Tuesday, September 04, 2007

some answers

I'm really feeling bad...I am not able to respond to each and every wonderful comment I receive, as I would like to. There are over 350 e-mails in my inbox, waiting....I keep thinking I can catch up, but the busyness of summer has prevented me from doing that. So to each and every one of you, thank you sincerely for your kind and supportive comments. You are all incredibly nice and wonderful ladies!!

I have scoured through the e-mails in hopes of answering some of the questions you have. If I've missed a question, please feel free to e-mail me with it again.

Question for you...how do you keep your dog(s) and cat away from the chickens? Our dog would love to take a bite out of ours so we can't let them out in the yard. :(
Well, luckily none of our cats have ever bothered the chickens, nor has our golden retriever/collie dog. When we first got chickens though, our cocker spaniel, Zoe, thought it was her duty to chase and attack them. As soon as we realized this, we kept a very close eye on her. The next time she chased a chicken, my husband gave her a swat and reprimanded her in his most disapproving voice; she has never bothered the chickens again. Now, if we need help getting a chicken back into the pen, she does an excellent job of gently 'herding' them.
Talk to me about your clothes pin bags-- do you have a pattern? Is it your design?
I looked at a lot of clothespin bags to find a style I liked. I came up with a size, and a pretty typical shape, and have gradually perfected my construction method. So many have asked about a pattern ~ I would like to do a tutorial as soon as I have a bit more time, probably this winter.
I need to ask --- what kind of camera do you have?? I need to buy a new one and would appreciate some feedback... thanks!!
The camera I use is a Kodak DC210 Zoom. It's the first digital camera my husband bought and so simple even I can figure it out! I've claimed it as my own, as Mike and Stephanie wanted something with more megapixels.
Oh, I would love to learn how to make an ottoman slipcover like yours! Can you post a pattern or directions? The hard part is the piping.
I promise to try and post on this. I'll be making some slipcovers this fall/winter and will try to post some pictures.
Just wondering... my containers never end up looking very good; is there a secret to keeping them looking so gorgeous?
The secret I've discovered is to water EVERY day. I didn't always do so until this summer, and I can see the difference it makes. And I feed them about once a week.
I really like those (clothespin) bags. Where did you get your hangers?
I have found the vintage wooden hangers at yard sales or on Ebay.
How do you freeze your corn?
I follow the directions in the Ball Blue Book: The Guide to Home Canning & Freezing ~ Scald ears of corn for about 5 - 6 minutes; cool in ice water; cut kernels from cob, and pack in freezer bags. I use my vacuum sealer to seal the bags.
I'd love to know more about your ironing table--did you make it? If so, how?
You can read about how I made the ironing table here.
please do share your Enchilada Casserole crock pot recipe!
I found this crock pot recipe here, at a beautiful blog called Eyes of Wonder, with which many of you are probably already familiar. I had to cut it down for my much smaller family ~ I only used about 1/3 to 1/2 the measure of ingredients that Jewels has listed. It is very good and I would definitely make it again!
I'll leave you with a few more late summer flower pictures...


  1. ~Suzanne4:52 PM

    Hi Deb,
    Just popping in to say hello:-) I know what you mean about no time--where does it go! So hard to update the blog. Great pics! Take care friend!

  2. ~Suzanne4:54 PM

    PS...LOL! have you checked out Amy Karol's "Bend the Rules Sewing", I thought of you when I bought it, you would love it. I am having a ball with the projects!

  3. Love the windowbox! Love all your photos! Love your blog!

  4. We all love you so much, we want to know everything about you xoxoxo Clarice

  5. I so enjoy coming here so much! I love your photos especially the flower box with the beautiful lavender flowers...just lovely.



  6. Wow, your window boxes look beautiful Debbie! The other flowers are pretty too.
    I understand exactly how you are feeling right now. I've almost stopped blogging a couple of times, because I can't keep up with all of the comments and emails. I enjoy my visits here so much, and appreciate all the wonderful things you've shared. Thank you for this lovely place that inspires me.
    Take care.

  7. I just stopped by to look at your pretty pictures.

    Thanks for the recap on the ironing table. I must have missed that.
    I want one!

    Kimberly :)

  8. Your window box is gorgeous! We have water restrictions so we aren't able to water every day, so I pretty much gave up on container gardening this summer! Thanks for answering all those questions - many were things I was wondering about too.


  9. I enjoyed reading your Q and A. Beautiful pictures of your flowers...thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi Deb!
    Such wonderful photos :)
    Crazy times he? Well, we all have that sometimes. But in the end everything gets better..i am now working on my totebag Deb!!
    Kisses on a very foggy day, Aina

  11. What a great way to answer the questions, Deb! I absolutely love the garden pictures you shared...so beautiful!!!


  12. Well done Lady. Take good care of yourself.


Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb


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