Thursday, November 19, 2009

Black November

We hope you’ll enjoy our paper play, Black November (A Turkey’s View).  
Nikki and I have worked diligently to create a barnyard scene that reflects the atmosphere of a young turkey’s home.  Our characters and their costumes have been thoughtfully constructed with vibrant colors and markings.  Please take time to notice the expressions on our paper characters, as they have practiced many hours.
 While it is important to us that you are aware that absolutely NO animals were harmed in the production of this paper play,  we suspect some trees have given their lives in support of this art piece.  We have planted some young trees to replenish the forests, in support of our habit. 

Our Characters:

Big Brother Mike: He’s the larger turkey with the developed rubbery thing under his chin.  He has become rather cynical in his many months on the farm.  He does strut his stuff in the barnyard.

Young Turkey: This cute little fella’ comes from great breeding and it shows in his colors.  He’s a little like Chicken Little, who claims the “sky is falling” from the hen house across the way.  Probably because of the stories he hears hanging out with Big Brother Mike. 

The Farmer’s Wife: We hear about her and catch a quick glance at her nurturing side…or is it? You decide.

(A Turkey’s View)

When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,

Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something that I had to know;

His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he told me of the horrors of ……..Black November;

“Come about August, now listen to me,
Each day you’ll get six meals instead of just three,

“And soon you’ll be thick, where once you were thin,
And you’ll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin;

“And then one morning, when you’re warm in your bed,
In’ll burst the farmer’s wife, and hack off your head;

“Then she’ll pluck out all your feathers so you’re bald ‘n pink,
And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin’ in the sink;

“And then comes the worst part” he said not bluffing,
“She’ll spread your cheeks and pack your rear with stuffing.”

Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat,

And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
I’d have to lay low and remain overlooked;

I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola;

And as they ate pastries, chocolates and crepes,
I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes;

I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;

But ‘twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death;

And sure enough when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound;

So now I’m a pet in the farmer’s wife’s lap;
I haven’t a worry, so I eat and I nap;

She held me today, while sewing and humming, and smiled at me and said “Christmas is coming…”

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Storing Un-mounted Rubber Stamps

Nikki and I learned the best secret known to us for storing our un-mounted stamps from Maria, of Another Stamp Company. She puts 2 in 1 glue on the back of her un-mounted stamps and allows the glue to dry to a tacky residue. Page protectors are reinforced with a cardboard (like the kind on the back of your paper tablet) then a white 81/2 X 11” paper is put on the inside of both sides of the page protector. The white sheets can be stamped on so you know where to store your stamp. The rubber stamp sticks nicely to the page protectors and with the pages stored in a notebook it’s easy to flip through your stamps.

I’ve just completed this procedure for all my un-mounted stamps and was surprised how far a small bottle of glue went.  I brought some of the Sailor 2 in 1 glue back for Nikki to organize her stamps as well.  It's easier to share your stamps when you know what you have and where it is. 

Well, if any of you are frustrated with looking for your stamps and this sounds like the solution for you, go to and get some Sailor 2 in 1 Glue.