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Weekend Thrifting

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So, I imposed a self spending cap from here until Big Adventure planning goes into effect. The Family – has decided on a pretty spectacular vacation this year and it is incredibly budget friendly once we get there. Flights, not so much.

The problem with this as you know, I love to shop. Luckily I scored on the thrifting this weekend and fabric buying to ease my compulsions for a few weeks out.

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Beautiful Vintage Wool Blanket – $4 – Half off tag sale.
Water color Lipstick – $1.99 – half off tag sale.
Monika Heller-Color Pencil – $2 (original mounting)
Pyrex Vintage mixing bowls – $2.99 – half off tag sale.

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I can’t even describe the beauty of this. The fine pencil details, the rustic scene. This was an insane find. Who ever let this go, I promise I will cherish it forever.

So in the big picture these items all look insanely kitchy. No ?

Imagine if you will a dove grey sofa, with hot pink and gold pillows, with that beautiful Scottish wool throw draped over the back.
My bathroom, pale blue and lemons, that watercolor lipstick re-framed in only a glass frame to show edges and full print – hung with a gold chain next to my vanity.

Ms Monika – Well she is TBA. The original framing and backing add value to her. That color green, not so much to my liking but perhaps that’s where we compromise in our love affair. From the little that is available about her on the net – I do know that her husband matted, mounted and framed her prints as well as her originals. That hand crafted loving care – something I want to keep.

 

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Benedict Cuperbatch – a new egg

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Benedict Cuperbatch – A hungry girl homemade microwave nosh

2 Ramkin (sauce cups) coffee cups if ya got em!
2 Farm Fresh Eggs (yes grocery store is fine.. but really?)
2 Slices vegan or real Canadian Bacon slices
2 Slices Gouda
2 tbl white wine (really more)
2 tsp dijon spicy mustard
1 Kings or Yeast roll – split and toasted

1- Mix your wine and dijon
2- Place equal amounts in each cup
3- Lay in your faux or real bacon
4- Lay in your gouda. I usually crack it half and half
5- Crack one egg in each ramkin
6- Micro on high 2-3 mins.
7- Watch your micro. Cause all food cooks faster when you do. Plus some are more powerful than others – and the goal here is to bring your eggs up to temp but not undercook or over cook them. I don’t like soft poached gooey middles of traditional benedict so I did mine to a soft solid yolk.
8- Put that roll in the toaster, after of course you have sliced it in half.
9- Plop out on to toast and enjoy – saucy juices and all.

Addins – as you can see from my pictures I added in some slices of red and yellow pepper I had in the fridge from a relish tray. Those went in and cooked with everything else to a nice soft but still snappy fresh addition.

 

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Thursday Crush: Colette Seamwork Magainze

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Everyone who has sat at a sewing machine, knows the rhythmic joy and stress relief stitching brings. Your grandmother did this, her mother had to do this. You never “seam” (haha) to have time to do this. How did we lose that time? How are our lives so much busier now, than our grandparents, who did not have the convenience of modern tech?

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My fascination and passion with sewing has been a long lived rocky affair. In Jr. High I took the required HomeEc class and ended in tears. I wanted in front of that machine so I could whip out my debut line just in time for Fashion Week! Was I sleeping? Did I miss days. Somewhere from go buy fabric to: sitting in front of my bobbins, I missed the details on cut grain fit measurement pattern picking and doing this right. I ended up with a jumper in some batik tropical print that cut me up in my down theres and didn’t hide my very non-existant up theres. Did I mention we had to do a fashion show for the whole school?

Thus began my love for quilts. They made sense, where clothes did not. Formulaic patterns joined in specific segments to make one big whole. The data scientist in me is coming out right? I only ever made clothes for little people. Easy smaller versions where a french seam could hide a disaster. The funny thing, I always bought patterns. There are mountains of patterns in my basement.

Today I signed up for Seamwork. This is going to change my clothing habits. Crafting a wardrobe is not easy but Colette Patterns wants to take the guess-work and time consumption out of the equation. Most every pattern I have seen is slated at a construction time of 2-3 hours. There are fun tips to save paper resources and of course by being digital you can use multiple times over. Extra credit goes to the team for hosting real sizes.

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The magazine has even more than articles; tips for patterns focused, swatch guides, health and beauty fun, and of course freebies. Just for sign-ing up I got a gorgeous pattern. It was actually one I wanted to get with my first month’s credits! I get two patterns with every issue. I will start one this weekend to let you know the progress. I have been following the Colette Instagram account and customer shares, for some time thinking I could not do this. I did not have the skill these wonderful makers did. Wrong. Colette makes patterns easy. Wish me luck!

 

 

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Fabric App – Sew Awesome

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Going through my stash this weekend looking for a special project, I got pretty exhausted trying to remember every box I crammed a pattern into. Have you ever had that thought, “I know I had this one pattern” but can’t remember for the life of you where it is stashed?Ever had SO many patterns you can’t be sure you actually have that one pattern you want or more importantly- need? Looking at my phone, I started Googling.

