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!