Grief… It’s Hard

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Hello farmgirl friends!

This is a hard post for me to write, but somehow I think it will be a post that we can all relate to… and encourage each other in.

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Ten days ago, I lost a very dear friend of mine to a tragic car accident.  Death is something that we are never prepared for; but when it comes so suddenly in a sobbing phone call from her daughter, Sarah, then it is almost impossible to grasp.  Today I’d like to tell you about my friend Patti.

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End of Summer Sewing!

 

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Hello friends!

We are heading into the end of our Summer season and usually I go into Fall kicking and screaming!  But for some reason this year, I’m ready to slow down and enjoy some Fall days.  Last week we took our yearly trip to Florida with our adult kids and our grand-girls and I enjoyed sewing up a super fun surprise for us girls!

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Binder Cover Tutorial

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!  Last month I wrote about the quilted covers I made for binders and mentioned a tutorial!  A lot of you jumped right on that and asked for one!  Today is your lucky day!

I had written a tutorial several months ago and revamped it a few times for a blog post for Clover Sewing Notions… this month I made a few tiny revisions to that post and here is a tutorial for you!

Don’t be intimidated by the many steps in this tutorial. I really broke it down in order to simplify it, so just take your time and enjoy the process. Lets get started!

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Farmgirl Sewing!

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Hello Friends!

I realized I haven’t shared a sewing project here in a while and I have one that I’m super excited to share today!

The new fabric line I am sharing today is called… wait for it…

Farmgirls Unite  

And oh my word, it is such darling fabric.  It has everything Farmgirl that you could ever want:  bandanna print, florals, gingham check, farm animals, rain boots, garden gloves, and strawberries!  And all the perfect colors.

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A Hilltop Wedding!

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Hello friends!

I think I mentioned last month that our son was getting married on our hilltop in May.  And it was absolutely spectacular! It was a very small intimate wedding with only 18 of us and it was so incredibly special.

Today’s blog post is simply pictures with a few descriptions!  I hope it makes you feel like you were here!  We are still waiting on the professional photographer to get the final wedding pictures to us, so you will be getting another post on the wedding in a couple months!

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Rolling Pins and Aprons!

 

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Hello Farmgirl Friends.

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My blog post today is a little late.  And its for a good reason!  My son is getting married on our hilltop this weekend and I’ve been in pre-wedding prep for a month or so and frankly I forgot to write my blog post!  HOWEVER, I had the project complete, photo’s taken and the post written in my head!  Smile!  Maybe next month I’ll write about our DIY wedding here on our farm!  (The picture above is our little farmhouse today in a nice little rainy drizzle… it just made me so happy.)

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So, heres a little backstory on my project I’m sharing today.  A couple of years ago I saved to my phone, that amazing photo of MaryJane’s that is all over Pinterest with the rolling pin apron pegs.  (You’ve seen this picture too right?) And I’ve dreamed of making them for ages; I even had the vintage rolling pins.

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I have a wall where my kitchen joins the dining room that I felt really needed an update (circled in the picture above).  I knew that this was exactly where I wanted my apron pegs to go.  I put a plan in place and got my husband right on the job!  Smile!

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But here’s a really funny thing!  Because I didn’t really have instructions on how to do the project (just that amazing photo) I let my husband figure out the cutting of the rolling pens.  But THEN!!!!  The June-July issue of MaryJanesFarm magazine came in the mail and what should be in that issue?  Yep…  you got it.  A step by step tutorial on making the rolling pen pegs!

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That magazine (cover above) is still on newsstands so be sure to get it because the tutorial is fantastic!!!  No need for me to re-write it here!

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However, there is one thing my husband wanted me to mention.  The really old rolling pens are solid wood and can be cut through easily; the newer ones have a small metal rod that runs in the middle of the rolling pen.  You will need to unscrew the handles and remove that rod before cutting!  (You can tell if your rolling pen has the rod by trying to unscrew the handle… the very old ones do not unscrew.)  He then used a hacksaw to cut the rod to size so that I could screw the handle back on and place it on the rolling pen.

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I wanted to use what I had on hand for the “backsplash” for my rolling pen pegs so I did some digging in some of the old wood I have.  I used this lid of an old wooden ammo box that I had saved.  The wood was not quite the right look for the rolling pens, so I put a coat of white wash on it.  (Latex paint mixed with water.)

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Once that dried, I used my mouse sander and sanded it to give the white wash a faded look.  I love how it turned out!

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I measured out exactly where I wanted the pegs to go and my husband attached them.  It wasn’t hard and certainly I could’ve done it.   But it was really nice to hand that over to him!

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We hung it on the wall and I was instantly in love with it!  I dug into my stash of vintage aprons and hung my three favorites.  The few weeks I’ve had it on the wall I’ve had compliments from everyone who has come over!

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It fits perfectly in my kitchen decor and gives the vintage retro vibe that I was hoping for!

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I love the rustic wood that I was able to repurpose and it just makes me happy all over!  MaryJane blew it out of the park again!

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And one last thing before I head to bed tonight… another reason to purchase the June-July issue!  (Or better yet, subscribe to the magazine!)  My daughter and I and our sweet little flower farm have a fun feature in the magazine along with numerous other amazing flower farmers!  We were so excited to be featured alongside them.

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Good night friends!  I’m off to toss and turn as I go over every detail in my head that we might’ve forgotten in our wedding prep!  Our company (as well as my son and his precious fiancé – picture above taken in Arizona in October) begin arriving in two days!!!

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Until our gravel roads cross again… so long!

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Dori 

 

 

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Sashiko Stitching

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!

I’m excited to share my latest quilting project with you!  I’ve had a thought in the back of my mind for a long time to sew a whole quilt using Sashiko hand-stitching.  I have dabbled in the Japanese Sashiko stitching through the years and even wrote a blog post about it here.  But I’ve never attempted a full quilt.

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It’s Spring Tea Party Time!!!

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!

 

The weather here in Tennessee is so beautiful with Spring having finally arrived!  All I could think of this winter was that when Spring arrived I wanted to celebrate with a tea party!

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Still Talking About Goals {And A Giveaway}!

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!

I wrote a post here a couple months ago asking my readers to comment about their goals and hopes for themselves for this year.  I’ve read over every single one of those 97 comments numerous times.  They have actually been so helpful to me because a lot of them are exactly what I feel for myself too.

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Sewing Courage!

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Hello Farmgirl Friends!

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