This month the Dark Side Challenge was to scrap your pet's dark side. I usually default to Cowboy the Farm Dawg or Java the Princess Mare to scrap my pets, but Bruce has recently decided he is devil spawn and it's debatable whether or not he's going to be the rooster or be the dinner. He's is just getting a little too big for his drumsticks, if you get my drift.
He's gotten it into his head that HE is the head rooster on my farm, and the other day he made an attempt to flog me as I was feeding the hens. Luckily, I had an empty feed sack in my hand and managed to smack him a wallop up side of his head, so he decided pretty quick that he didn't really want any part of me, but I doubt the lesson will stick for long. He IS, after all, BIRDbrained. Beautiful, but birdbrained.
I don't really BLAME him. He's just being a rooster and doing his job, which is protector and defender of all things chicken, and he's great at it. In fact, he took on the resident hawk the other day - literally flew UP to meet him in the air, wings flapping and spurs flashing. It was pretty impressive and the hawk decided that maybe he'd hunt elsewhere. I haven't lost a bird since I got Bruce. So, I figure he's safe from the stew pot for a while. He's probably too tough to eat anyway.
The other day, Tom and I were getting ready to leave for the evening. It wasn't QUITE dark, but the hens had all decided to roost for the evening. They are good girls and usually go to bed early. But Bruce hadn't made up his mind yet - he likes to stay up late and sleep in the next morning - so I went out to encourage him to go that direction. It was all he needed to give me a lesson in "who's head rooster on this farm." The two of us played a game of ring-around-the-hay-feeder until he made a mad dash under it just as I caught him by the tail feathers. I pulled out two - ONLY two, he has plenty to spare. I hated to see them go to waste so I used one of them on this layout.
Week 1 Round Robin
Scrap Your Pet
I did a lift from my favorites. Suepup's Wanted Such A Tall Tale, which you can find at
Most of the papers are old discontinued Cosmo Cricket's Wanted Collection. The chicken paper is PaperStudio from Hobby Lobby and was in a paper pack called Countryside Villa. I used a little bit of my Dusty Attic chicken wire chipboard. I'm just about out of it, so I hope my Swirlydoos special order gets in before the last of it's gone! The Kaisercraft flourish chips are stained with ink, then have a homemade gold mist spray and some metallic rub on them to give them an aged "old gold" look. The roses have been in my stash for a while and are the last two black ones I have - I think they're Prima. I blinged them up a bit with my Sakura GellyRoll clear star pen. The title letters are from an old Swirlydoos kit - I was glad there were enough letters left from it to get a title. They're about gone too. I stamped the second font with one of my mini-alphabet stamp sets that I got in the $1 bin at Michaels.