Sunday, June 27, 2010

Coops Done, except for painting

I'm pretty proud of this coop. It's almost entirely made from recycled stuff. I only spent just under $20.00 total for it all. That was for the PVC pipe for the Waterer and Feeder.

Today I made the nesting boxes. I made them from Cat Litter Tubs. I'm planning on getting some of that spray paint made for painting plastic to paint them to match the coop house.

These are the only things I spent money on. It was still cheaper to make them then it would have been to buy a large feeder and waterer. I've got some leftover house trim paint to paint all the wood. Not sure when I'll get to that, but we're all sent up for eggs now. ☻
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pics of the Week

Yay, the car's computer finely reset and it's all legal. I've got another Master Gardener Class in an hour, but I just wanted to post some pics from our week. The Girl's have gotten so big, and Chili's looking especially cute

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Monday, June 14, 2010


This is my dream car, not because it's old and worth a fortune, but because I can safely assume that it has no COMPUTER under it's hood!
First off let me say since I started the Change I've become a forgetful Ditz who never apparently looks at the back of her car. Or more importantly at my car's license plates. At least that's the impression I got from the nice Police Officer who stopped me and politely informed me that my licence plates had expired in February. Gulp, with a $75.00 ticket in my hand I proceeded to try and rectify this.
Over the years I have driven some old heaps for cars. In the early years of our marriage I can remember a few trips to junk yards for engine parts and a few cars held together with duck tape and twine. But those years have not been around for awhile. Now I have nice cars with computers. Unfortunately computers and myself have problems getting along together. My car works purrfectly except that occasionally the computer goes haywire and kicks the engine light on. Nothings wrong with it and it goes off after a few months. The mechanics say I could put a new computer in it, but that is very expensive and since everything works, I just drive it and ignore the red engine light. This truce between me and my car's computer has been pretty amicable for the past year. Except apparently you can't pass the Missouri Emissions Test and re-license your car when the engine light is on in your car. You see during the inspection when they hook up their computer to my computer in the car, my computer apparently tells it "This women is a ditz and I won't work for her, I'm on strike!" Our mechanic reset the computer which turned off the engine light and apparently the 5 monitors that the Emissions computer needs to hook up with to pass the test. They sent me home last Friday telling me I need to drive my car about 100 to 200 miles to get the monitors to restart, but be sure I don't drive to much so the engine light won't come back on again. Baffled I obediently drove the car 200 miles over the weekend, trying to avoid anymore polite Police Officers, hoping if I met another my storey would make some sense and I wouldn't get another ticket. Long story short, back to the shop today. Only half of the monitors have turned on so I'm back to driving again, trying to figure when it's enough to kick in the other monitors but not enough to kick on the engine light.
As I said before --- I HATE COMPUTERS, I want a Model T
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Free Crochet Tutorial for Invisible Joins and Ends

Invisible Beginning and Joining RoundsWhen rounds are begun with ch 3 and finished with sl st in top of ch 3, the beginning and ending are visible. Can you see the difference between these two circles? One has visible joinings, and the other does not.

Here's a nice technique tutorial I found at Crochet magazine's website. It shows how to create invisible beginnings and endings for rounds. Click here for Tutorial

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It's Here, My Loom

Of course it doesn't look like this right now. It's all in pieces in my diningroom awaiting me to clean and rearrange the craft room and figure out how to set it up in it's new home.
I do have some history on it. It was owned by a Grandmother in Troy, Ill. who bought it used in the 1930's and wove rag rugs on it till she turned 98 years old. Her name was Bertha. I love knowing the history of things.
I found on the internet the manual for this loom and downloaded it for free, so i'll have something to help me figure it out. I also found these old advertisements for my loom.

Hard to believe that in 1921 this loom only cost $39.50 and that was warped to boot!
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Keeping my fingers crossed.

I am so waiting for a email. One of the women in my fiber club is looking to give away an old Union Custom Loom and I so want this. I have been looking for a loom for years and hopefully fingers crossed this one will be mine. My husband is all ready groaning
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