One Week In

One week in to 2016 and I’m discovering new flaws in myself. ūüėÄ ¬†I LOVE making goals, collecting ideas and then throwing up my hands at the overwhelment! ¬† I know, not a word. ¬†I’m failing miserably at the 365 Declutter challenge – I have a donation spot and I bought a pretty notebook to set up a household management book, but that’s as far as I got. ¬†I did watch the budget videos and I wrote a new budget that actually works with our income! ¬†It’s is getting very hard not to run off to the store to buy the things we “need” before the next paycheck comes. ¬†I’m out of unrefined coconut oil (for my coffee), moisturizer for my dry face and lotion for my itchy dry skin. ¬†Luke is out of green beans and Kurt is out of chicken nuggets! ¬†I’m amazed at how lazy I’ve gotten at getting by. ¬†I did find a simple moisturizer recipe and just need to take the time to make it. ¬†I’m getting by with coconut oil for now.

I did undecorate the house yesterday, but it made me so sad! ¬†I had to force myself to keep going. ¬†Motivated by the fact that Karra was coming home from NC and I had promised that all of the Christmas stuff would be down. ¬†It took ALL DAY LONG! ¬†Why does it take twice as long to put away as it does to get out? ¬†I also had to scrub the wall above the stove cabinets because it was covered in black stuff and dust. ¬†There is no denying any longer that I need to paint my walls. ¬†We’ll see how that goes in the next few months.

It’s raining here again with just a few scattered little flakes thrown in to tease me. ¬†Maybe we’ll see a little snow next week. ¬†Hopefully it warms up enough to melt all of the ice from the rubber water trough. ¬†Kurt put one of the kittens on the frozen trough yesterday to chase ice pieces. ¬†She had a ball! ¬†Her sister stayed outside the trough and tried to catch her tail!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

Merry Christmas!!!

I realize I’m a couple of days late, but we go out of state to visit family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and then we need to recover and reclaim the house (and this year Karra and I did some day after Christmas shopping to pick up the super good prices on ribbon, cookie tins, bows and tissue paper. ¬†I found a birthday present for my BFF in the process – double score!).

Well, the house is clean, the floor is mopped (nobody faint) and I’m at least thinking about what to feed the family. ¬†So, it’s time to post all of those pictures I promised before Christmas. ¬†I’ll start with the Christmas cards since they were the first project I finished.


Aren’t these guys adorable? ¬†I fell in love with the stamp and just had to make them. ¬†They are going on my etsy shop sometime this summer ¬†– I’ll talk about the etsy shop later; how much later I can’t promise ūüôā

Next was the reindeer stamp that I think I’d like to be the logo for my etsy shop – after I learn how to draw it myself since I’m sure the stamp I bought is copyrighted.


Isn’t he totally cute? ¬†I just love the simple elegance of him.

The next ones came from an article in a magazine about a billion years ago – at 12 I’m sure. ¬†I haven’t subscribed to Country Woman since Hector was a pup. ¬†Not that I know who Hector is, but is sounds slightly less hick than “in a coon’s age” (which would give away my Daddy’s hill billy background!). ¬†Anyway, I kept the magazine just for this idea and this year I played with it.





The bottom three cards were the ideas from the magazine, but the little snowmen were my own creation. ¬†I really do love snowmen. ¬†I used pre-made bows on the candy canes that I had lef tover from projects several years ago and I found starfish jewelry beads for the star on the tree and just added a gold stripe on each “leg”. ¬†Inside of the cards, I printed a text from the Christmas Story in Luke 2 and signed our names. ¬†No writer’s cramp from signing 40+ Christmas cards!! ¬†I do still hand address the envelopes. ¬†I had so much fun with this project and intend to work on next year’s cards over the summer so there is no crunch time rush to finish them in early December!

After the cards were done I had to move on to Kurt’s stocking because the house was already decorated (courtesy of Kristen) and I needed to hang stockings on the makeshift mantle. ¬†Here they are – all three of the kids’ cross-stitched stockings!


I almost immediately started stitching my sewing room stocking, but I have the feeling it’s not going to be something that gets done in a year or two, but we’ll see what happens. ¬†Karra is working out the design for Joel’s “Bah Humbug!” stocking and that one will be a much quicker stitch!

