Tuesday, April 22, 2008

As promised - my latest bargain!!

Ok, so now I am hooked.... I have found another sewing machine that I had to have! My hubby is just shaking his head at me, but ya gotta love him - he just goes with the flow :)

I won this machine on e-bay. Here's the best part, though - She only cost 0.01!

Yup 1 penny!!!

How cool is that? I watched this machine on there for a week and e-mailed the man who was selling it. I even picked it up instead of having it shipped - saved 140.00!

Anyway - she is a White Rotary Machine - from the serial number, she is from 1936. She works too! All I need is a bulb for the light and the metal bobbin cover plate. She came in her own cabinet with a stool that even has storage in it! I'm gonna refinish the stool and cabinet this spring.
Well, here she is in all her glory!

She's a beauty, isn't she?

Can someone have too many machines? lol

Take care everyone and Happy Crafting! Have a great day!

Monday, April 21, 2008

FARM GIRL BLOG -A-THON WEEK 3 "Domestic Bliss/In the Kitchen"

Well, it's week 3 and the blog-a-thon seems to be going strong!

Tina - http://gardengoose.blogspot.com/ has given us a new theme this week. So, I am going to try to put up a few pics of my kitchen, along with a recipe for some really great meatballs! I don't have a pic of my meatballs, but I promise that they look and taste great!

My kitchen theme is birhouses. I love them! I also love to watch the birds eat the suet cakes I hang for them in the backyard. This past week we have aquired some new friends - Downy Woodpeckers! They are so beautiful! They let you get very close to them and watch them eat so the kids love that. We also have the usual Oriole (our state bird), and bluejays, cardinals, nuthatches, wrens, and blackbirds. The Woodpeckers are so sweet, though. I'm trying to get a good pic of them and will post one as soon as I do.

Anyway, back to my kitchen. It's always busy in there and something is always cooking! I guess my country kitchen also qualifies me as a farmgirl..lol I admit, my kitchen is a bit full of all of my stuff, but I like it!

My recipe for meatballs is one that I made myself. My secret to the sweetness is grape jelly. Once I started using it, everyone was coming out with recipes using jelly! Go figure, huh?

Here is my meatball recipe and pics to follow:

"Tammy's sweet and sour meatballs":

1 large bag of frozen italian style meatballs

2 tbs. grape jelly

2 regular size cans of Manwich or 1 large can

1/4 c. worchestshire sauce

1 tsp. Franks hot sauce

pinch of salt

1 tsp. pepper

Put all ingredients in a crock pot set on medium heat and mix well. Stir occassionally so meatballs and sauce won't burn. Serve on sub rolls with parmesan cheese sprinkled on them or by themselves with a side dish. Enjoy!

These are always a hit at parties and I'm always asked to bring them. They never last long! lol

O.k, here are pics of my kitchen:

My kitchen cabinets with some birdhouses added on.

My grandmom's antique hutch cabinet. One of my favorite things!

Some of my birdhouses

More birdhouses (I have an addiction...lol)

My view from the back porch off of the kitchen.

So, as always, my inner farmgirl strikes again!

And don't forget to visit Mary Janes Farm at:

Come join and have some fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Farmgirl Blog -A- Thon ( Farmgirl Heart)

I'm jumping on the bandwagon forthe Blog-A-Thon this week! Our them is: WHAT BEING A FARM GIRL MEANS TO YOU.

So, here is my answer and a pic or two:

To me, being a farm girl isn't about just owning a farm (because I don't). It means sharing, helping others, being self sufficient, doing what is right, and keeping things real. It also means knowing how to respect and treat others and helping others in a time of need.

I don't own any farm animals (I'd love to have some chickens and a goat), but that doesn't mean that I don't have a farm girl heart. I love my crafts and I love giving others my creations. I also love being outside and camping with my family. The smell and sight of a campfire is so calming to me. I could sit by one for hours. I love getting my hands dirty and cleaning up my yard, stacking firewood, and coming up with ways to improve my acre of land.

