New Drawing Tool…

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It’s been a while since I got a new toy…  For several years now I have wanted to be able to use something to input illustrations into a computer by drawing on a screen or tablet.  I’ve tried various things but they always left me feeling awkward.  I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid and I just could not get the right feel, pressure or coordination between a tablet, stylus and a screen.

Until now.

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I finally got an Apple Pencil!  It works with my ipad and OH MY GOSH…  it’s so wonderful!  Oh dear, it’s everything that I always wanted in being able to draw straight into a digital file.  I’ve been busy just learning the touch and feel of it and of course, watching a ton of YouTube videos of people using this tool in so many amazing ways!

I found that one of the best programs to use with the Apple Pencil is ProCreate!  It’s a wonderful drawing program and has so many options for illustration.  And the best thing?  ProCreate is under $10!!!

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If you are looking for a great drawing stylus, I really think that you need to check on the combination of an Ipad Pro, Apple Pencil and ProCreate!!!  It’s just so much wonderfulness!!!!

(And one really fun thing is that ProCreate allows you to create a little video of your drawings!  It’s so fun to watch what you draw!  Enjoy this little my Little Pony drawing!)

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Kathy and Bill’s Visit…

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The kitties were all happy and ready to visit!  Or sleep in a pile of hay, which ever came first!

My friends Kathy and Bill came out to visit us in late Fall last year!  It was so cool because I’ve known Kathy since I was in high school!  Honest!  Like a hundred years ago!  Or well, maybe not that long, but it’s sure been awhile.  We lost touch for a good deal of it, but then a couple years ago, we reconnected through Facebook!  Yes, good old social media!  And then through chatting and such, we actually started working together…  I’ve been doing her vinyl decals and t-shirt designs for her business…  Farago Arts!  She has an Etsy shop…  you can visit it here…

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The goaties where happy to see everyone!    They came down to pick up a big order of t-shirts for a Barn Hunt club!   If you don’t know what Barn Hunt is…  do check it out, google…  it’s a fun dog sport where owners and dogs get to compete to located hidden tubes that live rats are in!  Pet rats, and no one is harmed in the process.  But it’s a lot of fun for all, kind of like a farm based hide and seek.

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We are discussing the finer points of hogs and piglets!

Okay, maybe instead we are just handing out treats!  Yeah…  still, Kathy loves animals and knows a lot about them for a city gal!  She’s a dog groomer and has been involved in purebred doggos for EVER!   Back in the old days, we even showed dogs!  I just had my one lovely Belgian Shepherd lady, Gypsy, but she has had a bunch of sweet Welsh Cardigan Corgis!

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Emerald was very happy to see her!  She is happy when anyone visits because it means lots of pets and yummy treats.  And she smiles…

It was a very nice visit!  We had a little lunch and a good long time to talk.  And of course, the animal visit was fun as well.  Beulah was doing her best impression of a sheep trying to squeeze through a teeny hole!  haha….  silly girl.  IMG_2569 IMG_2570 IMG_2575 IMG_2577 IMG_2581 IMG_2588 IMG_4541

These are the fun shirts that I made for her club…   Kathy designed them and then the girls and I did the cut vinyl and applied it on the shirts!  I think there were 30+ shirts!  So much fun and I’m glad that they all loved them.  That orange was very very bright…

It was so fun that they could come down from Michigan where they live and visit us all!  We love when people come to the homestead and see all that we are doing and just visit all our goofy critters…  until next time!!!

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Day Three… Ark is almost ready!

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By the time that the rain stopped, we really had a big mess.  Nearly all the low spots on our property were covered with 6 to 8 inches of water.  Some areas were up over muck boots!  That is high.  All over the county, rivers were flooding up over their banks, whole fields were lakes and many roads were impassable.  It was a bit of a challenge to get where you needed to be!  We actually thought for a few hours that we would have to move our truck!  But finally, the rain stopped and slowly, the water began to go down.  IMG_3356 IMG_3360 IMG_3367

This is what is left from our Halloween pumpkin haul!  About a dozen just got covered up with snow and the animals were actually getting a little weary of pumpkins.  You know that you fed out a lot of pumpkins when hogs kind of turn up their snouts to another fresh pumpkin!

I am going to be curious to see if we get any little volunteer plants from this all!  That would be fun.  I will be watching.  But in the meanwhile, they will make nice compost.  Nothing goes to waste on a little homestead!  IMG_3368

You can see, our little drainage ditch really does help.  It was just way overwhelmed by three days of steady rain.  It’s hard to see but in the upper right hand corner you can see our GIANT lake that was our weed patch pasture!  Oh my gosh.  It’s been almost a month since this flood and I have to tell you, it’s still pretty much underwater out there.  I’m really  not sure what we are going to do about that.  I just hope we get some really warm sunshine and higher temps before it starts back in the with spring rains!!!  IMG_3369

The Quack Pack has really been in their element, though.  These ducks are so funny to watch as they parade around and test out the waters.  They are very happy!

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The hogs are not that happy.  Because they are on high ground!  I think we have this all turned around.  They would like a good mud puddle, just like the ducks, but the pig pen is at one of the highest points on the homestead.  Oh well.  They sure got their fill of the warm rain and seemed to enjoy the adventure.  However, they did like their little house and the warm dry straw to snuggle and snooze in!  IMG_3374

Just wet, wet and more wet.  Everyone got along nicely and we got through the worse of it.  It was sure still flooded over by the poultry barn and the sheep barn.  Just a bit mess.  Thankfully, it’s mostly gone by now, when I am writing this, the first of March.  We hope to bring in a lot of mulch to build up the main pathways this spring.  That really helps a TON.  If we hadn’t have done that this last summer, I think there would be hardly any dry areas to walk on.  As it is, there are a few pathways that are still mulched and a bit sturdier to walk on.  If we keep it up, I think we will be able to get around, even when we do flood up a bit.

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That is the story of the President’s Day Flood of 2018!   A big swampy mess!

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