Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Traveling Preparations

We're going out of town for Thanksgiving, me, my husband, my baby girl, my Mom, and my Dad.  Just a quick get away for us that we've never done before.  I'm excited because I haven't been on a family trip with both of my parents since I was 17 and we've never been on a family trip with all of us since we got married.  My husband suggested it and I am so happy to get to spend some quality time with my little family.  We all work so much, my husband drives a truck, and my Dad has been working nights for around 6 months or so.  At least when I worked in the same town with Mom and Dad I saw them a little more but now it's definitely not nearly enough that I work in Columbus and they work in Starkville.

I'm doing my normal running around like a chicken with my head cut off, washing, packing, shopping, and taking the dogs to the vet to be boarded first thing in the morning.  I'll also be making a flying trip to the farm in the morning to feed the horses one last time, give them their Thanksgiving treat of persimmons, and make sure all feet and legs are still attached.  We're leaving after lunch so I'll definitely have to be rolling.

I'll be taking on a few projects as always.  I love sitting and watching the beach and having something to do.  There will probably be some of this....

I've been working on making some new cotton crochet dishtowels for my kitchen.  They are great for washing dishes and drying off pots and pans.  The ones I've made before are small, more for washing, and the ones I'm making now will be more for drying, wiping, and cleaning.  And yes, according to my husband I'm a 90 year old granny.  

And yes, in the grand tradition of every time I've gone on vacation in recent years, I need something new to wear.  I've been dying to make a kimono style jacket, they are all the rage after all.  And I found a beautiful navy and white floral print knit the other day that I hope looks as good in real life as it does in my head.  

I'm using this New Look pattern that I bought a few years ago and am just now getting around to using.  It's discontinued but I'm sure you can find copies floating around on ebay and Etsy.  I'll be making some edits since this was not drafted for a knit and the construction will need to be tweaked just a little because of this.  I'm hoping that if this comes out okay, I can make a couple more to wear this winter.  My office is HOT in the winter so all I need it just a little cover-up to look seasonally appropriate.  

I'm also hoping to work on some blog content so yall will stop being subjected to Instagram photos all the time.  LOL

What are you working on today?  Are you off from work?  Are you traveling?  Whatever it is you're doing I hope you're having a great day my lovelies!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Farm Truck

farm trucks hickory ridge studio

farm trucks hickory ridge studio

farm trucks hickory ridge studio

farm trucks hickory ridge studio

farm trucks hickory ridge studio

farm trucks hickory ridge studio

Farm trucks are the workhorse of the modern farm.  They haul the feed and seed and tote the tools that keep a tractor running or a fence fixed.  I grew up with several and still love to see a beat up old truck at the co-op or feed store getting loaded down with bailing twine and hydraulic fluid.

I may have left the farm, but a farm girl I'll always be.

*Notes - I don't know why these are so dark!  On my Mac they looked fine.  Rich and deep and full of pop.  Here just kinda dark.  Hmmmm......*

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sewing Projects - Chevron Baby Quilt

Since the recipient of this particular project has received this one by now I guess I can finally share!

For my family and close friends I try and make a baby quilt for their gift.  I normally make them completely on the machine, but for this one I thought I would try to do a good bit of hand sewing.  I did machine piece the top on my Singer 99 but the quilting and binding was done by hand.

chevron baby quilt hickory ridge studio
Please don't mind my gross pressing towel. I promise it's clean just old!

chevron baby quilt hickory ridge studio
Pressing towel in action.

I used a great tutorial from HERE, and it is a wonderful tutorial with sizes and everything!  Love.  I normally come up with my own patterns, but for this one I decided to just use the internet and let it help me out.

chevron baby quilt hickory ridge studio
All three layers basted together and getting my hand stitching on.

chevron baby quilt hickory ridge studio
Who minds handwork when you have this view!

My goal was to have this put together and basted so I could work on it while we were on vacation in September.  (And yes I basted this together the morning before we left.)  I knew I would have some down time while Allie was napping during the day and I'm just not one to sit around and do nothing.  I had a great time sitting on the balcony, frozen drink and scissors by my side.  I don't quite know if my grandmothers would have approved but it seemed like the perfect thing to do on vacation to me.  

chevron baby quilt hickory ridge studio
Gotta love those polka dots.

chevron baby quilt hickory ridge studio
Can you see my stitches?

I chose to do a self binding on this quilt, which is where you cut the backing bigger than the top and batting and just fold it over and stitch.  I almost did this on the machine and then thought, I have done so much hand work on this one it would be a shame to wuss out and machine stitch it.  So I buckled down and spent the better part of a Saturday blind hem stitching the binding down. I was super proud of this binding as I think it's the nicest one I've done yet.  

