We spent the weekend processing chicken and canning tuna. I love the feeling of knowing that we have all the meat we need for an entire year. Here are some photos of the chickens before they are processed.
The first picture is shows one of our adult hens checking out the soon to be dead meat bird. I think she was saying, "hey guys, what are you doing int there?" Maybe.
The second picture shows another layer next to the meat birds. Notice the size differance between the "regular" egg laying chicken and the meat chicken in the cage. They are both the same age but the meat bird is substantially bigger than the other chicken. We ate "Santa Fe chicken over rice" last night for dinner. Yum. Thanks chicken.
Here's a photo of the chickens 8 weeks ago. So cute. It's hard to believe a bird can grow that fast!
I was able to spend some time yesterday working on an exercise that I got from the book "unfurling" by Misty Mawn. I enjoyed working through this and want to try again. Next time I will record the process. I think the final image looks creepy. I asked my youngest daughter what she thought. She said, "I think she looks kind of like an olive." Ok, so a creepy olive lady. That is what I painted. This is definately a case of "the reward is in the process not the final product."
I have heard some people say that there is something wrong with saying something like, "I am too busy." Or, "I am so busy." As if being "busy" means that a person is not taking the time to do something worthy or important. But I have another thought. To me being "busy" means living my life. If I wasn't busy what would I be doing? Sitting? Watching tv? Going to the Bahamas and bathing in the sun? It's hard to imagine. I like being busy. I like working hard, feeling a high level of energy in my life. It keeps things interesting.
So what have I been busy with over the last few months? Just this last weekend I helped with the Schafer Meadows Fiber Art Festival. My mother and I worked together to set up our Fiber Guild space which was full of luscious fiber products (I'll post photos soon.) Preparing the display items was a lot of work. I also brought along over 100 items to sell at the event. I also cooked food for the event for the weekend. Just this last week I attended several volleyball games (my youngest plays for her high school team.) I also squeezed in my gym workouts. In between doing that I continued to feed my pigs, goats, and chickens (we have about 70 right now.) I slowed down enough to watch the two blue herons hang out around our creek. I watched the two coyotes stalk our chickens on a daily basis. I helped my oldest daughter get ready for her year long trip to Ecuador. In the last month I have also spent hours at the local middle school volunteering for their volleyball program. In this last month, I have needle felted pumpkins, finished over a dozen cuffs that I am super proud of, started a lovely needle felted wallhanging, spun some yarn, and the list goes on. Yes, I would call that busy. But that is my life. I enjoy it. I don't think there is anything wrong with busy.
The point I am trying to make is that I have been busy. That is why my site hasn't been updated in a while and why there isn't a new show. It's not an excuse, it's just the way it is. I am living my life. I am guessing that you all have similar stories and understand where I am coming from. Now, I am ready to get busy with my next podcast! Yep. Can't wait.
Join Michelle as she stumbles through making a skein of lumpy bumpy yarn.
To follow along, you will need these things:
If you don't have a local source for fiber you can find all kinds of fiber online just do a quick search for "fiber" and you will be on your way. One of my favorite collection of fibers to spin is made by Crosspatch Creations. It is a bit spendier that most stuff but so much fun.
It has been so long since I have posted anything. I recorded a show at least a month ago and am just now getting around to editing it. We have finally gotten some good weather and I can't seem to drag myself away from all the work that needs to be done outside.
A few weeks ago our baby chicks (68 of them) arrived from Murray McMurray Hatchery. They were cute. Now only half are cute. The other half (Cornish Crosses) are freaky weird chickens. Their size and behavior just weirds me out. I don't think we will get the Cornish Crosses again. We have nicknamed them "The Fatties." We will butcher them on October 15th. It should be interesting. Our first time.
I have been busy with a bunch of other stuff like yardwork, goats, gardening, and a few mud runs and triathlons. Stuff. So busy. Oh, and my youngest daughter and I played volleyball 3-4 times a week all summer, including several tournaments. Fun. Now that school is about to start I have been busy driving my daughter back and forth to volleyball practices. She is going to a high school about 1/2 hour away so I am spending a lot of time in my car trying to figure out how to keep myself motivated to work (instead of taking a nap while I wait for her practices to finish!) Ok, so I promise to get this show edited and up by Monday.
My mom came over yesterday so that we could work on some of the projects/ideas from the latest issue of Somerset Studio. We ended up working through two projects in the May/Jun 2011 issue of the magazine instead. We started with the bird drawing exercise on page 30. I wasn't too sure about doing this one, but I actually really enoyed it and found myself wanted to draw more birds later.
In the instructions it suggest to use ink pads for color. We tried. It didn't work so well for us (probably because we used wc paper) so I broke out the water soluble oil pastels. Much better.
After spending time on the birds we moved on to the Lively Layers workshop on page 99. I thought I would really enjoy this one but it didn't hold up to my expectations. I could have been that I was so excited about the bird results that anything after that would have fallen short. I kind of think that I have developed enough of my own style that it is getting harder for my to follow the step by step directions of someone else without feeling like what I am working on is a bit off. In the end though, I was please with my background. Now I need to make something with it!
Some may say it is too early for Christmas decorations but it is never too early to try a new craft technique even if the project is Christmas related. In this episode Michelle revisits her "Peace on Earth" holiday decoration project with a new technique. Using large strips of craft paper she creates paper flowers which then frame the saying.
To make your own decoration gather these supplies:
Each year we have a duck that comes through our creek with a few babies. I was super excitied the other day to see a new duck in our backyard.
If you look closely you can see two little yellow babies off to the side. I am not sure what kind of duck this is. It isn't the same kind of duck that has visited us in the past. It has great big orange feet. In other news, I also found a fresh pile of horse manure in our backyard. Another visitor! We don't have horses anymore so I thought this was kind of funny. Especially since we never saw a horse. Such a big animal and we missed it.
p.s. - New show tomorrow!
My youngest daughter and I brought home three baby goats this week. Part Boar and part Nubian. They are so cute. Cute with a capital "C" cute. They are still pretty young so we are bottle feeding them. They love to play and jump around. They are very entertaining. We hope as they get older they will help us keep some of our brush down.
I decided that a person COULD have too many game pieces after all. So it is time to share them with my fellow crafters. I made up several different types of packs and will have them on Etsy as soon as I am finished with this post. If you are not sure what to do with game pieces, check out this video How to Make Scrabble Tile Charms or the Super Simple Stamped Butterfly Pendant video.