Chicken Birthday Party

Happy hatch-day to my hens! Margo, Millie, and Roberta are 3 years old today. I still love having backyard chickens. The composting coop my dad and mom helped me build works beautifully and is so easy to maintain. The girls don’t lay eggs every day like they used to, but we still get 8–10 eggs a week. Naturally I had to make a cake for the ladies. Yogurt, grapes, mealworms, oats, and weeds—the stuff chicken dreams are made of!

chicken birthday cake

Margo wasn’t shy about digging in. She has always been the bravest and most curious chicken, even when she was a fuzzy little hatchling. Margo is blind in one eye now. I have no idea how it happened, but she gets around fine and is my best layer.

chicken birthday party

Millie is always so cautious especially when the camera is out. She used to run and squawk when I reached for her, but now she will let me stroke her feathers occasionally. So… progress?

chicken birthday party

Roberta is so sweet! She loves to hop up on things including my lap if I make it available to her. She tends to pull out her butt feathers every summer, but they grow back beautifully in the fall. Maybe she likes feeling a breeze in her nether regions when it’s hot out?

chicken birthday party

Here they were as 2 week old fluff balls! Happy hatch-day chickies!

baby chicks

P.S. Remember the time I dressed them up like ballerinas?

Latest Pottery Haul

I’m still making pottery and loving it! Here are some of my latest pieces. I’ve been trying all sorts of different things—marbling clay, carving patterns, making stamps to add texture, experimenting with glazes, Sgraffito, etc… All these pieces are hand-built with my trusty rolling pin and a few other tools—no wheel throwing for me. I can’t seem to make enough mugs and planters!

I’m starting to get a feel for my personal aesthetic when it comes to ceramics, and it’s really exciting! I definitely want to keep it as a hobby for now, but thank you SO much to those of you who’ve asked about buying my pots. You’re such an encouragement!

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

hand-built pottery

Enamel Pin Collection

Here’s a peek at my personal enamel pin collection. I keep them on the front flap of an old leather satchel. A bunch of these I made, and a bunch of them I didn’t!

enamel pin collection(makers tagged on instagram)

enamel pin collection
(makers tagged on instagram)

Speaking of pins, I recently released a handful of new ones! Do you have a favorite? I can’t choose!

enamel pin collection

enamel pin collection

enamel pin collection
Maybe “homebody” is my favorite… no wait “personal space”… no wait…