Our Herd is Multiplying

The days between January and March are our most joyful and sometimes heart wrenching months. Our ewes are due with their precious lambs. The last weeks are the most critical and demanding on our Coopworth ewes.

The whole family-all 6 of us-  wait in anticipation. A variety of names have been chosen to be placed on the babies. We can’t wait to see our rainbow of sheep colors.

This lambing season holds a very special story of one of our ewes who we thought couldn’t have babies and our beautiful ram that was with us only 1 year.

Our ewe Matilda had aborted suddenly last lambing season. It took a toll on her body. We thought she couldn’t carry. We decided to keep her as a stall mate with our ram. They got along so well. You wouldn’t believe how upset they got when they were separated.

Right before lambing season, Igor went down and never recovered. We lost him.

Fast forward 60days later. Matilda, who we thought was barren, surprised us with this little bundle of joy.

Meet Lazy  ‘O’ Ranches Declan. He was 6 lbs. when he  was born and gained 2 lbs. at his 24hr. Weigh in.

He is quite a character. I am happy to say that he will be continuing his father’s legacy.

Happy Farming,



Episode #3 Why Early Shearing Improves Our Ewes and Wool

January 28, 2015

Episode #3 Why Early Shearing Improves our Ewes and Wool Welcome to our sheep barn.  We raise Coopworth sheep for both meat and wool. We learn something new each year. This year we have decided to shear them early.  It took some research and asking around before I chose to shear in the middle of […]

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Make Your Own Homemade Apple Pie Filling

November 7, 2014

Make Your Own Homemade Apple Pie Filling   I absolutely love this recipe I am about to share with you.  Besides making a mouthwatering apple pie filling, we are creating many family memories. It’s such a delight to work with my family through the whole process. I suggest to gather 2+ people in your family […]

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Episode #2 Chickens, Sheep, Hay & Yarn

October 15, 2014

Episode #2 Chickens, Sheep, Hay and Yarn One of my most favorite places to relax in is my barn.  Nothing beats the sounds of the sheep and chickens and the antics that they do. Let me share with you a project that I am working on and a project that I have processing in my […]

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Episode #1 Introducing Our Coopworth Sheep

October 10, 2014

October Marks Our Coopworth Breeding Season October marks the month that we organize breeding groups,  gather our rams and ewes, and make plans for the upcoming lambing season.  It is a pretty exciting time for us and our sheep.  We cannot wait to see what arrives in the spring and they get their kicks and […]

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How To Make Felted Soap

January 23, 2014

  The Dirt On Making Felted Soap Are you a hands on type person? I am to a fault.  Doing something with my hands is almost required all the time I am awake or I get really tired and fall asleep. I literally took many naps during class in both my high school and college […]

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How To Make Felted Dryer Balls

October 24, 2013

How To Make Felted Dryer Balls   Felting is so much fun and it is a quick DIY craft to make dryer balls, cat toys or add some decorative orbs to your home. Once you get the hang of felting you will be able to make many things like pumpkins, fruit and dolls. Watch the […]

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The Elise Tank Top

May 1, 2013

Tanks Are So Easy To Knit For The Summer Dawn A. Shaffer This was a very easy tank top to knit up.  I love these kinds of tank sweaters, but I have gotten myself into the habit of sticking to a simple, one style fits all design. Honestly,  I was getting bored with the simple, […]

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Showing Off My Knitted Stella Tank Top

May 1, 2013

My Stella Knit Tank Top Using Elsebeth Lavold’s Silk/Wool By Dawn A. Shaffer I fell in love with this’ sapling green’ from the Elsebeth Lavold’s  wool/silk yarn collection.  There were only 2 skeins left in this LYS store located in the Poconos. I quickly swiped them up and this tank top was born. I wanted […]

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Episode #2 Learn How To Double Crochet

May 1, 2013

Episode #2 Learn How To Double Crochet Dawn Shaffer Were you able to understand the single crochet? Each crochet stitch is a building block and foundation for the next.  Once you understand the basics you will understand the rest. The double and single crochet used in combination with each other create funky textures.  Once you […]

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