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The End of Winter Break

3 Jan

Well, I started back to work today.  I somehow feel like my winter break was all about cats.  It was.

Salem and Tiger

And I’d feel better if I still had a few more days to get things settled down between Rocky and Bob and making sure Tiger doesn’t get too rough with Salem. But I’m trusting that it will all work out.  It’s honestly a big enough house they should all be able to avoid each other, and they are doing okay.

Rocky and Bob

The other thing I accomplished over break was getting my tarps up.  Finally.

Bambi in front of the window that was wide open.

Along with covering the window, I had to re-staple the tarp on the north part of the lean-to.  Honestly, I need to replace it next year.

Daisy and Bambi (you can barely see the tarp in the back)

Same with the tarp on the north part of the lean-to with the bucks.  I need to replace it next year also.

Frodo

I did have a little bit of time to get artsy crafty.  I’m trying to come up with more pieces to put in the soap room.

Haven’t decided how to finish it yet, but it’s this far.

I washed a bunch of peacock feathers.

dripping wet from the sink

getting dry and fluffy

I have lots of ideas, but I need to make friends with the glue gun.

Trying to figure out how to take advantage of those eyes

It seems to have a mind of its own.  I also need to dig the burlap out of the basement.

Just laying out some ideas

I did do a couple of experiments in the kitchen.  I made roasted Brussels sprouts and mushroom with onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.  It was pretty good.

I also tried a Boston cream pie.  I’d never made one before.

I tried to give most of the Boston cream pie away, but everybody is trying to be good with their eating in the new year.  At least the Little Farm Hand liked it, and on my way home from delivering it to everyone, I got to see this amazing owl swoop onto Main Street and land on the electric line.

What an amazing bird!

Honestly, I feel like I didn’t get much accomplished that I wanted to this break, but I’m just going to blame it on cats and weather and call it all good.

I Need Advice

26 May

With the changes in the world, I really want to get back to promoting and selling my products through my website.

infinity scarf

I keep expanding what I make, but that means I have to deal with shipping.  I can’t find a way to figure shipping that gives me control.

candles and wax melts

Paypal lets me create shipping based on dollar amount or weight.  But it doesn’t let me fluctuate between methods the way I need.

hats and ear band

Right now, my shipping is set for soap sales.

goats milk soap

I can upgrade my account at Weebly to use their shipping calculator, but I’m afraid I’m going to run into the same problem.

fine art print

My understanding is that Etsy no longer lets you charge shipping.  I thought about using Facebook, but I’m not sure how that works.

note cards

I can add shipping to the cost of the product, but I still can get weird combinations that means people could pay a lot more than they need to for me to ship their items if I have to jack up the price of everything.

feed sack totes

I really don’t want to do that.  I just got a lot of my inventory back from the consignment shop where I had to jack up the prices by twenty percent so they could have their cut.

goat’s milk lotion

It could also leave me stuck paying a large amount of postage and losing money on an order if I don’t add enough to items.

I try to keep my prices reasonable.  I haven’t raised the prices of my soaps since I started making them, and trust me the cost of supplies has gone up.

dish cloths, dryer balls, and coasters

I do allow for people to message me what they want, and then I can figure the price of shipping and send an invoice, which works well, but would most people be okay with that in our world of instant gratification?

hand knit llama wool rugs

What do you think?  Any ideas?

Between Everything Else

16 May

Between everything I am doing here on the farm (working and putting goats back in and fixing fence), I have still been knitting.  I might have shared the start of a sweater with you a while back, but I scrapped that.  I did however, do a summer sweater.

I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Of course it took two tries.

The first one fit my mom, so she got it as a Mother’s Day gift.  Luckily, the second one fit me.

I am especially proud of it because I made the pattern myself.  I took the idea of alternating between the drop stitch and garter stitch from another sweater pattern, but that was it.  I’ve also been making more scarves.

This one is going to be an infinity scarf. It’s the third one I’ve made like this.  I have one and gave one as a gift.  We’ll see what happens with this one.

This one is the same stitch–a rice stitch, but I used a bit smaller needle.

I also just ordered a pattern to try a sweater with sleeves.  We’ll see how that goes.