Homestead Update: Feet, Foraging, and Fiber

Today was our hoof trimming day. I tell ya what, it's my least favorite part of goat ownership. But we just don't have enough rock for them to file down on their own. The rock we do have doesn't seem to do the job, nor does cinder block, but I haven't given up on the … Continue reading Homestead Update: Feet, Foraging, and Fiber

Small Business Spotlight: The Spinnery Store Dot Com

I have a gem for you all today! But it begins with some bad news. As most of you know, Etsy is an e-commerce marketplace that was begun with small sellers in mind. It used to be the best possible thing for individuals looking to market their vintage or handmade products to a broad audience … Continue reading Small Business Spotlight: The Spinnery Store Dot Com

New Shop Items!

Hey all! We've got some new items in our Etsy shop. Check out our handmade wooden drop spindles. They're perfect for spinning raw Angora rabbit fiber, which we also have available, in two quantities: quart, or gallon bags. Exact volume varies. I've made and used these spindles for the last 3 years. They work best … Continue reading New Shop Items!

Completed Needlepoint Project

I finally finished up the project I started for my friend who had a baby back in June. Note to self: always start the project BEFORE the baby is born... Because it takes forever. Here's how it turned out! Again, not a perfect masterpiece, but I think it's cute. And it was good practice and … Continue reading Completed Needlepoint Project

Embroidery Project

One of my friends had a baby...like 3 months ago... I know, I dropped the baby gift ball. It's hard to find the time to craft (or perfect a craft) when you have 3 littles all vying for your attention. But, I'm making progress, which is something! Here's what I've gotten so far: So I … Continue reading Embroidery Project

Rainy Autumn Saturday

It has been raining here literally since I woke up at 7:45 this morning (likely before) and still hasn't let up. As such, we set about indoor activities today. My son went with our good friends (and incidentally his favorite sitter) for a fun day at the pumpkin patch and a costume party. I don't … Continue reading Rainy Autumn Saturday

Finishing Border Collie Yarn

I finally got a full spindle of border collie yarn! Yay! Project 1 of 10,000 complete. So I set the twist! I didn't have a niddy noddy so I make shifted one out of a cheap plastic picture frame I had lying around. I wrapped the yarn gently- not too tight or it would break- … Continue reading Finishing Border Collie Yarn

Maggie’s First Harvesting

Miss Maggie Moo is almost 4 months old today and I noticed that she's been grooming an awful lot more than usual. So, I decided to harvest her wool. She is an English Angora so you're supposed to be able to just pluck out their loose wool as they "blow coat" every 3-4 months. I … Continue reading Maggie’s First Harvesting