Hello – can you please help me get these boots off my feet

Double-crossed by a fan dancer

– from the movie gold diggers of 1937?  Not a particularly good movie in my opinion and I think this was the only funny line.  Somehow it tickles my fancy.

I love old movies, I like to watch them early in the morning before the sun comes up.  It seems to be the only time I can sit still long enough to watch a movie.

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repurposing vintage textiles

The first cut I made felt like a stinging stab.

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Lucy and Ethyl

So, how was y’alls week?

We ended the last week with lovely mild temperature and lots of sunshine.  Oh what a difference a few days make.

The wind is whipping and the temperatures are oh so cold.  Our power was on and off all night.

Snow is expected tomorrow.

I’m so glad I don’t live in Boston.

Last week I left y’all with exciting news; that the chickens were coming, ready or not.

Mr. Cottage and I (well ok – Mr. Cottage) spent a couple of hours fixing up a coop and coop yard for the girls.

Mr. Cottage was kind enough to give up his tool shed.

He cleared his tools out of the building and then got to work building a door.

He had to use what we had on hand, leftover wood from other projects, and old fencing.

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It isn’t the prettiest coop in the world, but it works for temporary digs.

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Mr. Cottage used scrap pieces of lumber to build their nesting boxes.

With the fencing in place, we were ready for our new tenants.

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Meet Ethyl and Lucy.

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Lucy is the first out of her box.

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Ethyl is next.  The first thing she said was “Lucy we got vinyl flooring, we’re movin’ on up!”

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“And a fenced in yard.”

Ethyl on the left and Lucy on the right.

Ethyl is bossy.

Lucy is quick to check out anything new.

I worried about Betsy Beagle, she has a history of chasing chickens.

She came over to the fence and took a good look at them.

So far, she had been good, no barking and no inclination that she wants to chase them.

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Lucy says “do you mind, a little privacy please.”

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By the next day it was as though they had always lived here.  It was my birthday and they graced me with my first two eggs!

It was pure treasure hunt pleasure digging through the straw finding two beautiful gifts from the girls.

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Lucy has darker feathers and she lays darker eggs.

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Soft fluffy tail feathers

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Lucy always manages to turn a steely eye to the camera

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The girls love my coop boots.  The first time I wore them, Ethyl snuck up beside me and unbuckled the strap.

I won’t even pretend like it bothers me, but they follow me everywhere I go and are constantly under my feet.

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I purchased this cute basket to gather their eggs at a local thrift store.

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Today the girls have been with us for a week and they are ready for their first day of free ranging.

I opened the fence and let them go on their way.

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They are touring every nook and cranny, including all the dog houses.

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I leave you with a little video, I hope it brings a giggle or two.

It is the egg song.  You can hear Cornelius crow singing along in the background.

Ethyl is the one doing all the talking, she is such a drama queen!

I love being a chicken momma!

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follow your gypsy heart

Truth be told, my gypsy heart doesn’t wander too far from home.

It does, however crave change, no boundaries and open expression.

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follow your gypsy heart note card by Night Bird Creations

As many of you guys know, I have been recovering from a cervical injury for the past year and half.  I’ve made great progress, but I am far from where I should be.

My team of doctors and physical therapist, placed me on a 30 minute limit at any time to any activity including creating my art.  That does not allow for me to get into my grove or to spiritually tap into the happy place that allows me to create.

There have been a lot of adjustments to my lifestyle and artless life.  I’ve enjoyed living vicariously through my artsy fartsy creative friends, both in the real world and on-line world.

 I have come to terms, (most days) with the fact that the kind of art I used to make, must change.

The passing of my mother in recent months has also left my heart empty and wanting.

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to think about the direction my life is going and what the future will look like.  While I don’t have all the answers, I do know there are oh so many changes happening faster than I can put my finger on.

Some – maybe 15 years ago, I discovered a photographer/artist that hand colored her black and white photography.  I was awestruck with her work and have held on to the idea of some day exploring this media for myself.

Recently, I have found myself  fulfilling that promise and I am now working with both vintage images and my photography.  This is a process that I can happily work on for only a few minutes here and there, as it is a bit labor intensive.

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hand tinting a vintage image with water-color and ink.

I use water-color, pencils, inks and dyes to transform images.  I then scan the image into my computer and begin a little digital manipulation to combine the two.

My sunflowers were of great enjoyment this year, as well as spending time photographing them so it seems only fitting that they are the first images I am working with.

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hand tinted photography – queen of the sunflowers a note card  by nightbird creations

My heart says be brave, embrace the changes that are upon you and continue to dream…

Day 1 – October 8th our modern-day gypsy caravan arrives.

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Almost 23 years of living at Coral Cottage – getting boxed up and ready to begin our next adventure.

You are invited on the journey.

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Don’t forget to follow your heart.

See you later, Bye!

Kim

Workbench Wednesday

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On the workbench this week.

Playing with copper and silver for new jewelry designs.

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Copper with patina, silver star.

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Embossing on copper

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 Patina, embossing surface design

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Jellyfish and starfish.

And a few hearts.

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Copper + silver + flame – what more could a girl ask for?

The copper and silver will be incorporated with other elements and will become…

I’ll share the progress later.

See you later, Bye!

Kim