Tuesday, May 13, 2008

And now, for something completely different....

We still don't have a lot blooming yet here in Michigan, at least not on our little 5 acres. I see apple trees and lilacs blooming on other peoples places but ours seem to be having an off year. So, rather than show you flowers I will show you some of the bounty we have been getting from the chickens. I love the creamy brown eggs. They have absolutely no difference in nutrition or anything else except the color, but I think they are so much prettier than the white eggs. I remember when the girls were younger and I had been raising our own eggs for quite some time already. I went to the store one year for white eggs to dye for Easter and my oldest daughter took them out of the refridgerator, opened the carton, and exclaimed "What are these!?" The white color was such a surprise to her:>) Something has been trying to get into the hen house lately, part of the siding was torn off the barn around the door! Hubby covered the torn area with metal flashing to keep whatever it was from making any more progress. We have all kinds of wild animals in the woods. Will have to put a live trap out there and see what it is.
And here is some bounty of another kind. I went to an old Estate sale this weekend, the kind where you drive up and the place is some little old shack but you figure, what the heck, I'm here already! Well, this man had collected watches and clocks. Tables and tables full of bins with every kind of watch imaginable in it. You could fill a box with watches for a fixed price and I almost walked away. Then inspiration struck. I filled my little box, for what I deemed a very good price indeed, and came home and had fun deconstructing some of them. Some of the faces are in my etsy shop right now waiting for someone to use in their altered art projects, ATC's or charms. They have such interesting faces. I am sure there are a million uses for these little charmers and I have some ideas myself. You can find them here. I can see that you all had a great Mothers Day. Now have a great week! I am still working on projects for the open house. I got almost all of the bedroom painted. I just have to move the computer and desk and all the stuff in that corner. Ugh...I'll just have to bite the bullet and do it. I have so little left to do. Wish me luck with all my preparations. The clock is ticking down and I have less than 4 weeks til the big event!


  1. What a fun find! You have a very clever mind to see the hidden potential.

    I need to be braver to go to some of the yard sales around here where the circumstances are "less than lovely". I hope you weren't by yourself.

    ((hugs)) Rosie

  2. What a great collection of bits and pieces you got from the yard sale.
    Hope you find what has been trying to get into the chickens before they actually break in.

  3. Glad you had a great mothers day. I just love fresh eggs. Yum Yum.

  4. I've only had farmfresh eggs once, but the taste was fantastic. They sure were good.

  5. You are so lucky to have those fresh eggs! When we lived in our farmhouse in Tennessee, our neighbors had chickens and they always shared their eggs with us.

    Love the watch faces! They will make some great craft!

  6. I have never seen that shade of egg. I've seen dark brown but not that lovely shade you have. And great score at the estate sale. Come for a visit.

  7. The eggs look yummy. I hope you have a good day.

  8. I wish I could have chickens! Your eggs are so pretty and I bet they have the BEST taste, too. Good thinking about the watch faces. They're beautiful.

  9. What wonderful watch and clock faces. You will make lots and lots of artists happy. It must be sensational to go outside and collect your very own eggs. Well, I hope you have a good week too. Karen

  10. Hi Kathy,
    Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.


  11. I love the photo of the eggs with the red gingham apron as a backdrop - nice photography! And great idea for the watches - they really do have such interesting faces! BTW, thank you for the GORGEOUS job you did on my Mom's heart - it looks wonderful...she is going to be so surprised!!

    Have a great week yourself dear friend!

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Becky S.

  12. I was looking for a heart shape in those eggs arranged for the photo!
    We have never ventured into chickens but it is a good idea.
    So you are having an open house? Want me to make some lemon bars or something?

  13. Kathy, I love brown eggs too! My grandma always went to an Amish family in Beaverton for her fresh eggs. Such good memories of going with her!

    LOVE the watch faces! I think they are so neat and you could do so many cool things with them, great find!

    Love ya,

  14. I love those watch faces...they are very interesting and would look cool glued around a pic frame...
    OPEN HOUSE ? I've missed something....
    happy day, bj

  15. Oh Kathy, I love that pic of the eggs against the background of your pretty red and white apron... it looks like a picture out of "Country Living"; so beautiful.....

    Have a blessed day, my dear!



  16. Hi Kathy,

    What a nice find with all the watch faces...hum, what can I make with those?

    We always had brown eggs growing up in New England. Brown eggs signified fresh eggs in NH. Brown eggs were local eggs white ones were not. They even had a slogan regarding brown eggs are fresh eggs...I was surprised to see mostly white eggs when I moved to MI.

    I wish you luck with your open house! Don't worry, you'll be ready.

    Kindredly, Lynne Laura

  17. Oh I love the brown eggs too. They are always different - no two are exactly the same shade. Good score on the watch faces! Blessings... Polly

  18. Fresh eggs taste so great. We lived out in the country for a few years and we had chickens. I didn't enjoy collecting the eggs, but they were very delicious to eat.
    Hope you get all your projects done.
    Rhondi xo


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