Almost 4 months have zipped by since my last blogging session, and 5 months since I made this announcement.
The chickens and pup have kept me very busy! But, I have already been dabbling in some new ideas. These will be available at local craft shows, and if I have any left over, I may list them on Etsy, but since I am on that break I am not taking orders at this time. This is my time to make what I want, when I want! :)
The first are these cute salt and pepper shakers (sorry for the crappy kitchen photo):
Second is this nifty double bowl server:
And I’m also participating in Shop Unique. It’s a movement promoting Etsy Sellers and their wonderful products!
Lastly, I just stocked my Etsy shop- see what kind of goodies I stocked there!
Thanks for looking- I’ll peek in again one of these days!
Once he popped into my head, this guy kept me awake until I finally brought him into existence (I’m sorry, zombiepig is not available for sale at this time- he was made for a special event):
Although I’m on sabbatical, I have quite a lot of inventory, so I will be stocking my Etsy shop from time to time.
Check out the goodies! Rising Sun Earthworks on Etsy
Five girls (hopefully) have joined our family: Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy and Clara (extra points if you get the reference).
I had chickens when I was a kid, briefly as a young adult, and again back in 2000- up until about 2005. At that point I was so immersed in RSE I had to give up my guinea pig showing and breeding, and my chickens. Between the kids and the business I had no time for anything else. Also Mike didn’t like the way the chickens tore up the grass in the yard to make dustbaths when it got dry.
Now that the kids are grown up we decided to keep a few backyard hens again. This time around they will have their own yard, with semi-supervised free range time in the backyard. This project has kept me extremely busy for the past 5 weeks; raising tiny day old chicks, training the dogs not to eat them, building the coop. Oh my gosh, building the coop- that project seemed to go on forever, but it’s finally finished! The outside is, anyway. The girls won’t need a real roost or nest boxes for a month or so, so I saved the furniture for last.
They were finally old enough to move in to their new digs on Monday night, their 5 week birthday, but I actually didn’t finish all the trim and paintwork until yesterday. I’m so glad to have it finished– on the first day of summer– finally!
The two little boys get along with the chickens great. George is okay unless Donna pecks him in the eye, and then he will retaliate. I’m not sure if it would be easier to teach the chickens not to molest the dogs, or vice versa.
Besides working on our bad eating habits, we have this project to work on:
Meet Jesse, aka Jelly, aka Jellybelly, aka Potpie. He came from the same wonderful lady that we got Russell from. For the past 5 years she has always been there for us when we had questions and sought advice about our first French Bulldog. When Jesse became available, I was a little hesitant– we have two male dogs already; how would a third fit in? The timing was a little wrong. We weren’t ever planning on having three dogs at once, but I kept coming back to his photo. On Easter weekend I asked Mike what he thought, and he said “why not?” So we jumped in the car on Easter Sunday and drove the 6 1/2 hours to Pennsylvania (and 6 1/2 hours back) to pick up this character.
He gets along great with the other boys (Russell loves him– he just always has that expression on his mug):
He has become Katie’s constant companion
Since they are so devoted to each other, I’ve decided to let Katie take charge of raising this pup and she is doing a great job! Here they are in obedience class:
Puppies sure are a lot of work!
The first thing on my agenda during this break from RSE, is to get my health back on track. Katie and I are doing a sort of healthy eating boot camp: Whole30 . We are starting tomorrow, June 1.
And today I find myself stuffing my face with pound cake that will have to be thrown away at midnight :/ This is exactly the kind of behavior I’m hoping to modify by doing this whole30 thing!
I have decided to take some time to step back and do some revamping of RSE. There are two reasons for this. One, to take a look at my business model and make a few changes in how I manage the company. Two, to reawaken my creativity which has gradually taken a back seat to production over the 11 years I have been in business.
Because of this, I will not be taking any orders for an extended length of time. Any previous orders that have been finalized will still be honored, and I will continue to stock my etsy shop periodically. I have a small coop/preorder scheduled for late summer that will still take place (through The Squirmie Worm on facebook), however, I will not be attending any shows this summer, and I will not do the holiday custom order this year.
Since creativity is an imprecise thing, I cannot put a definite date on when I will bring RSE back to full throttle again, but I do plan on doing so, hopefully by this time next year.
Thank you to all my customers and friends!
It’s been awhile since I blogged- how have you all been? :) I have been wrapping up some large orders and getting ready for this upcoming show!
The Rhode Island Sheep and Fiber Festival (here is their website ) is held at Coggeshall Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island. It’s a lovely place to visit at any time, with all sorts of heritage farm animals, buildings and activities. The Fiber festival is a great place to stock up on lovely handmade, hand dyed or handspun yarn and fiber and also fiber related crafts of all sorts!
I will be there with my pottery with a larger than usual selection of yarn bowls and sheep- and fiber-related mugs along with my usual offerings. Hope to see you there! It will be held rain or shine.
I hope everyone has a great time crawling all the wonderful yarn shops in RI, and I will meet you at the Culmination Marketplace on Sunday at Mount Hope Farm (12-4:30). I will have yarn bowls, fiber-themed mugs, BUTTONS (new!) and a few other items.
For more information, click here: The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl
I will have all my products at my next show, the RI Wool and Fiber Festival, in May (see Schedule tab for more information).