Wrens Nest Creations

Wrens Nest Creations Handmade Crochet and Jewelry Independant artist and crafter from rural Wisconsin sharing jokes, projects, recipes and more related to country life.

Colorful, useful items like crocheted dish cloths for the kitchen. Handmade, semi-precious stone and bead jewelry. Bright, playful hair clips. Warm, cheery scarves made to withstand the chill of a Wisconsin winter. Just a few of the kinds of things I like to make in my spare time, and want to share with you! Welcome to the Wrens Nest. Beautiful colors, textures and patterns coupled with country practicality. I am always open to custom item requests. Please feel free to contact me via Convo on Etsy.com

Life demanded I take a break from things, and invest my time in doing on projects for me for a while. Closed the shop on...
05/20/2017

Life demanded I take a break from things, and invest my time in doing on projects for me for a while. Closed the shop on Etsy because costs were becoming an issue. But I am planning on still bring at Arts in the Park come July.
Working on trying a pincushion pattern today since its too rainy to be in the garden.

Gorgeous, isn't it?That's a quart of Peach Pie Cordial, racked and bottled this morning, about to go into the pantry to ...
11/06/2016

Gorgeous, isn't it?
That's a quart of Peach Pie Cordial, racked and bottled this morning, about to go into the pantry to age for a few more months. Sweet, juicy, summer ripe peaches, fresh ginger, and cinnamon.
It's already sooo tasty, we may not be able to wait.

09/10/2016

We hit the saturation point of not being able to eat tomatoes as fast as we were bringing them in from the garden, and something had to be done.
My kitchen counter is a tomato-scented disaster area right now, but there are four 2 cup bags of crushed garden tomatoes in my freezer right now just begging to be added to chili come those cold winter evenings.

Purchased some seed varieties the other day, they came in the mail yesterday, and this morning I went out and planted a ...
08/25/2016

Purchased some seed varieties the other day, they came in the mail yesterday, and this morning I went out and planted a few of the shorter season cool weather ones already. A short row of beets, a short row of turnips, and 3x each of the very large korean radishes.
They may not get quite all the way grown before the frosts hit, but baby veggies and greens are just as yummy.

Tomatoes are coming in heavy. We had blt's for lunch yesterday with just one of the huge cherokee purples. YUM! And squash flowers everywhere! I already have one spaghetti squash curing on the deck.

Another grey, damp, and dreary day here at the Nest. All this rain the past few days is making my poor heirloom tomatoes...
08/20/2016

Another grey, damp, and dreary day here at the Nest. All this rain the past few days is making my poor heirloom tomatoes crack.
Cucumbers are about picked out for the year, but I did FINALLY get my first heirloom zucchini, with another baby one and tons of flowers out there. It's a shame the first planting didn't take, but at least we'll get to enjoy some.
Brought two gorgeous eggplants in today, and I'm thinking that they will need to be combined with the purple tomatoes and the squash into a glorious late summer ragout with penne pasta.

#gardeneats #eatfresh #gardening

Getting my pickle on this morning. Refrigerator pickles, that is. A couple jars of garlicky dill, and at least one jar o...
08/10/2016

Getting my pickle on this morning. Refrigerator pickles, that is. A couple jars of garlicky dill, and at least one jar of hot pickles with fresh jalapeno slices.

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08/06/2016

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Picking my lunch.
08/06/2016

Picking my lunch.

And Battle of the Bean is over here in the Garden Stadium, as this episode of Iron Gardener America comes to a close...S...
08/06/2016

And Battle of the Bean is over here in the Garden Stadium, as this episode of Iron Gardener America comes to a close...
Sorry, we've been binge watching Iron Chef America every evening while we eat dinner the last couple weeks.
Sadly, Alton Brown was narrating as I picked the last of the green beans and pulled the plants out to make room for a row of fall crops. But this is the last of them.
Not bad, not bad!
Even the teeny tiny little baby beans will get used. I like to toss them into a stir fry.

