Our first chicken egg.  Who knew one little egg could hold so much hope for our homestead.
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Frosty Mornings

Before I could even pull up my boots and grab my camera, the sun cleared the horizon.  Early morning frost vanished from the grass and trees and water droplets echoed among the leafless forest.
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Pumpkin Knitting Kit

This last fall, I dyed up some peruvian wool in the most wonderful shade of autumn orange.  I had intended the skein to be for a giant Jack Be Little Pumpkin, but decided that kits would be so much more fun instead!  Mini's are just adorable and the perfect size for the three inch pumpkins.  Each kit comes packaged in a cotton drawstring bag, making them the perfect gift for knitters or just a way to treat yourself.

Each kit includes:

::  Two mini skeins of yarn.  Natural brown and autumn orange {hand dyed by me, using low impact, eco friendly dyes}

::  Wool fleece stuffing {grown by happy sheep in Oregon, chemical free}

::  Jack Be Little Pumpkin pattern {available for instant download}

 Jack Be Little Pumpkin Knitting Kits, now available in our shop!
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Autumn Light

I was frustrated with the endless dust, dirt and general chaos of living in a construction zone... then the golden autumn light shown through the window and made it all go away.

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A First Meal

While it's not homemade bread from the wood stove or a fresh salad from the garden (yet), it is a meal at our own table.  Not in a camper, but in our house that we built with our own hands.  

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Wooden Buttons

Lucas asked me if I could teach him how to run a business, so he can start a restaurant, {selling his famous french toast}, making enough money to buy a rather large Lego set he's had is eye on and then take us all out to Chinese {his favorite}.  Sure, I said {I love a good unschooling project!}.  We talked about how to get started with permits and licensing.  Building and equipment.  Employees and taxes.  How many customers he would need to make a profit.  The hours required to run a restaurant.  I didn't even get to the part where over fifty percent of restaurants don't make it past the first year {I didn't want to seem discouraging, after all} before he came to the conclusion that the restaurant business wasn't the way to go right now.  

While talking about businesses that would be low cost to set up and manage, he remembered making buttons with me earlier this summer.  He was able to use all the tools himself and make a beautiful product that he could sell in our shop.  We discussed the expenses and fees of Etsy and Paypal, along with how selling on Etsy works.  He and Mike went to the woods straight away and came back with a few dried branches of oak to work with.  Luke spent the whole morning clearing the branches to be cut while I worked on a pile of my own buttons to prepare for the shop this week.  I can't wait to share what he made!
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Closing Up the House

I know it's been awhile, but we've been just a wee bit busy snugging up our tiny home for the winter.  You'll forgive us, won't you?

From sun up to sun down, the work moves along, slow but steady.  The roof is on, windows are in, insulation is hung and the house is wrapped up snug and tight.  With the last window installed, we didn't hesitate a moment to unpack the camper and move into our new home.  After four long months in the camper, I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to sleep under a solid roof again.

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Tiny House Update

This past week has been just the boost we needed.  The loft joists are completed, the rafters are set and the sheathing is mostly done!  It's finally starting to look like a house and we're beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I sincerely hope that by the end of the weekend, it will be completely enclosed.
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One Last Swim

The campground was empty, less the two older couples in their RV, who looked at us rather strangely.  It was an unseasonably 80 degrees earlier this week, and the lake was calling for one last swim.  It's hard to believe that it's going to snow tonight.
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Making Chores Fun

It's good to be reminded that even the most mundane of chores can be made fun.  Cole turned a warm afternoon of dish duty into a warm afternoon of bubble fun!
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October Sponsors

Thank you so much to each of our October sponsors.  Please take a moment to click through each of their links over on our side bar.  

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Knitting Secrets

I'm working on an undisclosed knitting project at the moment.  I wish that I could say more about it, but the publisher has sworn me to secrecy until next year.  Agh!!  I'm really not very good at keeping secrets.   What have you been knitting this week?

{Joining Ginny}

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