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Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Bad Lighting :/
Sorry! I have no tutorial for this one. I've just made this dress and I couldn't wait to share it. I'm loving it! It reminds me of some of the dresses that Maid Marian wears in the BBC Robin Hood series (An incredible show, by the way) 
To make the pattern I used a really simple vest pattern and basically just made it longer, as well as changing the neck line and the front/closure. I traced out the pattern onto the back of wrapping paper then added my changes. If you wanted something similar you could just use a vest pattern without changing anything but the length.
The red underskirt (as you can see in one of the photos) is not attached.  I did that so I could interchange what I wear under it if I want to. I thought I could wear a long sleeved shift with it, so the sleeves and skirt are the same color.  Or perhaps pants underneath so it can be ridden in. That's a thought!
 I do think I am going to add some length to the underskirt (and perhaps iron it as well... that crease is not supposed to be there) now that I'm looking at the pictures I think I'd like it to be closer to the same length as the overdress.
I really love this, and I think I will love it even more this winter as an added layer when it gets cold. 
We can be warm And  stylish! 

And of course Lexie had to have part in the photo shoot!
She's such a cutie, how could I not make her a part of this?

3 yards for 3 dollars! SCORE
The pattern I used 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Bed Canopy with Lights

Here's a simple tutorial of the canopy I just made for my bed. I'm super happy with how it came out, It adds just the touch I was looking for in my room. I used a heavy curtains for mine, but you could use any type of material. It would look amazing if you used a flowy or sheer fabric, the lights would look especially cool with something more sheer. 

You'll need:
  • 2 curtain rods (I found mine for $2 at a thrift shop and spray painted them)
  • Either four curtain brackets (if they're the right kind, and will work hanging off the ceiling) or four screw hooks with a long screw would also work. 
  •  2 curtains (you can really do it with any material you have, but you'll have to do some extra sewing if it doesn't have the loop for the rods)
  • A drill and screws
  • a stud finder
  • net lighting (Like the Christmas lights you would put over a bush) you can make the canopy without the lights. If you're not using lights, just skip those steps.
  • Safety pins

Start by hanging your curtain rod brackets, Make sure you're screwing into studs. (use a stud finder)  It's important to use studs as there will be a lot of downward pulling on it. I wouldn't depend on hollow wall anchors to hold it up. Put up the brackets to that they are facing outward, that way the screws will all hide under the curtain (It will just be prettier that way.)

I put the 2 rods 52 inches away from each other, one against the wall, the other 52 inches out from the wall. how far apart you put the brackets will depend on what size bed you have. Mine are up slightly narrower than my twin bed. 

Now, using the two curtains, you're going to be making one long curtain with two sleeves in it.  Leave one curtain the length it is (That one will go against the wall), and cut the bottom off of the other and leave the sleeve on the top. The cut one will be on the ceiling. I cut mine 55 inches from the top. If you want it to be more taught, cut it closer to the distance from the two rods. If you want it to hang down more, make it longer.

With the right sides together, sew the raw edge of the cut curtain to the very top of the loop on the other curtain to attach them. It will be a lot of material for your sewing machine to go through, make sure your machine can handle it, go slowly.

Put the two rods into their sleeves and lay the curtain on your bed the way it would be on the ceiling (With the right Side down) Spread your lights over the curtain, making sure to have the plug on the wall end. 

Safety pin the lights in place. Don't pin it too close to the edge though. you don't want to be able to see the lights or their cording from the floor, only the light their emitting. 

Hang the curtain rods starting with the one closest to the wall, the bracket will go right over the fabric and hide behind it. Make sure the material is evenly over the rods and that the lights are arranged the way you want them. Then hang the other end. 

If your lights are like mine, you may need an extension cord.

And there you have it. A beautiful and super easy addition to your room. 

Just a hint: make sure your bed is in a place you really love it, because this is a pretty permanent fixture. I did consider though, that if I was to rearrange my room at any point, that this canopy would look alright above my dresser or my desk. But I don't foresee me moving things around any time soon.

I love the way it looks at night!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Refashioned Dress

After Back

I found this dress at a the White Horse Thrift shop in Ossipee for $5. 

Before Front

I removed the skirt, shortened the torso, then re attached the skirt. I also lowered the neck line and shortened the skirt a lot! I am so happy with how it came out. It's flowy and fun to wear. 

Before Back

Finished dress
The front of the bodice had this ribbon all over the front of it. I carefully removed it, But left the little pearl beads on it. They wouldn't really come off without damaging the fabric anyway. 

