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MMDT Challenge #17: Marsh

Last year, on a whim, we decided to raise a couple of turkeys for the holidays.

They turned out to be the best turkeys we have ever eaten.

This year, I wanted more turkey that we could cook and keep in the freezer for sandwiches, soups and regular dinners. I also wanted to try a different variety.

So, we bought four of the turkeys we had last year (the kind that used to be served on Thanksgiving in the 1940s) and two white turkeys (the kind you buy today in the supermarket).

Matt reworked the turkey coop so it remains free of smells (turkey poo really stinks!) and relatively clean. The new coop has allowed us to interact much more with the turkeys, creating even more enjoyment.

We ended up with three males and three females -- 2 each of the brown turkeys and 1 each of the white turkeys. I think our odds turned out pretty well, since I just picked the ones that wanted to come home with me!

It amazes me at how fast they grow. I could once cradle a turkey in my hand. Now one foot is as big as my hand!

Few of the turkeys are named -- the runt is Peck because she would go from turkey to turkey pecking them when she was little. I guess she thought she was the leader!

I also named the largest, alpha male Marshmallow. He is always front in line when I have a treat of cucumbers or tomatoes from the garden. He also likes to bite me when I unlock the pen or take him water.

The other white turkey, a female, is named Princess because she is always standoffish -- reminding me of a diva who thinks she is above everyone else.

I wanted to show some the enjoyment of raising the turkeys on this layout. I used Husk Mosaic Moments paper for the background and added a bit of patterned paper from KaiserCraft.

Our challenge was to use circles. I used Circle Tiles from Mosaic Moments in white. I inked the edges with Distress Ink and added a few Dewdrops from Robin's Nest on one tile and tied a bit of string on the other.

We were also asked to sew on our pages. I cannot sew, so I used Sew Easy products from We R Memory Keepers and floss from Karen Foster to create the zig-zag stripe on my title block.

That is Marshmallow -- we call him Marsh, for short -- looking at the camera. I had that photo printed as a 5x7 so it would stand out. The Circle Tile with the string wrapped around it shows him as a baby.

Shared by Candy Spiegel on September 8, 2013 | Memory Date: September 8, 2013
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Candy!! Your turkeys are precious! You may remember Stretch from my Dr. Seuss friend raised him on the farm where I worked and I loved him! Played with him every day and he still sat on my shoulder until he got too heavy to do so. She ate him about a year later. I dont think I could do that, but Kudos to you for being able to raise your supply. The pictures are hysterical and your layout is a lot of fun!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  October 3, 2013 at 1:40 am   
Lori: The letters are Thickers from American Crafts designed to look like cork. Sorry I forgot to mention that! And, it's not so hard to eat them ... Marsh has started biting and is quite strong! He hurts me every time I try to give them food or water! lol
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  September 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm   
Candy, that photo of Marsh is just hysterical! I loved this page! Like Andrea, I could not name them and get to know them so well, and then eat them! I like the little dew drops, and the stitching, too. I have a Sew Easy and several wheels, but just haven't used it much. You did a great job with it! :) The two different patterned papers and the letters go great together. Were the letters bought or did you cut them out? Really great job! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  September 11, 2013 at 3:53 am   
Candy, I love your work! I really like the colors that you used, they really help the photos stand out! Very nice layout as usual!!! Great job
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  September 9, 2013 at 10:28 pm   
LOVE the turkey portraits! Your pages are so fun to look at. The patterned paper is a great match - reminds me a little of an apron or a table cloth and I love the stitching on your title block.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  September 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm   
Candy, I just passed a group of wild turkeys on the side of the road yesterday...and lo and present us with your family of birds! You talk so warmly about your 'babies' can you serve them up??? Don't think I'd survive having to grow my own food!! The photos are fabulous! The patterned paper seems to fit right in too. For a non-sewer you zigged and zagged quite well!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  September 9, 2013 at 2:34 am   
Candy, love this page! Too cute, almost like babies? Well, fuzzy babies! Great choice of paper and colors. Sewing is beautiful as are the dew drops. Great photos too! Funny story: About 30 years ago I came home from work to my hubby all excited... I had seen a semi tractor trailer go by with the biggest white chickens I had ever seen! He was raised on a farm and burst my bubble letting me know those were turkeys on the semi - LOL!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:32 am   

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