|Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (3)|
All of us at Blue Roo Creations wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year's celebration. I, personally, use this time to contemplate what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year as there seems to always be a zillion and one things to do. Prioritizing goals and projects is always at the forefront of my mind around this time.
In the wide world of chickens...coops coops and more coops....organizing, re-arranging and additions jumps out to the front. Both of our farms (myself in Kentucky and Cynthia in Georgia) have aging girls and flock leaders. We also have young cockerels up and coming to take over as well as plans for adding to our flocks for laying and in some cases breeding. So, where to put everyone and how to organize them.
Crafting projects are always at the front of our list but often deciding what to craft and when can be the decision at hand. Organizing the time and projects makes life so much more efficient.
Goals be they personal, family oriented or business are necessary thought provoking areas as well. For me, this year will usher in becoming a non-smoker which is already being worked on, building and prepping my garden area, property and home maintenance for Spring, coop maintenance and waterproofing, making more time to visit family and friends.
So as you enter 2014, and give thought to the next year ahead, time a little private time to reflect and plan; it always pays off later.
On the agenda for the day, Valentine's Day and spring soaps.....time to start deciding what will be made and offered this year in the seasonal and holiday lines.
Be safe tonight and remember your blessings as they are always there.
Complimentary pictures of some normal silliness around here....
|Posted on November 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM||comments (1)|
I must admit that is is indeed the little things in life that make me smile....what about you? So, here are some of the things that have made me smile over the past couple of days, despite the bitter cold we have been having.
First: I am excited to announce that I embarked on a small journey to immortalize and solidify Blue Roo Creations a bit more. I ordered a custom made for me Soap Stamp made out of acrylic. Well it is done and has been shipped and now I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning.....it shipped yesterday and it is not here yet...Oh My! [No picture yet....it is not here yet]
Second: My partner in crime, Cynthia, designed and ordered our first official business cards and she has received them. On the front of these great cards is my handsome boy, Lancelot. Not only does his handsome blue self stand proudly on our cards but he also sends a firm message as our Mascot. So everyone needs to listen to Sir Lancelot...he tends to growl and voice disapproval when not listened to!
Third: I am so very proud of my daughter Cheyenne. Over the past couple of days she has worked harder than the young man who apprentices with my husband in the blacksmith shop and helps us braintan deer hides. She has been salting hides, which includes skinning the hide away from the legs, stacking them on pallets and doing it all in the very cold weather we have had. She continued working on the hides well past dark and long after the young man stopped for the day, finally dragging herself into the house about 10 pm and declaring there were ONLY 5 or 6 bags of hides left. She followed up the next morning by doing another 3 bags of hides alone. But to me the thing that made me smile the most....her statement to me "Mom, it feels really good to be working hard and especially when it helps Dad out; ya know take some stress and work off of him." Now that makes me smile and tells me I am doing it right as far as teaching my daughter how to work hard, think of others, and take pride in a job well done.
and finally, last but certainly not least...Coop Antics.
On a morning that was cold, wind gusting at 30 - 35 mph, I witnessed our Mascot be true to form...at Large and in Charge of this place! I opened the coop door to go inside which is USUALLY followed immediately by loud squawking and a flurry of feathers bypassing me to get out the door and into the yard but instead Sir Lancelot was blocking the open door with his big blue form. He proceeded to stick his head out the door and look around outside only to get a blast a cold wind in his face. He pulled his head back inside the coop with every intention of going back to bed when Junebug suddenly burst past him and was leaping into the air to go out the door. Well now Sir Lancelot was having none of it. He jumped up and grabbed Junebug out of mid-air and tossed her back inside the coop while growling like a blue bear at her before turning and walking back inside towards his roost. He had a look of total accomplishment on his face as he strolled over to Junebug and began Lancelot Speak to her. I can only assume his conversation with Junebug went something like this...
Him: You do not leave this coop until I say you do and you certainly do not try to fly past me....what were you thinking?
