If you go for a walk with me around my little farm you might see…half blown dandelion,
a friendly barn kitty to keep you company,
a frisky goat kid soaking in the sunshine,
a brooder full of growing chicks,
a barn full of hungry goats,
and a bush of sweet smelling honeysuckle.
Spring is here in all it’s glory on the farm! The apple trees and lilacs are blooming as are the bleeding hearts. There have been two kids born so far, and I have another doe who has a very large belly! I am thinking she may have twins even though it is her first kidding. Baby chicks are staying warm under the heat lamp. In two months they will be large, meaty birds who will help feed my family through the year.
I have been digging in the garden already. The radishes should be ready soon. I have peas, beets, lettuce, spinach, garlic, and cabbages that are also showing off their new leaves. Last week I planted a new plum tree to pollinate my mature tree. My Mom got it for me as a belated birthday present. My previous plum was girdled by rabbits. I shouldn’t have problems with that anymore. My barn kitties keep them away now. I spent a couple hours today prepping and planting some strawberries. The kids ( children) helped me with that. I am hoping that Richard will get my garden tilled up in the next week or so. Then I can plant beans and other tasty things!
The spring birds are back. Robins, Cardinals, and a Goldfinch are some of the ones I have seen so far. Unfortunately, my kitties spotted a Cardinal, too. There was a pile of red feathers greeting me for chores this morning. There are fewer birds around now that the cats are here. The crows don’t seem much bothered by them, though!
My work list is a mile long. So much to do in the house- sewing, cleaning, school. I really want to make some time to sew. I have made a few things, but just haven’t had time to blog about them. It takes a long time to put something good together! The two older girls had new dresses for Resurrection Sunday. Richie got two new pair of short this week. He doesn’t like to wear pants as soon as it gets over 60F. Outside, I have garden work, spring yard work, weeding, and a brick walk to finish. I started one last summer while I was pregnant. I threw my back out halfway through, and it has sat unfinished since.
My little girl is four months old already! Where does the time go? She is so smiley and much loved by her siblings. They love to hold her and see if they can make her giggle or smile. It really doesn’t take much. There is never a shortage of arms eager to hold her!
She is very close to rolling over from back to front. She can do it on the bed since it sinks just a wee bit in. She has not mastered rolling from front to back yet. Mine have all been backwards and done back to front first.
This week I managed to get some sewing done! Yay! I am busy working on Lillon’s Easter dress, but I decided I needed a break from it to test an awesome little jacket pattern from Pumpkin and Bunny– the Lily. It was love at first sight when I saw it pop up in my fb news feed! It was just what I had been looking for to go over my girl’s sleeveless dresses to keep them warm in the cooler months.
The pattern is a cropped jacket with long, mutton sleeves. It has a steampunk feel to me! The fit is really good on it. The sleeves are snug, but not too tight. There is lots of nice topstitching detail. All of the seams are enclosed, so the inside looks good, too.
For the technical details…the seams are 3/8″. The pattern pieces are layered, so you only print the sizes you want to print. The pattern instructions are well laid out and easy to follow. It uses clear photos for the tutorial. If you need any help or want to see more you can join her pattern group on fb. Guess, what??? It is FREE. I think there has been as much or more detail put into this free pattern as a paid one. The Pumpkin and Bunny Lily pattern designer gets an A+ in my book! Get your free Lily pattern! There is also a coupon code for her other patterns. Coupon Code: happy2bunny for 20% off! (Expires Monday, March 21st)
The first whiffs of spring are in the air here on the frozen tundra. There has been several warm days this week and the snow is well on its way out. Will there be more coming? I don’t know, but my mind has turned to my garden. I am thinking of planting some seeds inside to quench my thirst for the soil. I bought a fluorescent shop light at my local hardware store and some lights ( 1 warm, 1 cool) to go with it. I still need to figure out where this is going to go in my house.
Meat chicks are also on my mind. They are fun while they are small and a blessing when I reach into my freezer in the winter. I make some killer chicken noodle soup with those homegrown chickens! My layer chicks I bought late last summer are laying now. Fresh eggs daily! Mmm!
Violet is growing into a chubby baby. It makes my heart glad to see a baby with rolls of fat! The other kids are enamored with her and still fight to hold her.
Another thing I am looking forward to this month ( no, not my birthday, though that is this month, too. 34 years old!) is The Heart of a Pioneer Woman retreat. I have never been to something quite like this before. A friend of mine works for the camp and invited me. They are having classes on gardening, cheese making. essential oils, and pie making. I am hoping for some sweet fellowship with other Christian ladies.
