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    Construction and Misc

    Good Morning!! White Sox apparently was needing attention this morning. I woke up wrapped up with legs. hahaha The other day, Joe and I went to Culver for a pizza fix and not too far from the lake we saw two deer. After that, this was the ending of a beautiful day of lumber getting and all that stuff. However, we are back to reality! Insulation removed, painted and replaced, now new sub flooring. We still need to go back to the get drywall, primer, paint and flooring. Enough messing around, back to work!! Hugs, Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    It is just a MESS!!

    Well, where do I begin?? Joe, thankfully, found a water issue before it was a HUGE problem! He and I have been cleaning up and drying things out. Moved the whole bedroom upstairs. Clothes and all! You do not realize how going up and down stairs gives you a great work out. In other words, I am exhausted and in need of sweets/chocolate. Today’s post will be short and with NO pictures. However as things progress and move along I will be sure to share. I am super excited though because a master bedroom make over I will be getting!! WooooHOOOO!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Happy Labor Day

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The hubby worked so, I was left to play in the craft room. Hummm, that is a great way to spend the weekend. Even the chickens had the run of the place. I have to admit it is fun to watch them run around, talk to each other and have snacks, haha. Okay, I know the left picture seems weird and dark, but … this is as close as White Sox and Mr. Bigglesworth have been together for any kind of time. I was ready for bed and they all had full tummies. On the right, sister was upset because dad went to…

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    All about the kitties…

    Mooch would say the best part of this last week was that the windows where open. I would agree, a beautiful breeze and sunshine helps the mood for sure! Here is Mooch taking in some rays old man style!! White Sox would agree with Mooch, now. The leaking water fountain was down for “repairs”. However, the parts were ordered and arrived before the weekend. White Sox was grateful. In conclusion, Miss Penelope, over worked, decided that she needed a rest from her #snoopervisor position. I had to laugh because she is still in the box this evening. Paula, you worked her too hard today! I wonder what antics will happen…

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    Indiana Corn on a Birthday

    This HUGE grasshopper and I enjoyed a cup of coffee on the deck on Friday. How was your weekend?? As you know, there was a drive out to Illinois this past weekend. For….. His birthday. Dontcha LOVE the hat?? My sister did good with this one!! Dad was happy to celebrate with all the family, well almost all. There was sugar free brownies, salmon burgers and plenty of salad to balance out the bad stuff. Ohhh, And Indiana sweet corn…. this is how we roll, right?? Not much left over either. Lastly, we did sing happy birthday. More crafty ideas and who knows what else I can come up with……

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    New Light and…..

    So, I can only imagine this is not very exciting to most of you… But, I know my Dad who reads my blog will like this new addition.. This was put on the North side or chicken coop side of the house. The old light that was there was moved to the south side or propane tank side. Above all, this light was an amazing find, it is an old enamel barn light. All the parts with only a small scratch of paint missing. Joe bent the perfect piece of metal and added new wire. Mounted in its permanent spot! Now to find a second one for the south side.…

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    Beautiful Weather on the Homestead

    Well, at least White Sox thinks so… Isn’t he just silly?? I think he thinks he is helping?? Making the bed on the left and Dusting on the right?? Who knows… He is one happy boy though with the windows open! They all are as far as that goes.. How about you?? Do you have the house open or is the A/C on? I am embarrassed to admit, but the walk way to the front door was sooo over grown with weeds, that it needed to be added to the schedule. NOW!! Just something I have been putting off, much like the weed wacker. That is next on the agenda……

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    Butterfly, furry windows and..

    Ohhh, I know it is a Moth, but … Noticed it form the inside and had to see if I could get a photo… Dontcha, love the refection? All the kitties were VERY happy to be able to open the windows! Mooch (left) enjoys a good suntanning session. Mr Biggelsworth (right) was enjoying the breeze on his belly I guess. Yes, they sure do have a rough life don’t they? Lastly, Joe had a short weekend this last weekend, so we went to our favorite Pizza place and enjoyed an AMAZING pizza and a beer. YUMMY!! How did you spend your weekend?? I hope it was fun! Have a Great…

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    Apples, new growth and more coffee please

    Apples… on the homestead we have several fruit trees, seven I think, but only two have fruit. Big Bummer, but better then none! The Cortland and the Red Delicious. The Red Delicious has been on the Homestead since I arrived, the Cortland is 3-4 years old. Both gave us fruit last year as well. The Cortland this year has several apples, compared to last years 3. The Red Delicious gave us a half tub full and several jars of apple jelly. So have you checked the growth on your trees? All of this photo is new growth for this pine tree. Everything is growing like crazy!! We have trees that…

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    Week in review..7/15

    Starting on Thurday Joe is on his long weekend. Yup, we are off for some shenanigans. But that was only after a class on Tuesday with the lovely Culver ladies. And just too much heat. uugghh a couple of days that were nice, then back at it. So, Gabby and I decided to watch some chick flicks. We even had a chocolate chip cookie or two. Ohhh and of course I had a coffee with my snack. Poor Joe was hoping to cut the grass, but this heat just wont let up enough. So else have we been doing?? Well, I have been working on stuff for the BOGO sale…

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    Did, I move to a Rainforest??

