Happy Fathers Day!!

Yay Dads!!

Ok on to projects. My daughters jingle dress is coming along so fast that I am running out of stuff. My black Bias tape I think I left at moms house so that has to wait. BUT all the other colors are on and I just started sewing the 1st row of Jingles!! It looks WAY better than I expected it to!! I am so excited!! I originally got large copper jingles. Well she is small and they are big and loud. Loud, large and autistic don’t mix. However I also got  some cigar jingles which are 1 1/4″ long and brass. They make a nice sound but much milder. She likes them very much.Only problem is, with them being smaller it takes so many to cover the dress properly. I have almost finished off 1 bag of them. So I ordered 2 more bags and I hope they are enough. I also need more 1/8″ ribbon to attach them in all colors: Black, burgundy, red, orange and yellow. Once I get the jingle all on, then I can attach the backing and finish it off with Bias tape and ties. SO EXCITED!!! And the local tribe has invited us to dance practice! Here are some more pics.


Here is the under dress. She has knee high red moccasins to go under it. Image may contain: 1 person, standing

Here is the lay out of the over dress before bias tape and jingles

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More pics as I sew!

On the homestead side, I have beans growing everywhere, a few tomatoes, had a small harvest of russets (not good) and a decent 1 meal harvest of purple and red potatoes. My chickens have respiratory issues. I hope it is just the 2 weeks of strait rain and not CRT. Using ACV, DE and antibiotics in the water.


Sewing Project

I am working on a Jingle Dress for my daughter for Pow Wow in November. She chose the theme of Fire and Birds. I found this great choker that the whole dress is based around. Its a 2 part dress: The under dress which is a ribbon dress, and the overdress which will have all the fancy stuff and jingle cones.

This is the BASIC under dress with no embellishment

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This is the choker and the armbands which I made.

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And above is the embellishment for the sleeves. Until I make the over dress, the under dress is a ribbon dress. Once the over dress is done, it will be VERY fancy. I still have to make her a shawl, but I honestly dont think she will use it.

There are several other dancers who have met her before that want to take her under their wings and show her how to dance. Apparently all that Irish Dance training she has shows lol


Down time

I have been down as of late, hence to no posts. Projects are back on thankfully.

Mom helped me get health insurance again, I am working with Unemployment in a Vocational Rehabilitation thing, I am taking my Disability case to court. We finished the small A frame coop for the Bantams chickens, 1 Silkie drowned because it was too stupid to get in the coop box and it has been storming every day. We are working on a 2nd A frame now, larger, for my breeders. I am hoping to breed Sussex as I like them and they are good egg producers. Only thing is, then they would not be free range which I don’t like. But they are flying out of the yard all the time now so it comes down to protecting them. We are trying to put wheels on it to make it in to a tractor so I can move it every week. We shall see.

I went out to feed my birds and one of my Sussex (favorite 4 birds btw) lay down on my foot, let me pick her up and just drooped in my hands. She is wheezing and I think she has that bad respiratory sickness. I don’t think she will make it but I separated her, gave her water with gatorade and apple cider vinegar, plus some chick feed. I hope she will eat.

I FINALLY planted the corn. I planted Painted Mountain and Country Gentleman. Its a little late in the season but we have a very long growing season here, technically I can fit in 2 full crops.

My roommate went to a clinical Herbalist for sleep and a few other things. She recommended he go Gluten and Dairy Free. I can do gluten free, I have done it before. But DAIRY??!! Oh man that has been hard. We have both lost weight. He has lost 10 lbs, I have lost 14. Granted I am happy about the weight coming off but he cant loose any. Maybe gluten free is better for me. But its such a Pain!!!