Drinking coffee and trimming beans to length for Dilly Beans on this lazy Sunday. :)
07/31/2016

Drinking coffee and trimming beans to length for Dilly Beans on this lazy Sunday. :)

Second row done. Not as many ready to go in this row, just means that next week that row will be the super producer. Plu...
07/29/2016

Second row done. Not as many ready to go in this row, just means that next week that row will be the super producer. Plus, bonus eggplant! So now I have a reason to break out the cherry tomatoes and baby bella mushrooms I bought a few days ago and finally get to this recipe from my "things I must try making" list:

https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/09/baked-orzo-with-eggplant-and-mozzarella/

First row of bush beans has been picked! Had to take a break to rest my back, get another bag, and refill my coffee cup ...
07/29/2016

First row of bush beans has been picked! Had to take a break to rest my back, get another bag, and refill my coffee cup before going down to do the other row. Refortify before rejoining the battle and all. ;)
Bean Inpecktor Shibber was on hand to make sure everything was up to snuff. They passed muster, barely. She had to sample a few to be sure.

07/27/2016

Had fun up in Abrams, Wi today! Unfortunately, my phone battery died not long after I arrived, so no booth pics for this one. :/

First off, It is a miserable day to be outside. The air is so thick, it's like soup, and it just smells like wet, rottin...
07/24/2016

First off, It is a miserable day to be outside. The air is so thick, it's like soup, and it just smells like wet, rotting vegetation it's been so wet, HOT, and humid this past week. My camera lens kept fogging up. O_o;

That said, I picked the last few remaining peas while I pulled out the vines to let the carrot have the run of that row until I put in the fall lettuce crop.
Bush beans are going crazy, baby beans and flowers everywhere, so that will be the next thing I focus on bringing in, alongside the cucumbers which are already putting out pickle sized fruits, I guess next weekend/week will be a refrigerator pickle week. I better do a canning jar buying run this week.
Green cabbages are the size of soccer balls, the reds are a bit smaller, but the nylon trick is working awesome! All the green baby tomatoes! And even a little eggplant.

First off, It is a miserable day to be outside. The air is so thick, it's like soup, and it just smells like wet, rotting vegetation it's been so wet, HOT, and humid this past week. My camera lens kept fogging up. O_o;

That said, I picked the last few remaining peas while I pulled out the vines to let the carrot have the run of that row until I put in the fall lettuce crop.
Bush beans are going crazy, baby beans and flowers everywhere, so that will be the next thing I focus on bringing in, alongside the cucumbers which are already putting out pickle sized fruits, I guess next weekend/week will be a refrigerator pickle week. I better do a canning jar buying run this week.
Green cabbages are the size of soccer balls, the reds are a bit smaller, but the nylon trick is working awesome! All the green baby tomatoes! And even a little eggplant.

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07/17/2016

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Out picking peas and lettuce from the garden this morning, after an intense pre-dawn thunderstorm.In my row of peas ther...
07/17/2016

Out picking peas and lettuce from the garden this morning, after an intense pre-dawn thunderstorm.
In my row of peas there is a single vine that was producing purple flowers. I named it Mendel, and today I picked some of Mendel's pea pods. They are exactly what your mind sees when you say "peas in a pod" instead of the smooth pods the rest of the garden peas have. =^_^= Pretty neat!

Gorgeous day out here! Central Park, Edgerton,  WI now till 3pm
07/16/2016

Gorgeous day out here! Central Park, Edgerton, WI now till 3pm

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07/14/2016

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07/14/2016

Hooking like a crazy(er) lady, trying to get loose ends tied up (Oh hey, bad crochet pun! Whoot whoot!) for Edgerton Tobacco Heritage Days 43rd Annual Arts in the Park arts and crafts fair Saturday, July 16th!

Come see us, smack in the middle, under the trees at booth #51!
9am to 3pm.

