First harvest 2016

First harvest 2016

This is an exciting time of the year: getting to harvest our first produce from the garden. Although, it didn’t go exactly as planned. A week ago I had checked one section of the garden where I thought I had planted radishes, but when testing, I pulled up long, tiny threads. Then I assumed it was
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June on the homestead

June on the homestead

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks to start off this month.  I’m looking forward to a relaxing Father’s Day weekend at home.  Maybe I’ll even get ambitious and cook instead of having Papa do it :-). We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather this month.  There has been quite a bit of rain but most
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FO Friday – stitch markers

FO Friday – stitch markers

At the end of May I accomplished two brave goals. One was to publish my Trinity Cabled pillows. The other was to finally get some stock into the ASimpleHomestead Etsy shop! I’ve been making a variety of different types of stitch markers for a while now. In the past I gave several away to friends
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FO Friday – beanies and booties

FO Friday – beanies and booties

It may be warm outside, but I’ve been on a hat kick lately again. A couple of nights ago I finished a hat for a swap.     Yes, another swap. I just can’t seem to stay away. This hat is traveling to Germany even though she did say she was sweating this week :-).
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Trinity Cabled Pillows

Trinity Cabled Pillows

I finally did it. Remember how I said my word of the year was Courage? After 6 months of hemming and hawing, revising and reviewing, I finally pushed the Publish button on my Trinity Cabled pillow designs! Each pillow design contains three (=trinity) different types of cables. The designs are great for those that want
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FO Friday – designing up a storm

FO Friday – designing up a storm

I haven’t posted a Finished Object Friday in quite a while and I didn’t want you to be alarmed. I still have hook or pair of needles in my hands practically every single day. I’ve also been working on some other non-fiber projects. I signed up for a swap in April. I swore I wasn’t
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Garden map update

Garden map update

It’s going to turn colder this weekend with stronger breezes and some rain, but I don’t care. My garden is 90% planted and the rain will do it some good! I only have tomatoes and peppers left to plant this year, and since I never got around to starting seeds, I’ll purchase those next week.
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Tell us what you think!

We have been doing a lot of thinking lately on the direction this website should be taking, and we would sincerely love to get your input, dear readers.  We would appreciate it if you could please stop over and fill out this quick 5-question survey. I’ll leave the survey up for a couple of weeks and let you
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Repeat crafting

Repeat crafting

My mother sent me a link this weekend to a great little article by Franklin Habit.  The article is about repetitive knitting – making the same pattern(s) over and over again and how he’s not known for repeating patterns.  I’m not either – I rarely make a pattern twice.  I’ve made lots of washcloths and afghan squares
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Garden planning: raised beds, part 2

Garden planning: raised beds, part 2

I realized after I posted the other day, I talked about our new garden beds but didn’t really explain how they were built! For the frames, my husband purchased 1×4 lumber. We wanted them to be 4 feet wide, so he cut two 4′ long sections for each of the beds needed. We also wanted
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