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They Grew Because We Ignored Them

This year we grew some of our own vegetables from seed for transplanting into the garden. These were tomatoes, cabbage, brussels, broccoli, oregano, basil. Everything grew and grew. This is unusual for us. More often, the plants are spindly and small and they take more work than is preferred to get them to live.

This time we ignored them, so I guess that is why they grew so nicely.

We will be moving them out into the shed soon for the nights and in the day they will be somewhat protected outside until they harden a bit.

We did transplant the tomatoes, which we never do, so I guess that does count as not ignoring them.

Maybe it is just one of those years.

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Transplanting

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After Transplanting

Use What You Have For Homesteading Style

Today my project is this alpaca/acrylic scarf that I have made in two days from yarn that I bought ages ago but didn’t use. Actually I did use a couple to make scarves, and they turned out to be super warm but not overly dressy.

I made a long wide scarf with large needles so that it could be wrapped and doubled up if necessary for more warmth, but still look dressy or as I like to call it “glam” haha. This scarf is SUPER warm due to the alpaca in the blend. I had four colours, not enough of any one colour to make a sweater so I thought this would substitute. This was just knitting both sides and I used no pattern.

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Use What Food You Have

Yesterday I harvested some things from our garden. Parsley, Basil, zucchini, garlic tops. Even though it doesn’t look like much, you can still figure out how to use whatever you have from your garden. I actually freeze the tops, parsley and zucchini and nothing goes to waste. Use what you have.

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Salvaged From The Dump

My husband likes to shop at the dump – I’m sure most of us have at one time or another. Not long ago, he found two heaters like this one in the metal pile. The only thing that is wrong with them is that the plastic dials are broken off. You can see the dial sitting on top of the heater.

They work fine and are not starting fires. This one is in our dog room. It is likely that a local contractor decided they weren’t worth fixing and that he couldn’t use them so he dumped them. Thank you.

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Update On The Salvaged Hardwood Bed Frame

The bed frame is finally finished and here it is:

ImageI guess I shouldn’t say Really finished because there is some varnishing to do on the legs and as you can see an adjustment on the slope of the bed. The floor is not perfectly flat. Yes the bedroom is tiny.  More about that in another post

Knitting is Awesome

I made this shaker knit sweater for about $15.00

which was the cost of the yarn.

Sure, maybe the seams aren’t perfect but I can still wear it in public.

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Small Homes – Are Better!

We have a small house because it is:

1. less to clean

2. an interesting older building (almost 100 years old) that has been renovated

3. saves us money because we own the house

4. reduces waste because we aren’t tearing it down to build a new one

Our decor is rustic/vintage. I will be discussing this in the next several blog posts.

The most important point here for homesteaders is that they use what they have. We didn’t tear down what we have to build something  new to make it was more stylish or more impressive.

For example, we will start with Imagethe business. I groom, train and board dogs for a living. Most people who do this build new and make it as fancy as they can, usually a modern look. I decided to make the grooming and boarding area in a small section of the garage which is also the workshop. The whole garage is about 12 feet wide and 24 feet long. Because of the small size we have to make use of every but of space in a way that maximizes the storage capacity.

This is the boarding room or “dog room” as we call it. It  is certainly not new, but it really works and instead in of tearing the whole thing down and re-building we are simply making changes with what we have.  Everything that is in this room is made with recycled materials with the exception of the wood that goes Imageup the wall.

 

The cupboards above the kennel were taken from a house I used to own and found a use here. The owner of that house actually MADE those cupboards himself out of plywood several decades ago.

You can see the large green fan on top of the kennels. This is an old fan but works perfectly and you can’t buy fans that are this sturdy that are made in North America anymore.

The sliding glass door that you can see on the far right was also salvaged from a relatives home as it was being thrown out. Works perfectly.

Sure the cement floor has a few divots in it but that is only cosmetic. It does not need to be replaced.

The only thing in this room that is not my favourite and needs some adjustments is the door. This is the only door we could find because the roof is low and the door had to be cut down to fit so a metal door which would be preferable will not fit. We are keeping our eyes open. For now this will do.

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