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A Child's Prayer by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1925 sm

A Child's Prayer by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1925

Adoration of the Magi by Lorenzo Monaco

Adoration of the Magi by Lorenzo Monaco, ca. 1409

Port St Martin by Edward Leon Cortes

Port St Martin by Edward Leon Cortes, n.d.

Packet Ship Passing Castle Williams, New York Harbor by Thomas Chambers, ca. 1850

Packet Ship Passing Castle Williams, New York Harbor by Thomas Chambers, ca. 1850

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Knit Beanie Hat Slouchy Off White Pebbly Stitch Diagonal Pattern Wool Acrylic

Knit Beanie Hat Off White Slouchy Pebbly Stitch

Knit Beanie Hat Off White Slouchy Pebbly Stitch

WhatKnot Hats on the FenceKnit Beanie Hat Slouchy Off -White Pebbly Stitch Diagonal Pattern Wool Acrylic or 100% Acrylic – For Cool, Windy Spring Days and Nights

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Knit Beanie Slouchy Hat Off White Moss Rib

Knit Beanie Slouchy Hat Off White Pebbly Rib

Knit Beanie Hat Off White Slouchy Acrylic Wool

Knit Beanie Hat Off White Slouchy Acrylic Wool

Knit Beanie Hat Off White Slouchy Winter Pattern Stitch

Navy Blue, Purple, Gray Hats with Snug Double Knit Headband Sections for Serious Warmth and Wind Resistance, Looser Overlapping Hat Stitches Above for Circulation. Reversible, Knit in the Round, No Seams.

Other Colors on Request. Knit from Brown Sheep Company Yarn, Produced in Mitchell, Nebraska, U.S.A.

Knit Beanie Hat Ski Wool Mohair Purple Gray

Knit Beanie Hat Ski Navy Gray Wool Mohair Headband

Chunky Knit Beanie Slouchy Hat Rust Red Brown Burnt Orange

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Warm Color for January Cold – Chunky Knit Beanie Slouchy Hat Knotted Rib Rust Red Brown, Burnt Umber, Texas Longhorns, Burnt Orange – Stretchy, Cushiony, Light Feel. Reversible, Acrylic or Acrylic Wool – Other Colors on Request.

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Make it Blue Knit Rib Stitch Slouchy or Apres Ski Beanie Hat

WhatKnot Hats on the FenceHand Knit Navy and Cape Cod Blue Rib Stitch Slouchy or Apres Ski Beanie Hat. Men’s, Women’s, Teens’ Sizes. Reversible. Knit in the Round without Seams. Pom Pom That Buttons In or Out. Other Colors on Request.

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Warm Color for January Cold – Chunky Knit Beanie Slouchy Hat Knotted Rib Rust Red Brown, Burnt Umber, Texas Longhorns, Burnt Orange – Stretchy, Cushiony, Light Feel. Reversible, Acrylic or Acrylic Wool – Other Colors on Request.

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Snow Days – Chunky Knit Beanie, Ivory / Off-White Apres Ski Hat with Detachable Pom Pom in White, Turmeric, or Mix of Both

New, handmade with 100% acrylic yarn or wool/acrylic combo. Pom pom buttons into either side. Knit in the round – no back seam.

Knit Beanie Hat Pom Ski White Ivory Turmeric

New for Winter 2015 – Slouchy and Ski-Style Beanies, Hats in Chunky Chain Spill and Ribbed Stitching – Turmeric.

Crocheted Slouch Hats in Varying Patterns and Thick Puffs of Yarn or Nubby Homespun Style  – Purple and Lavender Shades, Multicolor Tan, Red, Copper, Off-White.

Other colors available in all types.

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2016 Fleece Beanie Gaiter Combo Set – Slouch Hat in Muddy Gray and Brown.
Gray material has a polished sheen: wear for sports or dress. Choose a size larger for more slouch and to double over reversible gaiter. Click on the Hats for more information and to order.

