Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Simple Homestead Hop #80

Welcome to the Simple Homestead blog hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Club Stables - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube Sandra at Clearwater Farm - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

Let's start hopping!



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Blue Butts Mean Lambs




We always have a few winter babies, but most of our lambing is planned for April.
This time of year the ewes have splashes of red, blue or green on their behinds. Quite often, we get asked why.




The rams wear harnesses that have a crayon attached, that mark the ewes when they get bred. They aren't necessary, but they are a handy tool.  They help keep track of expected lambing dates, which rams bred which ewes, and if the ewes get marked a second time (with a different color) we know that they did not take the first time. 






We used five rams this year, too many for this farm. This was our last year using Tunis Rams. 2-3 rams is more than enough for me. I miss the days when we only had one!






I love seeing the blue, red, and green butts. It means lambs are coming....








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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #78



Welcome to the Hop!
We have been enjoying a beautiful Fall in Michigan.
The ewes have been with the rams, which means lambs in five months! 
What do you have going on in your neck of the woods?

Please take a few minutes and visit each of our great Our Simple Homestead Co-hosts. 
Tracy 
Sandra
Sandra at Clearwater Farm
  Facebook - Pinterest Instagram - Google+
Nancy 
Kathi 
LeeAnn & Alex 
Delci Plouffee

Most clicked on post from last week

 Simple Christmas Gifts from Nancy on the Home Front



simple Christmas gifts


Congratulations!


 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop

 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! There are just a few little rules to follow:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog... in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Making Felted Wool Acorns




Wool crafts- so many to choose from!


This week I have been making felted wool acorns. It is a simple, fun project that requires just a few supplies.




Wool Roving
Acorn tops
Hot Water and Soap
Hot Glue Gun





You start by making small wool balls with the roving. To make the ball, take a small piece of roving and wrap it around your finger. After pulling the roving off your finger,  wrap another small piece of roving around that, going in the opposite direction.






Take the roving and dip into hot/warm water.(squeeze out excess water) 
 Add a drop of dish soap to the roving. (it helps with the felting process)

When you first start felting the wool into a ball, you want to do it very gently,
 rolling the wool in the palm of your hands.



 As the wool starts to felt you can start adding more pressure. 
I use my fingers to smooth out any lines. If needed you can wet your hands as you are felting.




After making your wool balls-Rinse them in water. 
Use a towel to remove some of the excess water, and let air dry.




After they dry, hot glue the wool balls into the acorn top.



If you would like to make ornaments or plan on making a garland, you can use a drill and put two holes in the acorn top..  Place the string into the holes in the acorn from the top. Knot the string. (I used hemp)  The wool ball is glued into the acorn top, which covers the knot.









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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #77

Welcome to the Hop this week! Please welcome our new Co-host, Delci at Heritage Club Stables!

                                                    


                                                         Welcome to the Hop!


Please take a few minutes and visit each of our great Our Simple Homestead Co-hosts. 
Tracy 
Sandra
Sandra at Clearwater Farm
  Facebook - Pinterest Instagram - Google+
Nancy 
Kathi 
LeeAnn & Alex 
Delci Plouffee

Most clicked on post from last week.



10 Things You Should Never Throw Away



 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! There are just a few little rules to follow:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog... in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted!

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 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.
Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop
  

                                                                     Let's start hopping!




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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #76




Welcome to the Hop this week! Please welcome our new Co-host, Delci at Heritage Club Stables!

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Please take a few minutes and visit each of our great Our Simple Homestead Co-hosts.
Tracy 
Sandra
Sandra at Clearwater Farm
  Facebook - Pinterest Instagram - Google+
Nancy 
Kathi 
LeeAnn & Alex 
Delci Plouffee

Most clicked on post from last week.

Cook from Scratch

How We Cook From Scratch All Week With Minimal Effort

 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! There are just a few little rules to follow:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog... in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted!

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 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.
Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop
 

                                      Let's start hopping!


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