Sunday, May 24, 2015

Baby Ducks! Blue & Black Swedish Duckies

OMG: baby ducks!!  We have had a broody duck for weeks now, but had kinda given up hope that the eggs would hatch; as they were at least a week overdue; but tonight we looked in on her & found 8 little duckies with another just hatching out!
So adorable!  And she has another 4 eggs, AND: we have another broody hen sitting on at least 10 eggs; hoping for more little duckies!    These are a mix of black & blue Swedish; the hens are black; the drake blue; looks like we have about half black & half blue babies.  
They are cute, fluffy, & adorable; can't wait to see them out & about in the yard trailing after momma duck!  So cute!
In other bird herd news; we brought home 2 Guinea Hens; one of them has disappeared , but the other has stuck around for 3 days; so I think she is here to stay.  She is lonely though; loves to look at the mirror, as well as the front door or anything she can see her reflection in.  She has taken to hanging out with the male turkey...I think we may look for some more Guineas to raise from babies to keep her company; maybe in some different colors; she is really cute with her funny little peeps & clown makeup, lol : )    Guineas are supposed to be excellent bug eaters: even better than chickens: so we would love if she wants to stay here & patrol the garden : ) 
Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chicken Herd Update

A quick update on the baby chickens; everyone is doing well & growing fast!  We also have 2 more broody hens sitting on clutches; each one has about 10 eggs: so we are crossing our fingers for more chicken babies!

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They are big enough now that they are out exploring all day with the moms; slowly integrating into the flock : )

The RooRoo keeps a close watch on everyone--we got him early last spring & he has grown into a great little roo; he takes his patrolling & strutting very seriously : )

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Grey Chicken hatched out a single baby; her little mini-me.  I can't quite tell yet if the baby is going to be grey like her, or black--time will tell.

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 Everyone has been enjoying the spring rains; lots of worms to find!

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And; as usual Gold Chicken makes herself right at home...

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She jumped up on the couch next to me & chatted about the drama of living with 13 other hens...

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But as soon as she saw the fridge open; she hoped on the door & demanded her treat of shredded cheese.   Spoiled bird; good thing she's so cute.

In other bird-related news; the baby turkeys are doing fine with their ducky brother, lol.  And; tomorrow we are going to have 2 Guinea hens join the herd!  haha; I have never been around Guineas; so it should be interesting : )



Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Alternative Metal Wedding Bouquets

Soooo; Tanya was out today with some of her new creations; OMG-love!! Alternative Wedding Bouquets taken to the extreme.

She is taking the metal framework & running with it: adding flowers, crystals, pearls & more.... Beautiful creations combining traditional wedding decor/flowers with an alternative twist!
Loving the finished product:  alternative; but could fit into a traditional wedding as well...

  I love the crystals & sparkles: so pretty!

And: the Goth option; I also love!  Black with iridescent crystals to match anything...

So pretty: love the purple & blue tones of the crystals.

Check out the shop at :


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SteamPunk Wings Trophies

A quick share of the latest trophies out the door; a pair of SteamPunk trophies  made from steel, copper & aluminum for a gaming tournament this fall.

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The smaller will go to this year's victor; the larger will have plaques added to the base of the yearly winners.

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Check out their event at:

Love these trophies!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bridal Bouquet--New Alternative Styles by Tonya

I wanted to share some sneak peeks at the new alternative bouquets that Tonya has been working on; she really has a flair for this & is adding in lots of Goth, Steampunk, & other options.

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This is one of my favorites: love the Goth look--and the chains are perfect!

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This one is very sweet; with pearls, & rhinestone brooches.  The metal is also painted a white pearl color. 
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Detail shot; love the crystals : )

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And; the copper; perfect for a SteamPunk wedding.  Love the addition of the flowers; just enough to soften it a bit : )

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There are more in the works & we will be photographing them soon (maybe even a full shoot with models on the horizon)   

All these bouquets are made with a base of metal wire, & adorned with flowers, paint, crystals, etc--we have even added little gears, nuts, & bolts to some...  Base metal of aluminum or copper.   A great alternative to the traditional flower bouquet: we have helped brides with all sorts of themes; from SteamPunk to Gamers, Dragon Flames & western--any bride who wants to make a statement. 

