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Midwest Felting Symposium- here I come!*

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This has been such a busy summer -- I can't believe it's time for me to head over to Madison, WI for the Midwest Felting Symposium already!

Back on Feb. 1st, I applied for a grant from the East Central Arts Council to help defray the costs of my trip. It seemed like such a long way off. In March the application was approved and now here I go!*

I will be studying with Chad Alice Hagen, Andrea Graham, SINCO, and AnnemieKoenen of the Netherlands. I'll be making dyed felt scarves, a wool painting, a needle felted German Shepherd and some embellished felt jewelry. What fun!

I'm bringing my old laptop. I hope to be able to keep up with my email and the blog. But that hasn't always worked out in the past. So if you don't hear from me for a week or so, you'll know why.
I'm bringing two wool paintings for the exhibit, "Portrait of Lena" (above) and "Tranquility"(below).
The portrait of Lena (sorry for the poor quality photos, but at least you…

Growing lamb photos

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I had a whole day at home yesterday. I spent some time with my flock in the afternoon. It was a beautiful July afternoon, I should have chopped thistles in the pasture or cleaned out the chicken pen, but I chose to take some photos of the lambs and ewes instead. :-)
Above is a photo of River Oaks Sebastian, Ag grey ram lamb at age 12 weeks. He's 50% UK (F2 Minder, F3 and F4 Dillon, and F5 Holly).
Definitely a half poll. I'm hoping his horns stay small like this. I'd like to use him on my Holly ewe line, RO Hannah, RO Leonie, and maybe his older half sister RO Lana.Above is a shot of his great little tail,I hope you can see it, the photo is rather dark. I've included another shot of it below with RO Freida's tail shot.

Here's my favorite ewe lamb, and Sebastian's twin sister, Camille. What a sweetie. Bramble Cordelia really gave me some nice lamb this year. I'm planning to retire her now.

I'm also planning to retire River Oaks Hattie, she gave me …

Shetland Goslings at 7 Weeks - video

I can't believe how the Shetland goslings have grown. They are only seven weeks old. Here they are enjoying the fresh water in their pool this afternoon.

Catching Up again

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Whew! It's been a busy few weeks! I got the arts grant submitted on the 15th and did the Majestic Pines Art Festival in Nisswa, MN the 17 & 18th. I was so busy last week trying to get everything in order for both projects. Now I'll just have to wait and see how the grant proposal goes.

And as far as the arts festival, I should have stayed closer to home and done the Pine City Arts Fest instead. The weather was cold with some misty rain (thankfully I had an indoor booth), and sales weren't the best. Oh well, live and learn. Stan and I had a great time meeting the other artists in the festival. There were some really interesting artists up there! I made a few trades which helped too. The sponsoring group had a great reception on Friday evening for the artists with appetizers and wine. I was glad that Stan came with me for this one, those wine glasses were bigger than I realized! It didn't help matters that I was so tired after getting only four hours of sleep…

Fireworks and Hay

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We went to see the fireworks in Braham, MN on the 4th of July.
I tried to take some photos, but as usual, didn't read any directions beforehand, I just tried to wing it. I should have changed the settings to a higher resolution.The one below reminds me of a flower...
Toward the end of the display, they started coming two or three at a time...

And here's another familiar July scene:
Last week we unloaded the wagon and loaded our truck and trailer, then unloaded the truck and trailer stacked about 340 bales of hay. It left us both quite stiff and sore, but as usual we were hoping to get it all under cover before any rain came. We hired the neighbor boy to help us out since our own two grown boys were in the cities.
Stan pulled one of the big wagons home from the land (14 miles), but even with it only half full, the it was swaying all over the road. It was pretty scary, so we had to do things the hard way. We got two full wagon loads for our share of the crop. It's been so…