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Chicken woes.

An update.

Today I isolated two chickens that seemed ill so I could observe them for a couple days after I noticed they were acting strange. A couple weeks ago we had a hen (a Plymouth Barred Rock I think?) that started acting unusual, almost listless. She wouldn't scratch at the ground like the other hens and would leave the coop and stand quietly in the pen for hours, not eating or drinking or walking. The next couple of days I kept watching; she moved less and less... and that's when the other hens moved in. She had been laying in the dirt (and not in that cute dust-bath kind of way) when the other hens realized she went down. They took this as cue and began pecking at her and I quickly learned that chickens will eat their kin alive once they realize what is happening. Thankfully it didn't quite get to that point (we pulled her out when we realized the others were pecking her and eating her feathers), and realizing that she was nearly dead we finished the sad job and bu…

Sewing V2561, a Vintage Vogue dress pattern

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Last night while getting ready to take myself out for dinner I chose to wear my favorite blue linen dress, a lovey number I sewed back in 2007 in a class I took at Utah State University. After putting on the dress I realized there were (and always have been) some fitting issues with the bodice and I feel like putting this information out there so 1) I remember it for future sewing endeavors and 2) in case any of you have fitting issues too and would like to either share insight or ask questions. It's also nice to be able to google a pattern name/number and find other sewers' finished projects; I also regularly use patternreview.com for reference.

I sewed this dress straight off the size 14 guide for this specific pattern, V2561. This vintage vogue pattern was re-released in 2001 and was originally Vogue pattern 689. "Dress, below mid-calf, has close-fitting, lined bodice with pleated upper section extending to side back, back straps, flared skirt, snap closing on supper …

Sewing a Minibag: Patchwork Style with Fabric Scraps

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About a year ago, after my first long weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo with my mom, I found a new interest in patchwork sewing. I'm a country girl at heart, full of thrift and an uncanny attraction to hodge-podged colors and fabric, so it was natural that I picked up a copy of Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colorful Life by Suzuko Koseki. I love the books series Make Good: Crafts + Life and am especially enamored with Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics and Carefree Clothes for Girls: 20 Patterns for Outdoor Frocks, Playdate Dresses, and More. Additionally, a couple years ago I bought an outrageous number of fabric sample books from the Creation Station, the kind provided to wholesalers to choose what they'll order, and while Alyssa was visiting we pulled out the samples and she organized by color. This is only a small portion.
We decided a project was in order and she chose Minibag, a small quilted handbag with a z…