Friday, May 31, 2013

Weekend Links

BLT dip looks so yummy!
BLT dip via tasteandtellblog


Easy chevron quilt… I think I could make this!

Chevron quilt the easy way via scattered thoughts of a crafty mom


Curly hair care tutorial from Biblical Homemaking:

Walmart curly hair tutorial via Biblical homemaking


Micah 7:7  {I watch in hope}


Pamper your hands:

Pamper your hands | Mary Kay copycat recipe

Source: via Prairie on Pinterest


Have a blessed weekend!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Puddintoes and Prairie Cottage Etsy Updates

I was busy with a couple Puddintoes custom orders this week!

Cotton baby flip flops with flowers. . .

Baby flower sandals cotton flip flops from Puddintoes

Pink and gray owl granny stripe baby blanket. . .

Pink and Gray Owl Baby Blanket by Puddintoes

Sneak peak of projects underway for the Prairie Cottage:

Daisies. . .

Rag quilt daisies

Watermelon. . .

Watermelon Rag Quilt Table Runners

Sunflowers. . .

Crochet Sunflower Garland | the Prairie Cottage


Blessings to you!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day by assemblage333
Today we thank God for the many soldiers and their families who have sacrificed for our freedom. 
Wishing you all a blessed and happy Memorial Day with your family and friends!
photo credit

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Weekend Links

Free printable. . . a pretty reminder :)


I need to make one of these… my ironing board has never had a good home.


I could eat nachos every. single. day. 


Ours haven’t bloomed yet {still too cold} but lilacs are sooo lovely!


We have, however, had a few days warm enough for this:

Love line dried linens and clothes! These are especially pretty :)

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mini Greenhouse {Update}

the Prairie Cottage | Mini Greenhouse from Plastic Totes

So listen.  Spring is never a picnic in our area.  It’s typically pretty snowy/rainy/windy/cool {take your pick} and we can get a frost even in the first week of June.  Sometimes even a final dusting of snow.

But this spring we have had more snow than usual + even colder temps and just a few days so far have even nudged toward the 70 degree mark!  We were laughing the other day when it was 65 and we were burning slap up!! It just felt so hot. Ha!

There tends to be a lot of hauling plants outside for more light, only to shuffle them back inside when it gets too cold on the porch for them.  Before, I used planting trays – but it is so much faster and easier carting them around in the greenhouse totes! 

They are just regular clear plastic Rubbermaid type totes with clear lids from Walmart.  I use them for both flowers and vegetables when they get too big for the grow light stand inside. 

Here are some zinnias, marigolds and cosmos.  They are pretty tough and probably could be planted out, if the nights weren’t still dipping into the upper 30s/low 40s.  I leave them on the porch now 24/7 and make sure to put their lids on if it’s going to be much colder than 45 or so.

Mini Greenhouse from Plastic Totes | Zinnias, Marigolds, Cosmos | the Prairie Cottage

Even once the air temperature warms, it takes awhile for the soil to warm up enough to be flower transplant friendly.

The tomatoes and peppers have yet to spend a whole 24 hours on the porch.  It was foggy and 52 in this photo so I just cracked the lid for you to peek in.  But the wind chill stayed around 39-42 all day, so I left the lid on them.  If it gets a little warmer, the lid gets perched halfway on the box and I take it off completely when the temp is about 55-60. 

Tomato and Pepper Plants in  Mini Greenhouses | the Prairie Cottage

They would survive without the lid in their greenhouse boxes, even in 39 degree wind chill, but I’ve found it sort of puts them in a coma.  They don’t want to wake up and get growing again after that kind of shock :)

And finally, these strawberries.  I ordered them online and their available shipping dates were way too early for us!  They were already breaking dormancy a full 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule.

the Prairie Cottage | Mini Greenhouses from Plastic Totes | Strawberries

Into the cups they went  and I’m so glad I didn’t go ahead and plant them out when they arrived.  Below zero temps and snow are tough for baby bare root plants to recover from!

So that’s it… Clear plastic totes.  Lids for climate control.  Handles for easy toting. 

Let me know if you try a mini greenhouse in your garden this spring or fall!

Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday weekend!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Etsy Update


Fresh additions to my Etsy shops -

Sold and remade another pink and gray chevron blanket.

Pink and Gray Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket | Puddintoes

Same for the blue and gray gingham granny square blanket

Blue Gray Granny Square Blanket | Puddintoes

NeW color palette for the chevron baby blankets. . . pretty aqua and gray!

Aqua and Gray Chevron Baby Blanket | Puddintoes

Last {but not least} I have restocked the cotton washcloth section at the Prairie Cottage.


Hope you’ll stop by!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Weekend Links {Dreaming of Greenhouses}


rustic greenhouse. . . love the old fashioned screen door!

Our weather in WY has finally started to feel ever so slightly spring-like (spring-ish?). Trying not to get my hopes up too much, but I am so excited to see anything green and brave enough to grow in our cold spring weather.

pretty greenhouse with stone foundation

I’ve been dreaming about having a greenhouse for a long while now. What is it about them that is so charming?

Barn greenhouse via Ana White

Aside from their charm, a greenhouse would extend our growing season nicely. 

What with the windy/snowy/cold springs and early fall frost/snow and all.

Beautiful greenhouse in Denmark!

These are a few of the beauties I’ve been drooling over pinning to my greenhouse board.  You can see my Pinterest board HERE.

There are less expensive and less permanent greenhouses and kits available at Amazon, too!

These two caught my eye this week.  But there are many more sizes and styles to choose from.

Sadly, though, one of these lovely greenhouses probably is not in my budget this year.

Sigh.  But I can still dream... You never know what God might do if you dream big, right?

Lovely weekend to you all :)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Crochet Pooh Bear


the prairie cottage: crochet pooh bear free pattern link

He turned out pretty cute! Not exactly like Pooh, but pretty close for a crochet version.

crochet pooh bear free pattern link {{the Prairie Cottage}}

He was kind of time consuming to crochet, but not really too difficult. If you’d like to make your own, I used this pattern on Ravelry for Pooh himself and his red sweater.  I used 2 strands of dark brown yarn to embroider the face.  A picture of Pooh from a book was my guide for placement of his features.

Pooh crochet bear from the prairie cottage

Pooh is ready to take up residence in my newest grandbaby’s nursery :)

Happy crocheting!!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Shop Update


Happy Wednesday!

The weather is finally taking a turn for the better.  As least for the next few days…

My girl and I are trying to get a few things done in the yard/garden, but I have some shop updates for you.

Yellow and Gray Granny Square Afghan {from Puddin' Toes}

Special request baby blanket… I liked the colors she picked for her new niece so much I made another one for Puddin’ Toes.

Elephant Chevron, Blue & Gray Gingham Granny Square and Cars Baby Blankets from Puddin' Toes

These are three blankets that I’ve made over quite a few times! The elephants and the cars go almost faster than I can crochet them ;)


American Colonial Flag Ripple Afghan {the Prairie Cottage}

At the Prairie Cottage, I’ve also remade my colonial flag ripple blanket a few times. . . including a custom baby blanket for a Marine family.  Awww, so sweet!


Yellow and Gray Crochet Granny & Flower Garland {the Prairie Cottage}

Several new crochet garlands at the cottage.  They seem to be quite popular… The yellow and gray granny/flower garland is my favorite though :)

Blessings to you!




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