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These are some orders I’m shipping out today. Loving this new camera. Hopefully someday I’ll figure out how to take video with it 🙂
Hope you’re having a wonderful spring.
We’re getting snow and freezing rain here in Maine today. That means it’s a snow day! It reminds me of being a little girl and watching TV in the morning to see if my school would be listed on the school closing announcements.
A snow day for me now is totally different than a snow day when I was going to working. I worked in the medical field, and my job required me to go in to work even if there was a bad snowstorm. I can’t count the number of times I drove in horrible road conditions, white knuckling it all the way to work and back home again. Sometimes I’d have to drive 10 miles an hour or less just to make it home in one piece.
Even when I worked at home, I wasn’t safe from winter driving. I worked 3rd shift as a medical transcriptionist typing STAT reports at home for a local hospital. One night at about 1 in the morning, my power went out during a blizzard. I’m talking white-out conditions and 2 feet of snow on the roads. My supervisor told me I had to go to the office to finish my shift. I tried, I really did. I made it about 100 feet down the road, but the snow kept sucking my tires toward the ditch and I gave up. It was really scary. If you work for a hospital, this kind of makes sense … patient care comes first. But I wasn’t involved in direct patient care. I just typed up the reports. Yes, they’re important, but not as important as my life.
I never understood all the other businesses that stayed open and put their employee’s lives at risk by forcing them to go to work during snowstorms. Last year there was a 75-car pileup a few miles from my house due to snow and ice on the roads:
In my current situation, running my own business, I can take a snow day whenever I want, and it is such a relief. I don’t drive in the snow anymore. If the temperature is below 35 and it’s raining, I’ll stay home, thank you very much. Snow day!
Visit Suncatcher Craft Eyes online to see our entire selection of glitter craft eyes in round pupil and cat eyes, every size and color.
I also wanted to remind everyone to get their orders in as soon as possible to avoid the holiday rush. Busy season is already here, and it’s getting busier every day!
This is a topic that I have wanted to address for a long time, but it took me a while to figure out how to do it without pointing fingers or saying something negative about some other sellers. That is not my intention. My intention in writing this is to help you choose quality craft eyes that will add to the look of your projects.
This blog post is mainly directed toward those who purchase craft eyes for their art and craft projects, amigurumi, dolls, artist bears, etc. Everyone has their own opinion, and this article is just my opinion that I have formed from my own experiences. Yours may be different.
The craft eyes I am referring to here are of lower quality than I would recommend to someone making a handmade item or art project. They are more suited to fishing lures or projects where the appearance of the craft eyes doesn’t matter that much. In those cases, the cheaper eyes work fine, and they’re a good value.
It isn’t possible to tell cheaply made eyes from quality eyes by price point anymore. The cheap ones are priced right up with the quality eyes now. That’s one of the reasons I’m writing this article. I don’t want anyone to spend their money on inferior eyes and be disappointed with them when they can spend the same amount and buy well-made craft eyes.
It’s hard to tell from a photo online if something is well made. That’s true for craft eyes and noses too, but there are ways to tell if you know what you’re looking for. Being in this industry for 10 years, I’ve figured out what to look for when purchasing eyes and noses.
Here are some images of poor-quality craft eye washers. This is an easy way to tell:
Craft eyes with washers like these will be made of a softer plastic that scratches easily. The pupils will not be centered uniformly. Also the eyes and washers (except metal) will have nubs on them that haven’t been trimmed or are trimmed unevenly. The washers may be white, black, dark green, or a beige color. The plastic washers are very difficult to attach.
Here are some ways to tell from the images of the eyes:
Notice the paint going all the way down the stem on the yellow eyes. They were spray painted. Can you tell on the image of the gold-color eyes that they are more domed or bubbled? Also the pupils are larger.
If the craft eyes you are considering purchasing are a really good deal, this may be the reason. If there is no photo of the washers or back of the eyes, you can always request one before you purchase. You might also want to request a sample before purchasing a large quantity.
In contrast, these are the washers you want to look for on quality craft eyes:
Craft eyes that have washers like these are quality craft eyes. They will have smooth edges. The pupils will be uniformly centered. The washers will attach smoothly.