Fleece Beanie Slouchy Gaiter Combo Gray Brown Hat
Fleece Beanie Slouchy Gaiter Combo Gray Brown Hat

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Knit Hat Fleece Neck Gaiter Mimosa Yellow Aqua Gray Green

Fleece Beanie Neck Gaiter Set Aqua Yellow Gray Green

Loom-knit, sunny-colored hat, reversible. No seams. Cuff is knit into place.

Fleece beanie in wave pattern, aqua, mimosa yellow, gray, white, bright green, with cuff. Can be worn as tall ski beanie or with cuff turned up.

Color matching fleece gaiters in zigzag or wave patterns are double layers, reversible For more details and to order small, medium, or large sizes, CLICK the photos.

Fleece beanie and neck gaiter set in gray and blue. Hat has doubled cuff for headband warmth. Gaiter is double-layered, reversible. Request sizes custom made by measurement. For details and to order, click photos or  here.

New, extra-thick loom-knit cowl / neckwrap, neckwarmer. Blue, fuschia pink, green, orange, purplish gray, mohair-like yarn. Three buttons to adjust shape and fit. Warm and washable. 100% acrylic.  For sledding, hiking, dress, skating, skiing.

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Oh So Light Knit Beanie Cowl Neckwrap Set

Carefree, Featherlight Baby Yarn and Colors for an Oh, Baby! Look

Thick, cotton wrapped yarn handknit into a go-anywhere beanie and cowl neckwarmer. Mix with jackets, sweaters, tops & leggings, jeans, cropped pants, skirts, dresses, indoors and out.

Wear as Mother-Daughter set, cowl as a headband for Mom, beanie for Daughter. Request custom child beanie and adult headband sizes and prices by email or phone, $28 to $38.

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Knit Headbands, Neckwarmers, Cowls, Beanies – Wool, Mohair Basket Weave - Soft, Springy Warmth

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Surveying the United States of America – History of the American Land Surveyor on the Great Plains of Nebraska – Surveying the Sandhills in 1904Art Prints of Oil Painting by Mel Gerhold

A limited edition of 1000 new, full-color commercial lithograph prints on heavy archival paper. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist. Stored in cool, dark, smoke-free environment.

In 1984 Rollin C. Curd of Chadron, Nebraska, commissioned an original oil painting by Mel Gerhold, who lived at that time on a small ranch near Crawford, Nebraska. Mr. Curd, a surveyor with the Bureau of Reclamation, Soil Conservation Service, and U.S. Forest Service for 34 years, was in private practice in Chadron and was also the Dawes County surveyor. He had looked for some time for paintings and drawings of the American surveyor in the West with little success.

Mel Gerhold, who has become well known for his works in private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, had called to arrange for a land boundary survey. In the course of their discussion Mr. Curd learned that he was a painter of Western subjects. They agreed to an exchange – the survey for a painting of a surveyor at work in Nebraska based on a photograph from Rollin Curd’s collection. In 1984 and 1985 the survey and painting were completed.

The painting offers a typical view of a surveyor at work following the opening of the Sand Hills to homesteaders by the Kinkaid Act of 1904. The surveyor is operating a compass and waving his hat to give line for chainmen. The scene is taken from a photograph of a survey crew measuring forest boundaries in the Nebraska Sandhills in 1902. They were preparing for the manual planting of a national forest near Halsey, Nebraska. The surveyor depicted in the painting is Louis C. Miller from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

A synopsis of the story behind the painting is enclosed with each print:

“On July 1, 1901, seven Forestry students met in Kearney, NE, to begin a reconnaissance survey of the Sandhills and Western Nebraska to determine the feasibility of planting trees in the sandhills. They purchased a covered wagon, grub box, mules, saddle horses, camping equipment and food; then traveled westerly up the Platte and North Platte River Valleys, observing the location and size of Pine and Cedar trees. . . .”

The painting is rare for several reasons. Mr. Gerhold paints for himself and accepts commissions. He almost never paints from a photograph. As Mr. Curd had learned, paintings of land surveyors at work were rare to non-existent. He writes about the early Nebraska surveyor in the dedication of his book, p. iv,

A History of the Boundaries of Nebraska and Indian-Surveyor Stories, The Boundaries Publishing Company, Chadron, Nebraska, 1999:

Their notes and plats are filed in the courthouses of 93 counties. Little has been written of their personal trials and hardships.

