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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Homesteader's Honey

My memories on FB popped up this photo. It's from the 1990s. The man in the photo is my brother and the boy is my son. The handwriting is my mom's and it says "Adam and Wm picking clover and fireweed for me to make honey" The side note says (*Enlarge?)

I may well do just that. It would be a gorgeous print.

She got her recipe from the local cooperative extension service. Here it is:

Homesteader's Honey

6 cups sugar
3 cups boiling water
30 white clover blossoms
18 red clover blossoms
18 fireweed blossoms
Sterilize canning jars and prepare lids. Boil together
sugar and water for 10 minutes; maintain steady
boil on low heat without stirring. Remove from
heat. Add blossoms and let steep for 15 minutes.

Strain mixture through cheesecloth and immediately
pour into hot canning jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace.
Wipe jar rims and add prepared two-piece
lids. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Note: Sugar syrup can be tricky. If it crystallizes before
canning, return it to the pan, add 2 tablespoons
water per cup of honey and heat.

My mom used to make so many jars of this as a present.

I hope you enjoy the memory. It made me smile to see it in my memories today.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The tangle of telephone wire

The wires were free. It was in a box at a garage sale and the person asked "Are you sure you want that?"
It looked like it started in some sort of order, there was a nice fold, a nice twist, but half of it was tangled.
It became tangled worse. I had promised myself years ago that I'd straighten it all out but it was such a huge job. So instead as we needed bits of wire for projects, we found the colors we wanted, and pulled loose a long enough piece. Sometimes pulling from the middle and just cutting twice.
Straightening it all out is like doing a jigsaw puzzle in reverse- in 3D. Finding an end, and untangling just that piece. Sometimes it's short. A few inches. Those are the smaller coils wrapped around a finger or two.
Sometimes it's 5 yards or more. Carefully teasing the whole thing out, working it through the labyrinth turns.
Even when it was a tangle, I could make pretty things from it. But once it's all straight, and I'll be able to see what's there, I'll be able to work with a plan.
It just has to get all untangled and sorted. This bundle of wire life gave me.
Each piece I pull free loosens up the rest, makes it easier to see what's going on in that tangle.
When it's done,the things I make will be for me and my family, or they will be gifts. There is no way I can get what my time is worth in terms of money for this kind of labor.
But I will value the pieces that I make with it. The brightly colored bangles and other things made with something that started as only waste that someone asked "Are you sure you want that?" And if I give a piece to a friend, it will be a friend who will value my time and thought.
Life's lessons are where you find them. Today I'm finding them in the quiet unpuzzling of a tangle of wire.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

2018 Snowflake knot to print and color

Snowflake knot with a blank version to print and color

It's that time! Our first snow here was pretty late in the season, but it's definitely winter now. Here is this year's snowflake knotwork to print and color. I hope you like it.

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Small jpg snowflake knot to print and color:
Snowflake knotwork to print and color- available in jpg and transparent png

Large transparent png snowflake knot to print and color:
Snowflake knotwork to print and color- available in jpg and transparent png

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Vote coloring page

vote coloring page #coloringbook #voting #elections

Yay! I'm back. With a new coloring page. So let's get right to that.

It's that time of the year in the USA. Voting is very important to my family. We make a family event of it. This is a fairly simple coloring page. I'd LOVE to see this one colored in patterns and other interesting techniques.

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy,they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
Small jpg coloring page:
Vote! coloring page with an Aristotle quote  #coloring #elections #voting

Large transparent png coloring page:
Vote! coloring page with an Aristotle quote  #coloring #elections #voting

If you're wondering what happened:

My vision is just bad enough that last year it got to the point where I had to go to bifocals or reading glasses. I'm really near-sighted. Normal vision changes in the last year though meant my regular glasses got a little strong  even for distance, and were entirely too strong for working on my computer. My reading glasses weren't strong enough.  So a couple months ago, I talked to my optometrist and got a prescription for reading glasses that is just right for drawing or reading. 

So for the end of summer, it was all about picking berries with my family and doing all sorts of fun things like that. This year was our BEST year ever for berry picking. We found an amazing place for saskatoon (aka service berries, June berries) berries, and we picked 7 gallons of lingonberries plus our normal raspberries. TG put up a lot of jam, and we gave away quite a bit too.  There will be a post about that soon.