goodbye, goats

Posted on February 18th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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Today we sent our three little goats off to a new home.

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After filling our lives with two years of pure goatiness, we gave them to a family with 6 acres of green pastures, two other little goats, and a couple of human kids.

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We really wished we could keep them, but we are going places this year where it would be hard to bring our goats with us. (More on that later.)

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It’s so hard to say goodbye to your goats!

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But taking lots of goat selfies helps you along the way.

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Having our goats has been so much fun these past two years. We’re really sad, but we have a lot of great, goaty memories.

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And knowing our goats, I’m sure they will have a baa-a-a-ll in their new home. ;)

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bible story models

Posted on February 6th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »

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While I was studying illustration at Cazenovia College in upstate NY, I interned under Cheri Bladholm.  She is an amazing illustrator and a really sweet person–one of my favorites. :)

I loved working with her, and gathering reference photos for her paintings was one of my jobs. She was working on a book called Tell Me the Story of Jesus, and I photographed members of my family so she could paint them into the scenes. She gave me a copy of the finished Bible, which was really cool, since we were in it!

Fast forward 15+ years and I just made contact with Cheri again. She’s working on a children’s Bible right now. We were talking about it, and she said she wanted some redheads for a certain scene. I happen to know two quite well, so I was happy to get photo reference for her after so many years–and the reds were happy to pose–for a minute!

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The scene is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. David stood in for a disciple, while Zia and Cash posed as kids gathering leftovers into the basket. We used sweet potatoes for little loaves of bread, and I got as many pics and poses as Cash’s patience held out for, LOL.

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Cheri just sent me a photo of the finished painting. The kids identified themselves right away, and even David looks like himself (before his haircut!) I love the color scheme she used, and I am really excited about having redheads in a New Testament story, since I don’t think I’ve ever seen any portrayed. Ruddy King David must have had some red-haired descendants, though!

We are so looking forward to reading this children’s Bible once it is finished. Thanks, Cheri!

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around here in the wild woods

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »

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David is gone for a week and a half, first to Raleigh for three days, then Augusta. He’s getting a new place prepared for the Masters golf tournament in April…I think. I don’t ask too many questions because there are enough things in life I don’t quite comprehend–without throwing networks, switches and routers into the mix.

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Here at home, we’re just doing the usual. Feeding goats, baking banana bread, making bone broth, keeping the fire stoked. Cash is currently cutting a piece of Styrofoam into a million tiny pieces with a knife while Zia is making clay animals to sell. I should be carving and painting, but I’m blogging instead. Because I love you. :)

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Cash and I hopped in the truck yesterday and blazed down Golden Gate Canyon. It was 16 degrees and so beautiful–ice covered everything, creating an amazing winter fairyland.

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Work for my shop has been steady since before Christmas. Every spare minute has a place–mostly carving animals, with a little painting thrown in.

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These dala horses have been my main project through all of January. They are finished now, except for decorating them. I’m half dreading it, half looking forward to it–but definitely afraid to start. It’s the white elephant/blank canvas effect, I guess. I need to just splatter on a little paint and get started!

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Here’s my latest hairdo–just thought I’d throw in a pic, free of charge. I have it trimmed and the roots touched up 4x a year, and that’s when I have it straightened. It’s the only time I let heat touch my hair, but I revel in it and go a full week without washing my curls back to life.

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This redwood cord burning box was an order I received the other day–now finished and mailed out. The ivy is painted in shimmery inks.

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These are carved animal necklaces I’m working on now on my dining room table.  I’ve added a new, smaller size to my bear totems, and have sold a couple of them so far!

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Here’s our kitchen window with some animal carvings hanging to dry. I’ve been getting steady orders for bears, foxes, wolves, and now a pending raccoon. There’s also an eagle waiting in the wings.

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Here’s our boy, showing off a banana cake he baked a couple of weeks ago….

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and not long afterwards, in the dentist’s chair. He had a baby root canal and almost all of his baby teeth capped. It was a rough time, but he is back to normal and his mouth is healing well.

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Zia still has a steady little business among her classmates–taking custom orders for clay animals, sculpting, baking, and painting them. Here is a little Husky dog she made recently.

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An here she is cart-wheeling away. Hope you’re having a great February so far!

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a brand new man

Posted on January 21st, 2017 by mountain girl  |  5 Comments »

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I may or may not have gently coaxed this man to cut his hair, short. The other day I showed him a picture of my favorite haircut on him, taken many, many years ago, and told him how much I liked it, ha. I actually do like his hair long, but I love it a little shorter.

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Especially because…

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This.

I took these pics just before he headed out to get snipped. Get ready for the transformation!

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What a ham, LOL. Hope you love the metamorphosis as much as I do!

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elk in the park

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  4 Comments »

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Here are a few elk pictures I took the other day when they came down to play in the park. Don’t miss the bighorn sheep teaser at the end. :)

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There are 11 bighorns in this photo. How many can YOU find?

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