Friday, January 22, 2010

Enjoying January

I'm hand-sewing another Edwardian skirt, but it has taken me longer than expected! It's almost finished though. I'm using the "oversewing stitch" for the bottom hem, plus, I want it to fasten with buttons, not a zipper...

The material is a smoky dark grey w/ a hint of plaid. It's a heavy wool/cotton blend..much more authentic than my last one! I bought it from the secondhand store in a bundle for $3.00--I think it's about 4-5 yds of fabric.

When I recently helped out at a Historical Museum, I brought my skirt pieces along to sew as the tourists went through. It was a great opportunity to show the tourists an old-fashioned hand was nice to get some sewing done while interacting and answering questions of those who were interested!

A snapshot of my garden's 1/4 acre. My dad drove a huge trailer filled w/ year old manure up to the area, and I emptied the load myself...It was about 3,000 lbs! lol! It took me two days, but now all the beds are covered w/ about 3-4 inches.
(The grassy area is for the melons/pumpkins to spread)
We all worked together to get my Mother's herb garden ready too.
Her kitchen garden will host a few vegetables as well...
I did an experiment and sprouted some garlic for a few weeks, so a few days ago I put them in the garden...hopefully they'll make it!
Organizing Seeds

I thought I'd show you how I organize my seeds! Well, I'll share a little history...
When I was in my pre-teens, I was really into the craze of collecting trading cards w/ my friends--I bought special clear pages to store all my cards in. When I recently came across these again, I thought this would be a great way to store seeds!

Each "card sleeve" holds a few packs of seeds, so it's much easier to visually find what I'm looking for. I keep the binder in a dark, cool place. I have both heirloom and traditional seeds.

Second-Hand Treasures
I've had luck finding brooms lately! The one on the left is completely hand woven on the handle! It's 3' tall and I paid $0.25 for it! The one on the right is a few inches shorter, and I paid $0.50 for it. These are really helpful to keep in the corners of my bedroom to actually use, and as decor!

I bought this oil lamp for $1.00. The handle is like an old-fashioned key, and it is in great condition! It was dusty in the corner of the store, and needed a home!!
My sister shelling soybeans for lunch...
The tall grass in the back is our 2nd area for picking dewberries in the summer :)
"By the breath of God ice is given,
And the broad waters are frozen" Job 37:10
My Dad and sister in the kitchen,
adding fun ingredients to cookie dough..
My Mother reading by candlelight...
A new friend recently shared this verse with me:
'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.


Miji said...

Oh, this post was just beautiful. (: That is such a creative way to store and organize your seeds!

You yard/garden looks like such a splendid place, the Lord has blessed you indeed. (:

Hope you're having a wonderful Friday.

In Christ,

Miji said...

Oh, by the way, that lamp you got is so adorable. I love it!

Mia said...

Hi Mirijah,
Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It's been fun planning out the garden :) I'm glad you like the lamp! I haven't filled it w/ oil yet, but I will soon; I can't wait to see how the "glow" looks!


Lucy said...

Lucky, lucky you.I'm a basic sewer, but I am making a quilt soon.

Trish said...

that's an old Quaker song, I learned in school as a child it's lovely and I have often thought of it when my husband and I talk about becoming self sufficient :)
I can't believe your able to plant and ready your garden already! In NY we still have a foot of snow on the ground your sunlight pictures look so inviting!

Mia said...

I'm a basic seamstress as well, but I haven't even attempted a quilt yet! I'm sure your project will be a lovely success :)
Ms. Trish,
Yes, I love the lyrics, such a sweet song! Well, the weather is tricky though--in a few days the temp. will drop I'm sure--we learn to wear layers here in GA!
Keep warm!!


Cinnamon said...

I enjoyed your post. It's always like reading a good book or going back in time and a slower, lovelier time :-)

Love great buys you've found. The garden is beauitful and reading by candlelight is alwasy so peaceful and relaxing.

