Sunday

Sock it to Me ...

Back in the beginning of August I set a goal for myself ... I am sad to say, that yes, I am a goal setter, a list maker and worse yet an organizer! So today, it is with great pleasure that I write, that I not only met my goal, but am a day early! 5 pairs of double stand yarn socks,made with wool, alpaca and some inexpensive sock yarn that will keep anybodies feet nice and warm!
Of course they are not yet blocked, but they are in the pile of items that need to be blocked. 
The weather here has been almost perfect, nice cool temps at night, fall is creeping in slow but sure.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri


Saturday

Let Me See If I Can Try This One More Time ...


Okay, so most of my real followers know why I closed my blog for almost 9 months, So for those of you who do not know, I will sum it up quickly. I got really tired of the gimme people ... the ones who think they are entitled to what ever is on the internet ... So to you, and you do know who you are, please do not come to my blog thinking I owe you anything.
For you new folks, please, if you find a pattern please respect the person who designed it and gave it freely. And what that means is please do not hound me, respect the statements that are made, such as DO NOT MASS PRODUCE what you have taken for free! 
Please if you do not find a pattern that is on Pintrest there is a good reason for that, except it and move on.
If you have a SEWING question please feel free to ask ... But if you are wanting a pattern that you do not find on my patterns page, please do not bother me with that.
So to sum it up, please respect the person who is a giver, as they do give freely, and only ask that you respect them and the request that they have stated. And as always thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri

Sunday

Inquire Early for 2015 Lambs Sales ...

Lambs are starting to arrive, I now will be taking pre orders. Please contact early for 2015 lamb sales. I only have a limited number of lambs that will be sold as breeding stock this year. I no longer sell registered lambs. Only purebred Cheviot, purebred Shetlands and crosses of the both. All rams used are registered as well as most of the ewes. Please make contact at top of page for all questions concerning 2015lamb sales.
You can see more photos of the sheep HERE.  Also, if you are interested in any of our raw fleeces, please make contact at the top of the page to reserve yours. We have most all colors of Shetland to choose from. Roving is also available and ready to ship.Thanks for stopping by the farm.
  Teri

Thursday

Lightening my Load ... By Choice ...

 As the post title says Lightening my Load ... By Choice ... As said in my past post, I have decided to reduce the stress influences in my life. 
At this point in my life, I have so much that I want to get done, to do, to redo. And I don't feel as though I have time for everything, that is already eating up my time. So some things will be set to the side for now.
I love writing ... I have enjoyed my blog, but ... yes, there have been times when I have felt that I had to write a post, to post photos, to keep in touch. To sit with this laptop and write about things that for the most part, most people do not read nor do they care about it.
So, with that being said, I am NOT giving up blogging completly, but I am giving it up on a weekly venue. I know that this will sadden a few people, others, will care less, and more will move on ... But, that is fine, I am comfortable with my decision to do this.I have to do this, for me.
I really want to make this year about me ... I know that sounds so very selfish, but I want to sleep in, (past 4 a.m,) I want to garden more, spin more, sew more, and knit more. All of those things I that I enjoy have been set aside for one reason or another. I feel as though I myself am a UFO!
So, you all are saying ... where is she going with this ... well, here is where I am headed.
I still want to write, post, comment and share photos with people who want to read and see what it is that I am doing, and care about it. My site is no longer the place to do that, sad to say, it has turned into nothing more than a link to get free patterns and tutorials, and dare I say a peep show. And wait!!!!! Before you all jump on top of your computer ... And call me a big B ... or leave me a nasty comment or email me and tell me how I'm not the best. Because, this all has happened.
READ THIS ONE LINE FIRST ...
I only have myself to blame! Yes, that's right, me! I am the one who created this ... I am the one who allowed this ... I am the one who fed it! So, I am the one who has to fix it. Believe me, I have tried in the past to do just that, and my fix was to have a private blog, then I went to WordPress and neither worked out, for me or for the people who really were interested in my content.
So, what will happen to my site, well ... to be honest, I am not really sure how it will fit in right now. I'm not even sure if I want it to. I may do monthly updates on the farm, I may just keep it for sheep, wool and roving sales, and farm sales like Sweet Annie, gourds and maybe close down my Etsy shop and just combine them. Only time will tell. But I will be closing this site for a few months to think about what direction I want to go in, or no direction at all. White Sheep Farm will close at the end of this month or sooner. I also will no longer be updating my Google + page.
For now at least, you can find me ( here) but you MUST put a friend request in first. This will be my attempt at sharing with those who really do care about what I share. My way of keeping a small audience, my way of getting to answer and talk with my virtual friends.
Anyway,my site has been for the most part, a very enjoyable and pleasant time. I thank you all, who took the time over the years to stop by with a positive comment or a concerned email. It really has meant  more than you could ever know.
 And as always, thanks for stopping by the farm.

