Well it's hot, I am frazzled it's starting to feel like summer! But today while staking up some of my tomato plants and weeding the flower garden I noticed that I have tomatoes on two plants! Then I saw that my hollyhocks have opened up their first blooms! So my day, while hectic, was pretty wonderful. I am exhausted, but in a mostly good way. Hopefully tomorrow I will get to play with some of my new dyes. Also, there are new pictures of the babies at http://meetthebuns.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
My babies are here! Five perfect little bunnies. Four are dark and one is light and one of the dark ones is a bit of a runt but I am very pleased. Momma has turned into a bit of a psycho, she is very displeased with any thought of my handling the babies or even watching her and she grunts and squeeks nervously the whole time that I am within sight but she is taking good care of them and I'd rather have an overprotective momma than a bad one. The babies look like they are ready to burst after thier morning feeding and are pretty acitve for two days old. I will start updating the Meet the buns page at about four days so that everyone can watch them grow with me. I can't wait to see what colors they are, wether they are boys or girls, and hopefully at least some of them will have gotten that wonderful satin sheen from thier momma and the upped wool production from thier daddy.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Somehow I lost track of time! I woke up this morning and started my day, feeding the kids, getting my coffee, sat down at the computer and saw the date..... Jumped up and ran to the bunny shed. Now on the 23rd I checked both girls and was 99.9% sure that my french girl was not pregnant but I was having a really hard time deciding on my Satin girl. So I put my buck back in with them in thier playspace outside and the French doe was very receptive andhopefully this breeding took. My little satin passion though was not, she grunted and squeeked at him and he left her alone. I had planned on checking again yesterday but somehow got sidetracked so when I realized the date and ran out there I first checked the French, definitly not pregnant (or at least not from the previous breeding) so then I go to check Passion. Passion is usually such a sweet girl, running to the front of the cage for love and treats. I reached my hand in there and she crunched up in the back of the cage, when I tried to feel her tummy she made unfriendly noises at me and almost tried to bite me! So I grabbed her out and sure enough, big hard baby belly, you can feel where her milk is coming in, and she is not feeling very friendly either. Soo I started rushing around setting up the nusery cage, brought her in and right away she started nest building activities! I usually like to bring them in a few days before so that they can get used to the different cage but time just got away from me. I am really excited though! I remembered just in time and should have baby bunnies by tonight! Will post pictures as soon as they're here.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Today was pretty okay, we got up early and headed to the farmers market. Sold some yarn and met lots of nice people AND There was a wonderful woman named Kelly who sells Fresh baked bread and other goodies and her stuff is to die for! She has a website http://www.mamasweettreatsandbreads.com/ . We ate almost a whole loaf of her asiago cheese bread while we were there, it was just to good to stop. Then we came home and I worked in the garden and turned some of the compost and did a good cleaning of the bunny shed. Then I let the buns out in thier playgroups for some excercize in the play area. Everyone was well behaved and really seemed to enjoy the time outside and I got to spend some serious time just loving on them. I love how the personalities are so different, some them like Passion and Tigerlily (who have side by side cages) totally stick together. Some like my Sammy and Mr. Blue Stay within petting reach of me or the kids at all times. Cass is bent on making sure that everyone knows that she is in charge of her space in the grass and that she does not want company. Puff and his sister both tear around like wild things. I could sit in there and watch them all day and I couldn't help but pull out the camera for a bit.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday we went to the Marshfield fiber fair and it was awesome! We had so much fun, I got to see old friend and meet some new ones, I found a few things that I just couldn't live without but I did better this year, actually brought some of the money home instead of spending it all. Very proud of myself for my restraint. It was great though and I am so happy that I decided to go. I am really considering bethel but god, the stress that comes with getting ready for a fiber fair, I don't know if I can do that more than once a year! I have been back to the dye pot a bit today, and have totally fallen in love with milk protein fiber. If you've never tried it before you seriously have to.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
There I go, getting behind on the blog again! On the 9th I went to the Indian Springs wool day and I had such a great time. I found a nice mohair fleece at a bargain price, got to chat with friends and see the beautiful Angora goats and really enjoyed myself. The goats were awesome and friendly and I am in love with mohair all over again. I can't wait for next year!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Well the last few days have been hectic. I am working hard to get everything ready for Marshfield on the 16th, http://www.hfafiberfair.com/fairarchives.htm It just won't stop raining and I have been washing and dyeing wool like crazy so I set up the old box fan at a slant and my fibers are drying quickly (but not quick enough) there. I feel like I am going crazy, the house is a mess, the kids are on the warpath, and I keep running out of hours in the day. I have wool in the bathtub, wool in the sink, wool in the outside utility sink, wool in dyepots on the stove, wool hanging from cabinets, wool on the fan..... Good thing the husband is working a double today! Between the kids fort building activities and my wool he might not be so thrilled. Tonight I have to pack orders, once the house is clean and I have a space to do it, and at some time I have plants that need to go in the garden. Did a pretty good cleaning on the rabbit shed last night and shoveled compost and printed up new labels for my stuff at marshfield. So excited to be going again this year. But really nervous as always. I always do best under pressure though! The etsy shop is a bit low or not stocked with certain things www.punkjordane.etsy.com if you are looking for soemthing in particular just email me firstname.lastname@example.org Most likely I have it, I'm just trying to get things situated.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Well, the morning sickness has been overwhelming and I haven't gotten much done lately but I did finally get pictures of my first batts. 7 oz. of alpaca, cotswald, silk, angora, merino, and two colors of firestar. I have already gotten a good portion of it spun up and now I am getting ready to recard about half of it and add in more of the same alpaca that I have dyed purple. Then I will spin it all up and ply the lighter one with the darker one and have a pretty purplish alpaca blend yarn. Right now it's probably about 60% alpaca 40% other goodies and it's just so awesome. It's the first of some yarns that I am spinning for some alpaca owning friends and I am so excited to get this one done and start on the next one.