Monday, April 20, 2015

i know, i know

i'll shut up about the chickens soon.  Or else i'll make another blog. the ladies took their first walk around the yard!  i took one million pictures like it was the first day of school or something!

Borris loves his chickens

Thursday, April 9, 2015

the sky is not falling

FINALLY the chickens decided to give the outside world a try!  On Wednesday evening they all ventured out.  Today they waited all day and then came out at 6pm and stayed out during the thunder storm (though they do have a roof...but still.)  What goofs!  Yay!  I love to watch them scratch and peck!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The 8 hr 1hr skirt

I took a few vacation days to enjoy spring and to be with the chickens - but the chickens aren't doing a lot at this point - they're still too afraid to come out of the coop into the run, even with the door standing wide open all day.  They're silly.  Also, it's been raining for 2 days, so not much outdoor time is being had.  However, we spent almost the entire day on Sunday outside - I even got a little sunburnt accidentally!  I thought, because it was raining, I'd finish up a quick wrap skirt that I started a couple weeks ago.  It's McCalls 4530 and the envelope says "1 hr skirt".  I decided to do some embroidery on the patch pockets because they were screaming for it!  So that added another couple hours.  Understandable.  What's not understandable is how I screwed up every damn seam on this skirt!  I seriously don't think there's a single seam that I didn't rip out at one point because I sewed it on backwards, or missed a step.  I even had to recut the whole waist band because I did it all wrong.  oy!  It totally wasn't the pattern - it really is easy - it was all me!  anyway, it's finished and I really like it!  whew!  I'll definitely make this one again - hopefully in 1 hour next time!

The color isn't reading very well in these pictures - it's less red than it looks here- it's more of a bright coral.  and it's some mystery fabric I found at a thrift store - sort of medium weight synthetic of some kind.

Here's the embroidery - the flash isn't helping.  it's part of a Folklorico design pack from Urban Threads.

And nifty contrast pocket linings!  I thought using the thick fabric for a pocket lining would be bulky.

So there's my sad sewing story and my terrible photography all in one post!  hahah!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The ladies are here!

Today was chicken day!!  We drove to Celina - about an hour north of us - to an old seminary/nursing home/farm - odd, and beautiful!!  I wish I'd gotten out of the car to take a picture, but we were too excited!  You can see it here on their website though.  they had a million kinds of chickens, but not all for sale - and we'd reserved 4 golden comets (aka Red Stars).  They're so pretty!  17 weeks old and they should start laying at 19-22 weeks.  We decided to go with pullets for our first chickens, instead of chicks - but maybe we'll get chicks another year!  We're already talking about converting one of the bays in the shed/barn into a coop.  If we do that, they'll be right out by the garden, which would be great for insect control!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I think we made it!

I think we actually made it out of winter and into spring!  I know, our last frost date here isn't until April 17th, but yesterday was officially the first day of spring and I've got green bits coming out of the ground!  The thing i'm most excited to see is my garlic!

I planted garlic for the 1st time last fall and with all the sogginess in the past month or so, I was afraid it would be out there rotting.  But no!  I believe I planted 2 varieties - I bought them from a farmer at the Yellow Springs farmer's market last year.  He has tons of varieties, so if this goes well, maybe i'll try some different ones next year!  I'm definitely getting ahead of myself.  

It's T-14 days and counting until CHICKEN DAY!!  that's when I'm driving to Celina to get my Red Comet pullets!  I'm both excited and terrified!  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My first quilt - quilted!

My parents gave me a check for my birthday and I decided to splurge and have my first quilt top quilted!  It's been finished for years now, but I can never justify paying to have it done - there's always something that needs the money more!  And there still are things that need the money more, but it was a gift and I think that's what gift money should be spent on- stuff you'd never get on your own!

I took it to my local quilt shop - Sulphur Grove Quilt Shop - and it was actually the first time I'd been there!  it's a great little place - and she brings in her cat Lenny, which makes me very happy!  She did a fantastic job!  Of course my quilt top was a little wonky, but she made it look great!  Ol' Earl loves it too, obviously!

I originally bought green flannel for the back, but I didn't have enough of it to mount properly in her long arm quilter, so I bought this fabric there - I really love how it turned out!   Oh man, I just couldn't be happier!!!!

I told her that I just made a little quilt for my newest nephew, but baby quilts are about the extent to what I can quilt on my machine - she said "well, you can either quilt by machine, by hand, or by check!" hahaha!  very true!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I dare you

I dare you to have a better birthday than I've just had!  I don't think it can be done!  It's mostly when you're a kid that you really expect to do exciting stuff and have your every whim indulged on your birthday - but I got it this weekend!  I took my birthday off work (it was Friday - so why not?) and I told the fella that what I really wanted was to wake up, and read in bed for as long as I wanted to!  then I asked for scrambled eggs and toast - which he took a step further and made FOR me, AND served it on a tray (which he had to go out shopping for the previous day!) in bed - along with a little paper flower that he made and stuck in a vase!  Then I wanted to go to Jungle Jim's!  Some people might kind of think that's like grocery shopping on your birthday, but Jungle Jim's is not grocery shopping in my book!  We had a great time and got some fantastic stuff!  We got four different cheeses and two kinds of hearty rye breads and decided we'd have a tray of that for dinner!  So he made a fire in the basement fireplace, we cozied up on the couch and gorged on cheese, bread, and pears,

And drank wine - this one was a delicious Riesling which just happened to come in a bottle shaped like a cat! (who am I kidding - we bought it because of the bottle, but the wine was great too!)

Then today we went to the Taqueria Mixteca downtown and pigged out on mexican food - he tried tongue tacos for the first time, and I had a bite too (delicious!) I got a ceviche tostada because I've never had ceviche before (delicious) and we shared a bowl or posole (which i make about once a week) but this had pork in it - and it was, you guessed it, delicious!  We rolled ourselves out to the car and came home.  I meant to stop at the 2nd street market for a giant bag of popcorn, but totally forgot because of my excitement to get there!  oh well!  Other tidbits that made my birthday great: finding about 20 little ceramics and S&P's from Japan (my favorite - they don't look asian, they just have a "look") at the thrift store when I ran in to get a fireplace set for the basement on Thursday after work - it was like a birthday eve present, dancing while the fella played tunes on the electronic organ/keyboard, and finding a Florida avocado at Jungle Jim's - which I've seen, but not at stores around here!  I can't wait to try it.  Yeah, try to top all that!!!  :)