Thursday, September 29, 2016

Seaside Cottage Sign Tutorial

Today we're making this beautiful Cottage sign! Ready? 

What you will need:
1/4" Wood
Chalk Paint (We used American Paint Company in Uncle Sam to paint it)
Paint Brush
Pencil or Rounded Carving Tool 

I painted the board white, I wanted it to look really crisp so it took a view coats. 

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Using Picmonkey I found a font and using a blank canvas and saving each letter of the word on to your computer. I think I used a font size around 2000 and print the letters so that they fill one regular printer size page. 

I trimmed away excess paper and then laid the letters out on the sign and taped it in place so it didn't slide around.

Using a pencil or a rounded wood carving tool (yeah, I don't know what it's called) I traced the outline of the letters pressing hard.

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Then painted over the traced lines filling in the letters.

Using the hot glue gun  I squeezed glue onto each leg.

 Then pressed firmly onto the sign.

Follow that by placing felt pads on the back of each corner of the sign.

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I tied a knot at the end of the wire and stapled it to the back of the sign. and did the same on the other side. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Homesteader Blog Hop #22

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This is the Homesteader Blog Hop Y’all and there are plenty of posts to keep your attention every Wednesday at The Homesteader Hop!
Come on over to the Homestead, choose your rocking chair…a glass of tea and sit a spell! …we are here to entertain you, educate you or make you smile…all day long.
Stay as long as you like; and vote for your favorite!
If you are a blogger you can submit up to 3 articles, visit other blogs, leave comments and enjoy your stay here on the porch…
Here on the Homestead we are all about living a self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-sustaining lifestyle in as natural, organic & frugal ways as possible.

This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

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Floyd Family Homestead

(Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter) Floyd Family Homestead was established in Central Oklahoma in March of 2013 with a dream to leave the hustle and bustle of busy life behind in search of a simpler more sustainable way of life.


Homesteading with Heart

(Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter) Hello, and welcome to my Blog! I’m a busy Farmers wife, Homeschool mom, chef Chief, Craft Enthusiast, animal loving blogger and homemaker!


You Should Grow

(Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTube) You Should Grow is a website dedicated to empowering others to grow their own food. On the blog, you'll find growing tips and how-to's, some easy DIY, and a few stories and ramblings about what we get into at a farm.

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Rosevine Cottage Girls

(Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+) Hi, we are the Rosevine Cottage Girls. A mother / daughters team, living in middle Tennessee on a "mini" farm. We love sharing our favorite recipes, crafts, DIY projects, travel, hair styles, fashion, reviews, faith, raising animals, and life in general.

Simply Quaint Homestead

(Facebook | Pinterest | Google+ | Twitter) I wasn’t always the homesteading gal that I am today. There was a time when I had a career. Every morning, I’d get up, take my kiddos to daycare or school and then speed off to the office where I spent the day inputting numbers for the bills my boss had to pay.

Featured Authors From Last Weeks Hop:

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Precycling, Recycling, Downcycling, and Upcycling

I recently read the book called: The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less by Amy Korst. It was written by a woman who decided to go waste free for a year Read More >>>

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When Loving Is Hard

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’  The whole Law and the [writings of the]Prophets depend on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:36-40 (AMP)
I consider myself a pretty nice person on most days. I mean I get grumpy and I have days when I am sick or times when I am not happy, but all in all I think I am nice.

I moved from sunny southern California to the idealistic small town in the rural south with dreams of life being like Mayberry and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. Friendly neighbors greet you when you pull up with loaves of fresh baked bread and greetings of “If you need anything, you just let us know” were all still fresh in my mind as I am driving with my two-year-old twins over the mountains and into the storms that made up the journey.

We traveled across the country with severe storms and tornadoes ahead of us and more behind us. If we got too far ahead of the storm behind us we were stopped and in the middle of tornadoes to our left and right and not able to see anything in the middle of the desert. We huddled in Winslow Arizona in front of an old television in an even older Motel trying to watch the weather when the lights and air conditioning went out with a pop. 

Another time we were stopped at the only gas station in the only exit along the lonely route 66 to take refuge when the radio screamed tornado warnings along that town's railroad tracks and the highway and looking over to see our precious caravan of a minivan and moving van is following along the said railroad tracks. We were huddled in the van surrounded by diesel trucks when there was no place to take refuge from the storms. 

I cried all night wedged between the children’s car seats as rain sprayed from what seemed like a fire hose in every direction at once every window in the van and the wind blew and shook the car violently. I prayed, and cried and prayed some more… This trip was not what I dreamed it would be. It was not turning out like I hoped it would be and I found myself just praying…Lord! What am I doing here?

We made the very tough journey and to our friends home where we would stay until we found a home. When we did my mother and husband fell in love with the house but it was not my dream. It was not where I wanted to live but we bought the house and we moved in. I met the neighbors and I remember telling her how excited I was to get to know people and how we wanted to have the neighbors over to a barbecue like we did back home in Southern California. The neighbor looked at me like I was a talking squirrel and then proceeded to tell me that this was not THAT kind of neighborhood and THAT is exactly why we moved here. 

