Friday, May 29, 2009

Ladies Breakfast in Rosenort

Here are a few pictures of the breakfast we had at the church yesterday. Underneath the flowers is one of the placecards i had made for each of the ladies. After the meeting, i got to keep the flowers!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ladies Tea Party

This morning we had a ladies tea at our village church. Two friends and I had prepared all of the food. It was a lot of work, but we had a lot of fun. My sister came and talked to us about reading the bible and getting to know God more personally. I was blessed by this and I think a lot of the other ladies too. I'll post some pictures tomorrow, with the table deco and stuff.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Hi, i just found this picture from the craft show 2 years ago, because i was thinking of a contest in polyvore. Teddy bears picnic, it's called. I made this miniature wall quilt for my sister a few years ago. It came from an Australian magazine my oldest sister in Canada sent us. Not weather for a picnic here, 10 C and drizzling. My favorite weather, have a cup of cappuccino with me?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday = baking day!

Today i'm back to baking again. I need to make some cinnamon rolls for a ladies breakfast next week. I'm making my "famous" lemon supreme pie and i was going to make caramel popcorn, both to take to a family gathering tomorrow. Hope i get it all done!!! I found this following picture, and love it. This peaceful image is how i want to feel.

Friday, May 22, 2009

My craft and sewing room!

This week I've been working on deep-cleaning my sewing room. It was a lot of work. I threw away a LOT of old magazines and really old books, old paper and some smaller pieces of cloth that i can't really use anymore. I filled 2 sacks of scraps to give to the Mission. They have special programs for Indian women, teaching them to sew. I would actually rather work in the sewing room now, than surfing the net and polyvoring:)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Feeding time at our "zoo".

One of my morning duties is feeding all our pets. I start with Milka, the calf, then the chickens (i don't know all their names, but the kids named all 4 ladies) the rooster, Caruso, the 5 rabbits (Caramela, BlackJack, Honey, Lucky and Domino), the dog, Chester, the parrot, Niko, and last but not at all least the cat, Eskimo. Just look at those happy rabbits!

Funny Chester

Yesterday morning Cindy was playing with Chester before school. I'll see if i can put a video clip of it on here!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cooking with Mom

A polyvore set for a contest: Cooking with Mom.
Also entered it in contest: Precious People and won 7th place.

Just took this picture. It's a Marble Chiffon Cake I made for a family gathering tonight at our house. I got the flowers this morning in church!

Happy Mother's Day!

For my Mom:

They say

I have a great smile...

They tell me

I'm intelligent and articulate

witty and clever...

They appreciate

my musical and artistic abilities...

I can be thoughtful.

I like to give meaningful gifts.

I enjoy cooking.

I have an eye for design and pattern.

I am a late bloomer, but I believe

I've become


I would follow Jesus

at the cost of my life...

Sometimes I think I'm...

pretty great.

Yet...I can't take all of the credit,


i can clearly trace backwards to each point of conception:

the opportunities offered, examples set forth,

foundations established, nurturing given,

sacrifices made, hopes infused, prayers spoken...

by you.

And if they could spend

just a few moments

with you

they'd know

why I am

who I am.

You're beautiful

and I love you.

Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Rain last night:)

We finally had some rain last night! It sounded so good on the roof while falling asleep. We got almost 40 mm. Filled the cistern part ways and filled out hearts with hope for some more before winter starts!

I want to make a peach pie this weekend, and because I was thinking about it so much, I made a polyvore set about peaches:

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Been sewing today...

I was sitting at the sewing machine almost all day today. I started to sew a tunic/blouse last week and needed some contrasting material for a trim around the collar and sleeves. Finally got some yesterday, and also found some beads to sew around the collar.

Then I started on a dress. I actually wanted to have it done for myself as a Mother's Day present (from me to me) but it probably won't be done by Sunday. It's in a beautiful dusky rose color, and i hope it turns out good.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Results of the drought

This is a sad year for us. We plant sesame and peanuts after the first rains in November/December (spring in South America). But the spring rains weren't as big as they should have been. We waited until February with some planting, but didn't get any real rain. The sesame harvest was poor. Last year it took us over a week to harvest the sesame, this year we had it done in 3/4 of a day. The peanut plants have dried up and died, so we did the only thing we could, plowed them out and made bales out of them. The bales will be very useful in the coming winter, because there is almost no pasture for our cattle. We are not alone in this, the whole paraguayan chaco is dry and suffering. Please pray for some good hard rain before the "dry" season of winter arrives. On Saturday, the 9 of May, there will be a big prayer meeting in the close by town of Filadelfia. Please think of us and the poor cattle and nature around us drying up. Sorry to be so down today. The following pictures show my husband putting the peanut bales into our barn.

Milka, the brahman calf and Chester, the german shepherd


Chester, our german shepherd dog, loves Milka, too. He would try to lick a few drops of slobbery milk dripping out of Milka's mouth.

About 3 months ago my husband, Marv, brought home a week old calf. Her Momma didn't want her, so i adopted her. The girls loved giving Milka her bottle, for about 2 weeks, then it was my turn. She got her bottle twice a day till last week, now we give her water and "real cow food". A few weeks ago, Milka ran away and we asked almost all the neighbours, if they had seen her. After 3 days we finally asked the right neighbour and it turns out, Milka was with his herd. So we brought her back home again. She's sweet and loves to run around her pen. My daughters keep saying that they want to ride her, when she's bigger:)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Today is Saturday. Baking day! I had to bake a cake today to take to the bake sale tomorrow at church in town. I baked a 5 layer "Blaettertorte", which is a cake that consists of 5 layers of baked cookie-like wafers and chocolate pudding between each layer. Later on today I'll frost the sides and top with whipped cream. I'd love to post a picture of the cake, but as i only have my trusty Nokia 6300 to take pictures, the quality of indoor pictures is minimal. So I'll post some pictures of my beloved old cat Eskimo in his favorite pastime: sleeping in a tree, and some others! Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Introduction: a little about me

Hello everybody!
I'm really new at this, but if anyone is interested in the life of a seamstress-farmer's wife-mother of three daughters, etc. just come and take a look.
A little bit about me: I'm thirty-something (can't remember exactly how much), I've been married for 15 years to a peanut farmer/rancher. We live in the Paraguayan Chaco with our three daughters.
I love to craft and sewing is my passion. I sew clothing for myself and family and love to make patchwork quilts and bags.
After my sewing room, the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. Cooking and baking for my family or for entertaining friends is also one of my hobbies.
I work actively in two ladies groups from church and love doing it. I'm also in the crafting committee in our town, that hosts and organises a large craft show every two years.
I'll try to show stuff in my blog, from each aspect of my busy life. Hope you enjoy your stay here! Hugs, the Chacogirl