People keep asking to see photos of the quilt I’ve been working on. Now that it’s finished. I wanted this quilt to have a really old feel, which it ended up having because the fabric was all old. I cut each piece out by hand with scissors, no rotary cutter involved. Precision was not in the game plan for this quilt, I wanted it to be imperfect.
This quilt was made out of old pjs. Some of them are very old, old enough that I wore them in college 18 years ago. Some of them are mine, some belonged to Mr Chiots. In fact he still has a pair of flannel pants that is a different color but the same pattern as one of the fabrics used in the quilt. I kept threatening to steal his pants to incorporate the fabric in the quilt. In end, I let him keep his comfy pants, they will make it into another quilt in the future. The fabric is a mix of cotton flannel and regular cotton.
I used an old flannel sheet as the batting and an old duvet cover for the back. The only thing I had to purchase for the quilt was thread and a half yard of blue fabric for the binding. Now that’s what I call a deal!
I purchased a lovely variegated thread to use for the quilting, I love how the colors show through on the red background.
All-in-all I’m very happy with this quilt. It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be. After being washed it will grace one of the twin beds in our guest bedroom. Which Dexter found right away. We don’t let the cats in that room, I’m not quite sure how he managed to get in there!
Now on to the next quilt for the other bed!
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I’ve finally figured out how to achieve citrus success. Last fall I read To Eat: A Country Life while traveling. In the book Joe and Wayne talked about growing citrus trees in Vermont. They said that citrus has issues with scale if kept in a place warmer than they like, i.e. – pretty much any home in the winter.
My citrus trees always resided in a cold location, but I guess it wasn’t cold enough. This winter I decided to put them in the basement in front of the double doors we have that lead outside. The doors are drafty and hare large south facing windows in them. Turns out, it’s the perfect location for citrus. Right now they get light from the windows and light from the big new grow light, so they’re glowing green thanks to that light!
I have one lemon that’s ready to harvest and a good crop of small lemons that will be ready next year. It’s quite exciting to finally see these trees producing fruit. If you remember, I purchased them in 2010 during my visit to Monticello.
I love citrus and am happy to be able to grow a little bit of my own. Now that I’ve figured out the key to successful citrus growing, I’m going to be getting a few more trees. Now to decide what to use our single lemon for…
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Our big wood pile in the basement has been dwindling. With the cold snap we’ve been having (-5 this morning). We still have the two holz hausens we built last year that we haven’t started using yet.
Yesterday we went out and grabbed some wood from one of them and brought it into the basement. Now we should have enough to get us through for a few more weeks.
Any day now it will start warming up a bit. It’s amazing how much less fire wood you use when it’s in the twenties outside verses the single digits. Our plans to get a year ahead on firewood are still on track and hopefully after this spring we’ll be most of the way there.
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I’m finally at the point where I’ve been able to eat the bacon we made way back in November. I’m super sensitive to smells and until now, the smell of the smoke wasn’t allowing me to eat the bacon. I’ve finally reached that point where I can, so we’ve finally be eating up the bacon we made.
So far we’ve tried our German Bacon and the house bacon, both have been great. I can’t wait to try to River Cottage bacon next.
Now that we’ve tried the bacon I can start to give away some bacon. We were reluctant to give any away until we had tried it ourselves.
Now that it’s bacon time, we have a lot of bacon to consume in the next year! No doubt next year will be better for me as far as smells go, now that I’ve gotten through it once, it won’t bother me the next time around.
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When we purchased this house we inherited a bunch of keys. There are some hanging in the kitchen, there are others upstairs sitting on the stair railing. We have no idea what they go to, but we keep them around just in case we discover a lock somewhere that they might open.
I’m planning on putting them all in jar in a cabinet somewhere, but them I’m afraid I’ll forget where the jar in. You know how it goes, as soon as we put them away and forget where they are we’ll discover one of the locks they open!
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