Pretty Things … Lydeen Jewelry

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My friend Marcia Lydeen makes beautiful jewelry and has a “flash sale” going on right now… free shipping through today!

vintage modern jewelry…handmade with love, uniquely beautiful…just like you.

You can find her online and at a variety of art shows in the Twin Cities area (when of course we’re not all being quarantined!!!) For now, please take a moment to check out her lovely website and remember if you order today, you get free shipping 🙂

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gwyn – from the crosses collection

ABOUT LYDEEN

who we are

vintage modern designs…

lydeen is an eclectic line of jewelry, with a deep love for vintage.  combining antique components with new, brings a new purpose and unique beauty to a finished piece that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

i follow my heart to create something that touches yours, and i give all the credit for my inspiration to the Lord, the original creative One.  He has put this passion into my heart and without Him guiding me, this expression of my passion wouldn’t exist.💛 i hope my designs bring you joy.

(to read more…click HERE)

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

thanks for being here.

-marcia

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

I keep going back to this recipe from Wellness Mama when I want to make Elderberry Syrup for our family. I’ve used this recipe many times, and just this past fall I purchased some tiny silicone ice tray/muffin pans to pour the syrup in, then froze them into little mini elderberry ice cubes. After they froze, I popped them out and put them in freezer bags, in the freezer. When we are ill or I think we might become ill, I pull out the bag, pop a few cubes in our tea pot, add hot water and we sip on it as elderberry tea.

We got the elderberries from our friends last year who grow them. I dried them in our dehydrator and put them in a jar for storage. This year we are planting our own bushes to give it a try here at Medley Acres. Thankfully all our kids seem to enjoy drinking the syrup or tea, as elderberries are very beneficial at helping to ward off and fight colds and flu.

See the full blog post with link to the recipe here, via Elderberry Syrup Recipe

I also found a helpful and informative poster about elderberries online that I thought I’d share:

Coronavirus and Chiropractic: Nutrition for Avoiding, Recovering

Our family chiropractor, Dr. Gartzke at River Falls Spine • Chiropractic and Wellness Center in River Falls, WI has the following information to share regarding keeping ourselves healthy during times of sickness and disease. While we obviously have to abide by social and community regulations, we can also do some things to keep our bodies as healthy as possible, which includes eating right, exercising, resting and seeing your family chiropractor as regularly as you can.

River Falls Spine Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Rick Vach March 9, 2020
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Eating poorly can make you ill, and eating poorly while ill can drag an illness into extra days or longer. Read on for more about coronavirus and chiropractic care, and eating right to strengthen immunity. Article from Chiropractic Economics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading across the U.S. and the world, and Americans are being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to remain vigilant and take precautions such as regular hand washing and hand sanitizing, avoiding unnecessary contact and gatherings, and for personal protection, maintaining a healthy diet and strong immune system.

Chiropractic care focuses on the central nervous system that regulates virtually every bodily function, including the immune system. The nervous system must communicate with the rest of the body, which is where coronavirus and chiropractic care cross paths as chiropractic comes in to remove nerve blockages via spinal misalignment.

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Easy Fabric Pumpkins {Tutorial}

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Mini Aqua Pumpkin Fabric Tutorial

Mini Aqua Pumpkin Fabric Tutorial
Mini Aqua Pumpkin Fabric Tutorial
Mini Aqua Pumpkin Fabric Tutorial
Easy Fabric Pumpkin Birds Eye View

Easy Fabric Pumpkin Birds Eye View

Every autumn I fall in love with pumpkins all over again. They have to be the cutest thing that grows on a vine. I love the round shape and the mostly smooth texture. I love all of the shades of orange, yellow, white and green. And even better, I like eating chocolate chip pumpkin cookies.

Easy Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial Pinterest Image

These fabric pumpkins have all the best qualities of real pumpkins as far as cuteness goes. And they take very little supplies and time to make. You could easily make these with your kids or even better have a neighborhood craft day with your favorite mama’s. Who is bringing the apple cider and pumpkin cookies?

Easy Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial mini aqua

Here is what you need to get started.

  • Fabric: Choose solids or simple prints. Use Scraps from your stash, or fat quarters. If purchasing yardage you will need the following amounts for each size. This amount will make two of…

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Pumpkins for Sale!

IMG_20191006_151454We’re finally able to get out into the wet wet fields to pick some pumpkins! We had hoped to offer “pick your own” but we’re afraid everyone is going to get stuck in the mud while picking their pumpkins! So for now, we’re picking and putting them at the bottom of our driveway at the self serve stand.

Most of our pumpkins were grown from seed at our house from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. They are all considered delicious eating/baking, even the wee ones!

Visit our driveway stand at 1988 County Road YY • Baldwin

Little pumpkins are 3 for $1.
Large pumpkins are $3 each.
Special “bulk pricing” for friends with large families 🙂 (ie – if you have more than 4 kiddos, we’ll make you a deal so you can carve pumpkins with your kids and still afford to buy groceries for the week!)