See them all at RefineriiBridalBoutique.  You can also request a custom set to suit your theme, colors, & personal preferences.  Matching boutonnieres for the guys are available, as well as pomanders/kiss balls for flower girls & more...

Please contact to discuss options : )


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Farm Update--Baby Chicks!

Our first babies of spring : )  So adorable!
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Gold Chicken II is proving to be a good mama-hen, although she did abandon the other eggs as soon as these 4 cuties hatched.  It's her first time, though, so it's OK---we moved the remaining eggs under another broody hen, so hopefully they will hatch too : )

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It's been tough to get any work done when I want to just watch them all the time, lol.  They are about 5 days old now; so getting really active--they have been out exploring the yard & it's fun to follow them around & see mama chicken showing them where to scratch & dust bathe.

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All four babies are different colors; & it looks like the smallest is going to be Gold Chicken III--hope so!   Gold Chicken the First is our favorite; she comes inside to visit all the time & loves to hang out & take naps on the couch : )

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We also have 13 turkey eggs in the neighbor's incubator at the moment; they are due to hatch tomorrow.  And; after we removed the 13 from the nest, the turkey hen decided to lay 6 more & sit on them!  So: by next week, we are going to be over-run with baby turkeys, lol.   I am going to have to sell some of the poults; we don't have enough space for that many big birds: so far 4 are spoken for.  Hopefully I can get it down to just the 6 that the hen is sitting on: that's plenty turkey for the freezer, a few to sell for Thanksgiving & 2 to keep for breeding.
And now; back to work...I'm so glad my shop has big roll-up doors that I can open during the nice days to watch all the birds doing their thing in the yard : )  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Miss Pole Dance America Trophies

About a month ago, we got an email inquiring about awards for the first ever Miss Pole Dance America; would we be interested in making them... 
 Uh...ya!!!  Of course : )  
We shipped out the finished trophies today--love the way they turned out!

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They have been marketing with American flag imagery: so we went with it: polished aluminum & steel with automotive paint & accents of raw steel...

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Our dancer silhouette is raw steel to contrast against the polished & painted background...

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These are the medals for the 2nd & 3rd place winners; classic stars in red, white & blue...
This was a really fun project & we were really happy to be involved; the competition takes place this weekend in Nashville, TN: check out the FB page at: Miss Pole Dance America.

Love being involved in a competition that supports strong, athletic, beautiful women: I am honored to have been asked to create the awards : )

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Misc Project Pics & Farm Updates

Whew!  It's been a busy 2015...seems like its gone really fast, but at the same time: seems like the 1st of the year was forever ago...   We made the decision at the first of the year to focus almost exclusively on trophies, & the orders have not slowed down : )  It hasn't left a lot of time for blogging & updates, but I'm determined to get back into it: overhaul the entire website & blog fora more streamlined look as well as my own online store.  In the meantime, I thought I would share a few project photos & updates.

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Just finished up today; a commissioned custom business card holder--made from steel with polished aluminum that has a candy-apple red paint.  The client requested it for a good friend who just got his dream job as a football coach; the design is the school logo : )  Love the way it came out ; )

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Another project in the works; we are making trophies for a race series; we shipped out the first set a week ago, including the Duracell award above.

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This is another in the set...  In total, we will ship out 11 more sets of 3 awards, plus and extra for the Duracell office (by special request ;)  

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And; one of our biggest & best to date: the cup created for the UK Hacker Olympics.  We shipped it out last week for the big event---love the way it turned out!!  30" tall, welded steel body with accents of polished aluminum & mirrored acrylic.  I also wired it with LED lights to give it a blue glow...check it out:
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Josh designed this one completely; I just put it together.  It's awesome to be able to collaborate: he comes up with things I would never think of & the designs are getting better & better because of it : ) 

On the farm front; we found a pair of Royal Palm turkeys about a month ago & brought them home for a breeding pair.   And last week, we gathered up 13 turkey eggs for incubating (or neighbor has a big incubator).  Of course this week, the female turkey decided to lay at least 5 more eggs & is now setting on them; so we are going to have more turkeys than we know what to do with! 

