Sunday, April 24, 2011

egg art

A cool damp morning here on the farm...the birds rejoice with their songs, the trees are in thankful budding and the flowers are in blooms of praise. It must be Easter! In case you missed it, the aisles at the stores also do not lack in Easter ornamentation...from candy, to flowers, to bunnies, to crosses, to chicks, to lambs and of course there's the eggs! I decided to do something different this year instead of the same ole egg dye thing. I'm a huge fan of recycling so even before I saw the dye results, I became of fan of Silk Tie Eggs!
Silk Tie Eggs
No tablets, no food colors, no cups, no drips, no stained fingers or clothes, no spilling—I could go on and on. But seriously, the best part about this method is that everything you need is right in your kitchen and closet…or worst case—the thrift store.
Servings: as many as you'd like     
Cook Time: 20-25 min  


  1. Eggs
  2. Silk ties–look for a tiny tag at the small end of the tie. It needs to say 100% or ALL silk. Seriously, this doesn’t have to cost a mint. We picked all these up at the local thrift store–for just a few bucks. The thinner the fabric the better the transfer.
  3. An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs
  4. String
  5. 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar
  6. Pot of water
  7. Vegetable oil (optional)


Cut open the tie at the back and take out the facing fabric. All you will be working with is the actual colored silk.
Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg.
Wrap it around your egg. Don’t get too nutty about this step, just do the best you can.
Now, roll the egg up with the T-shirt fabric.
Set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Make sure the water completely covers the eggs.
Boil for 20-25 minutes.
Remove the eggs and allow them to completely cool.
Now the fun part—unwrapping the eggs to see what you’ve got!
If you're so inclined..rub a tiny bit of vegetable oil on your masterpieces and see how pretty they look. Even the subtle ones are beautiful.

Eggs by my sister n law Cindy - she used a silk scarf

Eggs by my friend Katie
I really do love Easter, for so many reasons beyond the creative egg dyeing! For me, it's kind of a new start...and a reminder of why I'm here and where I'm going. Happy Easter!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Babies and Market Preparations

Cammie a 2 day old ewe lamb

Spring is here...puppies, chicks, lambs, kids and LOTS of milk have now arrived! 

Razzle an Alpine doe with her sister the bear

A few orphan babies have made their way into the house...and it has begun to feel like we've moved into the barn! But would we change a thing? Not a chance!

Sharing the recliner with Eliza Jane

Disbudding, vaccinating, lack of sleep, being covered in sticky milk, endless potty cleaning, even some sad losses do not diminish the simple joy it feels to share a quiet moment with a new life.


Soap waiting to be cut & labeled

Among all the new arrivals, we're also preparing for Farmers Markets...this is our first market season and we're excited!! Check out our Farmers Market Schedule. We hope you stop by and say hello!

the market table starting to come together

the sign so you can find us!

 Items you will find at the market:
  • Raw Wool
  • Free Range Eggs
  • Pastured Lamb
  • Herbs
  • Goat Milk Laundry Soap
  • Sheep & Goat Milk Soaps/Lotions/Face Creme's/Lip Balms