SAL #1 Project Onions and Gourds

First off this update, I have to apologize that I missed the update 3 weeks ago. I was preparing for surgery that Tuesday and my mind just was not on stitching. Everything turned out beautifully and I am feeling fine and almost completely healed and back to work. During my recovery I got some stitchingContinue reading “SAL #1 Project Onions and Gourds”

Food Preservation Goals and Garden Update September 13, 2017

The summer has flown by and we are now in the middle of September already! I never got a second crop of anything in because I have been so busy with work now that the college workers are back in school. It has been a fabulous growing season mostly for us. The wet Spring damagedContinue reading “Food Preservation Goals and Garden Update September 13, 2017”

Gardening and Preserving Goals Update June 5th 2017

It’s been a busy few weeks without a lot of time for updating. I did get my entire garden planted but of course I have run out of room. I thought my husband Scott would just shake his head at me but he surprised me instead by saying “where should we dig new beds?” IContinue reading “Gardening and Preserving Goals Update June 5th 2017”

My Gardening and Preserving Goals 2017

Each year I try to garden with a goal in mind. My goal is always to produce and preserve as much food as we need to get us through the winter and to help me spend as little as possible at the grocery store. Last year I had some pretty lofty goals and fell completelyContinue reading “My Gardening and Preserving Goals 2017”

Weeks 3 and 4 Pop Bottles Meet Disaster

Mr. Gray is in trouble. BIG trouble. We have 2 kittens we adopted in October of this last year. I was seriously worried about my seedlings getting damaged by the cats since it is an open space in our basement that I grow my plants in. Our beloved cat Bernie, who died suddenly this fallContinue reading “Weeks 3 and 4 Pop Bottles Meet Disaster”

Project Peacock SAL Update 2

It’s been three weeks since my last post on my Peacock friend and also since I joined a lovely group of ladies (and gentleman :)) in their Stitch-A-Long Group (SAL). I have gotten a lot done mostly on its tail feathers but also some on the side branches. Here is a photo of the lastContinue reading “Project Peacock SAL Update 2”

Dandelion Jelly-You Gotta Try It!

Last season I decided to try making dandelion jelly. I read people’s comments on how good it was and many of them said they would be making a double batch next year. So I figured, what the heck, why not? I love trying things made from foraging. We don’t spray our yard (though my husbandContinue reading “Dandelion Jelly-You Gotta Try It!”

Poppy Remembrance Project

  I finally finished it! It took two years on and off but I finally finished my lovely poppy remembrance field. This cross-stitch project was my most challenging yet and at times made my eyes cross but it was worth it. Over 23,000 stitches. All that’s left to do is mount and frame it. IContinue reading “Poppy Remembrance Project”

Garage Sale and Thrift Store Finds

We have an obsession here at the Ripley household. All three of us are obsessed with garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets. Just about every week we head out to one of the local thrift stores such as Good Will or Plato’s Closet and in the summer we are at the flea markets andContinue reading “Garage Sale and Thrift Store Finds”

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