Sunday, December 29, 2013

Life on the Homestead this Last Week

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their Christmas and is looking forward to 2014.  2013 has been a rough year for my family and I'm not too broken up about seeing it leave.
I have been spending time with my hubby and kiddos, basically doing whatever they want to do and using the in between times to try out some new things.  Here's what I have been up to lately...
I work with some wonderful ladies at my school.  They are always going above and beyond what they need to do to make life better for the kids.  Our staff does something for them, but I decided that the ladies that work with my kiddos deserved a little extra.  I took some pint jam jars, painted them white, the put some red stripes on it.  I sanded it a little bit to rough it up.  I love the distressed look.  I found some really cute flannel with 2 bears hugging for the top, then spray painted the screw bands white and filled it with mints.  Just a little something to say thanks!  for all they do for out kids!
Next, I made up some of this super easy, yummy bread!  This is from the book Artesian Bread in 5 minutes a Day.  It is delicious!  I will take pictures and share the recipe when I make it next time.  It make four loaves.  I gave one to my mother in law, along with a basket of canned and frozen goodies.  I forgot to take a picture of it, gotta get better at that...LOL
I tried to make some felted soap.  This is with a  bar of Ivory soap that I had in the cupboard.  I have a couple more that I am going to practice on before I use my good scented soap from Melaleuca.  I like the way it turned out and enjoy using it in the shower.  The wool is supposed to be a good exfoliater and the lanolin in the wool, makes it a softener.  Also wool is supposed to be anti-microbial so the soap doesn't get all smelling.  I'm just not real satisfied with the way it looks.  The stripes are too... stripey!  I will keep you up dated as I perfect my technique.  
Well, this is just a bit of what I have been up to this last week.  What have you been doing on your homestead?

1 comment:

  1. Found the link to the bread recipe! Woo Hoo! Here you go!