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Dodec spinning wheel Part 1

it took all day but i finally gathered all the material needed to build my dodec spinning wheel. The only thing i didn't get was paint for it but that can always come later. i personally had a hard time getting everything together. i had to go to 3 different stores to get everything because my local stores didn't have everything i needed but i managed to keep total expenses under 40 dollars.
the next day off my boyfriend has off he's promised to help me get all the pieces cut and ready to put together ill make sure to take plenty of pictures and document the whole process and give some input on how easy it was to put together.

quest for a spinning wheel

in my love of spinning wool and my quest to own a spinning wheel I've come across several plans to build spinning wheels on a budget. and I've fallen in love with most of them so my bright idea is to start building all of them one by one.
with my luck, my significant other has a lot of experience working with wood where I have almost 0 experience so I will be using his help in cutting and putting things together. he will be a big help in helping make sure things get done the way they are supposed to. 
ill be able to test and try out all sorts of diffrent DIY wheels as i go along in this journey and once i find a favorite design I hope to find some people to give the ones i dont want.
i think mt favorite part of the whole thing will be painting and decorating each wheel in a diffrent design.

Small Garden

I planted my garden this early spring and now my plants are getting nice and big and giving me veggies. sadly because of my living situation, I couldn't have a very big garden. I planted 6 bush beans 2 cucumbers and 2 strawberries. all 6 of my beans survived but all of my cucumbers ended up being eaten by the local bunnies and one strawberry plant ended up dying. I ended up buying 2 tomato plants to replace the cucumbers and they are doing amazingly well.
my beans are already putting off a decent harvest and will provide a decent amount of  beans for the whole family
the tomatoes haven't produced anything yet but they look like they will give off a big harvest is not a big fan of tomatoes so most of them will go to my mom who absolutely loves them 

Gardening Beginings

Sadly I am not in a situation where my situation in life allows me to have a garden and here lately I have been feeling the urge to garden more and more. I have offered to my friends who do garden my help doing whatever they will need help with in order for me to have some way to express my desire to garden and I'm sure they will be taking me up on that offer soon enough but it's not doing much to quell the burning desire I have.
I have taken to reading a ton of books and watching all the youtube videos I can find on gardening and different self-sufficiency topics. I love all the different ideas and things I'm finding in books and online that give me so many ideas on things id love to try once I get enough space to start doing things on my own
to help remind myself of what I've read and possibly help others in a similar situation to myself I'm going to keep an updated list here on what books I've read what blog posts I've saved and what youtube channels I'm subscribed to.
 links to where you can find books will be provided

Books

 Homegrown Berries- Timber Press link to check out the book Here
Your Farm in the City- Lisa Taylor and the Gardeners on Seattle Tilth Here
Mini Farming Self-Sufficiency on 1/4th Acre- Brett L. Markham Here



YouTube Channels

 Roots and Refuge Farm

Self Sufficient Me





Blog Posts 

By Stephanie Rose 20 Self Sufficient Living Tips

13 Vegetables That Grow in Shade Posted by Katie Nash 

Best Vegetables to Grow in Pots | Most Productive Vegetables for Containers

Homesteading For Beginners: 50 Skills You Can Learn Right Now




As I continue to learn and read more and find more information new things might be added and deleted as I go along.




Why I Started Blogging

I'm an avid crafter and writer I always have been it's my base nature without writing and crafting I wouldn't be me its the very center of my being. I have been rolling around the idea to start a blog since I was in my teens but I have always had high anxiety about making the plunge into blogging and putting my writing out there for people to see
recently I had gathered up the confidence to start this and put myself out there more so I can gain more confidence with my writing and trust myself more and not second guess myself over everything. I still question my writing every single day. I know my grammar isn't that good and I have been making an effort to improve my writing and become the best writer I can be. I understand that I won't become a great wonderful blogger writer or creator overnight and that these things take time so I think this blog will be a good driving force to help me with my desire to push forward and be the best me I can be.

