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Autumn Weather

Last weekend we had some stormy weather, but after it passed we saw the beauty in it. The cottonwood trees along the fence line looked so pretty against the dark blue of the sky, and the gazebo looks rich in the sunshine.

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The next morning, we awoke to a gorgeous sunrise. Mom took these lovely photos of the sun shining on the woods in the back.

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Looks like a perfect morning to be out bowhunting!

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Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

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Flower Brooch Tutorial

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Last month I was browsing Google looking for a tutorial about putting together a flower brooch. I didn’t find any pattern that I wanted to use, but I got plenty of ideas. So I put them all together and made a flower brooch that I was satisfied with. Now I want to share with you all how I did it!

You will need:

  • Your crocheted or knitted flower
  • A matching felt circle a little smaller than the flower
  • Extra matching felt
  • Matching embroidery thread
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • Clips (I found that large clips work best because they support the flower. Just about any craft store will carry them.)
  • Glue Gun (You may need an extra glue stick)

Plug in your glue gun. While it is heating up, cut out two rectangles to glue onto the inside bottom portion of the clips.

Once you have glued the felt on, you can trim it to fit the clips.

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Take your circle of felt and apply hot glue to it. (Leave a ring around the outside edge so you can sew the felt on.)

Put the felt on the back of the flower.

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Then thread your needle with three strands of embroidery thread, and coming in from between the flower and felt (so your knot does not show,) start sewing.

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After you have sewn the felt to the flower, you can take the clips and glue them onto the back. I found that if you put the clips closer to the outside edge they keep the flower from falling forward when you wear it.

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Six uses for flower brooches:

~ Clip it on a scarf

~ Instead of putting clips on, put magnets on and put it on your refrigerator to add some fresh color.

~ Clip onto your purse or bag.

~ If it is not too big use it in your hair.

~ Clip onto baskets (I put this flower on my white basket that I use for schoolwork, and it adds the perfect pink color!)

~ If you are brave enough, put it on your dog’s collar. It would look really cute, even if it is on just long enough to get a snapshot! I didn’t do it because our dog is boy, and he would probably eat it.

I hope you enjoyed making this brooch, and have fun with it!

                                                      Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Elisabeth

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Light Ginger Cut-Out Cookies

The other day Mom mixed together a big bowl of our favorite cut-out cookies…. Light Ginger Cookies. We make them for every season and almost every holiday.  So Saturday morning I baked up several dozen cookies in lovely autumn shapes… leaves, apples, pumpkins, and such.

Now, baking cookies can seem like a never ending process when you have a lot of dough, but when you think of the fun of frosting and eating them, it’s worth it. We chose to frost some of the cookies with bright fall colors and some with white frosting and fall sprinkles.

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I love these miniature pumpkin cookies! They’re so cute.

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Around here we are in love with cream-colored pumpkins!

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Some lovely autumn leaves in bright hues.

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A row of rosy red apple cut outs.

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This is how the kitchen looked while we were up to our elbows in frosting! 🙂

On a side note, we made a (very) small batch of icing using apple cider in place of the milk and vanilla extract. The result was a tangy, not-too-sweet icing that most of us liked. However, our classic vanilla icing is still our favorite!

Here’s our recipe for Light Ginger Cookies. I think Mom originally got the recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cookie Book.

Light Ginger Cookies

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 Tablespoon vinegar

2 ¼ cups flour

1 ½ – 2 teaspoons ginger

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

Mix sugar, butter and vinegar. Stir in remaining ingredients. (If dough is too dry, work in milk or cream, one teaspoon at a time.) Roll ⅛ inch thick on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake at 400º for 6-8 minutes, until light brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Cut-Out Cookie Icing

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

2 to 3 Tablespoons milk (until perfect consistency)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Mix all ingredients. Enough for lots of cookies. Leftovers taste yummy on graham crackers.

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Kerstin

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Picking Apples

We are having a bumper crop of apples this year! We have five apple trees, a young Honeycrisp tree, a Wolf River Giant, Connell Red, Cortland, and Jonathan.

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This is our Connell Red. We like to make apple crisps and pies from the apples of this tree. Notice our handsome puppy General?

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Gabrielle with a handful of Connell Red apples.

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We pick up the windfall apples to sell as deer feed to the local deer hunters.

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Check back soon for a post about our favorite apple crisp recipe!

                 Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Elisabeth and Gabrielle

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Autumn Pictures

We wanted to share some pictures of the fall beauty around here.Image

The corn is starting to die down…

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Our lane that leads to the back field.

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The soybeans in the back field.

                                       Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Gabrielle