Category Archives: Heirloom Hacienda

Trying not to cut my fingers off with the rotary thingy

thrift

We have a chain of thrift stores in Arizona called Epic Thrift. I am new to these, if they aren’t new to our community. (They either popped up overnight, or I just haven’t been paying attention.) Depending on the store, they have a pretty incredible collection of fabrics, which are really, really inexpensive. My favorite find so far is the blue rose pattern. It was five yards for $.99. I have made a couple sets of pillow cases and plan on putting together some curtains with the remainder.

This makes my thrifty, recycling self very happy.

The new craft I’d like to learn is applique. Specifically, I’d like to make a dresden pillow. And then a log cabin pillow. It’s fun to have these bright fabrics when considering how to put one of these together. I know the basics of quilting, but this is a new animal entirely. As such, I’m considering my first Craftsy course. Have you ever taken one of these? And buying this book, which I hear is great for learning applique and quilted pillows.

I love the idea of a neutral couch full of different pillows, with their bright colors. (And of course, one of my mama’s quilts on the back.)

I really miss college. For now, these crafty courses and challenges in patience will do. A big thanks to my buddy Nic for her help in guiding me to the right resources!

~K

 

Scented, No Less

We made candles

We made candles

We made candles

Apparently, we also make candles now. Also — I’ve become a regular camp counselor on the weekends when it comes to arts and crafts. I am enjoying having several kids in my life who want to spend this time together, and are very creative. I foresee a lot of Thanksgiving and Christmas glue gun shenanigans in our future.

~K

Like, woah dude

This weekend, we tie dyed. (Not a very well kept secret: I LOVE TIE DYE. I am fairly incapable of buying t-shirts at restaurants, for example, if they are tie dye. Also: I frequent restaurants that sell t-shirts. I am a classy dame.)

Back to the topic at hand: Guys — tie dyeing is easy and so fun! (And not expensive. We made five shirts and two aprons for less than $30 with all the supplies.)

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

We will be making more of these.

~K

A Rather Smug Autumn

I don’t mean to jinx things around here, but you guys — I am wearing sleeves. Okay, okay. I am wearing sleeves first thing in the morning when I walk the dogs. Not all day. The afternoons are still in the 90s, but this is sweet progress! The mornings are crisp and cool enough to open windows. My electricity bill is likely to be halved this month. Or at least I hope so! If not, then I think it’ll be time for a change. Maybe I should start looking up things like these TriEagle Energy reviews to see if I would be getting a better deal. Hopefully, my electricity bill will be halved this month anyway, so I won’t have to worry about finding a new energy provider.

In a nutshell: this is the best time of year.

The garden, on the other hand, doesn’t look so swell. These babies weathered July and August. Troopers, really.

Fall gardening

Fall gardening

Thankfully, I was gifted a handful of great new gardening books for my recent birthday. I’m using them to draft plans; my beau is building garden boxes at his house for winter vegetables and herbs. This is very exciting news! I have never gardened when watering was easy. These boxes will be on a timed drip.

Fall gardening

My love of weird succulents continues too. Check out these odd balls that were recently added to my collection:

Fall gardening

Fall gardening

Love it. So thankful our outdoor season has finally arrived!

~K

Throwing Shade

Around the hacienda

These poor pumpkins were cooking in the heat. The edges were browning and the flowers weren’t doing great. Even though I planted the native seeds when I was supposed to, I am not sure we’ll see gourds before Thanksgiving.

Regardless, I knew they needed some shade. In the spirit of using what we have — I repurposed four tomato stakes, a yard of heavy canvas fabric from the thrift store and the grommet tool.

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

Voila. Does a good enough job to keep the sun off during the hottest part of the day. The plant has flourished since. And, when we get those freak rain storms, that canvas dries and can be easily replaced.

Are you planting a fall garden? What are you planning?

~K

 

Horns

When I saw this paper mache deer head at the craft store, I knew I wanted to paint it. I wasn’t sure why, but I loved it. And so, for a few bucks and a couple coats of paint…

Around the hacienda

Around the hacienda

The first Christmas decoration is up. (Because, you know. In Tempe we see lots of deers.) The simplicity of this does delight me, however.

~K

Heirloom Eats: Part 2

Ellen asked for those recipes I make all the time. (Thank YOU for all of your amazing suggestions. I’m going to cook and review one a week. Stay tuned.)

Those magical 8 standards in our kitchen:

Mexican meatloaf

Mexican meatloaf

Chicken Enchiladas

Enchi-wawas

Shepherd’s Pie

shepherd's pie

Trupti‘s Chicken Curry

Sunday dinner

16 Hour pulled pork

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Turkey pot pie

chicken pot pie with biscuits -- CAOK for a sick friend

Turkey meatballs with yogurt sauce

High Five Meatball Soup

Juliann’s risotto

April cooking

 

Mmmm… mushroom risotto. That is my ultimate comfort food!
Enjoy friends!

~K

Needle Wrangler

Anyone else have a tangle of circular knitting needles that looks something like, oh, say, THIS?

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Good times. Or, a tangled nonsense of zero fun. Your choice.

I did a bit of research, asking fellow knitting nerds how they store their supplies. The results varied in methods, with “in a giant mess” being the loudest, most popular vote. I was already winning that race, and frankly it wasn’t working for me.

Looking around my office, I had an old three ring binder full of recipes. (Remember the quaint days of writing recipes and storing them? Awwww. Once again I say: thank God for you, Internet.)

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Sewing and Knitting

Mayhem managed. Nothing to see here. Carry on, friends.

~K