I can't wait to see the dress you're making. It sounds wonderful.

~Mrs. Cinnamon Kerschner

Samantha said...

Your planting already? We can't plant a thing until April at the earliest (local farmer says to plant peas when farmers plant their get a better crop or something).

Love all your new buys! I LOVE the brooms!


Mia said...

Thank you! I'm *almost* done with it..can't wait to show you!!
We're not planting seeds yet, but garlic is pretty hardy so I thought I'd experiment in the garden :) Thanks!


Caroline said...

My friends and I used to collect trading cards too I don't know what became of my book but I like what you have done with yours!

I am impressed that you are hand sewing your entire skirt! I usually partially hand sew the things I make (there are some things that just turn out so much better when sewn by hand!) but I have never made anything that was completely hand sewn.


Molly @ Star Cottage said...

I absolutely love your seed storing Idea. You are such an inspiration in so many ways. God Bless you!

Mia said...

How fun to hear from a fellow card trader! lol!
I enjoy's a slower pace, but I double the thread so it lasts longer.
Thank you, Molly!!!


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Anonymous said...

Great post as always. And thank you for sharing your seed sharing idea. I actually have a bunch of those pages from some old baseball cards my hubby had.

Its perfect idea -- so easy to find things.

Thanks for sharing.


Amy said...

What a lovely post. Everything looks so serene and pretty and dreamy. :) I can't wait to see your Edwardian skirt. An Edwardian skirt is the first period piece I want to tackle for modern wear, but I'm really unsure how to tackle it. (Which is weird for me, since I've been sewing for years and years.) Did you use a bought pattern, or did you draft one?

Amy said...

Since I'm a recent follower and haven't really gotten to know your blog very well yet, I was curious as to whether or not your whole family "dresses historically" (for lack of a better way to put it)?

Also, do you often live by lamp/candle light in the evenings? We have several lovely oil lamps, but we can't find oil! We've now had a good month and a half of really cold weather and no oil for our lamp. ::sigh:: I was really looking forward to having that lovely lamplight for winter.

Rachel said...

What a lovely post dear Mia! :D Thank you for sharing all your photos with us! :) OH, what a creative way to store your seeds! I may have to try that in future, if I get enough seeds to do that. ;)

I so enjoy reading about all that your family does with your gardens! :D I am a VERY amateur gardener...just had my first one last year, and it turned out pretty good! ;) But I love to see all that you do to prepare and get everything ready..and all that you do to plant and harvest too. :)

I can't wait to see your dress...I'm sure it will be just lovely on you! :D

Blessings in Christ!

Bonnie said...

If you listen to Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring (they do have it on playlist), 'Tis A Gift to Be Simple comes somewhere near the middle(?). It will be the piece that makes you want to dance,and cry (or maybe thats just because I'm expecting) its so lovely!
My mom and future MIL were seated at our wedding to this piece.

Bonnie said...

P.S. There is no E in Copland, and the piece is also know as Simple Gifts. You can here a blip of it if you type Simple Gifts into playlist.

Emily said...

As always, a beautiful post! I love your seed storing idea and you have inspired me to do this for our garden! Thank you for the idea!!

I enjoyed seeing all your beautiful photos!

Denita said...

Hi Mia! As an avid green thumb, I'm absolutely going to have to try out your seed-organizing idea! Also, if you like heirloom plants, I can't recommend Mortgage Lifter tomatoes enough! Hardy plants, and the fruits are HUGE five-pounders that stand up beautifully in a sandwich and are also meaty enough to make into sauce and paste. It takes a little more hunting to find seeds and starts, but it's worth it--especially since the vines will continue to put out fruit well into late summer and into Fall.

Happy gardening, my dear sister! You've been a tremendous inspiration to my family! :-)

Your sister in Christ,


Stephanie Ann said...

I was doing the same thing with my seeds. :D I used to leave them scattered and they'd end up spilling and being no good. I'm so anxious to have a garden this year. It's really cool that it's warm enough there to grow anything. Your skirt is coming along beautifully, the fabric is very pretty and looks warm. said...

