Sunday, August 15, 2010

How (not) to Tattoo a Goat Kid

My dad and I tattooed Dehlia yesterday. Here's a tip . . . always tattoo goat kids when they're very small and you can fit them into a holding box. I ended up getting beat up by a 30# dairy kid.

First I had the bright idea to put Dehlia on her back, sit over her, pin her head on the ground to have access to both ears. Not so bright. I ended up getting kicked really bad. After some more wrestling I got her pinned on the ground on her side . . . squashed the poor kids head under my arm, and held onto that ear for dear life. I made my dad have the honor of clamping the tattoo onto the ear (hopefully its not upside down!) We switched the letters and tattooed the other ear.

A minute or two later and Dehlia was running like a march hare around the yard, following dad and I as we went about our business. So cute and unscathed!

1. Tattoo kids when they're young
2. Remember gloves and wear old clothes
3. Bring a hypodermic needle in case you need to re-do a letter
4. Cleanse the spot with rubbing alcohol
5. Rub the spot with ink
6. Clamp the pliers super hard (auto release is marvelous)
7. Rub more ink into the holes for 15 seconds
8. Now the other ear
9. Done! Give the goat kid some lovin'

It was certainly interesting ;) I probably got more ink on my body than on Dehlia's ears.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Studio Nearly Done!!!

my $1.00 mirror from a rummage sale.

You know what stinks? I just got my own studio and now I may not enjoy it for four years . . . Have you guessed why yet? Yuppers, I just may be going to a four year college :)

Sweet and sour, bitter sweet, light and dark, happy and sad am I. My goats are being sold. Thankfully I'll be able to keep my horse and the first baby goat I bred, Clover. Its also possible that I can keep my dogs and pure bred buckling, Duke. Everyone else has to go ~ seven animals total.

Red Brick Farm is dissolving away until God thinks its the right time to let me settle down with a new farm. Maybe the family will still keep the name but it won't be following me.

Here's some of the latest pictures of my studio!

Pardon the cord hanging from the ceiling! This is my 'heffalump' wall!!!! There's five sets of polka dots. I made the stencils with wax paper and traced them with household items like Pam, spice containers, etc . . . then cut them out with a razor blade.
Remember when you collected bits of broken plates as a kid? I'm collecting people's cast-off furniture items ;) Same concept but more grown up!
The drapes were free from my grandma. It gives me the cozy imitation of privacy and covers up the ugly unfinished bathroom.
The celtic stencil in the closet was handmade too but I decided I didn't like it after practicing in the closet ;)
Instead, I went with polka dots in Wintergreen, Chocolate (or coffee), and White.

I recently got a wintergreen wastebasket from Target for $2.50 and some cute owl notecards (one of which will be hung on the wall). I also painted some ugly wooden frames to hang on the wall--pictureless--just to enjoy the concept of the colors I chose. Eventually I'll paint cute woodland themes on the frames. Also, once I'm done with school, I plan on getting an overstuffed chair, sewing table and cutting mat, sewing machine, storage shelves, and my own desk. In the meantime I have to keep the studio filled with my junk so my dad doesn't move in as his new office while I'm gone!!!! GASP!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Studio Postponed

"I'm just one stomach flu away from . . . " finishing my studio :(

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Studio Progress: Nearly Done Painting :)

Talk about blisters, sore muscles as well as temporary idiocy from paint fumes! Nearly Done!!!! Tomorrow after church I get to paint my special designs on the walls (its a secret) and then begin working on painting the floor. Tuesday the room should be all ready to start moving in :)

The palette includes:

Or in Walmart terms, Wintergreen and Painted Desert. A pottery barn catolog made my decision final about going with a seafoam/teal/mint color. But then its also an overpowering color so I went with a neutral sand to warm things up a bit. Just wait until the designs are painted on!!!!!

Viewing from the entry.

The rock collection corner.

Viewing towards the entry.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Update on Project: Studio

All the priming is done! So is are the second coats on the cement walls! I even painted part of the closet!!!

First pic is from the entry, second is the closet, and last is the previously unpainted corner with the rock collection ;)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Heehee, great title!

Have you ever heard of coccidiosis? Its a sickness caused by the little protozoans called Coccidia. The parasites cause diarrhea, vomiting, and some times death.

All livestock have a certain amount of coccidia in their intestines. When the count becomes to large for the animal to handle, they start showing symptoms.

We had one doeling last year that probably had coccidiosis when she was being weaned. There's a possibility that my doelings don't grow like they should because of three things:

1. Purina Goat Chow isn't giving them the nutrition they need.
2. Worm overload.
3. Coccidia overload.

Remember my post about milk fever and ketosis? Well, its possible there's a worm overload or once again, the Goat Chow. Milk fever and ketosis are preventable with proper nutrition which makes me guess Purina isn't doing something right. The average person would think that a scientist formulated feed would cover all your bases . . . at least thats what I thought before my second doe came down with milk fever.

How to treat coccidia? With a drug called Albon, or sulfadimethoxine and treating the kids once a month until they're 8 months old. But then there goes my dreams of having an organic farm.

What are your thoughts? Would you sacrifice the future health and productive life of your livestock in order to have an 'organic' farm?

But then isn't Albon once a month much better than using medicated feed for that whole time?

Before signing out to work on the Studio . . . this coming paycheck will definitely find itself paying for a fecal on my doelings. Then we'll know for sure if Coccidia are lurking in the kidpen, keeping my darling kids from growing.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Project: Studio

When my older sis got married and moved out, she still had some items in her storage area in our basement. This past week I've been working on packing everything in boxes, moving everything out, cleaning like there's no tomorrow, and praying the spiders can't crawl out of the shopvac. It will be my personal space for doing homework, crafting, sewing, packaging/shipping, and vegging out. An overstuffed chair is an absolute requirement in the "O-zone" as an older sib so lovingly calls it ;)

Anyways, here's a picture from the entry way for *before* purposes. Today I'm working on priming the drywall and second coating the cement walls.

So basically its just an unattractive unfinished basement storage room. I think I'm gonna paint the walls a 'pool' color . . . its somewhere in between seafoam, aqua, and teal. For some reason blue always evokes inspiration for me.

Dad was in the process of building a bathroom but got distracted and returned the sink :) Maybe we'll get him to pick it up again! At least I'm hoping he'll hang drywall on this side . . .

Underneath the stairs will be my storage area for lye, oils, soap supplies, crafting supplies, essential oils, etc. The shelf at the back will be the curing rack for soaps and a table will be on the right wall for the packaging center. My mom's rock collection at the back right corner will be moving soon ;)