Yes, I am Still Alive!

It’s been ages since I have posted. In the interim, I have had 3 surgeries, almost got all my teeth fixed, did some historical interest travel, became a new aunt, my son got married, and there is a new grandbaby on the way. In addition to this, you already knew about the new online store, and I’ve started preparing to have a booth at the fall edition of the Shreveport Farmer’s Market.

Needless to say, I’ve got a ton of projects going. My creative space expanded to include a storage facility to hold supplies. I’m in the process of renovating the space in my house to better facilitate a business. I got new machinery, including a serger and a ruffle maker I can attach to my sewing machine. I have a project to do a baby lamp dust ruffle with that, and I am looking forward to using it. I am also designing both a new wedding quilt for the kids, and a baby quilt for the new baby, when he gets here in September.

The garden is going crazy! I never dreamed I could grow half of this stuff! So far, I am planning to create the following items from the garden, some for family use, and more, to sell at the Farmer’s Market in October:
Homemade Salsa
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Homemade Strawberry Jam, versions with regular sugar, honey and splenda
Homemade Apple Butter with honey
Bread and Butter Pickles
Zucchini Relish
Dried Herbs of all varieties (I have so much pineapple sage, it isn’t even funny!)
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Filling
Dill Pickles (mostly for sale)
and whatever else comes to mind, out of the garden! It looks like the 2 watermelon seeds I planted are going to produce like 100 melons! I have no idea what to do with that many melons, other than selling them. We might can eat 3 a week? If anybody has any recipes for preserving or using watermelon, let me know! I think it might go well in a sangria mix, maybe? I might have to experiment with this.

I also recently took up drawing, particularly steampunk designs. I am doing pretty good at this.lightning ray gun

I am starting to develop a strong interest in steampunk as a costumer, because it allows me a greater level of creativity than costuming for SCA. In SCA, it is so important to be historically accurate. With steampunk, your dealing with an alternative history, so your imagination can run wild! I am also currently working on some steampunk inspired costumes for the store.

I’ve also been doing some furniture restoration. I featured the dresser I completed here on the blog earlier. Now I am working on a large open bookcase that will give me a great deal more storage space (and free up counter space) in the kitchen. I will have pictures when I am done.

Back in May, we traveled to Vicksburg for their annual Chocolate Festival. It was amazing! We also spent the weekend exploring the military park, and I will post the 10 tons of pictures I took a little later on.

This was just a “checking in” post. Not sure if any of my readers are still out there! I promise to post more regularly, going forward. Life is settling down, and the urge to write has returned. Until the next post, I leave you with a few pixs:vicksburg courthouse at dusk
This is the Vicksburg, MS, courthouse at dusk. We went on a ghost tour that started here. Doesn’t it have a spooky feel? Sorry, we didn’t see any ghosts!

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This is one of my favorite pictures that I took while we were in the Vicksburg Military Park. The monument in the background is courtesy of the state of Illinois.