Monday, October 29, 2012

Growing a homestead

Yet another version our redone barnette!  Note that Sam is wondering just what his Mom is doing.  Actually I am demonstrating where my dear friend Cherry has enough space to paint a barn quilt onto our new siding.

The large white chicken with the Phillis Diller hair is Weenut who has decided to learn to crow this week.  Did you know that teenage boys no matter the species all have voices that crack when they are trying to crow?  The black jersey giant is Peck, she is a quiet and gentle lady who doesn't seem to mind when I pick her up.  The ginger colored gal is Cinnamon, she doesn't really cluck it sounds more like she might be a squeek toy.  

Our newest chicks are 5 weeks old today.  Closest to you is our new black jersey giant her name is Henny Penny and she is a worry-wart!  Next in line are our two new barred rock girls, Wilma and Betty - quiet little girls.  The two light feathered girls are Buff Orpintons, Thelma and Louise - both of whom are trouble makers.  Last and biggest of them all is our barred rock boy, Guido.

A better shot of Guido, doesn't it look like he is asking you "Wha 'cha lookin' at buddy?  He is a big guy who seems to tolerate me up to a point.  It appears he will be a good protector of his little flock.  Now the question is will he and Weenut be able to live peacefully together - time will tell.

No weaving to report on at this moment, but I am working on warping a few new things.

Happy weaving!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tired but happy...

Between the rain and the howling winds blowing everything to smitherines for the last week or so I am happy to report that our mini barn rehabilitation is just about finished.  Starting with the fresh new wooden barn siding we struggled to install as mother nature conspired to blow us over each time we went to install a piece on the barn.

Next up was the red barn paint, we decided to roll the paint on...not a great idea so off to the store to buy a spray paint applicator...not a cheap invention let me tell you but it did a bang up job.

Miles and miles of 1 x 4 pine board trim that I had to paint with white barn paint not once but twice on each and every mile of the board.  Measuring, cutting and installing the white board trim all around the barn, which really looks sharp now that it is installed.

Mike installed two new windows on both sides of the coop area we are building into the the barn.  Three quarters of the barn will be used to store gardening implements, tillers, outdoor furniture, etc. while the remaining third will be my new improved and much larger chicken coop.  Next up will be the pop door installation, finishing the nest boxes in the interior of the coop and installing the outdoor run area.  After that we install our three maturing birds and pop the six little chicks I have growing in the brooder into the mix and wah - la we have egg production (well, eventually we have egg production).

Before I forget, notice my cool muck boots they are the best invention since sliced bread!  Although my muckers are not nearly as cute as Donna's a blogging friend of mine (I want hers, they are way cuter).  Check out Donna's at:

In the weaving studio I have been busy getting my act in gear by weaving, finishing and listing my efforts for the upcoming Christmas buying season.

Love the red snowflake pattern on this towel.

A slightly different version of the red snowflake towel.

One of kind Summer and Winter quilt pattern on a finger-tip towel.

Last on the list but first in my heart, is a table runner woven with a red background and bright white trees and snowflakes.  

With the holidays fast approaching it is high time I get busy and figure out what to weave for friends and family.

Happy weaving!