Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chicken Scratch

Y'all are going to go hog wild for these adorable farmgirl cards and whatnot's I found at Michael's craft store...They love farmgirls... Just look at the sweetness....I can't wait to be able to use them. I think I may need some pen pals. Anyone interested?

Meet Bossy Bell...She is from the 1950's...Who doesn't love a cute cow? 
I do!!!!!

This last week I dehydrated five different fruit leather combinations for my family.... Like peach & raspberry, blackberry with raspberry drops, banana & blueberry,  apple & raspberry and cherry. All are delicious and easy to make... Simply blend fruits together and pour them into a fruit leather sheet made for your dehydrator, put it on fruit setting and let it go for 8-10 hours until fruit is ready. Let it cool a bit, peal off and store in an airtight container. There are some yummy recipes online or on Pinterest to try out for yourself. Just search for fruit roll ups or fruit leather. If you don't have a dehydrator you can actually pour your blended fruits on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake on the lowest setting for about 8-10 hours. It's a fun, healthy way to make 
them and keep on hand when you get a sweet tooth. Nature's candy is best!

I am still working away making pot holders with vintage sheets...And gathering up my vintage fabrics for other projects too....I just need more time in the day to do it all. 
I hope to share those projects soon!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Chicken Scratch 4.25.16

Welcome Monday!
It was a quiet weekend. Not too much got accomplished....Except that I continued working on more extra large weaved potholders. It has been a great craft....Just to kick back with the family while my fingers make something is kind of nice. I made a headache salve using plants from outside my door...I picked pine, eucalyptus, mint, and lavender. I then infused the oils from those plants then used it's oil in the salve along with bees wax and essential oils. I have used it twice and think it may actually help a it smells nice. I love that you can make homemade health remedies from your garden or outside your own backyard. Last month I made a cough salve and it too was a bit helpful. 

This week I will continue making these cute hot pads and will also be dehydrating fruit leathers....Since I won't get to do any canning this Spring/Summer....due to the uncertainty of a move and where that will be. I don't want to can things and worry about breakage and losing our food etc...with a big move...So I am sticking to little things.
 Fruit leather is perfect and fun not to mention good for you!

For the remainder of this week I will be cleaning, doing my dishes outside, finishing up laundry...You know, all the fun stuff! Good news too....Our son will be coming next month for a long overdue visit....Can't wait to wrap these momma arms around him and share some moments with him. I have already planned some of our family time activities for his visit....Can't wait!
Oh and here's a little peek at a few vintage goodies
 I got from the Thrift Shop over the weekend... Cute huh??? 

Here's to a great week!!!! 
Come back and see me ya hear!!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Farmgirl Therapeutic Foot Soak

Happy Friday y'all!!!
It's Springtime...Surely many farmgirl's and farm Momma's are busy busy busy in their gardens, tending to their homestead and taking care of the little's. Every hardworking Momma deserves a moment of relaxation if they can find that time to carve out for themselves. Perhaps at the end of a long hard day after putting the babes to bed, you can heat up the kettle with some warm water and fill a basin with a lovely foot soak....Pamper yourself for 10-20 minutes and breathe in the essential oils.

There is the perfect therapeutic foot soak that you can make at home and keep on hand for those quiet moments when you can just soak your weary feet without care. It's not only natural it is beneficial for your body and mind and it's easy to make....

~Therapeutic Foot Soak~

In a large mixing bowl put together
1 Cup Epson Salt
1 1/2 Cups Sea Salt
1 1/2 Cups Baking Soda
15 drops pure therapeutic grade Lavender Oil
15 drops pure therapeutic grade lemon or lemongrass essential oil
1/2 Cup Lavender buds ( optional)
Double or triple recipe....Give as gifts too!

Mix well and store in airtight container.
Add 1/4 Cup- 1/3 Cup salt mixture to soaking basin with warm water
Soak for 10-20 minutes Relax and Enjoy!!!

Hey there Farm Momma you deserve this! 
Please take time out for yourself...It is beneficial for your family and yourself to have a relaxed Momma and be a relaxed Momma. I know us Momma's tend to do a lot for the family yet forgetting about our well being....Trust me!!! Your life can be less stressful if you can just carve out a few minutes of quiet relaxing, reflecting moments to yourself. A homestead, household relies a lot on us Momma's....We can't function well or give our all to anyone if we don't get some sort of time to ourselves. It's good health for you and the family...When Momma is good...Everyone is good!!! And when Momma is happy everybody is happy!
Take care!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I had a lovely morning working on handiwork with a new friend of mine over tea and conversation. I brought along my loom which I got for my birthday along with the prettiest vintage floral sheet I found thrifting. I made a couple mistakes in the beginning as we were chatting...I wasn't paying attention, so had to re-do the mishap...Then I got it going just the way it should go. Angele worked on her beautiful embroidery stitches on her delightful pincushions. You must stop by her Etsy shop here to see her workmanship! I ordered her vintage telephone pincushion! It is a favorite of mine and honored to own her art work...She does the most gorgeous detailed pieces!

As I was weaving my over-sized potholder it reminded me of this new friendship and how God weaves people into our lives. It is a blessing to have her company, even knowing that we are only here in our town temporarily until Mr. Darling finds work. God is so good and knows just what we need even for a season. I would very much like to stay in contact with her even when we do move away. She's a gem with a kind, quiet yet colorful spirit. I look forward to seeing how God continues to weave together this colorful friendship and our lives, just as I finished weaving this colorful potholder. Everything about it is pleasing to me. It truly is a beautiful thing.

And now I am utterly addicted to this craft. It is perfect to take out and about or sit in front of the tube at night....I will surely be making more! Angele will get one too! A token of our weaved friendship. Come on back I will be posting a yummy relaxing foot soak recipe for your weary feet...It is getting to be the end of the week, perfect timing after a hard week on your feet. Take a moment to soak your feet and relax this weekend! See you later!!!!