A Little Apron Love Going Around! Oh…and a little baboon, too.

Good Morning all you happy people! Well all I can say is WOW! What a flurry of folks passed thru here yesterday and are still a-coming! The National Aprons Day Giveaway has really got things poppin’ around here! I have so much to write today…or my mind is full so I dont know if I will actually get it all written today. I am so excited about this apron giveaway! And evidently a lot of you are too! Remember you can still enter to win by posting a comment to the giveaway post! I have had to get out a gallon mason jar for all the names! What fun!
I am designing the apron for the giveaway and I have some sketches to run them past Oldest Daughter today. She is quite the crafty wench herself! Here is her latest creation:


Isnt he adorable??? There is a little story behind him (behind! no pun intended but isnt that the cutest baboon behind you ever saw??). First off let me preface anything you might read here by saying none of my children are right. As in their thinking is a bit bizarre most of the time. We homeschooled them all (this is year 18) and they are independent, thinking, speaking, opinionated people. And they all crack me up. All are so different yet play off of each other so well! Okay…now to the little story about Baboon (to be named soon). This is what Oldest Daughter had to say about her project:

“What the heck is that?” you might being asking. To which the answer, of course, is “a baboon with a fanny pack.”

Sometimes it really is best just not to ask.

I got a call a week or so ago from my sister asking if I could possibly crochet a baboon…with a fanny pack. Apparently, she and my youngest sister were watching a show on the Discovery Channel or something about baboons that were terrorizing communities. People would open car doors to find themselves face to face with a baboon, tourists were having their fanny packs snatched by baboons looking for a snack (a Snicker perhaps), etc etc. This was the birth of yet another of my sisters’ “bits”, of course telling the story from the side of the baboons who were just trying to be friendly and who sound surprisingly similar to Cleveland Brown from Family Guy.

My family is made up of some very…interesting individuals. <3

Interesting indeed.

Oldest Daughter has always been very crafty. Sewing (making dresses and quilts entirely by hand-no machine for that girl), knitting (she makes the cotton washcloths for my Farmgirl Clean™ soap business- Dahlem’s Soapworks -shameless plug!), crotcheting, cross stitching, ribbon embroidery…when she was about 14 she made a set of “Waldorf Inspired” Dolls of the World. She still has them. So all that to say…I trust her opinion on the apron thing.

As I mentioned to my e-news subscribers for the soap biz, there have been some major changes around Dahlem’s Soapworks . I am still making and selling Farmgirl Clean™ products. Plus reworking my “farmhouse kitchen” – if you remember all those good things…coffees, teas, cookbooks etc. And bringing back NotQuiteJuneCleaver Aprons! If you are interested in such things you can join my yahoo groups for NotQuiteJuneCleaver business and/or TheSoapMaven @ yahoogroups. Of course you can always just keep up with things here! AND I will be doing some special products for MaryJanesFarm! How exciting is that???

So what do you think about doing a giveaway about every 6 weeks or so? You know, something I have made (or my girls have made or help make). Something in the Farmgirl Spirit of things? I love to gift things! For the first few years I was in business I gave away as much soap as I sold. Not because business wasnt good, but because I loved to have people try it without obligation! Then about year 3 when tax time rolled around Husband asked the all too important question ~ “Is this a business or just a hobby?” And then I came realize small sample size freebies were okay, but I had to stop giving away whole bars!

How about some swaps?? As I told you earlier, I am in an apron swap at MaryJanesFarm . It isnt completed but I know everyone who has participated has been very excited. Leave your thoughts or ideas if you like.

What else is going on??? OH yeah, I got my Farmgirl Chapter kit in the mail yesterday! The Steele Magnolia Farmgirls will have their first meeting soon! AND I am going to be teaching a Basic Sewing (handwork) class to little farmgirls this summer. I am to have a meeting with Farmgirl Jodi (owns the local farmers’ market) on Thursday to line out a schedule. She wants to have an ongoing schedule of classes. I will be doing a soapmaking class for adults sometime in the very near future as well. So I have lots in the works. But stuff I have wanted to do but business prevented the commitment. Now that changes have been made in that department, I should have time.

Mmmmm….what else??? OH I am having gall bladder issues. Doesnt that sound fun? It is – NOT. Oldest Daughter thinks I am just jealous because she had hers out a couple of months back. I think we can know that’s not true. I do not like being the patient. Not even briefly for minor procedures. I am the fixer…not the fixee. Anywho, I am going to see the dr today and see what he suggests. Not that I will take his suggestions, but he is a little more trained than I am so I will at least listen. I had an abdominal hysterectomy almost a year to the day and it was no biggie. In and out of the hospital in 2 days and driving in 8 days. Back full swing except for lifting in 3 weeks. And for the record, I have not regretting that decision for one second. Not even the first few moments of conscious pain after surgery. NOPE, worth it. I never knew I could feel so good again. So this gall bladder thing is a pebble in my shoe but a very small one. I have had issues with it for years, but if I would NOT eat things that irritate it, that would be a good place to start.

Other News: Had a REAL phone conversation with Husband yesterday. I think we talked about 20 minutes. He is having a fine time of things. Getting adjusted to the new crews. New home away from home. He sounded really positive. Got to get my passport in – he tells me there are meetings/classes he has to attend in Scotland! Now that would an anniversary trip! We will be married 30 years in September. And a paid for trip…now that would be too great! He said some of the men and their families are not handling the separation so well. But I just feel like it is really my obligation to support him and try my best not to make the changes and separation harder on him than it has to be. Here’s the deal: He has always and I mean ALWAYS worked so hard to allow me the luxury of being at home with our children everyday. I worked very briefly in the 80’s. We were all miserable. I totally get that some women need to work outside the home. I respect that. I honestly do. And I dont judge them for their decisions…and hope I am not judged for mine. We are all different and need/want different things. And some don’t have the choices I have had. But see, I have never wanted to do anything but what I am doing. I very much realize  I am truly blessed.

This has turned into a novel instead of a post! Thanks for getting this far! Now here is a little something extra for your patience:



Buttermilk Pie

This pie is a traditional Southern treat — and very sweet!

· 3 eggs (or 4 eggs for less sweet version)

· 1 cup sugar

· 2 tablespoons flour, plus a little for dusting

· 1/2 cup melted butter

· 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cups buttermilk for less sweet version)

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Beat eggs slightly and add sugar and flour. Then add melted butter and mix well. Add buttermilk and vanilla and mix.

Dust the unbaked pie shell with a little bit of flour. Pour batter into shell, and then sprinkle a little more flour on top.

Bake at 325 degrees until the custard is set, approximately 1 hour.

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What an adorable little baboon with the fanny pack. Yummmmm . . . my son’s favorite dessert . . . Buttermilk Pie. He first had it at a restaurant in NC that served family style. He ate three pieces! Can you imagine? xoxo

I’m so glad I found you! I think we are two kindred spirits actually! Love the monkey your daughter made. I have never had Buttermilk pie but I think it’s going to be on our menu REAL soon!

Jeny Edwards

Susan, I LOVE your blog. I wish so much I could meet you in person. 🙂 You are an inspiration. I hope things go well with your mom (from another post). I’d love to participate in some swaps, but I’m just finding my talent. I look forward to hearing more about that. Tell your oldest daughter that that baboon is TERRIFIC! I love the creativity!

Love the baboon!!! Very clever
Have you thought of selling any of them???

amanda/kreativeblonde on MJF