Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sheepish Times

This is a very sheepish time of the year. I'm showing my jacob sheep at the county fairs and my son is showing Suffolk/Hampshire market lambs at the county fairs. I'm also needle felting little sheepies as quickly as my fingers can go -- or until I get distracted.

Worrying about whether or not my yearling ewe is pregnant out of season and likely to deliver by end of Oct. Previous owner had her and her 1/2 sister together with a ram after they delivered their respective lambs this spring. My ram, Jericho, will be terribly disappointed if he has to wait until next year to breed her... so will his paddock companion Georgie (he's tired of being bum-rushed). I need to sell or trade a 2009 ewe because I can't breed her to her father which is the only ram I have. Could breed her to someone else's ram, but would rather have an unrelated ewe to replace her.

Getting needle felted items ready to be entered in the Dixie Classic Fair. The prize money is pretty darned good in both the professional fine arts and professional crafts divisions. Some more than I would ask for the pieces to sell.

Very rainy. Wet and heavy sheep in the pasture and some wrung out ones in their pen. We coulda used this rain earlier in the summer. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers!

Have some great ideas for needle felted pieces. Need to make the ideas real!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wool For Needle Felting

I'm celebrating, in a very small way, my very first sale of batts of washed and carded hampshire/suffolk wool for needle felting! I put an ad on craigslist and received an inquiry the next day. The woman is an award winning quilter and machine needle felter who makes her own crafts and teaches classes. She lives within 10 miles of me. We are both pleased to have found one another. I really enjoy washing and carding the wool and am EXTREMELY happy that I'm saving it from landfills!! I sell it for $3.00 per ounce.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In the News! Really! W-S Journal

Michael Hastings Food Editor for the Winston-Salem Journal wrote a very nice article about our homesteading practices and my visual art. Check it out at:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Getting Started

Just starting out with blogging. This will be about my sheep and my work with wool. Stay tuned!