We have 4 varieties of pumpkins:

Squash-Jarrahdale-IMG_7846Jarrahdale Pumpkin
Slate, blue-grey, 6- to 10-lb pumpkins of superb quality. Their shape is flat, ribbed, and very decorative; also a good keeper. Popular in Australia, an excellent variety. One of the more tasty varieties for a variety of savory dishes and is excellent for a year-round supply of squash, as these will often keep well over 12 months!
Jack-Be-Little-Squash-webJack Be Little Squash
This tiny, cute pumpkin weighs just 8 ounces; flat and ribbed. These are highly popular and a top-selling fall crop. The flesh is good to eat, and the skin is bright orange. This type of squash may have been developed in the Orient, as pumpkins of this type are offered to the ‘Spirits’ by many in Thailand, where they come in 4 or 5 colors.
Squash-Connecticut-Field-Pumpkin-LSS--000_4377Conneticut Field Pumpkin
The heirloom pumpkin of the New England settlers and Indians, several hundred years old. Golden fruit weigh about 20 lbs each. This is a truly old variety; can be used for pies; the traditional American pumpkin.

 

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Last Year’s Aldi Pumpkin
Of course I have no idea what kind of pumpkin we bought last year but we got it at Aldi and saved some of the seeds, and they came up just fine this year!

Eva’s Photography

Our daughter has developed a knack for taking pictures around our place so I decided to make a page just for her photos. I told her I’d like to upload some to shutterfly to have them printed out for her to sell when we have a little shop on the property someday… the look on her face when I said that was priceless…

Here’s a little sampling, and a link to the new page here.

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Developing Medley Acres

This year we decided to try planting a pumpkin patch for pick your own pumpkins this fall, along with a zinnia patch, sunflower patch and sweet corn. We also planted a large number of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and perennials from seed that we hope to be able to sell later in the summer as well.

Dan invested in a few more tractor/farm implements, including a planter and a plow, and has prepared and planted the 5+ acres we had previously leased to a local farmer… we now have fields of timothy, clover, and switchgrass for cover crops/habitat, and we’re adding our garden fields of pumpkins, sunflowers, and raspberries. Its finally dry enough in the fields to be able to get out and do some planting! We’re hoping for a long fall to make the growing season long enough to make all farmers’ plantings worthwhile this year…

Here are some pictures from the homestead over the past couple of weeks (including today!). Many of the photos are courtesy of our daughter Eva.

Chalk Paint Mason Jar Project

I got really attracted to these chalk painted mason jars I’ve seen around… Dan bought me a couple for my birthday a couple of years ago, and I really like how they look. We seem to have collected a large amount of canning jars recently so I thought this would be a perfect way to “declutter” … by making something out of them to give as gifts or sell as gifts.

Ideally, I would have had these ready for a little pre-Mother’s Day sale, but I wound up actually making 32 of them to use as table decorations for a conference I’m helping with, which is taking place the 2 days before Mother’s Day… I was happy to do it because it was fun and it was motivational to make a certain amount, by a certain time.

Here are some pics of my mason jar crafts which are adorning tables at Mystical Rose Gardens in Baldwin for a conference on Living in the Divine Will being held there this weekend. We plan to offer them for sale at the end of the conference, in case anyone needs a last minute Mother’s Day gift 🙂

Lotion Bars for Mother’s Day

IMG_20190430_162157Last year I ran across some really nice recipes for making lotion bars. Well, what I ran across first were some super cute lotion/soap bar molds that I fell in love with! So I ordered the molds, then decided to try making lotion bars. Someday I will try soap, but for now, I’m enjoying using beeswax from local honey bee keepers and experimenting with different combinations of essential oils.

I someday hope to have a little shop set up on our “homestead” where I can sell things like this and other crafts, but for now, I’m going to just spread the word and likely add these to my Etsy store.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these lotion bars and live locally, I’d be happy to prepare one for your wife, sister or mom for this upcoming Mother’s Day 🙂 I have them in the form of larger 4oz size flowers, which come with/on an antique (or antique-ish) saucer for $8 or in a smaller 2oz size in tin for $6.

Lotion bars are made with beeswax from local beekeeper, shea butter or mango butter, coconut oil and an essential oil. They have a very light fragrance – I have used a mixture of lavender and orange with some, and peppermint and orange for others. They work great for rubbing onto really dry spots on your skin, for travel, and for sitting next to your kitchen/bathroom sink or on a night stand… having it rest on the little saucer makes it handy to keep anywhere! And it looks cute! (if I do say so myself!)

Since the flowers are all in various designs and the saucers have been collected from second hand shops, there’s no guarantee that you will get exactly what you see online… please allow me to pick the right flower and saucer combo for you 🙂 Your purchase will come in a little bag with tissue paper and a tag, ready to give 🙂

Please fill out the contact form or send an email to jennifer at turningleafstudio.com if you would like to place an order 🙂 Thanks!