Saturday, April 25, 2009

A blessed week...

We've had some beautiful weather as-of-late!

My peculiar hobby: Reading the newspaper for sales and events...

Mom, my sister and I spent all day Thursday as a "shopping day!'' Usually we'll split up grocery shopping and going to secondhand stores, but we used this rare opportunity to go "on the town" while Dad and my brother stayed at home to work in the yard!

I've developed an interest in hats, and I love the vintage pictures of women wearing them; its so distinctly feminine! (I'll be adding more 'ladies in hats' pictures on my sidebar for inspiration!)
A beautiful booth at an antique mall

My Treasures...
Straw hat $2.50
I always try to get straw hats when I can! I like to have a few available for friends to wear when they visit the cottage. This one I can easily decorate :)

Red hat $2.50

Its a doeskin/wool hat in pristine condition--the style looks Victorian to me :) My mom insists that its "too red" for spring/summer and is best for winter...hmm, maybe I can pull it off?

Black hat $1.99
I really don't like the black/white combination--it looks too "stern" for me...I think I'm going to replace the white with a colored or printed ribbon...

My lucky purchase! I found this beautiful Victorian portrait for $8 at Goodwill Thrift. That's pretty expensive (for me) but I think its worth it! It's quite large--about 20" tall.

3 Patterns $1.25

I bought two patterns for $0.50 each, and found a "historic" 19th century skirt pattern for $0.25!!! I was pretty excited about that :) My sister and I are currently attempting the skirt pattern, but we're doing it by hand, not machine! I don't know why, but I love to see those uneven stitches! It's improving though :)

Floral cream pitcher $0.25
It's a perfect pen and pencil holder!

"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."

Isaiah 40:8

My brother picked flowers for my mom--I thought this was such a "Kodak" moment!
And this wasn't posed at all!
~Honeysuckle vines...

An update on the chickens--they're adjusting quite well! My Dad and brother built a temporary chicken house for them so they can be outside while the official chicken coop is being built!
The group we're apart of was asked to sing at a memorial service on Saturday morning...we had a lovely time!

My Mother and sister...

The dresses were at a historical museum, and we changed into them in the rooms--I loved it!!

My outfit...

I had so much fun going through the museum in period dress! I was very comfortable and didn't feel like I was in a "costume" at all!

Doesn't my Mom look lovely?


The Singers...

As you can tell, we had a delightful day!

Stitching away...
I'm almost finished with the gingham skirt I'm sewing by hand; I'll update you soon :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

An Old-Fashioned Picnic

My family is hosting a picnic in September, and you're invited to attend!!!
I thought it would be fun to have a free event for the whole family, and even get to meet some of you, especially if you're near the (GA) area!
There will be music, games, and first-rate fellowship :)
I created a super-simple webpage: with all the information!
I hope this is far-enough in advance for you to plan to come!!

The Fellowship of the Believers
"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,
and in breaking of bread, and in prayer." Acts 2:42 KJV

Thursday, April 16, 2009

April days...

Oh my, it's been too long! We've been without internet for the past few days, and I'm so glad I can spend time with you again! My sister snapped this photo of me as I was enjoying the beautiful weather. After watching Anne of Green Gables, I decided to go with an "Edwardian"' look for the day.

Dad brought our washer and clothes-line to the cottage, so now we can take advantage of the sunshine...


We had a lovely Easter morning, and enjoyed excellent dinner with close friends at their cozy log cabin. Surely, dear fellowship is what memories are made of! I bought vintage fabric last week, and had a great time teaching their daughter how to sew an apron!

We also met their neighbors, who came visiting on horseback! The horses were delightful, and my sister actually went riding for a while :)
Room updates....

I don't have any "before pictures" but my room is still "in progress".
A friend of ours told me that she was given a bed that she didn't need, and asked us to please take it! So when I saw it for the first time, I was stunned...A queen bed, boxspring, beautiful headboard/foot board...all for FREE?

yeah, my jaw dropped too!!
Dining Room



Hasn't my Mom done a great job with decorating? :)

Dad spontaneously bought 6 Chicks last week! They're about this look they're giving to the camera? lol

I can't believe we're going to have "farm fresh eggs" one day!


The garden is "coming along". I have in pole beans, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes, but the weather hasn't been very "predictable" so I'm praying they'll make it! I'm going to try to put in my other vegetables this evening... cat is very lucky she isn't squashing any plants! But I mean...come on, how in the world could plant trays be considered comfortable?!

Strawberry Jam

I've been doing the grocery shopping and meal planning (love it!!) and so I love to "shop the sales". Strawberries are now $1.50 lb and sweet potatoes are $0.39 lb! So naturally, I've tried to get extra for canning :)

Well, I made strawberry jam, and it turned out delicious! If you can, get the "low sugar" save $$ on sugar, you get more berry flavor, and its healthier!

Speaking of berries...We've found pre-existing fruit trees on the property!! Believe me, I go out there every morning and make sure! lol


Peaches (!!!!!!!)

The pear trees are so heavy laden with fruit, I don't think they'll get "full size" unless its thinned and pruned...

Muscadine vines through-out the woods...

A "bridge" (built by my brother) in the woodlands

Becoming "Country Cats"
(they caught a mouse!)

~The first rose of the season~

Monday, April 6, 2009

Re-enacting, Tomatoes, and Gardening

Last Saturday, my Mother, sister, and I took part in a "Living History" re-enactment! It was at the same historic church, and we had a great time!

Funeral Cakes

As part of the tour, a replica of Lincoln's casket was displayed, along with a plate of "Funeral Cakes". If the deceased were Christians, the cakes would commonly be stamped with a cross. They're quite tasty, and crucial ingredients are caraway seeds and nutmeg!


Setting up "camp"


Don't you wish we dressed like this?

A few minutes until the tours..


A beautiful piano from the 19th century. Notice the pitcher and glasses on top of the instrument..those are the original communion dishes!


After giving my last tour, I was delighted to meet a fellow farmgirl! I told her about my love of organic gardening, and she was thrilled to meet another enthusiast! A local architect, she rents property to use for gardening. I showed her pictures of our homestead, and we had lovely conversation. She told me she had extra roma tomato plants I could pick up at her home! They'll be planted this Friday!!!

Finishing up my 19th century lunch~
I love eating with an authentic fork and bowl, and the huge slice of tomato brought back so many memories!
(When I was young, after playing outside for a while, I used to run to my Dad's tomato plants and harvest a fresh tomato right off the vine as a snack!)

Speaking of Tomatoes....Have you ever made your own Ketchup? :)

Homemade Ketchup

4 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
2 cups water
3/4 cup vinegar
7 TBsp sugar
3 garlic cloves
4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp onion powder
I warmed the paste in a large saucepan, then you add the water a little at a time. Dump in the rest of the ingredients, and you've made BETTER-than-store bought Ketchup!!

A peek into the greenhouse...

The plants are doing great! This photo was taken last week.

Ready to be hardened off and planted on "Good Friday"


White Iris

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11


Wisteria Cottage

This is our view from across the street. I love Wisteria, but we don't grow it because it's so invasive! What a delight to find out there's a forest of Wisteria, Dogwood tree's, and Carolina Jasmine surrounding this abandoned, early 20th century cottage!

I love these boots! The more rugged they become, the more beautiful/old-fashioned they look to me :)

We spent Saturday evening doing chores outside, and helping my Dad re-locate the chicken houses.
I'll post more on farming and our home updates in my next post :)