Monthly Archives: January 2009

I’ve been absent, but not idle

What can one person be doing away from their blog for about a week and a half?  Well a lot, and though I can’t think of everything to list here I do have some fun little tidbits to share with you. 


My first big accomplishment is sewing lessons on Wednesdays.  I made this bag last week and though you’re thinking, “Oh wow, all in one day!?”  I kinda cheated as it was a kit and the 5″ squares were cut out already.  I did have to cut out the interfacing, the lining and the handles though so it did take all day when that sort of kit would probably take a savvy sewer only a few hours.  It was fun though and I’m proud to say my teacher said that I caught on very quickly, she was surprised.


Here is the second bag that I started today.  All the 5″ squares are sewn together and though my teacher wasn’t there today (I do this in the midst of a bunch of ladies doing various things at the community church), I got through it fast and retained my lessons from last week.  I did chicken out when it came to ironing on the interfacing without her but it was okay to quit by then as Annie was definitely due for a nap.  Hopefully I’ll finish it next Wednesday.


Last Thursday I had a Stampin Up! workshop and created this little bookmark for my Bible.  It is made using a watermark type of stamp that is clear called Versamark then I dab on the pastels with sponges and spray with a clear sealer to keep the pastels from smudging.  Cute huh!?


Next we brought home my new sheep, well they aren’t exactly new to me as I got them last fall but they’re new to our property because they’ve been living at my mother-in-law’s house being bred to our ram Raider.  Raider is now back with the dudes in the Dude Pen here on Mud Ranch so now we have the Four Dudes Who Did instead of the Three. 


They have mingled a bit with my existent sheep but you can sure tell who they are by looking out in to the pasture… They aren’t real secure yet.  They do come up and say hi to me though and they come in the barn at night without a problem so I’m betting they’ll make new friends here real soon.  I am definitely figuring out my favorites though one of which is Kiara.  She’s beautiful!


Last, but certainly not least, I received a lovely little note from a happy customer!  I love receiving mail and when it was from Mary at Shadow Mountain Jacobs with a fleece sample from a ram lamb I sold her last spring, I was sure excited.  I certainly don’t know a whole lot about wool yet so was happy to see that she explained a few things to me and I was able to compare the fleeces.  Here’s a tidbit of what she had to say about it, “I am very pleased with his fleece quality.  The locks are open, with a nice even crimp and the color is also very nice.  The luster is also above average.  I had it micron tested and his average fiber width is 27 microns which is on the finer side.”  I have been trying to learn more and more about the Jacob’s wool as I’d like to start processing and using it in the future but am taking it one step at a time.


I opened the bag to take a good look at Packard’s fleece and was really happy with how soft it felt.  It really is lovely!  I’m hoping he passes it on to his lambs too, and am thankful to Mary for sending it out to me.  Don’t you just love the chocolate brown of that color?

That’s all for now, I hope you’re all doing well.

My Little Red Wagon


Hi all, this is Annie.  I haven’t been on here too much lately simply because I am just too busy.  I have so many things that need to get done, and so little time.  I apologize for my absence.

Nana and Papa got me a little red wagon for Christmas, and notice it has a stake bed.  I will be able to pile all sorts of things in it this summer and pull it around myself.  I have grand plans of building monstrosities that require much engineering and time so I can’t imagine I will be around much in the future, though the days will be longer so I might after-all.


Nana worries that I get tired on our excursions so I humor her and hop in the wagon.  It is a fairly comfortable ride and the good thing is I don’t have to watch where I am driving.


I have noticed that if a steep hill is coming, Nana has no problem handing the driving over to Papa.  I believe this is a smart tactical move on Nana’s part.


My little red wagon and I have many days in the future of which to enjoy eachother’s company.  I know that the two of us will be very satisified in our relationship.

Be good, keep in touch~