Saturday, March 6, 2010

gettting crafty

A few weeks ago I tried my hand at the felt flower barrettes that has so kindly provided a tutorial for. They are quite possibly the cutest felt flowers ever and so I had to test them out on the cutest thing I could think of: my niece. Here she is in all of her post-nap glory (read: crankiness) still willing to model the barrette. She knows a good thing when she sees it, even if it is through sleepy eyes.

I also made one into a brooch for my mother's Valentine birthday and used it to decorate the package.

While the first attempt was fairly time consuming and sometimes frustrating, the second one was created much faster. My production time should decrease dramatically as I plan on making enough to cover all of my friends and family members (especially my other, equally adorable niece).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fresh eggs daily

I have always wanted chickens in my backyard. What a great way to connect to the environment and harvest fresh food, besides chickens are fun and can be very beautiful.

My dreams of raising city chickens reached a new mod level when my mother showed me a picture of Chicken Cribs ( Because one of the things that was holding me back from being a city farmer was actually constructing a well crafted coop, I now feel my new obsession is suddenly, stylishly within reach.

Only a few simple steps left:

1. What until Chicken Cribs start shipping their coops out of state (which is supposed to occur this month).

2. Choose and attend a backyard chicken keeping class from Seattle Tilth:

3. Decide whether or not I want to start from eggs or chicks. When I was in elementary school I created an incubator from a cardboard box and hatched a chicken from a fertilized egg. I was such a proud mama!

Happy chicken keeping!


I came across a great article yesterday that deals with some of the things I touched on in my "How to Find a Veterinarian" post. Also, check out the article about anesthesia-free dentals that is linked.