SewThankful Kittens!

Every barn needs kitties. And these kitties needed a home. So we gave them one.

On Thursday morning I picked up some baby kitties that needed a new home. You see, we have a barn and almost everybody knows that every barn needs kitties (rodents are always an issue at farms and I don’t believe in putting poisons out).

Clockwise from the top left we have: Smoky Joe (the gray), Rengar (aka Snowball, the white with one blue eye and one green eye), Pepper (aka Peppa, the tabby), and Stormy (the other tabby to the left…what you can’t see is that his back half is frosted white!). SO CUTE. All of them are semi long-haired. Peppa and Stormy are the runts. Stormy loves to be chill and nap. Peppa climbs like a monkey and comes running every time he sees me coming to the barn!

I am thrilled to have these babies to love and care for. And the kitties are very happy to be here! These babies are so sweet (and maybe I spoil them just a little..wink, wink). Here is a pic of Peppa hitching a ride in my apron pocket the other day:

Peppa hitches a ride in my apron pocket. He’s a Pocket Kitty!

Animals and plants inspire me. How about you? What do you think of these babies? I always encourage and welcome constructive comments!

She Do–> Hedou Tiny Bok Choy (Inspiration in the Garden)

Hedou Tiny Bok Choy – started from seed in March – harvested May 1st

I decided last year after we moved that this year I was going to put in a big garden. So in January I ordered my seeds after being totally smitten by a ton of seed catalogs. I tell you, ordering seeds is as addictive as ordering sewing patterns (for me!).

I love bok choy. I truly adore these tiny Hedous!! To give you an even better look at just how tiny here I am holding one:

As you probably know, bok choy is delicious in stir fry, salads and soups. These tiny Hedous are supremely delicious eaten whole (or maybe 2 bites) as a snack.

Not only are they delicious, the color and texture is exquisite too. It inspires me. How about you? Have you ever had Hedou Tiny Bok Choy?

RE-GROW Store Purchased Organic Celery

It’s so easy to re-grow store purchased, organic celery. In fact, the re-grow aspect really helps offset the upfront expense of buying organic celery. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to try this process, I very strongly recommend using only organic celery. Non-organic vegetable products can have certain issues, pesticides and re-growth inhibitors sprayed on them that would make them unable to re-grow.

There are already lots of in-depth articles and you-tube videos demonstrating the step by step process so I’m not going to turn this into a super long how-to post. Just do a quick internet search and you’ll have a ton of videos and detailed info at your fingertips. My post is meant simply to give a quick view and idea to those who’ve never done it and encourage all to give it a try.

Quick & dirty–how did I do it? I cut my celery so that you have about 3 inches or so of the bottom/root end of the celery heart in tact. Go ahead and use your cut/top pieces for whatever recipe or plan you had. We have recently been enjoying peanut butter celery sticks as a treat. Good gosh! We have had not enjoyed them in YEARS and they were so delicious! Next, use a knife and cut a very thin slice off the root end (like maybe 1/16th of an inch–and compost that sliver if you can). Now, put about 1.5 to 2 inches of tepid to luke warm water in a small dish big enough to hold your celery base. Place the celery base in the water with the root end down. Place the dish on a sunny window sill. In just a few days you should see little ruffles sprouting up from the center. Add water when needed and occasionally change your water to prevent slime from developing on the dish.

It’s so much fun to sew and grow! What do you have to lose (especially if you were going to throw out the bottom part anyway?!!) I hope you will give it a try.

M’s Quilt Got Finished, Shipped and has been RECEIVED!

Yes! I got the quilting finished, the binding on and shipped it off! OK…so, yes, I know this is not the best picture ever but it gives you an idea of the finished quilt after washing and drying.

The quilting was intentionally done in wonky echo style so no I’m not worried about imperfections. It was made to be imperfect because I am human and imperfect–but it completely captures my love and wishes for M. Also, I didn’t want M’s mama to think she had to “save” the quilt. You see, this quilt was made especially to be a drag around, build a fort, make a tent, fly on a magic carpet, love-it-to-death and wear it out quilt. It’s all puffy, squishy and full of love for my sweet M. The multi-colored King Tut quilting thread is so bright. The thread absolutely POPS and give the quilt so much fun energy.

M’s mama reported back that he LOVES it and it is his new favorite thing that he has to take everywhere. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I’m so glad I kicked my perfection paralysis to the curb on this project!

What do you think?

Constructive comments and sharing are always very welcome. Remember, I have to approve comments to keep this blog free from scammer/spammer posts so it may be a bit before your comment shows up.

Large, X-Large and OMG

3 of the 2 Dozen Eggs I Collected on 4/18/2020

Sometimes you just gotta chuckle and say, “WOW!”

When I found the light blue-green egg (above right) I was astonished to say the least!

We have a couple of chickens that have laid jumbo size eggs before but they were Leghorn (white eggs) and AustraWhite (cream eggs). This was the first time I had one this ENORMOUS and it is a light blue-green shell so it has to be from one of my Easter Eggers or Americaunas is responsible. I have 7 of them combined.

Although I can’t be 100% certain (I didn’t see it happen) it is most likely from one of these 3 Easter Egger suspects:

This is Blue
This is Goldy
This is Splashy

Whichever hen is responsible, I sincerely thank her for the impressive generosity and hope it wasn’t too painful.

YES, it most likely is a double yolk egg. I’ll let you know when we crack it open.

UPDATE 4/26/2020 — Oh dear, I forgot to take a picture when I cracked open the egg (I was hungry, what can I say…so sorry). This gi-normous egg was indeed a double-yolker. In fact both of the yolks were also of the X-Large variety. And it was YUM…incredibly delicious.

If you don’t–or can’t–raise your own chickens for fresh eggs, I encourage you to find a local, small, independent farmer and try some. I just want to point out that supporting small, independent, local farms helps keep local food sources available on a meaningful scale to your community. Remember the toilet paper fiasco? We can actually survive without toilet paper even if it wouldn’t be pretty. But we can’t so quite so long without food if things ever got worse. NO! I’m NOT saying that I think things will get worse soon. I’m just saying that as long-term strategies go, it’s a pretty smart idea to have thriving local, independent farmers. They actually do care about the communities they serve.