Our Newest Addition… That Darn Pig!

Ok, so my daughter has been wanting another Guinea Pig. We have had then in the past but she is ready for her own.

Now before we go on and someone, who like me, thinks these store bought cages are not big enough, and the pine bedding is horrible, and so on, continue on. I will just say this is the cage and supplies he came with from his previous owner and it is not what he will be living in.

If you want to know my thoughts on all this, please visit this site and it will explain it all:

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So drum roll… here is “?” I don’t know his name yet. We are not sure of his age since apparently he has been passed around, but that stops here. He is a little booger and a bit nippy so I would say that is why he was passed around. Its so sad. With lots of patience and love, he will be a fine boy. We are learning he is most moody towards the evening so if we want to handle him, we have to do it in the morning or day hours.

He has been eating low quality foods (from local pet stores and the big blue store that begins with a W) but that is about to change. His new diet is awesome and that comes from Small Pet Select www.smallpetselect.com and he is chowing down on his new Timothy Hay and Timothy Hay based Pellets.  His only eating issue he has has to do with not eating any real foods. We have only convinced him to eat carrots. We have offered fresh fruits and veggies but he is not interested. So we will be working on that so he will eat healthy and live a long life.


Once we get moved he will be getting his new home built. It will be approximately 3′ x 5′ and will be enough room for him to have a friend.

Until we can get his new home made, he will be living in a Midwest Guinea Habitat Plus which will keep him happy for a while.

Though this new little guy has some challenges, he will be happy and taken care of and won’t have to worry about a new home again. He seems to be mostly comfortable with us despite his nippy behavior. We don’t want him to be passed around any more.


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I did it again…

I have once again ignored my passion for writing on my blog (not to mention nature photography). But I sorta have a good excuse.

We have had our house up for sale and have been very busy. We are getting ready to move to our next fixer upper. The next one may take some work over time. It will be an adventure. We are also planning on this new house to be a long term home. A place our children can bring their children. A place I can fully let my creative side go since I won’t be doing everything for resale.

That has always been something I keep in mind while decorating, painting, remodeling… RESALE!

But not any more. So lets see where this will take us. My artsy creative side will come out, but then put back by my husband. We have different styles. He wants neutral traditional furniture and colors. I want bright colors, white furniture, a mix of contemporary and shabby chic. I am a strange cookie and I don’t mind. I like to mix things up. I like things bright. Its just me. I like every room to be a different theme so when I feel like something different, I can go to that room and chill a while.


Well that is all for now…

(Photo from http://www.allthingsclipart.com)


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DIY: RIT Dyed Sea Shells…

I happen to have several bottles of my favorite RIT color, Aquamarine, sitting around and I did this quick dye job on some white sea shells. IMG_20141017_123711

I did this on the stove top with hot, not boiling water, with about 1/2 cup vinegar. I just threw the shells in and filled enough water to cover them about 1/2 inch and poured in some dye. I didn’t measure any of it.IMG_20141017_123752

I stirred them around until desired color and then put them on a few paper towels to dry.

It was a simple and fast project I did while bored.  I am also including a photo of my favorite mermaid sitting next to some natural sea shells.

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DIY: Autumn Door Decor…

A few weeks ago, I was preparing for my front door Autumn wreath when I discovered my wreath had gone missing.

At that point I started my quest for something simple and frugal to decorate my front door. IMG_20141017_115944

While shopping at Kroger one day I found they had Indian Corn. My mind started working on how I could use it. I was originally going to attach it to a metal hanger in a design but after laying it out several ways, I could not get satisfied with the way it looked.

I started rummaging through my craft supplies and found some old scrap fabric in a nice shade of orange. I proceeded to think how I could make this thing simple.

So I just tied the Indian Corn together and tied the “bow” around it. I did have to take a piece of brown yard to hold the corn together so it didn’t flare out, I want my corn to lay flat against each other. So this is the result. I think the colors compliment my green door.

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Rit Dyed Palatial King Duvet and Shams….

I thought I would restart my blogging off with one of my recent projects.

I have 2 Palatial King Duvet sets from Downlite. They come only in white. Since I am a color girl, I thought I would dye one of my sets a bright sunny color.

I found my self at Jo-Ann’s looking at dye. I decided on RIT Golden Yellow. I used 3 bottles of liquid dye because I had almost 6 pounds of fabric with the huge duvet and 4 shams.

Now normally they say don’t use front loaders to dye items. Being the rebel that I am, I did it any ways. I have never had a bad dye job using my front loading washing machine. At the end of this post you will find my quickly explained steps.

I found my self playing with different looks. I am ADD when it comes to home decor. I can’t seem to leave things alone because I get bored of placement after a few months so I move things around. So here are some of my looks…

This one is my typical tropical look… (ignore those non matching curtains. They are another dye project I will talk about later)


This is one of my favorites. I laid the flannel blanket, that I made, across the bed.


Here I placed a tye dye crocheted blanket, my mom had crocheted and sent to my kids, across the foot edge. I threw on a blue toss pillow.


Here are the before and after colors.


I hope you enjoyed my quick post of my dye project. I have more photos but I don’t want to bore you!