01/20/2016

Got my application for Edgerton Arts in the Park in the mail today. Already thinking about July!

Had some sadness Christmas Day. Our elderly chi-terrier mix passed away. We brought her home as a tiny little thing that...
12/31/2015

Had some sadness Christmas Day. Our elderly chi-terrier mix passed away. We brought her home as a tiny little thing that my husband could carry around sitting in the palm of one hand, and lover her for the next not-quite-13 years. The last few days have been an adjustment for all of us here at the Nest.
My work station feels a little wrong without my helper curled up on the cushion next to me.

Husband is working on wrapping up the last couple presents, while I put the finishing touches on the chai spice cheeseca...
12/24/2015

Husband is working on wrapping up the last couple presents, while I put the finishing touches on the chai spice cheesecake I made for Christmas dessert this year.

Hope everyone's Holidays are merry and bright!

Spent today baking cookies for gift packages. Have a couple more kinds to get baked tomorrow yet.
12/14/2015

Spent today baking cookies for gift packages. Have a couple more kinds to get baked tomorrow yet.

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12/01/2015

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Hello, Nesters! Sorry been so quiet lately. Day job has picked up a lot of hours due to the impending season, but also q...
11/25/2015

Hello, Nesters!
Sorry been so quiet lately. Day job has picked up a lot of hours due to the impending season, but also quietly busy kicking out orders as they come in in the bits of time I'm not there.
Getting ready for the big Thanksgiving shindig down with family tomorrow, and as per the usual, I'm in charge of dessert.
I made these pecan pie shortbread bars yesterday:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2014/11/12/pecan-pie-shortbread-bars/ and today I am baking the pièce de résistance. Spiced Rum, local maple syrup, homegrown pumpkin, enough spice to give a good kick. Buttery, just slightly puffed, flakey crust.
There will be an acorn and oak leaf crust motif in the center when it's all done.

This stinky little cutie (Phew! Valarian root!) is being packed up to be sent off to it's new home today, which Google t...
11/12/2015

This stinky little cutie (Phew! Valarian root!) is being packed up to be sent off to it's new home today, which Google tells me that is a town in West Lothian, Scotland.
I'm always tickled by all the places my little rainbow creatures end up.
All over the UK. Australia. Japan. Finland. South Africa. Crazy!! :D

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10/16/2015

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Spent some time outside in the garden this afternoon, clearing out the spent vines and clutter so I can get it all winte...
10/16/2015

Spent some time outside in the garden this afternoon, clearing out the spent vines and clutter so I can get it all winterized. I've got the first wheel barrowful of chopped leaves waiting to be turned into the soil.
Dug up a couple of parsnips and carrots to go into tonight's beef stew. We're expecting a cold snap this weekend, so I'll most likely be digging up and winter storing the rest in damp sand in the basement pretty quick here.
For all the times I wished we lived closer to amenities, or complained about how far we have to travel to get things like thai food (without me having to be the one to cook it), I can't help but take a look at these views, and admit that there isn't many other places I'd rather be.

How handy!
10/15/2015

How handy!

DIY Blocking Station for Crochet Squares

Learn how to make a DIY Blocking station for your crochet squares with this step-by-step photo tutorial. It took me less than half an hour to make mine and I love it. It is the perfect space-saving mass-blocking solution.

http://bit.ly/Zzjzm8

10/13/2015

Frost is becoming a morning constant after this last short warm spell. The leaves are falling like rain. Time to get the plastic barrier up over the outdoor patio doors while it's still warm enough and put the cover on the ac unit. Clean out the vines in the garden and turn in some chopped leaves to get it ready for spring. And put some fresh mulch over the rhubarb beds. Always something to do this time of year.
A couple good hard frosts, and I'll be digging up parsnips to store in the basement. Gotta find some time to get some horseradish root dug up and grated.
Baking the final couple pie pumpkins today to make puree, and bringing the last of the spaghetti squash in to sit on the kitchen counter.
Grabbed a couple green tomatoes to fry up, and picked the last couple little zucchini, which will end up on the grill later this week. I cannot believe those darn vines are still flowering! Yeesh!