Yes there’s an app for that. In fact there’s several. Some sewing blogs even have suggestions on how to create your own data base from things like Evernote and forms. My need – easy on hand (in my phone) while in the store.

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Case in point. At some my point I bought the same pattern forgetting I already had it. I guess you can tell I really love this eyelet patterned dress. Luckily there’s a friend who missed the Hancock sale and was wanting this.

Enter Sew Awesome.
Here is why I picked this over some other appstore options:
Android
Picture in app – no more saving to other locations and uploading
Tools in App – I can even keep track of my quilt templates and sewing Feet.
Stash in App – Do I have the right buttons – notions – chamray ?
Upgrade to pro to remove ads or have other features $3.99

All in all – I am really happy with it. I am more basic so the framework suits me. I know some of my tech savvy sewers would want features. They exist so if you find and better ones let me know!

The down side is the initial time investment as with anything new. It is so worth it. I have now used the app twice since uploading it over the weekend.

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Fabric Find Saturday

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We visited In Town Quilters this week to see all of the new colors and patterns on the bolts!

I had not been in the store for some time, and was excited to see the beautiful new patterns stocked. Pixie is starting her first quilt with mother hubbard (me) observing from afar. I have helped only with math and weight but left her to selections of color and patterns. This is deeply personal for her, and I know that quilting mistakes make for excellent teaching moments. She is going to do great!

The ladies are so helpful she spun circles around the store picking up more and more goodness. I was a little less impulsive because my stash is already insane.

I did get –
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dreamy in McCall’s M7387 – View C – but alas my
bewbs once again got the better of my fabric math brain and I lost my ability to think out yardage. Skirt it is ! Ok the more I look at this fabric. No, a dress is going to happen.

 

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Riley Blake – Kitchen Cat Teal

Is only a 1/2 yard cut for quilting stash. It is everything I love about vintage colors design and my perfect happy place in color theory. Pinterest surfing the sewing blogs the other night I did see someone do the lemon version in one of Gertie’s designs. Absolutely adorable. Just not me for work wear.

 

 

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Same 1/2 cut. Cat in the bowl, I mean come on !

 

 

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Michael Miller – Bone Head in Gray

Ok so without realizing I am either getting in the mood for Halloween or I am creating a Day of the Dead quilt in my head.

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Growing Gobblers – Dogs with Feathers

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What’s not to love about this face.
I can’t tell you how much I love my turkeys. If you follow me on any social media sources, you have seen Sawyer and Huck come in for a nap, a storm, a treat. They have gone for a walk and have been asked to come in to work to visit. They have no idea they are turkeys. If you ask them, they own us. They keep our dogs in check, boss around the chicks and even give HP a run for his money, in terms of being head of the flock.

Is it hard to own Turkeys?
No more than chickens, but understand with that comment does come pet responsibility.
Housing – Food – Basic needs are pretty much standard with a few caveats.

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This will come up in every post you  read.  Two options – Prevent with cayenne pepper sprinkled in water or treat with acidified copper sulfate . This can be tricky, when Turkeys get sick, they go down fast. Earthworms are a big contributor to this disease not just chicken droppings. Maintaining a clean coop and separate space for them to live (wreak havoc on) is a great start.
Housing
The girls were fine at first in a brooder. Went outside after 8 weeks (immunity and bio security) to a small pen next to the coop to get acquainted. Then they moved in. Most poults mature at 21-28 weeks. They need to be done after spring chick season for massive fall harvest (traditionally). Obviously our ladies were pets so there was to be none of that, but they grow fast.

28919417415_c54f4fb51d_nAfter two weeks in a grow out pen they were teenagers, large and clearly not having any thing to do with a tiny redwood Amazon house. We let them in with the big chickens. We created a really super easy run as you can see that links the two areas together. For the baby chicks that were growing too, it was also a sanctuary to hide from the big girls.

This kept everyone pretty much at peace. Until it didn’t.

Cannibalism – Turkeys do it. Give them one reason and they will tear another bird up. Almost immediately they started pecking everyone and bossing everyone around. One night they pecked Cluck and must have broken skin. When I went out later for a coop check she had her scalp peeled almost all the way back. Luckily Cluck is a smart girl and hid in the nest boxes in the small pen where she couldn’t be seen. I brought her in for treatment (another story) and 28634176070_9ddf521929_nplanned turkey training 101. When the chicks came out in the yard with the big girls to bath and play, the Turks stayed in.

It was like living with toddlers all over again. When they learned to share, they were treated. I used mealworms as a reward system. They learned to share quickly.

Food
If you are growing broiler/harvest birds they need to be on incredibly higher protein feed to fatten up. I was concerned about doing this for our birds being they were broad-breasted (commercial) and I didn’t want to injure their legs. Turkeys get joint issues from getting to fat to quick. Much like chicken production farming – they are not meant to “live” past a certain age.
Another note – our 28634169460_c0638060a8girls were never supposed to be regular eggs layers. Because they are not a heritage breed. We have had a beautiful large egg every day since they started. Tell me that’s not love. Go ahead try. 🙂
What I can suggest – delicious organic feed mixed with supplements (kale herbs probiotic) and given lightly – plus the opportunity to free range every evening.

