Monday, May 30, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

40 Mile Point Lighthouse Arts & Craft Show Rogers City, MI

I have been busy working on new items for this show on Memorial Day Weekend.    Plan on coming to visit me.  It is Saturday, May 28th and Sunday May 29th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can also tour the lighthouse while you are there.

Friday, May 13, 2011

R.I.P. Fame - N- Fortune

10/7/1998 - 5/12/2011

Our "special" girl has passed away. Gary found her yesterday evening next to the girls shelter. If you remember I had blogged about her this past winter. Fame was part of a herd that we intially purchased for breeding. She was not breedable do to her neurological problems. When she was living in Illinois at another alpaca farm, she had a contracted a worm called the meningeal (brain) worm. You can read more about that here.  She did survive it, but it had lasting effects. The farm that we had gotten her from had bred her, but because her legs gave out on her once in awhile, she had fallen on her cria and it died from the injuries.  We decided that we would not take that chance and never bred her while she lived here on our ranch.  She was a good "Auntie" to the other crias that have been born here. I did also love her fiber. She had the most soft, lofty, silky feeling fiber. I posted a picture of her being sheared of that beautiful fiber. 

I also liked to felt hats with her fiber.  Here are a couple of pics of some of them.

Wide Brimmed Fedora


Gary & I miss her already. She had a "special" place in our hearts.
Rest in Peace Fame.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Annual Spring Brushing of the Maremmas

Now that the weather is warming, our Maremma's start to shed their second coat.  They have two coats to keep them warm during the winter. Here is a picture of Gary brushing Pan.

They shed so much, I could spin a lot of yarn with it.

Here is Pan after his first brushing. There will be several more as he is not done shedding all of that undercoat.