dawn west

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since Apr 28, 2018
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The last BB for the textile badge. I used new growth twigs and vines from the back yard.  It was difficult to start the basket, my base twigs may have been to thick, but they eventually started to fold up to create the sides.  The basket measured 11' by 5".  
1 day ago
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Joining in with the 22 Days of PEP! I made Lentil soup/stew/daal. This is the only way my husband will eat lentils and it took me almost 38 years to find.  The recipe changes every time I make it but the basics remain the same:
1 head of garlic (homegrown); 2 onions; some extra ground beef; chicken feet broth(homemade); beef broth(homemade); frozen whole tomatoes(home grown); 2 cups of lentils; water to cover; curry powder and hot pepper flakes. I did not use the canned chilies.  Cook for 45 min.  I made naan bread to go with the lentils. This is my first attempt at a BB in Food.

3 days ago
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My favorite wool sweater developed a hole, so I tried to darn it.  I used wool yarn.  I understood the concept but the execution was "patchy" at best.
4 days ago
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Is anyone else going to skip the hugelkulture requirement in the sand badge and continue on with the straw badge requirement to grow, harvest and preserve 100,000 cals? This BB will take all summer and it would help keep me on track if someone else was also working towards this goal. I am amazed at what Mike was able to do.
1 month ago
Inge,  How long were your pieces of bark? Were you going for thin long strips?  I can not even see where you joined the strands.  The thinner fine strands are what I want to use when I make the basket. Your twine looks great.
2 months ago
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I made cordage!  I used the inside phloem layer( had to look that up) of a fallen oak tree. It took several tries to figure out the reverse twist for the cordage then I thought 20 feet of this stuff, no way it must be 20 inches.  But after completing 20 feet I realized how much more I learned about adding material, harvesting more and keeping a consistent thickness to the rope. It totally amazed me that I was making cordage out of tree bark.  
2 months ago
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Nicole, Your castle play structure is a wonder of construction and imagination.  A big part of homesteading is keeping our kids happy and occupied giving us time to do other projects.  Your kids get a great inside castle and an outside play structure all built by mom with love.  I give you an non-certified total of 5 BB mom points.
2 months ago
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I do not have a berm to improve, so would building a berm count towards this BB?  If so, then how do a berm and a 7 foot hugelkutur differ?
2 months ago
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I have a hole in a queen size quilt.  The patch is old jeans material, the thread is embroidery and the stitch had to be by hand because the quilt was to big to use the machine.
2 months ago
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