Sunday, August 27, 2017

Freezer Paper Resist...



Freezer Paper...Resist



I pulled out a roll of freezer paper and

sliced it up with my rotary cutter...






This was FUN and relaxing!




I went to the fabric cupboard

and pulled out some hand dyes...


I ironed the freezer paper strips to

the hand dyes...





It was enjoyable to create patterns...
















































These are now ready to be over-painted...






I am using Speedball and Versatex 

Screen Printing Inks

They leave the hand of the fabric soft.






I will roll the inks on with

foam rollers...






I mix purple and brown inks

to paint over this dusty lavender hand dye...






I mix purple and blue inks

to paint over this light blue hand dye...






I mix white, purple and blue inks

to paint over this light blue hand dye...






I mix white, purple and pink inks

to paint over this light blue hand dye...






After painting was done,

I put everything outside to dry in the sun...






I sat on the Cowboy's Roping Dummy

and peeled the freezer paper off

the painted fabrics...



Here comes the.....Show 'n Tell:





























All that is left to do is

heat set the fabrics...


I am looking forward to using these

new surface design fabrics

in my abstract quilts.





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LuAnn Kessi

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Update......Bottle Calves


Many of you ask about the calves

so here is an update:


We continue to feed the bottle calves

twice a day...



Half Gallon of Milk.....morning and night






Number 25 is now 5 1/2 months old.
He is a twin calf that became an orphan.

Behind him is a dairy calf that is his companion.
He is 3 1/2 months old.






After their bottle, they eat grain...






After their grain, they eat hay...






They also have irrigated pasture 
just outside the barn.


We start and end our days with these

sweet, little guys...

they are doing really well.

They will be weaned in November

when the rest of the calf herd is weaned

from the mother cows.



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LuAnn Kessi

Friday, August 25, 2017

Yo Yo.......on the GO!



We are cleaning out the cow barns today



We feed the cattle here during the winter

and the spring calving season...





That amounts to 6 months of manure...





The cowboy is loading up the 

manure spreader.

This will be spread on the hay fields

to fertilize them for next year.





The bald eagle is keeping an eye on us

while he perches above the river

doing some fishing.






I have a lot of down time between jockeying

vehicles and tractors around today...

so I bring along a hand sewing project.





Yo Yos





I just started this project

and the yo yos are piling up...





thanks to this yo yo maker...





This makes short work of creating yo yos...





also easy on your wrists 

if you have carpal tunnel...






I use a double thread so it is strong

when I pull the yo yo tight...





Pulling the yo yo together...





Perfectly stitched yo yo....


There are lots of You Tube videos to show

you how to use the yo yo maker.





I stitched together a ziploc bag of yo yos

but now I need to go move some equipment

and open some gates...





I never leave home without a

take-along-project.

A stitch here....a stitch there...

before you know it,

you have a quilt done!






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LuAnn Kessi

Monday, August 21, 2017

Oregon Eclipse.....2017



8am...we fed the bottle calves

then headed across the river

and up on the ridge top...



The ridge top gives us 

the best view of our little valley.

You can see our house and barn on the

left side of the photo...

the river runs down the middle...

The cow barns are on the right side...

Mary's Peak is in the center of the photo.






We are preparing our camera equipment

for the solar eclipse at 9am this morning...






9:30am....







10:00...






10:16...




Here is the eclipse for the next 

1 minute and 40 seconds:


We could feel the sun's warmth 

leaving the earth...
























At this point...

it was very dark and very cold outside.

The birds started chirping 

and flew into the trees.






When the sun came back into view...

our rooster started crowing, 

just like he does in the morning

when the sun comes up!
















Here comes the sun again...








It began to warm up again outdoors

and the birds began to sing...






Within minutes....it was light again!






What a blast!





We had a perfect seat for the event...






Nothing between us and the sun....and the moon!












What a magnificent experience!

Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017



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LuAnn Kessi