Saturday, August 15, 2015

Due to so many problems uploading photos here, I've decided to change to Wordpress. Here is the new blog site.
https://vintagespicetwice.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/hello-world/

https://vintagespicetwice.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/hello-world/

switching to different blog

I have had so many problems with blogger that I've decided to just change blog servers. I will post new addy here when I change.

still problems with posting photos????

I now have windows 10 and wondering if this is the problem with uploading photos here? Going to try again.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

trouble posting

Seems I have been having trouble posting here. I will come back when blogger has fixed itself.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Yahoo group challenge vote

I am owner of a yahoo group. I used to have 3 but gave them over to others. One was a huge hand stitching group that had members from around the world. I missed it after I left so instead of just hand stitching I started a group that could make anything..called hand made artisans. I also did a facebook group with same heading. You can look it up on Facebook and send a request and I can add you. The yahoo group addy is:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HandcraftArtisans/info

We do challenges in this group every so often and we just finished a bird challenge. Here are the entries. If you want to vote for your favorite then leave a comment in the comment section.

Bird #1

Bird #2
Only vote 1 or 2. Mine is not entered as it was the display bird and made a few years ago. But here is mine
We will be starting a new challenge again soon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Food

We have been blest. In all the summers we have taken veggies and fruit from our garden and given to friends, we have never had anyone to bless us back until yesterday.
Seems our neighbor works for Nabisco and he brought us a big box full of 13 different kinds of products. So what a blessing.


I've been working on making spaghetti sauce. My first time ever to make any and I jarred up 6 quarts. I had 7 but we used one to try it out today at lunch and it is yummy and so much better than store bought.
I'm now making another batch.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New computer and gardening

Well I wrote a long post here and it disappeared. So trying again.
I finally got a new computer since my old one was on it's last leg. This time I got a laptop. Not sure I'm going to like it but probably will once I've used it a lot. I also upgraded my satellite internet to more minutes so now can come here more often.

Gardening is winding down. We only have tomatoes, peppers and okra left and they will continue to produce until frost. I have been drying much of the peaches and plan to dry my apples this year as well. After we cleaned out our pantry, we decided we didn't need to put up tomatoes or salsa so going to work on making spaghetti sauce next week instead. We have given away so many tomatoes too.

This week we are doggie sitting our middle son's 2 inside dogs. Jack is a cockapoo and is so so old and he has back troubles (arthritis). Sophie is just a couple of years old and is a dachshund. She is mainly a one family dog so thought she might be a problem. But she remembered staying with us last summer and has adjust quite well this time.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rainy Day photos

My sister and BIL came out today for a visit and to get some blueberries. It was such a nice visit. We had some showers so the place really looked green. This is a photo my sister took looking out from our house across the road at the clouds on the mountain.The flower bed in the photo is our iris bed. We need to cut them back.
Another photo she took was of our muscadine arbor over our brick walkway looking at our firepit area and garden in the background.
I am almost finished with the 3rd quilt top. I have one more row of blocks and then the sashing and removing the papers and then it will be ready to take to the quilt shop to be quilted.

But have to admit that I'm so glad my jam and jelly making is over until the apples ripen. The dried peaches turned out nice and have them in the freezer. I do plan to make salsa soon as we get enough tomatoes.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blueberries and fabric

Today started early. I put up 26 pints of plum jam yesterday and thought I was finished with my jam and jelly making as I had put up 28 pints of peach jam last week...but was just going to put up the cherry juice I had into jelly but found that what I thought was cherry juice was really more plum pulp so got it all in a gallon ice cream bucket and called my DIL who was coming out to bring our ice chest back from last week when she came and borrowed to take home the garden and fruit goodies. Well she wanted the plum pulp so glad it found a good home. I did find enough cherry juice to make 4 pints of jelly so that was made this morning. Also picked 2 gallons of blueberries.
I kept one gallon and gave the other to the DIL to take home. She will be jelly and jam making tomorrow. In the meantime she was headed to her mom's house. Since her mom died, she and her older sister have been cleaning the house out. Her mom was a big quilter and think she may have made over 200 quilts in her lifetime and all hand quilted at that. But she had a huge fabric stash. The DIL wanted me to follower her over there after blueberry picking and pick out what fabrics I wanted. I came back with 3 bags full...mostly reds, whites, blues but some other colors as well. Also found an old Tupperware box full of embroidery floss and also they had a bag full of thread. I picked out a couple of handfuls of the thread. When I got home, I sorted it on my sofa so I could wash all the fabric. Here is all the goodies I got today. Better than Christmas.

