Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 1

25 Days of a Homespun Christmas


 


 


Welcome to Day 1 of my 25 Days of a Homespun Christmas. I thought the best way to start out this count down was with an Advent Calendar! 049

I wanted a homespun Advent calendar so I started to think of the best way to do this. I'm a beginner at sewing so I enlisted the help of my MIL Kathy. She helped make my plan a reality! I didn't want to buy any new material for this, so I chose from what I had. I love the way it turned out .

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Kathy also wrote out a tutorial for you all if you would like to make one.

Materials: Backing 32" width 45" length

Pockets 16" width 7" length

Ribbon 81/2 " length

2 large buttons

Fold pocket strips in half and iron so they are 3 1/2" long. Sew strips around open edges using a 1/4" seem.

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Once all pockets strips are finished. Mark backing starting at the bottom where the pockets will go. Pin pockets strips so right side of pocket is facing backing. Once strips are sewn you will pull them up for final stitching on sides. Each row should be 1/4" apart. Iron each strip on fabric with material turned up to form pocket. Mark every 3" on pocket slips across. You can either sew a line us a decorative stitch through all pockets or tack each strip at those four points so that each pocket strip will have five individual pockets in it.

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Now with the right sides of backing together sew side seams and bottom seam, leaving an opening to turn calendar inside out. Stitch up bottom after turning inside out.

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Measure ribbon and cut. Place so three inches is over lapping top of calendar front and back. Sew button on to hold ribbon.

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I simply took a tree branch and gave it a quick coat of white paint to hang my calendar.

Now for the tags.

Materials: White card stalk 81/2" x 11"

scissors and ruler or Fiskars cutting system

hole punch

ribbon

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corner rounder punch (optional)

cut card stock into 5" x 2 1/2" strips ( you should get six out of 1 sheet of card stock)

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You take your tag and round corners, punch a hole in to center, tie on ribbon, and write number.

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On the lower half of the tag write out different things for each day. This could be anything from a Bible verse to a special treat. You can fill some of the pockets with little treats. I put nice things to do for others like making someone a hot cup of cocoa.

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I hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you visiting my 25 Days of a Homespun Christmas. Please let me know what you think, share your family advent calendar, or if you make one please let me know. I will see you tomorrow with day 2. A special thanks to Kathy for all your help.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday to my Mother in Law who loves me as her own, is a wonderful grandmother and a patient teacher! We took dinner (potroast,potatos,carrots, & bread) over to Kathy's and watched a movie with her. We also went through her old recipe box and found some good and interesting recipes. It was a nice time.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Friday, November 26, 2010

It All Started Here

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16 years ago I became Mrs. Roger Ian Mclain. I love him so and I love the family God has blessed me with. We met at this little church  where we went to a christian high school. It took him a couple a years, but he finally convinced me to go on a date. We got married at the young age of 19 and have a wonderful life together with 3 amazing kids.   

I am Happy,

Sarah

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Warm Wishes

BE THANKFUL


 

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Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.


Psalm 100:4


Wishing you a warm Thanksgiving


 


I am Happy and Thankful,


Sarah


 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Nice Day

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Today was a really nice day. Our Dispatcher in the office always makes my husband a big pot of chili for his birthday. It is really yummy. He brought it home  and we had it for lunch along with some cornbread I made :). My mom was here and while I did a few things around the house she played go fish and old maid with the kids. They had a lot of fun with that. She also brought us two large grocery bags full of walnut. We sat out side and enjoy the nice sunny day cracking walnut with the kids. They had a blast hitting them with the hammers, but they skipped out on shelling them :). It was nice to watch them ride their bikes and visit with my mom. She also picked the last of the tomatoes to take home and make salsa for my dad. He loves salsa! After my mom headed home I made some chicken enchiladas for dinner. They are sitting in the oven keeping warm until Roger gets home. Then he is taking us all out to the movies for his birthday. We are going to see Mega Mind! He is a really great dad. I hope you all enjoy your night.

