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Armed with my newfound fervour for sewing and all things related to homemaking, I embarked on an ambitious endeavour to sew a bonnet for my daughter. She’s studying ‘olden times’ in her school and was adamant that she wanted to look like Laura Ingalls did – so Google we did and we came up with a pattern here bonnet. So after a lot of fiddling around and guesswork (she’s got a smaller head than the one in the pattern), this is it in all its glory… complete with a picture next to our backyard well – suitable background for a gentler time gone by… I even made a matching sash…

Bonnet for the prairie girl

Bonnet for the prairie girl

Quilts re-visited

I’ve had 2 quilt tops sitting in storage for over a year now and with renewed fervour to learn a skill in home-making, I endeavoured to do them justice by finishing them. They were gifted to me from my mother – who in turn had them in her blanket box for years – they were passed on to her by my grandmother who was in her prime, the queen of quilts. I do believe each grandchild has at least one of her handmade treasures – and in a family of 13 children, that’s a lot of grandchildren to be spreading the love to…

quilt for my son

Quilt for my son

quilt for my daughter

Quilt for my daughter

After a long and anxious wait (16 days for the king/button quail and 21 days for the normal chicken eggs), they’ve arrived.

All up, the hatch was a great success. Of the 14 king quail eggs that I set, 10 hatched. They are zippy little things – and take no time at all to hatch when ready. The chicken eggs on the other hand, seem to take forever from pipping stage (when the chick first makes that crack in the shell with its beak) to actual hatching out.

They are so cute!

baby king quail (button) hatching

baby king quail (button) hatching

Here are the chicks in their brooder (14 hatched out of a possible 20)

Fluffy chicks in brooder

Fluffy chicks in brooder

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