Ok, so neither one of these things has to do with crafting, but I promise the crafting bit is coming! So, you may remember that I was raising some pigs? Well, on Friday we took them in to be butchered. That is where I received one of the biggest compliments I have gotten in a long time. The guys running the shop helped us onload the pigs and as we were herding them into their stall for the night he says, "those are some nice looking hogs." Nice looking hogs! Yes. He said that. I was thrilled. I think it is funny that I reacted that way. So, not only do I get to enjoy his compliment but I get a chuckle too! Nice hogs. Who knew I could raise nice hogs?
This one sees me with food and is making a bee line to me. I think she is more curious than hungry. One of the things I learned doing this is that pigs are very curious.
This is the other pig eating from the wood trough that she layed in and broke. Something else we learned, pigs will walk on anything so make sure it is sturdy enough to hold hundreds of pounds.
These pictures were taken 5 days ago. Check out the view from my back door this morning. I am thankful that I don't have to go out and feed the pigs.
Yes, it was blue. I love it when it snows and the sun is just coming up. What a pretty picture. Again, I am thankful that I can look out my backdoor to this view. Because of the weather, school has been cancelled. For some that may mean less work is done, but for me that means more. Without having to go to basketball practice in the middle of the day and with a bit of company from my daughter, I find it much easier to get work done. Yesterday I finished recording the next show and I made a felt scarf and the start of a felt wallhanging. I'll post photos soon.
Well, it's a new year and it is time for me to get back to work. I had a great time in New York over the holiday.
Here we are with George Stephanopoulos outside of the Good Morning America studio. We just got lucky and happened to be in the right place at the right time. I can't wait to show you better photos though of the Lion Brand store window dislpay. Love it!
I was also able to spend some time at home with my family. I already have a new show started and hope to have it finished by the end of the week. I also will start sorting through my email and responding to those of you who have emailed me over my break. Thanks for your patience!
I recently purchased some new crafting supplies. I know I know, I don't need any more. But..... well, I do. Maybe. You see, I have realized that I want to use rub-ons for my encaustic (wax) collages. But, they are so dang expensive. And I never seem to have the right one. The problem has been solved.
I bought a ton of rub-ons from Daisy Bucket at a great price. I was also able to purchase some new stamps and paper. I don't really need more paper (have I mentioned I have thousands of sheets of it for sale?) but it came with the package. I can't wait to get working on some new projects with these rub-ons.
So I signed up for another Suzi Blu class. If you have never taken a class from her I highly recommend it. She is not stingy at all in sharing her ideas and techniques. Before I had ever taken one of her classes I was afraid to even try to draw a face. And now, well I just keep practicing (without fear!) Also, the other techniques she shares about painting, drawing with pencils, adding texture are great. Even better, the classes are affordable!
Here is a start of a drawing that I am doing as part of the class. For some reason the face is blotchy. In one of Suzi's videos she says to be sure to blend pencil colors to avoid this but I can't seem to get it right yet. I'll keep practicing.
I have been telling myself for over a year that I need to post new items on etsy on a regular basis. But, I think I am about as successful at this as some people are at dieting. I start out full force and within days I am in a slump. Right now though, I AM IN FULL FORCE! I have added several new items in my easy shop all for $15.00 or less. And, I have a bunch more to list in the next few days.
Oh, and I have started a new class with Suzi Blu. I'll post more about that tomorrow!
In this episode we experiment with drawing and painting with oil pastels, acrylic paint, and water.
To follow along you will need these supplies:
As you follow along with this episode you may find the music a bit annoying because there is a lot of it! Just hit the mute button. As you watch the show you will see that there are just a few simple steps in this project.
1. Draw a grid
2. Sketch a face with pencil
3. Color face with oil pastels
4. Paint picture by adding liquid to picture (use your paint and water)
If you would like to learn how to draw a face check out some of the online classes taught by Suzi Blu. They are well worth the price! Also, I highly recommend the book, Unfurling by Misty Mawn. I used one of her creative prompts as a starting point for this project.
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.