A Picture and a Link

This site is to inform people of our activities, details of our products, and acquaint them with our family. So, with that in mind, here’s a more recent family picture. A few of the guys aren’t part of the immediate family. The cowboy in the middle married my oldest daughter, and the tall guy fourth from the left is a nephew of mine. The rest are all our bunch.

All in the family

Next, I wanted to tell readers about our Etsy store. We will be selling direct from this site; but first we’ll use other sites like Etsy and Ebay. The Etsy store still needs things added to the profile and homepage, but I have 16 items listed for sale. They’re just a certain type of clip art known as a vector file, but I’ll be adding more tangible items in the future. Here’s a picture of one of the files; this isn’t the actual file itself:

For use with vinyl cutting machines, websites, cards, and more.

A Few Painting Chores

I’ve been very busy with a few projects, one being the long awaited arrival of my wood building. I decided to take Saturday off from the busyness; and do a few chores that have been put off.

The family likes to celebrate July 4th Independence day in a big way. One of the things I did was to paint the two sets of stilts we have white, with the intention of adding blue and white to them. That didn’t happen in time for the holiday, but I finally got around to it. I got the paint and tools out, and showed my 2nd to the youngest son how to do it. He measured a mark from the ends, then with the pencil and speed square, made an even line around the stilts. Then he used a brush to paint the colors. #family #stilts

Rust Oleum Painter’s Choice is one coat coverage.
The finished job.
Trying them out.

I have a home made wood weight lifting bench, which neither I, or anyone else has been using; probably because it’s been down by my shed. We pulled it up on the lawn, gave it a fresh coat of paint, then moved it to the barn loft, where it will probably be used more. Here’s my youngest son painting it.

Good Job.

Dutch oven cooking

This is from April, but I’ve had a spring rush of orders of signs and painting work, so it’s late. Anyway, here’s a sunset, and my first try at Dutch oven cooking.

Here’s our fire, made from very hard and seasoned locust wood. that should have been warning enough.

We made a recipe I got online; just a cake mix with fruit pie filling. While it was baking, my 12 year old son made popcorn over the fire.

We took the pastry making operation inside to open it. Oh man, very, very burnt around the edges. But we were able to pull some cake and fruit filling from inside the outer carbon part; and, it was good! No burnt taste. We got more than 5 good sized servings. #Dutch oven

Where there’s smoke, there’s Carbon Kitchens.