Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gift Card giveaway; the winner IS...

Congratulations to - Michele for winning the $50.00 gift card to Sign of the Thistle!

As I wasn't able to get in touch with the original winner I had to re-draw. Congrats to Michele the new winner.

Please send me an e-mail with your particulars so I can either send it out to you, or you can spend it right away!

The winner was chosen from 51of you entered (either on the blog or through facebook), thanks so much!! If you didn't win this time please keep checking back for another give away that I'll be holding in the future. If you have any great ideas for giveaways please let me know.

I'm sorry to all those who didn't win this time. If there was something you are interested in, please dont hesitate to contact me, I love to hear from all of you!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gift certificate give away!

Since the summer is upon us and we've begun dusting out our closets in preperation for the summers events, there is always those items that you mean to replace every year.... but never do.

This is your chance to fix that!! 

How far would a $50.00 gift card to Sign of the Thistles web site go?! This can be used for anything in the shop - ready made, custom made ect. You can even re-gift the gift card if you'd like - although why you would want to give away that much re-enactment goodies is beyond me.

There are a number of ways to enter, the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning!

How to Enter the Drawing:
(Annonomous contacts, please leave your name and contact method)

1. Blog - Write about this giveaway in your own blog. Feel free to use images or information! Leave a link in the comments section of this post to qualify.
2. Tweet about the pre-sale or giveaway - be sure to leave a link to your tweet in the comments section of this post, so you are entered into the giveaway.

3. Facebook about the give away - Post a link to Sign of the Thistle Historical Clothing Co. on your Facebook page, and leave a comment on this post to enter the drawing.

4. Pin on Pinterest - pin any images of your favorite clothing from this blog or Sign of the Thistle Historical Clothing co Leave a link to your pin in the comments section to enter.

5. 'Like' on Facebook - like Sign of the Thistle's fan page on facebook. Leave your facebook name in the comments section to enter.
6. Share in ANY other way - share a link to Sign of the Thistle Historical Clothing co using any other method, such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Google+, etc. Leave a comment on this post, so you are entered in the drawing.

*If you do all of these things, you will be entered each time, just leave as many comments on this post as places you shared. 

The winner will be selected by random number generator on  June 1st just one week from today, and will be sent their gift card June 2nd when the winner has been selected 

*Please note, shipping charges for your destination are not covered by the gift card, however, all applicable taxes are.


Hello all, once again, life has taken over and my blogging has been left to the wayside :( However, It's summer again and I've a little more time. My husband is finally home from all of his overseas military adventures and it's wonderful to have another hand around the house to keep the chaos in check.

I've recently acquired a number of chickens... I'm very conscious on where my food comes from and since moving to Ontario have not been able to eat the eggs offered in grocery stores. I can't stand the taste and they make me physically ill after eating them. So, we asked our neighbours what they think, and voila! We purchased 3 Lohmann hens from a farm that was closing down. They specialized in 'organic free range poultry'. For all of you who purchase these more expensive brown eggs from the store... I wouldn't bother paying the extra few dollars. 10,000 hens were crammed into about 5,0002ft They were pecked, broken and disgustingly dirty. They were classified as 'free Range' because of the 2 windows that allowed them a view of the sky. Never having set foot outside, in the grass, dust bathing or anything else a healthy happy chicken would do is commercial free range. However, it's a might better living conditions than your regular egg production enterprise (4-5 chickens in one wire 2'x2'x2' cage for their entire life... force fed and force production).
These are our ladies on the trip home!! Pretty rough, right?
What a sight! Murphy is in the back with hardly any neck feathers, Gerty is in the corner and George II is in the front.

We also purchased 8 chicks - 2 Barred rock (heritage breed), 2 Rhode Island Red (heritage breed) and 3 ISA Brown (commerical breed). The feed store messed up our order as I originally wanted more of the heritage breed and only 1 of the ISA brown to see how they do, but when I got there and they presented me with a tiny box full of even tinier fluffy chicks I took what they gave me and loved everyone one of them

I love this photo!!
I'm sure you all want to know names... Ruby, Ginger, Henny, Penny, Gorget, Spike, Queenie and Tiny.

The chicks were born April 2nd and are now almost 2 months old... they will start laying in another 2-3 months. With 3 chickens we get 3 eggs a day. 3x7=21 L-XL eggs/week. That is MORE than enough to feed us, our neighbours and some to friends. Their yoke is BRIGHT orange-red. They eat all of our fruit veggie left overs and give me wonderful amounts of fertilizer for the garden. They are NOT noisy and do not smell. As I live in NW Ontario we get frigidly cold winters and warm summers, the chickens do great under these conditions. With a little artificial light to keep them laying they are happy!! They now roll around the dirt, come running when they see the slop bucket and have this mad addiction to ants. They are a great addition to our family, backyard and it's wonderful knowing where your food comes from. Since we're in a neighbourhood we have to keep our chickens in a run and coop. They are not allowed to wonder around or they would be taken by either our dogs or some of the wildlife that lives around us. Their run is 6x12 - Loads of room for 11 happy chickens. I would highly suggest the keeping of backyard chickens to anyone I meet. what they give back in amusement, health and well being far outweigh the time needed to rake the poop or build the coop!

I've been trying to talk Jason into making up a crate for them so we can take the older ladies who are laying to an encampment!! I think it would be great and add such a flair of historical accuracy... however... they WOULD NOT end up in the pot...