Sunday, August 16, 2020

Rustic Shed

There is a reason the word "creating" is in my blog title.  Because I like to show the creative things my family has done besides just my quilting.  Today's post is featuring my talented husband!

We recently planted pasture grass and then put up a fence around it to keep the goats in.  A pasture is nice and all, but there are no trees and no buildings so those poor goats have no shade when its hot and no shelter when the weather is nasty.  Until now . . .

My hubby and I both love historical buildings and vintage things so we decided we wanted to build the goat shed to look old!  So here is the progress so far!  The wood is still brown, but when it gets weathered, it will all turn gray and look like every other old building around here.  Actually, some of the wood IS old as we recycled it from some of the old buildings and corrals that were originally on our property.

Here is the view before the Dutch doors with giant hinges were installed.

These HUGE hinges we salvaged from some of the corral gates and reused them on the Dutch doors for this shed.  We had to paint the shiny new bolts a rust color so they wouldn't look out of place with the old hinges.  This land has been farmed since the 1920's, maybe earlier.

The reason we know that is because the original house (really it's a 16 x 16 foot shack with a wood stove in one corner) is still standing.  I love that old building.  (see below) We moved it to another part of the property and are using it for storage.  Anyway, some of the insulation for that building was newspaper from the 1920's.  My son who works for our construction company built shelves inside it to make better use of the space for storing stuff.  Can you imagine someone actually living in this with no plumbing or running water?  We are so blessed and spoiled.

In other news, my hubby also recently developed an interest in bee keeping.  We harvested our first batch of honey today!  Over 2 gallons worth!  This wasn't even all of the boards from one hive and we have three hives.  Boy howdee!  Talk about a messy job!  This was our first time doing it and we didn't really know what to expect so next time we'll be better prepared.  

Well, it's been a long weekend and between getting the auction going and helping put up the honey, I didn't get any sewing done but it will keep!  

Don't forget to check out the auction and please, please let me know if you have any quilts you would be willing to donate and contact me for details.  We have committed to sending $6000 to this feeding program and right now we've raised a little over $2000.  We will get there!

Tomorrow it's back to the real world of stressed out college students trying to get their financial aid squared away!  Wish me luck!

Do You Like 1930's Reproduction Fabric?

 If you like 1930's reproduction feedsack fabric come bid on a lot of fabric I just put up in our hunger relief auction!  I just added the fabric items so you will have to scroll through all the other items to get to the fabric goodies.  There are over 75 pieces of fabric in this lot.  Each piece is at least 8 x 10 inches, but many are bigger than that.

Click here to view the auction being run on Facebook and be sure to bookmark it!  If there is enough interest, I may be adding some more fabric and I think there will be some bargains to be had!  No reserves!  If it sells for $5, it sells for $5!   

By the way, I should have asked this before but if there is anyone out there that has any completed quilts they would like to donate for this auction, please let me know!    

You won't even need to mail it to me, all I need is a few good pictures of your item and if anyone bids on it, I'll send you the money for postage and where to send it.  Any takers out there?  I could just kick myself that I have two quilt tops done but didn't get them quilted in time.

Our auction will run all week and bidding closes this coming Saturday at noon.  I'd love it if I got to send this fabric to one of my quilting buddies!