Rural Ramblings of a Modern Woman

Sharing how I merge rural life with modern society…on a budget!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day from the Rural Rambler. 🙂 I’ve got a few minutes to myself to relax so I’m going to try crocheting a handy little hand sanitizer holder from You can find the pattern here. Summer seems like the perfect time to have one of these hanging from my purse, keychain or just about anywhere; outings to the beach, zoo, farm market and more mean little fingers get dirtier than ever! Let me know if you try making one too!

Wishing all Canadians near and far a wonderful July 1st!

Here are my first two attempts at making this pattern.


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Busy, busy, busy

I knew this would happen. I got busy and didn’t post anything on my beloved blog. Sorry! As a Brownie Leader, I was busy preparing for a Mother’s Day tea in our unit, as a Sunday school teacher I was trying to stay on top of lesson plans and activities. As a mom and wife I’ve had housework and all of that fun stuff to keep me occupied. I also read a good book, my first novel in awhile called A Discovery of Witches. Yesterday I finally finished planting everything in my garden and I also finished crocheting my first useful adult-sized bag. Thanks to Crochet Dynamite for sharing her pattern for this awesome Dynamite Market Bag! Image

I will happily take orders to make this bag for anyone who wants one. Just visit my crochet site, The Needful Nook, and contact me there.

Oh, and did I mention that I’ve been using my own homemade laundry detergent for a couple of weeks now and so far I don’t have a single complaint? 🙂

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When inspiration hits

It has been raining here lately and I’ve been feeling somewhat creative so when inspiration hits, I run with it! I finally finished crocheting a sweet little baby hat that an expecting friend ordered.

Good News Infant Hat

Thanks to CrochetBug for the great pattern.

Then I went browsing for a more creative way to use my melt and pour soap base and found a great recipe for Coffee Cream Soap.


I used fresh aloe vera gel from my plant and ground some locally roasted coffee beans. The cream is from local milk and I added it all to a goat’s milk soap base. I can’t wait to try this out tomorrow! It smells yummy and should be good for my skin. The coffee grounds will be a great exfoliator!


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