Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This & that...

 Every morning you'll find me out and about feeding cows and sheep.  Today we moved cow-calf pairs around away from the drop bunch (who haven't calved yet) and so I snapped a few photos.  Nothing earth shattering, but fun anyway.  I thought this cow looked so pretty staring straight at me.  Isn't she?

 I can just hear 946 saying, "I tried to give Jody my best profile and look at the show-off in the background!  (I know, but I couldn't help it!)

The lambs are getting so big.  Some of them are right up to their mother's shoulders.  When the green grass really starts coming, they'll bloom like daffodils overnight. 

I've been putzing around with a few projects here and there.  OnlyDaughter threw a lovely bridal shower for our DIL-to-be.  I helped her do the decorating.  We put up cute tissue paper puffs above the dessert table like this, and made pennant banners that said "I do!" and "Bride." 

I spent several evenings embroidering kitchen tea towels for my new DIL-to-be, but I didn't take a single photo of any of them, and they were cute too.  Ah well.

I made one of the best homemade skin moisturizers ever.  I wish I could tell you where I found this recipe, but I can't seem to find it anywhere online.  It is in my own handwriting so I copied it from somewhere.  Anyway, if you're interested, it goes like this.

Hip Rosehip Balm (my name for it)

2 oz. grapeseed oil

1 T. coconut oil
1 T. mango butter
1/2 oz plus a sprinkle of beeswax pastilles
20 drops rosehip seed oil
1/2 t. glycerin

Melt beeswax and first three oils together in a double boiler. 
Allow oils to cool and add rosehip seed oil and glycerin last. Stir.
Whisk until creamy but pourable.  Pour into a tin or jar with lid.

I use this as a facial moisturizer every night and I also use it on just-shaved legs, on my feet, lips or  anywhere you want a good greasing-up.  Smear it on and rub it in.  I love it.  Rosehip seed essential oil is supposed to be good for scarring and wrinkles.  I still have wrinkles, but my skin look a little more dewy, I think.

My next project is going to be homemade sunscreen bars or cream like these from Wellness Mama.

I've been working on a baby quilt for Ladybug.  I hope it turns out like I envisioned it.  No matter what, she'll like it because it will be just right for snuggling in, for pinning around the neck to play super-hero, or for wrapping up Dolly.  She won't judge me if it's not perfect.

I learned something this week about hemming knit T-shirts. My step-mama gave me three T-shirts to hem for her and I said it shouldn't be a problem, but when I realized how much I needed to cut off -- she's petite -- I knew I couldn't just hem them up zippity-zip like I thought.  I did some research and found the very best article on hemming knits over at Made By Rae.  The twin-needle was just what I used and it worked terrific.  With a little practice on an old T-shirt, I found it pretty easy to use the twin-needle.  The new hems looks factory made.  Yay!

That's all for now.  I've got to go spray another coat of paint on the wooden baby swing.  I decided to brush on a bonding primer and then spray paint it so I could get into all the little crooks and crevices.  I had a mostly-full can of pink spray paint, so the swing will be pink.  If we ever get a grandboy, I'll paint it another color, but for today, it's pink.

The funny for today....a Luvs diaper commercial.  I can't help it, my daughter and DIL breastfeed.


  1. Good job of "going with the flow" Pink now with options later. Love your cows from afar without the perfume...

  2. Sounds like you have been busy. I like the photos. Where do you get your supplies for the moisturizer? It seems like I have also been very busy with projects. My grandmother gave me embroidered towels when I was married. I treasure them. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Bonnie, I mostly buy my supplies through Amazon. Another excellent source is

  3. Love your cows! Maybe your DIL will let you photograph the towels to show us -- I love to see your embroideries:)

  4. ha~! i find that commercial very amusing too~!!

    your cows really are beautiful and yes, those lambs are growing fast.

    the moisturizer sounds lovely. i put a spoon full of coconut oil into my breakfast smoothies and i always remove any oil left on the spoon and rub it into my hands. smells good too.


    1. I love coconut oil. Sometimes I eat it straight off the spoon. It's great on skin, isn't it?

  5. I love your cows' furry faces. They look so soft and warm :) I'm glad you picked pink for the swing!! What a good idea! I've been making and using another creamy balm you posted. I hope I get the chance to make this rosehip one too; it sounds very nice. Thanks!

  6. Hahaha -- you're full of it today Jody -- first the profile pic (those cows ARE beautiful) with the "extras" in the shot and then the Luvs commercial. VERY funny! And maybe you'll get a chance to take pictures of the embroidered towels later -- I'd love to see them!

  7. The calves have natural curls :o). So cute! Bub helped inoculate and weigh lambs this past weekend. He loves working on the farm.

    Your decorations are so pretty! I love the sound of your Hip Rosehip Balm. I'm going to have to find all the ingredients and make some too. That Luvs commercial is so funny! The waiter's expression cracks me up! And the little boy is adorable!


  8. Pretty puffs! When is the wedding? I'm sad you didn't get any pictures because I know your embroidery and decor would have been eye candy for us.
    I never nursed uncovered but once in a restaurant our waiter tried to uncover me while nursing under a blankie saying, "Ma'am, you are going to smother your baby." Poor guy was so embarrassed when he figured out what was going on. I've never seen anyone sustain a blush for so long.

  9. Love the curly hair on the cows. Lucky girls! Also, thanks for the link to Rae. Knits vex me but I have a couple of repairs that need my attention. Take care, Jody.

    Ps...The bridal shower table...LOVE.

  10. Making my own moisturizer has been on my list ever since you talked about it last time. I am waiting for summer for everything to slow down so I can get things done! I love your cows. They're beautiful. I hope your DILs love you as much as they should.



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