Monday

All Good things ...

Can be made several different ways ... Over 2 years ago I did a tutorial for some primitive gingers. Well, that tut got out of hand so fast, so I had to rethink it ... and even then, after reposting another way to make them I still had more than my share of I want the secret recipe people, not asking, but demanding it! And still 2 years later, I still have people asking for it! Please, if you read nothing else in this post, please read this line. I am not, no matter what sad, sad story you give me, going to give it out. Sorry ... Really it is the age old story, one bad apple ... you all know the rest right?
That tutorial over two years ago started out as a gift to all my blogging buddies ... But alas, thanks to Pintrest, Primitive forums and FB I received request for the pattern from people, here there and everywhere. Still after two years, almost daily. So instead of  answering email, after email, after email, telling them that this pattern is free to followers of my site, I have decided to sell JUST the pattern. I am not doing this to get rich, I mean were else can you buy a pattern for $1.50? And  pay pal will take most of that money, so for me it is mere pennies. But, what this is for me, is a way to try to get a handle on this pattern. And maybe keep my inbox from flooding over! And I figured as long I was offering the pattern I would also show you yet another way to make these gingers ...
I used a heavy fabric, like a cotton drapery fabric. Trace on double fabric, sew on your trace lines, Cut around the sew line leaving about 1/4 inch, clip corners. Make a small slit in Ginger's back for turning fabric.
Turn right side out. Now comes the hard part ... PRESS with a HOT iron until flat, flat flat. Don't worry about the wrinkles, they will just add texture. Now paint with YOUR favorite color brown, I mix in cinnamon for that great texture, let dry or nuke, I always nuke my fabric. Make a heart and tie a bow!
Looks just like a real  gingerbread cookie!
Now onto the pattern, if you want to make the purchase, go to the patterns page scroll down to the picture of the ginger, and you will see a buy now. Once you make your purchase, the PDF file will be sent to the email address you paid with. File will be sent to your email within 24 hours or sooner.Please note, this pattern is not for resale, and can not be mass produced. Pattern will be for sale for a limited time only.
Have fun and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri

Tuesday

Mid October ...


Some times it feels like the months just fly by, as I am planning on doing x, y and z ... By the time I have the time for x and y,  z falls off the list and rotates to a list of things to do. For some reason this year has escaped me, I think what it comes down to, is so many things got put on hold for the business and then I got Bronchitis in June and then I was pretty sick again in September. So when this happens, there are things that just don't get done ... And now that I am starting to feel a bit better I have a lot of things yet to be done. A few things I have to play catch up on ... and then there are things that I need to do , just for my own. One of those things was to dye some yarn with Goldenrod, I had a very nice person request some, so I said yes of course ... I love the color and I enjoy my time gathering it  ... It really is just beautiful! And like many plants it has a timer on it ... So you kind of have to get it at just the right point. And I am so glad that it grows here on the farm.
here is the Goldenrod in the pot simmering ...
And the yarn simmering in the mordant.
Simmering, and soaking in the color.
Done and ready for my Etsy shop.
It is the same color as the Goldenrod growing on the farm ... a beautiful sunny yellow.
 I thought I would share a few fall shots around the farm ...
a little fall in the herb garden.
 And Barney, one of the farm cats has already claimed his spot in the stacked hay.
 Bittersweet is not even close to being ready, here in KY. it takes a lot longer for it to pop open. It is so worth the wait tho.
We have had so much rain and wind here, that there really is not to much left on the trees in the way of color. This one is out in the back of the house, soon I will be able to have a beautiful view of the surrounding ridges.
I think I have said this before, I am very lucky that my pastures are surrounded by woods, which makes for great shade in the summer for the sheep and beautiful views for me in the fall and winter.
the beauty just keeps going on, for what seems like miles.
my barn looks dwarfed by the size of those big big trees.
pretty oranges in this one ...
This is outback of my wood barn
I always feel like I am on top of the world this time of year. Being the last house at the end and top of a ridge makes you feel that way.
This is Hope she is the last of my very first Cheviot ewe Beth's offspring. Fifth generation.

A few of the girls grazing in the big pasture.
Mid October, and still playing catch up here ... All sheep are separated and will go in with their rams at the end of this month or beginning of next month. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here ... Wow, time sure does have a way of getting away from me ... Gotta run, have orders to ready for shipping out today. Thank you all for taking your time and stopping by the farm.


 Teri

Sunday

Gourd Crazy ... A Low Cost DIY ...

