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After getting the the decorating done, it was time for the main event, the party! Henry went down by the lake with the kids. It was cold down there. The kids got in the water anyway. They were covered with goose bumps.

By the lake

By the lake

Henry thought those kids were crazy, but he enjoyed watching them from the tree stump.

Not going in

Not going in

“Come in and play with us Henry,” shouted the children. Henry went closer, but he still didn’t get in that cold water. Henry is a smart House Hob.

Henry with one of the birthday boys

Henry with one of the birthday boys

Everyone came back up from the lake and got dried off. It was time for cake.

CAKE!

CAKE!

Henry loved his slice of white cake. I couldn’t believe how fast he ate it.

Present time

Present time

Henry really enjoyed watching the gifts being opened.

Birthday boy number 2

Birthday boy number 2

Everyone was very happy with their presents.

It had been a wonderful family day at the lake, but it was time to clean up and head home. “I’m so happy that I got to go to the party,” said Henry, “but I am ready to go home.” House Hobs only like an adventure occasionally. They have fun, but are usually ready for them to be over so they can go home.

I hope you enjoyed Henry’s Birthday Adventure. You can see more of my work on my facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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House Hobs by their very nature don’t get out very often. However, our family has several birthdays right around the first of September. Since another family function had most of us in the same general area, which almost never happens. We got together to celebrate some birthdays and Henry wanted to come. It was a breezy day at Lake Tahoe the day of the party.

Climbing up to check out the lake

Climbing up to check out the lake

Henry scrambled up a tree so he could get a good view of the lake. It was overcast, so the lake really had a moody look about it.

 

Ready for balloons

Ready for balloons

Henry was anxious to help blow up the balloons. He got every thing he needed together so he was ready to go.

Filling with Helium

Filling with Helium

Henry controlled the flow of Helium as the balloons were filled.

Tying the balloons together

Tying the balloons together

After the balloons where filled with Helium, Henry helped tie them together to make a balloon arch.

Arch being made

Arch being made

My awesome husband posing somewhat unwillingly to display the balloons Henry is helping him tie together. Sadly, it was way to windy to get a clear photo of the balloon arch once it was done.

Snack time

Snack time

After getting the balloon arch put together, it was time for a snack. My grandson(who is mean mugging me in this photo) very nicely shared his sandwich with Henry.

In the next blog post, Henry will take a look at the cold, cold lake and presents will be opened.

 

 

 

 

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Henry House Hob was as excited as I was about my  new fiber combs. He couldn’t wait to try them out.

Picking his color

Picking his color

Henry took his time picking out the perfect color for his first combing experience. “It’s almost fall,” said Henry. “I want to do orange so you can make me a pumpkin.” This alpaca fiber had already been washed and dyed. The combing helps remove organic matter, short second cuts of fiber, and arranges the fibers nicely.

Lashing on

Lashing on

Henry got a small amount of fiber to start lashing on so he could start combing. “To lash on,” Henry explained, “you carefully swing the fiber on to the tines, pull away, and do it again until the comb has enough fiber to get going.”

 

Ready to begin

Ready to begin

Here is Henry, all ready to begin the actual combing.

Combing away

Combing away

Henry started combing the fiber. He was careful not to get the tines tangled up while he was working. “This fiber is already pretty clean.” observed Henry, “I don’t think it will take much combing.” I told Henry that he was right. This fiber did not need to much combing. When the fiber has a lot of organic matter in it, it needs combed a lot, moving the fiber back and forth between the combs.

Nicely Combed

Nicely Combed

This fiber is nicely combed. It is time to pull it off of the comb.

Pulling off the first bit of fiber

Pulling off the first bit of fiber

Henry gently pulled on the tips of the combed fiber. Off came a thin section of clean, straight fibers. “There is still more to pull off,” announced Henry. He was right. Several small layers of fiber get pulled off the comb.

Left over fiber

Left over fiber

Henry got all the long fibers carefully removed from the comb. “This fiber needs to go in a separate pile.” Henry informed me. “It can be used to make the insides of your projects.”

Fiber from the first comb

Fiber from the first comb

“Look!” exclaimed Henry, “Look how much fiber I got with just the first go.” Henry had done a very good job, but there was still more to do. The fiber had to be pulled from the other comb and the whole process started again until all of Henry’s batch of fiber was finished. It is nice to have such a helpful House Hob around our home. I’ll tell you a little secret though, Henry was a bit upset by the mess on the floor when the combing was done. He said it was a good thing that we didn’t do our combing on the carpet. There was quite few weed bits, as well as stray fibers. “That could have caused problems with the vacuum!” Lectured Henry as he went to get the broom.

I hope that you enjoyed Henry’s adventures in combing. You can see more of my creations on my web page. It  also has links to my facebook page and Etsy store.

 

 

 

 

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This is Henry the House Hob

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Now House Hobs usually are home bodies. They like to stay in their houses and do the things they do to help out. However, today when I was getting ready to go out to Crystal Peak hiking and crystal mining, Henry pulled on my pant leg and said, “Can I please go out with you today? I feel like I need an adventure.” So Henry got his stuff together and came crystal mining with me.

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Here he is checking out the crystal mine sign. We hiked up the slippery slope to what we thought would be a good place to dig. Henry got his tools out.

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He got right to work. We dug and picked and searched.

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After a while. Henry got tired. He curled up in the tool bucket and went to sleep. He slept until we got home. After all, it was a very big day for him. When we got home he wanted to show me the best crystal he found.

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Henry had a great day. Remember if you have a House Hob, that every once in a while(but not too often) they like to have an adventure.

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