This has been a very tough week. I started a new full time contract on Monday, the same day that Marc's work underwent a re-structuring and he lost his job. It has been a difficult combination of events to deal with, and I haven't taken many pictures as a result. I'll do my best on this blog post with what I have!
Starts with C
I want to share my display of chickens which is in my slowly-coming-together crafting area in the basement. I try to work on the organization of the area a little bit each weekend, although that hasn't happened lately because I have been too busy with other things. I put all my chicken decorations and knick-knacks and ornaments on this shelf a few weeks ago, but I just took some pictures this week for the purpose of this blog post!
In the picture below, the metallic bird on the left probably isn't a chicken, but it's allowed to stay on the shelf. There is a yellow felt chicken in a basket which is actually a tree ornament. I made the blue felt chicken in the nest, as well as the two felt chickens behind it. The beige ceramic one was purchased, as was the one in the large nest, which came from an auction. The little peach-coloured one in the front was a toy I have had since I was a child and it is crocheted. I don't remember where it came from. The little white one with black spots is ceramic also.
The centre part of the display includes the lovely hand painted rooster which my in-laws brought me from South America. The various ceramic chickens include several I purchased when I lived in Iowa, and the smaller one in the lower left is a Tremar pottery miniature. The Tremar pottery business operated in the UK from the 1970s to the 1980s and made a series of animal miniatures, of which I have quite a few.
On the right end of the shelf you can see another honorary bird (blue) who is not a chicken, and a felt chicken I made who is sitting on its back. There's a salt and pepper set of chickens, and also a wooden egg in an egg cup that my father made on his lathe. There are two lovely pieces of chicken artwork on the end - a print of a rooster done in pencil, and a sweet card with 4 painted chickens on it, which my mother found for me.
This blue one is very striking.
The multicoloured one is also quite eye-catching!
This week, I did manage to capture a picture of a pheasant being "attacked" by a squirrel under my bird feeder. The squirrel kept rushing at the pheasant's feet. It's not a great shot, but their antics sure did give me a few minutes of fascinating watching! I was amazed that I managed to capture any photograph that was worth sharing, so here it is!
We have two odd angles in our living room/foyer area. These two odd angles are the wall above the kitchen entry...
and the wall above the stairwell.
I would like to find some interesting art pieces to display in these two locations that would highlight the interesting angles that result from the roof line. I haven't found those ideal artworks yet, but I'll be keeping my eye out (or maybe I'll make them myself!)
Bonus shot - here are some odd angles made by Marc's tire tracks in the snow this morning. The pattern reminds me of leaves.