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Valence Updated

April 12th

Cleaning up the valences. April sewing www.africankelli.com

Before.

Cleaning up the valences. April sewing www.africankelli.com

Cleaning up the valences. April sewing www.africankelli.com

 

Cleaning up the valences. April sewing www.africankelli.com

This project required using both a staple gun and a glue gun. It was fun, and I’m happy with this fabric.

Cleaning up the valences. April sewing www.africankelli.com

Next up: updating the murphy valences. These should really be called dust holders. I am so thankful Jason is okay with me taking this house apart room by room and adding my sense of style.

~K

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The April Garden is Planted!

April 10th

April 2016

Jason finished up the addition to the garden bed this weekend, including a new irrigation system — which will come in handy as soon as temps climb over 100 and hauling buckets of water gets old. I am thrilled! Three weeks ago, I planted cucumbers and zucchini by seed, and with the addition, I was able to thin the starts by replanting them in the new bed. Additionally, we planted more tomatoes, onions, and I’m trying melons for the first time.

April 2016

April 2016

April 2016

April 2016

I am thrilled with this crazily (perhaps suggestively) shaped garden. It was my Christmas gift and I am so happy Santa heard me! And really happy we are all heirloom and organic. I mixed egg shells into the soil this morning and sprinkled everything with a heavy dose of bone meal. We are going to have a bounty of vegetables in a couple months. I’m dreaming of an early-summer tomato party, and trying pickles again with all those cukes.

A house feels like a home to me when I can get a garden going, especially one where I’ve had the time and resources to work the soil. I know with time, this will be my best garden yet.

~K

 

 

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Bathroom Remodel

March 22nd

The people who previously owned our home loved LOVED wallpaper. (And white carpet.) Come to find out, 1980s wallpaper makes a small bathroom seem much smaller. We planned to strip the wallpaper, add a fresh coat of paint and update a few of the fixtures.

And as house projects go, this took way longer than expected and required more repairs than anticipated. However, the new yellow bathroom looks so, so much cleaner and bigger.

Bathroom renovation March 2016 www.africankelli.com

Bathroom renovation March 2016 www.africankelli.com

Welcome to 1989. Bangs are big, Molly Ringwald is always sad, and Michael Jackson is blaring on the boombox. Why yes, that is two types of border wallpaper glued on top of a base layer of wallpaper. It took a lot longer to get off the walls than we anticipated. (Also, this is the kids’ bathroom, so it is inherently a bit messy.)

Bathroom renovation March 2016 www.africankelli.com

Bathroom renovation March 2016 www.africankelli.com

Week 1.

Bathroom renovation March 2016 www.africankelli.com

Week 2. Yellow paint! Leak fixed. Wall fixed. Kids annoyed to still be taking showers in our bathroom.

 

Bathroom renovation March 2016. Www.africankelli.com

Bathroom renovation March 2016. Www.africankelli.com

Done. The changes other than the paint:

  • Curved shower curtain, giving the kids a bit more space in an otherwise small shower
  • A new to us mirror I found on Craigslist for $40
  • A new catch all for all of their counter items
  • Mason jars for their soap and toothbrushes
  • New to them art — thanks to Finny

I can’t tell you how much bigger this tiny bathroom feels. The kids are happy, and we are happy to have that much less wallpaper. Win!

~K

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Heirloom Hacienda Happenings

March 3rd

February 2016

We are wrapping up marmalade season at our house. I made more than 120 jars, some setting up much nicer than others. By the last batch, I could tell by the color of the jam when it was done. I’m looking forward to giving these away as the year goes by — a bit of canned Arizona spring sunshine.

February 2016

This week was Jason’s birthday. He eats so few sweets, but loves a small slice of key lime pie. Luckily, I like a large slice, as do the kids.

February 2016

Are you making bone broth? I feel like I go on and on about how easy this is and how quickly it ups your cooking game. It also makes the house smell comfy cozy when it is cooking. Broth is easily stored in mason jars in the freezer (only 2/3rds full or the glass will break) and then you have your own for soups, rice, etc. I like to make ours spicy — with cayenne and tumeric.

 

February 2016

And I’m finally knitting another Abalone sweater. I hurt my back this week and spent several days on the couch. I got this project started and finished the last season of Mad Men. It’s been a long time since I watched an entire show, and I will miss these characters. (I still think of the Soprano family from time to time too. And of course wonder how my buddy Leslie Knope is doing in DC.)

What is cooking in your part of the world?

~K

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A Few Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 5th

cu of tags

A few posts over the  years — if you need creative inspiration for Valentine’s:

Heart cupcakes for delivery

Food:

Heart-shaped baking

The ultimate brownie show down (scratch vs. box)

All the Single People Dinner Party (and menu)

valentines

Paper:

Milagro cards

Photo cards

The Lover’s Dictionary — one of the best books you can give for Valentines

 

Valentines pillow for Rachele

Fabric:

Heart pillow 

Tea towel aprons

Funky flower pin

Knitting needle roll

January knits

Knits:

Gloves and hats

 

Spread some love!

