"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

Friday, June 18, 2010

I need some idea's....

Hey y'all,

   Well I hope everyone has had a good week! Mine was somewhat productive. Our garden is finally taking off with God's blessings. We will be over run with squash, cucumbers, and beans soon, and I pulled up a few potato's and they are growing good, and we have some tomatoes that are getting big. I am so excited about the greasy beans, they are my favorite!! Not many people know about greasy beans, they are an Appalachian mountain favorite, and I cant get enough of them!!

I would love to wear dresses, and clothes, and shoes from the 1800's and early 1900's. I know that's probably weird, but I love them! I love the skirts, the shoes, the hats, the hair styles. I want to cook on a wood stove and over a fire, I want to wash my clothes in a wash tub, and hang them out to dry. I want to live in a cabin, with hand made furniture, and only what we need to survive. I only want to have to go to town for things like flour, and sugar, and mail. I want to make and grow everything we have or not have it. I want all business's to be closed on Sunday, and I want to have picnics after church, wearing my Sundays best, that I made by hand. I want to ride a horse, or buggy where ever I go. I want to milk a cow, and churn butter. I hate ingles,and chain stores, I want to go to a general store, the only store in town, for anything I might need. I want to go to sewing circles, and corn shuckins, and barn raising's, and ice cream socials. But I guess that's asking too much huh?

Well anyway, I need some ideas from you guys. I want to start sewing some things to sell, and I cant decide what. Here are a few things I thought of, tell me what you think would sell.
1) A blanket or pillow with Lucy and Ethel on the front at the chocolate factory, and on the back chocolates.
2) Dick and Jane quilts, and/or matching pillow shams.
3) A civil war quilt, with fabric pictures of generals with their name embroidered underneath with civil war reproduction pieces sewn around it, or pillows of the same thing.
4) vintage paper doll material quilt, and matching pillow shams, and there is also Beatrix potter and all kinds of other children's material.
I have so many ideas but I cant decide, and I don't want to waste my money on the material if no one will buy it. So any ideas would be appreciated!!! God Bless all!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Onions, berries,chickens, and a black bear oh my!!

Ahhhh, blackberries, my Favorite!! I also love raspberries!! And I cant get enough of them! That's one of the reasons I love summer in the Mountains, they grow wild in the woods, and if you are brave enough to go into the woods you can find some pretty big and juicy berries, the berries I am holding in the picture below were on the edge of the woods and I had my big rubber boots on, or I would not have gotten them, because we have seen a lot more snakes this year than any other year before. We also have a black bear or two living either in the woods or in the apple orchard by the pond through the woods by our house, so I am a little more cautious this year than last year. I have not gotten a picture of the bear yet, but I am sure I will before the summer is past.


While I was picking berries, which were soooo good by the way, my mom found wild onions that had gone to seed. I have never seen wild onions do that before, but i have also never seen any plants go to seed until this year, since I have become a gardener. I am going to start a seed saving book, and learn as much as I can about saving seeds. There were wild onions all over the place this year, in our yard, in the woods, we picked over 200 at one time, I posted about that a while back. So I gathered as many seeds from the ones that were not picked as I could, they were in little pods, there is a picture above.
    My Chicks are no longer chicks, they are now chickens, I ended up with three roosters and three hens, by mistake. So I have a question for all you chicken owners out there, if I keep all three roosters, will I have any eggs to eat, or will I end up with more chicks than eggs? I don't want to get rid of any of them, there has been a lot of cock fights busted around these parts, and I don't want them to go to the wrong hands. They are so crazy, I love to watch them. They absolutely love clover, they chase me if they see me pick it, and they love zucchini. And I love to hear the roosters trying to crow, sooo cute!! And they cluck now, and make the cutest noises!! I could watch them all day!! I think i am going to try and grow clover as a ground cover in my garden this winter, I would hate for my chickens to go without it.Well, I guess I better go and get my made from scratch french bread out of the oven and see if it turned out OK. Oh, I have to tell you all, I went to see Miss Loretta Lynn in concert the other night, 8 rows from the stage, and I love her so much!! She was so purtty!! And when she sang Cole Miners daughter, I have to say I cried, isn't that silly!! Well, God Bless y'all!!!

The enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains I call home.


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I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, in a little camper, with my husband and family. We are trying to become self sufficient and live off the land. I am sick of all the sad news on TV, the economy, and the evil world we live in, so we are trying to make things as simple as possible and get back to the basics. I think if everyone did that, and had faith in God the world might be a better place. Follow along, as we live life in our little tin can, and try to make it a home, while learning to homestead.