I have added an option to follow me on Bloglovin’. 🙂
During my “resting” period after Violet’s birth, I decided to fill some of that time being useful. I crocheted her a warm sweater! After browsing my Pinterest board for ideas, I went with a pattern that I used when I was pregnant with Abigail. It is a free pattern from the Bella Bambini, the Sweater Coat.
The pattern was easy. It needs to be if I can do it! I am no pro at crocheting. I tend to do it when I am bored and need to fill some time. That means I rarely do it. Ha! It also means I don’t make much progress in my skill level. Anyway, back to the pattern. I ramble. The fit is spot on for a newborn. I used two different yarns for some color contrast and interest. I shortened the length by a couple rows and added a scalloped bottom instead of a plain single crochet edging. The sleeves were adjusted for a slightly smaller scalloped edging. The scallop pattern came from ” 5 Crochet Edges You Should Know” on Craftsy.
For the buttons, I cheated and didn’t make button holes. The buttons I used fit nicely between the double crochets. They came from my vintage buttons stash. Picking out buttons for an outfit is always fun! My girls hear me rooting around in the buttons and come running. They can’t resist running their fingers through the buttons, either!
This pattern would work well for a boy or girl depending on the yarn you pick out. If I had to do it over again I would have crocheted up another sweater on the blog that isn’t too far off from this one, “Sam’s Sweater” . The bottom has a more feminine stitch. It is probably getting too late to make another newborn sweater. Violet probably only has another week or so in newborn sizes. She is growing so quickly!
Readers who followed my journey through abdominal rehab for diastasis will know I am a big fan of the Tummy Team. Every year on her birthday the founder, Kelly, has a sale! Yay! I bought my program 2 years ago on during this sale and have never regretted it. It really has helped me feel stronger and look better. I could tell a big difference between this pregnancy and the last. ( and the births!) The work I did with the Core Foundations made that difference. ( I may post about that later if there is an interest!) If you want to read about my 8 weeks with the program, the posts are here: Tummy Talk
This isn’t a fitness program- it is REHAB. So many problems stem from a weak core- pelvic floor weakness/leakage/prolapse, back pain, digestive issues, hernias, and many other issues. I am thankful not to have dealt with a lot of those- mostly back pain.
There are five programs to choose from depending on your needs.
Core Foundations– 8 weeks that focus on strengthening your core and other areas that are connected.
Prenatal Core Training– 6 week program that focuses on pregnancy and birth prep.
Core Preparations for Cesarean– 4 week program for mothers who will be getting a planned c-section
Core Preparations– program for those who will be needing some sort of abdominal surgery. ( hernia, etc.)
Core Integrations– 6 months access to integrating your core into every day life. It is for those who have done the Core Foundations or Prenatal Program.
Use the code “HAPPY44” to get the birthday deal!
I hope that those of you who are having issues with how you look or feel will look into these programs. The Core Foundations program really helped me learn that I needed to take care of myself to take care of my family. God bless!
Post contains affiliate links, because I think Tummy Team is awesome. 😉
When the original Autumn Grace pattern came out I was unable to test it due to having morning sickness/fatigue. I was so pleased when the expansion pack came up for testing, and I got to pick an option to test! The tunic version with pockets caught my eye right away. My girls always love something with pockets! The Expansion Pack from Pollywoggles has 5 options that were not in the original pattern- tunic, pockets, cowl, hood, and sleeveless.
I chose the cowl option for the neckline. The cowl had some tweaking done with it after I tested it. Mine doesn’t sit quite nicely to the bottom. That was fixed in the final version. I didn’t end up making the final version since Lillon did not need more clothes, and I was getting close to my due date. I needed to do baby prep! I suspect I will be sewing up lots more of these in the future since it is cold weather pattern. It is hard to find patterns for warm clothes, and this one has so many options!
It was a fun pattern test and a quick sew. I made it up right after Christmas. I don’t usually work much with fleece, because it really isn’t my style. This really caught my eye, though, and I am so pleased with the pattern! The tutorial is clear and well done. The fit is good. There are instructions on how to mix sizes together for the perfect fit. Lillon’s tunic is a 5 width and a 7 length.
I enjoy working with this designer, because she is great about taking suggestions from the testers to make a better pattern for everyone. The Autumn Grace is on sale for a short time. It is only $5.13 US, so it is a good deal!
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the newest member of the family: Violet Faye! We are both doing great.