When you become a $25 a month Patreon member, one of the perks is that you get to tell me what my next book is about. The next book, as dictated by patron Heather, is going to be about Krampus the Christmas demon, and how he only steals children because he is so lonely.
Although the Facebook group consensus is that Krampus should be super buff and beautiful but with horns, and also evil or whatever— this is my picture of him, in my mind. He’s just a lonely musician (a good one, though) who wishes he were more loved, like his counterpart, Santa Claus. But he is what he is, you know? It’s those horns, you see. They get in the way of doorframes and all that, but more importantly, people judge him for them and they think he isn’t a nice guy. Also, the cloven hooves. Poor Krampus. No wonder he’s singing the blues.
The Tenderfoot Collective (which includes me) will be showing art on the walls of Mother Fools Coffee House at 1101 Williamson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, for the month of August. You are invited to come and see our art and have some coffee and vegan fare any time during August. If you would like to see me personally, I will be there at the opening reception on Sunday, August 4, from 6 PM to 8 PM. That’s this Sunday! I’d love to see you there. -Shoshanah
These two year old ewes are sisters and like to be together. They are a part of a group of dark brown sheep born two years ago that we have named, “The Chocolate Club,” so they all are named after kinds of chocolate. They would be a lot darker if we had coats on them. They are very sun-bleached. These sheep have never lived inside a barn.
Breed: Jacob / Corriedale Cross (More Jacob than Corriedale, about 75% Jacob, 25% Corriedale)
Temperament: Afraid of people. Skittish.
Wool: Dark, thick, dense, soft, and plentiful. They have ten month’s growth on them right now. I have not shorn them this year, and I got to them late summer last year.
Size: Small. 60-70 pounds.
Horns: No horns, but their offspring maybe would have them. These sheep have not been bred.
Asking: $100 Each.
Located in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested.
Viola is one of our first sheep, which means she is about nine years old now. Viola is a Jacob. We got her from Cold Valley Farm, originally. She has been a very good producer for us, both of wool and lambs. I only want to sell her because she had a bad case of poison parsnip on her head last year, and I would like to sell her to a farm that does not have a lot of poison parsnip. Sadly, we really have a lot of that terrible weed!
Right now, Viola has a ram lamb that is four days old, the product of Viola and a Ram who was half Jacob, Half Corriedale. The ram was black and had four horns and very thick, black wool. This little ram will very likely have big horns and very thick, long, soft wool.
She has a sweet temperament and is more approachable than most Jacobs I have known. Her offspring have inherited that temperament. Her two grown ram lambs let me pet their noses through the fence sometimes.
Her wool is just lovely.
Asking $250 for the pair. Located in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
I’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn to feed the little bottle lamb in the barn. Then the puppy, Mike Vivaldi, always wants to go for a walk. I took him along this morning to check and see if any lambs were born in the night.
Not quite… But Mimi was on the ground, moaning. Mike and I went into the pen and I could see a little mouth and a big red tongue sticking out of her lady sheep parts (technical language). As we approached, Mimi got up and ran! She obviously needed help, but she was going to be difficult about it.
I tied up Mike to a fence post, because he is not yet skilled in the arts of shepherding and lamb doulaing (though I expect great things from him, someday). After some awkward running and dodging other sheep, I caught her in a catch pen, stuck my hands up in her, grabbed those slippery slimy lamb legs and pulled out a most enormous ram lamb. She yelled. Pretty sure it didn’t feel that great! Then she just stood there and stared at that slimy, bloody ram on the ground with no recognition, like, “What the hell is that?”
And then I walked Mike Vivaldi back and drove my daughter to band practice. All before breakfast!
I left them penned up together for three hours, went back, and he was all fluffy. Mimi had cleaned him up. She was bonded to him, except when I put a lamb sweater on him, she didn’t seem to know who he was, suddenly, so I took the sweater off again. Fashion be damned. It’s supposed to rain tonight, but honestly, he looks pretty hearty.
I have been accepted to show my lovely wool sculptures next Friday, May 3 at the Jackie Macaulay Gallery, The Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson Street, Madison. The opening is 5-9, though I’m not sure I will be there the entire time. This is Gallery night, where basically every place in Madison becomes an art gallery. It’s a good time for all.
If you’ve never been to the Social Justice Center, look for the big seventies-style mural of the social justice struggle on the side of the building.
I am mainly just showing my fun Wooly Heads of Whimsy. A few new ones will be unveiled on Friday night. Then, the pieces will stay up for the month of May.
I hope to see you there!
Jackie Macaulay Gallery, The Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson Street, Madison
The new Birds in Beards, number 3: Weird Beards (Beards as Birds) is now available both as a paper book AND digitally!
You can run, but you can’t hide from the men with beards! They are everywhere you would normally see birds. Are you going crazy? Or are you just coloring the latest Birds in Beards Coloring Book by Shoshanah Marohn? Probably both.