Unexpected wool shopping



February is the month of mine and my younger brothers birthdays my mom planned a trip down to Nashville Indiana to go visit him and spend some time with him for his 19th birthday. he worked nights during the weekend so we didn't get to see him much and that gave me plenty of time to wander around and do everything my little hometown offers. Admittingly there's not much to do but go shopping and eat food but I had fun anyway.
I was aware of the shop in town called The Clay Purl I had bought yarn there when I could afford to so since they feature nicer yarn I couldn't afford to buy as much as I would like. I figured it would be a good time to go see what I could find. I ended up walking out with a gorgeous braid of wool and I can't wait to get it on my spindle its so soft and the colors are vibrant and so beautiful.
Once I get it spun ill be posting pictures of it on here.

Spinning

I have been busying myself with my spinning lately. I want to get more spindles so I can work on more than one at a time but for now, I am making decent progress with the one spindle I do have.
With my birthday coming up soon I might end up buying more for myself.
I have hit a slight case of writer's block I hate when I can feel the need to write but I just can't think of a good idea to write about.

Books I Read in 2018

I love reading books its been an all-time favorite thing of mine since I was in 3rd grade. The only problem is since my daughter was born 5 years ago I haven't been reading as much as I would like. This year I tried to find more time for me to read and do things I enjoy. I didn't get to read as many books as I would have liked but I think I made a good effort to push myself to read more often.

The Selection - Kiera Cass

The Elite - Kiera Cass

Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice

The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice

The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice

A Kiss of Shadows - Laurell K. Hamilton

First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead - Darynda Jones

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond - Kim Harrison

The Demon Lover - Carol Goodman

His Immortal Embrace - Hannah Howell

They were all pretty good books and some I had even read before and wanted to read again to help get myself back into the swing of things. I'm planning on making a list of books I want to read in 2019 to help motivate me to read more and get those things crossed off my to read list.
I'll gladly take any book recommendations if anyone has any. The goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2019!

After Chirstmas Yarn Shopping


so I don't get out to go yarn shopping a lot most of the yarn I get is from other people who gift it to me and I've ended up with an impressive collection from that. over last winter I gave myself the challenge to completely use up my whole yarn collection it took till fall but I have used all of my yarn it was exceptionally hard since I did keep getting new yarn but now finally everything is gone and the projects stashed away till I can find someone to give them to.

since it's after Christmas and I had gotten a gift card for joanns fabric I figured a trip to the store to hunt for yarn was in order. I don't know about other people but I personally never go into the store with a set project in mind I just hunt for yarn I like and build from there. I can spend minutes to hours searching the yarn isles touching and evaluating different yarns till i settle on some.

what I ended up walking out of the store with I was very happy about and I'm already thinking of a few different projects I can do with them.
3 Sugar'n cream cotton yarn
I LOVE Sugar'n cream yarn, since I used up my giant cone of it I've been looking at getting more but didn't want to commit to one color. For now, I got 3 different colors with the help of my boyfriend we picked Emerald Isle Overcast and Red I think these will make some lovely dish rags and I can't wait to get started on them.
Premier Sweet Roll
I've been eying a yarn like this for a while so I couldn't resist getting two of them I got the colors Black Peper Swirl and Grape Swirl. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet but I'm looking forward to working with the yarn.
Lion Brand Scarfie
when I saw these two I couldn't help but snatch them up. My favorite color is purple and my boyfriends favorite color is red so I grabbed them happily. The label has a scarf pattern on it and they make a full scarf with one skein so its a perfect thing for me to whip up quickly without having to think about it too much. 
This is only a small but of all the shopping we did today but its the one I'm most excited about. We also picked up the Fallout the Vault Dwellers Official Cookbook and I am already planning on a few of the recipes to try, I'm most looking forward to trying the Nuka-Cola recipe.

My Drop Spindle Adventure Begins

 I posted a while about drop spinning a little while about you can read the post here 

