Friday, June 30, 2006

egg flyer

Here is our business flyer for farm fresh eggs. It's going to the printers today and we will be sending out emails, mailings and making calls to all those that have shown interest since we got the new chicks in January. Here we go! **Update: So far we've had 3 sales and others have shown interest in buying our eggs, so we might not have so many around as we thought. We took eggs for our neighbors to try, only 5 neighbors on our street and the boys helped by ringing their doorbells numerous times and knocking on the door. We'll see how it goes, so far friends and neighbors are a good start!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

fruit, carrots and 10 dozen eggs

This glamour shot of our watermelon and cantlopue was taken by yours truly. Yes, I know I out did myself. We finally got the courage to cut open one of the 8 watermelons that made it in the garden and boy was it ready. Bright red, juicy watermelon is the perfect treat for a hot summer afternoon. We love the stuff around here! The cantalope was not as good. Not sweet enough for our liking, but it was our first attempt. We keep telling ourselves that. Tonight I looked out the window and saw two little guys running through the yard with green bushes in their arms. I had to grab my camera and get them with their stash of carrots from the garden. Such fun to go out and pick some food from the ground, how cool is that? Very cool according to Ian who can't wait to take a watermelon to his cousins house this weekend. Yep, we are traveling to Tallahassee Saturday to witness a trio baptism, all three boys (8,6, & 4 months) are being baptized this Sunday at their local church. We are looking forward to our visit! Finally, we have approximately 10 dozens eggs in our refrigerator right now, so if you read this blog and are in the area please come get some eggs! We are putting together a flyer and a list of people that have shown interest in farm fresh pastured poultry eggs, I know it's a mouth full, but it's true. Today alone we collected 40 eggs, so the hens are increasing their production and soon we'll have 50 a day at least. We are selling the eggs for $2.50/1 dozen and $3.00/1-1/2 dozen, and let me tell you they are worth it. These hens graze on fresh grass and insects daily due to their mobile homes and enjoy sunlight, fresh water and comfortable nesting boxes with fresh hay for laying the most egg-cellent egg! (I couldn't help myself.)

Friday, June 23, 2006

mail

What a treat! My good friend Marce sent me the coolest book on vintage bags. I love it! It has 20 sewing patterns for vintage bags and purses and lots of tips, like sewing in top zippers, which is something I've wanted to do. Since I've been teaching myself, with and without patterns how to make bags, this book will help me fine tune some things I've been working on. Thanks Marce, the book is perfect and I look forward to trying the patterns out.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Disco Dot Bag


Disco Dot Bag Exterior
Originally uploaded by emerald lane.
The crafting strike is over. I was finally inspired and spent some time sewing and this is the proof. A really fun handbag with lots of attitude! It's for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, June 19, 2006

no craftiness lately

No crafting this week, with the duties around the house, the boys need for food almost every half hour, afternoon naps, and then late afternoon nausea there was just no time or the desire for sewing. All the animals are doing well. The ducks are now living and swimming in the pond. There was a scare with a snapping turtle, which was soon taken care of, so the ducks are swimming safely for now. The chickens are laying more and more due to the new and improved nesting boxes built by Farmer Jay. The eggs are small now so we are feeding them to the pigs, who fight over them they like them sooo much! This week we are starting swim lessons for Ian in the afternoons. He is very excited and looking forward to getting in the pool to show off his skills he already knows. I'm looking forward to getting into a routine of going to the YMCA everyday and maybe I'll stick around and workout. Energy I need you! I did go and do some field research on embroidery machines and boy are they expensive. Starting at $1,000 and going up. I went through a little sticker shock and decided I'm going to stick with the low end beginner models, which are half the price. I was almost sold on a machine with all the bells and whistles, but had to be shaken out of a trance when I got home. I always get sucked in when I go to the store by the salesperson. "You need this machine, you deserve it!" she says to me. "Help! Get me out of here!" I say. Back to reality Nancy, you don't need the $3,000 machine that sews on it's own, has 2,000 stitches, and plays the latest tunes from your IPod. Now if it took care of the kids, fixed dinner, folded laundry and cleaned my floors, then I'd reconsider! I'll probably buy something this week if I can decide and I'll keep you posted. I know you are at the edge of your seat right now waiting for more on the embroidery machine delima.

Monday, June 12, 2006

I must say I feel loved! I was showered with lots of birthday wishes and love from my family. We enjoyed the beach/dinner/movies on Friday and Sunday, my mom and dad had a cookout/ice cream/pool party at their house for my birthday. I was surprised with a really, really great gift; a gift card to buy my own embroidery machine. I almost cried when I opened it. Now I have to do my research and pick the right machine, what a challenge, but I'm up for it! Thanks family and friends for all the birthday wishes and for the embroidery machine, yes I'll make something for you all, don't worry! Today I signed up for an Etsy account, so now I'm selling my bags there as well. This bag is one of the two I have listed. Check it out and tell your friends. There are also lots of other great hand-made products to browse through.

Friday, June 09, 2006

31 feels like 30

Yesterday, went swimmingly. All items on to do list completed and the party was a success. I did finish my birthday present to myself, the afore mentioned bag that was giving me sooo much trouble. It's done, finished, completed and ready to wear! So cute and summery, oh and it does match my apron from April's TOO. Now that our 50 chickens are laying eggs, they need some place to lay them. So, we now have temporary nesting boxes. When I say boxes I mean that literally, Priority Mail boxes. Just add a little hay and your set. Real nesting boxes coming soon, we promise. Hopefully they won't go on strike!! Anyone tired of hearing about our garden? Well too bad. Here's Ian bringing in the vegetables we picked this morning, peas, zucchini, yellow squash, and green tomatoes. I didn't want to risk leaving those beautiful tomotoes out there for the bugs to eat. Fried green tomatoes anyone? Finally, 31 years ago I was born right here in my hometown of Orange Park to Frank and Robin Mosher. I'm still here raising my children now and I'll soon be having my third in the same hospital I was born in. That's right, my little birthday surprise to all, we are expecting a new baby in January 2007. That's it for now, I'm off to enjoy my day!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I'm having a cupcake and coffee this morning in honor of my birthday tomorrow. Yesterday I just felt like making cake and I thought to myself, "Self, just make cupcakes! Your birthday is Friday, why not?" So at 4pm I whipped up some batter (boxed mix I'm not a super baker and I like my cake sweet) and popped them in the oven for a yummy afternoon treat. So this morning, Jay jetted off to Boca and I'm eating cupcakes for breakfast while I catch up on my blog reading and posting. I have a big day ahead of me. I'm hosting a double baby shower for two friends, so I have to clean the the house, especially the floors. These boys around here make a horrible mess while eating, a 5 foot perimeter around their chair is usually covered in food. Not sure how they do it. Oh, back to cupcakes, Ian ate a cupcake outside yesterday and somehow he got chocolate frosting on his back, like all over his back. How is that possible? I don't get it! On to the the list for today, floors, bathrooms, windows (make sure to get little handprints and doggy slobber), make baby gifts for shower tonight (one girl, one boy), finish bag for my birthday gift to myself. About the bag for myself, it has been a nightmare. I started it Tuesday night, spent 3 hours on it and when I thought it was finished it didn't work and it was ugly. So back to the drawing board, next day I took it apart, salvaged the bottom and lining and made a new top. Once it was done, I added a cute rick-rack trim and proceeded to ruin it again! I stitched the lining when I added the trim. So I ripped it out and now I have an almost completed bag. Must re-sew trim on and be more careful this time! I'm off to start my list and tomorrow it's off to the beach for the day. **Oh, I forgot to include in my list, feed and water pigs and chickens. Done, now I can check that off the list. While I was out there one of the 50 new hens (about 4 months old) laid her first baby egg. Yes, that means very soon we will have 4 dozen eggs a day. Hope you all like eggs, because that is what you are getting for Christmas, birthdays and other holidays from now on.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

tomato bugs, garden helpers and bubbles

Our garden has a new look. The time has come for the lettuce, spinach and corn to go. Out with the old in with the new. Not sure what's going in next, but for now the watermelon and cantalope have more room to grow. I've been finding this bug in the tomatoes lately. Anyone know it's name? Does seven dust kill it? We are having Kung Pao Chicken with fresh boiled corn on the cob for dinner, because the boys helped shuck all the corn and we got about 10-12 ears. In total the spring crop yielded 20-25 ears, not bad for our first try! Yes, Ian is dressed appropriately in his Native American Costume for his first corn harvest. Here's a look at my little one hanging out on the back porch.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Retro Flower Bag

The first bag of many to come is ready to be packed up and sent to a new home! Check out the details here.