Posts tagged #Barn

Barn Days 3 & 4

This is what they had finished by Friday afternoon.

This is what they had finished by Friday afternoon.

I got behind on posting barn pictures, I am sorry! The builders took the long weekend off and then they had to help out on another job for two days. Apparently their company had a very large roof to put on a building and needed everyone. I am hoping that means we will have extras here to put our roof on soon! 

This what they did today! I couldn't take a closer picture while they working, I don't want to bother them. ;) 

This what they did today! I couldn't take a closer picture while they working, I don't want to bother them. ;) 

I can't wait for it to be done! There are a few too many animals living in the garage now and it is starting to smell. Now that the birds can fly it is really hard to clean out the brooder.

A couple of weeks ago I hinted that I had a sewing project to share and I finally finished it last night! I made the kids sun hats, and they match!!! I was very excited when Lucy decided that she did want the same fabric as her brother's. She saw how cute their's were and wanted in. :)

I scored the awesome cows at this fantastic all-craft-supply thrift store we have near here.

I scored the awesome cows at this fantastic all-craft-supply thrift store we have near here.

The pattern is from the book Little Things To Sew by Oliver+S. Lucky for everyone the pattern is available for free on their site! It is a great pattern, but my advice is to go slowly with it; there are lots of curves and layers to get right. 

I am no photographer, but, if I do say so myself, my kids are pretty cute in their new hats! So, here are some pictures of them. :)

Did I say cute or did I say cute? 

Did I say cute or did I say cute? 

These hats really protect their faces from the sun...and the camera. 

These hats really protect their faces from the sun...and the camera. 

It gets VERY windy up here on the hill so I made sure to add a strap to the hats. The straps hook together with velcro so no one strangles themselves and they are long so that they don't irritate the kids' chins but they catch the hat from blowing away.

I just fit the straps right in between the layers.

I just fit the straps right in between the layers.

I made the straps with strips of fabric about an inch wide and 12 inches long, which I sewed into tubes. I pressed them flat then pinned them in at the side seams when I was sewing in the lining.

On the ends I folded over a half inch of the strap and sewed on skinny pieces of velcro. Make sure you do some extra stitches on those so that repeated velcro openings don't pull your stitches out. 

For Lucy's hat I followed this tutorial from Skirt As Top to make the brim wider. It is a simple adjustment with a big effect.

She lost her second tooth on Memorial Day!

She lost her second tooth on Memorial Day!

One more picture of my silly models.

Goofiness
Posted on May 30, 2013 .

Barn Day 2

First, a picture of the birds. The bigger ones are the keets, they are huge now! The chickens are all getting their feathers in too. All of the birds can fly now so feeding and watering them is getting tricky. It takes two people, one to do the work and one to wave them back in when they try to escape.

Aren't they funny looking now? 

Aren't they funny looking now? 

Now on to the building progress:

The barn almost looks like a real building already. Today there were only two guys, but they still got a lot done.

The barn almost looks like a real building already. Today there were only two guys, but they still got a lot done.

The coop is going to be a very cute little building up there.

The coop is going to be a very cute little building up there.

Posted on May 23, 2013 .

Growing

Lots of new things to share today!

First up, the barn!!!!!

new barn

The crew showed up just before 7:00 this morning and worked until dinner time! 

chicken coop

The chicken coop is now racing the barn. ;)

Dave got all of the wood to do the framing milled so he worked all day on putting it to use. It is going to have some plexiglass windows to let in light and a fenced in run on the uphill side. The run will be for times when we will be away and the winter. The plan is for the chickens to free range the majority of the time. 

The guienna fowl will have a separate coop on the south side of the barn. Instead of a fenced run for winter, they will have access to the inside of the barn.

Last but not least...we have added even more animals! Today we went and picked up three kittens from Lucy's bus driver. A stray had a litter of five under his porch and he was trying to find homes for them. Knowing that we are suckers, I mean kind farmers, he asked us if we would take any of them. After calling around for an affordable option for spaying/neutering, I talked Dave into three kittens. We grabbed the first three we could get our hands on from under the porch and brought them home. We have not yet determined if they are boys or girls, so no names yet. One is very mellow but the others hiss and spit at us. We are guessing they are five to six weeks old, so I have some kitten formula (who knew Tractor Supply sold kitten formula!) and I am going to get some wet cat food tomorrow to also offer them. 

They look pretty scared in this picture, but I assure you they were snuggling into the blankets after drinking some milk replacer about an hour ago. 

They look pretty scared in this picture, but I assure you they were snuggling into the blankets after drinking some milk replacer about an hour ago. 

I will try to make sure to post a picture of the barn and coop each day until they are done so check back soon!

Posted on May 22, 2013 .

Spring Has Sprung

It feels like we have skipped right over spring and went straight to summer. It has been sunny and warm, practically perfect! (We could use a bit of rain, but I am not complaining or worried yet.) 

All manner of things are growing around here:

The keets are losing their down and growing feathers at a surprisingly quick rate!

The keets are losing their down and growing feathers at a surprisingly quick rate!

The seedlings are stretching towards the sun.

The seedlings are stretching towards the sun.

Charlie is looking very handsome since he shed his winter coat.

Charlie is looking very handsome since he shed his winter coat.

I can't leave Gus out. He is, well, he is Gus. :)

I can't leave Gus out. He is, well, he is Gus. :)

Last but not least, our latest additions! Last Thursday I added 25 chicks to the brooder. I got a few different heritage breeds so that I could get different colored eggs and compare how they grow and lay.

Last but not least, our latest additions! Last Thursday I added 25 chicks to the brooder. I got a few different heritage breeds so that I could get different colored eggs and compare how they grow and lay.

Posted on May 7, 2013 .