My spinning supplies finally came in the mail while I was out of town it was waiting for me when I finally got back from vacation I couldn't wait to get home and get my hands on this and start learning. the spindle is simple and lovely I ended up carving two notches on either side of it to help hold the yarn since the yarn kept slipping it wasn't terrible just slightly annoying and easily fixable. The wool that came with it was soft and amazing to work with. Along with the wool I bought the seller included a sample of alpaca wool that makes me want to buy a bunch of it to spin
using the park and draft method I caught on pretty fast and completely blew through my 2oz of top fiber it only took me 3 days to finish it off and right from the start I knew I was completely hooked. For my first try spinning with a drop spindle, I think it turned out pretty well. obviously, it's not perfect in any way I need to work on keeping the thickness more consistent and eventually I want to learn how to ply. I have a lot more learning to do but this is another craft I can see myself doing for the rest of my life. it's nice and relaxing and incredibly satisfying to watch the yarn build up on the spindle.
Id love to get a spinning wheel eventually that will be my next big goal once I get better with the drop spindle. I don't want to drop money on that big of an investment until I build up a decent talent working with fiber in general.
I'm already on the hunt for more fiber and will be enlisting the help of my friend who tie-dyes shirts to help me dye the yarn I spin. (if you are interested in checking out her work her link is here I highly recommend her work) Shes wonderfully talented and I can't wait to get to work with her on future projects


Etsy shop I bought my drop spindle kit from

My Thoughts on Fallout 76

Fallout 76 came out November 14 my boyfriend has been eagerly awaiting the full release we preordered the game so he got to play the beta I played the beta for about 20 minutes but I'm not big into multiplayer so I left most of the beta playing to him.

 I had extremely low expectations of this game from its first announcement I despise multiplayer games and am very bad at shooting games.  even with my inability to play shooter games, I love all of the other fallout titles so I knew this game had a lot to live up and that no matter what they came out with it would inevitably face backlash. from the E3 trailer, it looked pretty ok and hearing that I was going to be able to play alone and not in a group I was slightly happy and thought that with enough grinding I might be able to enjoy the game

I finally got my hands on the game when my boyfriend bought a copy of it for the PS4 we have both an Xbox One and a PS4 so now with two copies of the game I was able to really sink some time into it without my boyfriend getting antsy because he wants to also play the game.
the first few hours were a blast I ignored most of the other players and focused on the main mission and scrounging around looking for holo tapes, terminal entries, and blueprints. I stayed mostly around the beginning area thoroughly exploring everything and getting a feel for the game. It because increasingly harder for the game to keep my attention at around hour 2. Usually, I'm a person who will binge games for 6+ hours so me getting bored with new games so quickly was concerning.
Since I am notoriously horrendous at shooting games thanks to having slow motor function in my hands my main strategy in fallout games is to use vats since most enemies use guns for weapons mele builds don't work well in my opinion. The vats in this game are weird I understand it cant be like other fallout games and pause or slow down time because of the nature of being multiplayer but its clunky and I never quite figured out how to use it well. so right from the beginning, I changed my character build to be mele meaning I take way more damage from close up combat but I don't have to constantly fight with using guns.
At one point in the game, all mister farmhands stopped reacting to me no matter what I did they just hovered in one spot and let me kill them they would kill ghouls that wandered into the area but other than that they didn't do much of anything. I didn't completely hate it, with my bad hands it gave me a decent chance to farm XP and level up so the game was not as hard as it normally would be.
The other players in the server I mostly had no problems with. I stuck to myself and tried not to bug others too much. I did have a few people walk up to me while I was level 6 and they were a good 20 levels above me and shoot me either trying to initiate PvP or just generally trying to be a pain in my side. They were easy to ignore I didn't feel like dying so I just took a stim pack and eventually they left me alone.
I didn't completely hate the game, I enjoyed the game but it felt like I was just doing boring fetch quests over and over again with no real reason to be invested in the storyline. No matter what the storyline was I knew there was no point in it because all the NPCs were dead. There would be no weird quirky fallout characters only robots terminals and holo tapes. I'm not a person who wants to get all of my storylines from holo tapes and terminal entries it gets tedious after a whole and completely boring.
I think the game has major potential and it might be great in another year or so but right now as is I'm upset we spent so much money on not only pre-ordering it but also buying a second copy for our ps4 granted its not Bethesdas fault we bought two copies of the game for both of our systems but my boyfriend really believed that he would play the game with his friends and we know more people who have a ps4 so his grand idea was to just buy two copies.
All in all my feelings about this game are complex and hard to really describe. I wanted to like this game so bad I am a person who can always find something redeemable about games but for this one, I really had to dig for it. I really hope the game becomes as good as we were all promised. I love Bethesda and it makes me sad to see a game fail this hard.