Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Up and Down

Haven't felt much like blogging recently. My Araucana continued to get worse and finally succumed to her illness on Sunday night. I spent ages feeling down and helpless whilst she was ill. I'm gutted that she died, but least it has stopped the suffering for both of us.
I now have a group of current bushes to mark her grave. I miss her.
This was my beauty:

I have a asked a friend in Shetland if she will sell me, some Shetland chickens when I'm up. They lay greenie eggs. I was also thinking about buying some araucana eggs when my other silkie goes broodie. But we'll see.

On the other news front I have completed the skull stuff for my two swap partners. One parcel is winging its way to USA and the other to Australia. Mine have also been sent, so I should be getting fun pressies in a few days time. :o) Hmm can't wait.
I've got two more swaps on the go. The tea cosy one which I have to snd out by Saturday (AARRGGHHHH)....Gee I had better make a start. I know what I'm doing so it should only take me a couple of evening to complete it, (famous last words).
I'm also doing a Pick and Choose swap. It's rather funky. We had to pick 5 themes and then put togther a list, of at least, ten items we would like to receive. So our partners have to make 5 things, one for each theme. The actual items have to picked from our list. This should be so cool. My partner wants:
1. Rock n'Roll/50's kitsch
2. Recycling/Reuseable Fashion
3. Powerpuff girls/super heroines
4. Tattoo
5. I <3 my hairy little fat monster Cats

Her items are:
1 painting or photography
2 jewerly
3 mixed media tee
4 subversive embroidery/ cross stitch
5 kittys plaything
6 some home decor thing to collect all these sheets and notes and little thingies that make it look messy on my desk OR something similar for my jewerly...
7 tote bag
8 handmade journal w/ maybe some nice vegan/ vegeterian recipes
9 an obi-/ kimonobelt
10 scarf/ shawl

Awesome, what I different set of themes. I've thought of heaps of things to make from her list. I decide on theme and then change my mind, so i have no idea what she will end up getting. Although I have made a definite start on the 50's kitsch theme item. Could take me forever.

Made a fab couple of tarts for my crafting evening last night. The savoury one was an onion and wensleydale cheese one. Hmm lovely and the other was a Rhubarb, Lemon and poppyseed tart.
The dessert was easy to make. Sweet pastry case, with a layer of lightly sweetened and poached rhubarb ( could use tinned if no fresh available. Topped with sponge mix flavoured with fresh lemon juice, rind and poppyseed. Then baked in a medium oven for 30 to 45 mins. Yummy. Still have a bit left for supper.

Ah well back to the grind. :o)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Blinking Chickens

Don't get me wrong I love my chickens, but they can be somewhat heartbreaking to keep.
I usually have a nice group of around 10 chickens, as off about 3 weeks ago I had 7 chickens laying regularly (2 not laying due to being cockerels). I had a fab looking basket of eggs with small white silkie eggs, large light brown Isa Brown eggs, smaller brown barnevelder and other black chicken eggs and funky olive green Araucana egg.
Over the past couple of weeks the Araucana stopped laying, but they can do this for a variety of reasons. Unforunately she has now stopped eating and has developed Sour Crop. This is not good and I could loose her.
Today one of my Isa Brown died. She was looking a bit unsteady on her legs the past two days, but she was eating OK and had no lumps or swelling. This morning she was no more. :o(
Blinking Chickens!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

What I made ...

Originally uploaded by zombiecazz

for the Name Swap.
Now to my hard work. The brief I got was that the lady would like things for herself and her two boys. Both boys were into transfomers and starwars and one of them liked to draw. As for the mum she liked fairies, owls, baking and scarfs.
So this is what I cam up with:

So we have:
An Owl card with details of the loot
Some scottish sweets and biscuits
a little scottish recipe book
a transformers blanket
a crochet cupcake box
a crochet owl stuffed with a scarf
a little crochet fairy
a wingdings wash bag
a drawing set.

Close ups.....

I really enjoyed making all these items and I hope my partner feels well rewarded with the loot she received.

Whoo Hoo Name Swap Complete

So over Most of April I was working on my goodies for a name swap I was taking part in. As I've probably mentioned it was a bit of an odd one as I was making for someone and they weren't the person making for me.
Any way here are some pics of the loot that I was sent. I asked the lady to make stuff mainly for my DD. and a little something for me. DD got a pen, a pencil, a bookmark, a hair tie and the most fabulous Bender cushion cover. I got a great little bag that is prefect for carrying a couple of balls of wool and some implements to my crafting evenings.
All together

Bender Cushion Cover.

Great little bag

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Swap Relief

Finally got my Name Swap stuff all finished and parcelled up ready to send in the morning. Can't post any photos yet, as I don't want my swap partner spying them.
I'm very. very happy with what I've made. I do love swapping. It allows me to let my creative juices flow like mad. None of the things I made were from a pattern....all out of my head.
So now I'm onto my Skull swap. I've asked my partner whether I can send her 2 mediums instead of 1 large. If so, then I have all my ideas sorted and I just need to get cracking.

Friday, May 2, 2008


So where to start.....
On freecycle the other day, a lady was offering up three young female rats with cage and accessories. I wrote her a really nice email and begged to be allowed to rehome the rats.
Thankfully she liked my email and we now have 3 lovely rats and their cage in my crafting room.
Here's some pics:

They're absolutely adorable. The whole family loves them and even my Mum is happy for them to come round for a visit.

I can also now show off my fantastic bargain fom ebay. I bought it a couple of weeks ago, but refused to get too excited until it had arrived at my door. I have been wanting one for ages, but generally they are way out of my price range. So image my joy when I managed to snap up this beauty for £31 including postage.

It appears to be in working order, but some little hooks are missing from the shuttle, so I need to buy some before I can get going with the spinning. It's absolutely perfect for me as it's quite compact. I just hope I can learn to spin with it.

I'm on my last two items for my Name swap. I'll get them finished this weekend and hopefully posted by next Tuesday. Then I can start on my Skull/Skeleton swap. The Name stuff is going to USA and the Skull stuff will be going to Australia.