So after many, many hours this is what I shipped off to a very lovely little boy.....

It was so pretty I just wanted to keep it for myself!  I definitely need to do a big one of these in the future for our bed.  We need another quilt to layer on for the winter months and I love this pattern.  It makes a great impact and the way it's pieced together makes it go pretty quickly and it's not too fiddly.  I'm not a real quilter, I'm much better at clothes, but this is one I'm definitely proud of.  

That mitered corner is a sexy, sexy beast.  Rawah!

Look at that beautiful corner and hand stitching.  Momma like!

Hope you're having a great Tuesday lovelies!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Make it Mondays - Citrus Vinegar

 We all know I'm all about DIY and sticking it to the man where I can by making my own stuff.  It's a heck of a lot cheaper, better for the environment, doesn't contain a bunch of harsh chemicals, and honestly works just as good if not better than most harsh, commercial cleaners.  

I saw a post last year sometime about Citrus Vinegar.  One of my favorite cleaners for wood is Orange Glow.  It's made with citrus oil and cleans and conditions wood beautifully and when I saw the info on citrus vinegar I knew I had to try it.  It works something awesome!  It's cheap and cheerful to make and I use it in several different applications around my home.  Here's the recipe for it and I'll include a bonus recipe for a general around the home cleaner using your new fabulous vinegar.  

Citrus Vinegar

This recipe uses something that would normally end up in the trash and you can either use all of one citrus fruit or mix and match.  For this batch I used orange peels and lemon peels.  And no I didn't sit down and peel all those oranges at one time.  I just had a gallon ziplock bag in the freezer and as I used a lemon or ate an orange I just added the peel to the bag until I had enough to make a batch.  This jar is probably about a gallon, but feel free to make this in any size jar from a pint to a quart to a gallon.  


Reserve the rinds from your fruit of choice.  Place the rinds into a glass jar, filling completely, and cover with white vinegar.  Cover tightly and sit in a cool, dark, place for at least two weeks.  Shake the jar every so often.  At the end of the two weeks, strain the rinds from the vinegar, and store in a clean jar.  


Use diluted 1:1 with water in a spray bottle.  Use to clean hard surfaces in kitchen, bathrooms, floors, and more.  

Now that you have this wonderful citrus vinegar made, let's mix up some general purpose cleaner!  I use this to wipe down my counter tops and for general cleanup on my hardwood floors. 

All-purpose Cleaner

1 Cup Water
1 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Alcohol
2-3 Drops Dishsoap

Pour into a spray bottle, shake well, and use on laminate flooring, tile, and general use.  

Happy Monday lovelies!  And thank goodness it's almost over!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sewing Projects - Simple Burp Cloths


Not the most creative project ever, but I think pretty cute and you can never have too many burp cloths with a new baby.  I especially like these because they are shaped and you won't have a bunch of fabric gathered up around your neck.  The cotton print on one side is cute and cheerful and can be customized to any personality and the cotton jersey side will be soft and great for wiping mouths and dirty little noses.  I just wish I had found this pattern when Allie was a little bitty!





The pattern is from HERE. It's cut on the fold and honestly it takes no fabric what so ever.  I used some brand new men's tee shirts I had on hand from another project and did buy some new material for the opposite side as I really didn't have anything that screamed "baby boy."  I think I sewed up 6 in no time at all and if you aren't as obsessed with everything being perfect like I am then they will go even faster.  I did make a couple of changes as I'm not real interested in frayed edges that the original pattern has, so I simply sewing right sides together, left an opening to turn it right side out, gave it a good press and then top-stitched around the entire thing to finish off.  Pretty simple and I did the entire thing on my 1948 Singer 99.

Hope you are having a great day my lovelies!

*NOTE:  Whoa!  I've had my first crazy comment left.  I've had a couple of spammers, but this one was from a man boycotting American women as we are the worst scum of the earth.  Please note, if you leave foul comments on my blog they will be deleted.  If you leave foul comments and a link to your crackpot website, they will be deleted.  I don't get a lot of traffic here, but what I do have will not be subjected to junk like that. *

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Rainy Night

Cedar tree in the rain at night taken in my front yard.  Lighting courtesy of street light.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembering Our Veterans

Today we honor our veterans, but every day we should be thankful for these men and women who risk their lives to protect not only our freedom but the freedom of all people around the world.  To you ladies and gentleman I sincerely thank you.  Each and every one is a HERO.