Her: I want to go outside
Him: It is cold and blowing hard enough to send you sailing across the yard
Her: I want to go outside
Him: I Said NO (reinforced by the Lancelot Thunk on the head)
Her: I still want to go outside
Him: Shut it
I took care of their needs and left them to it, chuckling all the way back to the house.
It is indeed the small and simple things in life that really warms your heart and makes you smile. I hope everyone has a wonderful day with plenty of smiles earned.
|Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM||comments (2)|
This weekend has been an adventure on the farm. We have gathered deer hides for tanning as the first weekend of modern gun season comes to an end, we have approximately 150 more hides that have been brought home. Most are being salted, some are being tanned and some are being softened and readying for smoking tomorrow. I spent last evening hand softening two hides and repairing the bullet holes so the hides could be finished today and smoked tomorrow. Hard work but so worth the end result. It is actually enjoyable and relaxing to work on them in the evening while listening to a good movie.
|Posted on November 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (2)|
Today's adventure was multi-faceted as always....there was planning for the first weekend of Gun Season and deer hunting, preparations for picking up deer hides to braintan and making a wonderful foaming pumice scrub.
The preparations for picking up deer hides is all done. Trailer is ready, Bill and I are ready and I am sure the hunters are already sleeping or traveling to their hunting locations as modern gun season opens today here in most of Kentucky. We anticipate picking up 100+ hides this weekend, bringing them home, salting them and then during the week....begin the tanning process on at least 3 - 8 of them. Busy this time of year in the brain tanning work.
Then there was making some foaming pumice scrub with men in mind of course. So, as to not leave the ladies out, I chose oils that are good for odor neutralizing such as Orange, Cinnamon and Clove essential oils, making it unisex and suitable for the kitchen. Because it contains fine pumice powder which men love but can be a drying agent on the skin, that was countered by using just enough to make a good but gentle scrub and by adding the moisturizing benefits of avocado oil and shea butter. It came out wonderfully and left my hands silky smooth and soft after I tried it. A bonus was the neutralizing of garlic odor on my hands, leaving only the pleasant smell of citrus and spice. So, all in all a great product that both men and women will benefit from and enjoy using. Great way to clean up, soften and moisturize hands, feet, elbows and knees while being great for the grease monkeys, so to speak. The entire content list will be posted in the Chatter Barn and you should see 4 oz jars going up in our webstore this weekend. Here is a closer look....the light orange color comes from Annatto Seed Powder.
|Posted on November 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM||comments (2)|
One of our favorite Milk & Silk soaps has been made and is curing. It will be ready for shipping just before the holidays. This time around, the formula has been improved so now "Junebug" will be even better for your skin.
Junebug's main is an intermixing of tropical and citrus scents in a combination of fresh squeezed oranges, pineapples, bananas, coconut, and fresh kiwi as the main notes. It is a very fun, energetic and invigorating scent. The formula change is that the Annatto Seed infused oil has the added benefit of pure sandalwood powder which is used worldwide for its anti-aging properties. The rose clay has been replaced with the excellent benefits of moroccan red clay to boost the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities which makes the soap even better for treating problem skin by removing the harmful toxins that lead to acne, blemishes and other skin issues. The calendula infused olive oil used benefits the skin with the healing properties of calendula.
As with all of my handmade soaps, my personal blend of milks and Tussah Wild Silk is used. The only color additive in this soap is a nature produced blue mica. All of these ingredients lend themselves to more beautiful and healthier looking skin. The fabulous moisturizing of the additional oils in this soap make Junebug a favorite that sells out quick. So watch for it in our store soon to pre-order for the holidays.
This is the new and improved Junebug
The namesake for this wonderful soap surely suits her personality....for those of you who know of her it will be an easy comparison and for those of you who do not, trust me when I say that Junebug is something special. She sure does not realize she is a chicken 99% of the time. Junebug loves playing video games on the XBox, watching TV, eating cold pizza and taking rides in the Jeep.
|Posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (2)|
I wanted something a little different but a definite herbal blend so introducing "Herbal Medley". It is a strong base of Rosemary EO, equal parts of Lemongrass and Basil essential oils and a splash of Peppermint essential oil. The soap has my goat milk and buttermilk recipe with the added benefit of cornsilk and rhassoul clay. The loaf was topped with poppy seeds and rosemary which was cut and sifted. The high quantity of extra virgin olive oil in the soap makes for excellent cleansing and moisturizing. Cannot wait to try it....in 6 weeks.
