Thursday, August 27, 2009

Matilda the Mischievous

I just love this photo of Matilda. She's always curious and into trouble. She's the one that chases the ducks and also chases the little Orpingtons around, just for fun. She likes to make them squawk. And she's the one that will fly out of the fence when they're in their temporary fencing grazing. She figures out how to fly over and just jaunts off by herself, eating delectable grasses.

They're making great eggs! All five of the Reds are laying.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Adapting Patterns

When I was in Seattle, I bought a copy of Marie Claire Idees in Barnes and Noble to read on the plane ride home. I can read a bit of French, but mostly I looked at the photos. I was enchanted by a little baby bubble outfit. I'll have to photograph the page later. Anyway, while I was looking at the pattern in the back of the magazine, I realized that it looked basically the correct size to fit An Mei Kish, without enlargement. When I got back, I measured and slightly tinkered and this little outfit is what I came up with. I think if I make it again I need to enlarge the area where it buttons just slightly because the button holes (done by hand) were infernally difficult to do. But all in all, I was happy with the end result. The hat pattern I drafted completely by hand. I want to make a scaled-down version of the knit vest that is pictured in Marie Claire Idees to go with it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Scottie Tote Bag

This is a gift for a very nice lady who brings us Scottie Dog Black Liquorice Gummies at work. She has a Trader Joe's where she lives, and whenever they visit this area, she sends them in for us. Isn't that nice? I hope she likes this bag. I made the Scottie with an embroidery pattern from Sublime Stitching. The rest of the tote bag I cobbled together. I used a vintage reprint Scottie fabric that I purchased from Dorothy Prudie Fabrics on Etsy. My lovely sister Sarah is the fabulous model. :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

They laid an egg!

At last, my chickens did what chickens are supposed to do! Here is the treasure in two different lights and backgrounds. I think it was either Rosy or Hazel who laid it but I'm not sure. It appeared during the day yesterday and I found it last evening when I got home from work, neatly placed in the nest box next to the wooden eggs that are in there. Good chickens!