Finishing Up My Heron

The back of my Heron

I began hemming the sides and bottom of my Heron fabric painting today and putting a backing on it.  I sew the backing on by hand because I like the way the edges look better than when they’re machine stitched.

I’ll be using an old linen for the backing as I usually do.

I also sent Sara Kelly a photo of my Heron so she can size it for making prints and postcards.  The prints will most likely be 11×17″ or close to that size.  I’ll sell them both in my Etsy Shop and directly from my blog.

I have Bellydancing tonight so I know I won’t be able to finish the backing today, but I am excited to get back to work on it and get as much done as possible.

The Seedling In The Apple Log

After a treat and the salt lick, Lulu and Fanny make their way over to the pile of apple tree logs.  They’ve eaten out the rotten wood in the middle of the logs and are working on chewing off the bark.

In one log they’ve chewed down as much as deep they can go.  Now there is a seedling sprouting from the center of it.

I don’t know what kind of seed this is, but I’m tempted to take the log from the barnyard and let the seedling grow in a place where the donkeys won’t eat it.

The seedling sprouting from the rotten wood that the donkeys chewed

My Heron Is Sold, But I’ll Be Making Prints and Postcards Of Her

My unfinished Heron

I have gotten so many people asking about buying my Heron fabric painting. I appreciate them all and the stories that go along with them.  I can see how much herons touch people’s lives, as they have touched mine.

My Heron is sold.

I  want you to know how I go about selling my work.   I don’t ask people to commit to a piece of art that I’m working on until it’s finished.  The first person who asked about it gets first choice.  If there is more than one person who is interested, as with my Heron, I keep a list according to the order in which people contact me.

So if the first person doesn’t want it for some reason, I move down the list.

Since my Heron is so popular, when It’s finished I will be making prints which I will sign and postcards of her.

This way my Heron, in a different form, will be available to anyone who wants her.

Issachar At The Salt Lick

Usually, it’s Fanny and Lulu at the salt lick right after I give them a morning treat whether it’s an alfalfa square or an apple from the crabapple tree. But today it was Issachar.  And he was so into it he even butted Kim out of the way when she tried to get a lick.

I didn’t get that on my video, but I thought I’d point out something that people have asked me about.  Why do farmers cut sheep tails.

Farmers usually dock sheep’s tails not long after they are born.  Sometimes they cut them other times they tie them with a tight band and the tail falls off after a couple of weeks.  You might remember we did that will RobinIn.

In this video, you can clearly see Kim’s tail.

When we got Kim she was a few years old and had never had her tail docked.  Sheep tails aren’t very long but they still collect feces especially in the spring when the grass is new and the animals often have diarrhea from it.

Kim is a karakul sheep.  Karakuls are Asian desert sheep and they store water in their tail.  On our farm there is always fresh water, so her tail is more of a nuance than anything else.

Kim’s tail is pretty dirty right now.  It’s might be the apples that are making her stool a bit soft.  As the season moves on and I start feeding hay, her tail won’t look as bad as it does in this video.  And when shearing time comes the wool from her tail will be thrown aside by Ian, our shearer so it doesn’t get mixed in with Kim’s fleece.

There is some self-cleaning that goes on with the sheep. Just like how the seeds that were stuck in Merricat’s wool a few days ago are now all gone.

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