Update–Oh heavens I wrote this ages ago and forgot to post it!!! LOL. Somehow it got lost. This ended up NOT being the baby we got!! But we are still so happy with what we did end up getting. Stay tuned. That post will be up soon!!!
Original post written April 12, 2017:
We are SOOO excited!!! On the anniversary of Juniper’s Gotcha Day, we are expecting a new baby. All We Need Farms in Needville TX has a set of twin does. This is the stolen pic of one with a milk musache.
One of the twins will be OURS! We sadly have to wait until the Wednesday after Easter to go get her. Until then, extra preperations will be made. Baby Thalia ended up hurt by Juniper her second night here, so we first need a Baby Pen created. We are also praying for babies in early December.
My poor hubby is also tired of the hay mess in his shed. Second is a hay loft.
Third, the barn was never properly skinned….we used plastic to protect this year. Next winter will have a properly protected barn.
AND (best for last)……Brewmaster is making a huge expanded paddock for the girls in our sideyard!!! They will love this extra space! Especially on weekends and during the summer. The dogs will have their backyard, and the goats will have theirs!!
Some more good news…..my homemade soap is selling well! The few who bought it at the last craft fair are clamoring for more.
I know most soapers sneer at anything Hot Processed (ie cooked in a crockpot), but I LOVE the quirky imperfections it delivers! I have a fairly solid recipe finally. Still a few tweaks to be made, but I am 90% happy with my product. I can’t wait to use fresh milk from Thalia, instead of the powdered I use now.
There is an amazing man at my church. He and his beautiful bride welcomed a very young me into their home and family when I moved here so many years ago. Then my HandyMan moved here, married me, and was also welcomed. Then a baby came, and their granddaughter was one of her GodMothers.
He loved sailing and his beautiful sailboat. So when this fabric rolled into Quilts Bayou, I couldnt help it. Even HandyMan (who had come by for a quick visit) said I had to buy it.
So I did. And I know it must have been well over a year by now. Well, he turned 90 yesterday. And I just HAD to get this quilt done. But then once I got the flimsy done, me and the girls fought over who got to quilt it!!
Soooo….I used a light wedgewood blue and a gentle water type pattern.
Then WildChild used a varigated teal to add some waves.
Then crazy Apprentice took a navy thread and put peacock feathers ALL OVER it! Hahahah. It came out amazing.
Now to plan a few more quilts to be done over the summer…!
We three make a great team! These girls are amazing.
Here you can see all 3 threads used for the quilting.
And even LC the Cat approves! YAY!I am hopeful that Mr Gitch will enjoy his quilt for many more years.
4H shows have come and gone. Both rabbit and goat. Apprentice didn’t do so well this year in Parish, but did much better in District. 2nd in class as well as 2nd in Showmanship in her class. I’d like to post more, but her bunny this year is a witch, and not photogenic at all. LOL. In the past, Apprentice has not won squat with HunnyBunny (way too big for her breed) but has netted 2 Champion and 1 Reserve in Showmanship. This year, the rabbit ruined her chances. The doe is CRAZY!
The goats did well in both. In District, Thalia the Nubian took 1st. lol. She as the only ONLY Nubian!! Juniper the Pygmy took Reserve Champion, and best in class. We will take that. It netted WildChild a few buckles!
At District, Thalia had competition and took last. Judge said she was too thin. BUT the winner came over and chatted later and said that in ADGA shows his doe took last for being overweight. So who knows! The biggest things we learned with her is that they MUST be shaved (OMGOSH she changed COLORS!!!) and that coats are needed when it drops to 40 at night.
Juniper the Pygmy took best in class (ONLY one!! lol) but then took Reserve Champion as well as Grand LA bred. And there WAS competition.
WildChild didn’t do so well in Showmanship, but we had only figured it out the night before. Her 4H class did NOT prepare her at all. So while she took dead last, I was still very impressed with how hard she tried. Because of my new Working status, we were unable to take the does to State. I didn’t have enough days left. But next year, I hope to. Because I feel like the Nubian at least will impress a true dairy goat judge.
I owe so much to several neighbors. Their help has been amazing. They will probably never see this, but Stacey Rousell, Karen Quinn, Chrissy LeBleu, Amy and Syndey Pearce, Harold and Sue Theriot, and Thomas Cox were all amazing to this crazy newbie. Thank You.