Move out – Come fall they were not simply fitting up the ramp to the coop. We noticed they were actually sleeping outside. Dangerous, because our run was for daytime exercise only,  and not healthy. We (my husband) built a small 6×8 shed. Door out to run that closes at night for security, main door for me to get in clean and egg grab.

Pretty soon the chicks that had been in the brooder started joining them and it was one big happy family. Right now everyone is in there, while our new babies are separated in the coop.

Things People Don’t Tell You:

They are like watchdogs. No one comes in our yard that they don’t know. They will cut you. I have to be very careful with our small guests because they bite hard.
They come up and sit on chairs, the deck and beg at the back door for cookies.
They love to eat ANYTHING. Our yard is a crap hole this year due to their piggie ways.
You will fall madly in love and get really attached.
You will love kissing them on their dimply heads and flicking their wobbles.
They bark and talk and love to cuddle. Sawyer frequently would take naps with me on the deck.
They fly. Not so much the broad breasted (heavy) but heritage breeds can get altitude. Clips wings !
Poop is like a massive stink ball. Great fertilizer however after 3 mos in the compost pile.

Got questions for me ?

 

 

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Bug Be Gone – Lice Mites Oh My

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Warning Friends: There is a picture in here of graphic buggy grossness. If like me, you get the willies from odd textures (bumps trypophobia pox or anything else that resembles a puss filled sack of something that will make you puke) do not scroll down.

It has been 7 days since we vaccinated everyone on the farmstead for Marek’s Disease, and I am happy to report so far we have healthy birds. We are certainly not out of the woods, but as promised I want to dialogue this whole process as much as possible.  Hopefully to give you an understanding of everything we went through to help spread education and resources to anyone interested in providing the best animal care for their flocks.

On handling the “Petals”, it appears our lice problem flared back up. As mentioned we knew early on into the bio security separation and inclusion of these birds into our flock, that they had numerous issues. Lice is not that uncommon unfortunately. Luckily most flocks combat infestations of lice and mites through the process of dust baths. Dust, wood ash, little DE and you have a cocktail that keeps birds free from most of these. This year however was our year to learn.

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Insert puke noises now.
In the photo at the top of the blog Iris appears to have “dust” on her face. Closer inspections shows the tell-tale “q-tip” formations at the base of the feather shaft and clusters around her head and vent. Under the wings you will see what appear to be tiny straw dust particles that then suddenly MOVE! Boom yuck screech go the wheels in my head… Lice. My OCD now tells me I am itchy and must bath in bleach.

Here’s some things to make note of:

Back when we started all the meds before we got confirmation of Marek’s from the GPLN – we dusted the girls in DE. Huge respiratory issues. Not saying it was the cause, I do believe in light DE use. But honestly, if it irritates my eyes and nose, I am not going to drown my birds in it. Sorry.  Also coming from Vet input: DE will not remove a lice infestation. It can assist in alleviating scratching itchy and kill current adult louse. Eggs have hatch stages.

1- Clean the coop and remove all feathers bedding and anything that lice could be attached to.
2- Give it a good scrubbing – probably been awhile so get in there with the hose and any organic cleaner you prefer. This is just to do some good hygiene while you take care of the problem. It’s not going to remove the problem but it always helps to start with a clean slate.
3- Permethrin 10% – People have also recommended Elector- PSP. I chose this because it was suggested by my vet knowing my preferred earth keeping ways. I have yet to find an “organic” treatment. You have to eradicate lice, not encourage them to participate differently and kindly. Their hosts are your chickens. They’re not leaving unless you kill the suckers.

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4- Move your birds to an outside area to dust bathe and enjoy the sun. If you have two separate flocks going for bio security still – it’s not hard to create two different spaces. But you need to do ALL coops runs and houses for both flocks. They need to be out of the area for at least 4 hours for everything to dry nicely. Spray that sh*t like you are at a bubble party.
5- Dry the houses. Pull a Game of Thrones and start dipping the birds. Because I was concerned to get the babies fully wet given recent health concerns we did a fine mist under the wings, vent and cotton ball the head neck and around the ears thoroughly.

Seven days in – Iris is CONSIDERABLY bug free. There are a few eggs that either have not shed died or she has not dusted off. At the 14 day mark we will again spray crazy, mist the girls rinse and repeat. This goes through multiple hatch phases. There is no egg withdrawal.

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Phlox and Camilla enjoying some sunshine and fresh grass clippings.

We handle our birds daily and honestly it is probably the best way to detect any health issues. With one illness down, summer heat relief in progress, and now the buggy problem moving to being removed, the girls really should start feeling good.

Planning for next year: I will begin spraying as the weather warms up.

Please ask questions !