Saturday, April 27, 2013

Trip to Wales, Anyone?!

Oh my.  I just came across a video that has my heart racing!!

I'm not much of a traveler, but if I went to Wales I would set up camp next to this little shop!!

No doubt I would return home with a lighter wallet!


Oh my again!  The story gets even better. 

I just found a link for this shop where we can order these treasures!!!

I may be hyperventilating....Must go rest....(and find a pile of money!)

blessings to you,

Monday, April 22, 2013

Here a Chick, There a Chick!

Freedom Ranger Chicks

Everywhere a Chick, Chick!

The farm is a whirlwind.  Our first order of chicks arrived last week.  50 Freedom Ranger chicks.  We are raising these as meat birds.  I know it's horrible to think of that when you look at these cute little guys, but that's the reality. 

Our goal is to raise healthy birds that will grow up on our pasture in the sunshine (as soon as they grow in their feathers).  We will know exactly what they have been fed.  That's a very good thing in my opinion.

Not quite a week old...growing wing feathers.

The chicks have heat lamps to keep them nice and warm until they get to be about 3 weeks old.  Then they will transition to living outside and eating lots of bugs along with a gmo-free grain ration.

Life is good. 


Thursday, April 11, 2013


The Living Water Quilt has been mailed!!  Through the years I've nagged others (gently, of course!) to label their quilts, so I couldn't allow this one to leave without doing the same.  When so much has transpired during the making of a quilt, the labeling task becomes even more challenging.  I'm wordy by nature and tend to complicate my endeavors.  Which means that labeling required much mental energy to say what needed to be said without writing a book.

I'm relieved to have the quilt done and shipped.  When the fundraiser concluded, I went from being exhilarated, to numb, to lost.  I tend to forget about that last stage.  Lostness (I think I'm making up a word...sorry about that) at the completion of a big project or reaching of a goal is a common occurrence for me.  I guess it's not something one can really plan for....You just have to walk (or wander) through the cloud of lostness when it arrives.

I think I have emerged from this particular cloud.  It's interesting to note how God timed all of this.  The fundraiser went from January to March which is a relatively slow time on our little farm.  And here we are at April and our piece of the world has come alive with green and growth and the many wonders (and much work!) of Spring.

Project 40
More strips have arrived along with one completed lap blanket!  (Thanks Kathy and Carol E.)

This lovely lap blanket was sent by Kathy!

Close-up so you can see this great stitch pattern

Completed lap blanket from donated strips. 
Thanks again, Strippers!

Farmy Stuff

Pastures are greening up!  The cows and sheep are enjoying the grass.  I notice that NONE of them are pining for the dry hay of winter.

Can I do the same?  Move forward into this season without looking back and longing for the past?

Lord, please help me to be content with this day, this season, this weather, this work, this life.

This is the day that the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

                          Psalm 118:24

Quilty Stuff

My latest creation:  A quilt top with bunny ears,
an arm, and a glove sticking out the top!

Pieced backing for the Amish Bullseye.
Held by my multi-tasking son!

Clipped to the table for pin basting. 
I gave up basting on the floor with one of my pregnancies. 
(It's not pretty when a preggo quilter can't
get up off the floor!)

Quilting the outer round of each block to get the pins out.

The Amish bullseye quilt is pin basted.  I'm quilting some basic lines attempting to get the majority of the pins out before this quilt gets put aside for the summer.  I prefer thread basting over pins, but am trying to eliminate the need for both of them.  I'll go back and quilt lots more after the pins are gone.

Quilting from back. 

May your day be blessed,

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Raffle Winner

I'm sure you must be wondering what is taking so long!  Me TOO!

I truly had no idea how much this whole fundraiser would test my organizational skills! 

We had close to 1,000 entries.  Here's what that looks like when I dumped the bucket out on my bed.

As I write this the total amount raised is $8,255!!!! 

YOU ROCK!  Not only did we reach the goal of $7,000--You blew it out of the water (bad pun, but I couldn't resist!)

So many people helped with this effort and thankfully umpteen zillion of you donated!!  Praise God!

Here are some of the blogs that helped spread the word:

Karen Griska of Selvage Blog

Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Quilting Babcia of Amity Quilter

Lori of Humble Quilts

Carol of Giraffe Dreams

Jessi of Rusty Nail Farm and ImakeUglyBags

Stacey of StasaLynn

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville

Mary of The Curious Quilter

Linne of A Random Harvest

I'm sure I'm forgetting some of you.  I apologize and blame "raffle brain". 

So....I guess you're wondering about the winner?
Drumroll p l e a s e. . . . . . . .

Patti Gorman!!!

many blessings,