Woodhaven Place

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Category: Sewing

LollyBaba’s Old Quilt Cleaning Method

My mother is an avid quilt rescuer — and I say rescuer (and not collector) on purpose. She is not looking for pristine show quality quilts. She wants the ones that have been forgotten in a attic, loved to pieces, or are being thrown over furniture in a moving van. She has developed a fantastic method to clean these old dirty quilts and I asked her to write this post and share it with everyone.

LollyBaba’s Old Quilt Cleaning Method

After retiring I needed something to fill my days other than going to the senior center and playing cards all day.  I come from a long line of quilters, however my hand sewing skills are not great.  When I hand quilted the first time my mother said “those are not quilting stitches, those are basting stitches.”  She was correct, my stitches were entirely too long for a quilt.  However, I still wanted a way to connect with the generations of quilting women in my family. Continue reading

Our Story – An Introduction to Woodhaven Place

Welcome to Woodhaven Place Homestead and Gardens. Our journey began Christmas week 2012 after spending three years reading about homesteading, practicing in our small urban back yard, and learning everything possible before actually moving forward.  Our vision was a small farm out in the country that fit our budget and location needs however a very different path was in store for our little homestead.

Capture

I grew up in a metropolitan area that still has some undeveloped land. One weekend, we attended an open house for a farm that I had driven past most of my life and the house turned out to be very run down and kind of frightening. During the open house, we began talking to another person walking around who was not actually looking for a farm, just curious to see the inside of the old farm house. We told her what kind of property we were looking for and to our surprise, she told us to follow her home! Her neighbor was going to list their 5 ½ acre property in the next few weeks.

Clearing Garden

This was the falling down barn we started out with. This was after we had taken down 8 dead trees around it.

Woodhaven Place is 5 ½ acres in the middle of the suburbs. Driving up to our home you would never know a working homestead is in the back. The property backs up to farm land on one side, suburban homes on three sides, and is hidden by a thick perimeter woods all around. After much work clearing overgrown brush and dead trees, we have approximately 3 acres in the middle for a garden. With huge evergreen and hardwood trees protecting our little homestead on all sides, it feels like being out in the middle of the country, however we are only 5 minutes away from the theater, shopping malls, all the city conveniences. We are so blessed to have found our dream property right in the middle of our family and friends.

Pallet Fence

The start of our recycled pallet fence.

Because we really are “urban homesteaders” we have a fantastic opportunity to expose farming, bee keeping, food preservation, and many other homestead skills to the surrounding community. We believe that we have been placed in the perfect position to do what we have always wanted, live a more self reliant life and show others how to do the same. Woodhaven Place has two main goals: provide the surrounding area with healthily local products and teach people why knowing their “farmer” is important. Woodhaven Place strives to help preserve a very special food heritage and teach lost farming skills to urban people. The property we live on was once used as a hobby farm, apple trees, wild red and black berries, overgrown grape arbors, and mulberry trees have all been uncovered and are being nursed back to productive health. We will love and care for Woodhaven Place with the goal of making a productive homestead that future generations can be proud to call their own.

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