 Teri

Wednesday

Happy New Year 2015 ... My Best Year Ever ...

This year, 2015 as I start my 59th year on this earth ... I first think how very blessed I am, first for being able to just make that statement. I mean lets face it, there are no guarantees in this life.
2014 was not a good year for my health. It seemed as though I spent most of the past year trying to recoup my energy from Bronchitis only to be hit with one thing after the other. 
And then there was the stress involved with a new business, and of course I work with middle school minded adults, for a company that instills competitiveness and being best.
But, don't EVER become the best in that type of environment, as it just instills jealousy. And so, a very vicious cycle is created. Causing even more stress.
 As I sit here and contemplate, what it is that I can change about all of this, that muddles up my life,  I realize that I can change none of it. 
But, what I can change is MY attitude, MY reactions, MY determination ...
So, with 144 actual work days left before I leave my place of employment and that environment. And all the stress of a new business, although hubby is doing very well for only 6 months.
 I will think about me, I will work on myself.
I will try to turn my back on the stress that I have no control over ... 
Rise above all the small minded people ... and their drama filled lives.
 Stand alone, if need be ... but knowing, I am not alone, ever.
to be mindful ... of my thoughts ...
To be ever watchful in that life's stresses and messes do not creep back in ...
 To find comfort with like minded friends ... Be it, virtual or physical.
And to appreciate my alone time, my down time, and realize that I don't always have to be doing something, that sometimes, it is better just to be still and rest.
And make this MY best year ever ,,,
Wishing you all, YOUR best year ever. Happy New year and thanks for stopping by the farm.


Teri

Saturday

Happy Holidays From the Farm to You ...

Welcome, and Merry Christmas from all of us here at the farm, Woolly, furry and even feathered.
Thought I would show you a few snaps of the farm and farmhouse all merry and bright at Christmas ... Enjoy!
 come sit a spell ...
But, don't feed the deer ....
You can and should feed these little feathered creatures ...
 The Cardinals are always so merry and bright ...
Love watching the little birds ...
This year I stepped back in time with all of my vintage ornaments ... I used vintage glass balls, some with plaid, some solid green and of course who doesn't remember the non breakable satin wrapped balls ... I also used vintage 
glass bead garland and spun cotton red birds and vintage crochet snowflakes ... for a true vintage look. Just the angle that sit on top of the tree is 35+ years old! I have always used landscape burlap around the base of the tree.  Boy, this tree takes me back about 30+ years.
 you can see just how pretty they are.
She is made of paper mache'
This is where I watch the sun rise on those crisp winter mornings ... Also where I watch the birds.
My small tree in the Dining room sits in and old crock and is wrapped with warm and natural ...
 This tree is also vintage, with glass balls, white spun cotton doves, and silver and red aluminum holly and berry garland, and I added some rose hips form the farm to top it off.
My basket of gourds with a bit of greens tucked in.
And the Christmas goose ...
An old vintage Christmas /winter quilt on my Jenny Lind bed ... will add extra warm this winter.
So plain and simple ...
 A winter pinkeep lays in a bed of pine needles and pine cones ...
A large wooden box holds a bounty of pine cones ...
 Old red farm truck holds some vintage bottle brush trees ...
and, one more bedroom adorns a cozy red quilt ...
 You will find at least one sheep in every room of this farmhouse ...
So from all of us ...
creatures, both small and large ...
  be it, white, silver, gray, black, brown or a mix of all colors, we want to wish you the Merriest of this Christmas season. 
And I will leave you with one simple thought, the true meaning and reason we celebrate Christmas.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Thanks for stopping by the farm. 
 Teri

