Sunday Homestead Update – A New Year

It is hard to believe it, but another year has arrived.  As the weather gets colder and windy-er, we move indoors and work on projects needing to be done inside.

Bathroom Remodel

This week we demo-ed our master bathroom.  At the end of 2019, we remodeled the shower in there, but couldn’t afford to do any more of it.  We have been saving and now are able to do the rest of the bathroom.  The house was built in the 1970s, with all the typical features that were “in style” at that point:  turquoise shag carpet, hideous wallpaper, countertops with flecks of gold in them, burnt orange colored kitchen appliances….etc.  During the almost 9 years we have been at this home, we have remodeled almost the entire main house.  All that is left is two bathrooms, the stairs, and a little bit of work in the mud room and everything will be completely changed.  So the next thing on the list was the master bathroom.

Heritage Arts

Another thing about cold weather is that we have more time for heritage arts projects.  I cast on, and hooked on, two new projects.  First, a sweater using a new book I got for Christmas.  This is for Mtn Man and I am using the yarn from our ram Fergus’ 2018 fleece.

I hooked on a crochet poncho using the beautiful yarn that Sunshine and Mtn Man made me from Freya’s fall 2020 fleece.

I have been contemplating what to do with Fiona’s final fleece.  She died suddenly in September and it was a very hard loss because she was the first sheep we ever purchased and had been with us a long time and had become my “pet.”  I decided to have Mtn Man make me roving in the mill, and then hand spin it myself.  I haven’t had my spinning wheel out in about 5 years due to Mr. Smiles’ frequent trips to the hospital and surgeries.  But I decided it was time to get it out and do some spinning.  And spinning my favorite ewe’s final fleece seemed like the perfect reason to get it back out.

At this point I am just playing around a bit with it while I remind myself what I am doing.  But it has been enjoyable.

Sheep Jacket Mending/Cleaning/Organizing

Sunshine took on a project for me that really needed to be done.  She got all our sheep jackets cleaned, patched, and organized.  Now we know exactly what sizes we have, and they are all fixed up and clean and ready to go on the sheep as needed.

Firestarters

Each fall we make wax firestarters to use through the winter as we make fires in the woodstoves to heat the house.  We have been behind on all our projects this year, but I finally got these made.  There are two types we make, pinecones ones (prettier) and egg carton ones (not as pretty, but just as useful).  This year, due to my hurry, and since I had a ton of egg cartons available, I made egg carton ones.

Once the wax cools and solidifies in the cartons, we cut each little cavity apart individually.  Then we use one cavity each time we start a fire by lighting the edge of the cardboard.  You can read more about how we make pinecone firestarters by clicking here.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Homestead Update – A New Year

  1. I haven’t tried the wax ones, but we made a jar of cotton balls in Vaseline that is an AWESOME firestarter and it sticks to the wood. Way more efficient than crumpled newsprint. I’ll have to try the wax ones.

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