    Some of the “grass” around the pond is now MUCH taller then I am… YIKES!! Dontcha, just wonder what lurks in there?? I know at times I sure do!! The furries, have been enjoying the nicer weather, because a week of A/C is more then they can handle. They miss all the noises from the birds and the breezes too. Even Penelope was out, (middle) checking what was going on.. With all the rain… some volunteers have showed up…. in the way of Flowers. Always in super weird places. The black eye susan is over by the steps down to the pond and this lily is not far from there……

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    July on the Homestead

    This is my niece…Emmerson… I want to shout how proud I am of this girl!! She read me a whole Dr. Seuss story when I was out there this last week!! Sweetie, you are a great reader, both Uncle Joe and I loved listening to you read!! (Joe via video). Sooo, before I got hit a second time this year with poison oak… BOOO. I was able to locate SERVERAL of my flowers!! (top/bottom L-R) Last count 10 different colors of the lilies. Two different yellows, two different oranges, white, red(top r), rococo rose, red/white (top m), pink and pink/white. The next is an oak leaf hydrangea, white astilbe, red…

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    A Truck and for a Challenge #195

    Today let’s go on a trip… Out to the country, where I live! All of us in the Pickup Truck… for this week’s Global Design Project Challenge #gdp195 the theme is… So many fun ideas, but when I saw the challenge, it was going to use this new bundle Ride with Me (151106). Which includes both stamps and coordinating dies. Have you had a look at it yet?? OHHHH!! Here is the stamped image of the truck… including, Silver Foil (132178) adding to the “old school” look. It is used on the bumper and the “rims” of the tires. In addition, Vellum (101856) for the window, which was fussy cut…

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    Rain, flowers, rain, weeds, rain and guests…

    Grab a beverage…. this one could be long… It has been a full and crazy week as always on the homestead. Joe has been home all week, my parents came and all the rain!! First was plants, they are starting to pop up, fingers crossed all those seeds are happy too!! Even the hibiscus is blooming again! However, White Sox just does not care so long as he has the Sunshine on his belly! Kitties are funny… I was looking for him and the curtain was still closed, early yeah kinda, but the window was open all night. He was fine, and very comfy I guess. It is always busy…

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    Chicks, seeds and Luna

    The six baby chicks are out with the big girls… Just sooo dang cute!! White Crested Blue Polish is what they are called. I am almost positive that there are 2 roosters (maybe 3), which will go to the auction once I am sure which of the six. Earlier this weekend I could make out a new crow in the coop, we shall see! Before we know it, they will be adding beautiful eggs to the collection each day! Okay, funny story…. while pulling weeds, well, only the tall ones, this thought popped in my head.. all this ground is freshly turned. I have seeds….. hummmm, down to my seed…

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    Flowers and a deer

    Last week it was just buds, this week… WOW! I found out that this is an Icelandic Poppy, the flowers are bigger then my hand, fingers open. The inside reminds me of our Blackberry Bliss color. Last count there were 13 buds/flowers. Several open at once. Beautiful! Late last week, I was putzing around the kitchen and something caught my eye. Looked again and then realized it was a deer. She apparently decided that was the spot for a rest. Right before dark, she was still there. Woke up early and she was gone… early enough that my pillow called me back to bed. Thankful she felt comfortable to relax…

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    Happy Memorial Day

    How did you start your day?? Was it busy?? Prep work for a BBQ? The Hamscher Homestead started out with a quick crafty stop to remind myself what today is all about … Did you know that Memorial Day was not made an official federal holiday until 1971?? And did you know that it started out being called Decoration Day after the Civil War?? Always a day to remember our fallen military. Making the ultimate sacrifice, for our country. After craft time… and before the first rain of the day, enjoyed a walk around the gardens… found that we have seven different colors of irises, three different colors of columbines…

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    New Charm

    How do you encourage or remind yourself how far you have come?? When I go to a Stampin’ Up! event we started a tradition… we head to Cracker Barrel have a relaxing breakfast and I find, with assistance of course, the next charm. This one is a way of looking at the journey already taken along with the journey yet to come. The second thing is says that it all happens ONE step at a time. How far have you come, so far?? Fortunately, there are have been several events in the last year. Two OnStages and two leadership events, here is how the bracelet is shaping up so far.…

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    Blog Hop with Home Decor SU Style

    Thank you for “hopping” in…. Home Decor SU Style. Happy you could join us! Please be sure to check out what everyone has to share, link down on the bottom. Have you heard a saying that just spoke to you?? Then you search EVERYWHERE to find what you are looking for …. and it is NOWHERE Well, what is a crafter to do?? She makes it herself! A fellow local lady business owner was my first call. She cuts metal. YUP, laser cuts. We worked on the font going back and forth with what to pick. This worked perfectly! The next thing was cutting all the letters… TWICE. First in…

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    A lot going on here..

