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Crocheted Cowboy Boots & Breakfast Basket

Over the last week, I've been working on some gift sets.  They are for Calf Fry & Auction to benefit academic scholarships for students at our oldest son's agricultural college.  He was a scholarship reciepient last year so I wanted to make some nice things.

Of course the gift sets had to have AG themes.

I absolutely LOVE the cowboy booties complete with tiny spurs! I think they are some of the cutest things I have ever made.

These will definitely be made for baby gifts in the future.  The pattern is by The Lovely Crow and found on Ravelry.  She has the cutest patterns on Etsy too.

I also did a breakfast basket filled with a few of my homemade mixes.  You can find the recipes right here on the blog.  Cranberry Nut Muffins and Angel Biscuits with gravy will be auctioned along with free range eggs and sausage & bacon. 
All fresh from the farm and packaged in true Red Farmhouse style!  Who wouldn't love a bright red bowl and milk pitcher, right?

Hopefully, the ite…

Pass the Pie!

Pie~ It's my new challenge.
Since moving into our farmhouse three years ago, I began a pursuit in baking.  Seemed like a farmhouse should be full of smells like: fresh baked bread, cinnamon rolls, homemade muffins, & angel biscuits. It's been a lot of work and some epic failures but I now feel somewhat accomplished in the art of baking bread.
It's time to move on to dessert~ PIE!!

Seriously, who doesn't love pie?
So, I will be regularly rolling out the crust, trying out new recipes, maybe even looking for some new pie plates. Let's hope I don't pack on the pounds while mastering pie.
Tomorrow when you are gathered around the Thanksgiving table don't forget to pass the pie. And give thanks, of course, for all the good things in life that the Lord has given to you.

For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. Deuteronomy 16:15

Beaded Crocheted Bracelets

I have been wanting to try a beaded crochet project for a while.  When I ran across this pattern, I had to give it a try.  If you know how to crochet, they are super easy and very fast to stich up.

Picking out buttons to match the beads is the hardest part.

I basically used this pattern but I made a few changes.  I coated the end of the yarn with glue and let it dry instead of using a needle to thread the beads.  I strung the beads in groups of fives and I put on extra just in case I didn't think it was long enough.  You can't add more later if it's too short! I reinforced the buttonhole with single crochets back across the loop.  This gave it a more finished look while making it stronger. Also remember that these will stretch when you wear them so make them to just fit around the wrist.
After making a few of these for gifts, I stitched up some of my handspun Jacob yarn.  I just HAD to use this cute button that I found.  I nearly squealed with delight when I came across …

Glory in the Morning

Thanksgiving week started out with a glorious sunrise here on the farm this morning.  Watching the sun come up with such color reminded me that no matter what happens in the dark times, God's glory shines bright and new in the morning.  I love that!  Things aren't always picture perfect on the farm and after a week filled with "one thing after another", I needed a good sunrise.  It helped put my little problems into perspective and reminded me to be ever thankful for the blessings in my life.
I hope that you will see something this week that will make you ever thankful for your blessings.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1


There are two things about pigs...
1.  When they are little, they are so stinkin' cute! Like the four new guys we got yesterday.

Piggies are funny and playful.

I mean, just look at that {um}... cuteness.

Everyone on the farm loves them.

And then... 2.  They get big and stinky and you are ready for them to go to the freezer. 
Having issues getting 300 pound pigs in the trailer makes the process of parting even easier.  {No story. Just use your imagination.  I'll just say, I had to get IN the pig pen and it takes a lot to get me in there. Enough said.}
Suey Pig and Here Pig are now in the freezer.  They had good piggy lives. These little guys will too!

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9

Set the Twist

I just finished spinning Simon's alpaca fleece and I thought I would show you how to set the twist. 
After you spin yarn on a wheel, you need to set the twist.  This just means that the yarn gets a bath (or two).  It evens out the twisted fibers and fluffs up the yarn a little.

Start with hot soapy water.  I use lavender Dawn.  It removes any remaining lanolin from the wool and the lavender scent helps with the lingering "sheepy" smell.

The yarn is still tyed in loops secured in four places so it won't get all tangled up.  Dump it in the hot soapy water and walk away.  Just let it relax for 10-15 minutes.  It takes that long to unwind in the tub, right?

Next up is the rinse.  Drain sink and refill with hot water again.  Try to keep the water temperature consistent.  This time add a little white vinegar ~ just a glug.  A glug is when you turn the bottle upside down and it makes a glug sound.  Yep, that's one glug.  It's not an exact measurement, obviously.


Breeding Sheep

This week we put our sheep into breeding groups.  As new shepherds, it was challenging to decide which ram to put with each ewe but it was fun to matchmake all the while imagining what their little lambs would look like in the spring.

Of course, we spent the year setting up our flock to be self-sustaining for years to come.  To do this, we brought in sheep with different bloodlines for diversity.  At the same time, we made choices according to what we liked in the Jacobs to develop our own look within the breed.  That's one of the great things about Jacob Sheep.  Unlike other breeds, you can emphasis traits that you like and over time your flock has it's own look.  After studying other flocks, you may come across a picture of a sheep and be able to identify where you think it came from.  I know, you really have to like sheep to do that!  And yes, I've become one of those sheep people. 
Each ram has his own strengths and weaknesses (except for one which I think is just ab…

Western Pleasure Weekend

Last weekend our college boy competed in an equine event on his home turf.  We had not seen him compete before.  It was wonderful to watch him ride!

I loved the easy quiet pace of the competition,

the hair buns and the bling on the competitors 

and the horses too!

Jonah worked as a handler all weekend, tacking & grooming horses and leading them around.  Hard work!

But the best part was watching the team ride.

In the intercollegiate equine program, you don't get any time on the horse before showtime.  Minutes before they mount, they draw their horse.  They then are led around by a handler for a few minutes. 

 With no time to see what the horse is like, they enter the gate and immediately the judging begins. 

A few times around the arena at a walk or trot and then they run their pattern that was posted earlier that day. 

The pattern is like a dance as they maneuver through the steps all the while paying careful attention to their posture, rhythm, and timing.
Then they stand w…