Monday, March 29, 2010

Peanut Tales

Well, Peanut lives outside now. She no longer needs her coat. The blessings of a warm spring have been wonderful for both her and Izzy. Izzy now lives outside as well with Sonya and Mocha - two more ewe lambs.

Peanut lives in the barn, in her own pen for now, at night, and spends her days with the rest of or small herd. She and Bug, the only other calf right now, play together and nap with the herd during the sunny parts of the day. Peanut is quite a bit smaller than Bug, he is older, but calves always like to play together.

Peanut is still adjusting to her halter - she doesn't like not being in full control of her actions, but needs to learn to follow when indicated. She wears her halter to and from the cow lot each morning and evening - her treat for doing so? she gets her bottle. At night, she gets another treat - her sweet feed. Sweet feed is mainly so we feel better - she likes the sweetness of the molasses, but it really isn't necessary for her. She also likes her treat of alfalfa hay at night, though she also receives some after her morning bottle as well. Ds is thinking of possibly showing her at the local county fair, though we haven't fully decided yet.

If you are curious, Waffles, the baby donkey has been growing well. She loves attention. Sometimes, this can be a hassle if she is in the pen we are working in -- she comes up and keeps nudging us until we pet her, but doesn't stop. She just doesn't understand what "No, Waffles" means, so she ends up back in a small stall until work is completed.

The ducks are also doing well. However, they have taken to laying eggs in the cow lot. This is not the safest place for eggs. The kids have gotten used to looking in creative locations for their eggs. Since we hadn't had ducks before, we suspect that ducks must be spring time layers. Last spring and this spring we have been getting eggs. However, they stop over the summer, fall and winter. I guess it is time for some research.

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

sorry for delay with contest info. Family items - will update by Monday :)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

BlogCation/StayCation Week One

Week one consists of Journal Spots/Library Pockets w/card.

Project can be read about and viewed over at
Scrapbooking Fun

My results (only one type/size from each group is required for entry into the weekly drawing) are below:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Packing for the Great BlogCation!!

So – let’s get started

Rules (always a bugger - I know, but we have to have some). You need to become a member over at Scrapbooking Fun to participate in all drawings/prizes (free). The complete rules are listed under the BlogCation heading.

Now - lets do some packing. I will list what is required (minimal), however, this is one BlogCation that it is perfectly fine to overpack for because you won’t have to carry it too far and there are no baggage fees.
  • Our BlogCation will maintain a monochromatic theme. What does that mean? Simple – we will stay with shades of the same color. So, to start out – think of a color that is either your favorite, a kids favorite, a relatives favorite, or one you just use a lot. Thinking???
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  • May I suggest picking a color you enjoy working with? It will make the activities much more fun.
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  • Ah-hah! I’ve got mine – hope you have figured yours as well. I am going with green. Why? It is all snowy here now and green reminds me of spring. Also - it is dd’s favorite color, I use it a lot for the boys as well, and I just think it sounds fun. Plus, I have a wide assortment of greens in my stash J (another HUGE plus)
  • So now we are ready to start, but wait! Where to put it all????? I think we need a suitcase. Just grab something you have on hand to put everything into. A box, envelope, large plastic bag, folder, plastic container, anything – just something to keep your supplies together for the next few weeks.
  • Suitcase ready? All set – good. Now go find some solid card stocks in your chosen color! I spent a few minutes going through my stash and found I have 18 shades of green – very surprising as I would have guessed three if you had asked!
  • How much to pack? Well, at a minimum you will need 4 sheets of one color to be your background in the final project. You will also need 2-4 sheets of two more shades of your color plus 2-4 sheets of specialty paper in your color. Don’t get all worked up about specialty papers – if you don’t have them, don’t run out and purchase. You will probably have enough supplies on hand to make your paper look like specialty (alter with paint, stamping, sanding, sewing, dry or heat embossing, etc.). However, if you really, really want to buy some (always fun) I chose 2 sheets of metallic green, a sheet of green with green stitching, a piece of green with green flocking and a piece of mulberry with flecks of what looks like straw from my stash.
  • What did I pack? 18 shades of green. About ¾” thick pile of 12 x 12 papers. I am not positive what I will want just yet, so packed a few extras “just in case”. (note: final recap of materials appears at the end)

  • What else am I grabbing? I noticed some green gems and skittles (if you don’t have green, just use alcohol inks to color some clear ones), some fun fibers and ribbons (a few yards of each), brads, eyelets and buttons. I also have stickles, alcohol inks and ink pads in green, however, I am not packing those into my suitcase.
  • We will also need some adhesive, pop dots, scissors, a trimmer, die cut machine or stencils, letter stamps or die cuts or you can hand draw your letters and other standard supplies.
  • Ok – got your papers together? Got some other stuff? Take a photo and pack it up – until next week when we take off on . . . THE GREAT BLOGCATION!!