    I am so excited to share with you all that has been going on this week… New baby chicks… some more gardening … and a new do. The hubby decided that it was time to get rid of those sassafras trees… Moved a few decorations from the flower bed, he backed up the truck and… a couple tugs… BYE bye to unwanted trees Then baby peeps… they are so dang cute!! The auction is a dangerous place for me… Took the 5 unwanted Roosters…. came home with 7 babies. One was old enough to put outside… more on her next week. Did you turn up the volume? I was sure…

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    Mother’s Day deliveries

    Our family decided to celebrate Mother’s Day Saturday…. So that on Sunday the moms could sleep in… or not drive 3 hours one way.. haha. So, right after Coffee and Cards I flew out the door and headed to my parents… Here are the goodies that were brought to the loving ladies in my life. Most of them are for my mom, but I do hate to leave anyone out! I hope you take good care of the important ladies in your life. Let them know how important in any way that you can… visit, talk or call is a good start… presents are not a requirement. Just love them…

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    Finally the garden

    Happy Sunny Day! Started with making Sun Tea…. then….. Joe and I went to town Sunday morning to get a few things…. including seed potatoes, candy onions, yellow onions and red onions. Also a few flower seed packets. Ended up with 3 rows of potatoes, 2 rows of onions and a row of flowers. Joe found a few sprinklers he wanted to try… turned out they worked like a charm! The above is the “big” garden…. While shopping we grabbed a few Broccoli and Brussels sprouts too. I know, they are not for everyone, but someone has to try them …. haha Have you planted a garden? If you so,…

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    Redbud Tree Inspiration

    I wish you could join us for Coffee and Cards. This “episode” featured another retiring stamp set Sheltering Tree (137163). We had a stamp set stamp camp using this stamp set back when it first came out, a few years ago. There is a card that has been kept up on the inspiration shelf since then… Soon the whole card will be retired…. the last hold out was the stamps… the ribbon and punches sued have been gone of several years. Do you see the four seasons?? That was the inspiration for the type of set that was created above… Here is our Redbud tree/spring inspired card. Just out the…

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    Last week….

    My favorite neighbor had a birthday… we usually get each other something not too big, a plant or something like that. Last year I think I picked up some cute windchimes… This year, it was a lantern, LED and solar. You know though that I could not just leave it naked!! This tag was the perfect, spring/farm touch. She has taught me a ton of things. She has taken me under wing about farm/country life… helped me can for the first time, brought some crazy chickens to the homestead and loved my like one of her kids. I am GRATEFUL she moved across the street and that she has been…

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    Visitors on the Homestead

    Do you get excited when you have guests at your house?? I know I sure do!! This past weekend Mom and Dad came for a weekend long visit. Mom and I got crafty, they both got to see what Coffee and Cards was all about AND we went adventuring with Joe. We ate and laughed and visited a few new places. Ohh so much fun in just three days. I am looking forward to their next visit in June, WoooHooo! Could not have a birthday with out cake… I decided oreo ice cream cake would be a winner!! Love you, Mom and Dad…. Thank you for visiting. Glad you had…

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    For the birds…

    Busy couple of days… Today however, started with Goose watch. These messy critters are not a favorite on the homestead. They quickly were evicted and hopefully found a new pond to reside. On a more fun note… spent most of the day in the craft room working on projects for OnStage. Still lots to do. Tomorrow is a New day!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Tough 2 days

    Gaelic went over the rainbow bridge Sunday morning. We really do not know what happened. My hubby took this amazing picture back in 2009 and that face… he was super handsome. Kinda funny part is that as a rescue cat you do not always know the story. Lucky for me and him…. I was his rescuer. Yup, this bundle of fluff and trouble. He never did lose those ears or the look right into your heart stare. He brought a lot of joy, happiness and laughs to may of you and to my family as well. He is missed and he is with his foster daddy Pauly, so he is…

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    This beautiful lady

    Joe and I decided to take a short trip to Illinois today. We were greeted by hugs and big smiles. Chatted pretty much all day, about nothing special. Spending time was the key. I was excited to tell mom (and dad) about all the cards and exciting stuff going on with Stampin’ Up! as well. An early dinner and more visiting. Remembering old houses and older neighbors. Then a drive back to Indiana. More adventures tomorrow.. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Finally sunshine

    I know the picture is not the greatest, but the smoke was still coming out of the BBQ…. Joe, the hubby, is home and decided today was a good day to Cook… what?? Well, dinner was steaks and then he smoked a Pork Shoulder. Now, for those of you that do not know…. my mouth is watering just thinking about it… Joe is very good with that big monstrosity … he constructed it too and ohh he has made Bread, Pizza, smoked turkey for Christmas dinner, and the usual burgers, hot dogs, sausages, chicken and steaks. I even made an apple pie in cast iron, once. Yes we like food…