Starting over………again

August is always my favorite time of the year.  I enjoy new pens and pencils, shiny new pencil holders, backpacks with no crumbs.  I guess it just makes sense that I am restarting AGAIN in August.

I started at Quilts Bayou in August of last year. Long story, but we are forced to close our doors at the end of this August,  I will mourn the end of my job, but I will rejoice at the new friends I made.   Angela: coffee swilling, creative, super quiet but amazingly sweet.  Daisy: loud as me, equally creative with the best laugh EVER. I can’t imagine not seeing them 2x a week.  These girls gave me some sanity last year, and allowed me to sew without it being a chore, despite it being a “job”. Thank you, girls.

So what do I do now?  Well I hope to finally get those patterns made.  I hope to diminish my UFO pile.  I hope to continue substitute teaching at the local schools.  I hope to watch my Freshman cheer at games, my Middle Schooler sing in her choir, and my boys trying not to kill each other.  I hope to spend more time with My Husband.  Lord knows I ADORE that man.

I hope to gain a few customers and make them happy with T-shirt quilts or custom orders.

I hope to enjoy our goats, train the dumb mutts, and hopefully not loose any more animals to old age.

I hope to get this house back in shape, and more importantly, KEEP it that way.  There are a lot more to this list, but this is a good start.  LOL.

I also hope to get back to a blogging schedule.  Even if it IS only about the goats, or the kids.  I have plans for the one milk goat, and this is a good platform on which to talk about her! LOL. Want a hint??  BATHBOMBS!

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Thank you for you patience over the years. I really hope I can stick to it this time…..

 

Jr Beta Nationals Day 1

The morning started out horrible.  My geriatric labrador messed in the house and I ended up iceskating across the floor in it.   Then totally clogged the toilet when I cleaned up said mess.  It was NOT a pleasant start.  We managed to make it into the car with 4 kids, AND the precious quilt only 5 minutes behind!!!  OK, not bad, right??

imageWith only 20 minutes or so until we were safely at Granny and Grumps’,  someone gives my youngest a Kindle for him to play.  We learn quickly, the HARD way, that he is a car sick kind of guy.   Seriously, he had been FINE until someone gave him that dang screen.  I manage to pull into a gas station, flop the extra seat down, and drag him over it.  It wasn’t too bad, thank goodness.  We get back in the car, and I realize my WildChild is frantically searching for something. She had been napping, so had taken off her glasses.  And placed them on the seat.  Sure enough——destroyed.  UGH.

But once we made it to the convention center, ALL A BREEZE!!!

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Everything went so Smoothly!!  It was scary. The Beta Club knew what it was doing.

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The room was HUGE. 5 jumbotrons huge!  LOL. We didn’t have much to do at first, so we people watched.

imageThen we scoped out where the quilts would be.

imageI was amazed that there were no hanging spots, and that we had to share the tables!

imageTHEN we went to the first Session.  I felt like I was in a rock concert.  You can view that on my IG account.  LOUD and crazy lights.

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After the session was over, it was time for the BALL! Nothing like changing in a bathroom.  lol

imageSadly, a dance with your mom is kinda boring.  So we called our driver and Grumps came to get us.  LOL.

imageThe end of Day 1!!

 

Let The Beta Times Roll Part II–WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly.   My gal took FIRST at the National Jr Beta Convention!!   I swear I am more excited than she is, the brat.  LOL. But heck, I taught her everything she knows!!!

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She submitted the quilt last Friday AM, and found out that night that she had won.  The next day, she got the BIG award!

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I screamed.   Loudly.  lol.  HEY!  I was her only cheering section!!  Poor kid was mortified.   The other moms congratulated me!  HAHAH.  Us moms have to stick together!

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I will take a step back, and go through this weekend a bit more later.  But it has already been a week, and I still didn’t tell y’all!   So I had to do this!

If there is anyone in the Lake Charles Area, or plans on visiting for the Row By Row Experience, PLEASE come by Quilts Bayou.   Her quilt, as well as the inspiration for it, are both on display.

Let the Beta Times Roll

My Apprentice has made several quilts now for the Jr Beta conventions. The first year she did Beyond the Rainbow. She still sleeps under it. The second year she did a small art wall hanging for the Beta Rocks theme. But this year, she went ALL out!  She started with the Pixelated Louisiana pattern by my friend Daisy Fredericks. All 2.5″ squares!!  Then she added some borders to make it a twin size. For some reason, I have no pictures of her piecing it!  Once it was pieced, she went to the Tin Lizzie. She practiced for days on paper to get the peacock feather down!

imageShe searched the internet for fonts and designs.

imageWe used Publisher to blow up the designs, printed it on foundation paper, then pinned it to the quilt.

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Traced carefully with the machine, then peeled ALL that paper out!!  That made a mess.

imageThen she went back and thread painted to fill it all in.

imageThe results were STUNNING!

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She ended up taking 3rd place in the State competition.  We didn’t get to see the competition, so I’m not sure HOW anyone in this age range could have done better!  LOL. imageI wonder if they don’t believe she did it??  lol.  Honestly, this is better crafted than anything I have done myself.  Did I guide her?  Yes.  But I promise, I ONLY did some of the design and background work.   I didn’t do any of the piecing, and only helped slightly with the tracing.  The rest of this is ALL done by an amazingly talented 13 year old.

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She and I head to the National Convention TOMORROW!!!  We get to view the other Arts and Crafts, including quilts, Friday night.   Awards are Saturday AM.  Wish us luck!!   This crazy girl of mine has worked hard on her baby.

Grover has said goodbye

We learned a real hard lesson here at the Muddy 3/4 Acre last week. Sometimes, the assumed pros are not always correct. And it pays to do your own research even after asking the pros.

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imageGrover was a wether. A fixed male goat. He was adorable. A Nigerian Dwarf, so small. He allowed you to pick him up, then snuggled into your neck. Sighing happily.

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He was also a chowhound. We were very careful to give him less feed than the does. But it wasn’t enough.  The does are on a high protein show goat feed.  It caused Urinary Calculi (stones) in Grover.  Wethers and even Bucks are prone to this.

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We decided to pay the ungodly amount to reroute his urethra. We loved this guy that much. But once he was open, there was too much damage. The vet called for permission, and Grover’s spirit was allowed to leave his body.

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I am fighting hard to even write this blog. My sweet WildChild will hopefully skip reading it. It just hurts so much.

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We love you, Grover. Thank you for your short, but meaningful life. Any and all other wethers that enter our life will benefit from your lesson.

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And dang I need to get back to quilting……..

Still Quilting!!

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.

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I do a bunch of Tshirt quilts.

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And I do mean a BUNCH!  lol

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I even used old clothes to make a new style baby memory quilt.

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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.

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And this is something NEW!!!!

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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!

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The plan is to Old Fashioned Hand Quilt it.  I can NOT wait!!!

Meet the Herd-Thalia Grace

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.

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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!

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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.

imageAt 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.

imageA 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.

imageThalia 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!

imageThose EARS y’all!  LOL.  I just love them!

imageThis is her at 2 weeks.  She was about 14lbsimage

And this is 5 weeks, and 26lbs!image

She doesn’t fit in laps like this anymore, either!