It has been about 2 weeks since I posted and that is due to the fact that we live WAY out in the BOONIES and did not have internet or telephone until now. You know you live in the Boonies when it takes the telephone company 2 weeks to service you because you are too hard to get to!
Needless to say, I am glad that I can finally get online to post some photos of our new life on the Homestead Camp. No longer will we be referring to this place as Shackville, for it is surely not a shack but a beautiful rustic Homestead with a pure potential of being a learning center—a camp!
I LOVE my kitchen! This past week, the girls and I made some curtains for our long windows. We ripped down the fabric instead of cutting it for the frayed edge look. Next we hand sewed rusty rings to the top of the panel and finished them off with straps made of burlap. When you take down the burlap straps the curtain simply covers the window as it should. Simple. Rustic. Perfect for us!
We have been making lots of cheddar cheese and yogurt, biscuits, farm fresh meals, as usual. I never like to take any of this for granted because it is like a miracle when you can raise much of your food right in your own backyard. We are blessed. We have been enjoying lots of meals sitting around the table as a family, chatting about the garden, the chickens, and what ever else is going on at the moment. ++
My brain is always envisioning things. I usually have a paper close by to put my thoughts into drawings. Here is my drawing of my vision of our future cabinets. I always felt it needed to have a cobbled together look. We are working with the barn feel, so nothing else will do. And, the beauty is that all the material is just things we find HERE, laying in piles of scrap and rubble.
The middle cabinet will look like an old shop cabinet. It will be framed in rough barn boards with corrugated galvanized metal for the doors, and don't forget the big castor wheels below. This cupboard will hold my big canners and stock pots. Beside it will be a chest of drawers made from old wooden crates I salvaged here in one of the cabins. The next central cabinet will have doors that will be made from barn wood and chicken wire as the middle of the door faces. The legs will be from an old foot stool we found. On the other side the top drawer is an old suitcase front, the handle stays!
Over on the other side the middle cabinet is open and more decorative, made from old painted wood. Well, lets just say, we are having fun with this!
Here is my husband working on the design of the cabinets. I can't wait to see the doors and drawers! All will be finished out with a concrete counter top that my husband will make from scratch. I am so blessed with his amazing abilities. He is also learning custom cabinetry from Grady Rowe who is an expert, in my opinion in this form of art.
The ducks are enjoying the creek and truffling around the dirt for bugs to feast on.
Things are moving along in a great direction. I am planning on getting my video cameras going to do more video work. Thank you all so much for your prayers, God has been so merciful to us these past few months as we prepared a homestead for all to enjoy! Keep us in your prayers for the camp. We have a lot to do to prepare the cabins for campers.
We have to build a bath house and renovate each of the cabins and make the bunk beds. Having this camp will be our future. Teaching homesteading, ministering to families, is what we feel called to do! To God be all the Glory!