Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kids and Their Presents

It's hard to get good pictures of kids opening presents because they don't sit still very often! These are a few of my favorite pictures from Christmas Day.



David and I got the kids a checkers set from Cracker Barrel. It has a rug as the board and it's huge. The kids love it! We've played several games so far.


Kylee can never have enough hair bands (not like 80's rock bands, but actual hair ties).


We also got Kylee a Cinderella snow globe. She loves it!


And Santa brought Devin a Red Ryder bb gun! He and David spent a few hours target shooting. He's a good shot!


Stay tuned for more Christmas posts during the next few days!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a great one!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Family Reunion

We adopted Elmer as a puppy, from a rescue about 2 hours from us where I grew up. He was one of 13 pups total, but 12 survived. He was one of the last 2 pups to get adopted. After we brought him home, I was looking at all of the "success stories" rescues typically post, you know, with pictures of the dogs' new families. Well, I happened to be looking at pictures of his littermates' new owners, and I saw someone I knew! Turns out one of my friends from college adopted one of Elmer's sisters!

We live about 2 hours away from each other, and we've never managed to get the dogs together...until this past weekend! My friend was coming to a little get-together we had, and I told her to bring Dakodah (her dog) along!

Here is Elmer (L), Buford (middle), and Dakodah (R).


It was really neat seeing them together, but hard to get a decent picture!


They had a lot of the same mannerisms!


Dakodah is definitely more active than Elmer, but she's got the same, sweet, lapdog personality!


It's so much fun being able to keep in touch. When you adopt from rescues, you rarely get to see the littermates grow up!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Buffet



I love this thing. My mom found it at an estate auction years ago and it looked very different than it does now. It was black and didn't look like much. Mom got it for $80. She brought it home and stripped it and found beautiful wood underneath. She knew when she saw it that it had potential.

When she moved into her current house, there just wasn't room for it, so lucky me now I have it! I'm not sure if it belongs to me now or not, but honestly I feel more like it's caretaker rather than owner. I am very protective of it, and I'm always reminding the kids to be easy on the doors and drawers. I don't want anything to happen to it!

I love decorating it too. I love how it looks all decked out for Christmas. It's definitely my favorite piece of furniture we own.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Soap Winner!

Thanks to random.org, the winner of the soap giveaway is Susan, from Squash Blossom Farm! Thanks to everyone who entered!



Susan, just let me know for sure which scent you would like, and I'll mail it out!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Greetings



Purl & June Christmas cards, featuring Purl, are now available in the shop!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Positive and a Negative

I realize I haven't posted pictures of the sheep and goats lately, so here you go! I moved the girls' temporary fence to a section of yard where I'd been stockpiling grass (meaning I haven't let David cut it in a long time) so they could graze a bit. They really enjoyed getting out and grazing, since they've eaten their pasture down and have been getting hay lately.

Barley is on the left, Bean is on the right.


Here's Ida. She recently tested negative for CAE! I got the results in on Friday, and I'm so glad because June is positive. I separate all of June's kids right after birth and bottle feed them, and I'm glad it's worth the hassle since Ida is negative.


And check out Ms. Wide Load, aka Darla. I also got her results on Friday..she's pregnant! I figured she was, but there's always a bit of doubt with her. She'll be on a strict diet from now until she lambs, because she packed on the pounds when she was eating alfalfa hay with the ram. I swear she looks at feed and gets fat!


And speaking of wide loads... June is due February 14th and she's already looking very wide!


I love how when I talk to the sheep they look up with mouths full of grass.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Giveaway!

To celebrate the soap finally being in the Etsy shop, I'm having a giveaway!



The winner will get to choose one bar of soap and will also get a wooden soap tray to keep it on!









The available scents are:


Peony


Vanilla Lavender


Goat Milk & Honey


Berry Vanilla


Shea & Coconut


Unscented


Tropical Vacation


Lemongrass Verbena


Coffee Kitchen (for scrubbing odors like onion off of hands)


Santa's Pipe


Santa's Workshop




To enter, just leave a comment with what scent you would like! And you can get a second entry by "liking" Purl & June on Facebook (please make sure to leave a second blog comment if you do this)! You have until Thursday, December 15th to enter, and the winner will be announced on Friday, December 16th! Good luck!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Shop Listings





I listed a few things in the shop last night, so check it out! I was thisclose to adding the soap, but our internet went down just as I was about to list the first scent! Drats! Check back tonight or tomorrow, and I'll be having a giveaway!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Heck With the Malls

Yesterday I participated in a craft show called Heck With the Malls, a show held by the local arts council. They do a good job trying to get people to shop locally for Christmas gifts instead of going to the big box stores.


It was a pretty steady day and I think most of us vendors did fairly well. It was a lot of fun talking to people about the stuff I made. It was also fun seeing their reactions when I told them the soap came from milk from my own goat. People seemed pretty surprised at that!


I think my favorite customers of the day were the two little girls who were about 11 years old or so. They came to my table about 5 times to look at the little felted acorns, and I heard them naming each person they'd buy an acorn for. They came back at the end of the show with enough money in hand to buy 5 of the remaining 9 acorns. I made those acorns several years ago, and each craft show I'd bring them along and sell a few. I told the girls they could have all of the remaining acorns, and one said, "Are you sure?!" They seemed tickled pink when I said I was sure. I figured any girls dedicated enough to wool acorns to visit them 5 times during the show deserved all of them!

Friday, December 2, 2011

A $2 Deal

I've been looking for something to display my soaps at the craft show so I went to our local auction a few weeks ago. The auction is huge, and you can find anything there. A lady next to me had just bought a whole lot of "stuff", and I noticed this little shelf in the pile. I asked her if she'd be willing to sell it, and she sold it to me for $2. It looked a little rough, and I didn't need the mugs, but I thought it had potential.



I took it home and started cleaning it up.


I took off the door and all the hardware and cleaned it up. I figured it'd be pretty cute with a coat of paint, so I painted it the same color as my kitchen.


It's just about the perfect size, and for $2 I think it worked out perfectly! In the future I may need to move up to something bigger, but for now it's just right.
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