Here is how I dye things in my front loading washing machine:

  1. Gather all items: Dye, pitcher of hot water, fabric, Vinegar or Salt depending on your fabric, dye fixative, and so on..
  2. If I use salt or vinegar I will mix it in my large glass measuring cup with the dye. I also will just add them to my pitcher of hot water.
  3. I set washer to hottest and longest cycle.
  4. I throw fabric in and let it toss till soaked.
  5. I then proceed to pour, and pray it all turns out, into my soap dispenser.
  6. This last step is important. Pour your large pitcher of hot water into the dispenser to chase the rest of the dye in.
  7. I usually let my washer run its cycle then I will do a quick wash to rinse the washer and get fabric softener into the fabric so I don’t smell the dye.

Its pretty simple. I have never had a problem. Yes my washer has some staining in some areas, but I don’t care. I tend to always like the results.

I will share more projects soon.


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I know I have been gone for a while…

I took a long break from blogging after years of blogging on my homeschool blog. I just needed a break and I have wanted for the past several years to transfer over to a blog that homeschooling was not the main focus. So now I am going to do it. One of my daughters told me I should go back to blogging, so here I am.

I have one daughter who graduated this year and one left homeschooling high school at 14. She actually started homeschooling high school at late 12 almost 13. I am very proud of my daughters. I just don’t want focusing on homeschooling to be my only “thing”. I like doing some many other things and eventually homeschooling will no longer be and I would have ran out of homeschool things to blog about.

I have been doing lots of projects around the house. I will start adding them here now and then to get caught up on posting all those DIY projects I have done over the past year.

We have almost finished remodeling our quad level home we purchased 2 years ago. So I will be adding more of that remodeling in here. I have also been very busy doing a home day care.

I also, after years of begging, convinced my husband to buy me a Jeep Wrangler. He didn’t want to, no he fought me tooth and nail, but he finally gave in. And now he has taken it over. We have had it just over a week. But the good news is we are part of the JK clan now, specifically the Cincy JK Crew. They had a nice get together the other night and my husband and daughter went and hung out and had lots of fun.


Well, I am gonna mosey on. Until next time…..


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TOS Crew Review: Book Review: At Home In Dogwood Mudhole by Franklin Sanders…


At Home in Dogwood Mudhole
Volume 1 Nothing That Eats
by: Franklin Sanders

Paperback: $22.96
Kindle/ePub/PDF: $16.95

I am glad I opted for the physical book for this review. If I had went for the kindle version, I would have felt like this book was never going to end. It is very thick and heavy at 379 pages, kinda like a small encyclopedia only you want to read this book. Had I opted for the kindle version, I would not have been able to skip around to find the stories that I needed to reread to refresh my memory of what he had talked about when you are reading the next part of the story. This book is written like a journal, originally letters for his newsletter, so you may read about his dogs for example but then later in the book you will hear more about them.

There are 4 sections full of chapters that are listed as topics.

  1. Leaving Memphis Five Miles At A Time
  2. Living In The Country Changes You
  3. Learning Curve
  4. A Real Farm

I did learn a lot about history, laws about gold and silver, farming trial and errors, and more. There are lots of quotes from famous people and scriptures. You will also learn a lot about Tennessee. One of my favorite chapters is about Old Cars. Some of you may remember the old Ford LTD and some may not. I tell my girls that is the car I am getting them for their first car because its big and safe like a tank, and I get dirty looks.

 photo Franklin_Deal-300x451_zpsb3f59745.jpgThere are lots of stories about animals, those things that his wife Susan said “nothing that eats”. You will hear stories about raising pigs, chickens, cows, horses, and lots of dog stories. You will be amazed at how Franklin keeps going through the tough times, how he leans on God, and how his family fits in to it all. You will get to hear stories of his Grandchildren and all the fun they get in to. I really enjoyed the story of Tucker in church at 2 years old. It seems to me that Tucker might be a running a church one day.
There are some photos scattered through out the book and I really like that touch. It helps for you to picture the people as your reading about them. There is also a map, sketched by Franklin himself, to Dogwood Mudhole in Grand Ole Tennessee, if you ever need to find it.

When I started reading this book I had hopes that it would encourage me to “live in the country” and become self sufficient.  I am not sure if I am encouraged or not because one day I may want to write a book just like this one. I laughed a lot and I learned a lot of what not to do.  The author, Franklin Sanders, is leaving a legacy that will soon not be forgotten.  You will feel the pain of his failures, and then you may want to cry for him, but mostly you will laugh your tush off.  He really knows how to make you laugh at his expense. There is so much in this book that is just hard to remember it all. I will enjoy picking it back up to thumb through it when I need a laugh or just want to reread a story.

I do recommend to get this book in paperback form instead of the kindle version if you like to flip through a book to find something you may want to read again. It would be very time consuming to do that on a kindle, even if you bookmarked pages because you may end up bookmarking a lot of stories.

I recommend this book to everyone, but especially to people like me who hope to have a small farm one day, preppers, those who are nosy about others lives, those that just want to be entertained, and those who think they already know everything there is to know about starting a farm from scratch or have already started doing it. You may learn something new, what not to do, or it may change your mind about doing it. But just think of all the stories you could tell and pass on to your family for generations.

I can’t wait for Volume 2!



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