Monday

Blackened Beeswax Ornaments Without The Crayons ...

While digging through my Christmas boxes, looking for all the old vintage ornaments I have collected over the years, I ran across a block of beeswax that I had stored away. So, I dug out some of my old vintage molds and melted away. I did not use any crayons in making these. What do ya think?
Just beeswax melted and poured into an old vintage molds ...
the only way to truly blacken beeswax is wood coals ...
 cinnamon ...
 Just like back in the day ... a plain and simple ornament.
placed on my little kitchen tree, with the vintage spun cotton red birds and fresh rose hips form the farm.
so simple it makes me smile ... What makes you smile?
Hope you all are enjoying this most merry and bright season, thanks for stopping by the farm.

 Teri

Sunday

Window Warmers ... Made Simple ...

With all the cold winds we have been having here in KY. I decided to do something about a problem we have in our kitchen. This farmhouse was placed in a beautiful spot, no doubt about it. But, the kitchen faces a North West direction, which is the direction most of the cold wind comes. Even though we have newer windows, it is just so windy and the wind just doesn't blow here in KY., it blows so hard, if it is not nailed down, it will be gone. Last year I noticed that I could feel cold in my two front windows, of course last year was such a cold year that you froze no matter what.
So this year I got a jump on a way to warm my windows and keeping the cold away.
I wanted something that would fit my windows and look pretty from the outside, I mean these will be here for a long time ... So, I got out some winter looking fabric and came up with an EASY window warmer.
Here is what I used ...
Less than 1/2 yard of cotton fabric
scrap ribbon
Filling ... cat litter, dried beans, corn  ...
( I used dried balsam needles from last years tree)
BASIC sewing skills
Here is one of my windows, I measured the width of the window.
Then I figured out about how high I wanted it to come up onto the window. Mine is about 1.5 inches high.
I cut my pieces 4 .25 inches wide. When cutting the width of your window add about 3 - 4 inches to your measurement.
So if the window itself was 36 inches wide, you would want to cut the width at about 40 inches.
Fold the short ends over and press.
Now sew a hem, do that for all short ends.
This step is optional, I wanted a way to store my window warmers after winter, so I sewed in a piece of ribbon that will act as a hanger. If you want to do this, just fold fabric in half, pin ribbon on both side of end, right next to the hem.
 This is what I wanted it for, see I can store this in a closet and it will take up less space. Plus, when I go to store this in a closet with winter coats, because it is dried Balsam it will smell so nice.
So if you are skipping the last step, fold fabric in half and sew from one end to the other, back tack both ends. When done, you will have a long tube shape with 2 open ends.
Take your ribbon and tie a knot, then another knot and then a double knot. Now tie a bow. You can see I left about 2 inches of fabric hanging past the knot and bow.
Now, the window warmer is ready to be filled.Use a funnel, empty toilet paper roll, card stock rolled into a funnel shape, what ever will work to get you filling inside.
 Insert your funnel into the end that is not tired and fill.
once mine was about 2/3 full I wanted it really firm, so I took the tube, hold the open end in my hand and swung it around my head in a circle for a few minutes. This will compact your filler and make it firm. Once you have it full and firm, tie with ribbon as the other end.
 Done!
And now onto a little Christmas decorating and sewing ... I had enough dried balsam left to do some sachets for gifts and my Etsy shop.
We went and bought the tree yesterday ... this year my tree will step back in time ...
Have y'all decorated yet? Anyway, have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri