Mutlipurpose Hand Forged Herb Drying Rack

Mutlipurpose Hand Forged Herb Drying Rack

Multipurpose Hand Forged Herb Drying RackThe Mountain Man is always fabricating, creating and manufacturing useful items for our homestead.  Sometimes it is necessary for us to manufacture things to fit our needs, to improve the modern day counterparts and to allow us to do unique and creative things here.

Many of these tools will benefit you as well so once we create these items we add them to our site so they benefit you as well.

Our Multipurpose Hand Forged Herb Drying Rack is not only perfect for those of us that are drying our home grown herbs, flowers and medicinal plants as well as all those wonderful things in nature that we forage.

Multipurpose Handforged Herb Drying Rack with Lantern Hook Broken Down

In addition to its drying abilities this whole hand crafted unit comes apart for easy storage and cheaper shipping.

You can put this together and only utilize the top rack for drying extremely long things.

This hand forged rack could be used to hang kitchen utensils, jewelry, scarves, hats, lanterns and honestly the sky is the limit based on your creativity, but I personally can envision SO many uses for this.

If you would only want to use this rack for drying and would put it away at the end of the season, you will be able to utilize our lantern hook that comes with it for an indoor plant, lantern or what have you.

I think this is such a useful hand forged piece and I am excited to present this to you.

We are accepting pre-sales on this item right now at a discounted rate and upon our return from GA and my surgery, we will start packaging and shipping them on March 1st.

To see more of our hand forged items, visit: http://trayerwilderness.com/store/hand-forged-metal-art/

8″ square by 12″ between layers

 

10″ square by 12″ between layers

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Helping Your Family Deal With Unexpected Illness

Helping Your Family Deal With Unexpected Illness

Helping Your Family Deal With Unexpected IllnessWe typically write and video things that are happening on the homestead to share and educate our audience.  This is a bit of a different season for us.  Although we still have projects and we are living life, we are also dealing with an unexpected setback and illness.  This season has also brought lessons to which I feel are essential to share.

When a family is faced with adversity they pull together as a team and work through it, but when one is sick and suffering it bring new challenges.

Everyone deals with their feelings, fears and struggles in different ways, but the key to these situations is extremely good communication.  Honestly, good communication is an essential to everyday living, but it is something that many have to work at.  Along with good communication comes understanding to which is a key to success in life, marriage and truly all aspects of  living.

Good communication is the doorway to understanding.  It can help others to understand how you are feeling and why you may be acting the way that you are, it can keep people from stuffing their feelings or even denying them which in turn will cause other problems and it can also help to relieve stress and provide comfort.

As many of you know, my son Austin is high functioning autistic and although he has overcome 97% of autism there are times when you can see autism shining through.  During this chapter in our lives, I have seen Austin struggling.  This is something he has never had to deal with, it is new.  He is typically a very kind, helpful and good natured young man and during this time he has been displaying a lot of anger and lashing out.  Knowing this is not normal behavior for him, I have tried to keep in close communication with him to help him through this time.

Men are not typically talkers, they keep their deepest feelings to themselves, but I have made it a point to draw their feelings to the surface during this time so we can help each other through this process.

In communicating with my son this morning, he shared that he is putting his total trust in God and pushing his feelings aside.  Although it is a good thing to put his trust in God, it is not good to push his feelings aside.  I shared with him that by pushing his feelings aside it was causing his feelings to surface in anger and mouthiness.  Having these conversations helps our children to better understand their feelings and to understand that it is ok to express their feelings and to talk about them and even to cry.

It is hard to watch a loved one in pain, not being able to do the things they normally do and to see sickness taking over.  Communication, understanding, compassion and patience also play a role during these times.

Our men process things differently than we do and they too will deal with worry and fear differently as well.  They are fixers and hurt inside when they are unable to fix and repair.  They often feel helpless so while these situations are present it is important to remember each others feelings and ways in which they processing things.

Although I am unable to do the things I would normally do with my family, even going for a short walk has been hard so being creative has been helpful in still keep a window and time open to do something special with each of them.  I spend time with the Mountain Boy, playing board, dice and card games, watching movies or YouTube and reading together.  We also have a special time set aside to do devotions together which has become a very cherished time for us.

I spend time snuggling with the Mountain Man and discussing our dreams, our plans for the year and watching varied YouTube videos..  We are always taking time to educate ourselves and continue learning and YouTube is a great resource for knowledge.  There are several channels (you will be able to find them soon in our resource pages) that are very similar to our Trayer Wilderness channel to which we enjoy and can always glean information from.

We never know what tomorrow will offer us, but God uses every circumstance in our lives to build us and mold us as he sees fit.  I was recently asked. “If I could go back in time, what would I change?”  The answer to that question was nothing!  I have gone through some pretty rough spots in my life, but in looking back I can see how God used each of those times to build me, mold me and make me who I am today and I am thankful to be where I am and happy with who I have become.

So as you may also be weathering a certain storm along with me, look for the blessings, keep communications open, pull closer to God and your family and allow God to use this time to mold you and bring you to the next stage in your life!

There is always something beautiful on the other side of adversity!

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Using Alpaca & Wool For Warmth & Survival On The Homestead

Using Alpaca & Wool For Warmth & Survival On The Homestead

There is something to be said about the warmth and comfort of a wool, alpaca and natural fibers, right?  Wool is an amazing God-given resource that repels water, is amazingly warm and extremely durable.  We have a lot of varying wool products on our homestead such as socks, blankets, sweaters, gloves and mittens, pants, skirts, scarfs and more.  Do you realize that alpaca is a very similar resource?

Did you also know that alpaca is 5 times warmer and 7 times stronger than wool?  I was amazed when I heard that!

Wool and alpaca are not only good for the homestead for warmth and comfort, but also great for all survival situations as well.  Having an item that will repel water and provide warmth is key.  We have wool blankets and alpaca items in our packs and encourage you to add them to yours.

I was quite blessed by the Mom It Forward Blogger Network to participate in this program to which I receive a BEAUTIFUL scarf from Sol Alpaca to review and enjoy.

Warmth For The Homestead

Peru is a country with a very ancient textile tradition and SOL ALPACA is its principal heir.  Its online store is opening today to offer the world its products made with the best fiber and all the enthusiasm that only experts in warmth can provide.  Feel warmer with SOL ALPACA.

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SOL ALPACA keeps Peru’s rich textile tradition alive and makes the connection enabling you to receive at home all the warmth the Andean people have to give;  people who love what they do and live with a special passion in harmony with nature.    This is why they work only with the world’s finest fibers of the Andes: alpaca and vicuña and exploit the complete range of 32 natural shares – the world’s largest – to create designs that achieve a perfect balance between the exceptional inherited abilities of Andean people and modern-day trends.

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Visit SOL ALPACA in this new online store with its sophisticated garments and accessories.  Let those hands keep you warm.  Let SOL ALPACA keep you warm.

We are all about handed down skills and traditions that continue to be kept alive.  I love how SOL ALPACA is about tradition.

GIVEAWAY

SOL ALPACA would like to gift one of our friend’s with a 30% discount code!

All you need to do is visit SOL ALPACA‘s site and come back over here to our post and leave a comment with a link to the product that you found to be your favorite.

One winner will be chosen.  The winner will be announced here on the 5th of December.

Be sure to visit SOL ALPACA and return here to leave your comment!

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Mountain Woman Radio

Mountain Woman Radio

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Mountain Woman Radio is available every Wednesday either on our website or iTunes.

Mountain Woman Radio is  loaded with inspiration, encouragement and knowledge on self-reliance, preparedness, sustainability, homesteading, off-grid living, wilderness survival, day to day life, autism, traditional and primitive skills, gardening, canning and so much more.  Not to mention, there are guests from all walks of life joining frequently to share their stories.

Not everyone is able to listen to podcasts due to poor internet connections and such, therefore,  we have created cd’s so that you can listen at your convenience as well as gift them if you feel so inclined.

Mountain Woman Radio Christmas

Mountain Woman Radio Season 1

 

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Trayer Wilderness Off-Grid Homestead Tour With Beyond Off Grid

Trayer Wilderness Off-Grid Homestead Tour With Beyond Off Grid

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It was a great honor and privilege to be a part of the Beyond Off Grid Summit/Webinars.

As you all know, we feel very led to share our knowledge, skills and inspiration in these uncertain times.

We decided to give you a tour of our homestead, show you around a bit and offer some tips and tricks along the way.

If you missed the live presentation, you can catch the tour here.

If you are unfamiliar with our personal story, you can read more about us in detail here.

In this webinar, I will discuss the following topics:

  • Why we chose to go back to their roots
  • Why we chose a life with 100% solar power
  • How we built their homestead
  • How we embraced a frugal self-reliant lifestyle while letting God lead the way
  • How we raise animals, harvest wild game and forage from their surroundings
  • How we grow and preserve most of our own foods, and our future plans for growth
  • How we utilize our skills on our homestead and in making an income
  • How we feel traditional knowledge and primitive skills will keep us moving forward
  • How homeschooling and our lifestyle changed our son’s life

JOIN US HERE FOR THE TOUR

Be sure to check out my books on Amazon

P.S. – We would love to have you join our newsletter and check out our Academy!

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift IdeasI hope you all got a chance to check out the Homemade Christmas with Melissa K. Norris that I am participating in this year.  I did a post this month on How To Make Melt and Pour Soaps which was part of her series and I was so excited to be able to share.

I absolutely LOVE to make homemade gifts for our family and friend’s.   I enjoy matching the gift with the persons specific tastes.

I also decided to do a round up with all my friend’s to share with you all their varying ideas on Homemade Christmas gifts.  I wanted to provide you with this information now so that you will have plenty of time to get involved and make your Christmas gifts this year!

Enjoy and be sure to share with me below in the comments, your favorite how-to listed here and also something special you have made over the years!

Blessings to you and yours,

Tam ♥ †

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 11 Homemade Christmas Gift Set Ideas  DIY Lip Balm Kit
 10 Easy Ways To Turn A Canning Jar Into A Present  Make Your Own Extracts
 Make Your Own Coffee Cardamom Body Scrub  10 Last Minute Homemade Christmas Ideas
 How To Make Herbal Salves  DIY Herbal Gifts For The Holidays
 No-Sew; Knitted Handmade Christmas Gifts  Easy Scarf Patterns
 Fresh Herb Jars  Fabric Gift Bags Tutorial & Packaging Ideas
 Crayon Tote Bag Tutorial  How About A Messenger Bag?
 Finger Twister Game with instructions  Make Your Own Cribbage Board
 Make Your Own Pick Up Sticks Game Tutorial  Make Your Own Wooden Dominoes Tutorial
 Monogrammed Coffee Cup Tutorial  Handmade Menu Planner
 Easy Homemade Body Butter Recipe  Dandelion Salve
 DIY Mason Jar Soap/Lotion Dispenser  Easy Natural Lip Balm Recipe
 Homemade Lavender Bath Salts  How To Make Un-Paper Towels & Cloth Napkins
 DIY Christmas in July Round Up  Favorite Homemade Body Butter
 Herb Infused Oils  Lavender Infused Oil (Aka Heaven In A Bottle)
 How To Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix  How To Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
 The Secret To Perfect Taper Candles (Bees Wax)  Homemade Honey Spiced Dried Apple Rings
 Glove Animals Craft For Kids  What Is A Knitting Loom? (Great Craft For Kids)
 Homemade Wreath Making  How To Make A Simple Handcrafted Basket
 Calendula Sugar Scrub  The Super Scarf Knitting Pattern
 Making Herbal Dream Pillows  Repurposing – Use it up, wear it our…
 Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub  Natural Lip Scrub
 Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe  Paracord Lantern
 Lip Balm Recipe  Mud Scrub
 Natural Log Candle Holders  No Sew Pot Holders
 Eco Mittens  Homemade Dog Biscuits
 Urban Altoids Kit  Christmas Neighbor Gifts – Bread Geek Style
 Candied Almonds  How To Make Felted Soap
Cherry Pit Heating Pad  Nourishing & Moisturizing Rose Lip Balm

I have the PERFECT thing for those of you that thoroughly enjoy the DIY world and are looking for new projects all the time, maybe like DIY and you don’t feel you have enough inspiration to embrace it on your own or you are just looking for something fun to do in 2015.  My good friend Kathie Lapcevic from HomespunSeasonalLiving.com has a wonderful new program that I am quite certain you will be interested in.

Thank you so much for joining me and again a special thank you to all my wonderful friend’s who were kind enough to contribute to this post!

May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas!

Blessings,

Tam  † ♥

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