So I have discovered LOTS of issues with soaping. First, Hot Process may be faster, but it is super thick. Which is resulting in weird holes in the round bars I make.
Maybe they would look better if I had a classier mold than a Pringles can, but I doubt it. Lol.
I did succeed in making a pretty MeltAndPour for my niece. There’s a plus!
Then the Cold Process….I like that the artistic part can be added. Swirls and stuff. Sadly, I had issues there too. The fragrance oil made 2 batches seize up, resulting in these weird looking bars.
It may be the fragance I bought at Michaels. I have no idea. I can say that I am not hapy with the scent. Not. At. All. The third batch seemed to work better and in was super happy.
Until the top turned white with soda ash. Sigh. I hope I can remove it.
There is also a storage issue. I have to soap CP long before I need it, so that I can give it time to cure. HP can technicaly be used right away. However, a short cure time does yield a more superior bar. Harder, longer lasting, and the lather feels better.
I also have discovered that additives may need to be tweaked. I made a heavenly HP Mocha soap with coffee grounds as an additive for exfoliation. Let me tell you…..plain ole Community Coffee is way too large of a grind for exfoliation! Be sure to rinse really well, because a tiny piece getting stuck in delicate areas HURTS!
For the last craft fair I also made bath bombs. When they were fresh, they were amazing
But SWLA weather and a saran-wrapped bomb do not play well. All the leftover bombs have crumbled into nothing. The waste of money, time, and ingredients is very upsetting.
This was the spread from November’s Craft Fair. Now, to get some more goodies for the March one!
The Apprentice has moved up to Senior Beta, and was entirely too busy to enter the Fiber Arts Competition this year. Now she is regretting it, but hey——-Decisions!! LOL (She did, however, enter a Hot Air Balloon in the STUCO competition!!)
So WildChild entered! As a 6th grader, it is her turn in Jr Beta. And I think she made a decent representation. The theme this year is Above And Beyond, and Nationals is held in Orlando. Think Disney World. Now SOME interpreted this into Firemen/Policemen/Military, and how they go Above And Beyond the Call of Duty. I totally get this!! However, our crazy brains all 3 turned to Disney…….Toy Story…….Buzz Lightyear….and somehow, to Space. Apprentice was going to try and make a Nebula before deciding that she just couldn’t swing it. Kind of like this quilt…….(found this online and can’t figure out who to credit…PLEASE let me know who/how to tag the owner!)
And WildChild got pretty darn close!! This is it before the binding.Ultimately, she opted against the stars in the original plan. She thought it would be too busy. And she made some of the small Tie Fighters purple, to show how far away they are. She also added in the Millennium Falcon, although we both wish it had been made bigger.
Now——Step By Step—–How was this accomplished??? Well, first we took the pattern and imported into Publisher. Enlarged it to a 36″ piece. Printed it, taped it, and traced it onto WunderUnder, choose the layout of fabrics, laid it out, and ironed it. It sounds simple, but this took several days. The good machine is out of commission, so no proper applique blanket stitch. The backup machine has only a 1/4″ piecing foot, so she had to settle for a plain straight stitch. NOT the best choice, but all we could do.
Then it was loaded onto the Empress MidArm. She quilted the background in a short day. The thread painting was what took forever.
Again, a pattern was printed in Publisher, printed, and taped together. It was laid on the quilt, traced, and then threadpainted.
The same was done for the 3 different sized Tie Fighters.
I find out sometime today how well she did. There are 13,000+ kids there this year. The largest convention ever. AND the Quilting Competition became joined with CrossStitching, as well as any other kind of knitting/crocheting/etc and is now all called Fiber Arts. So she has some serious competition.
Regardless, I am proud of her. She worked hard, and honestly did the work herself. Which is more than I can say for some others (ehem—my quiltshop did all quilting on an entry last year)
Wow. A lot has happened. Usually does when one falls of the grid, though!!
1) More soap has been made. And I mean a BUNCH! Long story short, I have decided to stick to the more rustic Hot Process version for now. The craft room just isn’t large enough to properly cure the Cold Process, despite the pretty artisitic stuff than can be done with it.
2) The goats are AMAZING and even won a few ribbons, as did the MiniRex Rabbit.
3) WildChild made her quilt entry for Jr Beta and it ROCKS!
And I am pretty sure much more has happened, but I need to write SOMETHING for now! Possum promises to help me write more soon……