Friday, November 28, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Needlesstosay we've been busy. Just like October, November has been a busy month!
*First we got a kitty! Indiana Jones Greene is his name and he was just a wee 8 weeks old when we picked him up. He is a love bug and Audrey is completely enthralled with him. Fingers crossed that he smartens up and begins to run away from Audrey. Toddlers are not gentle!
*Jeff started pulling Spruce out of the woods to mill down for use as beams in our new timberframe kitchen that is going up in the springtime. So far he's pulled 6 logs out of the woods and plans on milling them down in the next week. We are still on the lookout for hackmatack which we don't have our our property. We will use hackmatack for the sills in the house since it is the most rot resistant. (so if you know where to find any please let us know!)
* Also we have met with a kitchen designer to help us figure out exactly what we want in our kitchen. We have it mostly figured out but are excited to see what the folks at EBS come up with.
* The Meanie Greene cloth diaper shop celebrated it's first birthday! With the help of over 20 WAHMs we had a huge giveaway at the beginning of the month and in a 30 day period I had 2 stockings of the store and made over 80 diapers during that time. Just last year in this month I was stressed out over sewing up 30 diapers.... I still get pretty stressed out but I love how my skills have grown over the year and am pleased to have customers.
* And Barn Thanksgiving! Oh my! We will celebrate Thanksgiving with 30 of our closest friends and family this Saturday. So we are busy cleaning up the barn and pulling the house into some sort of order. I would love to do before and after photos but I fear you will all be appalled at how horrible I am at cleaning! I am thankful every day to have people in my life who accept me for the crazy person I am.
What's up in your neck of the woods?
Saturday, November 15, 2014
How many Elsas' did everyone see this Halloween? (I believe there was a drinking game too?) Trust me, our family was no different! My nieces insisted on both dressing as Elsa for Halloween. Caminea opted for "Coronation Elsa" and Aurelia chose "Sassy Elsa". Both Elsas' were perfect for each of the kid's personalities.
So at first I was skeptical because Jeff and I watched Frozen a while back and I'm not gonna lie; we hated the movie. We felt the graphics were lacking and the story line was super confusing and missing conflict. But upon watching the movie for the 5th time I have decided I like it. I like that the movie is about sister love and also how important good parenting is (since Elsa and Anna's parents were well meaning but horrible parents). The point I take away from the movie is how important it is to nurture children skills and positively impact them with lots of love and surround them with people who will respect and love them (or it is likely your town will freeze).
The kids approached me a while back with their ideas for Elsa costumes. After some major procrastinating I managed to get these completed the day they needed them! I spent a lot of time on pinterest trying to find the nicest and easiest DIY costumes. While researching I came to the realization that there was no easy way to make these costumes. They should be tailor-fit costumes and each costume should be made with satine-y material, plenty of sequins and each came with capes! Oh my! So in the final hour I sewed like a mad woman and basically wung it. I used this dress pattern but extended the bodice and the dress length. All fabric was purchased from this Etsy site and Fabric.com. The gloves and tiara came from Amazon and the shirts were purchased at Walmart. On the "Sassy Elsa" blue dress I used a $10 prom gown I picked up at our local surplus and salvage store for the dress length (already hemmed, huzzah!) and used my snap press to snap on the cape over the zipper so Aurelia could take it on and on. And for that costume I dug through my box of randome sequined "ice skater" materials and found a lovely beaded/sequined blue piece to applique onto the front of the dress for extra sassy-ness.
On Caminea's "Coronation Elsa" dress I added golden ribbon trim and painted the Scandinavian design on the front with acrylic craft paint (which don't last through the wash but are easy to paint back on!). I also painted the top of her gloves. Caminea's cape was made without a pattern, in 7 parts (lining in dark purple/outer in a lighter purple and the collar), and finished off with bias tape on the raw edges on the collar. I dug through my costume jewelry and found a jeweled brooch and add that to the costume and voila!
And the girl's seemed convinced that Audrey should play Olaf. I guess she kind of looks like him with her cream colored overalls?!
The girls wear their costumes everywhere which makes me so happy! I am set to make my other niece a "Sassy Elsa" costume for Christmas and Caminea has requested a "Traveling Anna" outfit from Frozen, Aurelia will get a "Rapunzel" outfit and wigs from Tangled and I think I am going to make Audrey a "Merida" costume from Brave. And likely I will make these all the night before Christmas. Geez!
have a great Saturday,
Friday, October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! Audrey's casting a big shadow today in her dinosaur costume. Attaching dinosaur tails to diapers seems to be a "thing" so I decided to give it a try for Audrey's costume. She isn't too sure about the dino tail that seems to follow her everywhere... but I think she likes it! The leggings are sewn from women's knee-high socks and I made the hoody out of green jersey knit. I added ric rac for the detail on the tail and hood to resemble spikes. It's so cute! Audrey isn't too fond of the hood either but I think overall this costume is a success. We are heading out to visit family this afternoon and I hope she brings her best "rawr" with her.
