Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

Side yard landscaping

We replaced some very pathetic looking day lillies and assorted weeds with new plants. I don’t even have a before picture, but be assured it looked awful. Mark enjoyed renting the tiller and driving it through the soil.

Sweet Pickle Relish

The garden is giving us plenty of cucumbers this summer, so we’re using the KitchenAid’s meat grinder attachment to make sweet pickle relish. Excellent for hot dogs, tuna salads and tartar sauce.

Zucchini chips

We broke out the vintage food dehydrator to make zucchini chips. The results were satisfyingly crunchy, and now we’ll play with the seasonings.

Silver Apprentice Wand

Just made a silver apprentice wand. I say ‘apprentice’ because it’s only 7.5 inches long, so it’s miniature compared with adult wands which are often 10 or more inches long. It’s made from an Edwardian corset hook; the handle is silver plated steel and the point is unplated steel. We used a blow torch to... Continue Reading →

Hammer Time

A friend broke his hammer at my house and said he didn’t want it anymore. I made a new handle from Osage orange, then burned it black. I reluctantly gave it back to him.

Storybook Baby Quilt

Just in time for our new baby's arrival, I finished my second baby quilt for him. Its a mix of Moda Storybook flannels with cream flannel sashing. The backing is Robert Kaufman Fabrics Cozy Cotton Flannel in Seafoam Stars, wrapped over the edge as binding.

Wooden frames

Lately Mark has taken up making picture frames. He's framed several of the pictures for the boys' rooms from walnut and cherry. For the glass, he used the glass from the old storm windows. He's also made a framed mirror for our foyer. Oil landscape painting by Barbara Northern Watercolor print purchased from Little Truths... Continue Reading →

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