As 2016 draws to a close, my thoughts have drifted to who doesn't love a #happyending? Get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking about necklaces here!!! My favorite new necklaces besides the #perfectdroptassle are the new #happyendings, aka the Perfect Drop Tassle, with a Happy Ending. What is a happy ending? It's a necklace you can dangle a host of different endings from which should make you happy! You're not tied down to a single tassle, an antler, a cross, a pendant or one of anything. You can literally "dangle" just about anything off the end of your #happyending necklace. They start of course with a great foundation necklace, ie one you can wear with just about any ending that makes you happy, or several happy endings for that matter! What's left will be picked up from @TrailerFash on Monday and put on the website next week.
Until then, everyone have a SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 2017 Bring it... 2016, good riddance...
#whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoustronger #make2017youryear #endthesadnesscycle #psdontdrinkanddrive #2017bringit
B & I went hunting last night. Neither of us saw anything. Heard some shots so know they were walking somwhere. When we were walking in the house he hugged me and said how blessed we have been by the deer gods this year. I killed my first ever buck, he was awesome (getting mounted, thanks B). B killed the biggest body weight, oldest deer he's ever killed, in fact he aged out on the teeth chart according to the jaw bone charts (also getting mounted). B also killed two cull bucks (the ones who need to go because they're just not right, or they're all they're going to be and not produce any bigger rack then they have, and the better ones need to be breeding, and I killed a doe as well. We have plenty of meat in the freezer for this coming year, and are enjoying packing some up and giving it to family, as well as a few who need it. Above all, we only hunt responsibly and ethically. B only hunts with his bow, as for me, I hunt with a single shot slug gun. We only take what we need, or what needs to go.
We are truly blessed & thankful to have this life we have. As I look back on 2016, though there were some of the toughest moments I've ever faced, there were some awesome times too. #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoustronger #blessedlife #thankfullife #deergods #lowcountrywildlifeservices
With not much family left, it's just us. Normally, we celebrate and have lunch with our "wadmalaw family" but today we are spending the day just the three of us... and Patsy cause we adopted her. On the menu... Skeet... yeah, I know you can't eat them but wow we had fun. #redneckfireworks lol but when they explode they do remind me of fireworks.
B got to break in his new Beretta he got about 2 years ago, being a true bow-hunter, he doesn't ever shoot much. We broke out the skeet shooter, and everyone shot alot. Well, except me with this stupid bum shoulder, but I had fun watching. Especially Patsy, whose been wanting to shoot for a while now. It was alot of work for B, but after seeing the smiles on all his girls faces, he knew he was glad he went to all the trouble. Now, time for a nap, and perhaps an evening hunt for Han & B.
Merry Christmas, y'all. May the holidays bring you closer to the ones you love and the ones you care about. For us, the true meaning of Christmas is family, a birthday, and togetherness. Peace on earth and to you.
Not to be outdone by the turkey, ham, green bean casserole, squash casserole, rice & gravy, creamed spinach, broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes or cranberry mold, the cranberry shine was a hit. Looking for something festive, it hit me in the grocery store a few weeks back with my dear sweet Patsy. Well, it was yummy, here's the details... *remember never, ever ever drink and drive, and never ever ever have the everclear near an open flame (give Molotov cocktail a google if you have any questions on this one)
What you will need:
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup white granulated sugar
juice of half a lemon
zest (large scrapes of the skin) of lemon, and orange
1 liter everclear
Simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water melted together) this takes about 2.5 cups simple syrup total so 2.5 cups of water and 2.5 cups of granulated white sugar melted and cooled to make a syrup I usually make a cup at a time and just mix that much with the liquor part.
The know how:
Over low heat melt the sugar and cranberries and the juice from a half a lemon (if the seeds get in there it's ok, you will strain them out later) simmer this for about 1/2 and hour, similar to making preserves or fresh cranberry sauce I guess. this will thicken and turn into almost a jam. Let cool. I let mine cool overnight.
Combine the mixture (once cool) to 1 liter everclear (grain alcohol, 180 proof - yes yikes) in a glass jar or two, or 3, just divide the cranberry mixture equally. To this add a couple large zests of the lemon and the tangerine. Put it in a cool dark place for a couple of weeks (you can shake it occasionally if this makes you happy)
So, after a couple of weeks, get ya a real fine mesh type strainer, and working in batches strain off the liquor from the "stuff" throw the "stuff" away but keep the liquor part. Combine 6/4 liquor to simple syrup to make the cranberry "moonshine". Add another bit of the zestings of lemon or tangerine or even lime, whatever you have, and put in the freezer. It will not freeze, best is to use a mason jar. Whenever you pass the freezer, have a little "nip" here and there. I make this about 2-3 cups at a time and leave the rest "brewing" without the sugar. It gets better over time.
What's the most important part to remember? #everythinginmoderation #DONOTDRINKANDDRIVE
Happy Thanksgiving 2016 from the Island
All ties are made by me. One at a time, by hand. If you're interested, please give me a call, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to discuss your specific needs, and colors and the feathers you have as well. Nothing makes me happier than creating ties for people I know, or I have spoken to! #wadmalawwildties
Why do I make the ties? It all started quite simply - Early on a very foggy Sunday morning, Hannah killed her first turkey, B called it in for her. They'd spent countless hours in the woods - a jake simply wouldn't do. They saw plenty of those. They (i.e. Hannah) took hours of selfies with the video camera, and her camera, they chatted, walked, talked and called birds... Then this guy stepped in, and BAM!!! She had her first bird, well, after B jumped on it so he didn't thrash around and mess up his tail. He was a beautiful bird, what could we give B for his efforts? Hannah wanted the beard and the tail fan of course, but what about B? We wanted him to have something special. I'd heard of turkey ties, but they didn't do custom stuff - it had to be something from her bird. I talked to a friend and she made some, but they weren't what I had envisioned, so I took them apart and made what I had in my mind...
A week after this photo was taken, also on a foggy Sunday morning, Madi, Hannah's sister was in a fatal car accident... nothing would be right again... at least it's still not, 5 months later. So, I take the moments when I'm sad, or alone, or just need to occupy my brain and turn them into pretty things. Things Madi would like, things she would be proud of me for, tangible art - something pretty where there may have been darkness in my world. They are therapy if you will, or for what it's worth. I made a few, changed things up, and made a few more, decided they needed a name...
First thought was "Wild Child Ties" - because it's all about her in many ways, but that didn't exemplify what they were or where they were from (well, the original ones, now I source them from birds who naturally drop feathers and molt), so Wadmalaw Wild Ties was born - because they are all from the wild... and they are made on Wadmalaw. I named one crazy on "The Wild Child", that one's for her... MADI... forever 20... forever gone... but we live on, we make the most of each day, and I make ties... some have even had tears to fall upon them. All are made with love.
Do I want to sell them in stores or mass produce them... NO... just want to make them the way I do, one by one.
My favorite thing is making them specifically for someone, a "Trophy Tie" knowing they will wear it to some function one day, and know it's unique, and that their wife or girlfriend, or employee, or daughter had it made just for him. Even if I don't directly know the person, I still like making them specifically for someone... going through the feathers, picking out the best ones for the occasion.
So there you have it... it's why I make the ties...
Anyone can show up when you're happy. But the ones who stay by your side when your heart falls apart, and can help you put that mangled thing back where it belongs, they are your true friends. I have this man, we are this family. I am thankful and blessed.