How to Peel Watermelon

How to Peel a Watermelon

My family LOVES watermelon.  However, I do not love that my children leave watermelon rinds sitting around  or that cut up watermelon takes up a lot of space in my fridge.

For quite a few years I have been using this cutting method for oranges and then one year I realized it would be a great way to cut up watermelon or other melons. Continue reading

side view pole beans on trellis

How do your Green Beans Grow?

We reached our 2014 green bean goal. YA!!!

Our goal this year was to harvest, blanch and freeze 12 gallons of green beans for the year. So far we have 12 bags in the freezer and probably a few more coming.  This of course doesn’t count the fresh ones we ate during the harvest time.

Last year I was able to harvest 5 gallons of beans and they didn’t last very long. They are SO much better than store bought. The kids even noticed when I switched.

I recently had someone ask me on our Facebook page how many bean plants produced my 12 bags of beans and how much space I used. I figured since I have an empty trellis to show you, I have at least one curious reader and it’s never too early to start planning for next years garden, I would share how we grow our beans. I LOVE the method I use for growing them. Continue reading

Taming the Mess

Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.

Life is pretty hectic and adding schooling at home to the bundle makes it even crazier. Organization is vital. If I didn’t stay organized I am not sure if we would get anything done or if I would be able to keep my sanity. So, since I don’t want to be put in the loony bin I do my best to keep the crazy tamed… well, most of it… these cuties have their own kind of delightful crazy. 

My silly littles
My silly littles

This last year we moved into a bigger, but at the same time smaller, home. Yes, we have more land to live on but the house itself is smaller.

In the last house we had a dedicated school room. Though I loved having the dedicated space, I wouldn’t trade in our new space to go back. With the challenge of a new setup came a need to change my space structure and organization.  Continue reading

Beautiful wood

Clothespin Fun

Yesterday was a clothespin themed day. In the morning we unloaded our newest supply of Maple for Clothespins.

unloading Maple for handcrafted clothespins

We got our wood from a local mill.The mill primarily sells their maple to guitar manufacturers all across the US.  This is the stuff they cannot use.

Beautiful wood
Beautiful wood

Most of the pieces are highly figured maple. It will make some absolutely gorgeous Quality Clothespins. 

Then in the afternoon the kids played hide and seek in the hanging sheets and towels.

Chasing and playing peekaboo
Chasing and playing peekaboo

I was playing with my youngest and captured this enchanting picture. My absolute favorite picture of the day.

Peekaboo in the sheet

I am a bit addicted to our Classic style Clothespins. They make the Carpenter and I smile. I really love that we can use beautiful wood that can’t be used by the mill, I love that we can all be involved in the making of them and I love that I can see my sheets dry for free on the line.

Sometimes it really is about enjoying the simple things in life. Life will never be perfect but oh the joy of the simple.

-The Frabjus Lady

Green Beans in freezer

Preserving the Harvest: Green Beans

There are a few things that I seem to grow well in the garden. One is Sugar Snap Peas and the other is Green Beans.

Last year I had three trellis rows of green beans and I was able to preserve 5 gallon bags of blanched frozen beans. Because 5 bags didn’t last us nearly all year, my goal this year was 12 bags of beans.  I went a bit crazy and planted 7 trellis rows of beans.  Continue reading

Your Building Character….Oh shut up!

One of my least favorite things that people say in hard times is: “It will be okay. You situation is building character”. Here is some harsh honesty for you…Most of the time when people say that to me I just want to tell them to shut up, hit them with a chair and tell them to develop their own character. Continue reading

Transferring a pattern using a DIY light table

DIY Light Table: Transferring Designs

As many of you know I began to embroider this last winter. My goal was to create pieces that I could frame. I enjoyed my beginning pillow cases but I am not really into fancy towels or pillow cases.

I really  wanted my focus to be artwork that I could hang on the wall. I didn’t want my embroidery to be limited to preprinted patterns. So, that meant I needed an easy method to transfer a pattern from a piece of paper onto a piece of fabric.  Continue reading

Fresh Eggs Daily Giveaway

GIVEAWAY with Fresh Eggs Daily (closed)

We are partnering up with a wonderful Facebook page this week. Fresh Eggs Daily.

Fresh Eggs Daily shares Tips & tricks to raising backyard chickens naturally from a 5th generation chicken keeper/herbalist. I love her beautiful pictures and great information.

We sent her some of clothespins and she loved them!

Thank you to all who participated in this wonderful giveaway and thank you to Fresh Eggs Daily. We are so happy that you love your Kevin’s Quality Clothespins

A Woodworker and Teacher selling clothes pins that last generations, learning to live off the land and raising honest, hard-working children.

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