Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine enjoys some progress and distraction...

My dear Blue Cedar House pals came down for the weekend, which is always a treat! We managed to get a few projects completed, and made plans for a number of others, which were are still waiting on my schematic drawings, for things like the remaining bookshelves, or an improved tablet weaving loom. I am going to continue moving forward as if moving forward is a given, the alternative feels like borrowing trouble early...
So, a big project this weekend was moving the hens from the south side of the back yard to the east corner. The idea is to have them dig up all the weedy patches, which they greatly enjoy, and give them a sunnier patch for now, since it will be months before they need shelter from too much sun. Fresh ground is healthy for them, and I will be able to get into their former yard to do some much needed maintenance.
Their new enclosure has taller wire fencing, and we did a better job of creating a gateway which hopefully will no longer snag and tear my pinafores. I added in a low chook door to the fence, in the hopes of finally being able to deploy my chicken hurdles to give them additional access to more areas to clear. In time, my plan is to have a kind of chicken "moat" around the edges of the yard, so they can remove and trim the weeds along the fenceline. Since only one of the two hens is currently laying, I need to get some work at least out of the both of them!
Farbjorn built a solid new chicken ramp up to their house, as when we moved the old house to its new location, the old ramp simply crumbled away; I'd made it of fairly thin plywood almost ten years ago, so it lasting this long was pretty good. The hope is that before we need to move this house again, the new improved chook house will be built, with a three part modular construction to make moving it a LOT easier. The current house is terribly heavy with the actual tarpaper and shingle roof attached. Their future house is meant to have a nice translucent corrugated roof of polycarbonate that will latch into place, and a separate raised base that their house will latch to, if all goes according to plan.

Another really fun activity was that young E called ahead and said that she wanted to try out block printing. As one of the "aunties" I am just delighted to be able to share some handicraft time, particularly since L decided she also wanted to try...

By the end of the afternoon, they both had successfully completed a 44 inch strip of printed trim; the intention is that some of the new SCA underdresses for this summers camping season will be decorated with their own work. I am as pleased as they are, and the idea that we include some kind of craft project in future visits was greeted with great enthusiasm! 
I set them up with some ironed strips of the same shot cotton I use for making trim, and my assorted already carved trim stamps. I've not really done much handicraft with youngsters, and was impressed with how much they were able to do.

Thora was really good at encouraging L, who is just a bit younger and found it a little difficult to line the tiny stamps up. There really is a lot of hand eye coordination involved! I realised that the eraser end of a pencil makes a good roundel shaped stamp, which both girls took advantage of,. and which I am adding to my drawer of wee stamps for future use.

Lest the adults feel left out, the sheepskin border on Thora's hat is almost completed. This odd fragment of beautiful fur is unusually tough, so it took quite a bit of effort to sew.

Rather than wear my hands out with the stitching, I did just enough to ascertain that the concept of stitching on edge partially inside the hat, and wrapping it over to the outside as a wide border, was going to work just as I hoped, creating a kind of furry "gasket" around the edge of the hat, which will make it delightfully toasty warm and snug when worn.

Once the fur border is stitched in place, the only remaining part of this project will be to fabricate a tiny metal "hat cone" to enclose and decorate the very top center of the hat, where all five of the embroidered panels come together. Should be done in time for when we start up our outdoor activities in May...

February SMART goals
1 salted lemons turtleneck re-edgedbag to Goodwill
2 Noro shawlette sweater button repair-
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  1. What a delight it is to read your blog. Your home is a nest of creative warmth.

  2. Aw thanks Carol... I am trying to focus on the good, because goodness knows we all need it, and me most of all right now

  3. What kind of fur trim on hat? Angora goat?