Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hello All ,
I've been very busy in my jewelry workshop.Just want to drop in and show you what I've been up to this summer.
                         Dina Michelle Jewelry On Etsy

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Preparations

  Just stopping in to wish you a happy holiday season and share a bit of our holiday preparations here in the driftless.We did some work on our old cabin floor before Thanksgiving. We wanted to bring out the beauty of the old wood and still have a rustic feel .We applied dark stain and finished with polyurethane . It's a great look and very easy to keep clean.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour

Hello again from the driftless !
We had a wonderful Sunday! The Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour is a self-guided driving tour and includes more than 50 artisans who demonstrate, describe and sell their art directly to guests inside their private art studios . Coffee,  engaging conversation and a beautiful day!....Nothing better!
We met 5 artists:

This hat is at the top of my wishlist :)

You may visit Gene and Sandy, but please call .
Nordlys Studio 2148 Horn Hollow Road Decorah, IA 52101 (563) 419-4927 Send email

Marquette, nestled in the bluffs of the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa.What a cute town ! Antique shops, a winery and the Lady Luck River Boat Casino(busy little place)
Woodworking by Paul Bauhs
See Paul's awesome work on FB Paul Bauhs Woodworking
What awesome art ....Very happy to have made this trip to Iowa, Thank you all !

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Free e-book on Basic Candle Making

Hello all,

Wanted to stop in and share another free e-book, (This one is on candle making)  You can download Kindle for PC FREE KINDLE APP I'll be sharing books from time to time, as they pertain to homesteading (These books are free for a limted time) I love reading free e-books and will share any and all that are relevant.,,,Enjoy


Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Bed Frame Project

 Happy Fall Everyone!

   It really is possible to make a lot of what you need and want for daily living. Reliance on one's own capabilities can feel great, and it's always a learning experience. It also means you can design things suitable to your our needs and repurpose some  building materials along the way . That's how "The Bed Frame Project" started. Just out of necessity (We needed to replace the old frame which was way too small) With that being said, thought I'd share a few photos from this project.
Scott was awarded hot cinnamon rolls, for a  job well done ! ;)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hummingbird First-Aid

 Hello all,
   Hope you've had a wonderful summer with family and friends.We enjoyed time with loved ones. Summer is a great time to share favorite places, ice cream and smiles :) We also spend a bit of our summer days tending to our little guest (the hummingbirds)so it was sad to find a sick hummingbird today. Now,we don't know a lot about "Hummingbird First- Aid" so I needed to read up on it . This is what I found ...

 The first(4) four to (24) twenty-four hours are critical to an injured hummingbird.
Always keep in mind that there are very stiff laws in North America about holding a hummingbird in captivity.

 If you have a lot of hummingbirds around, eventually you will need a hummingbird first aid kit.

That being said,if you find a sick hummingbird,check and see if the hummingbird is still alive. This is  difficult since a hummingbird can enter a sort of hibernation state call torpor . It may take as long as twenty to thirty minutes of watching (and keeping warm) to know for sure. Just be sure to keep the bird warm.

 You can make a First-Aid Kit and here's what you will need:

1. The phone number of the closest local wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian .

2. A small box with crumpled tissue paper inside and a lid with holes on top.   Remember the size of a hummingbird and choose a box that is not too big, or too small

 3. An eye dropper or syringe to give the hummingbird a little nectar.

Here is our hummingbird food recipe:
1 part cane sugar/4 parts water.Measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
 We warmed her for about 20 mins and she recovered .                            

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jewelry Studio Renovations

Hello all,
As summer comes to an end,we are busy with renovations to our cabin ,workshop and my jewelry studio. Here are photos of my jewelry studio and custom work ,with many more renovations to come.
My bench was lifted to a higher position for better access and my hot table was cut thing is to add is little more lighting. Here is a custom ring that I just sent out today.
  Now for a late dinner, I think we have a big storm rolling in tonight....Good night from the driftless.