February 26, 2018

Dilly Dill :: Embroidery Template & Notebook Page

Sharing my Dill template, notebook page and a little 'tell me of' with you today. Dill to me says Summer leans to Fall, it says Dill bread and of course the making of pickles. Dill prefers full sun, but she is not too picky on location, whether pot or plot... as long as there is room for her feet and support for her height.

Once Dill flowers, she will stop producing leaves and focus more on her blooms and seeds. When the seed head turns brown, and faded it is ready for harvest. However, up until the flower forms, it is recommended as the time to harvest fresh Dill leaves. Some resources state Dill may help with digestion, cholesterol and in the fight against free radicals.

She is simple, yet stately... stable. Oh and effective at being remembered. Another friend to pollinators and pretty easy to embroider too. Her seed heads here, are french knots, with the remaining being the stem stitch, and you can find your printable template {HERE} and the simple, black and white notebook page {HERE}. Enjoy!

February 22, 2018

Highwinds Homestead :: an Introduction to the Journey

Hi There! I wanted to take a moment to make an introduction. An introduction to the Highwinds Homestead, my sister goal for this blog and ultimately our functioning Etsy shop. The name was chosen for a couple of reasons... first: where I currently live. We reside at an elevation of 6,755 feet, and where the wind blows the majority of the year.

We have a growing zone of 4 -5b, an average rainfall of nine and a quarter inches, and apparently a Mountain Lion has already came to town this year...

these were grown at 3,743 feet

Second: I firmly believe that being a homesteader is so much more than location and land ownership. I believe it involves the heart, mind and soul. Creating an opportunity for one to reconnect to the Creator of this place... and all that is in it. I also believe children should play in the mud and the rain, know where their food comes from and the effort it takes to produce it.

Third: Isaiah said it this way "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." When we first arrived here, the wind was something... it still is, but this verse came to mind... along with the name. It fit us... it fit me... and it has a special meaning that I am sure is still being revealed.

Yes, this is a journal of sorts, a sharing of this journey... of how I arrived home, to the Highwinds Homestead. I hope you will join me and maybe glean a little faith cultivation or a collection of hope. Either way, I pray this is a growing place and I am grateful you stopped by. Below are a few posts, that help provide some of the back story of our journey thus far...

February 19, 2018

Creating an Effective and Natural Wood Sealant

My recent cast iron creative inspired me to use some of my effective and natural wood sealant, which honestly is just another variation of my 'wood balm' recipe. But - it really is - effective and natural - so why not!

With this project I used 3 parts coconut oil and 1 part bee's wax, along with about 5 drops cedar-wood essential oil. Mainly for the aroma - I think, as I tend to have a preference for earthy, woodsy type essential oils in many of my home uses.

After I blended the coconut and melted bee's wax together in a glass jar, I added my essential oil drops. Blending again. Then taking a soft, but sturdy cloth - I rubbed generous amounts of my natural sealant into the stained wood.

This really made the wood 'pop' and heighten the look of the flat black pipe, and hanging cast iron. Plus it smelled just - lovely. I also like that we can make small batches at a time thus cutting down on waste too!

February 15, 2018

Pretty Plantain :: Embroidery & Notebook Page

We are getting closer to the finished project, and I am really excited to share what this creative endeavor will look like... however, we are not quite there yet. A few more herbals to go:

Plantain, is one my favorite botanicals. Maybe in part, it causes me to think of  Mama, and her speedy uses of it on almost any given day - during the summer. Or maybe it is because it is such a Created blessing to the herbal world, that it should not be over looked. Either way, this pretty plantain made into my creative flow.

You can the find the template {HERE} for the embroidery block, and a simple notebook page {HERE}... please - if anyone knows how to share these in a better format, I am all ears.

My primary stitches were the stem stitch and french knots, I also feel these stitches are easy enough for younger hands. But you can use any stitch you like, and there are plenty of resources online or from your local library.

