Deb’s Dreads

Life on the farm has been a swampy mess lately.  It finally thawed out and now has had at least two weeks of monsoon conditions, causing my girls to be cranky and not their usual glamorous selves.  Even Andrew, my Southdown Baby Doll sheep is moping.  I miss his smiling little face as he waits patiently for the other roller rink floozies to fight over the sweet feed.   I just muck around in my waders, schleppin’ hay and tidbits to higher and higher ground.  I’ve even been eyeing a pile of old fence wood contemplating building an ark.  BTW, thanks Bri and Brandon for the IKEA bag… it is working great for hauling hay and keeping spiders out of my hair!

So yes, I have a collection of sheep that I originally got to spin their wool and make art yarn. I love their wool.  It’s soft and fluffy… and so plentiful…  I even have a wonderful spinning wheel that I use to hang clothes on in my bedroom and drag out to the Mid-South Spinning Club once a year. The tubbies in my garage are really stacking up.  What to do… what to do?

I guess I lost my enthusiasm for yarn when I realized that I just can’t knit or crochet…  tried it… can’t do it. Perhaps I should have taken that into consideration before I purchased the sheep…  The other downer is that most people in Memphis just don’t wear woolen socks and hats.  Go figure!  I just had to come up with some other way to use all this wool.   That is when it hit me…  woolen dreads!  If you are unfamiliar with these cool beauties, check out Google or Pinterest and see all the vibrant colors and adornments.  My brain exploded when I saw how creative I could get with it and immediately fell in love with the whole process.   Thus, Deb’s Dreads were born.

Today the dreads went even further out on the limb of the crazy tree… One of my awesome sisters has a beach side gig where she sells wooden nautical art and driftwood masterpieces.  It’s called “The Wooden Peg” (her name is Peggy) and if you are ever near Jensen Beach, you’ll have to check her out.  One of the biggest sellers at The Wooden Peg are mermaids.  She hand cuts them, paints them, puts on the do-dads and voila… Ariel swims off the shelf faster than Peg can make them.  So one day we were yakkin’ about a new project and it suddenly popped up that it would be cool if the mermaids wore dreadlocks.  Hmm…  hot pink perhaps??  This conversation resulted in me making a set for her today which will be ready for the dying process tomorrow.  I can hardly wait to sew on the little pink sequins and tiny sparkly shells!

This got me thinking about other types of dolls.  I rang Florida and asked if she could make me a stand up version that I could make colorful dresses, head raps and dreadlocks.  Now my head hurts… I’m going to have to get more sheep…

Stay tuned for the finished projects and let me know if my knitting days are over.  In the meantime, making dreads for my human customers keeps me happy and insures that I can continue to use my spinning wheel as a clothes rack… or better yet… use it as the helm’s wheel on my new ark!

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Wyncies Woolery

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Named for the lovely lane in England where my husband’s grandmother lived.  “The Wyncies'”  thatched roof cottages and winding country lanes stole my heart and began my obsession with all things sheepy!

My little flock include Old English Southdown Baby Dolls and Shetlands, who boast names like Agnes, Andrew and Penelope. Both breeds are miniature in stature, but surely make up for it in personality!

Of course, I will be blogging now and then about my escapades with wool, but today my post is about making woolen dreadlocks.

I know, I know, unusual you say. Well, not really. Just unusual in MY world until now.  I have been having so much creative fun with this.  Just Google woolen dreads and you will see the most amazing works of art. They are dyed awesome colors and adorned with beads, fabrics and beautiful jewelry… All of which is right up my ally.

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It is a lengthy process if you start by shearing your own sheep.

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Then the fleece is sent to a fiber mill…which takes six weeks and eventually it returns to me like this!

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then comes the fun part of making them into dreads.

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and dying them.

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And then you get to wear them!!!

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Hahaha! You guys should never let me stay home by myself!

 

 

 

 

What’s Up Doc?