Maybe one day I will own a farm, but until then I am satified that I have what I have - my family, my friends, a place to lay my head, good food in my stomach, and my "inner craftiness".

I am a farm girl! I have a farm girl heart and I am proud of that! I have a huge group of farm girl sisters who all care about each other. We may never meet each other face to face - but I still know in my heart that they are my "family". We feel sad when our sisters are sad, hurt when they hurt, and celebrate with them when they are happy! Isn't that what family does?

So, to my extended family I say thank you for being my sisters! I love and admire each of you for your hearts and for your talents!

I don't have many pics of my farm girliness (is that even a word??), but I will post what I think are:

This is my sign over the porch - It fits our house well!

My cute picture frame from the thrift store!

One of my creations - thinking of selling it.

Another creation of mine. I love this table!

My favorite place in the yard - my firepit!

The view from my back porch after a good rain.

Another creation...

My youngest daughter, Ally.

Future farm girl in training!!! lol

Last, but in no means least - If you want to know more about us farm girls and just how cool we really are, just check out my favorite website! http://www.maryjanesfarm.com/

Her site is full of interesting ladies who are talented, caring, and the sweetest bunch of farm girls you will ever meet!!

If you want to join in on the blog-a-thon, check out Tina's site - http://gardengoose.blogspot.com/

Well, that's all for today..WHEW! Check out MaryJane's site and Happy Crafting everyone!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

You ever have one of those days?

You ever have one of those days where you miss your hubby, boyfriend, or even a loved one that you see everyday?? I really miss my hubby today...We two-way each other on the Nextel phone a few times a day and I even saw him at his work for a minute or two (dropped off some work gloves), but for some reason I still miss him alot. I guess it must be love...I know, awwwwww. I'll be glad when he gets home from work today - 2 1/2 more hours!

On a less mushy note..... The contest I'm having is really going well! The ladies at MJF are so creative in coming up with names for my new machine! I can't wait to find out who is going to be the winner on May 1st!

Oh, by the way - I got another great find coming my way this weekend!!!! I'm not going to say any more about it, but it's great! I will post pics as soon as I get home with it this weekend.

I have also had the best outpouring of comments to me about keeping my blog! Thank you to everyone who asked me to stay - I really appreciate all of the kind words! I'm gonna hang in there for awhile and see how it goes.

This week I've been busy with my crocheting - making things for a charity site I belong to for babies that are born and for those that God takes from us too soon. I enjoy making things for those precious babies even though I never get to see who gets my creations. That's o.k though. God knows who gets them, He knows that they come from my heart,and that is all that matters :)

Anywho, I am off to have some lunch. I hope everyone has a terrific day and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Contest : Name My New Find!

As promised, here are some pics of my new find. I think she's beautiful even though she needs a good cleaning! I haven't figured out how to do that without harming the gold on her yet, but I will.

I need help naming her, so I'm gonna run a contest! It'll run until May 1st and I'm asking everyone to help me name my machine! I'll let hubby draw a name from a hat on May 1st and the winning name will win a goodie box filled with all sorts of different things from me!

So - On with the contest and Good Luck to everyone!

Friday, April 4, 2008

This and that....

I just wanted to stop by and post a few things today....I have been sooo very sick for about a week. I feel a little better today, but still tired and weak. Anywho, I wanted to post some pics of a few things, so here they are.......

My buttoned up badge with the second line on it - for intermediate level!

My new doll - Tallulah Rosemary - I won her in a drawing on MJF farmgirl Rachel's site. She handmade her and has many others too! She is sooo cute!

Anyway, just wanted to post these since I had the time. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and I'll post more. Take care all and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Fridgie

Rebekah (22shortie) from MJF wanted us to show our fridgies! so for her and her blog -
http://pumpkinseed-unscripted.blogspot.com/ I am posting some pics of my junked up fridgie...lol

Here they are...are you sure y'all are ready for this????

My fridgie is packed with school art, photos of the kids, schedules for school, a calendar, and magnets, magnets, magnets! Junky or what?? lol