Monday, October 27, 2014

Hunting in Montana Photo-Journal

Today I'm going to share a quick photo-journal of part of my weekend.  Our children stayed overnight with their grandma and my husband and I went out for part of the day to hunt elk.  We saw tracks from that day but unfortunately no elk.

We came across this barn on our way out and I had to stop for some pictures.  Some people dream of big houses and yards, I dream of barns and pasture...

I love the hayloft doors and the pulley system set up to haul hay up there.

Cow Elk tracks

Bull Tracks, there were at least two in this herd.

You can see a storm that was blowing by up in the sky. We had sun, snow and rain during our hike.

Antler rub on a tree

My guide :)

There's a chipmunk on the stump.  I think he followed us down half the mountain to keep an eye on us.
And there you have it. We hunt because it helps us to only spend $300 a month on groceries because we buy very minimal meat at the store.  Are you guys out hunting this year?   

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rag Rug Craft-Along: Resources


Today I've gathered some of my favorite resources for making a rag rug.  These are places I found when I was learning how to make my own rugs and a couple of sources for purchasing needles, patterns and even finished rugs.  Do you have any to add? Let me know and I will put them on the list!

Rag Rug Cafe: This is one of the places that helped me finally figure out how to do the stitch for the rag rug.  You can find lots of great tutorials and tips here.

Aunt Philly's: Tearing and Joining Fabric- This is a quick little video that shows the basics of tearing and joining the fabric.

Aunt Philly's: Basics of making the rug & tips to help you.

Pattern and Wooden Toothbrush Needle: has easy step-by-step written instructions and color picture illustrations for making your own oval toothbrush rug.  The needle is also included.  The pictures are clear and easy to follow.    There are also round rug patterns, needles and starters available here.

Finished rugs, patterns & needles: Pattern kit includes instructions (with lots of photos), a started piece, some prepared fabric - both core and working fabric and most of all - your very own handmade Nalbinde needle.You can also see some of her other beautiful projects on her website at

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rag Rug Craft-Along Begins

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I'm so excited to get started on this with you guys!  Rag rugs make such a pretty addition to your home and also make a lovely gift.  And each one is as unique as the person making it.  I can't wait to see what colors everyone chose and how the rugs will turn out! 
I have made some video tutorials on how to make the rug in case you don't know how. If you do know how you can skip those and just get started with us! 
You can post pictures, ask questions, or just join the conversation at the The Chicken Wire: Craft Along Group Page.  Also, feel free to share here in the comments.  I will be checking in to see how everyone is doing and sharing the progress of my rug as well.  My goal is to finish mine in two weeks.  But I know some of you will be faster and some will need more time.  There's no time limit, we are just here to support each other and enjoy working on our project!

*This giveaway is over but you can still buy the wooden needles using the following links!  Thanks to crafters, Mona at Rugs in the Woods and Sally, I am able to offer you two chances to win a handcrafted toothbrush rug needle!  I use a homemade plastic needle but I drool over the gorgeous wooden needles these gals make. 
I will also be offering a toothbrush rug trivet as part of each giveaway.

So go ahead and enter the giveaways, make sure you have all of your supplies and lets get started!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Simple Bible Plan

I wanted to tell you about my daily Bible reading.  If you are looking for a way to keep it simple yet still find a way to really delve into what your reading , this might work for you.  I combine two ideas because I need to fill two needs.  Firstly, I want to really absorb certain information.  And secondly, my goal is to read through the whole Bible.  Not in an attempt to understand everything but just as an effort to get it into my head.  To gain a general understanding of where things are, what each book is about and who was writing about what.

Simple Bible Plan

-Bible: I prefer a KJV study bible.  Regardless
of the version,I find the study notes to be very
-Dictionary- I guess this is optional, but I find
I understand the meaning better if I look up key
words.  Even if I think I know what the word
means, I still tend to find some insight.

So, I have tried following along with online studies or reading through a book or following a schedule.  But I have found that what works best for me is to simply choose a book in the Bible to read through and S.O.A.P. 1-2 verses a day.  If you are unfamiliar with S.O.A.P., it stands for:
S- Scripture
O- Observation
A- Application
P- Prayer
I normally only go over 1-2 verses a day with this.  I write out the Scripture.  I look up any unfamiliar or key words and read the notes in my Bible and make a note of some Observations.  Then I consider and write out how this can Apply to my life.  Finally, I end my time with Prayer.
One other thing I've added to S.O.A.P. is making a note of the attributes of God and Jesus that I've observed in the reading.  I know that we are supposed to take God's word and use it in our lives, but sometimes I feel like I personalize the Bible so much that I take the focus off of God and put it too much on me.  So I like to make sure I am making my reading about learning WHO God is.  Not just what I want him to DO for me.
The second part of my reading consists of following a Chronological reading plan.  Mine is meant to be finished in a year, but I pay no attention to the dates and just read what is lined out to be finished in a day.  I want to get through it in a reasonable amount of time, but if I miss a day here and there I don't want to scrap the whole thing or feel like I need to catch up.  So I just focus on making progress, not keeping up.

Do you have a plan you follow?  What works well for you?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Disney Light Up Costume & Great Deal for Farm & Garden

Disney Princess Cinderella Light Up Deluxe Costume - $22.87 (Reg. $51.99)

Get the Disney Princess Cinderella Light Up Deluxe Costume for just $22.87 (reg. $51.99) from Amazon.  This deal is good today only, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, while supplies last.

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  • Hand Wash
  • 1.5" high
  • 11.5" wide
  • Light Up Dress
  • Batteries Included
  • Child Sizes: 3T-8
  • Official Disney Princess Licensed Costume 

Rubbermaid 5F21 Deck Box with Seat


Get the Rubbermaid 5F21 Deck Box with Seat for just $63 (reg. $112) from Amazon.  This deal is good today only, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, while supplies last.
  • Deck storage box with hinged lid and seat
  • Hinged lid for easy accessibility
  • Hasps for locking lid (lock not included)
  • Maintenance-free and crack-resistant in cold temperatures
  • Assembled exterior dimensions: 25 by 26.2 by 42.5 inches (height by width by depth) interior dimensions: 39 by 20 by 20 inches

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