I hope this helps you buy the craft eyes that are right for you. If you have any questions or would like to share your craft eye experiences, feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
The photos below give you a good look at their door to outside. This is the indoor run attached to their coop in the garage. I cut a hole in the garage wall and made a door out of hardware cloth. It closes with a latch on the right, and the wooden board you see in front of it holds the left side closed at night so no predators can get in. My Lavender Orpingtons are almost as big as the Easter Eggers now!
This photo below is of a full-grown Lavender Orpington from the breeder I bought mine from. That’s a 5-gallon bucket. They’re going to be huge!
I’ll try not to turn this into a chicken blog, but I can’t get enough of them 🙂 Back to work packing up eyes to ship today. Hope you have a wonderful week!
My lavender orpingtons are now 4 weeks old and fully feathered, so they’re outta here! Seriously, their games of keepaway were driving me nuts. One of them would pick up a weed and run around the cage with it, and the others would screech and give chase. At least they’re happy chickens.
They’re in a medium-size dog kennel out in the indoor run in my garage. All sides are covered except the front so the larger Easter Eggers (2 months old) won’t get to them and they can all get used to each other. Once the little ones are closer in size to the others, I’ll add them to the coop.
This is the setup right now. The big birds have the coop to themselves, and their sharing the indoor run with the littles. The big chickens can see the little ones but not get to them. The littles will be covered at night with polar fleece to keep out the cold drafts.
So far they’re adjusting really well, eating and running around. Nobody is huddled up or crying. So far so good!
My office is so quiet now! I’m enjoying it, and I should be able to get a lot more work done!
P.S. I’ve got 3 male Easter Eggers (so sad my rumpless is a male) and 3 male lavender orpingtons. Thinking I may give away/sell 2 of each so I have a good mix of roos to hens.
This weekend I’ve been building the new coop for my chickens. A lot of the wood was salvaged from my basement and garage, a local business that gives away pallet wood. I bought the pine boards and some of the 1x2s and 2x2s for framing.
The coop is on the back wall of my garage for double security from predators and insulation against the cold. Here in Maine it can go as low as about -10 F in the winter. There are 3 nesting boxes with a big area on top for the chickens to sit in the sun. Attached to that is a perch that runs the whole length of the coop. The perch is about 6 feet long and has been in the garage since I bought the house 15 years ago – I finally found the perfect project for it! It’s the perfect width so they can sit on their feet in the winter and keep warm. (The plywood with spray paint were my son’s practice boards when he was into graffiti art – I don’t think the chickens will mind).
The coop has a door on the front wall in the left bottom corner that’s about 2 feet tall so I can get in there and clean. Besides the window to outdoors that lets in some sunshine, there are 2 screened-in windows with perches in front of them so they can get some light that comes in through the garage doors, and so I can see in. They’re covered with hardware cloth to keep the chickens in and any critters out. Those windows will be covered in the winter to help the coop retain heat.
There’s going to be a door on hinges outside the nesting boxes for easy egg collection (tomorrow’s project) and a 4-foot-tall door at the other end for cleaning. There are 2 windows covered with hardware cloth (wire mesh) so they can see out. I cut about 2 feet off it and put that piece in front of the big screen window for more perching pleasure. The final project tomorrow will be putting on the roof with ventilation.
Next weekend I’ll be adding a 6×6′ run area for them in the garage (for rainy, cold, and snowy days) with a little chicken-size doorway to outside and then install 100 feet of fencing outside for them to free range. It works out perfectly because that will give them a week to get used to their new home so hopefully they’ll figure out how to get back home once they’re let outside.
This is my first construction project, and while it’s anything but perfect, it’s the perfect little coop for my chickens and has all the features I wanted. I love it.
There’s a new Penguins of Madagascar movie coming in November 2015!
These characters all have sky blue eyes. Choose either translucent sky blue or shimmer sky blue:
Private as a baby is super cute, and he has bright sky blue eyes.
Here’s a character from Penguins of Madagascar with brown eyes:
Choose either translucent brown or shimmer dark brown for this guy.