Life’s crazy.

Blahhh so busy!

We’re continuing to grow our farm by adding 100 chicks and 7 ducklings! I have some pictures, but they are on the family camera at the farm so none to post here. But I did post a video on the Fall Creek Farms facebook page. I think they have an open profile. You can check it out here.

We’ve also recently bought 3 Devons (cattle) to start a registered Devon herd! Two heifers and a bull. We will be adding a third heifer soon.

Our sheep are doing well, but at this point, still remain nameless. They are simply referred to as “the sheep” because they are such a unit! Herd instinct is apparently very strong in Suffolks. Then again, I’ve never been around other sheep breeds…

We are looking for more sheep and hoping to get a ram soon!

The goat herd is also growing. And out of season, I might add! We’ve had 4 babies (two sets of twins) born in the past week! And another single baby last week! They are all ADORABLE!! Out of the 5, we only had one boy! 4 new girls to add to the herd! And the milk couldn’t have come at a better time. We need more milk for our herd share customers. Actually, we need more milk so we can sell more shares! 🙂

The babies are ADORABLE! Sunny D is the oldest, born last week to one of our first time mamas. She’s TINY!! All sandy brown and floppy ears indicating that she is part Nubian.

The next babies born were from Pickles, a veteran mama. She had a boy and a girl, Claussen and Juniper. Also both sort of sandy brown and floppy eared. These two are small, but already larger than Sunny D even though Sunny’s nearly a week older.

Roxanne (Pickles twin sister) had twin girls the day after Pickles. She went into labor pretty much the exact same time Pickles had the day before. (Weird) Her girls appear to be from our Alpine buck, Hotshot and are very nearly identical!! We named them Flora and Fauna since Roxanne went into labor in the middle of the woods.

Year round breeding is not only uncommon among goats it’s UNHEARD of!! This DOES not happen. We are fairly excited about this possibility though. 🙂

I haven’t had much time for weaving lately, but that’s okay. I’ll pick it up again soon. I’m all right with taking a little break for a while after weaving for pretty much 3 months straight. It’s fun to focus on the farm and animals for a while.
~JoAnna

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Animals coming out my ears!

We seem to be on an animal buying kick. In the past 3 months we have gotten: 6 sheep, 100 chickens (which actually just arrived today since they were on back order), 6 ducks (yet to arrive), 3 Devon heifers and a Devon bull!

AHHH!! But the strange thing is I still want MORE!! More sheep and more cows and ducks! …I think we’re good on chickens. 🙂

Here are some pictures of th chicks and one of the bull.

We are thrilled about all our animals! It’s so fun to watch the farm expand and grow!
~JoAnna

Pictures from the TACA Fair

Finally got to upload pictures from the TACA Fair!

It was such a fun experience! I’m planning on applying for the Fall TACA Fair soon!
~JoAnna

TACA Fair: Results.

Before I start, I don’t have pictures uploaded yet. But please read my post anyway??

It has been a whirlwind all week! I didn’t stop after the TACA fair last weekend. But it went SO well!! I’m quite proud of myself, but really I couldn’t have done it without my super awesome helpers: Molly (my sister in law. What a trooper! She’s 14 and like the most willing assistant ever!) and Emma. Emma was. Amazing. She sold my stuff like no one else! We finally had to agree to start taking turns on who spoke because we were either saying the same thing at the same time or just repeating each other. She was SO sweet and let Molly and I stay with her on Friday night and then spent her entire weekend helping me at the fair. All of her own will! If you’re reading this, thanks again, Emma!!

The show went so well and was so fun! I had a big surprise on Friday evening though! Throughout the day there had been people coming to my booth with name tags that said “Juror”. I figured these were just people who had juried the show and were stopping by to see what people had brought or something. Then one man introduced himself as a guest juror and started asking me all these questions about my booth design and where I get my inspiration and all this stuff…I just figured he was interested…Well apparently they give awards at each show and I was informed later that evening that I won “Best New Exhibitor”! This was a huge surprise/honor. I still can’t believe I was awarded with this! The guest juror turned out to be the former director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. (The guy who interviewed me) He said he loved my use of contemporary colors and traditional patterns together.

As if the honor of getting this award wasn’t enough, I also received $250 dollars for the award! (Also a HUGE surprise)

Okay. Back to how it went. It was slow on Friday, most people were just looking but I still made quite a few sales.
Saturday was INSANE. I think I would have just given up and gone into the fetal position if I hadn’t had Molly and Emma there. It was SO busy! We sold and sold and sold! I sold lots of felted soap, several woven shawls, hats, scarves and clutch bags.

Sunday was slow and HOT. I ended up having to sit down a lot because my feet were swelling from standing and the heat. Ben came up with me for Sunday and Emma was there again too. We did about the same as Friday, I’d say. All in all, it was WELL worth what I paid to get in. I sold over half of the headbands I made! I’m planning on weaving up some more of those soon. They’re so fun! And really easy to make.

Well anyway, I did take some pictures but they’re on the family camera at the farm. I’ll try to sneak it away with me next week and post some pictures of the booth.

Oh! We also went to our first Chattanooga Main Street Farmers Market on Wednesday of this week! I sold 6 bars of my felted soap! 3 in the first 5 minutes! Hopefully that will continue to be a good market. Okay. going for now.
~JoAnna

TACA: Set up day

I’m all set up and ready for the show to start tomorrow! I can’t wait!! My sweet friend, Emma offered to let Molly (my sis in law) and I stay with her during the fair. I’m SO grateful!

I’ll tell ya though I’m SO POOPED! How on earth am I going to make it through the whole weekend?!

I am SO sorry for the lack of pictures. I couldn’t get a camera for today, but I ordered Ben and Molly to bring the Bleasdale camera with them when they get home tonight. So I’ll take a bunch of pictures tomorrow and try to post them soon! Hopefully I’ll be able to either get my camera fixed or buy a new one soon so I don’t run into this again. It’s so frustrating! And depressing.

Mom and I went this morning to set up and got there around 10am. Technically that was supposed to be for chapter booth set up time alone but the staff told me it was no big deal that I was there and could go ahead and set up my exhibitor booth. I was the very first tent out there and it was me in a big field with the Parthenon. Kinda hilarious.
Getting there early ended up having its own challenges because I didn’t have anyone to explain where exactly within the marked space of the booth I was supposed to set up the tent. I ended up having to move the whole thing back 10ft because I was in the aisle-way because it was not clearly marked, “This is where the front of your tent goes.” Blah. That was frustrating.

Once mom and I got the tent up (and then moved about 45 minutes later and then re-setup) I really got the setup done really fast. I mean I messed around and fussed over stuff and took my sweet time but it was nice to be able to do that. I had to improvise a few things (like a second table…made out of taped cardboard boxes) but overall I’m really happy with how things look.

The one thing that is SO wonderful about having a fibers booth rather than another medium is that my entire display fits in 4 boxes, a table and a tent. I could practically fit it into a regular car! I was watching all these other craft artists driving up with their trailers and trucks stuffed full of supplies and there I was with my little boxes full of somewhere around $8500 dollars of inventory. The only reason why it didn’t all fit in two boxes was because of those dang pillows!! A bunch of them had better sell because I don’t want to take them home! 🙂

I’m very sleepy and ready for dinner. Hopefully Ben and Molly will be home soon and we can whip something up. I’ll keep you updated as I’m able.
~JoAnna