Saturday, May 23, 2015

Someday the Potty

This mamma is rooting for the potty! So far the toddler is winning (it's okay to pee anywhere, right?) and the potty is losing. Boo. I just don't think we are ready yet. It's so difficult to hear that all of Audrey's little friends are successfully potty training and she isn't.  But her diaper bum is still so very cute (even though she has learned how to take off velcro diapers... which are basically the only diapers you can get onto a toddler as they run through the house).

Still, I am hopeful.  I made her a set of lovely trainers, with diapering PUL on the outside, jersey lining (supposedly so she will have an uncomfortable wet feeling thus making her want to use the potty... all theory) and 2 layers heavy bamboo fleece sewn into the lining for accidents. It's nice to switch up diaper making for a few trainers. Although not fast to sew they are cute and I still get a chance to use up some of my fabric stash (that helped insulate my house this winter).  I purchased the pattern from Ladder Hill Designs on Etsy and I would link it but the shop only sells embroidery items now and not trainer designs.

And of course, adorable undies. These babies take minutes to sew up... in fact, after they were all cut out they only took 15 minutes to sew (which is long enough to hard boil eggs... since that was what I was doing at the same time... I am such a multi-tasker). The fabric is lycra/cotton and in adorable prints. I used more delicate fold over elastic that I found at Jo-Anns... perfect for undies and undershirts.  I hope to make many more of these and I hope that someday she will wear them! I found the pattern on Etsy from the Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

Happy Memorial Weekend!

shelby g

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sunny Day Bonnet

Finished up Audrey's Sunny Day Bonnet on Sunday and we got a chance to try it out during yesterday's beautiful weather.  Well... she didn't love it but we'll work on it.  Last year she wore a bonnet all summer and during the winter she loved wearing a hat so I know she'll eventually like this bonnet.

I used Made by Rae's Peekaboo Bonnet pattern (that I tested out way back). I love that this pattern is reversible and relatively easy to sew, this took me about 2 hours to complete on a rainy day.  I hate interface and luckily this pattern doesn't call for any but I assume you can add some to the brim if you want it to be more stiff.  There is piping on one side and I matched it with bias tape for the tie.  I don't like "stitching in the ditch" along the bias tape to the inner fabric and think that I could probably construct the inside and outside separately and then sew seams around the brim and neck (sort of like making a pillow) and get rid of the extra stitching. Any who now I am just rambling! 

I am going to try to make one of these using the waterproof diaper PUL with a breathable athletic wicking jersey on the inside so Audrey can have a rain bonnet. 

have a wonderful day!

shelby g

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Around the Farm

:: As much as Carlie can't stand cuddling with cats she and Indy always seem to snuggle together.  This particular moment was too precious not to capture on camera.

:: Our make shift "downeast 'ah" clothesline is working like a champ. We love the smell of fresh clothes off the line but never constructed a line in the 4 years we've lived here. Now that we no longer have a dryer we had to come up with something!  On rainy days (like today) I scatter the clothes to dry all around the house and it takes about 2 days for everything to dry.  But on this line it only takes a few hours in the sun and wind, perfect!  Plus this line is great for constructing makeshift tents to entertain Audrey while I dig in the garden.

:: Mr. Meanie is busy chiseling joints in the remaining beams.  He basically works from 7am to 7pm chiseling away. In the next week he will work with my father and grandfather to mill out the remaining beams and then he will begin to joint those.  Our plan is to raise the frame 4th of July weekend (along with a glorious lobster feast) so he is working against the clock at the moment but doing at great job at meeting his goals.

:: Basement dug and footings poured! We have to wait another week to have the walls and flooring poured and then our contractor can install draining and backfill.  We haven't run into that many issues yet so we hope that this part continues to move forward smoothly (and as close to budget as possible).

:: Today is a rainy day so I am working on a sunny day bonnet for Audrey and sewing up a few trainers for my diapering swap partner.  Our chicks are doing well, so far no fatalities.  They should move out into the smaller coop by mid June.  Also we have decided to plant the garden this year and I am double digging 6-8 four foot rows and leaving the aisles for mowing.  With so much construction going on I thought it would be best to fence in the garden area and also make it a play area for Audrey so she doesn't fall in the basement hole.  Hopefully I will have a fence up this week and a few of the row planted...we'll see!

happy sunday!

shelby g

Monday, May 11, 2015

Chicks at the PO

The chicks have arrived! This day far surpasses any holidays or birthdays as there is nothing like walking into the post office before opening and hearing little chicks peeping away in their box.  I woke up early this morning in anticipation of our bundles of joy and turned on the heat lamp and prepped the bathtub for their arrival.  Audrey was very excited for the chicks (and Mr. Meanie too, he is always away when the chicks arrive). 

So far they look good and have started drinking and eating.  We'll see if how the day plays out; hopefully they all make it!  This year we went in on an order with my sister and she requested 10 brown egg layers and we will have 5 brown egg layers plus an assortment of birds we like to look at, wyandotte, speckled sussex, brown leghorn, and black star.  We badly need to replace some of our flock since many of our hens are in their 4th year and laying has dropped considerably.  And a few years ago we received our last order of chicks, just when Audrey was a few weeks old.

Happy Monday!

shelby g

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It Has Begun!


And it has begun! Our long anticipated kitchen ell project is underway. We've spent the last few days gutting, rewiring, re-plumbing, and salvaging what we could. 

laundry room off the barn

And we further confirmed how poor the bones of the ell were. Many of the main beams were reduced to dust immediately even though we thought the looked strong enough to pull out and save. But alas! Mr. Meanie has made brand new spruce beams that should last lifetimes.

hope your saturday is going well!

shelby g

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! It's 50 degrees here which is a totally acceptable temperature for children to play in the ocean and dig in the sand.  We are enjoying the beauty of this ever-changing world we live on and I hope you do too! 

shelby g

Thursday, April 9, 2015


The sun is starting to shine now but we woke up to snow. SNOW. It is April! I am obviously less than thrilled with this recent development since we are still trying to get rid of all the snow from this winter.  It is slowly (very slowly) melting away but temps have not gone much above 40 degrees in the last few week.  And the maple syrup season is winding down without even winding up which is a huge bummer.  My father usually shares the syrup from the maples he taps but I fear it was be extremely coveted this year. 

Luckily there is an end in sight. It has to warm up sometime!  Looks like we will have higher temps (the 50s, oh my!) this weekend and even rain coming up on Friday. Anything, ANYTHING, than this white stuff.

All right; that's enough whining for one day.

happy Thursday!

shelby g