Studios Magazine

Exciting news:  The Fall issue of "STUDIOS" magazine is out and it features 5 pages on my studio!!   It is an honor to be one of the seven artists selected  (from around the US and one from London).  "Studios" features ideas and inspiration for art and creative spaces, each artists talks about their space and how it works for creating, along with tips, hints and floorplans.  The magazine is published by Interweave Press/Cloth-Paper Scissors and is available at any book store and craft shops like Joann's.  I am lucky to have a great photographer:  Linda A. Waterhouse and that they spelled my name right!




Surprises - something old and something new

The chickens had a week filled with surprises!  Chicken-theme gifts from their fans.....some from Georgia and as far as Russia.

The "Westies" Stitchers (my old and dear stitching group) from Georgia came up for a visit  and brought along some treasures old and new:

An antique wooden painted egg crate circa 1920's along with an Acme Egg-Grading Scale (1924) and a glass "brooder egg"  

A new egg-theme tote with a matching modular knit scarf  and Barite Geode, this is actually older than dirt.

A surprised mailed from Marietta, Georgia - A glass little red hen from Lynn & Bob (mainly Lynn).

All the way from St Petersburg, Russia, "pickin chickens" spin the wooden ball on the bottom , which makes the chickens peck at the grains!  While in Russia on vacation, Butch and Sylvia found this.  The chickens are quite continental now.


While my friend Rusty was visiting here, she got to meet the "girls" but also to see my comedy routine of trying to balance buckets, feed, treats and eggs back and forth to the coop.  Since they are laying a few eggs at a time, we do not need to use an egg basket yet....I  have been carefully carrying them from the coop to the cabin (for someone who can not walk and chew gum at the same time  it is quite a feat).

Rusty being very clever made me two aprons for collecting eggs  - hence the "Egg-pron" !!!  They made up of fun poultry theme fabrics: retro-chickens, egg beaters, and chicken wire and have deep pleated pockets  for safe keeping and carrying of eggs.  (I just filled the pockets with 9 eggs prior to writing this). 


The Cutting Garden

Dan planted a flower cutting garden for me this is filled with an assortment of sunflowers, zinnias, queen annes lace, cosmos, daisies and more!  I have enjoyed making up mason jar bouquets to share with friends.


First Dozen in a Day!


Today the girls lovingly laid the first dozen eggs!  For the past few weeks we have had 2 eggs gradually up  to 8, then  10 per day, today we hit the lucky dozen.... even got a light blue one from Betsy Ross, the Americana!   Which means at least 12 of the 25 are laying.  The eggs are laid at different times during the day.  Funny note:  Generally the next days egg is laid an hour later than the previous day.  Our heritage breed hens will each lay approximately 200 eggs per year.  (The commerical production breeds can lay 300+.)  So far everyone who has tasted our eggs has given them rave reviews!  The spoiled girls are fed organic feed,  along with free-range grass and each day a variety of treats from fresh fruits and veggies to cheese and  yogurt.

We ordered 500 egg cartons last week...adding substantially to the cost of giving our eggs away!

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