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!