Friday, May 27, 2016

Summer Sewing

Summer vacation starts NOW -- today, 5/27/16!  It's 9am and here is my first completed block set for summer.  It's for the May Block Lotto.  Blocks for the Block Lotto this month are 6" finished, in pairs.  Here is my first set of blocks for the Green Leaves of May:



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Sunday, May 22, 2016

This Should BEE Interesting

Here's my new adventure -- BEES!  I found this honey bee cluster on my way to feed the chickens.  They are in the crab apple tree that I planted in memory of my dad.  I posted a picture on facebook.  A friend quickly messaged me saying that she has all of the stuff for a bee hive but doesn't have the funds or space to do the hobby (her husband is a bee keeper.)  She is going to bring the box to me at church today.  I'm going to offer that her husband can just come over and enjoy his hobby at our house.  It think it would be a great co-op venture.  They live just a few miles into town.  I think our son would LOVE to play with her sons and visit when them come.  Can't wait to see where this leads.




When I started quilting I was making a decision between quilting, chickens, or bees.  Hmmm.  Looks like another hobby is coming to light and I will be doing all three in my life.  Good things come to those who wait.  I waited for what seemed forever to find the man of my dreams (my husband who is also my best friend) and to have a family (our always entertaining son.)  What is my next thing I want to try -- living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight to fit into my old clothes.  I have a long way to go on this.  But with God, all things are possible.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Another Coop!

For Mother's Day my husband surprised me and started building another chicken coop for me.  I wasn't planning on all 21 chicks purchased at TSC to survive!  But they are thriving and I need more room for my flock.  Also, I think my husband wants to reclaim his antique berry barn that I am using for a shed.  Here's the new coop so far:



Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Duck Box

Here's something I finished this week that doesn't have anything to do with quilting.  It's a new home for my ducklings.



I made the duck box for free (except for the hinges and one 2x4).  I got a bunch of free wood on Craigslist.  This wood was a bunch of billboards!  Great paint on the outside!  I'll eventually put a sheet of metal on the top to help slow down weathering to the roof.  The duck box sits on a "table" that is for training dogs in agility.  It is nailed to it but I drilled a hole in the bottom for water drainage for the ducks.  (Also in the background right is an a-frame that was a dog agility course item.  It will be the roof to my simple a-frame building that will be made this summer.  I will need help from my husband to get it into the fenced area.) (Dog agility items were free on Craigslist too.)


You can see the red in the background of the first picture of the other building that I made (also by myself) from other billboard pieces for the chickens.



The long electric cord is for a simple heat light.  The ducklings were two days old when I got them.  Today in Ohio it snowed!!!  Yes, SNOW in May!

You can see the sides are tapered so that the water runs off the roof.  I had to have my husband help me with this.  I wanted to have all my fingers after cutting the used 2x4 with a power saw.


It is sectioned off into two sides right now because Varigated (yes, I name some of my chickens by their color...) hatched three chicks.  Here's her half.  The board on the right is just fitted.  I can pick it up and move it without nails.  (Thanks to my careful measuring, cutting, and piecing skills I learned during quilting.)

On the left side is a hinged door.  I will build a wide ramp for the ducks after school is out.  Varigated and her chicks can already get in and out without the ramp, but they still need one to avoid injury.



Here's my four Ancona ducks.  They are at the awkward state right now.  The one on the left is mostly "blue" (meaning grey in the duck world.)  Two others are spotted.  One of the four is a male!!! Hopefully that will mean ducklings next year.


I wasn't going to get any more ducks this year.  I had two ducks until the day before I got these.  Sadly, one duck was eaten by the mama fox.  Ducks are social and could become sick or depressed if they don't have anybody to share their days.  They will be introduced to my other duck soon.



Monday, April 18, 2016

I sewed something...

Look, I finally sewed something...  One tree block from Quilt Doodle Designs BOM (but for February...)




Saturday, March 19, 2016

The New Generation 2016

Here are my spring chicks for 2016:


The next generation... 4 AMERAUCANA. 5 Barred Rock, 6 Production Red(straight run). Still hoping to find some Buff Orpingtons this week @ TSC.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

AMERAUCANA

Four new AMERAUCANA chicks have found their way into my coop.  This time I am trying things a little differently.  I am starting them out in the brooder part of my coop.


My brooder is a 4' x 4' area that is sectioned off.  There is a hole between the brooder and the main part of the coop, but it is blocked off with a thick wire screen.  The chickens and chicks can see each other, but they cannot get to each other.


I do have my heat lamp on the brooder side of the coop.  It seems to be secure as to not catch it on fire.  Fire is my biggest fear right now (well, and pasty butt.)  I'm working 40 hours this week and four days next week, so I don't have as much time to monitor pasty butt like I had in the past when the chicks were in my kitchen. 


I only got four AMERAUCANA chicks.  They are from Rural King Ohio in Wooster.  A friend picked them up for me yesterday.  She got some too.  When I looked in the box there was one chick that just stuck out to me.  I loved its color and the little two-toned beak that it had.  When I put it in the coop I realized that it had pasty butt. :(




Yes, I posed chickens... Dark to light even.