Monday, October 17, 2011

Sewing, Fall Garden & more Introductions

Happy Monday! Its going to be a busy week.. but its always a busy week here. Check out little LTE Melody and her friends(and some not her friends, she hates that nubian wether and head butts him every chance she gets!) I've been working on making hand bags out of feed bags for a while now.. here's one I did Saturday. Its made from a timothy/alfalfa hay pellet 40 lb feed bag which has really nice pictures of horses and colorful logos... lined with denim. Made in a messenger bag style.
Now I don't have horses, but my girls like getting alfalfa pellets and timothy pellets for treats.
Here's the back of the bag. The whole exterior is made from the feed bag material, except the strap.. that's made from the denim.

Inside of the bag... 2 pockets..

Front of bag. Shoulder straps attached with D-rings. Its very time consuming to cut these bags out because I really work to line the pictures up to get the best look from the bag. The woven plastic the feed bag is made of is challenging to work with but makes a bag strong durable bag.

And easily wiped off if it gets dirty. I won't be keeping this bag I plan to put it up for sale in my etsy store I'm trying to start.

I currently carry a messenger bag I made from a chicken feed bag! Very "attention getting"

The latest edition to the herd.... Nolin Farm Reese, purchased from Autry farms. He is a Myotonic buck (fainting goat), 7 months old and we love him!

The Bald Man and I think he's one of the prettiest goats I have... love the way his head is shaped, his stocky body , his extra soft coat.

So so pretty, I can't wait till he's grown and has his full horn rack!

Another one of the 'prettiest' goats I have... this is SGM Goldie Locks... we call her Goldie for short! She is a Nigerian Dwarf, 6 months old in this pic. She's so friendly!

And here is Thunderhill Brie!! also a Nigerian dwarf baby! I love love love!! the way Brie looks!

Brie was not easy... I bought her(and Goldie) from Fields of Grace farm which is just about an hour and half from me... but little brie here didn't travel well and got pretty sick, plus she was stressed, I'm sure, from just being taken away from momma... And she wasn't friendly to people AT ALL ! She hated me! and everyone else! I considered taking her back to Lisa (Fields of Grace owner, who is absolutely wonderful to deal with, very helpful!!) but I just couldn't... my husband (Bald Man) told me to take her back, cause she was way to much trouble... and her blue eyes creeped him out . But, no... . I put in alot of time with her to get her over her 'shipping flu' , her stress and spent weeks of getting her to like people! and it was worth it cause now she's my buddy! It was also hard because none of the goats liked her.. not even the one she knew, that she came with(Goldie)!! She would spend her days hid from everyone in a corner behind a feed trough... so I kept her in the house and on the deck for a long time... then put her and Goldie alone in the kidding pen every night until they bonded.. so she would have a friend in the herd. Whew... alot of time and work but so so worth it... she's amazing now... jumps right up in 'king of mountain' games and challenges the big Nubian and alpine kids! even though they are more than 3 times her size! She's still the tiniest one in the herd. I'm looking forward to breeding her next year!

Fall Garden Time! I love fall/winter garden veggies! I also love that its not a hundred degrees while trying to garden! I only have a very small fall/winter garden this year... but just wait next year will be huge! maybe... if I find to time!! Plus this time of year some summer stuff is still producing.. even though whats left of my summer garden is scary grown up... I still picked ALL these peppers from it!

My fall section gave up kale, lots of leaf lettuce and arugula! with broccoli , romaine lettuce and brussel spouts looking good!

If you've ever planted 6 or more pepper plants you know they grow well in TN and you soon get over run with them! Dehydrating and vacuum bagging is my favorite way to preserve them. I also like to pickle. Dehydrated peppers are awesome in soups and chili through the winter... you can freeze peppers too but that takes up freezer space and to me they just don't taste as good.

That's all for now... y'all have a blessed busy week!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Life with Goats

My first post on my new blog! Now I'm no stranger to blogging... but it has been awhile! I started a sewing blog while living in Knoxville back in 2007. Posting mostly things I sewed... and that was mostly all clothing.. I look back at it now and think... my, I was bored! I made SO many cloths! Some I never liked or wore... but it was something to do that I did enjoy. I love to sew.. I just really didn't need to make 20 something tops in a month! But I didn't have anything else to do.. but maybe clean the house (NO!ahhh!)
I have since down sized my closet ALOT. I find I don't need 10 mini dresses and 40 pairs of heels anymore... life on the farm in tiny little Niota.. is not life in Knoxville... and I don't have time to be bored. haha! I still have plans to make and refashion jeans.. one item I can never have to many of no matter where I live. Jean jackets are necessary.. and tees.. I do need t-shirts and I prefer to personalize them. I still like cloths.. its just not a real focus in my life and I'm glad for that.
I sew different things now... like recycled handbags and wallets from my animals feed sacks! More on that later!
My life on this farm wouldn't be complete without 'the girls'.. my goats! They give the best milk that I make the best cheese and yogurt from!! They also give me the milk that has allowed me to put my Esthetics education to work making skin care products. The best soap and lotion I have ever used has been made with goat milk. I was using goat milk soap I bought from the farmers market in Knoxville long before I made my own.
The goats, what can I say... I get up every morning and can't wait to look out the window to see what their doing.. I look forward to feeding them, milking them and just being around them everyday... I can't wait till my girls have the first goat kids born on our farm!! I got my first pair of goats in Feb. of this year.. which is entirely another story! Since then a few goats have left the farm and quite a few more were bought in.. I have completely thrown myself into caring for them and learning as much as I can about them.. you can never learn all there is to know about goats.. they are quite unpredictable!
and now...
I want ya to meet a couple of my girls.... This above is Petunia! A blue eyed Nigerian Dwarf darling that I love! She's very vocal, so tiny and cute. So friendly!

This is Star... a Nubian. Not my favorite breed but she's special. One Nubian in a small herd of Alpines and Nigerians is not that bad.. the Alpines really keep her in check! The first goats I bought were Nubians, 3 of them, and one of them came with her 2 babies. Star is the only left out of those goats... why? I guess because after the other 4 were gone Star got quieter.. not as rowdy.. just a nicer goat! So I decided to keep her and see what happens as she grows up... and hopefully she will have tiny Myotonic/Nubian cross kids for me next spring!

Plus she's extra loving! She loves hugs... now not all goats do!

She should be a good milker.. we'll see!

I have many more girls (and boys) to blog about... as well as skin care recipes, sewing projects... farm stuff, goats,, chickens and so much more!