Admiring the gorgeous handmade glass bead pairs I ordered from a glass artist in Russia.  Can't wait to make a bunch of ...
10/08/2015

Admiring the gorgeous handmade glass bead pairs I ordered from a glass artist in Russia. Can't wait to make a bunch of pretties with these for the Snowflake Craft Fair. I'm thinking something simple with silver, understated yet elegant, to let the beads shine.

Grey and chilly officially makes it a lazy, hot tea, quilts with a Shiba Inu tucked behind my knees, playing with yarn k...
10/04/2015

Grey and chilly officially makes it a lazy, hot tea, quilts with a Shiba Inu tucked behind my knees, playing with yarn kinda afternoon. I did manage to get the wild blackcap and raspberry cordial racked and bottled, and it's now sitting patiently in the basement stairwell to age for a few months. I'm in love with the color. I'm thinking a splash of that in some rich, hot chocolate in the dead of winter will not be a bad thing. I like raspberry chocolate.... :)

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10/03/2015

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Poem By Rose Milligan
10/03/2015

Poem By Rose Milligan

My kitchen smells spicy-sweet this morning. Got an early start, and these are the fruits of my labors this morning.Crisp...
10/03/2015

My kitchen smells spicy-sweet this morning. Got an early start, and these are the fruits of my labors this morning.
Crispy-fluffy buttermilk pancakes drizzled with warm, homemade ginger syrup, and a pile of candied ginger.

Recipe from http://www.food.com/recipe/candied-ginger-and-syrup-123111

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10/01/2015

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10/01/2015

Is it the weekend yet? Going to be a busy one in my kitchen. I have plans to make a couple loaves each of zucchini pecan, apple fritter, and banana walnut breads to stock up the freezer with.

With the holidays looming, having some sweet breads stashed in the deep freeze is perfect for when the work week's been too hectic to get anything baked fresh, but company comes over or the last minute weekend dinner invite happens. I can grab a loaf out and still have something to bring along to share.

I also plan to try making up a big griddle full of some savory garden veggie pancakes. Freeze them between squares of parchment paper, then just take a couple out and crisp them up in a pan and serve as a side dish as needed throughout winter.

And I bought a big knob of ginger root to try and make my own candied ginger. I may run out of time (or ambition) this weekend before I get to that...

09/27/2015

Broke out the swift and the ball winder, and wound up the gorgeous hand-dyed Interlacements Silk Foo Young yarn I purchased last fall as a souvenir from our stay in Door County.
Now I'm sipping cocoa and nibbling candied ginger while I make myself a shawlette.

And the next one up for processing.  I'm guessing about 6 to 8 cups of puree from this one squash alone. I definitely wo...
09/25/2015

And the next one up for processing. I'm guessing about 6 to 8 cups of puree from this one squash alone.
I definitely won't need to be stingy with the pumpkin based goodies this year!

I use The Pioneer Woman's method, and process my baked pumpkin with my KitchenAid stand mixer's whisk attachment. It leaves the puree with a bit more body to it than if I ran it through the food processor, which is what we prefer.

I don't think I could make my pumpkin-freak husband to go back to canned pumpkin after we made our own fresh even if I tried!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/make-your-own-pumpkin-puree/

'Bout as pretty as you could hope for. :) Prepping pie pumpkins for baking to make homegrown pumpkin puree  to freeze fo...
09/25/2015

'Bout as pretty as you could hope for. :) Prepping pie pumpkins for baking to make homegrown pumpkin puree to freeze for pies and breads later.

Lucky number 13, Baby! Come see us, right in front of Shaw Lee Japanese & Chinese Restaurant!
09/13/2015

Lucky number 13, Baby!
Come see us, right in front of Shaw Lee Japanese & Chinese Restaurant!

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