I will be sharing a recipe and gift idea for the walnuts on my 25 Days of a Homespun Christmas so keep a look out for it.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Happy Birthday to my Hubby

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Happy birthday to my wonderful husband! I love you so much! You are an awesome father and provider for our family.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blessings for our Homestead

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We were blessed with farm fresh eggs this weekend. My sisters six hens are producing about 35 eggs a week. They served us well in a birthday cake for Roger and batter for the yummy chicken fried steak dinner we had. I hope to have my own eggs soon the coop is almost done! So we will fill it with sixteen little hens so I can feed my family and do a little egg selling!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome All

25 Days of a Homespun Christmas


 


 


Here at The Vineyard Homestead I hope to share with you a Homespun Christmas. This will be a daily post starting December 1st and ending on December 25th. I hope to share  crafts, recipes, family fun, and my Christmas home tour. All will be focused on the true reason for the season JESUS and family. I hope I am able to pull this one off! I have many ideas and I hope that you all enjoy it. So come and visit me here this holiday season.


I am Happy,                                                                                                       



Sarah

Saturday, November 13, 2010

All Aboard

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We took a trip up the coast and stopped in Fort Bragg, Ca. to ride the Skunk Train. My mom and dad came along with us and it was a beautiful drive. Joey was so excited to go on his first train ride. We left from Fort Bragg and rode the winding tracks through coastal redwood and ferns that covered the hillside while following a beautiful creek. During the train ride the engineer told stories of days old. How this area of California was full of loggers making their living. Now all that is left is machinery long forgotten and cabins that dot the hillsides.The forest has definitely reclaimed this territory. It was truly a beautiful ride. Along the way they had a guitar player who sang old songs about trains. The kids and us clapped along and sang if we new the song. When we got to Northspur the train had to be turned around for the trip home, so we all hopped off to the hospitality of a family who prepares meals for sale. I had a very yummy chicken pot pie and when we were finished we were able to do a little site seeing of the tall coastal redwoods. They are so amazing! We boarded the train and got ready for our trip back to the train depot. Joey slept most of the way back as we enjoyed more guitar playing and songs.

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The Skunk Train was named by the Logger because of the fumes from the gas and diesel engines that could be smelled downwind before the trains arrived.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh (Rolling My Eyes) Scramble!

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This is our Silkie Rooster and he is the best. He is like a little two legged toy poodle :)! When you pat your legs and call him he comes running, He sleeps on the front porch and clucks and bocks at people in his yard. I love him but like my husband says, "Farm animals are not pets" so I shouldn't, but I do. Until he discovered that our bedroom window is in the back of the house! Yes, this morning he felt it was his duty to make sure we were up with the sun COCK-A-DOODLE-DO !!!!  Now I am thinking that he might make a nice chicken dinner. LOL. Good thing he is so cute. (we will see how long that will last).  

I am Happy Tired,

Sarah

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Two Cents on Composting

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I thought I would share what I know about composting. Which is not a whole lot :). We have been composting for about 8 months now. My dad is the one that is in charge of it. Both of our house hold supply it. We have two fruit bins that we compost in. They are large and have slats on all four sides to allow air in.  The best part is they were free! Many farmer are switching from the wood bin to plastic bins. They last longer and don't require repair. We keep the compost in the back of our property near the old equipment and junk cars from our towing co.

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This our oldest bin. It is looking good and it will be great for our garden. We put all our fresh fruits and veggie scraps from the kitchen along with garden clippings. We also add paper of all kinds except anything with a waxy film. The best part is that my mom often picks up used coffee grounds from her local coffee shop (Starbucks) They are free and great for the compost.

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This one is not as far along. When my mom and dad come down for a visit and to work in the garden he waters and turns it. This can be done more often and it will help your compost to move along quicker. It is important to keep it moist.

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This is all stuff waiting to go into the compost. My dad will be running it through a chipper before adding. That way it will break down much quicker.

We keep a large bowl near my kitchen sink and where I do most of my chopping. Everything that can be composted including paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls go into this bowl. Which ever of my wonderful daughters has kitchen duty gets to run it out. I cant believe how much stuff that we use to throw away. Now we have great fertilizer for our garden next year.

I am still learning about composting and this is new to us. I'm excited to see how it helps our garden next spring. If  anyone has some advice for our compost please leave me a comment.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sharing Jesus With Joey

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This weekend was spent putting puzzles together with Joey. He loves to put them together and take them apart to put them together again. This little puzzle is of the manger scene and is the perfect way to share the story of Jesus with my four year old.

I am Happy,

Sarah