The influence of puppies and the secret life of chickens.

We have puppies! Two St. Bernard/Shepherd/Lab X’s and two Labernese/Lab X’s. It is so weird that a dog can have offspring from two different fathers in one batch. (Josh heard on CBC the other day that chickens can store ejaculate from lots of “donors” , evaluate which is best and spit out the rest!! What an awesome superhero slut chicken power!)

It is impossible not to smile around puppies, first steps, first growls, first peed all over you while watching a movie.

It is impossible for your dream of studio space, free of the distractions of dishes, laundry, and puppies to not grow exponentially with the dog hair in your house.

Currently we have 6 dogs, 1 cat, 1 rabbit, 15 chickens, 2 goats , say 25 fish and 3 kids. The kids shed less, but eat more. The goats are louder and eat everything. The chickens are the easiest.Well the fish I guess, but they look judge-y to me. The cat is cross eyed and has ginger balls.He is not good at trampolining , but is good at flying.

Josh has – raw cutting stockpiles going on in the back room, new wall plaques in the room divider, stuff for finish sanding on the coffee table, and finished work in baskets on the shelves as well as a display unit for me and a street side sign on the go.I have – rabbit paintings on the kitchen table, rabbit reproductions in the living room, chicken paintings by the fridge, new messenger bags on the table by the door and paperwork beside the bed. IT IS INSANE HERE!!!

Anyway..all this productivity is for whats coming up;

We are super excited to announce Rogue Goat is now available at the Owen Sound Artist’s Co op. Check it out

We will also be at the BMFA Arts Centre from November 3, 2011 to December 31, 2011 as part of Winter’s Gift.163 Hurontario St, Collingwood, Ontario.

Sugar Plum Fair, Nottawasaga Resort, Alliston, ON November 12, 13, 2011

Handmade Holidays, Southhampton Art Gallery and School, Southhampton,ON November 23- December 31, 2011


Movies and Makers, Fox Theatre, Toronto, ON December 17, 2011


and a couple more we will tell you about later.:) Love. We out, we out.







Fall changes and new goats and chickens

September always seems way more like the start of a new year to me then January…more changes, more expectation and the loveliness of starting to nest for winter. In that vein… Josh built a chicken coop on my birthday which we stocked with our first flock.Silly silkies and Rhode Island Reds. And then this morning we got a set of twin Nubian/Dwarf goats…Piss and Vinegar. And…the dog should have her first litter of Labernese puppies anyday. AND …we bought a beautiful, industrial mixer …first step in our no more store bought bread, fresh loaf everyday plan. The wood from our sustainably harvested, horse power logging operation Arbor North arrives on Monday. We are topped up with wood and wool and fabrics to make, make, make. We couldn’t be happier.Really.

We are also looking forward to some show announcements in the next few days…some little ones, some offbeat ones, some cool ones and a big one.

We will also be launching our online shop next week…and this is the last week Rogue Goat will be at Store 54 in Collingwood. Its been fun, any young entrepreneur should check out the program and talk to Devaki if you are interested. The store is topped up for the weekend, but then…off and away!

Things that are awesome about today…

1. There is something about the quality of light in mid August that is like a phone call ahead from autumn…a “Hey, I miss you, will come visit soon” heads up. I love it.

2. Someone changed the school sign outside the Beaver Valley Community School to say ” Have a happy hummer dads”. This is funny. Sometimes things like this are enough to redeem my faith in humanity.

3. Hindle’s Hardware. Where you can find nothing without asking for it, but somehow this piece of history, a throw back to when the hardware store was a village well of needing and fixing, somehow…it reclaims the very basic goodness of just talking to a person. In this case, the person is James Hindle who loves his many treasures.He took us through the back sheds and explained all the different bits and pieces and what he would do with them if he “got the time”.He hand built a hand cart and made his own company logo on the back with a mosaic of dogwood. He had a piece of plum wood “that comes up just beautiful”. He had a huge four inch thick centre cut plank of seasoned , storied wood that he would sell us for $15. He lit up when asked his name and offered a handshake.

4. While in the back in James’s wood cutting area, Josh noticed a baby woodpecker, perched on a plank at hip height and staring steadfastly at the sky. I was about six inches away from the woodpecker, he furiously blinked but resolutley stared at the sky. This, if anything I have ever seen, is a perfect visual illustration of faith.Or cloud watching. Or avoidance tactics.Its a perfect illustration of SOMETHING.

5. Being married.

This our display at the L E Shore library in Thornbury. Though unrelated to today being awesome, it is related to us.