Well, since she is napping right now (only down to 1 nap a day...!) I need to go clean/sew/put groceries away/take a nap/ eat/ laundry!
Be safe tonight with the ghouls and goblins out and about!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Well we've been pretty busy around here lately! After recovering from jet lag we jumped directly into our home reconstruction project. A huge undertaking which will require an explanation in a separate blog post; we are doing more of the work ourselves (meaning my husband) as we are building a timber frame construction using lumber harvested from our property (and that of family members!) We've reached the planning point where we need to decide on windows, doors, appliances, flooring, cupboards, etc. Aarrgh! So much to research but happy to have the opportunity to create the "little house" of our dreams.
And Audrey's grown up so fast! She's over a year and a half and has quite a little personality. I think with all toddlers she is either a helper or a hindrance so she needs a little extra attention than before or she'll run a muck through the house, upturn my sewing table, and eat the soap from the bathroom. She is so funny to be around! A few times a month she visits the local daycare to get a break from Mom and so that Mom can sew. This arrangement is working out well and Audrey is able to spent time with other children so there is a good chance she won't be the weird (est) kid when she grows up!
We've also lost another chicken which brings our total up to 5 dead chickens this year. It's been a rough year for us and we think that a lot of their issue comes from the fact we purchased them from Murry McMurray which is a factory farm. We think that perhaps the breeds are not that strong and we need to switch over to some hardier birds that can withstand more "natural" settings. In other chicken news we also slaughter 10 more meat birds in October which means our freezer is completely full of dinner from now until springtime. We had a few friends help us out this time (thank you!) and the work, if not faster, was more enjoyable.
I'll try to get on here again soon. I made Audrey the CUTEST Halloween costume and my nieces persuaded me into making them Elsa costumes. Can't wait to share them with you!
And if you are on Facebook and would like to help the Meanie Greene and the Dutch Baby celebrate their Birthday and possibly win some prizes check out Dutch Baby & The Meanie Greene Birthday Extravaganza!
Have a great day!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Mr. Meanie had a week-long work related class he needed to attend so I tagged along. And since we were able to coerce our relatives and friends into Audrey and the critter-care we jumped at the chance to travel. I have never traveled to Europe so this was a real adventure! We flew from Boston to Toronto and from Toronto to Copenhagen on a red eye.
Jet Lag is a real thing. I doubted it's existence before but experienced exhaustion in the middle of the day (6 hours time difference) and a few days of early bedtimes. Turns out Copenhagen night life does not start until 12am or later and as much as we wanted to go out we were too tired! But we did enjoy exploring the city by foot and bike during the days; visiting the Danish Cultural Museum, many restaurants, shops, palaces, and parks.
And the food was amazing! Our hotel housed a fine-dining establishment that we ate at almost every night (truffle oil?!). For dessert we'd head out on the town sampling what delicacies Danish cuisine had to offer. And I tried Irish coffee (not Danish...). So yum!
Although we had a lot of fun in Copenhagen we missed our toddler, families, farm, and critters. We missed the landscape found here in Maine, the weather, even the way the sun rises and sets. At the end of the week we packed our bags up, exchanged the currency and flew home! We cannot wait to travel again.. maybe Germany next? Finland?
have a good evening,
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Well hello there October! What did you do to September? Time has been flying by and we have been busy, busy, busy! Mr. Meanie and I are about to go on a world-wide adventure in a few days and we thrilled! At the moment we are battling epic colds but we hope to be on the road to recovery before our 9+ hour plane ride on Saturday.
What's going on around the farm?
* Fall is settling in around us. The leaves are beautiful, the grass has stopped growing, and the garden has been hit by enough frosts to put it to bed. I still need to plant the garlic (perhaps I should order it first?) and move our front perennial beds to the back garden to make way for our kitchen renovations in the spring. I've got plenty of time, right?
* Our new meat birds are doing well. We had a bout of coccidiosis that had to be treated a week ago and now they are doing fine. We have about 2 weeks before they need to be slaughtered so that will be a fun activity to do when we get home from our trip (she says sarcastically).
* We've lost another laying hen; making 4 this year. On evening I found our silver-laced wyandotte struggling to breath. She died not too long after; appears that she was egg bound. I hate losing chickens and this year has been an especially difficult year. We do plan on getting at least 6 more in the spring; hopefully winter proves better for our older ladies health than summertime.
* The house has been clean for the last 3 weeks. This is a world record!
* And lastly if you are around the Cherryfield area this weekend please check out Destination Cherryfield's Riverside Arts & Music Festival. I have been volunteering for the past 8 months with this group and they are very excited for the upcoming festival. I am sad that I will not be in town to attend!
have a great day!