Homesteading

Aloe Vera – not just for burns

Aloe Vera – not just for burns

Many folks have probably heard of the medicinal use of the aloe vera plant.  Some people keep them in their house because they enjoy succulent plants and so they can use them for healing.  We used to have an aloe vera and I remember being […]

Planting in egg shells – eight reasons

Planting in egg shells – eight reasons

Planting in egg shells vs. a couple of other methods.  Egg shells are my favorite starter container. I have tried the method of planting in bathroom paper rolls.  I did not have a good experience with this.  The cardboard was a perfect water holding and […]

Goat (or horse or any animal!) Embroidered Shirt

Goat (or horse or any animal!) Embroidered Shirt

Though it can’t been seen very well in this picture, I am wearing my hand embroidered goat shirt. On the front is a pack goat climbing down a mountain. On the sleeve is a cute kid.  If you know the basics of hand embroidery this […]

“Branded” Boots

“Branded” Boots

My mother always complained my choice of boots looked like boy’s boots.  These are not boy’s work boots for the tongue says Herman Survivors For Her. Still, to make them really look like girls work boots, I decided to “brand” them with hearts. This was […]

How I finally avoided cabbage worms in my cabbage and kale

How I finally avoided cabbage worms in my cabbage and kale

Every year those little white moths fly about the garden and every year my cabbage was chewed to pieces by the little resulting cabbage worms.  I tried various tips for organic gardening.  I sprinkled then with salt.  The salt just rolled off the stiff cabbage […]

Horseback Riding In a Skirt

Horseback Riding In a Skirt

I sometimes get asked about horseback riding in a skirt.  If you are wondering if you can, the answer is, “Yes!” In these pictures my friend and I are wearing full circle skirts.  Complete circle skirts are full enough for cross-saddle riding and nice enough […]

Persimmon Seed Buttons

Persimmon Seed Buttons

Did you know you can make buttons from persimmon seeds?  If you do much sewing, you know buttons can quickly add to the cost of a garment.  Back in the 1800’s folks made persimmon seed buttons and it is still and economical thing to do! […]

Making Homemade Applesauce

Making Homemade Applesauce

Making homemade applesauce is as easy as peeling apples and putting them in a pot!  Start by peeling and cutting out the cores.  Slice into small pieces and throw them in a large pot, or a small pot depending on how many apples you are […]

How to dry sage

How to dry sage

Some people dry sage the old-fashion way of bundling up the stems and hanging them upside down to dry.  I tried this method once and ended up with some molded sage.  Maybe I just did not hang them in a good location, but whatever the […]

Up-cycling cute children’s clothes to adult’s clothing

Up-cycling cute children’s clothes to adult’s clothing

“Up-cycling” maybe a new word, but the concept has been around for generations. Up-cycling clothes, especially cute children’s clothes to adult’s clothing, are a great way to wear them again! When I was somewhere around six years old, I saw this adorable stretch knit dress […]