In the midst of washing it all, I have gotten all the peaches I peeled and sugared yesterday into my dehydrator. Can't wait to try the dried peaches. Will be something good for this winter.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's been about a week since I've posted here. It has been a busy time around the place. First the garden seemed to all come off at one time. And so we both were busy putting up our produce. We still aren't finished but at least we have breathing space now. Today is more jam making day for me. Plums this time. But with the 4th coming up soon, I tend to think patriotic thoughts and these are my patriotic pictures. Red, white, blue (black) beans we grew this year.


Our tomatoes have begun so will be making salsa soon.
The first crop usually looks pretty bad but they get better and better as it goes along.
Also found another gorgeous spider web the other morning. I just love these. It is so amazing that God made the tiny spider so she could spin such an elaborate looking home.


Well back to the plum jam making.
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

red beans, wild plums and new rug

We spent the largest part of yesterday morning shelling red beans. We got a bushel from the garden and was only 2 short rows that were planted. This is what we got from the bushel.
These are some of our stone (wild) plums we have picked. I have boiled down some already and have put down in the freezer to make jam later on.
Here is the finished "Bad Hair Day" rug. This is the 2nd one and for my beautician.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Of Rabbits and Birds

Today I'm taking it easy. We have been so busy in the garden, orchard and yard that today is going to be a quiet day. I finished the hooking on the new "Bad Hair Day" rug and even have it bound, but need to block it. I also hooked 2 hearts and they are bound as well. I will block them sometime today and then get photos up tomorrow. I plan to stitch the hearts together and stuff and put in an old rusty spring.

We have a nice friendly Peter Rabbit inhabiting our back yard. He loves the clover and he seems so tame. We can walk out when he is grazing and it doesn't seem to bother him much. Even the dogs don't seem to mind him. Thankfully we have an electric fence around our garden so that it keeps him in the clover instead of our veggies.
We also have several birds nesting around. One is in our stone plum (wild) thicket. They are brown thrush and when we pick the plums, they will fly off the next but come right back. Another nest is in one of our peach trees and not sure what kind of bird it is. It is a different looking next and looks like a little hanging basket. We thought it was a summer tanger but not sure. And the 3rd nest is in our muscadine grape vines growing at the front of our house draping over the brick patio area. That one is a redbird nest and they really squawk at us every time we walk under. Her is the photo of it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gardening

Finally got a few shots around the place yesterday. It has been hot and steamy here lately. We have had a late afternoon or evening shower for 2 days now and looks like it will continue today. Just makes it steamier. But so good for the garden.

Our tomatoes and peppers are in buckets and bins and really growing. None are ripe yet but will be in a week or so.
Our blueberries are beginning to ripen.


Our asparagus is now ferny plants. It makes them healthier for next spring's picking season. Cutting the plum tree beside them was a good thing as the asparagus was being shaded and sapped too much but the tree.

Our fig tree has come back as a bush. They had weakened so from 2 winters of long periods of freezing temps. They can usually do ok with a day or 2 but when you have 2 or 3 solid weeks of freeze then they take longer to pull out of it in the spring. So we decided to cut them back to the ground and now it is a nice healthy bush. We won't have figs this year but maybe next.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Blog hop

Buttermilk Basin Design Studio is having a blog hop so thought I would jump on the band wagon.
http://buttermilkbasin.blogspot.com/
Today was the first listing and got a really cute pattern for a flag quilt. Think this will be fun.

On the home front.......we finally got all the plums picked from the one tree and got over 3 bushels. Gave away a lot yesterday to the kids and friends at church. Hubby got the tree trimmed and think we can salvage the tree enough from the black blight. He then sprayed with fungicide and hopefully that will help. He was able to save our Granny Smith apple tree a few years ago from the cedar blight it was getting. So maybe so!!!

