Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Honey Cinnamon Butter gifting

Every year is a challenge to find something unique to make as a gift. I love to give out usable gifts. I choose a honey butter as a gift This year. I looked up some recipes but borrowed from a few to make my own. I made it for the family this weekend, but then made some adjustments. I sterilized some jars and went to work.

I choose these 5 ingredients, butter, honey (crystallized is fine), cinnamon, dark brown sugar and homemade vanilla.

Into the food processor they went. Blending takes some time to bring the ingredients together.

Once blended, I placed the ingredients into small jars.

Added a label to them...

Placed some homespun under the label and you have butter, ready for gifting!!!
Yes! I will list the recipe below:
1/2 cup of butter, salted
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The tale of two soaps

A few weeks ago, I entered a raffle and won some soaps. There was an interesting assortment so I decided to try some out. This bar was surprising alarming to me. Why on earth would anyone make a clear soap? How they got this is by straining off all the good fats that make your skin soft. As I read the ingredients you couldn't even make them out without a degree in chemistry! But what was even worse was alcohol was an ingredient!!!!!

This is what soap should look like, complete with fats and I know each and every natural ingredient too!!!

Even side by side, which soap would you trust?

Even the lather, which I went back and forth over 20 times, was dry and pasty.

My soap was moist, slathered well and did not leave a film on my hand.

So my conclusion, this bar of soap needs to filed, right into the trash!!! Please know what goes on your body and on your skin!!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Getting gift busy!

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, it's time to really kick in and get some gifts made! We have lots of gift ideas, so if you are considering something handmade, let us know!!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The New England Fiber Festival 2017

With me on the left and my great friend Naomi on the right, we set out to have a great and successful show. We both worked long and hard towards this show.

Wearing your work helped for sales..

Of course I had to find the historical area and fell in love with this perfect specimen of a Great Wheel. Spent some time chatting with some historical folks as far back as the 12th century.

A great display of various wool and fibers.

The fleece sale was incredible and some of them came home with me!

One of the most precious things I saw there was this couple day old llama cria!!!!!
I walked by these two girls who looked just like our Norman and Teddy!

It was great to see my shelves growing empty!

The size of our booth is amazing! 

Miss PJ was so good for her first show but by the end of the day she was done and would no longer look at me. Even at the end, a flat tire didn't ruin this wonderful Weekend! Shows are done for this year. Thanks to all who stopped by and purchased from us!!! Fiber on until next time!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Spinning Border Leicester

I dyed this beautiful fleece in shades of red. I actually used different reds to get the effect.

Border Leicester locks are a lot more dense than other tools. I used this carder cleaner with fine teeth to open the locks. It's a tiny tool that works well.

Just look at those teeth! I got a close up of what a lock looks like when opened by this tool.

This wool spun up so nice...

It is soft with tiny little locks that come out giving it quite a bit of character.

Finished and set just in time for the Fiber Festival of New England! Come by this weekend if you're going to the fair!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Room Sprays..

This weekend at the Fiber Festival of New England,  we will be offering these room sprays free with each $50 or more purchase at our booth. They are specially blended in scents of Warm Vanilla, Spiced Chai and Pumpkin Pie scents. Stop by our booth and say hi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain!!!

Wishing everyone a very Happy and safe Halloween and a Blessed Samhain!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Catching up and getting ready

Yesterday was about catching up around here! October sure is a busy month between birthdays, events, work and other fun things to do. We took the top hive box off this hive finally. We won't get any honey to sell this year as our hives are rebounding from last year's bear attack that wiped out everything forcing us to start all over again.

The chicken coops were cleaned well. This girl is coming in for an inspection. She's checking to see if it meets her standards.

Finally an egg! Our girls have been molting and have not laid much lately, hopefully we are turning a corner on this, our egg customers are getting ancy!!!!

Packing and organizing the bins for the Fiber Festival of New England next weekend, hope to see you there!

Monday, October 23, 2017

There is no such thing as a dyeing mistake!

With clean and dried Border Leicester on hand I set out to dye some colorways I had in mind. I had 3 pounds of wool and set out to get it dyed!

I filled the pot with some warm water and added my dyes. My goal here was to do a blue, green
and dark rose fractured blend. I added a small amount of blue and green and dominated the rose color leaving space between for it to bleed over. I've done this before and it worked!!! Well this time the rose was completely over come by the blue and green.

This pound was supposed to be black!!! I got beautiful tips of black but the dark rose color I set out to dye in the previous fleece.

Just look how this set up!!! I love it. Maybe not enough vinegar? Too much water but something didn't go right here or did it?

This is the fleece that was supposed to have have rose in it!!! 

So when combined I got the exact results I set out for, just in a different process. There are no dyeing mistakes, if the pot gives you lemons or so you think, look again, it is more than likely beautiful in someone else's eyes!! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yarning on!!!

I am so behind in posts! October tends to be a very busy time. So much going on and not a lot of time for other things. I got the Lincoln wool spun. Three pounds netted 360 yards of gorgeous yarn. I got this one  my yarn weasel. This weasel has a perfect 2 yard circumference and was hand made by my friends brother in law.

The colors on this is so beautiful.  I was going for colors of the sea.
I must say I am quite pleased!
Now onto more dyeing and spinning, great things to get done on a cool Autumn day! N

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morning Spinning

With just 24 days until the New England Fiber Festival, my feet have been busy spinning with projects on  couple of wheels. I am spinning Mohair, Lincoln Longwool, Border Leicester and in the picture above is some beautiful Merino!!! All these yarns as well as lots of other items will be at my booth. Come visit me, Naomi and PJ our English Angora rabbit!!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Still going strong...

Offering a little extra food as things should be winding down...
With the end of beekeeping season closing in, it appears our bees did not get the memo. The last of the flowers are the asters which they are all over.

We lost 2 out of 4 hives in our attempt to rebound since last year's bear devastation. Our hives are filled with capped honey for them to eat through the winter.

Each hive looked like this...

A couple of baby bees peaking through and waiting to be capped. I am still seeing drones in the hives so they are not ready to say when quite yet.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It's all in the product!

I had this Border Leicester fleece that needed to be cleaned. I usually use Unicorn Fiber Wash...

I was running low and decided to buy more, but this time I purchased the Power Scour. I cannot say enough great things about this product! It will clean anything, and I mean anything! 

I added a few drops to this piece, lathered it lightly, rinsed and this was my results!

This was not the dirtiest fleece I have ever had but it was dirty...

But after a bath in the Unicorn Power Scour and  few rinses, it's beautifully clean. It really is all in the product. I don't find dish soap nearly as effective as the Unicorn wash line. This product is worth its weight in gold!!!