It’s been a busy week here in the Miguelucci Moore/Monaluna household. On Saturday we brought home 6 new family members – baby chicks! I’ve been waiting a loooong time for chickens – I started nagging Dave about getting them almost 8 years ago when we first moved into our apartment in Oakland. The apartment was ruled too small for chickens (I had to agree on that – we only had a little front porch and a bitty little piece of garden), but once we moved into our house it seemed like the perfect time. But then we were landscaping the yard, and busy with quilt markets, and somehow the coop we were planning to build just never got started.
Then, on New Year’s day, we happened to see a darling chicken coop kit which matched our house perfectly, and also happened to be on sale. Although I was all excited about the idea of building our own coop, the convenience of the kit won out. And then of course once we had the coop straightened out, we could get the chickens! Picking them out took the better part of Saturday afternoon, but we finally landed on the assortment above. I knew I wanted a couple of Araucanas, because I’m in love with the blue-green color of their eggs, and I’ve had a thing for Silkies ever since seeing the resident Silkie chicken at Wild Rumpus Bookstore in Minneapolis. Emma’s a few days older than the others (just about 5 days old in these photos!), and Anabelle calls her “big sister”. We’ve spent many hours over the last week just sitting and watching them scurry about in their temporary home (a big clear plastic storage box with a heat lamp), pecking and fluffing and nodding off while standing up. They’ll be in the house for about a month before they can move into the coop, and I’ve really been enjoying the chorus of peeping while I work. I have a feeling they’ll be making their way into some new textile designs soon!
In other news, I’m excited to announce that I will have a guest blogger visiting next week! The talented Heidi Staples from Fabric Mutt will be sharing tutorials for 3 projects – a reading mat, a scooter bag and a love bird pillow, all using the Havana collection. Look for her first post on Tuesday!