Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We've got baby horses :)

Where to begin.  We were aiming for horses in the future. Two well trained, fit and healthy mature, steady horses.
But no. We have been blessed with two rescued colts (and a mare should be here at some point soon) Destiny, fate, divine intervention, stupidity, call it what you will.  When I first clapped eyes on these beasts, I wasn't sure what to do, so I thought it only polite to go find the owner.
He turned out to be quite a nice man, considering he almost starved to death a couple of his horses. Much to my surprise, he agreed to my terms.  They were simple.  Feed them, or be arrested.  I offered to look after some of them, since it seemed clear he couldn't manage the amount he had. The local Vets and Animal Control are aware of the issue.  Long story short, he gave me one of the starved colts, and a pretty healthy 8 month old.  Neither are halter broke.  Actually, they wont let me touch them, but they do follow me, and are curious. They will take food from my hand, so this is a good start.  What's the point of breeding horses, then not bothering to even touch them.  I swear, its beyond me.
Over two weeks, the starved colt has made good progress.  I thought I would share an image of him from two weeks ago - the day I saw, and intervened)  I've put the image on a separate page, so if it is going to upset you, don't visit it.  You'll find 'Mr Skinny' here.
The previous owner didn't name them, and we haven't named them either - in the meantime, we have Mr Skinny, and Mr Red.  They only arrived yesterday, so its early days.
Here they are ~

Mr Red (approx 8 months old) he looks pretty healthy.

Mr Skinny, not so healthy (approx 18 months old) ~

He also has a swelling on his forehead. The previous owner thought it may be a snake bite, but I'm not so sure.  I'm going to show the image to the vets tomorrow.  Then they can decide what we need to do. Its so difficult not being able to touch them.

They have already eaten the grass in the pen -  Once they are halter broke, we can let them into the first paddock.  I hope the electric fencing will keep them in place.  The rest of the 7 acres isn't ready yet.

I bought a book called Zen Mind ~ Zen Horse by Allan J Hamilton.  I hope to God its going to help me through this journey....I'm freaking out left, right and center, but, I already love these two boys :)

Any advice, will be very much welcomed.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oh My Gosh

It's been three years, and one day, since I opened my Etsy shop selling clothes, and now furniture, for funny little dolls.  Dolls I thought were hideous when I was first introduced to them.  Now I really love them.

This is Elly - my first Blythe doll, wearing one of the first outfits I created in 2011 ~ My friend Deb customized the doll, and I adore her.

Now I spend more time designing and creating furniture for dolls.  There are so many more talented people out there, I prefer their clothes to making my own.  Mine seem a bit naff these days, and I don't have the patience to learn new sewing techniques.

I did, however, learn how to freestyle quilt (at least, I think that is what it's called)  - it happened by accident really.  It wasn't something I had intended on doing.  You-tube is an exceedingly useful medium when learning to miter binding corners...I'm not sure I will ever have the patience, time, or technical ability to work on pieced quilts, so will leave that to the experts. 

I have also started to revisit open closets ~  They are fun to create.

I have also become a BOOTH renter in a local Antique/Gift Store.  I am so excited, and quite petrified at the same time.  I'm working on painted furniture for humans, lots of home decor, and gifts.  It's the perfect time of year to get going, since Christmas is fast approaching.  I will share some images in my next post....

Until then....

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Great advice for Insomniacs.

Loom knitting.  Really.  I fortunately am not a sufferer of Insomnia, but there are rare occasions when I do wake up in the night, and can't get back to sleep. Laying awake for hours is such a waste of time, and of course, frustrating.  But, if it ever happens again, I'm going to get loom knitting, because boy, does it make me sleepy!!
I have wanted to knit for many years, and mum has tried to teach me on many occasions, but it's like maths, the lights turn off and I can't do it.  Then I recently came across loom knitting.  I'm not exactly sure how, or where, but it suddenly popped into my mind that it exists.  So I bought one.  I probably bought the most unsuitable yarn to learn with, because it was thick and double something, but it was the softest Alpaca mix I could find. 
I managed to knot knit a few inches following a You Tube tutorial. Thank god for You Tube, because I sure did not understand the instructions accompanying the loom.  
Here is my first attempt at loom knitting...

There are a few errors, and I couldn't finish the ends because I didn't have a crochet hook. Anyway, I really love Kidsilk, so I ordered some, and have just managed to knit another couple of inches. Kidsilk yarn is at the other end of the thickness spectrum, to say the least, and its quite a different outcome, but, I like it.  I think.
It took me 30 minutes to knit 2 inches, and since I was almost falling asleep, I figured I should write a blog post to wake me up.

I'm not sure if knitting is seriously boring, or if it challenges my ability to concentrate.  I will keep at it, and then decide.  And I must remember to hide the yarn.  Cats like yarn.  They especially like to unravel it, I discovered.

The Kidsilk ~

I have also been busy playing with my room box for dolls, and making some furniture and bedding to go in my Etsy shop.
The bedroom ~

My friend Joelle has opened her Etsy shop - she makes the most adorable clothes and furniture - here is a Middie sized coat she made..
Check out her shop too ~ The Pampered Dolly

The wooden floor I spent days creating is shifting.  I guess I should have bought the correct sized skirting board, and placed it over the top of the floor boards to neaten it up. Next time I will get it right.

I finally came up with a design ot make a 'real' dolly lamp. Magnets are so useful ~ they are holding all the pictures, shelves and coat racks up on the walls, and also keeps the mini LED light in place...
I hope to update my Etsy shop on Monday 30th with some beds, bedding, and a few other furniture pieces.

Having spent the past year as blind as a bat, I went to the Opticians for an eye test... the result are these...

I haven't decided if these bifocals are my friend, or enemy. I'm supposed to wear them all the time, but they are insanely difficult to get used to.
And finally, an image of my snuggle buggle SuperCat.  He wanted to join in on the photo shoot.