I have just finished my embellishment of this gorgeous block of Alice's. The colours and silkie were so wonderful that it was a pleasure to work on and an Under the Sea theme is always fun. I started by adding two lace shells at the base and a lace frond up one side of the silkie, attached with small pearls. These gorgeous pieces of hand dyed lace are from Nicki Lee's Etsy shop - they look so pretty and set the whole tone for the block. I went around the other two sides of the silkie with an outline of pearls. There is a school of simple embroidered fish as a seam treatment at the top. They are each made with a detached chain stitch and a fly stitch. I used three colours of Glorianna Princess Petite Perle for the feather stitch seaweed on the left hand side and added some charms and shells at the base of it. More seaweed was made by couching down a couple types of fuzzy yarn and I hid a glass bead fish in that. I hope Alice likes what I have done.
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