Fencing Prep

We've accumulated all the matetials for our fencing! Now we wait for the property survey so we can solidify the property boundaries. We chose to hire a local survey company for several reasons. First, the plat map survey on file is over 50 years old, and the digitized copy we have is a little difficult … Continue reading Fencing Prep

Cabbage-Busting Sewing Projects

I'm in the process of moving my sewing paraphernalia to our basement and setting up my workspace downstairs. This gets complicated in several respects: 1) I have 4 children to work around and very little time where my eyeballs can be otherwise engaged away from them. 2) Our basement is semi-leaky because we can't figure … Continue reading Cabbage-Busting Sewing Projects

What’s on the Needles? Project Update

Well here it is, December 12, and I've completed 1 of 5 Christmas gift knitting projects. I'm dangerously close to finishing my oldest son's scarf, and it's going a bit faster than the others because of the guage and yarn I'm using. I'm a shade over halfway done. My daughter's scarf is taking a little … Continue reading What’s on the Needles? Project Update

Advent Poetry: Shadows, D.H. Lawrence

As a means of brightening my own soul as I rebuke anxiety in my own mind during the coldest, darkest part of the year, I've decided to intentionally cultivate joy and gratitude by focusing on Christ and that which points to Him and the good, beautiful, and true things in this world. So I thought … Continue reading Advent Poetry: Shadows, D.H. Lawrence

Etsy Shop Sale!

Hey guys! As a thank you to you loyal WHL followers, we're offering a sale on our Etsy shop! This includes all our custom made things as well as official Shaggy Maple Homestead swag. We really appreciate all your support, especially since the at times inappropriate ad content that was being hosted on our site … Continue reading Etsy Shop Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

What a year, right? I'm not even talking about the covid stuff. I mean, just personally, for our family, it has been one ordeal after the next, and I know MANY families who've experienced the same thing, many of them to a higher degree than us. I'm so thankful for my husband. I've been learning … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Repurposed fabric: Curtain to Cross-back Apron

I'm thrifty. It's a point of pride. So when my neurotic border collie, Flynn, savagely chewed the corner of a 100% cotton curtain panel, it was too nice a fabric for me to waste it. 1) I replaced the nice curtains with a canvas drop cloth from Amazon. $12 vs $60? Yes, please. 2) Then, … Continue reading Repurposed fabric: Curtain to Cross-back Apron

When I need a little help

"Your children don't need you to be perfect, they need you to love them." Those words from Sally Clarkson were reverberating in my mind, my house full of rambunctious kiddos. I was struggling. I mean really, truly struggling emotionally and mentally. I had so much rage I couldn't stop crying. Everything was frustrating and angering. … Continue reading When I need a little help

Happy Birthday, Boo Bear

My Baby Boo turned 4 years old today. Frankly, I don't know where that time has gone. The last four years have been a happy, sad, scary, stressful, joy-filled, laughter-and-tear drenched blur. My teeny one, my little premie, who surprised us big time by coming a month sooner than we expected, is somehow transitioning from … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Boo Bear

Homestead Update

It has been a while, friends! The last 2 weekends in a row, we've had company. Which was nice. But that means that in focusing our efforts on the inside of the house to make it a haven for hospitality, we've been doing the bare minimum outside. My husband spend the day Monday running errands. … Continue reading Homestead Update