This is the block I have embellished for Nicki Lee in the Under the Sea Round Robin we are in together. Since Nicki Lee is the queen of hand dyed lace I had to find something else to use to embellish this block so I turned to silk ribbon embroidery. I made a large scallop shell and a seahorse using silk ribbon and silk threads. I used a strand of ribbon to simulate netting. The other blocks of Nicki's all had lovely netting done with fibers but I didn't have anything like that in my stash so I hope this ribbon gives enough of a similar effect to tie them together. I added three charms to the ribbon. Lastly, I used silk buttonhole thread in three colours to make feather stitch seaweed. I hope Nicki Lee will like it!
Chickens have got to be frugal, right? They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter. I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways. When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens. Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them. Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too. The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once. In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf