Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Birds!


The yellow chicks at three weeks are Buff Orpingtons and the other one is the Golden Laced Wyandotte. They are now going on 6 weeks old. The pheasant are 7 weeks and been released and doing well for one week now.
I just counted 20 pheasants at the feeder. We released 25 so this is pretty good to have them stay here a week. They range out during the day then turn up in the evening to eat at the feeder I have for them.

The real and not real above. 
The cranes turned up here after the father crane was here for a month alone then gone two weeks (when eggs hatched) and showed up June 21st with the two colts. The parents spend most of their time feeding the chicks worms they dig.
Our resident eagle came down to the pond. We also have these Gray Jay's coming down to check out the pheasant chicks. 
My daughter is visiting and I'll be going back on the ferry with her to help her out with some projects over on Kodiak. 
Nan

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chanel, Chicks, Coops, and Summer in Homer

Long time since I blogged thanks for visiting.
 Here is my second Chanel jacket finished. I never did put trim over the velvet ribbon I may yet or not. This jacket is a simpler pattern and took around 36 hours to make
This was taken June 14th my 73rd birthday at the Farmer's Market. We were checking out the booth that we operate during the season for selling raffle tickets on the museum quilt. 
 It has been a beautiful summer so far with very warm temps and sunny days however as I type this it's high winds up to 40mph tonight and rain. It comes and goes.
 The chicken coop being moved by our friend the easy way. Bob built it in the garage and then 5 weeks later it was moved out to the spot it will stay. The chickens are still in the garage and the pheasant are in the coop. However they are shut inside as if I let them out they can't get back in. They will be released this weekend at 6 weeks old. Pheasant I have found out are difficult to raise. My friends doing it here in Homer are finding out the same thing. 


 Above are the chicks at various stages and below the pheasant before being moved out to the coop. 
For pheasant I have 25 now. Chicks I have 15 and some really beautiful breeds. I have two Golden Laced Wyandottes, two Barred Rocks, two Buff Orpingtons, 4 Dominique's, and 5 Easter Eggers. I will keep only half of these as I have subdivision rules to adhere to. The chicks are no problem I wish I could say that for the pheasant. 
 Out to the beach on my birthday at a low tide.
The boys say Hi and they are doing well. Kalen is a real bird interested dog but Pan can take them or leave them. 
Nan

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chanel's and other things


 A lot has been going on this month. Here I am with the boys on Easter Sunday wearing my first Chanel jacket I made for the very first time in fact. The skirt of linen had to be made since the other one was small by 2" in the waist, yes I have gained 10 pounds which puts me out of almost all my custom made to fit clothes. I'm not wearing glasses as I've had eye surgery the last two Mondays for cataracts and now have perfect vision. 

The boys here are showing the new toy auction win from Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue in AZ. It's all Pan's Kalen does not touch it at all.

A little Easter bunny I made for a friend.

My second Chanel jacket as it sits at this point in time. No trim yet and the sleeves are not in. I will be picking up work on this now that all my students are back from their trips and start this week and I'm done with my eye surgeries.
Chickens and pheasant chicks are in our future as Bob is building my chicken coop and we are expecting a shipment of pheasant May 1st. The pheasant will be raised and released here.
Nan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easter Crafting





As you can see I've been Easter crafting.
 Made this machine cover by a tut on a blog I found 
Also made three chicken place mats
 My grandson on spring break in Las Vegas with his Mom and Uncle/Aunt. He turned 21 and is a Junior at UAF. 

The boys Pan turned 5 on the right asking questions with his eyes.

A mama moose with good sized twins in the yard last night. We've having our pond enlarge tomorrow with a small island made in it before the Sandhill cranes arrive. 
Nan

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Christmas Trees and Hay

 Just a quick post today to let you know I'm still here. Shopping the other day our store has bales of Timothy hay and Straw. Check out the prices folks I bet you don't pay this much a bale $25.39 and $19.99. This all smelled so good we talked about buying one just to smell LOL.
 How to get large items shipped to Alaska.
We wanted a 9 foot christmas tree for next Christmas so I ordered one on Amazon.com and got free shipping but of course for two large boxes that was only in the lower 48.  I take that anyway and have it shipped to a shipper in WA state that is used by our local Gear Shed, a business here. They allow us to ship through them. It goes on a barge and then arrives here at the Gear Shed and I paid $30 for that part of the trip but the other was free. I had my treadmill shipped this way too. Thanks to the Gear Shed for allowing locals to get their stuff up here.
 The tree as we set it up now stored until Dec. 
The boys below say woof woof they are doing great. 
One of my students has returned (one still in HI) and I've had others come by for crafting which is happening today. Yesterday a friend and I worked on a needle felted dog using her own dog hair on the top layer of her dog now passed away. 
Nan

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentines, Puzzles, and Sewing


Valentines made by me and in progress.
A quilt below in progress. I just loved the fabrics so much I had to get them even though I don't make quilts anymore.

 Four blocks and borders and the red is backing as well. Fabric is called Pam Kitty by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods.com purchased on fatquarter.com


 Might I mention puzzles to you?
Bob and I have rather been into them this winter as never before. I have now 40 puzzles purchased (all but a few from Amazon.com) and we have done all of them but for 6 for various reasons. If they are too dark to see well and they must be 500 piece, the 1000 piece does not work for us. Favorites are Ravensburger made in Germany, Springbok, and SunsOut both made in the USA. Don't bother with Chinese made puzzles but I bet you knew that already. I have a few and they are thin. 
Right now I am student less. Sigh. This little gal is my student Autumn who turns 16 on 2-13. This was a fairy tea at my house when she was 5! She is at present in HI and won't return until the end of March. My other student is taking a second job in Anchorage and back and forth until March. I've been having my friend Rena come by for crafting Valentines the last couple weeks. No ice skating as yet as that's the gal I was going with who left town. 
Bob and I have been out sick going on week two now. Very unusual for me in fact. Well it happens, bound to catch something sometime I guess.
All for now. Oh must post the boys can't leave them out.
Nan

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine Projects

This is a Valentine Doggie made from a pattern by Squishy Cute Designs I ran onto quite by chance. She has lots of other darling patterns as well. Check them out. This project took me 6 hours to complete so it's not a speedy one by any means but sure cute when completed.
The top two Valentines are on 3mm felt with a smaller white heart of felt and embroidery and small amount of bead work on them. The bottom one is a copy from a vintage Valentine made from Judy's Place website here. 


The boys new Valentine collars from Etsy Shop called Wagologie

This was the last of the snow it's all gone now for 2 weeks and it's like Spring here with temps up to 50 degrees. What crazy weather this winter. 

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