My little amount of hope that this would work out like a windsock that lost its wind fell. I smiled and made excuses and headed back home. She was right; this is NOT that kind of neighborhood. I remember praying again; Lord… what am I doing here?

Over the years living here I have tried to teach the girls and to live out the scripture where we are called to love our neighbor. We have baked bread for the new neighbors; we have made cards for people and cooked meals when they were ill or injured and have mowed lawns, babysat pets, and watched over children, but that neighbor lady’s words still ring true. This is the most unfriendly neighborhood I have ever seen. Someone here has maligned us, they have spread rumors, injured and killed our pets, stolen from us, and outright ignored us. It has been hard to live through and not get bitter. I wonder often why we ended up here and I still ask God why I am here.

The truth is even though it has been more awful than good I have to believe that we were brought here for a reason. That maybe we were a light in the darkness in this strange place and when we leave, I pray that the light we showed will remain. I think that is all we can hope. That our lives, no matter how small, how insignificant to us and our own eyes; that in the light of eternity it will make a difference.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tortoise Shell Bread

This was such a pretty bread. It was crusty and great with jelly.

2 2/3 cups of organic flour
1/2 tsp yeast
1 tbsp organic sugar
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1 Tbsp Coconut or Olive Oil

Add to your bread machine 9 oz of spring water.  To this add your dry ingredients reserving the yeast. Make a well in the top of the flour and place your yeast there.  Set to dough.

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When the cycle ends remove onto your lightly floured countertop and shape it like an oval.  Put onto a greased baking pan and cover with oiled saran wrap and place someplace warm and draft free.  When it has doubled in size (about an hour) preheat your oven to 425F.

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Dust the loaf with flour and slash the top with your sharpest knife.  Bake for about 40 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped with a knife on the bottom.

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Sit your bread on a wire rack to cool


Thursday, September 22, 2016

DIY Faux Shiplap Tutorial

If you've been following our Kitchen Remodel you probably saw the faux shiplap that we did in the kitchen, and as promised, here is how we did it! We've always loved the look of shiplap, but frankly didn't want to go through the hassle of nailing boards to the wall, especially after Mr. Cottage's run in with a table saw- but that's another story (trust me you don't want to hear it). PS. I may or may not have actually painted in that outfit.

You will need:

Painters Tape
Thin Paintbrush
A Ruler (longer the better)
Gray paint (we used Valspar zero VOC Gravity in satin)
And last but not least coffee- ok so you don't really need that to do this but hey, coffee is always good right? Check out our sponsor Lifeboat Coffee while you're at it! They have the best coffee we have ever tasted and its a family owned business for a great cause! Ok back to our project.

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First, you are going to want to decide how wide you want your panels, we made ours 6 inches apart. When you figure this out start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up faintly marking lines across the wall with the ruler (check the paint department for their nice long ones!) or something else with a straight edge, I used a ruler and a left over tile. I wouldn't recommend the second one- my arms were killing me the next day.

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Once this is done take the painters tape and apply it to either side of the line at your desired thickness. Mine varied a bit on size but I wanted it to look like 100-year-old wood so I was fine with that. Keep your lines as straight as humanly possible. Yes, I realize this is very hard, your talking to the queen of I-Can't-Make-Straight-Lines-To-Save-My-Life. Hopefully, I never get pulled over.

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Now that you have your lines done its time to paint! Stir up the paint and slap it on over the tape. Give it a few seconds to dry and then remove the tape before it has time to really stick to the tape. Touch up around the edges if needed and you're done!

Quick, easy and no big power tools needed!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Homesteader Blog Hop #21

This is the Homesteader Blog Hop Y’all and there are plenty of posts to keep your attention every Wednesday at The Homesteader Hop!
Come on over to the Homestead, choose your rocking chair…a glass of tea and sit a spell! …we are here to entertain you, educate you or make you smile…all day long.
Stay as long as you like; and vote for your favorite!
If you are a blogger you can submit up to 3 articles, visit other blogs, leave comments and enjoy your stay here on the porch…
Here on the Homestead we are all about living a self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-sustaining lifestyle in as natural, organic & frugal ways as possible.
This Blog Hop is being hosted by:
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Floyd Family Homestead


Homesteading with Heart

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Season'd Mama

You Should Grow


Rosevine Cottage Girls

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Simply Quaint Homestead


Featured Authors From Last Weeks Hop:

Garden Up Green


Our New Land

The new land is finally ours and words like "Wow and is this really happening?" have been repeated daily. Read More >>>

The Small Town Homestead


8 Unconventional Ways Modern Homesteaders Can Make Money

Homesteaders look for independence and self sufficiency in every area of life so it only makes sense that when it comes to making an income they would look at every possible option.

What Can I Post on this Blog Hop?

Anything and everything related to: Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!


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