Last week we took a wirebrush to these old sleds and then spray painted them to give them new life as Christmas decorations for our families in New Hampshire. This is decluttering and reinventing all in one! Have a very Merry Christmas from Simple Gifts Farm to you!!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well just couldn't pass up a few good weather days, so added two more farm days!!! Ray and I loved this day as these brave souls trooped around in mud to enjoy our flocks!!! We set up store in our Yarn Loft and we send a great big THANK YOU for supporting our small farm! Happy Thanksgiving!! We here at Simple Gifts Farm (sheep, alpaca, llama, pony, dog and Ray & Marti) have soooo much to be thankful for! Sharing our little farm is at the top of the list this fall!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Sunday, October 4th and Sunday, October 25th will be Open Farm Days weather permitting from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We will have spinning and needle felting demonstrations. Check out our beautiful hand spun and hand dyed yarns. We have patterns and knitting kits too! Holidays are just around the corner so plan your farm visit and pick up some yarn to make your gifts!
Sunday, October 25th, Ray will show and tell about our animals. Today the animals had their annual examinations by our large animal vet, Sarah. Sassie, our llama, was sheared! Wait until you see how pretty she looks! When our grandson Nathan was 7 years old he designed the needlefelted sheep you see in the picture. We have made up some kits and I will demo how to needlefelt from Nathan's design! Hope you can make one of the two dates we are open!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
We will be open weather permitting September 26th and September 27th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Gov. Jodi Rell has proclaimed Saturday, National Alpaca Day in Connecticut. Come and celebrate these wonderful animals with us!!! Stop by for a quick visit or bring some knitting and hang out. My Big Button Alpaca Shawl is made from our alpacas. The Alpaca Shawl Kit will be available for purchase along with a selection of yarns etc. Wanted you all to see the Big Button Alpaca Shawl and the Big Pumpkin we grew in the alpaca p--p pile!!! We only harvested the two pumpkins you see here but both are splendid!! Don't forget to check back for our October Farm Day dates. Be sure to visit your local small farm this fall (I have a list of farms open for you when you come by). Fall is in full swing here at Simple Gifts Farm!!!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Don't you love all these new natural fiber projects? Finished the woven ruana. Made some beautiful alpaca pillows. Spun up some two tone natural wool and knitted the vest for someone special in our family. Am now working on an off-white alpaca scarf/shawl with big buttons. Never run out of ideas for our beautiful fiber--- or stories about the animals--- or Ray! We hope to see you this September and October weather permitting! Check blog for upcoming dates!
Although we only have one peach tree, it is very good to us! Made (3) peach cobblers, (1) gallon of peach ice cream, (1) peach pie and (2) batches of peach jam! For awhile I was dreaming of peaches!! Small jars of peach jam and raspberry jam will be available at our farm days.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
So often you are in my thoughts as we bale hay, shear, spin, dye yarn and create new designs. Now with a little patience I am beginning to learn how to share these activites with you. This was an experiment overdyeing gray wool. It came out more colorful than I could imagine!
Lin is being sheared. He is a heavy one. Ray sits him against his knee for leverage. His fiber is abundant for a babydoll southdown. This year I combined Lin with Tom (our black sheep with brown/grey fiber) as a swirl roving and am now spinning up the lovely multicolor yarn to show you in the future! (note in the cover photo Lin and Tom are in the background)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Sassie is our guard llama. We love her and dare anyone to mess with her along the fence line. She will have a nasty surprise in store for you. Did I say we love her? We do but we will wait to shear her when our vet can help us! (7/26/09)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Passion lives in a pile of soft natural hand spun fiber! Like the birth of a baby! I am able to nurture growth, spin, knit and create designs to foster my spirit! The connection and completion of life slips thru my fingertips. Natural yarn never fails to tweak the imagination!!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Bandit has been at Simple Gifts Farm the longest. He is the oldest and wisest animal here. If only he could talk! All of our grandchildren love this pony!!