~K

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January at the Hacienda

January 19th

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

January in central Arizona is citrus season. You’ll see citrus trees with arms bowing, full of fruit. And there are trees nearly everywhere — medians along major streets, parks, and plenty in backyards. Our trees didn’t do great this year; it’s normal for citrus to have an off season, even though they received ample water and fertilizer.

Thankfully, when we were out running errands this weekend, we noticed a small farm stand with bags of lemons for $1. (Considering we too have to pay about $1 a lemon at the market come July, I grabbed a bunch.)

Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

With a bit of time, the oranges from our navel tree became the season’s first batch of marmalade. I like to add a full jar, with a diced onion and some garlic, to the crockpot when slow cooking pork roast.

Lemon juice homesteading

The lemons were juiced and saved. We use these cubes in ice tea, cooking and baking. It makes the January bounty last well into the year.

Bone broth

(And bone broth. Do you do this? It is so easy, and I swear it’s upped my cooking game. We keep our rotisserie chicken bones and slow cook them with vegetables and spices. After several hours, I strain the liquid into mason jars, which go into the freezer. We use these to cook rice, beans, for the base of sauces, etc.)

An update from the Heirloom Hacienda. Tomorrow: what’s happening in the garden (including the addition of another bed!)

Cheers,

Kelli

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Less Control

January 2nd

Christmas 2015

I walked through A’s room this weekend, picking up errant candy wrappers and tidying her bed. There were a few water bottles and I took out her trash. We’d just gone to the store to pick out linens for her new bed; it was frustrating she hadn’t bothered to make the bed after such an effort to get the new furniture and details in place.

After a sleepover, she returned and we had dinner. She looked at me with wide eyes, playfully. “Why did you clean my room?”

I hadn’t cleaned, really. But it was enough of a change that she noticed and was bothered.

I stumbled in response, my mind flooded with my own 13 year old memories of just wanting my space. A space where I could lock the door. A space where I didn’t have to make the bed. (And truthfully, a space where I could stay up all night reading, if I wanted to.) I hadn’t had any of this in mind when I’d “picked up” her room earlier.

“Because it needed it? Because you shouldn’t have food in your room! Because MAKE YOUR DAMN BED ALREADY.”

I said none of these. I just shrugged my shoulders and continued to shovel my dinner, running a list of justified responses over and over in my head. Why is it so important to have the children in my home make their beds? I’m rarely in their rooms. Is it because I want to feel in control? That I need them to listen to me? That I must feel respected?

Whatever it is, it is about my ego and not their cleanliness. They are not slovenly and they will not likely ever meet my ridiculous expectations for tidiness. I have a sick feeling that this is all about me feeling like I am the boss — which is gross and highly unnecessary for the circumstance. I am yet one more adult in their lives, not a parent, but an example. And I can chose to continue this battle of wills where I show them how to be up tight and grouchy, or I can do as Princess Elsa consoles: let it go, already.

Christmas 2015

This holiday season, I had a chance to spend good time with this kid. We baked — one of her favorite hobbies, and worked on Christmas cards together. My sails could be full if I let them be.

2016: I welcome you with both arms. And with a mouth that will no longer nag these children into doing chores that stroke my ego. I’m going to hug them more and enjoy these days. (I will also happily close their bedroom doors.)

~K

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Dry off!

October 23rd

I love these kitchen towels. They are soft, easy to iron crisp, great to tuck into your pants when cooking or to lay across your lap as a giant napkin. One of my new favorite sewing projects is to embellish these and gift them with a jar of something canned out of the garden.

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

 

~K

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Fall Pillow

October 22nd

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

I made this for the couch; there are two more in the works — one a log cabin pillow using a Grand Canyon patch in the center, and a W pillow. I love putting this home together.

Half square triangles are fun and these are totally wonky, but I love them all the same. Perfection is over rated.

~K

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Piecing and the Joys of You Tube

September 22nd

Scrap Pillow

I grew up watching my mom quilt, who made it look easy. Her skills improved rapidly, as did the complexities of her completed projects. I have a left-hand brain. I am left handed and when looking at something spacial, I often have to turn around and literally look at it upside down to have it make sense. Sewing has been an extra challenge; sewing, like many, many other hobbies, is set up for the right handed world. The sewing machine, for example, would be much easier for me if it was turned the opposite direction. (It doesn’t work well that way; I’ve tried.) As are good sewing scissors. Thankfully, cutting mats and rotary cutters don’t discriminate.

Scrap Pillow

So, I make a LOT of simple, silly mistakes in how I see something coming together, rather than how it does come together.

Any other lefties out there feel my pain?

Scrap Pillow

I was thinking of this a lot yesterday when piecing together this scrappy pillow. That and how great it is to have You Tube sewing tutorials. When in a pinch these days, I immediately turn to the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s channel. It is very likely they have the answer to my question, and another simple inspiring idea for me to try.

Scrap Pillow

The next project I’m trying is a scrappy pillow quilted out of triangles. Not flying geese, but smaller right angle triangles. But first, I’ve got to quilt this one and get it stuffed! Who doesn’t love/want a scrappy quilted pillow full of crazy color and love for their living room? Something both righties and lefties can agree on.

~K

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