Hey Mia,

Can't wait to get back into gardening again, so looking forward to it! We had the Smiths over for dinner and we were fondly speaking about you & your family tonight. Miss y'all Blessings to you & your garden

Mrs. Creath

Anonymous said...

Your blog is definitely inspiring to me. Continue to live your dreams.
Mrs. Mills

Ginny said...

Lovely post as usual. You find the best things at sale. I have recently started quilting with my DIL. but hand sewing or what you call sewing basic is something new to me and to be considered. at 63 I have a lot to learn. you are starting early what a blessing.


The Watts Family said...

Great seed storing idea I will definitely be copying you with this. May the Lord bless your new garden with abundance and reward the you with fruit for your labors ~Blessings Heather

Antoinette K. said...

WOW Mia, that is such a great way to store seeds!!!! I was the same way in my pre-teens, so I have quite a few I just might use for my seeds! lol Oh, I just LOVE hand sewing, embroidery and such, it is wonderful that you are making a skirt!!!! I have not attempted to make clothing by hand yet, but I am in the process of hand sewing a quilt, and showing my mother how to do it as well! :) I find it so relaxing! Ahhhh... lol!

I LOVE the fabric you used for the pincushion as well!

I am a bargain hunter as well, and love finding treasures such as the ones you found, wonderful buys!!!!

We have some garlic plants as well in our small garden, and they are very perky right now as we just had some rain storms! Ahhhh... the smell of rain, I just LOVE it! :)

I am really enjoying reading your older post as well!

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

A sister in Christ,

Miss Antoinette

Aunt B said...


I love your new post. Thanks for sharing how you store your seeds, I certainly will have to look into this.
How do you store the seeds that you save? Do you have special envelopes that you use?
The lamp is very attractive, the Lord seems to help you find these beautiful things for almost nothing.
God bless you.
Aunt B

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Fun read Mia!
I absolutely love sewing by hand!
Though I dare say my faithful sewing machine turns projects out much faster:)


ann from KY said...

I really liked how you organize your seeds. Very creative! I am going to have to try that! Ours are all jumbled up in a plastic box. :(
Your family is awesome!

Cheyne said...

Hi Mia!
I've been reading your blog for a little while, and just love it. I've always loved historical clothing and that is always what I draw people wearing. But I love hand sewing, too. I didn't think many people still do that beside the Amish. Right now, I've been sewing some prairie sunbonnets by hand and I know that you'd just love them. I do so much, that I'm on #3. Just can't seem to stop.... s'pose you know what that is like :)!


Tina said...

Hi Mia~

I was wondering where you get your heirloom seeds?



Mia said...

Dear Ms. Amy,
Thank you!
Yes ,I use a bought pattern (Butterick)Historic..I'll have to look up the number again.
We ladies dress simply, but it's usually I who will dress more 19th century during the day.
Oh, about my skirt, I'm not "quite" going by the pattern as far as the belt and fastenings, so I'll let y'all know about the changes!

Dear Bonnie,
Thank you for the song title!!

Dear Aunt B,
Thank you so much!!
Yes, I'm planning on using paper envelopes--this will be my first year saving/storing seeds!
Ms. Tina,
I purchase mine online at Ebay. I like supporting local gardeners who sell online, and the low prices & combined shipping is great!!

Thank you all for your encouraging comments!!!


Jessica said...

I have just been so blessed by your blog. I really love it! Your family is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

cathyjo said...

Mia,Thank you.I look foreword to each Blog that you Post.I aways get some thing from them.They chear up day,give me hope for a better tomarrow.I think you would make a wonderful
writer some day.Just that not be commenting evey time.But will be reading your post always.Do take have a wonderful Family.

Anonymous said...

I think your garden is so cool! I liked how big it was! It's fun to grow veggie's and herbs isn't it?
Nice brooms! That is so neat that, that one was hand woven handle! Neat oil lamp too. :-)

isabel said...

