27 January 2016

what i've been crafting...

scrappy hot pads
scrappy bib/burpcloth 
chamomile ginger soap

Joining Nicole this week...

22 January 2016

these days

Cold and bright...
the cows have been spending these sunny days outside,
the chickens still prefer the warmth of the high tunnel, where we've been wintering them this year
and my favorite spot is knitting next to the woodstove

21 January 2016


Our little farmgirl is three today!  
We can't imagine life without her joy and spunk!  We are so thankful for her.
She is my little sidekick--Oh, how I love toddlers!  Her gift from my mum was little kitchen tools because she is always working with me in the kitchen.  (Can you tell how much she loved them?) :)
Happy birthday, foof!

19 January 2016

what we've been working on

We've been busy creating and crafting here.  And if you follow our instagram, you've probably seen all of these projects.  (@oldgatesfarm)

I am trying out some small organic cotton washcloths on my loom.  Hopefully they wash up well--and don't shrink too much--or I'll have a lot of tiny washcloths. 

We read a book about Harriet Powers, a quilter, and M wanted to make a story quilt about wolves.  It was his first time using the sewing machine (with a little help from mama).  

The mermouse and book from Slate Falls Press is for little Farmgirl's birthday.  It came as a kit add-on to the book.  It was quick and fun to make.

The boys converted an old garden cart into a wagon for their cub cadet.  I'm sure it will be very useful this spring and summer.

What are you busy working on?

13 January 2016


My sister ventured here from Chicago with her two little ones.  We've had a fun time together, pretty much just cooking and caring for a pile of kids, but it is always more fun to do the 'regular' stuff together. ;)

We had a little birthday party for the girls, as both of their birthdays come later this month.  Our mum even joined in via facetime.   M designed a birthday crown for little T (my niece) who is turning 1.  The boys all decorated with Auntie Em's help.  It was a special night.  (The photos from most of the past week are poor quality as someone had switched a camera setting).

12 January 2016


Finished my February Lady sweater!  I love the fit, though I'm horrible at posing for photos and look very awkward in these.  Out of the 5 sweaters that I've made myself in the past 11 years, this is by far my favorite!

Yarn:  peace fleece wild mustard
Buttons: These! (but in a greenish-brown) 

05 January 2016

february lady (and more)

My February Lady sweater is coming along.  I think I may be wearing it by February!  (Knit up with Peace Fleece's wild mustard in worsted).

The kids have been busy crafting with play dough.  I found these neat little play dough toys from Plan Toys for M and F's Christmas gifts from us.  So simple and fun.  

And not really crafty, but I finally used the pears that I froze this summer in a smoothie and they were delicious.  An almost totally homegrown smoothie.   I decided to add coconut milk for a little extra creaminess...but other than that it was our blueberries, pears, milk, yogurt and maple syrup (oh and a bit of homemade kombucha).