When the ribbons were removed the fabric had little tiny holes all over it from the stitching. I misted holes with water and used a soft bristle tooth brush to gently brush the material's threads back into place. It doesn't look like the holes were ever there now. 

I really couldn't be happier with how this project came out. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Doe in Milk for sale

Lacey is a purebred, registered Nigerian Dwarf Goat, currently in milk. Her first freshening was this May. She had two healthy doelings. She stands well being milked, by either hand or machine.
I am willing to dry her off if you would like her to not be in milk. She would make an excellent pet, or she could also be bred again this fall. She is 2 years old. $350

Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 Kids

I had a rather disappointing and unlucky spring. Most of the does that I bred didn't end up pregnant.
Faye kidded first, on May 18th. For her 4th time kidding she had one kid. a beautiful blue eyed doeling. Lacey kidded 10 days later, on the 28th, super early in the morning. It was her first freshening, with two little girls. One with blue eyes! And that's it. Just three adorable little girls this year.
Faye's baby, Violet, has been sold to Tiny Hill Farm. So I'll be able to see her grown up and see what kids she has when she's bred in a year or so.

Faye's kid, Violet

Lacey's kids


I still have Lacey's kids and am bottle feeding them to make them extra friendly.
Lacey didn't want anything to do with them when they were born, so I've been mamma goat since the first day! They are the cutest little things.


Friday, 19 February 2016

Update and Due Dates

I think it's about time for a blog update! I have not been active online at all in the past many months.
We have MOVED! We are all very excited to be in our new home, but moving in and becoming organized has been a slow process. But it's happening! We are now on a beautiful piece of land with 54 acres to explore. I can barely wait for all the adventures that will happen here. 

I have bred all my does (I currently have 6 does) and they will be Due in May. The buck this year is TinyHillFarm's Karl Hungus. He's a creamy, blue eyed cutie! I'm expecting to have some really adorable kids in the spring!

Due dates are:

Pippi: May 12
Faye: May 17
Laura: May 21
Margaret: May 21
Matilda: May 31
Lacey: May 21

I think it's safe to say that I will be very busy in May. 

On a separate note, there is a litter of 13 Weimaraner puppies in the house right now! They will be ready to go to new homes in 3 to 4 weeks. If you are interested or want more information please contact me. Or if you know anyone who would be, pass the word around. They are super cute and fantastic family dogs! 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Painted Cigar Box

I had this Cigar box for a number of years and was recently going to pass it along to the thrift store but decided I'd give it a face lift instead. I think I'll hang onto it for a little while longer. Here is basic directions on how I did it if you want to try something similar. 

You will need
  • A wooden box
  • Thick cardboard
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (3 colors)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors 
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper

Start by cleaning the box and sanding the entire surface. My box had a metal plate on the lid, which I removed. The plate popped off easily but I did have to scrape the top of the box with a knife where there was a thick layer of dried glue.  

Cut your cardboard into whatever shape you like. I printed gear clip art off the web to use as a template. Glue them on using a strong glue. I used Tacky Glue because it's what I had handy, a wood glue would probably work well too though. 

Paint the gears. I chose a metallic brown, but you can paint them whatever color you'd like. Just keep in mind that you will be painting over this and the color will only show through in the end. 

Once your cut outs are dry paint the entire box with your main color. As you can see, mine is white. Paint right over your pretty cut outs. Just be cautious that you don't paint the box closed, or perhaps paint with the box open. 
Let dry and apply a second coat. 

With your third color ( mine was black) add design. You can use stencils (as I did) with a foam paint brush, stamps, or you could free hand it. The color should be much darker than the main color. 

Once the black is completely dry, paint over the entire surface with your final coat of your main color. Go lightly over the black design as you want it to show through. 

Let the paint dry entirely. With a small piece of sandpaper, sand over the gears very gently. You want to sand it enough that the metallic paint shows through, but not so much that you start to see cardboard. 

Now can move to the inside of your box. 
You could choose to leave it plain if you'd like. If not: read on. 

Decide what you would like to cover the inside with. I had a lot of papers to choose from. I almost went with pages from an old music book (I love music!) but in the end I decided upon pages from an old Tabacco ledger that my mom had found in an antique store. I though it was appropriate, as it was for a cigar box. 

Measure all the places that need covering and cut the paper likewise. Paste the pages in place. Elmer's Glue seemed plenty strong to hold the papers in place, so that's what I used. 

 And that's it.