I am also finding the more I stitch, the better my blocks are turning out. Well - you know what they say... practice makes perfect. As I close, I have a sharing on a little history - American Samplers and Hand Embroidery... these ladies had some stitching skills. :)

Plantain Resources:

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February 12, 2018

How to Make a Cast Iron Hanging Rack {Wall Mount}

I know I am not the only one who loves to spend time on Pinterest, so many ideas and inspiring how to's one could easily get carried away. But with a little discipline and budget wisdom, along with a strong do it yourself attitude... oh the possibilities!

I also know, I am not the only who appreciates good ol' cast iron. Though loving it as I do, I will confess it takes up a lot of space in my kitchen cupboards... and this is where Pinterest came in. It didn't take me long to find my inspiration. However, the link with the picture on Pinterest, did not lead me to the actual instructions for the hanging rack that inspired me. So - I did my best to recreate something similar, based on my preferences and a picture.

I decided to use 1 x 2's to form a base on my wall, the long sides are five feet in length, and the short top and bottoms are twenty inches. Each length side is screwed directly into the wall studs. Now before I go any further, I will say two things... one - I am NOT a carpenter, and two - the house is almost one hundred years old. :)

The 1 x 4 's are cut to thirty inches, then screwed into the one by two and wall stud with two and half inch black screws. My local hardware store was having a special... for all Pinterest projects they were offering free services on things like; cutting the wood and threading my pipe. *Please, stain the wood before mounting to the frame, in a well ventilated area.

The pipe, the most pricey portion of this project, is a half inch in diameter. I used six feet total, being cut into two foot sections and threaded on each end. Add an elbow and floor flange to each end, then tighten everything down securely. Then, I spray painted them with a flat black, suitable for metal, spray paint.

Once they were dry, I mounted them on my wooden back drop - with the distance between them being relative to what I was going to hang. Meaning the bottom rungs are equally spaced, and the top rung intentionally has a smaller hanging space. I did this to help insure that the smaller cast iron was hung near the top and the heaviest pieces at the bottom.

My hooks are from bungee cords. Yes, I could have ordered them from Amazon... but somethings I just prefer to work out locally. After visiting three hardware type stores, it clicked to give these a try. Sure enough, the hooks on a bungee cord fit perfectly on a half inch pipe, thus I spent about three dollars for six hooks.

In hind sight, I think I would like the wooden back drop flush against the wall, and possibly frame it in along the edges. But who's to say that won't come later, as this project has led to many ideas for our kitchen remodel.

Wall Mount Pinterest Idea's {HERE}

This Post is Shared With: The Homestead Blog Hop 172,  Modest Monday Link Up

February 9, 2018

52 Lists :: ? Like Your Life to Be in Ten years

I have not shared about my 52 lists project since last Summer, but I have been completing each one. Because I started late back then, my book will be completed some time in March. Then I hope to review and reflect them, however until then - here is the next list in line:

What you would like your life to be in ten years?
  • After the last three years, I chuckled a little when I read this - but: having three to five acres of land to homestead.
  • A small cabin with goats, chickens... and lots of gardens.
  • Learn bee keeping and sell honey.
  • Have my herbal dreams a reality, at least enough to provide some income.
  • Grand children?
  • Have friendships that lasts beyond the ten years, and well into my old age. 
  • Actually play the guitar that is hanging on my wall.
  • Have little to NO debt.
  • Actively going on Missions Trips.
  • Standing beside my beloved Husband, holding his hand and LIVE!

Really, the possibilities are endless, with ten years...  a lot can happen and change in a life. I think of the list I just shared, and my heart hopes in long relationships and simple living the most. Life is so very precious and yes, God is so good.

The Picture: a project I hope to have completed by Sunday night, key word is hope. But I will give you a peek!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

February 7, 2018

Melissa :: Embroidery Template & Notebook Page

Melissa officinalis, is a member of the mint family that smells more like lemons. She is a beautiful - bright green and sits on square stems. Melissa, also called Lemon Balm, has been used since the Middle Ages for things like gas or helping people sleep and easing the nerves.

