SHS ~ June14th

Mid June already. Can you believe it?!?
We just got 30 yards of dirt to fill the raised garden bed. We’ve been working since Friday afternoon to get the done, so I can plant! My tomatoes and peppers are so ready for more foot space to grow, and I am so ready for them to be *outside* and growing!
There’s my task for next week, planting just about 40 peppers, and over 100 tomato plants…plus carrots, peas, beans, beets, pumpkins, squash and zucchini. I’m sure there’s more, but, without my seed box in front of me, I’m not sure what! lol.

This weeks Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts include Then and Now, Indulge, Happiness, Summer, and Pop of Color.

Then and Now

Then

Daphne, November 2013

Daphne, November 2013

Yup, our pup broke her paw within a month of coming Home. Silly girl! Just so folks know, puppies should not take flying leaps off of couches. Not a good idea.

Now

Daphne, June 2015

Daphne, June 2015

She’s coming 2 in August, and is slowing down a wee bit. She has some sort of high energy herding dog mix in her-we know she’s got German Shepherd, but who knows what else-and can go, go, go, go, go…yeah, she’s a high energy girl who really needs the space out here to run. I cannot imagine this pup in a city home!

Indulge

Ruby indulged herself with a big yawn…right in my face!

Oh, Ruby!

Oh, Ruby!

The Kid and I indulged ourselves with a Kitten in Cups photo shoot…here’s a sneak peek. You’ll get to see more of these in another blog post.

Gray (in the owl cup) and Screaming Mimi (in the Tim Hortons cup)

Gray (in the owl cup) and Screaming Mimi (in the Tim Hortons cup)

Happiness

Happiness is hugging your horse while she lays in the grass. ❤

Ruby, Sable, The Kid and Astrid.

Ruby, Sable, The Kid and Astrid.

Summer

Summer means a lovely nap in the long grass.

Summer Sable

Pop of Color

I’ve been working on the hoof clipping jewelry. This piece is one for me. It’s a Midnight Meteorite earring, with a blue spinel as a pop of color. This is a test piece, so that I know whether or not my setting method is durable enough.

Midnight Meteorite

Sharing with Scavenger Hunt Sunday hosted by Ashley Sisk.

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C is for Cookie’s Gemstone Name

The past 2 weeks, we have been running a contest to find the gemstone name for Cookie’s hoof clipping jewelry. If you look at the Results! post, you’ll see, we had a tie in voting…between Cookillium and Midnight Meteorite.

We turned to the Camouflage hat to determine the winning name…

I printed the 2 names 10 times each.

I printed the 2 names 10 times each.

I figured 10 of each name would give a fair shot to both names in the drawing.

The Kid is always the one who does the draw...

The Kid is always the one who does the draw…

I made her get out of bed early to do this…not a happy Girlie. Oh well. 😛

Our winner!!

Our winner!!

There’s the winning name, suggested to us by Paul…

Midnight Meteorite

Congratulations Paul!!

Cookie thanks you all for not suggesting names that call her a Dork...like her Mama does. ;)

Cookie thanks you all for not suggesting names that call her a Dork…like her Mama does. 😉

We’ll be in touch with Paul shortly to get his prize to him.

In the meantime, the Board at Midnight Calico Farm has discussed the contest, and have decided that everyone who’s suggestion made it to the final 6 will receive a pendant of our choosing.
So, watch your emails folks, we’ll be in touch in the next couple of days to get your info and send out your prize. 🙂

C is for Cookie’s gemstone name, contest, and congratulations!

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.

Manitoba Pet Expo

2015 MB Pet Expo FB Timeline-Cover
We will be there! We’ve got a table to hawk our wares…if you’re in Manitoba, come on out and see us. We’d love to see you!
If you’re wondering what we’ll have, here’s a peek at the work I’ve been doing the past 2 months…

Cards

Cards

Big bin 'o' cards

Big bin ‘o’ cards

Raw Rubidium

Raw Rubidium

Tools of my trade

Tools of my trade

Some finished pieces

Some finished pieces

Still have to make the display cards for the jewelry, finish packaging the greeting cards, and put together the display for our table.
I’ll have a few pieces of raw material to work as well, should anyone be curious about (part) of the process from raw to finished. Some of the process is proprietary, so I won’t do a fully finished piece, but folks will be able to see some of the process. 🙂

2015 MB Pet Expo Poster Color

Sharing for Wordless Wednesday with Crafty Spices, Blog Paws, Create With Joy, Mama to 5 Blessings, and BeThere2Day.

Don’t forget to go to our Results! post and vote on Cookie’s gemstone name. Voting ends tomorrow at Midnight!

Results!

We had so many awesome suggestions for Cookie’s gemstone name! It was tough to narrow things down, but, after much discussion, a lot of goofing off, and some poop shoveling (4 horses live here…there’s always poop to shovel. 😉 ), we’re down to 6.

This is where you good folks come in again…in order to determine a winner, you get to vote. The gemstone name with the most votes will be the new name used on the jewelry made from Cookie’s hoof clippings. The person who suggested the winning name will be the one who wins the pendant.

Voting starts right now, and will go until June 4th at Midnight CST. Winner will be announced on Friday.
Good luck!

Cookie thanks you all for not suggesting names that call her a Dork...like her Mama does. ;)

Cookie thanks you all for not suggesting names that call her a Dork…like her Mama does. 😉

 

Sableine

As my Girls get their pedicures, I collect the trimmings. I’ve mentioned this a few times, how my plan is to make jewelry with them. Each horse has a specific gemstone name that goes with their trimmings.

Here’s a simplified pictorial of how the trimming go from stinky funky bits to pretty jewelry…and for the record, no, the finished product does not smell. 🙂

Tools of the stinky trade...containers, toothbrushes and paper towels. And a place to do it outside...

Tools of the stinky trade…containers, toothbrushes and paper towels. And a place to do it outside…

Eeeeew!! That's some funky water! Of course, it has poop, straw, mud...anything the horse has walked through in it. Great for watering your plants with!

Eeeeew!!
That’s some funky water! Of course, it has poop, straw, mud…anything the horse has walked through in it. Great for watering your plants with!

After the first scrub, in fresh water.

After the first scrub, in fresh water.

Scrubbing...

Scrubbing…

I’ll let y’all just imagine what my hands smell like when I’m done with the scrubbing part. 😈

Once they are clean, I set them on paper towels to dry. I mean really dry out…

Hoof Trimmings0414Next I shape and seal…

Once I have them this far, I usually set them aside for a bit. Just so I can figure out how I want to set them.

Once I have them this far, I usually set them aside for a bit. Just so I can figure out how I want to set them.

Last Friday I sat down with my tools and made a few pendants.

Sterling silver, hematite heart, amethyst, and Sableine.

Sterling silver, hematite heart, amethyst, and Sableine.

This one is The Kid’s. She’s been after me to make her a pendant ever since Sable’s first trim. 🙂

Sterling Silver, freshwater pearls, and Sableine.

Sterling Silver, freshwater pearls, and Sableine.

Finally…

Sterling silver, citrine and Sableine.

Sterling silver, citrine and Sableine.

The last 2 will be going into the sale file.

Sharing with Macro Monday 2 and I ❤ Macro.