Gourds are still growing here on the farm....
 Can you see what this one is growing on top of ... yep, sweet Annie seeds ... all of this will stay right where it is and make a great cover for the seeds this winter.
Call me crazy, but I just love gourds, photo of last years gourds drying ...
Yes folks, as the post title says ... gourd crazy! My name is Teri and I am addicted to gourds. I love to grow them, dry them display them, but most of all I enjoy watching the beautiful bright orange flowers pop open as wide as they possibly can, and the vines and tendrils wind and twist, and the shapes of them as they growing and as they dry! I must confess, I have bags of them everywhere there is a spot. Told ya I was gourd crazy ... Although, hubby thinks I'm crazy in the gourd!
 I love to display them ... I love the textures and colors.
Photo of a gourd garland I made about 3 years ago ... I used dried gourds and Okra.
So, today, I wanted to show you my version of the primitive, dirty gourd, cluster, garland or whatever they are calling them. And, boy are they are getting all the money for them! Have you seen them?
Soooooo, here is my own primitive farmhouse dried gourd hanger.
A very cost effective DIY
Supplies
hemp twine or whatever you have
scissors
large tapestry needle
awl, small
raffia
and of course dried gourds
 select the gourds you will be using, they must not be mushy. I used 15-16 gourds that are between 4-6 inches long for my hanger.
 Take your awl, and place it firmly against the gourd where you want the hole to be, now twist in a back and forth motion, make sure you check often,this will not take long at all. Less than a minute.Most people think that you need a drill for this but as you can see you don't in fact it really is better way to make sure you don't crack the gourd.
 This is what it will look like ...
Now take you sharp needle and stick it through the hole you just made. Making sure that the needle is LEVEL push slightly until it just poke through the other side.
 Once it is through, take your awl and place the tip of it where the needle made the mark. Moving back and forth just like before, make the hole the same size as the other side. The needle should go right through.
 Take a piece of hemp and thread the needle, this will make it quicker and easier. I cut my first piece of twin about 3feet long. One you have the needle and twine through tie it in a double knot.
 Once you have one gourd tied on, now do the same thing on the other end of the twine, so when done you will have two gourds on one piece of twine at each end.
 Once I got three or so made at various lengths, I then hung the twin on a peg so I could arrange the gourds and stagger them how I wanted them. To do this all you will need to do is pull on one of the gourds and the other will go up ... Like an old pulley system ...
 This photo shows what I just explained above ... when they are hung you are able to make the adjustments you need. You may have to untie one end of the gourd and retie it higher.
 When you have all the adjustments made, gather all the loops, being careful not to move anything and tie in a knot.
 Take a few strands of raffia, any color you like, I added some orange to mine as I wanted a fall color and tie in a knot over the other knot ... weave the raffia in and out through the gourd hanger.
Finished! And as you can see by the dried chili's hanging next to it, I am not new to making dried garlands,clusters or hangers, that one is over 7 years old...
Enjoy!
This little project took no time at all from start to finish. I know not everyone has gourds laying around, but you can buy them this time of year pretty inexpensively compared to the finish product.So go get some gourds and give it a try.And thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Tuesday

Five Years Ago ...

Five years ago, I hit the enter key to launch White Sheep Farm On September 26, 2009. One of my very first posts was about my homegrowns ... And only 2 comments were left ... Actually, my first week and month of posts were about my farm and homegrowns. But was told by a group of people on ETSY that my blog would never fly, and I needed to sell myself and my items.I listened for awhile, but never felt very good about selling myself or my product. I still, after all this time have a very hard time in doing just that ...
So, I switched gears, if I sold things I did, if I didn't well, that was okay too. I found this Sweet Annie post, and thought you all might be interested in how I started with sweet Annie. I have been growing, harvesting and selling her for six wonderful years, to hubby's dismay, you see he is highly allergic to her. I still love to talk about the farm, my sheep, garden, wool, spinning and crafting.I am so glad that I did not listen to those who told me my blog would never fly. I don't think I ever wanted my blog to fly, I just want it to glide along.
So, just want to give a big thank you to all who have been following me from the start and to those who have just started following, welcome and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Hay! Happy Fall ...


 Good morning,
I guess I 'm off by a day but, Happy Fall Y'all anyway. As always it has been a very busy year here at the farm ... even more so this year with the addition of hubby's business.
Anyway, if you recall his shop came with 7 acres of land. And that land is beautiful pasture land , that has been used for cutting hay for quite a long time. So as the new owners of this land we cut a deal with the farmer who has been cutting this land for years. So this year all my hay is organic! Something I have been wanting for quite a few years now. And it also cost me zero dollars out of pocket! And the part that I like is that I don't have to use any land here at the farm.
Here is some of it all loaded down on the trailer.
 And the last of my fresh Sweet Annie went out yesterday ... So to all of those who purchased this year a big thank you! And to those who did not quite make the cut off date, as said please inquire earlier next year. Or place you order a year in advance, like most of my customers do.
Update 10/4/2014
Any Annie that I have left is now listed in my Etsy shop.
.Please click on the word Etsy and it will take you directly to my shop.
 Just a few rows of Annie drying, I have added more rows in the barn. My barn has never smelled so good.
 And my Limelight Hydrangeas are just perfect now, I have dried a few dozen of them, I also made a very EASY wreath for my dining room ...
 Love the colors, that the Limelight puts out ... Beautiful!
 Anyway, things are moving along here at the farm, most all wood for the season is stacked in the wood barn. We still have several more rick to get. The sheep's hay is under cover, rams have been separated from the ewes.All my herb beds have been cut back, all Sweet Annie is hanging to dry. And my stash that I keep for seeds is drying out. The mornings are getting cooler, and the leaves are just starting to show some of their color. The peach tree leaves are blowing into the pasture for the sheep to nibble on ... The bird feeders are filled, and have had several visitors on these cool mornings. I can't think of one thing that I don't like about this season. Have a great fall week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri
Supplies to make wreath ...

