So all last week I have bragged about my goats and my Muddy 3/4 Acre Farm. But I am sort of still sewing! I currently work part time at the local quilt shop. Quilts Bayou is a great place!! I am the sewist there.
I do a bunch of Tshirt quilts.
And I do mean a BUNCH! lol
I even used old clothes to make a new style baby memory quilt.
I am super pleased with the way it came out. And occasionally, I make samples. I helped design this for our Alice In Wonderland fabrics.
And this is something NEW!!!!
I also joined a local Quilting Bee. By the time I left, 8 other woman and I had managed to get this entire quilt top completed. In about 3 hours!
The plan is to Old Fashioned Hand Quilt it. I can NOT wait!!!
So has anyone noticed the theme to our names?? Grover, Juniper, Thalia Grace? What if I told you that the first set of Boy/Girl twins will be Annabeth and Percy?! LOL. we are HUGE Rick Riordan fans over here.
Thalia is a Nubian goat, born April 6th. She came to us as a 10 day old bottle baby. And she is a HUGE baby!
Spoiled rotten and difficult to wean. But a sweet, loving, adorable pest! She makes me smile constantly. I need to try and upload some of the IG videos.
At 4 weeks she was already 20 lbs. At 6 weeks, she is 26 lbs. When she is approximately 8 months old, she will be about 80 lbs and ready to be bred.
A full sized, matured, in-milk doe can be close to 150 lbs or more. Thalia’s mom was a big big girl, and gives about a gallon of milk a day.
Thalia will be used for 4H shows, and will be the start of my little dairy. I don’t expect to go overboard…I have WAY too much to do. But goat milk tastes great, the cheese does too, and soap can be sold!
Those EARS y’all! LOL. I just love them!
This is her at 2 weeks. She was about 14lbs
And this is 5 weeks, and 26lbs!
She doesn’t fit in laps like this anymore, either!
Next in our herd is Grover. He is a 2.5 month old Nigerian male. And he is now wethered. So no babies, no obnoxious buck behavior, no SMELL! Because he is wethered, he can’t be a show goat. He is a HE and can’t give milk. So he is a useless member of the herd!! HAHAH.
WildChild fell in love with him on-sight, and had to have him. She earned her own money to purchase him.
Thalia Grace enjoys having another “kid” to play with, so he isn’t entirely without merit. He loves to snuggle, nibble your clothes, and REALLY loves to try and steal my coffee. He sneezed in my cup–I was done for the day after that!
Grover loves to eat. and I mean LOVES to eat. He gave us a bit of a scare this weekend when he had a case of the scours. (aka diarrhea). Pretty sure it was all the fresh green stuff he has been eating. I let them all roam the yard for a few days, when the dogs were inside. I guess he had too much for his baby stomach.
Grover will get a bit taller, and (the way he eats) a LOT wider. His horns have been removed, just like the does. Safety first!!
See his heart on his face? Isn’t he a doll!
Next post—-the clown of the herd. Ms Thalia Grace.
We have named ourselves The Muddy 3/4 Acre. Care to guess why?
We ended up with SO much rain in the month of April. We had dirtwork planned because we are moving in a pool and building a deck. It started raining three days after the dirt was left. And only stopped last week. What a MESS.
Poor Juniper came home the day before the first nasty storm. The bottom fell out. At that point we only had a tarp as a temporary roof. Mr Brewmaster was up several times…I was up several times. Finally at 4:30 I chickened out and brought her in.
At that point, the roof was still intact. But at 6:30 ish when the sun came up, not so much!!!
Thankfully, the 2nd tarp held long enough, although I did bring all 3 in the house for one of the storms. We got the real roof up quickly.
Juniper is a year old Pygmy goat. She won’t get any taller than she is now. However, she WILL get wider. Especially if we breed her.
She had some culture shock! Her herd had at least 20 does, she had no children running around, and no dogs. Now she has only 2 friends, 4 kids, and those loud slobbery noisy dogs. She seems to have adjusted well, though. Demands scratches, loves to eat, and finally quit chasing the “kids” in the pen.
She is a lazy bum, but we already love her. Juniper will end up being a 4H show goat, for my WildChild (seen in the above pictures). Next post, you meet Grover!!!
As my kids get older, they are interested in different things. My Apprentice already had a 4H show bunny. WildChild wantes a pygmy goat. And MAMA wanted milk to feed these growing boys!
But first….the housing must be made! My poor husband thought I was crazy, but I wanted to use pallets. Free wood, right? Well….sort of. But it was a hassel.
First I had to lay down cinderblocks and make them level. There IS no level ground in this yard, so that involved trenching to get some in. We found roots. Lots and lots and lots of roots.
Little by little, the cinderblocks were laid. Then the first section of walls went up.
And a roof. This was only temporary. And BOY was it. The first roof was blue. And a nasty storm blew through the first night Juniper came home. Thankfully I brought her inside at 4:30. Because at 6:30, there was no roof left!
So this was with a 2nd tarp and better tie downs. It still was a wreck with all the nasty weather. We made haste to get Phase 2 implimented as quickly as possible. Thankfully that night was dry. The roof went up the next day.
WildChild and her FrankenHerd are happy.
I am still not done. Phase 3 is to demolish more pallets and lay a skin on the outside. Then Phase 4 is to incorporate the tree trunk we left as a support for a hayloft.
I know, I’ve said that before. But I am finally sewing again. These days I work for a small quiltshop here called Quilts Bayou. I am the sewist. I LOVE it. Great ladies; great coworkers; great fabrics; great projects!!
The site updated and now looks like crap, so bear with me as I slowly move things around and make room for new stuff. Like our new Goat Herd! lol. that got your attention, now didn’t it?!
I had a swap in a nail polish group. Yes—-I LOVE nail polish! Check out my IG account—–PLENTY on there! LOL
We do a swap every now and then. Roughly $25 worth of goodies. I try to add something homemade if at all possible.
This has 3 box pleated pockets for a base coat, top coat, and color, as well as tiny pockets on the side for orange sticks and emery boards.
They slide in nice and deep, and everything has 2 layers of cotton batting for protection.
A simple tie to hold it together and you’re ready to go! I hope to have a pattern for it soon.