I moved on from the stocking to Karra’s Spiderman sleep pants. ¬†I had bought the two fabrics that she had picked out at JoAnn’s in early November and when I went to work on them in December discovered that I hadn’t bought enough fabric!!!! ¬†ARGH! ¬†So, off I ran to JoAnn’s while Karra was at work and I found the cotton fabric but not the flannel one. ¬†I decided I would just put deep red cuffs on the flannel ones and bought some red flannel. ¬†And after the cotton Christmas pants were done, I discovered that I hadn’t bought enough red flannel for TWO legs of the flannel pants. ¬†Good grief, did this project get expensive! ¬†Off to the store AGAIN and made the decision to buy all new flannel for her. ¬†I found wall climber Spiderman flannel and bought 3 yards just to be sure. ¬†The previous flannel will make a nice pair of sleep pants for Kurt (whose ankles are showing already). ¬†Here is a picture of the cotton Christmas pants displayed on Karra’s leg because she didn’t want her picture taken.


The highlight of this fabric?? ¬†The Christmas balls have the silhouette of a spider on them! ¬†She went crazy over this fabric. ¬†How did I end up with a daughter that likes comic book super heroes? ¬†She’s also decided that owning her own comic book shop would be the coolest thing ever. ¬†I haven’t told her she would have to deal with people all of the time.

I don’t have a good close up of Kristen’s shepherdess doll ¬†or a picture of the pillows I made for Karra and for the couch, so I’ll save those for another post. ¬†Here is a picture of my Mom’s nutcracker (that she LOVED) that I had to take at my Mom’s because I wrapped it up as soon as it was dry and forgot to get a picture to share with ya’ll.


I got the idea for this from a magazine that had a Christmas vignette in a cloche.  I knew right away that I wanted to do a nutcracker for my Mom and ended up using a flower vase and glass plate instead of a cloche.  I even managed to get a nutcracker that was different from any my Mom already has Рand she has got a LOT of nutcrackers!

By the time I was done in the Christmas Shoppe this year I was completely burned out on sewing and crafting. ¬†I did however clean up and put things away and discovered that I have about 12 projects ready and waiting for the burn out to be gone. ¬†A couple of them are even for next Christmas! ¬†I’m sure that there will be more DIMS days in 2015.

I hope that all of you wonderful friends in the blogosphere had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and blessed New Year!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

The Countdown Heats Up

Well, here we are one week til Christmas! ¬†The projects are very close to being finished. ¬†I know I’ve promised pictures – especially of the Christmas cards – & I will get them posted. ¬†I promise; really, I will.

I’ve been on a hunt for 1/8″ ribbon in coneflower blue. ¬†Ugh, it is hard to find!! ¬†It’s really the only color that will work for this particular (4 year late) project. ¬†I’ve found it in 5/8″ but I really NEED it much narrower. ¬†I was pretty sure that I had ordered it online, but it is no where to be found in the sewing room or even online anymore. ¬†Grrrr.

I’ll be putting together my Mom’s gift today (I can’t remember if she subscribes to my blog so I’d better not say what it is) and I’m really excited about it. ¬†I’ve also been online shopping trying to help my Mom find a winter coat. ¬†She wants a long dress coat preferably a trench coat with a zip out lining. ¬†OMGosh they are impossible to find!! ¬†I’ve looked everywhere I can think of or google to no avail. ¬†I have found a couple of nice stores for plus sized women’s clothes (my Mom, not me), but alas my dear Mum doesn’t shop online ūüė¶

The last project I’ll be working on is a sleeping bag for Kurt’s Build-A-Bear dog, Boe. ¬†Boe sleeps on his pillow with Kurt’s nursery blanket over him. ¬†In the summer when Kurt has the fan on, the blanket will often slip off and Boe’s little puppy bum gets cold; so, a sleeping bag is in order! ¬†John Deere of course to go with my little future farmer’s bedroom. ¬†I hope my younger children never outgrow their love of the stuffed animals. ¬†It just about broke my heart when Karra refused to keep talking to her Webkins. ¬†Chuckles and Rascal were such good friends of ours! ¬†Ah, well, I’ll always have Present around to inspire me.