We lost a female ducky suddenly; no idea what happened; she was fine one moment & not the next; so we are down to 4 Swedish black females & a Swedish blue male.  Still hoping that a female will go broody & hatch out some babies, but so far no luck...

On the list for work this week; designing the trophies for Miss Pole Dance America, some repeat clients, a big steampunk trophy, & another custom sign.  Plus; get the garden ready for planting...Wish me luck! 


Monday, March 23, 2015

The big Reveal--Industrial Farm Trashcans

Remember a few weeks back when I uploaded this pic & asked if anyone had any ideas???  Well, it's reveal time!
Some of the guess from Facebook include: medieval torture devices, weird trophies, table bases & industrial warrior helmets, lol : ) 
Ta-Da!  They were lids for custom trashcans/recycling stations : )  These were installed at the Boise Co-Op last weekend.   The smaller lids are actually recycled plow disks & I added all kinds of crazy fun farm/industrial accessories to them.
There are actually 4 sets: each unique.  Even though we had a hard time getting them done in between all the trophy deadlines; it really was a fun project.   Check them out next time you are down town at the Co-Op : ) 


Thursday, March 12, 2015

WarGaming.Net Trophy

This week, we built a large custom metal trophy for  We re-created their logo in 3-D using 1/2 inch aluminum & layers of painted steel & printed acrylic.  The finished piece stands 17 inches tall--this was a fun one : )

It came out even better than I expected: always a good thing : )

Here are some pics of the build

The rough pieces; straight off the water-jet; thanks to Robo-Jet in Meridian : )

Looking better after about an hour of grind & polish...

Initial layout; to make sure everything is going to fit correctly...

Final assembly; getting close!

And done!  Just have to wait for the epoxy to cure & it's ready for finished pics & then off to FedEx for it's ride to California : ) 

I love how the lettering came out: will definitely be using more thick material like this on future designs : )

Upcoming projects include a couple custom signs, funky trashcans, trophies for Miss Pole Dance America, medals for a dog show, & some other fun projects--busy busy!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Works in Progress...

We had a busy weekend; got 500 medals polished up & ready for screen printing for one of our favorite clients; Major League Hacking.  As well as fab-ing up a big cup trophy for the UK Hacker Olympics: plus we had family in town--it was a busy weekend!!

The start of the UK Hacker Cup; it is made of steel; fully welded, then ground down to a fine finish; it will get paint, printed acrylic with LED lights to make it glow, & accents of polished aluminum.  We got a good start on it this weekend; welded, grind to a finish; weld again to fill any little imperfections, then grind again...still need to weld the pieces together & one last grind to prepare for paint.  This is going to be one for the books!!

And; the 500 medals; they were cut by water-jet & will get screen printed with a custom design by Rogue Design.  To ship out this week for more Hacker tournaments around the country & the UK : ) 

Also in the works: a big trophy for WarGaming.Net, some custom medals & trophy, plus a request for Lego themed trophies...  It's going to be a busy week!


Monday, March 2, 2015

We Love Christian Music Awards

A few weeks ago, we delivered 30 custom stainless steel trophies to New Release Tuesday for their awards roadshow tour; taking place over six weeks in locations around the country...
The awards were hand-fabricated with a custom polish & accents of matte black.

Each trophy was welded, polished  & cleaned for a fine finish.

The process was time-consuming: but worth it--in the end, the trophies looked amazing! 

Here they are pre-graphics; pretty cool; the polish came out really nice!

And: one of the winners: Rapture Ruckus--I think they like it, lol : )   There will be more presented over the next four weeks.   Thanks so much to New Release Tuesday for commissioning these again: we had a lot of fun making them : )