Adventuring: Campbell’s Covered Bridge

Occasionally my husband and I like to take a drive to see sights and blow off steam. Yesterday we went to Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

Bridge

We got there just before sunset, and no one was there.

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You can walk under the bridge (if the water level is low). I like knowing how things are made.

underneath

The bridge has been restored beautifully, and a park area has been added with a walking path and plenty of seating.

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Over the years people have left their marks on the bridge. I don’t condone graffiti, but in this case I think it is interesting how far back the marks go.

If you are ever in the area I highly suggest going to see Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

Gnomes

Quite a while ago I read this book:

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I wanted to immediately launch myself into a life of gnome-making, but that didn’t immediately happen, and I forgot about gnomes for a little while.

Yesterday I decided it was finally time to take the plunge. I bought the supplies I was missing and dedicated myself to needle felting gnomes.

Meet Bigols the Gnome (my dear husband named him).

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Bigols was very excited to enter this world. He immediately took an interest in many things.

Making gnomes is addicting. Pretty soon Bigols had a brother, Igze.

And soon after that their gypsy sister entered the scene.

Help! I am being taken over by the gnomes!!

 

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

One of my favourite meals growing up was my mom’s Chicken Pot Pie. I still love it, and I figure everyone has to eat, so here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients: 

2 premade pie crusts

1/3 c. butter

1/2 onion, diced

1/3 c. flour

salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 c. chicken broth

1-2 Tbsp cooking sherry

2/3 c. milk

2 chicken breasts

2 carrots

3-4 medium potatoes

Handful of green beans

Handful of peas

 

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 425*F

Cut chicken up into 1″ pieces. Boil in water until done (if you want some extra flavor you can add cooking sherry and chicken broth to the water).

In a large skillet melt butter, add onion, salt, and pepper, and cook until onion is tender and translucent. Mix flour in and cook for a minute or two. Add milk, broth, and cooking sherry; whisk to combine and prevent lumps from forming. Stir in vegetables and cook until gravy is thick. Stir in chicken.

Line a 9″ pie pan with one crust. Add gravy mixture to the pan, top with the remaining crust, seal edges, and flute. Cut slits in several places in the top crust.

Bake 425*F for 30-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Shirt of Happiness

About a year ago a friend gave me a few pieces of fabric. One of them was a very thin green knit printed with paisleys. I thought it would be a perfect summer shirt, but didn’t have a pattern in mind, so it sat waiting to be made up for almost a year. A few days ago, looking for a quick project, I pulled the fabric out to finally make my shirt.

cut out

I took my bust and hip measurements, added 2″ to both front and back, and cut out a trapezoid. I pinned the fabric together to make sure it would work, then sewed up the sides. After some more pinning I was ready to sew the shoulders. I adjusted the shoulder and side seams until I was happy, then put the shirt on inside out to draw the arm holes how I wanted them. I’m super low-tech, so I used a sharpie (which did bleed through to the front a little, but only on fabric that I planned to turn under for the hem).

pinned

After that it was time to cut the arm holes, pin the hems, and turn the hems under. As a finishing touch I added bra strap guards and a piece of ribbon at the back neck center for ease of dressing. To help the cowl neck hang well I also added a bead at the center front about 1″ below the edge.

This shirt only took a night and a day to make, and it looks great. I call that a win.

Tour de Fleece – Reflections

This year was my first participating in the Tour de Fleece, and I have 3 finished skeins (and a partial bobbin) to show for it. This is both more and less than I expected to spin.

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Less because I thought I might spin 5-6 skeins in total, (and I might have, except the Carbonized Bamboo is not as nice to spin as wool) and also because the white Southdown skein was almost finished before July 1.

More because of how quickly the Sunset skein spun up (Note to self: fat singles spin up quickly!) and because of how much of the Carbonized Bamboo I got to. In comparison, the silk bump for my Rumpelstiltskin yarn was the same size as each of the 2 bumps of Carbonized Bamboo, and I spent 4 months on Rumpelstiltskin.

So that’s that: Tour de Fleece is over. Now what to do with all this handspun?

My First Crocheted Finished Object!

I’ve been quiet recently about my Half Granny Shawl, but I’ve been working on it a lot and I am ecstatic to say it is done!

I love how it came out. In the skein the yarns reminded me of sunrise and sunset, but worked up they make me think of ripe peaches and plums in a woven basket sitting on a wooden table with dappled sunlight falling through leaves. Yummy!

It’s a little smaller than I would normally make a shawl, but it completely used up the 2 skeins of yarn I had (from stash!). Any extra yarn I put in the tassels. Perfect.

tassels

Yarn: Araucania Nuble – 2 skeins (273 yds each) – 75% merino/ 25% silk – Colours: Yellow-Peach-Grey and Sienna-Magenta-Purple

Hook: 4.5 mm

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A Well-Kept Home

A book shop is a pleasant place to while away an hour. And, of course, one cannot leave a book store without a book. This is the most recent addition to my library:

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What a refreshing and thought-provoking book. I feel like I’ve sat down with women of many generations and been told all their secrets of keeping a home. I long for a simpler life where my main concern is how to keep my linens white and my silver polished. That life may never come back to our culture as a whole, but I can capture pockets of it by using the knowledge and traditions of yesteryear (also, lots of lemon, salt, lavender, and soap).

Here is what Amazon has to say about the book:

This classic volume … provides time-tested advice and old-fashioned wisdom for maintaining a lovely and inviting home. The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods has submerged our awareness of the inherited and seasonal patterns of effective domestic household management. A Well-Kept Home revives the more natural methods used by our forebears to run their homes, reflecting on the traditional way that earlier generations cooked, cleaned, decorated, groomed, and gardened. In this exquisitely illustrated book, Laura Fronty draws on her own grandmother’s life experiences in the home and the garden, providing helpful tips and natural solutions for effective food preparation, cleaning methods for clothes and the interior, restorative beauty treatments, and basic approaches to gardening. She emphasizes the satisfaction gained from even the most mundane of tasks and offers indispensable tips for activities that cover a variety of domestic themes, such as making bitter orange marmalade or instant shortcrust pastry, lighting a wood fire, treating wooden floors with wax, mixing ivy water for cleaning delicate fabrics, and preparing lily oil as a face moisturizer. A Well-Kept Home transforms our approach to the daily chores surrounding the upkeep of a home. The practical advice and natural recipes make it possible to take real pleasure in essential household duties, while at the same time evoking the atmosphere and spirit of a time gone by.