Fine! I admit it—I’m stalling!!! I haven’t been able to find the pictures I need to post the next installment of the Chicken Chronicles, so instead here are some chicken-related odds and ends.
First, check out this awesome chicken apron that my sister-in-law Linda made! (Then be sure to click here and check out the rest of her cool stuff on Etsy.)
Our friend Paige sent this picture from the archives of Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. This little boy from 1928 is so reminiscent of Tristan—I love it! There is something timeless indeed about kids and chickens…
Jasmine sent this image of a chicken sculpted from eggshells by artist Kyle Bean—very cool!
And her friend Alysen sent a link to a site titled MyPetChicken.com with this fun fact: earlobe color indicates egg color.
Also, Genus Clothing, official clothier of CluckyDotCom, is now best reached via FaceBook–click here!
And finally, just because I can—I am including my favorite picture EVER of Clucky! Yep, that’s her on the right. So proud.
Check out Jasmine’s awesome chicken paintings!
Clucky is lumbering (cluelessly) through space, as befits the Death Star. And as for Gigi…well, what can we say about Gigi? Escape artist, agitator, activist, devoted lieutenant to Her Supreme Craziness [see above], slug eater supreme, hardest working chicken in show business.
This Christmas, I thought I was being super tricky by ordering Jasmine and Rick two very cool Sasquatch shirts designed and screen-printed by our friend Elliott, who recently started his own screen- printing business called Genus Clothing.
On Christmas morning, they unwrapped the shirts and loved them (of course).
“Elliott made them,” I explained. “He’s got his own business.”
“Oh, really?” Rick responded, guardedly.
“Yeah, aren’t they cool blah blah blah bet you didn’t know that blah blah blah,” I blathered on, reveling in my cleverness. Yes! What a cool gift. I had done well.
*satisfying sip of coffee while patting myself on the back*
Rick sheepishly pushed a box towards me.
“You should open this one now.”
Okie doke. I’m just kind of phoning it in at this point, I’m so happy with the Sasquatch shirts.
I pulled off the wrapping paper and lifted the lid from the box.
And was seriously blown away.
Inside were a set of CluckyDotCom shirts, created by Elliott. On the back of each shirt is a large picture of Clucky herself, in all her glory. On the front is what must surely now become this blog’s official logo—the words “CluckyDotCom” over the actual silhouette of our Death Star-shaped chicken.
Rick, you are the master. All hail King Rick!
And for anyone who would like to check out Elliott’s website for Genus Clothing (and order your own CluckyDotCom merch) click here!
Our granddaughter Daelynn turns one year old this week. Books were suggested as a gift, so off to the bookstore I went. There I found Ed’s Egg, a sweet picture book written by David Bedford and illustrated by Karen Sapp, from London-based QED Publishing. I was hooked from the first page: “Ed loved being an egg.” Little Ed’s reluctance to leave the safety of his egg is endearing (I feel like that every Monday morning–don’t we all?) and it doesn’t hurt that the ginormous mother hen bears more than a passing resemblance to our own Clucky J. Cluckington. All in all, a quirky but tender story that I hope Dealynn (and her parents) will enjoy.
If you grew up in the 1970’s, or your parents did, you probably remember the book Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi and Ron Barrett. Iconic (and sometimes troubling) illustrations in lime green and pink detail many potential mishaps, and may very well have led to my lifelong predilection for visualizing worst-case scenarios. The text is written with tongue firmly in cheek — for example, “because it might make life hard for a hen” (left), and the authors’ bio page, which states that the Barrett’s “both firmly believe that animals should definitely not wear clothing, except for an occasional dog coat on below freezing days. This is where they draw the line.” The Barretts also created Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, an all-time favorite read-aloud book in the Doughty household through three daughters, two grandsons, and various neices and nephews. And someday, when she is a little older, Daelynn.
Two of my favorites…
Feathers McGraw is the arch-villain of The Wrong Trousers, British director Nick Park’s 1993 claymation video short featuring gullible cheese-loving Wallace, an inventor, and his faithful dog Gromit. Spoiler alert: Feathers is actually a penguin, but he ingeniously disguises himself as a chicken when engaging in nefarious criminal activities. Well-written, clever and very funny, this remains one of my favorite videos from Jasmine’s childhood and I would enthusiastically recommend it to both chicken and penguin lovers alike.