Sunday, October 27, 2013

Home Made Pie

This photo is of my cousin and aunt.  My aunt is holding a pie she made.  It was taken at my grandmother's home in Downs, Kansas.  See the coffee pot in the far right on the table.  I love the apron!

I tried to merge my Microsoft word file with this blog.  I worked for a couple of hours and finally gave up for now.  I copied an antique doily and tried to merge a photo inside it.  The file is in my Microsoft word file and it turned out perfect, but I can't show you in this blog.  Maybe some day I can get them to merge.  LOL  Here is the doily............

I hope you had a great weekend.  I baked two batches of cookies and canned applesauce.  What fun things did you do? 

The photo above is of my uncle, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother.  The oldest one on the left looks like her teeth are missing and it is so adorable!!!!!!!!!!!
We may not all be beautimus in everyone's eyes, but we all have beauty!


Thursday, October 17, 2013


Do you ever have a day when you are about to boot your adult child out the house for _______.  (you fill in the blank, each child is different).  You are frustrated and almost ready to throw in the towel and all of the sudden he rides his bike by your employment and gives you hugs.  ???  What is up with that?  Am I the only one that gets frustrated with his or her kid(s)?

I hope you and yours were blessed today!  Dawnie

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fun-looking child hat!

This week I made a couple of pot holders using my inspiration piece to give me inspiration and a direction to go with color and design.  I put black, white, cotton candy pink, and a bright hot pink together.  The bright pink with black reminded me of Amish quilts.

After making the pot holders, I made a child hat using several yarns of various fibers and colors.  I like the old-fashioned look for kids, but with a twist by using the various yarns.

I hope you have a great week!  May God bless you and yours!  Dawnie

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dot and the Dogs

Yesterday morning I went out to check on the chickens and give them fresh water.  I left the patio door open a little so the dogs could come out if they chose to.  When I looked in a few minutes later, Dot was inside eating the dog food.  Dot is one of the chickens.  Today,  I went out to tend the chickens and I looked back and both of the little dogs were defending their home and breakfast by standing in the doorway and keeping Dot out.  LOL

Do I look like a chicken that would eat dog food?

May God bless you and yours!  Dawnie

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Granny Soap

When you want to use your handmade soap for laundry and cleaning, or you have allergies and want to keep the ingredients simple, you could make soap like grandma did.  You only need three ingredients; water, lye. and fat.  I added lavender essential oil for a little fragrance.  No coloring, glitter, herbs. or additives were added.   Since I was making grandma's type of lye soap, I used a cardboard box as my mold.  This is the what I used when I started making soap, but I lined the boxes with wet flour sack tea towels back then.  I used rendered tallow from cows as my fat.

I was inspired to make a small leaf face cloth with green cotton yarn.  There are free patterns to use for making leaves on the web, see below.

I hate to follow directions, but the leaf is made with three knit stitches on the left and the right sides of the leaf and a stockinette stitch is in the center.  Increase the stitches or decrease the stitches right before or after the three beginning or ending stitches.  Make the leaf the shape you wish to have.  I don't think both sides should be the same, especially when leaves come in all shapes and sizes.

The old fashioned grandma type soap is very bright white.  Isn't it beautiful!  May God Bless You and Yours!  Dawnie