News and Updates

News and Updates

A long absence...

by Lydia Jacobs on 03/04/14

As you may have noticed, I haven't updated the blog recently.  This is due to a variety of factors, none of them exceptionally bad or life-altering--I've just been very busy and very distracted.

My husband bought me an incubator for my birthday, so I've been practicing with it and hatching lots of our eggs.  Once I'm comfortable enough with it to warrant the financial risk, I plan on taking a shot at some eggs for rare breeds we don't currently have.  So far, all I've hatched out are mutts from our VERY mixed flock of chickens, but I've been very pleased with the results.  The chicks have been very cute, very healthy, and VERY friendly.  Whenever someone approaches the brooder, the chicks rush up to great them, and one chick in particular has earned the name Polly because of her penchant for scaling up peoples' arms to their shoulders.

In addition to caring for my growing brood, I have been teaching several classes at the after school program.  I have two crafting classes--one for the older students, and one for the younger--and I was unexpectedly put in the position of teaching the dance class, despite having no formal dance experience or tutoring of my own.  I also helped with the watercolor class, and though I wasn't the instructor, it's a subject I have a lot of experience in, and I was able to really dig in and show the kids some neat techniques.  To top it all off, my dad called borrowed me one day to help him teach a garden critters class featuring our very own chickens!  It's been a great session.

There's been a variety of other life events going on, some good, some bad, and as is usually the case this time of year, I've been sick with one thing or another pretty much constantly since November.  I'd like to say I'm feeling better, but that would be a lie, so I won't.  I hope to feel better soon, and I am sincerely grateful I'm not feeling worse than I currently do.

The new session for the After School program starts tomorrow, and I'll be teaching two crafting classes again.  I'll also most likely be helping my dad with his two gardening classes, including a class that is focused on the care and qualities of chickens.  We'll even let the kids collect eggs to put into the incubator that they'll get to watch develop and ultimately hatch.  

In the meantime, I'm working on a batch of products for my flea market booth.  My hand crafted goods have never been a large source of my income, but it's something I genuinely love doing, and as long as I'm making a small profit on them, I can justify continuing.  I also plan to bring my online product total to 20,000 products by the end of the year.  At last count, I'm well over 16k, and at this rate I should have no trouble, even with so many other projects going on.  Wish me luck!

I need to get back to work, so until next time, avid readers!

Happy Friday the 13th!

by Lydia Jacobs on 12/13/13

Today is Friday the 13th, and contrary to superstition, I'm feeling pretty darn lucky today!  As it happens, I quit my job at Wal-Mart on Friday the 13th back in November of 2009, and I have always considered 13 to be my lucky number.  It's also a rainy day here in Kansas, which in my mind, makes it even better.  I love rainy days--especially unseasonably warm rainy days in December.

Once I was up and about, I headed over to the flea market where I have my booth and dropped off a few items, including the giant pink pig amigurumi pictured above.  In addition, I added little gold star stickers to everything in my booth that is hand-made, and later will put up cards that explain their meaning.  Since my booth contains both handmade handicrafts and mass-produced bargain items, I felt it necessary to distinguish between the two.

I have been procrastinating something awful this week.  I don't know if it was because I was sick or if my muse just wasn't feeling cooperative, but I found myself working on just about anything except the items on my to-do list.  I really need to get cracking, as time is running out on some of the due-dates, but hopefully with my spirits as high as they are today, I will be able to knock a few items off the list.

The six chicks that hatched this fall are doing well.  Cinco and Seis are still living in my office and showing no signs that they are in a hurry to leave.  1-4 are still with their mother, but have graduated from the sectioned-off brooder and are already starting to integrate with the rest of the flock. (Mama is doing a wonderful job keeping the other chickens from picking on them.)  This is good news for Cinco and Seis, because it means that when they outgrow the brooder in my office, they'll have a place to go, though I know it's going to be a difficult transition for them after being pampered for so long.

Well, back to the grindstone for me.  Until next time, avid readers!

Owl Hats and the Christmas Crunch

by Lydia Jacobs on 12/09/13

By popular demand, I've started making owl hats.  I've only made a couple so far, but there are many more on my to-do list.   In addition, I have several items I have to make before Christmas arrives, including gifts.  I'm going to be very very busy for the next few weeks.  My order queue is still closed for the time being, but if your heart is set on something, give me a holler to find out if I can squeeze it in.

I need to get back to work.  Until next time, avid readers!

New arrivals!

by Lydia Jacobs on 11/19/13

Yay, babies!  So in addition to the two chicks who had hatched at the time of my last post, two more babies--Tres and Quatro--hatched on Thursday.  Tres is an Orpington mix, and Quatro is an Easter Egger.  Hoping for girls, but we'll get what we'll get!

Working on several projects right now, but nothing new finished that I can share yet.  I'll keep you posted!

Until next time....

New Amigurumi Holiday Buddies, Rainbow Wristers, and CHICKS!

by Lydia Jacobs on 11/13/13

Sorry to keep you waiting--things have been hectic here on the prairie!

Here are my latest additions.  Click the image to go to the item's product page.

And as a bonus, an absolutely GORGEOUS pair of rainbow wristers, made with Bernat Mosaic Yarn:

In other news, I am super-excited to announce the arrival of two brand new baby chicks to our flock!  Meet Uno and Dos (Uno is the one peeking out from under mama), our first chicks to be hatched from our own eggs!

More chicks may yet hatch--another hen has gone broody and there are still a few eggs under this mama that haven't pipped yet, so we'll see.

Until next time, avid readers!