Monday, November 22, 2010

Time. Never Ever Ever Enough

There is never enough Time to get everything done that in my creative brain.
This is a basket of santas and some new heart ornies for the up-coming craft bazaar

I kicked off the Holiday Bazaar season with a small booth at the Fairgrounds.  

Clyde visited, a truly magnificent TM . Jon is in LOVE.

Fall presented some amazing beauty this year.

 We traveled to Idaho twice and on the second trip back a week before Halloween Mr. Winter showed his face! Notice that i had to fight traffic on this Sunday afternoon drive.  The Shopping in Bend was marvelous!

The woods around Prospect were alive with color-It was magical

Here are some new Craft bazaar items for this year

 This item is a prototype...will not be available until next year....I have to figure out how to make the ears less fragile....;-(

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You know the Fire is close when

We had a little storm last night.  It lasted a short while but had a lot of lightning...something like 800 strikes...nice.  I have a love hate relationship with lightning because I live on the edge and maybe somewhat in the forest.  In a burnble area. So we have 2-4 spots burning rather close to us at the moment. Thank goodness that there are people that specialize in fighting fires~~~here are some shots from Evans creek right behind the house......that helicopter sound has been ongoing since about 9am...... we will see how it shakes out...I  do not like that the space between drops is getting shorter and shorter.....put it this way they started at 5 minutes apart..which means they are not going as far..which means...well you get the picture....
 ..scanner is on....more reports of smoke and fire....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dye Day at Ronan Country Fibers!!!

Saturday was learn to dye Mohair day at Ronan Country Fibers in Selma Oregon.
What a great day with great people!!!
Using  Jacquard dyes we learned a multitude of techniques.
Solar dyeing, microwave dyeing, canning jar dyeing, pot dyeing..... and we talked about a 
bunch of other possible techniques.  We learned what the difference is between dying wet fiber and dry fiber and dirty vs. clean fiber

This is the solar dyeing technique.....

Dyed fiber waiting to be rinsed

Carol examining her solar dyed Mohair.  That is my Navaho churro  yarn that I snuck in to the mohair party....

Lisa is rinsing her solar dyed mohair locks

On the right is some grey Mohair with red and blue dye overlay-it will be great when it is spun

Ellie is rinsing her solar dyed roving ...not sure she likes the color that she got yet, granddaughter Natalie is learning the technique

We all agree that canning jar dyeing gives the most brilliant color...that green is supposed to be kelly green...interesting...looks like neon lime to me

Beautiful fleece drying in the sun

It was a fabulous day with fabulous people!!!!! I cannot wait to do some more solar dying myself.....have fiber will dye.........

Thanks Carol for letting me sneak in my wool!!!!  

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sewing Sunday

Sewing Sunday started of course with fabulous food!!!! 

And the BEST Brownies ever which everyone enjoyed with gusto...except mom and I -we stuck with the lighter fare

Like cucumbers and apples ;-) and water....

Barb is working with a wonderful silk blend yarn making a marvelous scarf

and you can see the quilt that Julie is working on on the Right

we undressed Julie's duct tape dress form to examine it-very cool and excellent way to get a dress form for about 20.00 that will fit you exactly

Ellie brought her granddaughter Natalie who thought the floor was better than the table with the old girls-but it is great to see the talent!!!!

See you all next month at the middleford yarn shoppe on the 15th


Friday, July 9, 2010

A little too close for comfort

Last evening we had a whopper of a summer storm.  Lots of dark clouds, rain, thunder and lightning.  River spent a lot of time in our laps or under the bed..all between 5-7 pm....and it left behind that wonderful summer rain smell.....and a present for us this morning.  My morning was fantastic until I pulled out of the lane and saw this -and realized I forgot my coffee on the counter again.

Being that it was at the top side of our friends property I raced over there to wake them they could worry too.

The ODF was already on it and soon a friend landed in the field to attach his bucket and went to work with the ground crews and a boray bomber that was dropping red fire retardant

By the afternoon it was starting to settle

This evening the copters were still at work on some hotspots and the smoke is almost non existent.
Gotta love the forestry guys  AGAIN. 

They named it the sprignette fire and said that it grew to 15 two pm-I have no idea what the final count of acreage is-I know that there were over 150 lightning strikes in our county alone and they have little fires popping up all over-fueled by the 100 degree heat of the day.....

Thank you ODF

Friday, June 25, 2010


so one of the reasons that we acquired bfl is because you can shear them yourself.
well....I have never done that.  So last night was a milestone.  Beth's breeder said that her fleece needed to come off now.  So I applied myself to the task.  I did it but trust me it was not a perfect job.  I was scared to death of nicking her....seriously I had a professional shearer injure a lamb so badly that we had to euthanize her-and now I was going to attempt it???
We succeeded and it was actually not so hard.  I am sure I will learn with each shearing

Kerry is so curious, she wanted to know what we were doing to her big girl friend

Ta-dah!!!!!  however Beth said what???? you are taking my picture???

And the result...a Beautiful bag of Fleece...I went right in and washed a bit...I am IN LOVE.....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blacksheep 2010

Two days in Eugene at the Blacksheep gathering and still not enough time to see everything!~We found the best breakfast restaurant in the city The Keystone Cafe-I highly recommend it-all homemade and organic and fresh-yum!!! just be careful when you self serve your coffee or you will wear it (ask Barb)
It was the Blue Faced Leicester National, which as you all know is my favorite fleece to work with so it was every where-and I bought some-you'll see that in a minute.

I entered two of my sculptures and did well with the Jacob sheep taking a first and the Tibetan Mastiff taking a second palce to a really really cute knitting squirrel.

Barb and I entered a handbag,  She constructed the bag out of Esteban's wool yarn and I finished the bag from felting to the lining to the needle felting.  We got to watch the judging of our enteries and the Judge was very complementary.

Carol, Dave and Ellie and their grandson Spencer were in the show ring most of the day yesterday winning ribbons  :-) with their colored angora goats.

Here is  Carol and her beautiful buck.

Dave Ellie and Spencer in the Buck kid class
wonder what Spencer is thinking here

Ellie with her girl that won some BIG ribbons

Dave having a conversation with a young buck about behaving in the show ring!

And now for my fleeces!!!!!! They are the cutest fleeces ever!!!!
they are like chia pets feed and water them and they grow more!!!!

It is great.  I finally have my Blue Faced Leicester flock start!!! yahoo!!!!
This has been a goal for three years and I finally just jumped in and did it. 
So Friday while they were shopping for yarn I was shopping for my two sheep.
The breeder that I chose was here from Michigan and what a chance for our farm to acquire some quality girls from the midwest.  So I picked out my girls and then they competed on Saturday.

This young ewe has a beautiful heavy curly fleece that is perfect for my santas and my sheep!
In the show yesterday she took 4th in a class of 20

My favorite, my little ewe lamb proved that I really do have a good eye.  She took reserve grand champion!!! What a great way to start my flock.  I could not be happier.  And as word spread, all of the southern Oregon friends heard that I have added BFL-wanted to know what I was going to do with the fleece ;-)....Get in line after me girls...hahaha  I have been waiting for this fleece for a long time!!!!

So glad we went Friday and Saturday and have the last day of the weekend to recover and get my pasture ready for the new girls (oh and a bunch of other chores of course!)

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