With the philosophy of the importance in recycling and keeping oneself sane during the long winter months, I repurpose wool sweaters into mittens. Felting the fabric makes the wool fibers stick together and more moisture repellant. Sweaters left at thrift stores find their way to my 1938 singer sewing machine (an estate sale gem) and are turned into mittens great for shoveling, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, shopping, as stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or as your vehicle-emergency- kit spare winter wear.
These little babies are also fleece-lined for extra warmth and comfort. They are finished off with a button, sometimes vintage buttons rescued from local antique stores or a relative's sewing basket. Hand wash, line dry for maximum continued wear.
All of my mittens are $20.00, shipping included. Checks or cash are accepted. Compare my prices to Etsy and similar repurposed wool mitten sellers. To me, "going green" is a philosophy of affordable recycling and repurposing, not asking exorbitant prices for already-worn materials.
Find something you like? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve a pair. Make sure you mention the 3-digit number to get first dibs. It's like Craigslist here, folks - the early bird gets the worm. Once we establish email contact, we'll arrange payment and delivery.
Custom Made Sweater Mittens
Accidentally threw your favorite wool sweater in the dryer? Want to see it put to better use than hidden away in a storage bin? I can turn that sweater into mittens for your use OR take the sweater in trade for an already-made pair in my inventory. Let's make lemonade out of lemons!
Email me me a photo and description of the sweater with the wool content. There are some materials/sweaters just not suitable for mitten-makin'.
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Eggs and Garden Fertilizer
The ladies keep us supplied in eggs and constant entertainment. Oh, and poop. Piles of the crazy stuff. But there is nothing like farm fresh eggs from these precocious little ladies.
I work in Mt. Horeb during the week and will happily bring them into town for purchase ($2/dozen).
Once the hens' "by-product" cures in compost for a year, we will be able to supply local gardeners with all the fertilizer they can stand. It smells loads better than the litter box, I can vouch for that.
These ladies are allowed to free range daily. When they aren't dust bathing in the our neighbor's flower garden (sorry, Tracy!) they are scratching up my mulch and keeping the spider population down. We've had relatively little carnage by visiting raccoons and but we're keeping our fingers and talons crossed, folks.
Vegetables, Pumpkins, Sunflower Seeds, Oh My!
Our gardening skills are in "tweak" mode. We are still discovering what areas of our land work best for planting/harvesting. It's been a crap shoot so far. Already planning next years garden and anticipating experimention of what will grow next to all this #@$% black walnut we have here.
Holy Shiitake! Homegrown Mushrooms!
If we've got anything in this wooded valley, it's shade, shade and more shade. Such a cool and moist enviroment SHOULD be perfect for growing edible fungi, right? Well, that's the plan. Not sure yet on what strain: oyster-style mushrooms, Lions Mane, Maitake, Shiitake and Morels are just some of our options. If I'd ever get around to buying spores online, I'd have mushrooms to sell. Check back often to see if I ever get my rear in gear.
Got any ideas you want to share with us? We're open to suggestions! Email us at email@example.com.