Had awakened this morning feeling awful. Stomach was rolling and thought it was the potluck we ate at church last night...but then around 9a.m. realized I had not taken my meds last night. Joints are still aching but due to rain and weather change...not unusual so I won't complain about that. We did get a little over an inch of rain yesterday that was so needed and hope we get a little more tomorrow.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Of Spiders and plums

It has been very busy days lately. Gardening is coming off and fruit is ripening so it is an everyday thing to pick and put up. I've really been too busy to even get online much. I have managed to get out early in the morning before the heat and humidity sets in to just enjoy the peace and quiet of the beginning of day. I love looking at all of nature that God has given us. Found a brown thrush nesting in our sand plum thicket and now a scarlet (or summer) tanger nesting in a peach tree. Redbirds are trying to get to the blueberries as they ripen so they have become a pest. But did manage to catch a good photo of this amazing spider web with Mrs. Spider sitting in the center waiting for her breakfast.
Our plums are ripening now and having to pick as many as we can before the birds bruise them or the squirrels steal them. We only plan to put up jam from the stone plums so these others will be given to family members and friends and of course I'm eating a bunch myself. We have gotten almost 3 bushels of plums from one tree. Our larger plums from a different tree have not begun to ripen yet so it is amazing to get this many off of just one tree.
We are bagging them in gallon ziplocks. This will be easier to give out to people. Every container you see on this table have plums. The ones that need to ripen more are still in the tubs, baskets and dishpans.

I picked my first blueberries this morning. Not many but they are sure starting to ripen.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

goldfish ponds

Haven't really taken any photos lately so dug out some old ones I took a few weeks ago.

Several years ago I wanted a goldfish pond in the yard. We bought a odd shaped one and buried it near the house. A couple of years after we had it, hubby was trying to kill a snake and busted a hole in the bottom so we filled it in and planted ferns, hostas, ivy and periwinkle...all shade plants. Since hubby is the best, he decided we still needed a goldfish pond so we went to Railroad Salvage and bought 2 round fiberglass tubs. Strangely they didn't have drain holes so it made them perfect for the ponds. We planted one up high and other lower and made a concrete and slate waterfall thing between them. The first year we ran the pump we found out that the waterfall area wasn't sealed good enough and we were losing water so since then we never run the pump. We planted ivy and water iris around it and dumped in goldfish we got at the bait shop. We always manage to have at least one to live through the winter even with most of the water being frozen. We just restock them every year.

This next shot is taken one early morning when the sun had just come up. Love this time of day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Saturday we picked all the Sugar Snap peas. We got a little over a bushel total. This is what a bushel of peas looks like when they are shelled.
We put them in the freezer in small batches just enough for hubby and I for one meal. If we have company, then we can get out more bags.

Last year I got on a kick of making some cross stitched pears. Think they were a Samplers and Santa freebie. Anyway I put them together and thought I would show them off.

Here is the website.
http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com/p/pears.html


I'm wanting to draw up another bee themed rug soon. I have drawn another Bad Hair day and started hooking it to give to the young lady who does my hair. I also drew up a sunflower themed one...I need to do some Christmas and autumn themed ones as they tend to sell better on etsy.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Early Monday Morning Shots

Sat outside early this morning while it was still quiet and dew still on the ground. The bluebirds have begun nesting again and got some shots of the male.

They match my bottle tree.

My sister gave me a bunch of old vintage junk she had picked up while on vacation in N. Carolina. She gave me the white rooster which I repainted. The black rooster was mine and I repainted it black. She also gave me the cute little wheelbarrow which we had to fix as it was a sieve and then planted them all with some of our ground cover plants.

She also gave me a concrete Scotty dog and iris plaque which I repainted and put out.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Today and yesterday was laundry day. I do my bed linens every Friday and then the rest of the clothes on Saturday. I also bathe the dog on Fridays. So all her doggie blankets get washed then as well. I know you are wondering what I mean when I say "blanketS?" I really mean more than one. We keep the recliner love seat covered in small blankets and the back of it covered in a quilt and then she has her crocheted blanket to cuddle in and the blanket throw on our bed. I know we spoil her. She was a rescue dog. We found her down the road with her brother. She was terribly thin and dirty. She weighed in less than 4lbs. We took to the vet and the little male had to be put down as he had a broken back. We fed her and cleaned her up and she has become our "baby." We spoil her terribly. She is now about 10lbs or so and goes with us every chance she gets.
(photos may not show up as on slow internet still).

I've drawn out 2 new rugs onto backing. Another "Bad Hair day" and a group of 4 sunflowers in frames.

Friday, June 5, 2015

I live in southern Montgomery County. It is one of the largest counties in the state.
Mount Ida is the county seat and there you will find a lovely old court house which is on the Historical record.

During the summer months a large group of people meet each Saturday night for singing on the square. They even have a stage for local bands and concession stands. The stage is called the "Front Porch."
The entire area around in the Ouachita National forest is known for it's crystal mining. Crystals were I high demand during the 1920's to 1960's for use in radio sets. Now most are mined for jewelry and for those who believe in crystal magic.