Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Patchwork of the Crosses


I am still totally in love with Patchwork of the Crosses! This block is for my May (yes I am running behind) Bee mate, Ann Caldicott,  in Australia! She chose Purples and greens.There are several options for fussy cutting. I decided to put the flowers in the center instead of making a "square" block. I used Aurifil 50 wt color #'s 2520 and 2886. I just LOVE how the 50wt melts right into the seams.


There have been several requests for kits so I may be adding this one to my ETSY shop.

 And yes, I finally made ME a new ring pincushion. My little orange one was getting rather rough around the edges (and a little grungy) after almost 3 years of hand sewing and 2 summers in the hay fields :)!


I'll keep this old one just for using at the barn and in the hay fields.
Tomorrow I have dental surgery :(. Wish me luck!
Have a great day stitching yall!
Thank you for stopping by!
xo jan

Friday, June 10, 2016

Farm Love Friday 6.10.16
































     I love the sights and sounds and smells of summer around the farm! The Privet hedges are so tall and full of their sweet smelling blossoms. These are basically a nuisance shrub but I love the smell of their flowers. Honeysuckles are everywhere, full of blooms. Old purple pea vine threatening to overtake the Allis Chalmers 5040. I haven't seen the fox or kits in the last few days. I know she moved the kits out to the old metal scrap pile, and the rabbits are back out and about, so the fox must not be too close either. My sweet little Tuxedo kitten. He thinks he is so tough, but really he is just a sweetie.  I love the old climbing roses. I think the old fashion varieties have the best smell. These little pink ones are my favorite. The twins are growing so fast and continue to climb INTO the hay ring to eat, and nap. I am just waiting for the day that I will have to help them get out! It has been a little over a year since Missy, my rescue Chihuahua mix, had the reaction to the flea medicine and started having those seizures. I am so happy to see her happy, healthy and completely recovered. Riley, the feral cat, that took me 6 months to get my hands on, is really happy summer is here. He stays outside all the time. I have made 3 appointments to get him neutered. EVERY TIME he disappears for at least 3 days! I think he knows what I have in store for him! And the Rain Lilies are blooming, 5 days AFTER it rained. My husbands mother planted these in this hanging basket several years BEFORE she passed away in 2005. I have dutifully been caretaking, praying, watching, weeping, begging, and fretting over them ever since 2005. It will be a very sad day around this house if I ever loose them. I absolutely ADORE them! I sat on the porch late yesterday afternoon, while the hubby was still working , with Riley and Missy and my Rain Lilies and watched the spectacular show that God sent us with the sun set. Our Earth is such a magnificent place. It brings inspiration to my heart and tears to my eyes. 
Have a beautiful day dear friends!
Thank you so very much for stopping by!
xo jan
  

Friday, June 3, 2016

Visitors for Farm love Friday 6.3.16

 I took a little time the other day to carry my camera with me out to the pasture to check on the cows.
I noticed these cows were watching something in the pasture.

Do you see it?  Over to the right....


How about now? Peeking out from behind that bush on the right.....


A mama Red Fox....


I have seen her around the farm in the past. Usually in the Fall of the year she will come up next to the house and get Persimmons as they fall and sometimes she gets on top of the well house so she can pick them directly from the tree.

She looks pretty thin. Probably nursing kits...


I started easing around behind the cows so I could get a better look at her. She got a little nervous and then barked that high pitch , shrill bark that they do. She wasn't barking at me, but back to the left of me. I turned around and looked behind me:


Where there is one, there is usually more......


And more....


And one more.... I think one of the calves kicked this one or he has an equilibrium problem....


I decided I better go put the chickens up. And it looks like they will have to stay up for awhile. I talked with the hubby and decided I would feed the mama a little. It might keep her away from the barn and house.

I poured a little feed on the ground and she didn't hesitate to come eat. As soon as the kits are big enough to forage, we will probably put something around their den in the old shed to deter them from coming back to it. Old clothes or boots. Or I'll take Daniel, the male Pyrenees over there and let him mark his territory.  She will probably move them then.


But for now, we will let her be. I caught a glimpse of the daddy but no photo yet. He is really pretty and dark red. Also smaller than the mom. Both parents bring food to the kits and teach them to forage as they get older.
  I think this feisty little guy is probably the one that kicked that kit in the head - I saw him chasing one the other day.


And I wanted to share this picture of the Red Twin sisters with their calves.... No mistaking the family resemblance. These girls are old. The calves are the 4th or 5th generation on the farm. Not worth much monetarily, but will always have a home here. These sisters are ALWAYS together as are their babies, year after year.


Happy Friday ya'll! It has been really busy around the farm and my ETSY shop. Already been to the hay fields. So hot!

Also for those that may have missed the announcement, I am suspending Sew Simple Saturdays. Not sure yet if this will be permanent or temporary.

Have a great weekend ya'll!
Thank you for stopping by!
with love from the farm
xo jan