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Recycled Tote Bags

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Anna Murfield, Sister #4608

Pretty much all of my products and artwork is made up from recycling an old object, my signs are made from both found and old farm wood, my recycled journals are made from little golden books that have been taken apart, filled, then rebound and my totes that are made from recycling our chicken feed sacks. I love taking something old and turning it into a new usable object not only is it a way to recycle but I think the final product looks pretty cool.
The chicken feed sacks usually have a design that is too cute not to use. After they serve their purpose of holding our chickens' feed I take them apart, line them with canvas, add a sturdy webbing to make a durable handle and sew them together again hemming the top with a bias tape. I hide a hard piece of board between the canvas and the chicken sack on my larger sizes that keeps the tote sturdy and holds the bags shape.

Now, especially with three little ones, it seems I always have more to carry than what fits in my arms so I use mine constantly! I use the smaller sizes as a book bag when we go to the library and the larger one I use as an everyday tote. I have been using them for a couple years now and I am happy to say they are still as sturdy as when I first made them, figuring that the sacks originally held 50 pounds of chicken feed they are used to a lot of durability. These sacks also have a somewhat glossy finish that, although they are not waterproof, they wipe clean easily. I sell these totes in my online Etsy shop and at the farmers market ... Read more →


Posted on July 24, 2014 by Maria Chamorro, Sister #3030

I rarely talk about my faith and beliefs in this blog because this is not a faith or religion blog. But sometimes, I have to and this is one of them. My faith is a big part of who I am even when I am struggling. It is an integral part of "the good life". For many years I have been focused on what I want, the plans I have for ME. I could get so wrapped up on my own life that I sometimes for to LISTEN to what God wants. I am always asked, how does God "speaks to you"? Sometimes in mockery and I respect that-- we all are entitled to our opinion. But the truth is that it is more of a feeling and in some cases it does feel like a still small voice. It is an overcoming emotion that comes to you and makes you realize that He is listening to your prayers and answering back. The past couple of weeks have been pretty go-go-go for me in the professional realm and while I am happy about the future, a part of me felt like something was off. Hard to explain. I have been praying and praying over this, talking to my mother and fiance. Finally yesterday during my morning prayers it came to me.

Right there in from of my face it was: what I thought I always wanted is not what I really want ... Read more →

Playing in the Dirt!

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Debbie Tegart, Sister #4393

There are few things I love more than a freshly tilled and planted garden. I know it is exciting and oh so pretty when stuff starts coming up, but that moment I look at a newly planted area gives me a thrill. I love the smell, the look, the crud under my fingernails and the sweat I feel dripping down my back which all says in chorus “Good Job!”

Over the last few days we have planted two new beds. One is actually a combo of Garden 2 and Garden 5 from last year. We put them together to make one biggie plot-43 ft x26 ft. Hubby tilled it up with our Kubota and then we marked off rows and we planted using my handy dandy Earthway Seeder. We planted a variety of beans, peas, beets, cucumbers and flowers. I know you can’t see anything yet, but isn’t it pretty? ... Read more →

Weather Woes

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Karen L. Bates, Sister #377

This last week is starting to take a toll on me. Last weekend there was fire danger not far from my home but luckily it didn't come this way. There are so many brave (and very tired) firemen and women working hard to keep these fires at bay. They are so appreciated!

Yesterday we had a freak wind/rain storm come though. It was awful and a tree came down on my rental house. Luckily it just touched down softly, as there appears to be no damage to the roof. (I hope.) ... Read more →

HomeAcre Hop #80

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sandra Morris, Sister #4384

This past week has included some of my favorite Summer activities-canning, swimming, camping,
hiking, fishing, handspinning.
What have you been up to this summer?

If you get a chance, link up some of your Homemaking, Homesteading, and Homeschooling Post! ... Read more →

Strawberry Cookies

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Erica Sullivan, Sister #5694

The other day I was making sugar cookies and I realized after mixing for what seemed like days, that I was using bread flour, not all-purpose. So I had a crumbly dough that just wouldnt come together. I could have added more liquid, but I am really bad about judging that kind of thing, so instead I added something with moisture and substance; Strawberries!

At the time I neglected to take any notes or photos, and they came out so good that I decided to make them again this week, so now you all can have the recipe and try them yourselves! I warn you though, these are VERY addictive.........

First step of course is creaming together butter and sugar, this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar. I let the butter get a little soft, then cut it up to save time and elbow grease ... Read more →

Rodeo Fence for Thursday's Fence

Posted on July 23, 2014 by MaryBeth Schwartz, Sister #46

Rodeo Clown behind the fence. Does the fence keep him in or does it keep us out? ... Read more →

i'm back

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Judy Torola, Sister #599

We skipped out for 10 days and went west. I will be back after I get out of vacation mode ... Read more →