Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Miracle Chicken

My precious little Miracle Chicken in miniature!

1:12 scale, hand carved wood, painted then feathered.

She is the first bird I ever made. For a special display at the Chicago International.

She was a feather footed Buff Brahma. Here you can see her feathered feet.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Little piglet

A little 1:12 scale piglet, hand carved wood, painted, then hair was applied.

The hair was a challenge because on pigs, it is quite thin, and I had to make it so the pink skin showed through, but still cover the glue from the section underneath- the previous "shingle".

But it's always fun to teach myself new things, learn and figure out new techniques  :)

Thanks for .looking---

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Today, 17 years ago.... website, Miracle Chicken Urns debuted. Happy Birthday to me :)

I didn't even know what a computer was. But I went out and bought one determined to create a website. I was terrified of it and promptly shut the door to that room. About a month later it was really bugging me, as I am not a quitter. So in I went, sat there and taught myself everything, and 2 months later, uploaded my site!

Below, is the urn that started it all, for my rabbit, Sniffy.

My beloved little Miracle wasn't even born yet when I made this first urn. The website launched when she was 2 years old. I named everything after her, the love of my life.

The urns are hand made of wood, with a miniature figure of the pet, and the name is chip-carved into the top. Everything is custom, I make favorite toys for example, and can put dates too. 

Back then the way to rank in search engines was good relevant inbound links. I worked tirelessly on my links campaign. Wrote to everyone who was linking to my competition personally and asked for a link. I was SO PROUD of myself the day I saw my site ranking #3 on Google! WOW the big time :)

Thursday, March 1, 2018


The first day of March has brought with it the first time I heard my Spring Peepers! Always my favorite time, signifying Old Man Winter loosening his grip :) Even if there is a pile of snow I don't care because I know it won't be long now! 
It has also brought the first signs of things budding out. It is hard to see in the photo but today, everything has begun to bud out. Unfortunately it is also horrendously windy but hey, that's why they call March the kite flying month.
I know it is different the world over, but happy first signs of spring to anyone who may be reading this----

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

:) :)

OK I know this is getting old, but I can't resist making this post! The last post was Saturday with all the snow. This is Tuesday and this post has no photos unless you want to see my bare feet. It was 75F today and I was outside talking to my neighbor for a half hour---barefooted! It is still February. And the roller coaster continues......

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

"city" squirrel

When I was little, I used to call these squirrels "city squirrels", because animals running around seemed to be a country thing. I was quite pleased to have them in the yard. They are Grey Squirrels, although they are anything but gray! When I was a teen-ager, I used to buy bags of peanuts and feed them. They would practically come in the house when I opened the door to give them a peanut! I had to use my foot to block them :) I photographed them, they all had names and I certainly could tell them all apart. My little 126 instamatic camera soon became my 35mm Olympus SLR. A have a photo album that is at least 5 inches thick. I had a lot of fun, except when they would run into the street.
So in honor of all my buddies from 40 years ago, I decided to make a "city" squirrel.

1:12 scale. Hand carved wood, painted then furred.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ice--oh joy...UPDATE

Well now everything is encased in ice. Doors frozen, power lines... I can't believe I still have power.
Yikes, better go make my coffee before it goes out :)

Oh this winter just keeps getting.... nevermind...


I went down to the mail box and wanted to share these cool pics. The last time I saw ice like this the power was out for 7 days. Fingers crossed :)

The bird feeder, they really need it now!

I took this old stove from the farm, thought it would add a rustic touch.
The rest of the photos are ice encrusted foliage.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Same shot

Same shot- tonight. I love that one little cloud reflecting.

I know something else I can tell you. See the second tallest tree (on the left of the shot)? When I was working at the farm (in the Miracle Chicken story) of course it was common for people to dump unwanted animals. Well one day I arrived to find a baby tree. just two little sticks and a nice root ball. In a blue plastic bag. So I put it in a pot 'til I left to move down here. Then I planted it (thankfully NOT under the power line!) That's him!! A huge beautiful red maple, towering high :)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Enough already.....

.....but it's kinda pretty I have to admit :) This morning, the view out my side window. Can you spot the little splash of red? That's my lilac bush. A cutting from my neighbor's 100 year old tree. I had to mark it so the power company wouldn't cut it down mowing their right of way. I've been here 16 years and last year was the first time they wanted to mow under the power lines. Never thought of it when I planted it there.... That's the only thing under the lines. I've got baby apple trees started from seed, and another lilac bush, a cutting from the bush back home from my childhood. I'd say that bush is at least 60 years old. Thankfully nothing else ended up under a power line!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Everyone needs a friend :)

There is a recurring theme with the new animals I've been making. Togetherness. There are mamas with babies, whole families, or just buddies. Here are two little Doxies. One is a boy and the other is a girl.

This one is the girl.

And the little boy.

Hand carved wood, 1:12 scale. Painted then furred.

Complete with toenails and paw pads.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Woodland critters

I've been having fun making some little woodland critters. Hand carved wood then furred, 1:12 scale.
Well, furring is pretty mind numbing, but the carving is fun :)

I love this little squirrel, I may make a friend for him.

And a little bunny....

And two chipmunks.

It would appear my sciatica has moved North....It is in my neck now, making working on these critters very difficult. Like sciatica runs down your leg, this is the exact same pain only in my neck, running down my arm and my index finger is numb. Like the freezing below zero isn't bad enough......
I've been hanging on my inversion table I got for the original sciatica. Helps for a bit, but not long before it is bad again.........
To end on an up note, the weather is warming up gradually to our January thaw on Thursday. Melt the piles of snow. My car is stuck down the driveway, I can go fetch it soon.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

As the sun goes down on 2017......

And the moon rises on 2018......


I went outside, and saw this, the last sunset of the year. As I turned around to go back inside, I saw the beautiful moonrise.. Thought it would be a rather fitting post.

Here is the whole picture of the moon with my beloved little bug:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Meet the Bassets

Meet Mom and Dad Basset, their puppies and wise old Grandpa. They are hand carved wood, furred, 1:12 scale. I love Basset Hounds. I guess they are my favorite dog breed. I admit I got a bit carried away carving them, just couldn't stop and the family grew :)

The mama on the left and daddy on the right...

...and their 3 puppies.

Mama having a moment with her children.

When I finished carving this one, I decided he looked like a wise old dog, hence the graying face. What fun!

And this little guy is asking Grandpa for some advice!