A couple of months ago I happened on a plush pattern from Anna Griffin. To say that I was excited would be a complete understatement. This pattern was the most adorable Scottie dog in a brilliant ribboned cape. If our Scottish Terrier, Finnigan, has taught us anything, it’s that we’re Scottie people, through and through. I knew I had to have it!
Now that the weather is cooling down, and I’m spending more time inside than outside, I decided to give this pattern a go. I selected a rather ornate fabric and set out to cutting pieces. A few of the items like the tail, ears and foot pads are a bit small, so you have to take your time when putting them together. Thankfully Anna’s directions were very thorough, for which I’m very appreciative. I certainly would have gotten lost or at the least, sewn the head on backwards if it were not for the excellent diagrams included with the pattern.
When I was sewing it, because I’m used to larger quilt pieces, I had to take apart a few seams. There’s a lot of intricate curves and quick turns. Overall, though, it went together really quickly, and I’m very pleased with the outcome. I’m still not sure how Finnigan feels about having another Scottie in the house, but I think he’ll manage.
It’s spring (I think, but Mother Nature really isn’t confirming yet) and that means one thing…baby chicks! Cute, fuzzy, full of energy they’re a surefire sign that warmer weather is on it’s way.
For the past year, we’ve discussed raising chickens for eggs. I love the idea of being a modern homesteader, and after gardening, raising chickens seemed to make sense. Aside from the eggs, we’ll also get some great compost, and some control over the bugs in the yard.
So about a month ago, our local Southern States posted that “Chick Days” were starting. We stopped in to see what they carried, supplies wise, and lucked in to getting to meet the local chicken co-operative, Cluck!. Southern States also had their coops on sale, and a wealth of information to share about backyard chicken keeping.
So this week, after talking it over again, we broke down and bought six chicks.
“Why six,” you’re probably asking yourself. State law requires that businesses sell no fewer than six in a single transaction. We don’t have room for all six, but we luckily have a farmer friend that has been looking for some new chickens. As they grow up, we’ll be making the decision on which to keep, and which will be re-homed.
Until then, we’ll enjoy their loving adorableness, and experience raising chickens for the first time.
Car rides with the window down are the best things ever!
Two of the three pups just couldn’t keep away from the window during yesterday’s car ride through town. They thought they were leading their own parade.