1/4 of pea rock.
Did I have fun!
I am on a roll now and will be making them for my sisters for Christmas.
I bought all my fabrics at
Primitive Gatherings.
I love their shop here in town!

I always use my rug mug!
No water circles or condensation build up on my table.
I have mug rugs in my ETSY shop!
This is the other side of my hen.
I think I did a pretty good job matching up the seams for the first time (wink,wink).
Look at those darling tail feathers!
For the others I will use a larger "prairie point" under the three.
I am planning on using different methods for the comb.
I can't wait to see what half fabric yoyo's would look like!

Charlie and Sammie (Samantha)
are always there giving me support!
Now off to make some more chickens …
here chickie, chick, chick!

Get yourself a fabric charm pack and makes some!
Hummm … wonder if my chickens would like one in their coop?!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Freezing Fresh Eggs

Many times my hens eggs add up, so I give them away. 
Recently, I have noticed on a few chicken blogs 
that we can freeze eggs!
I thought how perfect that will be for 
the winter months when my hens lay less.

Perfect for baking, fried egg sandwiches,
scrambled eggs … the list goes on.
Sweet Myrtle 

Getting some help from some of my favorite
chicken blogs 
I went to work!
 I took 2 dozen eggs and washed them with 
luke~warm water & mild soap.
 I set up my station to make it fast and easy.

I bought these silicone trays HERE.
You can also use a muffin tin or ice trays.
I cracked an egg in each divider.
I sprinkled a dash of salt on each egg, covered, and put into the freezer.

*The yolk can gel, thicken or becomes grainy when frozen,
so the salt slows down the process.
You do not have to use the salt.

The next batch I will try it without.
More details on this topic is on blogs listed above.
After they were completely frozen I popped them out,
and put them in freezer bags for future baking.

Thaw overnight in fridge
or under COLD water. 
As I use them up, I will freeze more!

They last up in the freezer for 6+ months.
Clean up was easy breezy!
Until next time, have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Miniature Tea Cup Succulents

 I am addicted to miniature succulents!

While visiting one of my favorite antique shops Cottage Charm,
I spotted these adorable creations!
Cerine and Christy make them.

I had to bring several home and since these pics were taken, 
I have collected more.
Tiny succulents in crystal creamers, ceramic baskets …
 silver gravy boats, pretty china creamers…
 clear glass tea cups & saucers …
 and more … 
 endless china creamers …

 They have bloomed tiny flowers 
since I took these pics of white, pink and yellow!
 They are thriving and I am thrilled to pieces with this tiny garden.
I never knew I would love succulents so!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Playing in Grandma's Trailer

 Grandson Asher loves playing, sitting, looking, 
and just being in my little trailer.

This day he came to have some little treats
that I always have waiting in a mason jar,
and play with vintage buttons!
Love the pics his mommy Heidi took.

Who can resist running your fingers through a jar full of buttons?
Not me!
More pictures of my re~do on my trailer
 I promised a long time ago very soon!

*feather bed …

Monday, August 3, 2015

In Print .. Me and My Little Trailer

Oh my! My cute little trailer and I are in print again!
I am honored.
This time in my local 

Publisher & Editor in Chief, Tracy Blanscet

has done a great job on her new magazine over the last year!
A warm and cozy magazine bringing neighbors together!

She wrote a nice article about 
and asked me to share a rewarding experience I have had with Sisters on the Fly.

You will find my quote in the lower middle paragraph about fly fishing!
You will also spot my little red & white trailer!

Also, the cover is adorable of Jack & Linda Williams, owner of Richie's Diner!
I visit this place often and love their fish & chips! 
Everything is fresh and it's a home~cooked meal every time!

THANK YOU TRACY for including little old me and my trailer! xox

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Farm~Style Kitchen Sink

Last weekend we had this awesome farm~style sink put in 
and I love it to pieces!

I have always had sinks with a divider 
and I wanted to try one big sink.
It is better then I imagined!
Pretty new faucet set and a very quiet
new garbage disposal too.
I love doing the dishes now and
going to bed with a shiny sink as the 
Fly Lady says to do!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Visiting With The Chickens!

Good day sweet people!

One of my favorite things to do each day
is sit and visit with my sweet hens.

Yes, we chit chat back and forth.
I go into the coop to hold them, love them,
 and check to see all is well physically.
It's a time I cherish and my cares & worries
stay outside.
I love tucking them in their coop each evening too.
They hear me coming and dash in from the chicken~run.
They feel comfortable enough for me staying in the coop, 
while they lay also.

Charlie and Sammie are my side~kicks 
and love visiting the hens also.
This darling young man is my Grandson Blake.

He helped keep the hens in tip~top shape while 
Hubby and I went out of town, 
with the help of his mommy Shelli.
My motto for this week …
"take time to talk to the chickens"!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sweet Vintage Dinette Set

 Recently, I found this sweet, hand~painted  dinette set at my favorite antique shop called

I called daughter Heidi and she wanted the one I had,
so she called my other daughter Shelli and she wanted hers!
It sure was a busy day moving furniture from house to house … much of the furniture made a full circle again, keeping it all in the family.

This set is quite solid, and only needed some gentle scrubbing.

It's quaint and fits perfect in
The Beehive Cottage.
My silver Lazy Susan fits better on this smaller table.
It came with 4 chairs but I can easily add more when needed.
In the dining room we still have a large set for family gatherings.
Since I took the first pictures
I have added gingham chair pads in a linen & beige color.
The chair pads pick up the color in the family room couches.

I am so thrilled with my "new" vintage find!
Some things get better with age,
and this little set sure has!