Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baby bunny, blocking for show ..



Well MDS&W is 10 workdays (for me ) away. Im still sculpting on my project for the skein and garment competetion, and I have begun blocking out the ram I intend to show.



Blocking out sheep for the show ring can take MANY hours with the end goal to get the sheep to look as long and as straight as possible.


ALL of the belly wool is removed. neck wool and head wool is trimmed drastically. and all of the fiber on the rear end is clipped and squared off.



this ram here has been worked on at this point for about 2 hours.



I will add new pictures the next time I block him more. There is a problem with doing more today as we have had a day of rain. so I will likely work on him more on thursday and /or friday



The baby angora bunny, looks to be an agouti color , and so far is doing GREAT he/she is over 3 weeks old and now has begun nibbling hay as well as pelleted feed.

Well off I go to work more on my submission for MD. Hope to see you there !

Monday, March 23, 2009

baby bunny

I have been trying to save a baby english angora rabbit. This is much harder than most would think. They are very small, and hard to get to eat from anything much other than an eyedropper.

In the past I often was finding myself trying to save .. "the battered and bruised one" the one that mom kicked out of the nest" or one that was allready listless and cool to the touch .. my success rate has been BAD.. the longest I ever had a baby survive was 14 days.

I have undertaken this huge trial yet again and today was day 5 .. his brother (for lack of knowing the actual sex of either ) died 2 days ago. He had been the weaker of the two and chilled when I got to him. Neither baby ever recieved any dams milk so no colostrum. I did have some ewe colostrum tho and added that for the first day to the KMR I am using to feed with I am careful not to over feed, and to stimulate it to urinate after each feeding

This little fella is so far hanging in there and tomorrow if the lighting is good I will photograph him to show you.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another year ... more lambs and sculptures.



We are getting some lambs ready to take to MDS&W to show in May .. they have been jacketed all year, and are now showing us some beautiful fleeces under these coats.

Weather is supposed to get below freezing tonight so the tender veggies are not yet going out.

Out of the lambs born this year, we had 13 lambs.. 4 ewe lambs and the rest Rams . One of those ram lambs will show at MD in may alongside the sculpture that I am currently working on . I cannot post it on the blog site because judges may be lurking and visiting sites. I know they cannot see my FB page so I can allow my FB friends to see my latest work.

That lamb there is called Cho , and she is 1 year old .. out hopes are that she will be bred to the "Dutchman" in the fall along with 3 other yearlings .

We had a Bunny class at the shop a weekend ago and had great fun. All students came away with bunnys and we spent the better part of the class laughing and having a great time.

The two new piggies are here.. one is black and white spotted the other is just pink and thats ok, if it ets much hotter they will soon be looking for a pool.

the only ewe lambs being kept this year is "Paris" we dont care if shes smart... we care if shes pretty

video

Sunday, October 12, 2008

GETTING ready for SAFF!!

Im packing up and making wonderful santa , witch and snowman felting kits . I have put them together with what I think is a TON of packaging to help make creating these critters a little easier. BUT as we all know, I will be unable to make everyone happy all of the time.. so Im aiming for making most of the ppl happy :)

I have new puppets, and am packing up things for my class, getting little touches to each persons kit . and typing up instructions . Hubbie and I went to make color copies of my instructions and at staples that would have cost me OVER 180$ THAT was much more than I anticipated , so I have decided to buy more color cartridges for my printer and go with that approach . not cheap by any means but it certianly dosent cost me $.50 per copy !!!

My mom and dad will be manning the booth, while Linda and I teach classes, and this year I WILL take pictures of the classes completed work !! We have added so much new stuff to our booth I really hope it is a good event.. christmas and the seasons Hay is riding on it.

We are going to dye our own yarn , proudly spun from my sheep to our items this year, and we are handpainting it tomorrow. We are getting down to the wire, with 2 weeks to go until we leave and still so very much to finish !!!
VERY stressfull!!.
anyway please let me know if you went to saff and what you did and MORE!!!
M

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

New creations and events




We completed our lambing and kidding, 4 cashmere babies, one cashgora baby and 20 healthy lambs. sold half of the adult girls to great homes for lambs and fiber makers , and just finished what I will enter at MDS&W this spring. Im actually putting in 2 sculptures, but one is brand new. Here he is , I call him "baby bear"

the Dinosaur puppet was completed late last year and she will also go to MD to compete. I doubt that they will be as warmly appreciated as the bobcat was last year, but I think many of the visitors at MD will like them . after all the goal is to get them "seen"

Here is me hoping you all like them

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Lambs kids and sculptures OH my !


So far we have delivered 8 healthy bouncing lovely corriedale lambs .. all sexes but it seems to be swaying in favor of ewe lambs at the moment. I have completed a new sculpture to put in at MDS&W .. heres hoping the work is as appreciated this year as it was last year.


We have also had 4 beautiful cashmere kids. 2 boys and 2 girls .One of the boys is a black buck with a white belly band and is SO CUTE... sadly he will be for sale . Since we own his daddy and not enough room for a second billy.


I completed a new puppet, a filly, that is currently being shown off at my local feed store.


We had a GREAT year at the NC state fair . We took all KINDS of top honors including NC born and bred ewe and NC born and bred reserve !!!

im including a photo of the ewe that took all the great ribbons .




Wednesday, November 14, 2007

MOMS can change the world, AND the acceptable imports.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

http://www.growfish.com.au/content.asp?contentid=595here is a link to all the lucious imported poisions in fish .. you know, fish we are supposed to eat more of for the benefits? here is a list of the products that china continues to send us... who needs Al Queda... we will harm ourselves by the products we buy . Not to mention what we will allow our kids to ingest... lead... GHB when does it end?When do we stand up and STOP buying the things we dont read the labels of !!!We shop at Wally world because its cheap not because its safe... well how bout if you stood up for your children, for our future, for our rights as consumers to demand a safe product by not buying one that IS NOT safe.put your money where your future is !!! rewad the label , buy us only fish ... and shop around for US made toys this holiday season lets say to china ... they cannot convert us to communism by increasing our national debt.if you need more information or impetus then herehttp://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2007/06/28/safety_woes_widen_for_chinas_goods/

MOMS can change the world, AND the acceptable imports.

http://www.growfish.com.au/content.asp?contentid=595

here is a link to all the lucious imported poisions in fish .. you know, fish we are supposed to eat more of for the benefits?
here is a list of the products that china continues to send us... who needs Al Queda... we will harm ourselves by the products we buy . Not to mention what we will allow our kids to ingest... lead... GHB when does it end?
When do we stand up and STOP buying the things we dont read the labels of !!!
We shop at Wally world because its cheap not because its safe... well how bout if you stood up for your children, for our future, for our rights as consumers to demand a safe product by not buying one that IS NOT safe.
put your money where your future is !!! rewad the label , buy us only fish ... and shop around for US made toys this holiday season lets say to china ... they cannot convert us to communism by increasing our national debt.
if you need more information or impetus then here
http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2007/06/28/safety_woes_widen_for_chinas_goods/