Thursday

Extra ... Extra ... Extra ...

All fresh Sweet Annie is now sold out! Thank you to all who purchased!
I will be cutting and drying the last of it this weekend, so if you are interested in dried bundles please place your order early, as I will have a very limited amout of the dried as well.
Contact me at the above contact tab. Thanks!
Yes, that's right, I have a few extra Sweet Annie bundles for sale ... Annie was very good to me this year ... Even with filling all my orders I still have a limited amount left, so if you are interested in picking up some FRESH Sweet Annie, please contact me at the top of the page. All sales are on a first come first serve ... I will fill a Priority Shoe box up to 1 lb. for $5.00 + shipping.Between $6.00 - $8.00
Cut and shipped the same day. Thanks for stopping by the farm!

Teri

Tuesday

And the Winner is ...


Using the random generator I plugged in 1 -15  As that is how many entries there were. Someone had commented twice. So, the winner of the sweet Annie wreath is # 2 Myra. So myra,please contact me with your shipping info. And thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Sunday

It's About Time ... For a Giveaway ...

I have just realized that I have not done a giveaway in quite some time ... Boy, where does the time go anyway? Has anybody ever figured that one out?  I tried to think of something to make for this and I kept coming back to a wreath. I love them! On everything, everywhere, made for most anything. So with most all of my Sweet Annie sold, (preorders)  and keeping some aside for myself, (I grow a lot of it) I thought why not make a fresh Annie wreath. So, this giveaway is for a fresh Sweet Annie wreath. Size will be about 24 x 18 inches. It will be made fresh and shipped the same or next day it is made. This wreath will dry into a nice fall brown color over the months to come. I love this wreath and made several of them for my house last year. The next
photo is of my fresh Sweet Annie wreath from last year.
This is what the wreath will look similar to that the winner will receive.
And this is what it looks like a year later  Still so pretty and smells great!
 Okay, so on to a few rules. I don't have many, so the ones I do have I really like them to be followed.

1. Only one (1) entry per person and you must be a follower of the farm. New or old is fine. This does not include following by e mail. Your photo must appear at the bottom of my page under followers of the farm. You can also follow me on my Google+ page, there is a link at the bottom of the page for that as well. But, if I don't see your name or face, then you can not enter.

2.  All entries must be received by Monday September 1, 2014 at 5 p.m. CST. There are no exceptions to this. So that gives you 14+ days to enter.

3. Winner will be drawn by random generator (if possible) if not then names will be written and drawn.
Winner will be announced on September 2, 2014 by 9 a.m. CST
Winner has 24 hours to contact me through my contact page at the top of this page. If I do not receive your shipping info within 24 hours you will forfeit your winnings and NO other winner will be drawn.

NOTE:
Sweet Annie does not get harvested until the very end of August, or the beginning of September.
Please allow up to 5 days for me to make and ship. Winner will be contacted when package ships.
Also, some people might be allergic to this herb, if so please enter with caution.
So here is the part where I say the same thing as I always do, PLEASE, if you do not think that you will be able to contact me, or be able to follow any of these rules, than I ask please do not enter.
This allows for others who want to win a better chance at it. Thank you for understanding and
thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Tuesday

Cutting Back ...

This summer has been a strange one to say the least ... In the beginning of the season we had no rain, for weeks and weeks and weeks. Then if we were lucky we would get a passing shower for a few minutes. I really thought we were going to be in another drought situation like a few years back. Then this past week we started getting a little rain. Well, this weekend we got tons of it ... 
It rained almost all day Saturday, and Sunday and Monday and today looks like much of the same. I am not complaining one bit.When the lack of rain came it did a few things to my plants. My blackberries, or a really good portion of them just dried up on the stems. Most all of my grapes where eaten by the birds, and my cutting flowers pretty much just produced little to no blooms.
This is some of my Cat mint I cut back about 3 weeks ago. You can see it is about 12 inches and lush green again.
 My yellow Yarrow was cut back just about 2 weeks ago now, and again, all new grow is coming back.
 And I just cut back the day lilies yesterday, these will not/or should not regrow at this late stage. I cut them back to make room for the fall mums I plant here. I like a little bit of fall color in my flower beds.
 This is sweet Annie, as you can see she is right on schedule. She is now starting to develop her seed pods.
Such a tried and true herb. Just love watching these plants grow.
Here a just a few of them in the back of my shed.
And a few more in with the Tansy and Yarrow ...
A few of my herbs drying for wreaths I will be making for fall.

This seems to be all my perennials are good for this year ... a black Hollyhock has gone to seed.
Been an odd weather year here, last week when I came home from work it sounded an smelled like early fall. Won't be long now, I will be glad to get this summer gone. And move into cooler less humid air.
I also want to say thank you to the few people who comment on my posts I do appreciate every comment. And for those who email regular. Hope YOU all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri