The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Project 365: Weeks 10 and 11 March 19, 2013

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Cajun Dinner Week


Had a light dusting early one morning


Um, no


Reddit Gift Exchange Scarfs: Homemade Harry Potter! I love it


My birthday present ❤


Finally, finished.


Making my mom’s tablecloth and Mr. Mal is trying to help out


Crazy husky had a cat up the tree


Been wanting this for year finally broke down and got it


My fish sleeps on the filter. Scares me all the time


Waiting at the airport


Went into the husky’s cage and my husband locked him in. Sad puppy


Trying to sell our snake. I am not a fan


Red Beans and rice, yummy


Sewing Burlap Curtains with Lace March 11, 2013

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I have been trying to lighting up my dining room because 2 walls are knotty pine and the other 2 are drywall. All that pine along with hardwood floors and a bamboo table I needed something to break the darkness up. I added a new rug thinking that would break the hardwoods with the table and it did but I still was not happy. I needed curtains, so I set out to make new curtains out of burlap.

This was my first time trying to make something that big but I would not let that stop me. 20130308_083304

First step: I had to purchase the burlap. I ordered a bolt online of 10 yards for about $29.00 ( I did not use all ten yards)

I also purchased a new curtain rod, threads, lace ribbon, lace, and canvas.

The canvas came from the packaging from my new comforter. It arrived from Anthropologie wrapped all fancy in a canvas roll. I seam ripped the labels off and I was good to go.


After a few days of waiting my shipment finally my burlap arrived. I cut 2 pieces of 90 inches each ( I had a 4 inch rod pocket and a 4 inch bottom seam) The width was perfect (40 inches) so I didn’t have to mess with that.

I pinned the lace to the bottom of the burlap and sew

Added one layer of canvas (ruffled) pin on the seam if the lace ribbon and sew

Added another layer of canvas pin and sew

Turnover and hot glued lace under first canvas layer and bottom canvas layer


After, I had the bottom finished I needed to make the tie backs. This small task wore on my patience because I have never sown a button or a buttonhole with my machine, or any machine before. It took me over 3 hours to get this down to a science but I never gave up. I sown around all edges and added a bit of lace via hot glue on the ends. I was very happy with the result.


I am new to sewing so it took me a lot longer than a normal seamstress. It was a total of 6 hours but I am in love with them!



Project 365: Weeks 6 & 7 February 17, 2013


Heidi cat giving us her profile


My new purse from Earthbound Trading Company


My rose my father-in-law gave me


My Valentines Day Orchids  from my husband


If it fits it ships


Spending the day at the parents house and hanging out with Gizmo


My Valentines Day steak dinner my husband cooked me


Mr. Mal rocking his tie dye shirt


Horseback riding in the mountains


I have been working on my sewing area, starting to look good


Clean tank, well it doesn’t look clean until the next day


Homemade sticky buns


Weenier dog race at the Ice Bears Hockey game


Sewing Project #2: Three Tier Skirt February 5, 2013

As promised, I accomplished my next sewing project the three tiered skirt. I purchased my pattern from Wal-Mart and my fabric material online. I adore this skirt! As many of you know, I am amazed by the night sky and tend to be a little nerdy so I thought this was the perfect fabric pattern for me. It is planet material is 100% cotton and the top 2 tiers materials are from a bed sheet that I do not use. After cutting and then re cutting due to the fact I did not account for the black bed sheet fabric does not stretch. Once I finished the first time, I tried it on and discovered it would not go over my legs. Frustrated and sleepy, I had to put it away for a day before I seam ripped it apart and tried once more.

This Sew Simple pattern, as the name states, took me 2 days to accomplish but I am happy with the results and learned a lot from this one.

My next Sew Project is a shirt. Wish me luck and patience because I will need it.

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Sewing Project #1:Dog Coat January 26, 2013

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I received a sewing machine as a Christmas gift and I finally found the time to get it out and learn how to use it. After figuring out how to thread the machine and what in the world a bobbin was, I started my first project. Project # 1: try to make a dog coat for my crazy husky. It has been over 10 years since I was in home economics so it took me some time to get everything in order. After making a mistake or two, I finally got it down and was sewing like a champ. I worked all night on the coat and I think it turned out pretty good for my first go around. The dog was not pleased about having to wear it but she wore until the next morning then I let her free. Next project is a 3 tier skirt, updates to come.

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Project 365: Week 1 and Week 2 January 13, 2013

Another year, another 365 pictures to take. So, here we go. To start off 2013 here are the first two weeks together. I was sick last week and not able to post them. I will try better this week, enjoy.


New Year’s Day: Trip to CabelasDSC_0012

Heidi Cat was happy we were finally home


This cat is the hardest cat to get a picture of. You have to use a DSLR.


It is so warm this January my bulbs are staring to bloom


Cinnamon rolls, yummy


Still no one living in here, maybe in the spring


Mr. Mal keeping me company while I was so sick


Still sleeping with me


Good fruit smoothie for breakfast should help me back on my feet faster


Rain, Rain, Go Away


Set up my sewing machine


Ice Bears Hockey Game


Project 365: Week 52 January 2, 2013

This is it! The finally week, 52, of 2012. I did it! I took 366 pictures everyday of 2012. It was hard at first and I didn’t think I was going to make it but in the end I really enjoyed it so I think I will continue it into 2013.

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This is very fitting for me



Mr. Z grilling the bird



Mr Mal enjoying Christmas time



Christmas at my parents house. So happy to finally have a sewing machine!



On our way to Michigan. I guess they ran out of road.

DSC_0194Catching a hockey game with the family


New Year’s Eve