From now on I’m going to have to make sure that when I mail out my Flying Vulvas, in what ever form they take… decal, button, pillow or potholder, that I write “The Flying Vulva” as the return address.
Just like Ann did on the self address stamped envelope she sent to me to get a free Flying Vulva decal. She also bought four of them from my Etsy Shop to give away to friends.
I also wanted to share the sparkling words that Ann sent me (in the photo) that are so much in the spirit of my Flying Vulva. Ever since I started making my Flying Vulvas I’m seeing this new wave of Vulva art everywhere, embracing and rejoicing in the inner and outer, sparkling beauty, that all women share.
Thank you Ann, your Flying Vulvas will be landing any day now.
You can buy a Flying Vulva decal in my Etsy Shop or get a free one by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Maria Wulf PO Box 205 Cambridge NY 12816.
I also have a Flying Vulva Pillow for sale and some Flying Vulva Buttons in my Etsy Shop. And I’m always willing to make more Flying Vulva Potholders, just ask!
I’ve taken videos of my Mystery Snails eating before, but never with my macro lens, like I did this evening.
Snails have over ten thousand teeth ( you can see them in this video) and aquatic snails have some of the hardest teeth of any animal.
In this video you can watch my Mystery Snail scrape the algae off the side of the fish tank. On the right, below her/his eye, you can see the syphon. When the snail needs air, it will go to the top of the tank, extend it’s syphon and get as much air as it needs.
Jon and have figured out how to separate Zelda and Griselle from the other sheep so we can feed them grain.
It wouldn’t be healthy to give the other sheep grain this time of year, they get enough nutrition from the grass and hay. But Zelda and Griselle are old and are having a harder time eating and keeping weight on. We couldn’t see how skinny they had become until we had them shorn.
To separate them, we get all the sheep in the pole barn then open the gate letting out all the sheep but Zelda and Griselle. Hopefully, when they understand they’re getting grain everyday, they’ll hang back from the other sheep and it will make everything easier for all of us.
After graining the two of them this afternoon, Jon and I spent some time in the pasture with the sheep and donkeys and dogs.
My sheep Suzy, was enjoying my scratching her back, when Bud came over and started sniffing at her, they even touched noses ( I think Jon got pictures of that). Then Suzy started wiggling her butt at Bud and he responded by sniffing that.
When Suzy laid down next to me, Bud sat next to her. I could swear I was watching a budding romance.
But Bud soon got distracted by Biddy who, for some reason, he just had to try to chase. Biddy wasn’t in the mood. They got in each others face and eventually ran Bud off.
I saw my boots, covered in manure and mud beside the old milk can that was at the house when we bought it, and knew it would make a good instant photo.
I think I’m beginning to get a feeling for the kinds of pictures I want to the with my instax camera. I’m beginning to understand the light and cropping too.
After taking a picture of the instant photo with my iphone I sometimes manipulate it with filters that are available on Instagram or iPhoto. I did that with this one, pulling out the colors and brightening the background.
I’ve really only ever taken pictures with my iPhone, so I’ve had to learn much about using an instant camera. I throw out more pictures than I keep.
This photo became much of what I imaged it would be.
After the sheep are shorn they sometimes don’t recognize each other. Biddy and Socks started bumping heads yesterday then Biddy started chasing Socks around the barn.
We usually keep all the sheep in the barn until they are all shorn. They prefer to be together and if we let them out one by one after they were shorn, we risk letting some of the sheep out who still need to be shorn.
But there were only two more sheep to shear when they started chasing each other around so we let all the sheep who had been shorn out of the barn. After that, it only took Biddy and Socks a few minutes to figure out that they knew each other.
The sheep often find themselves in strange positions when getting shorn. Sometimes they just look like a lump of wool.
When sheep are sat up or laid on their backs, they go limp. Most of ours stay that way till the shear is done and lets them up. Rosemary, Izzy, Pumpkin or Liam will sometimes give the shearer trouble, trying to get back on their feet again. But Biddy and Sock didn’t give Liz and Ian any trouble.
Our Shearer Liz Willis brought some help with her today.
Ian is the grandson of Jim McRae, who used to be our shearer. When she was 8 years old Jim taught Liz to shear sheep. That was when she began her own flock of sheep too. Now Liz has taken over for Jim after he retired and Ian is helping Liz.
Liz not only shears the sheep, but she clips and checks their hooves and the teeth of the older sheep. Griselle has been limping for a few days and Liz found a but of an infection in one of her hooves. She trimmed the hoof back and we sprayed it with peroxide. She said Griselle would limp for a few days but would heal.
Zelda and Griselle are both too skinny. They are both old, Zelda at least nine or ten. Griselle still has all her teeth, but Zelda only has a couple of front teeth left. That means she had a hard time eating hay and grass.
We’ll feed them both grain. Griselle should gain some weight back, but it will be harder for Zelda without her teeth. I’m thinking that after this summer it will be best to put Zelda down before the winter comes. I certainly don’t want her starving to death or suffering unnecessarily.
Both Jon and Liz agreed that it would be best for her. I’ll see what feels right when the winter comes.
All the other sheep are healthy and have grown some beautiful wool.
I’ll post more pictures and video later today and tomorrow.
I haven’t yet sewed the head of my goddess onto the quilt backing. I pinned her down, but she seemed to get lost in the colors of the quilt.
So I sat a while just looking at her and got the idea to use a part of the original quilt to fill in just the white and black patterned diamonds with another color.
So I took out the quilt and found some blue stars that I thought would work.
I cut the stars from the quilt and pulled the quilted stitches out to release the blue fabric from the batting and backing.( the thread is so thick and strong. I think it would be the last thing left around the disintegrating fabric)
Then I pinned the blue diamonds between the stars, filling in the spaces.
I was going in the right direction, but it was still not quite right. Then I saw that it had to be the black striped fabric that is backing the rest of the quilt.
So I cut out the last big diamond of black striped fabric from the original quilt and once again pulled out all the quilting.
I was working on my potholders today, so I didn’t get to do much on my goddess, but I was able to cut one diamond shape (using the blue pieces as a template) and pin in a couple of the edges to get an idea of what it will look like.
And it was just right. The tan stars will stand out behind her own star-like head like an aura or halo. And the black striped fabric will create a unity with the rest of the piece.