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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Get your button gear (coloring page)!

Button gear coloring page

Are you late for starting plants for spring?

Is your family standing outside by the car waiting for you to finish up a bit of coloring?

Is there anyone you know having those kinds of problems?

Well, here you go. A button gear just for you or for anyone else you think needs to get their button gear.

Click the images below for larger versions to print and color.

Button gear coloring page small jpg:

Button gear coloring page in jpg and transparent png versions #coloring #motivation
Button gear coloring page large transparent png:
Button gear coloring page in jpg and transparent png versions #coloring #motivation

Monday, March 4, 2019

2019 Shamrock Coloring Page

Shamrock coloring page- blank available in jpg and png format

Hi! I hope you enjoy this year's shamrock coloring page! Click on the tag for more shamrock coloring pages, crafts and printable. Click on the images below for larger versions to print and color.

Shamrock coloring page- small jpg version:
shamrock coloring page- available in jpg and transparent png formats.#shamrock #StPatricksDay #ColoringPage

Shamrock coloring page- large transparent png version:
shamrock coloring page- available in jpg and transparent png formats.#shamrock #StPatricksDay #ColoringPage

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.