Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fare thee well 2015

2015 was a good year. It started off with some goals that I wanted to reach. One was learning hearth cooking. It's fun and challenging all at the same time. The ladies I work with at the Colonial House like to get together so we can hone our skills and feast too! Above is something called Apple Charolette, an old dish named after King George of the 18th centuries lovely wife.

Another goal was to learn, the Paddle and Tape loom, of for which I quickly realized I did not like at all! All that erect sitting was not for me!

The year brought us one of the snowiest winters we had ever seen.

The ladies of the Humphreys House always make my day fun. There is nothing better than working in an environment that is nurturing and fun. I just love everyone I work with there and to spend the day as a Colonial Woman is just the best!

We had our first litter of English Angora bunnies born on the farm! Tawny was an amazing mother and we kept two of them!

Different textiles and techniques were explored

But one of the most amazing things of the year was finding out we are going to be grandparents for the first time!!!

Here it is! Our little marshmallow who is expected in mid March of 2016! We are so excited, we talk all the time about what the child will be like and how much we are looking to be a part of the life of our Grandchild.

Which led us to the decision to sell our Olde English Babydoll sheep. We decided it was time to let them go and were quite pleased with the buyer who took them. She will continue our legacy with our herd. I miss them terribly and often think about them, they took a piece of my heart with them.

We had the best year yet with our bees. With the bad winter we had to replace every hive but bought strong healthy bees that brought in an amazing harvest!

My fiber interest have changed and have fallen in love with mohair! We had the chance to home these two Angora goats so Maddy and Pru came to live on Coon Hollow Farm! We bred Maddy so hopefully we will be expecting some mohair kids in the Spring!

A wonderful opportunity I got this year was to head up an after school program at my Nature Center! I get to share my passion with Nature and hang out with awesome kids who enjoy exploring and having fun!

I was gifted this awesome loom which will be next on my journey!

Autumn still is on guard and we are hoping next year to add another guardian dog so she can take a break and not work as hard!

So as we bid adu to 2015, we look forward to 2016 and wish everyone a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Boot Toppers, Two Toned

One of the biggest requested items I had this year is Boot Toppers or Boot cuffs. It became the knitted Holiday gift to give in my Fiber Arts group.  You can make them in two colors so you have a choice to mix and match according to what you wear.

The ribbing on each end allows them to be flexible and fit well.

I knitted one end and then switched to another color...

and there you go! Easy peasy boot toppers in two colors so you can mix and match! I made my niece a pair so she could be my test subject! She liked them and they fit well too!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Slackers are amoung us!

We haven't had an egg in over a week now! This time of year this happens with darker days, longer darkness but we have 40 hens! Not one egg! Is it you old girl?

or you pretty girl?

How about you big Bertha?

Not even an egg from our  pretty Speckled Sussex! My apologies for being absent from my blog, Work has been plentiful, getting some things done and making some changes. I am back on line and will be bringing some new things I am doing!