Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy Halloween! Audrey's casting a big shadow today in her dinosaur costume.  Attaching dinosaur tails to diapers seems to be a "thing" so I decided to give it a try for Audrey's costume.  She isn't too sure about the dino tail that seems to follow her everywhere... but I think she likes it!  The leggings are sewn from women's knee-high socks and I made the hoody out of green jersey knit. I added ric rac for the detail on the tail and hood to resemble spikes.  It's so cute!  Audrey isn't too fond of the hood either but I think overall this costume is a success.  We are heading out to visit family this afternoon and I hope she brings her best "rawr" with her.

Well, since she is napping right now (only down to 1 nap a day...!) I need to go clean/sew/put groceries away/take a nap/ eat/ laundry!

Be safe tonight with the ghouls and goblins out and about!

shelby g

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Around the Farm

Well we've been pretty busy around here lately!  After recovering from jet lag we jumped directly into our home reconstruction project.  A huge undertaking which will require an explanation in a separate blog post; we are doing more of the work ourselves (meaning my husband) as we are building a timber frame construction using lumber harvested from our property (and that of family members!)  We've reached the planning point where we need to decide on windows, doors, appliances, flooring, cupboards, etc. Aarrgh!  So much to research but happy to have the opportunity to create the "little house" of our dreams.

And Audrey's grown up so fast! She's over a year and a half and has quite a little personality.  I think with all toddlers she is either a helper or a hindrance so she needs a little extra attention than before or she'll run a muck through the house, upturn my sewing table, and eat the soap from the bathroom. She is so funny to be around!  A few times a month she visits the local daycare to get a break from Mom and so that Mom can sew.  This arrangement is working out well and Audrey is able to spent time with other children so there is a good chance she won't be the weird (est) kid when she grows up!

We've also lost another chicken which brings our total up to 5 dead chickens this year. It's been a rough year for us and we think that a lot of their issue comes from the fact we purchased them from Murry McMurray which is a factory farm.  We think that perhaps the breeds are not that strong and we need to switch over to some hardier birds that can withstand more "natural" settings. In other chicken news we also slaughter 10 more meat birds in October which means our freezer is completely full of dinner from now until springtime.  We had a few friends help us out this time (thank you!) and the work, if not faster, was more enjoyable.

I'll try to get on here again soon. I made Audrey the CUTEST Halloween costume and my nieces persuaded me into making them Elsa costumes.  Can't wait to share them with you!

And if you are on Facebook and would like to help the Meanie Greene and the Dutch Baby celebrate their Birthday and possibly win some prizes check out Dutch Baby & The Meanie Greene Birthday Extravaganza!

Have a great day!

shelby g

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Well that was lovely!  We spent the first week in October playing tourists in Copenhagen, Denmark and had a wonderful time.  The city is gorgeous, biker and walker friendly, and had at least 3 castles. Last time I counted the castles in Maine I didn't find any....

Mr. Meanie had a week-long work related class he needed to attend so I tagged along. And since we were able to coerce our relatives and friends into Audrey and the critter-care we jumped at the chance to travel.  I have never traveled to Europe so this was a real adventure! We flew from Boston to Toronto and from Toronto to Copenhagen on a red eye. 

Jet Lag is a real thing. I doubted it's existence before but experienced exhaustion in the middle of the day (6 hours time difference) and a few days of early bedtimes.  Turns out Copenhagen night life does not start until 12am or later and as much as we wanted to go out we were too tired!  But we did enjoy exploring the city by foot and bike during the days; visiting the Danish Cultural Museum, many restaurants, shops, palaces, and parks. 

And the food was amazing!  Our hotel housed a fine-dining establishment that we ate at almost every night (truffle oil?!).  For dessert we'd head out on the town sampling what delicacies Danish cuisine had to offer. And I tried Irish coffee (not Danish...). So yum!

Although we had a lot of fun in Copenhagen we missed our toddler, families, farm, and critters. We missed the landscape found here in Maine, the weather, even the way the sun rises and sets.  At the end of the week we packed our bags up, exchanged the currency and flew home!  We cannot wait to travel again.. maybe Germany next?  Finland?

have a good evening,

shelby g 

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Well hello there October! What did you do to September?  Time has been flying by and we have been busy, busy, busy!  Mr. Meanie and I are about to go on a world-wide adventure in a few days and we thrilled! At the moment we are battling epic colds but we hope to be on the road to recovery before our 9+ hour plane ride on Saturday. 

What's going on around the farm?

* Fall is settling in around us.  The leaves are beautiful, the grass has stopped growing, and the garden has been hit by enough frosts to put it to bed.  I still need to plant the garlic (perhaps I should order it first?) and move our front perennial beds to the back garden to make way for our kitchen renovations in the spring. I've got plenty of time, right?

* Our new meat birds are doing well. We had a bout of coccidiosis that had to be treated a week ago and now they are doing fine.  We have about  2 weeks before they need to be slaughtered so that will be a fun activity to do when we get home from our trip (she says sarcastically).

* We've lost another laying hen; making 4 this year.  On evening I found our silver-laced wyandotte struggling to breath. She died not too long after; appears that she was egg bound.  I hate losing chickens and this year has been an especially difficult year.  We do plan on getting at least 6 more in the spring; hopefully winter proves better for our older ladies health than summertime.

* The house has been clean for the last 3 weeks. This is a world record!

* And lastly if you are around the Cherryfield area this weekend please check out Destination Cherryfield's Riverside Arts & Music Festival. I have been volunteering for the past 8 months with this group and they are very excited for the upcoming festival. I am sad that I will not be in town to attend! 

have a great day!

shelby g

Friday, September 19, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

Friday, September 12, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grumpy Cat Dress

A few months back I taught a 2 day class on beginning sewing and pattern drafting the Schoodic Arts Festival. My first time teaching experience was a success although I am not sure if I am the best instructor. Oftentimes my brain/mouth translations didn't go well and all I ended up saying was "Just wing it" which you can imagine makes a first time sewster a little nervous. Nonetheless my students each walked away with 2 articles of clothing; having drafted the pattern themselves and harnessed the power of the sewing machine.

While my class was busy sewing away I decided to make a few outfits for Audrey (along with a shirt and vest for myself).  This Grumpy Cat dress was made from leftovers from the Grumpy Cat diaper made from fabric purchased on spoonflower. I love Grumpy Cat and although the coloring on the dress is more creepy fleshtone than kitty coloring I still love the concept.


sew anything lately?

shelby g