Hola soy Isabel y he llegado a tu blog por casualidad.
Felicidades!!!! tu blog es muy bonito, y todas esas fotografias...muy lindas.
me encanta y te enlazo para poder seguir tus posts.
Un saludo

Mia said...

Estimado Isabel,
Muchas gracias, me alegro de que hayas encontrado tu blog!
Dear Isabel,
Thank you so much, I'm glad you found my blog!

Love in Christ,

Anonymous said...

I like how you keep your seeds organized so well :). It's easy for them to become cluttered in a big bag otherwise :/...
Abby from Maple Valley Off-grid farm

SmithFamily said...

Hello Mia! It was so good to be able to talk with you again on Sunday! Your skirt is so beautiful, you're such an accoplished seamstress!
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday for a dance!

Gae said...

Dear Mia,
I have just finished visitng for the first time. I am awed by your sewing ability. I am self taught but still a beginner trying to help our daughters sew. I am more craft orientated rather than clothes,but it is hard to buy modest clothes, so we are sewing more.
I adore your seed catalogue and how it is set up.
You have such a beautiful blog and I am going to get so many inspiring ideas from you.
Thank you for sharing

Mia said...

Thanks everyone!

Dear Bethany,
I so enjoyed talking to you too! I must say, I'm not accomplished at all!! lol I'm just taking it one stitch at a time...but I appreciate the kind words!!
Yes, I'm excited...can't wait!
Dear Gae,
Thank you, and I'm so glad you stopped by my blog!!
I too am a beginner in sewing, but I've found much delight in hand sewing...slower pace, but I can sew outside, while in the car etc.
Thanks again!!


Autumn said...

You have such a lovely blog! I will be adding you to my google reader subscriptions.
I love your choices in clothing- so beautiful!

I would be interested in any tips you might have on herb gardens. I am starting my own this year, and a bit fearful!

I love the song you quoted- I learned that on cello last year, and even when played on an instrument, is sounds beautifully simple.


Mia said...

Thanks Autumn,
It's so good to hear from you :) I'll be posting more on herbs in the spring, and I'm so glad you like the song too :)


Summer :) said...

Oh! :) We sang that song in Girl Scouts! :) Great work, looks like you are staying busy. :)

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cinnamongirl said...

I sew enjoyed reading your blog. Isn't life much more relaxing living without all the technology. So great your whole family got involved also.

GapGirl said...

Where do I even begin? My family and I have spent the last 2 days reading thru your blog and are utterly speechless. Your family (and YOU) are amazing! A family after OUR own heart. We want to have a "homestead in the city" but our dream would be to move out in the country and grow!!
You are wise beyond your years and are an amazing young lady!! You and your parents should be so proud. If only everyone had just a small part of your beautiful heart, what a different world we would live in.
I want to sit down with you and chat about so many things!
We are "neighbors" as I live in SC!
Anyway, we just wanted to write and say that we think you are awesome!!!

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...they call me mommy... said...

*SIGH* What a way to spend January...
LOVE the seed organization!!! I'm sure my brother has an old one of those laying around my parents home...I'll have to check next time!!


Mia said...

Thanks cinnamongirl!!
Dear Gapgirl,
aww, how sweet! I'm so glad you all enjoyed my encouraging! Thank you so much, neighbor :)
Thank you, Ms. Amy!!


I also wanted to let y'all know that the two comments I had to delete were international spam. I don't normally delete comments!


♥ Laíse Carla ♥ said...

I just loved your blog dear! Wonderful ♥
God bless you, hugs from Brazil ~~

Callie said...

I so enjoyed the looking into your seed storage catalog-I quickly rethought about throwing a couple I have away. Instead, I now that a nice catalog to hold my treasured seeds. I've also converted a vintage scrapbook-filled with beautiful old papers into pages of drawings and maps of my gardens! Thanks so much!