Many of these men were Civil War veterans. Some were schooled from Eastern colleges, some from West Point, some from the military Corps of Engineers, some from on-the-job training. Their surveys marked on the ground the Rectangular System that provided monuments for homesteaders to build their fences and receive a deed of ownership from the United States Government. For the immigrants, who had little opportunity to own land in their native countries, the American dream could be fulfilled.

The early surveyors wore rough cotton clothing and boots. Frequent rain, hail, and snowstorms drove them to dig holes in the sand or cower under big trees, but not many trees were available. The cook wagon and tents were the only shelter in most camps. The compassman, chainmen, and moundsmen were often caught by storms during the dawn to dusk workday, miles from camp. They had to carry water in a canteen but could not carry enough on a hot day. Springs and streams were scarce in Western Nebraska. Chewing on grass to bring up saliva could help when canteen was dry. The Indians and fur traders could travel the river valleys, but the surveyors had to measure each square mile of our State up and down hills. Their footsteps, like ghosts of the past crossing the prairies, preceded the fence builders.

Surveyors did not carry first-aid kits in those days. The prairie rattler would strike if startled. The men had to carry rifles and ammunition in Indian country. With a canteen, chain, pins, stakes, shovels, and compass, the survey crew walked in excess of 20 miles per day. Their meals were monotonous, with biscuits, bacon, beans, and coffee. In September, they could find wild plums, chokecherries, and sand cherries.

Families did not accompany the survey crew. They were separated from April to November with no telephones or mail service.

The prints are 16″ x 20″ and ship in a heavy flat cardboard mailer or tube. They are $40.00, with nominal $1.00 shipping to U.S. addresses. FOR DETAILS AND TO ORDER, CLICK HERE

To learn about the extraordinary place called the Sandhills of Nebraska, visit  Sandhills Journey


The Grand Canal, Venice by Thomas Moran, 1903

The Clock Turned Back – Digital Inkjet Prints from Photos of the Originals and Old Prints – with the Vibrant Colors of Art Newly Painted by the Masters.


TO PREVIEW THE PRINT COLORS AND PAPER OF FULL-SIZE ANTIQUE ART REPRODUCTION PRINTS, consider ordering postcard miniatures. Postcards are full-color, on the same archival matte paper used for prints, with legend and address sections on back. Click on link to order:

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Beef Stew Recipe Non-Gluten No Potatoes No Peppers No Corn No Soy

There are no tomatoes in this recipe either. Like any stew, it has lots of room for substitution and variation. It doesn’t require a thickener because the vegetables absorb the extra liquids. The thin gravy is full of rich meat flavor.

1/2 to 1 lb. cross-rib roast meat. Trim fat and cut into 3/4 to 1-inch cubes.

Slice onion into slivers – quantity to suit – 3/4 cup is a good beginning. Brown in large skillet or dutch oven 5 to 10 minutes on medium low.

Add 3 cloves sliced, mashed garlic. Cook a few minutes and add 1/2 to 1 cup of sliced mushrooms. Cook until soft. Remove all from pan and add meat cubes.

Sprinkle about 1 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt, and 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper over meat. Stir.

Brown meat on all sides. Return onion mix to pot and add 2 cups beef, chicken, or turkey broth. Giblet broth is the best!!!

Add some sliced carrots, a bay leaf and 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce (Commercial sauces may contain corn, soy, and chili powder. To avoid all nightshades and corn, make your own Worcestershire Sauce and substitute black pepper, cumin, and oregano for chili powder. Recipe here: )


4 anchovies and a piece of salt pork or 2 slices bacon. (From Best Beef Stew. America’s Test Kitchen Season 11: Dutch Oven Classics . 4 February 2016. )

Cover and simmer all together until carrots are almost tender. Add chopped broccoli and and cauliflower and cook covered on low heat until tender. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf. Cool a few minutes and serve.

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