Bob and I established the Sleeping Dog Ranch in 2000 and never looked back at city life. About three years later I got my first goat and the love affair began. By 2004 I was solidly entrenched in the goat world and started making goat milk soaps and lotions to support those little darlin’s; Gran’ Nanny’s Goat Milk Soaps was born and survives quite well to this day through festivals and local retailers.
Then in 2011 I heard the CANCER word — Stage Four. It immediately became time to take stock of life and decide what I REALLY wanted to do with the rest of what life was left. Having cancer was without question a reality check. As luck would have it my carcinoid cancer turned out to be an extremely slow growing tumor cancer. Following surgery, CT scans, and required meds, the cancer tumors in my liver have been in remission since 2014. I now get a shot every six weeks and will for the rest of my life. While some cancers can be eliminated, mine can not. I will never be cancer free BUT it is in remission. I’m thankful for that.
I took a break from soap making, stopped breeding goats (although I will forever miss the babies). I decided to return to writing that novel I’ve been gonna develop. Yes, I can focus long enough to get it done. Well, I thought I could. It’s now 2017 and it’s still in outline form … . But now I have at lease four novel outlines. One of these days I’ll finish at least one of them. But then again, maybe I enjoy writing the just outlines. We’ll see.
Also during that time I returned to my artistic roots. Art was my first ever passion. Being most intrigued with kinetic art I researched how to make mobiles and wine bottle art. More on this later … .
About seven or eight years ago my husband purchased a MIG welder that he had never used. Soooooooooo, being the dutiful wife that I am, I took a welding course at Stanly County Community College and fell in love — AGAIN. Now I’m into welding arts and metal fabrication. Looks like metal sculptures are in my near future. Again, more on this later … .
Did I mention that I’ve almost completed the Stanly County Master Gardener class? No telling how many interests will blossom from that! But native plants and pollinator gardens are looking pretty good. Good grief, there is no end.
No there isn’t. We couldn’t continue creating individual names for each interest, like Sleeping Dog Ranch Nubians, Gran’ Nanny’s Goat Milk Soaps, Lazy Layers, Heaven’s Hill Honey; and since my interests/passions clearly have no end, We needed a name that would showcase all of these loves. Hence, Farm Craft Studio (FSC). We live on a farm; I’m into all kinds of crafts, and everything is housed one place, hence Studio.
Farm Craft Studio is where we produce all of these interests from soap making, to metal work, to candle making, to honey bottling, to wax making, to everything else that may develop here at the Ranch … . You get the idea.
I’ll be consolidating my Facebook pages into ONE; and, directing all my websites/blogs into ONE (This one.). Hopefully, you’ll appreciate the simplicity over the complex. I can’t keep up with me sometime. Please let me hear your thoughts. I do listen.
May each of you have a happy, healthy, cancer-free life.
Pat Allen, Owner/Operator
Farm Craft Studio