I am very pleased with this 100% all natural Milk & Silk soap. This bar will be a great for Vegans.
|Posted on October 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (3)|
I am hand quilting a fall table runner that will go into our Etsy shop soon. Problem is, I haven't flexed those finger muscles since the very beginning of this year, before our house fire put a screeching halt to everything and turned our world upside down. I suffer from carpal tunnel symptoms, which my doctor said is somehow related to my hypothyroidism (amazes me what the thyroid will affect), so at times, I must push through unpleasantly tingling and alternately numb fingers and a crampy wrist. I've been mostly crocheting all year, which doesn't require the super fine skills of precise hand quilting, and if you know me, I am somewhat of a perfectionist. It must hold to a certain standard, even making something for my own use.
This first project back into the quilting game was probably not the best one to start with-it consists of sixteen 4" log cabin blocks placed in two adjoining rows as the center of the quilt, then two borders. Being tiny blocks, every strip is also very small, and every seam is very close together, giving me double thickness all through the center of the runner, not really fun in which to hand quilt those tiny, hopefully close together stitches. I was becoming quite discouraged, thinking once again, I may have to give up quilting as I did a few years ago because of my physical deterioration of eyes and hands. At that time, a group of wonderful friends surprised me with this
sweet little number of a computerized Brother sewing machine so I could participate in a block swap and I
now use that for piecing, saving my fingers for the actual quilting part,
thereby saving my only real hobby I'd had up until that point.
Yesterday, as I was beginning the quilting process on the table runner, the tingling was beginning and I was stabbing my fingers on the underside of the quilt way too much. It wasn't fun at all and very slow going. Finally, I realized that the close set seams on this particular block were making my foray back into quilting an extra challenge, I became less discouraged and eventually, I felt something release. The stitches became more what I was aiming for and I was picking up speed, pulling them out less often. When I made it to the borders, I was positively sailing. I found my groove again. Yet, I'm not too sure about that queen size bed quilt top waiting for me in the closet....
|Posted on September 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Okay so we (i.e. Cynthia and I) have decided that we want to be able to interact with members directly and allow them to interact with each other as well as the two of us so without further adieu we welcome you to the "Blue Roo Chatter Barn". Check it out and start posting because we want to hear about what's going on where you are!
Beware !!!! All Drama Llamas have their place and our chatter is not it. Should you bring yours or let it escape then you shall get no cookies.
You can find the link in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
|Posted on September 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
The nice cool weather we have been having is leaving Kentucky and we are looking at above 80 temperatures through the end of the month. So these past couple of days in the low 70's were just a little tease. *sigh* Yesterday is was wonderful....I awoke to a chilly 45 degrees and went to the barn to check on the brooder progress only to find that it had been too cold during the evening and night for the sealant on it to dry.
So, there was no progress made on it yesterday. It will get some work done on it today as we are reaching 80 in early afternoon. Meanwhile, on the crafting front....Buttons. I made some wonderful buttons for one of my scarves/cowls and cannot wait to get them finished up and use them.
Our lone duckling, "Duckie", is finally in with the adult ducks and doing great. I admit that I love my ducks tremendously but also am happy to see them move outside. The babies are all growing like ragweed. Iggy is leader of the standard babaies while the bantam babies have yet to determine a leader. They are a hoot. Sadly, our little late hatching bantam appears to have a crossbeak. Surprising as it has never shown up in either parent line, I think this is an incubation issue. Little thing struggled terribly along with a very very tiny one that did not thrive.
So, today on the agenda....mundane things such as grocery shopping shall interfere with fun crafting stuff and brooder construction but alas there should be time for some of both.