Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Day After

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We had our Christmas early because Hubby had to go back to China which was OK because we were thinking he wouldn't get to come home at all! That is how we have always done,we celebrate each holiday when we are together, not necessarily by the date is falls on.

So ....being the day after Christmas and all I am sure everyone is showing what goodies they got !  My good friend Texan sent me some cast iron I needed for my collection! I am a cast iron junkie and I have enough to sink a ship! Cast iron, to me, is just one of those things you can never have enough of! She sent me this cornbread pan I had been wanting...


and this cute little pan of heats too!


Texan also sent me, even though she said it wasn't a Christmas present but a just because present, two customized baby goat coats with Laughing Duck farm embroidered on the back! Now, just how cool is that! If you would like one of these super little goat coats for your winter born kids she is taking orders and can make you one right up!  This particular one is modeled on a stuffed possum because well ...




I don't have any new born kids and Dolly Doodle has grown too big for it!  I tried to shove her in it,honestly I did but it was no use,she has just grown too much!

The Boy, who also knows of his mothers cast iron obsession got me this nifty combo..


a pot with a lit that doubles as a skillet! A very handy piece of cookware! The Boy informed me he was all for me getting gifts that enable me to cook more food for him! Then he said,"Mom, you just don't realize how hungry I am these days." The Boy is growing like a weed I tell you what! He is a full head taller than me...it seem strange to hug my "baby" and his chin rest on the top of my head and he is only 13! We may have to cut the door frames out just so he can walk through the house by the time he is grown! I won't even go in to the size of his shoes...but I will say if he were to walk barefoot in the woods the big foot hunters would be all over the place!



Hubby got me this box of wool..


You may be thinking  that is a peculiar gift! It is not so puzzling if you see what is goes with!


My very own spinning wheel !

I  have dreamed for years of learning to spin! I know,I know I have read it is not an easy skill to learn  but I am so excited to start trying! My first attempts are not too bad..
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I have done some more since this picture that looks even better, though still not professional looking yet...let's just say it a rustic yarn with a lot of character! I will work at it a while and tell myself I am done for the day but I will find myself right back at my wheel spinning some more. Have you ever started something  and just felt right...like this is a thing you were meant to do? That is how I feel about spinning...sigh...

This is only the beginning of the story! I am going to leave you with a cliff hanger because tomorrow something else is happening to continue my fiber dreams! Tomorrow or Tuesday I will let you all know ,if it works out of course, what is going on! So until then I hope everyone is enjoying their after Christmas bliss of family,new toys and delicious leftovers!

21 comments:

Tina said...

Great minds think alike...lol :re the title.
Glad you had a great day!

Sharon said...

Such great gifts, and handy ones too! I used to have a lot of cast iron, but it went the way of all things and I couldn't pick it up anyway!

I love the spinning wheel and the wool - all you need now is a loom! That would be fun!

texwisgirl said...

You had quite the Christmas haul, I think! You sound like you're in heaven, surrounded by cast iron, wool and a spinning wheel. :)

I love that your son is enabling you to cook more.

Good luck to your hubby in his travels. Sorry to hear he is far away, but glad he was able to spend holidays with you!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I also love cast iron and have a large skillet that used to belong to my Grandfather--Yesterday I made cinnaman rolls in it and they were beautiful and delicious! I'm seeing a lot of recipes using the pans now, and even saw some new ones on sale at Macys a few weeks ago--But nothing beats one that has years of use and seasoning!

Laura said...

Wow what great gifts, the little kid coat is adorable, what will you make with the wool?

IanH said...

Now those are some cool gifts! Good luck with the spinning. You will need to hook up with "Cold antler farm" to get a source of raw wool.

the wild magnolia said...

Wonderful cast iron gifts! You just can't have too much cast iron! Love the double use lid, great idea!

I've ended up with only two cast irons. One small skillet and round pancake skillet.

So great of your friend, the Texan, to remember you at Christmas. She is an awesome person too.

Spinning, OMGoodnes!....that is great. I wish you great success!

So glad your husband was able to be home for Christmas.

Blessings.

Jabacue said...

Melodie, what great gifts! You are going to have a ball! We watched the whole process this summer in PEI at a wool mill......from start to finish. You would have loved it. Have fun and thanks for the 'cliff-hanger'!
Jim

sophie...^5 said...

You are so fortunate to be able to take up spinning. This art is so amazing to watch and the results are so satisfying because no matter what the product can be used. More pics soon eh!

Teresa said...

What great gifts. I know what you mean about the boy getting big. Mine is now a foot taller than me and turning 21 next month. I just don't know how on earth that happened.

goatmilker said...

What a cool gift my daughter has a spinning wheel and it can be fun when you get the hang of it. We like to use our wool to felt over soap it make a wonderful soap to wash with. So glad you had a good Christmas.

Texan said...

I like that pan your son got you!!! That looks most handy!

I can believe Dolly wouldn't fit in the goat coats, Brody her brother is amazingly big LOL too. I know Harrison is their Dad LOL but mercy those two kids are outsizing any we have had born here yet LOL..

I am so excited about your spinning, I won't tell the rest of the story tee hee, I am excited about it as well for you!! :O)..

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

You're getting some wooly sheep? Oh, I love all the cast-iron pans, someday show us your whole collection. Sure glad hubby was home for awhile.

LindaG said...

Congratulations on teaching yourself how to spin wool. That is great!

Pricilla said...

ARe you getting a llama?
heh
I also got some cast iron for Christmas. Two skillets to replace the ones I left behind and a waffle maker.

Merry Christmas!

Nekkid Chicken said...

Ohhhh You lucky lady. Merry Christmas my Christmas present will be delivered on Wednesday; I am so excited. Can't wait to see all the things you make with your spinning wheel. Take care, Hugs, Mal

Nancy said...

Now, those are my kind of Christmas presents, Melodie! So beautiful and functional as well. My husband collected literally tons of cast iron pots, pans, griddles, etc... mostly vintage. I know how addictive it can be. :)

Looking forward to seeing some of your creations after you've spun your wool. And Texan is such a sweetheart for giving your those thoughtful gifts.

Carol............. said...

Nothing like cast iron cookware! Things just seem to taste different when cooked that way. I like to get them already cured since getting them cured just right can be an initial pain! LOL

Have a great week.

Verde Farm said...

What a wonderful Christmas you had. I absolutely love your iron cornbread pan and the heart one too. What a sweet hubby to get your a spinning wheel. I want to learn too. The wool looks so pretty he got you. Love the pot and skillet too. Those little goat coats are the most precious things ever. I have to check her out! Happy New Year :)

Kids and Canning Jars said...

I am laughing. I must admit I have a few pieces of cast iron and I keep my eyes open for more. Thanks for the post and update. I would love to learn to spin. What with all the animals you have it will be worth or woolth it. hehe.
Loves ,,,
Melissa

small farm girl said...

Auuuuugh! Cliff hangers!!!! Your worse than a soap opera. hehehehe. I have a cast iron addiction too. I just love it!