Melissa grows all over the world, spreading easily to the point of 'taking over' the garden for some. Growing at least two feet in height, sometimes more... blooming in the Spring and Summer with multiple yellow flowers. She is great friends with the pollinators too!

The use of Melissa can be in leaf, extract, tincture and essential oil - just to name a few. I have grown her in the ground, and in pots... she has been pleased either way. Even tolerating a little shade - And I here Lemon Balm goes great with Peach Salsa & Salmon, but I have not tried it - yet.

I made a template of Melissa for my herbal embroidery project, which is almost finished. Along with a simple black and white notebook page for your use. Both are linked below, and you can see some of the finished blocks as I prepare them for borders. Part of Melissa can be seen in the photo...

After I share each of the twelve blocks, and notebook pages, I plan to touch up the files and help them to become a little more streamline in appearance - as I am able. In the meantime, let me know if you are able to use any of these templates or pages, or if you have any questions & Enjoy!

Embroidery Template: {HERE} Melissa Notebook Page: {HERE}

Shared With: Home Sweet Home Link UP & Simple Homestead Blog Hop #142

February 5, 2018

Rustic Rosemary Challah {plus} Notebook Page

My family loves herb breads of all sorts, however bread isn't something I make very often, due to our diet changes. But this past Shabbat, I decided to bless them with some home made Rosemary Challah... the one I am sharing with you here, should better be known as Rustic Rosemary Challah.

It is simple, with very few ingredients and it is easy to accomplish in roughly two hours. Yes, it is rustic on many levels.

Challah Bread is often consumed on Shabbat, or on various events and holidays by the Jewish people... most commonly. But that is not always the case anymore, as many love this beautiful braided bread for any day of the week.

Braids can come in three, six or even in rounds... I think the possibilities are almost endless. Either way... braided or not, this Challah is tasty, pretty and smells absolutely lovely when baking.

You will Need:
  • 3 cups flour ~ for this recipe I opted to use 2 cups white, and 1 cup wheat
  • 1 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses -
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • Fresh Rosemary leaves - roughly 1/4 cup or to taste

What to Do:
  • In a large bowl, proof the yeast in warm water for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add the molasses plus 1 cup of flour, and mix well
  • Add salt and remainder of the flour, by adding flour one cup at a time. Mix/kneading well after each cup. After the dough is formed, I like to sprinkle some flour on the counter and dump my dough onto the counter to knead a little longer... adding more flour if needed.
  • Then, place your bread dough into a clean, oiled bowl for rising... cover and let rise. Allow at least 30 minutes, depending on the room temperature. I often place my rising bread in the oven, with the light on. Once the bread has doubled in size, pour your dough back out onto the floured surface and semi flatten with it your hands.

    Next: Sprinkle the desired amount of fresh, Rosemary leaves unto the flattened dough and fold over. Repeating as needed, until the Rosemary is worked into the bread dough.Then shape your loaf, for this I divided the bread dough into three pieces. Then made three ropes, by rolling the dough with my hands on the counter. Once the ropes were long enough, I braided the bread and placed it in my oiled cast iron bread pan. 

    Then: Cover and let the bread rise again, approximately thirty minutes, and bake - in a preheated oven to 350 - for thirty minutes or until golden brown. Remove the bread from the oven and pan, placing it on a cooling rack and brush the top with butter. Slice when cool, or break apart as needed. Enjoy!

Rosemary is a wonderful herb to grow too, and it is great for mental stimulation. This Rustic Rosemary Challah bread would also be a good project to go along with the Tell Me of Series :: Herbal Projects for Children. Some of those can be found in my sidebar, and more are coming. Or maybe creating something like this?

I also created a simple, black and white Rosemary Notebook Page {HERE} for your use. 

Shared With: Homemaking Link Up @ Raising Homemakers