Friday, June 22, 2012

The Etsy Shop is Open

After lots of work and angst, the shop is open for business. I'm very nervous and very excited. I'll be adding more things to it in the coming days. Some things are still drying, curing, etc. so they just aren't ready to be listed. Here are some things that you can find over in our shop today:

I'm really pleased that I can make things I'm proud of and that people will enjoy! Oh! I nearly forgot to give you the link! As soon as I figure out how to do it, I'll add a gadget to the blog that will show you what's in the shop currently and take you straight there: Red Tartan Woolies

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our Etsy Shop is Opening This Friday!

I just wanted to give my readers a heads up that our Etsy shop is nearly finished! I'll have some hand crocheted items, some beautiful (if I do say so myself) upcycled home decor items, all natural milk soaps and, of course, Icelandic wool goodies. I've got some prepared roving and some washed fleeces for sale for handspinners. Just a little peek for now.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Eating Trees

Did you know sheep like to eat trees? I mean that they really, truly like to eat trees more than anything else in the world? Treetops = Sheep Crack. Most of our land is heavily wooded. We have all these little trees that need to come down so that the grass can grow. We're not going to cut them all down, of course. I want to leave clumps of trees standing here and there for shade. Most of them have to go though, so I break them down now and then as treats for the sheep. They come running when they hear the trunk snap!

Lamb Pictures and Gratitude

I have not had time to immortalize our first lambing season the way I had planned. First I want to say our lambing season was an amazing success. I feel so blessed with the way things went. For people reading this who don't keep livestock, girls are (generally) much more valuable than boys. Females make milk and more sheep. I only need to keep one ram per 25 ewes to keep the lambs coming. I needed ewe lambs if I was going to be able to eventually have a sheep dairy. Keeping sheep is one thing, trying to build a successful business from sheep is another. I prayed all winter long to be blessed with ewe lambs the way Jacob was blessed with spotted lambs and goats in Genesis. Final lamb count: 8 ewe lambs and only 3 ram lambs. Thanks, Lord. These are twin girls, Eleanor and Maryanne born to Tilly. Another ewe lamb. Twins, a boy and a girl, born to Eva. She's the sheep in our header.