Kristen has asked me to help her sew a shirt for herself, so after Christmas it will be time to teach my daughter to tackle a grown up, wearable project. ¬†Granted she’s make a couple of things already, but this will be a real go at it. ¬†It’s going to be fun. ¬†I was about 15 the first time I sewed a dress for myself – ¬† and it wasn’t an easy pattern either! ¬†It had edge sewing on the front placket and that was in the days before the edge trim stitch foot! ¬†Oy vey, I thought I’d kill my Grandma before I got that done. ¬†She was such a stickler for perfection! ¬†But, the dress turned out great – I wore it for Easter that year – and I still loved my Grandma. ¬†(The relationship was again strained when she bought a cross-stitch wedding announcement for me to do for my cousin and the the entire bride’s veil was covered in French knots!!! ¬†Oh, how I hated French knots – ¬†but I got so good at them by the end of that project that I really like them now. ¬†I think she had a hidden agenda).

I promise the next time I come back Рbefore Christmas РI will share pictures.  The girls are making Christmas cookies this weekend!  And Saturday is the Blue Jackets/Black Hawks game Рwe are very excited.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.



Wow, we’ve been going full steam around here. ¬†It’s not that the calendar is THAT full, it’s just things going on every day. ¬†Or maybe I feel it because Karra got a new job and now I’m running Kristen to the barn 5 days a week – could that be it? ¬†We’ve also had appointments for this and that and I’ve been seeing the chiropractor. ¬†A real whirlwind.

Kristen’s first IEA event keeps getting pushed back by circumstances, but it looks like Dec. 7 is a go! ¬†She’s excited to go with the team this Sunday to observe a show and then it’s practice, practice, practice. ¬†And we got an unexpected refund from the orthodontist yesterday that will cover the (very expensive) entrance fees for her first two shows!! ¬†God has been so faithful to her about this opportunity.

And after all of my stress and hard work to make Karra’s 18th birthday without her BFF awesome – someone blew my gift!!!! ¬†One of the guys she works with in the media department at church told her he could get her into the booth at a Blue Jackets game to observe the “real” process. ¬†And when is that game going to take place? ¬† BEFORE the game I bought tickets for!!!!!! ¬† ¬†I delayed her birthday game so that she could see the Black Hawks and someone I don’t even know trumped my 18th birthday gift – GRRRRR! ¬†It will still be spectacular because her birthday game will be against Chicago, but I wanted to take her to her first game – ūüė¶ ūüė¶ !!!!! ¬†I’ll recover, but it really blows the steam out of my great gift.

I can’t believe it, but my baby girl with the chubby cheeks turns 18 on Sunday. ¬†All of you Mom’s can relate to this: ¬†didn’t we just drive to the hospital last week? ¬†Wasn’t it just yesterday she was carrying around George? (until Daddy let him get lost at a store somewhere). ¬†I’m pretty sure she was telling Little Baa not to get dirty just this morning. ¬†Where did it all go?? ¬†OK, enough nostalgia. ¬†It’s not like she’s trying to rip the apron strings out. ¬†The closer it gets to departure time the more she appreciates home and security. ¬†AND SHE GOT HER ACCEPTANCE TO KSU ON WEDNESDAY!!!! ¬†Yes, I’d prefer she goes there, but it’s not her number one choice. ¬†We’re still waiting to hear from them (could it be that’s why I’ve forgotten for 3 days to mail that last reference letter to them?). ¬†I think she was surprised how excited she was to get the KSU acceptance. ¬†I’ve told her and told her that she would get accepted to any college she applies to. ¬†I think now she believes me. ¬†Doesn’t Mommy know best?????

The next few weeks aren’t going to slow down by any stretch of the imagination – it is, after all, my FAVORITE time of the year! ¬†We’re going strong just about everyday next week and then it’s Thanksgiving week already. ¬†Don’t know yet if we’ll have any company for the feast day this year. ¬†It will be really sad and strange not to have Joel’s family here. ¬†But if no one can come, we’ll just start our Christmasing early! ¬†(And catch up on some school that I’ve let get behind – ooops). ¬†I have lots of crafting going on and more planned, but don’t I always have too many projects lurking in my little room? ¬†I will post a picture of the kids’ stockings after I get Kurt’s sewn together. ¬†It will be so neat to see all 3 hanging together. ¬†Next one up is mine, but only because I don’t know what to do for Scrooge, er Grinch, um, Mr. Joel!

We haven’t had snow to speak of yet, but it’s in the forecast for Sunday!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm