Mini Skeins

In between hammering nails and sawing lumber, we're busy stocking up the shop with new items for autumn!  Lots of mini skeins have been added, a few singles from the stash and a new one that I love called Autumn Leaves.  Just as you would expect, it's brown with deep red and olive green undertones and a hint of gold.  I may save one for myself and knit a bracelet for the shop, too.

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Tiny House Update

It's beginning to feel like this house is never going to be finished, but it wouldn't be an adventure with out challenges and obstacles would it?  Weather has been the biggest factor for us.  Rain. Rain. And more rain.  This week though, we tackled the hardest part of the house... how to get those upper walls in place without renting expensive equipment or having to call 911.  We spent the better part of a day walking around looking at it, scratching our heads and trying to agree on a system that would work.  Finally, we decided on a lever system.  For the sides, we used the front of the house as a fulcrum.  Two of us pushed the short end up over the wall with 2 x 4's, while the other two pulled it from the inside.  For the front wall, we attached temporary arms.  With the wall upside down, we lifted it onto the arms and then using  2 x 4's attached to the sides, we rotated the wall into it's upright position.    The two guys on the inside, held it into place.  Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of this incredible feat, because 1.) I was in charge of one of the pivoting 2 x4's and 2.) The little kids were confined to a far off location so as not to get hurt.  I'm thinking our method probably wasn't OSHA approved, but it worked! 
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Guest Post: Summer Memory Votives with My Bit of Earth

Thanks so much to Meryl for suggesting we swap blogs for the day!  You can find me at My Bit of Earth.

As the days begin to get shorter, I feel like I should buy stock in candles. When we're losing 10 minutes of daylight a week I burn through them, but they feel absolutely necessary as we slide past the equinox into the dark half of the year.

With rosy candles glowing through photos of summer memories, these votives are not only seasonal for the first of fall, they're quick to put together, too. While there are many more elegant techniques for transferring images to glass, this one does the job and requires very few supplies. 

The key is to use thin copy paper. Also, be sure to use flat sided jars. I love Ball jars for everything else, but the raised writing on the side makes them unsuitable for this project. Save a few spaghetti sauce jars and recycle those instead.

Summer Memory Votives


Several photos, photocopied or printed in black and white on thin copy paper

Several flat sided jars

Mod Podge or other white glue, thinned with water to the consistency of milk

An old paintbrush

An old towel



Cut one of the photos to fit the side of a jar. Using the watered down glue wet the back of the photo until it's very saturated, then slide it onto the jar. Carefully coat the top of the photo with glue as well.

At this point the glue will be dripping and running all over the jar. While you can dampen the towel and use it to neaten things up, I prefer to work with the mess instead. I leave the towel dry and use it to rub the glue all over the jar, which gives it a weathered look like it's been sitting in a barn for a decade.

Repeat with the rest of your photos and jars, allow them to dry, then enjoy the glow as the seasons turn.

Meryl writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given day at My Bit of Earth. (

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This Week

photo by Mike

This week:

::  Oh, the guineas.  If we had only known how noisy they really were, we'd have never ordered them.  Imagine a car alarm going off constantly, from sun up to sun down.  Unfortunately, the guineas have to go... for all our sakes.

::  Jake is off house sitting for the week.  His first gig as an official adult.  Adult.  I can't believe I just typed that.

::  When everyone else went back to school, we unschoolers went kayaking.  

::  Knitting, of course.  Adair mittens for a lovely customer.

::  Building is still in progress.  The bathroom floor is up and if the rain ever stops (10 inches this month) we may get the roof on the house this weekend!

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