Living a Red Shoe Life means living it to it’s fullest.  One very important way, is to take care of your body.  I can honestly say it has been years since I’ve been to see some of my doctors, but it always seems to come in line after everything else.

For example, there is no tellin how long it’s been since my last eye exam.  If it wasn’t for Dollar Tree cheaters, I probably wouldn’t be able to BLOG at all!

So, with my Red Shoe Life in mind, I have started making some appts. and with that came the big decision to have surgery on my frozen toe joints.  RA is a tough customer, but with my Red Shoe plans, there is no room for foot pain.  So, yesterday off I went at 5:15 a.m. and then this happened….

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So after a little joint reconstruction , a bit of bone grafting and a weirdo cyst taken out of my bone, I’m good as new!

I got my new knee scooter today, which is not as easy to use as I thought it would be, but I’ll be back at Tango lessons in a few weeks!

So this week while I have a little free time, I’m going to be making some long overdue calls and get it over with.  Seriously gang, taking care of your body is important.  I know it can be pricey and time consuming, but the price of ignoring your health is even higher. Not only does it cost you in dollars, but it could cost you living your Red Shoe Life!

As I go forward with my transformation, it becomes clearer and clearer how important it is to be cognizant of every facet of my life.  Your health is a big one, so make sure seeing your doctors are on the TOP of the list.  Suffering from a preventable issue is inexcusable.  I’ve got places to go and a Red Shoe Life to live, so off I go to seize the day before the day seizes me!

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Moo For a New You!

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It seems like I will go to any lengths to provide comedic relief for my more serious posts.  I have been wanting to talk about Collagen for a while now, but it is so damn boring, I just had to spice it up.  So, some of you know that I live in a rural area and these lovely ladies live next door.  They are fun to “moo” to, have great cow pies for my garden and I can set my clock by their nightly return to their barn.

Well, on my walk over the weekend, I got the brilliant idea that I should take a picture and post it with my info. about Collagen.  Apparently they have been reading my BLOG, because then THIS HAPPENED…

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and the only thing between me and this guy was those two little strings of barbwire.  Needless to say,  my lovely walk turned into a speedy exit and I promised that if they spared my life, I wouldn’t mention that the best source of Collagen is bovine!

Ok, so Collagen, I thought it was just an ingredient for wrinkles in face cream.  Apparently, I was only hitting the surface and didn’t know the big picture.  I’m going to simplify our chat and if you have more questions, please GOOGLE it, because there is really a lot of evidence with scientific explanations…. and uh… just look it up.

I have explained in previous posts, my frustration with doctors when you have to go around in circles to get information.  When there is something as great as Collagen, why don’t they just freakin’ tell people?  So, it turns out that Collagen is really good for your joints.  It is recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as all kinds of arthritis and other joint issues.  It improves everything from circulation to recovery from athletics.  You can think of Collagen as a type of elastic that holds us together and comes from the Greek word meaning “glue”  It holds up our falling faces, reduces the look of cellulite, reduces inflammation, heals your leaky gut, builds strong bones, tightens loose skin from weight loss, speeds wound healing, and everything else from dental to healthy hair.

I mentioned that there is Collagen in some skin creams, but for real benefits, you have to start on the inside.  There are tablets and powders and even bone broth that can be made by buying grass fed beef bones from Whole Foods and stewing them in a crock pot to make a wonderful soup.  Go to Wellnessmama.com for a great recipe.  Bone broth can be also made with organic chicken bones, pork bones or even fish. With that said, I just don’t want to mess with it and I went for Collagen supplements.

I have been trying out a Collagen powder that I  put into my bullet proof coffee in the morning and off I go.  It has no taste, but it does have a few carbs.  It is made by Zint and I ordered it from Amazon.

Check it out, try it out.  I think it is really helping me.  I just wish someone had told me about Collagen years ago.  Yeah, I still put that crap on my face, but since beauty is only skin deep, I’m going for the good stuff…. not just good.. it’s “Moo-velous!”