Hello! I’m excited to be continuing as an Alchemist here at Gauche as we relaunch the store, and start the engines running again!! My name is Rachel Whetzel!
I am the mother of three boys, and Gramma to two beautiful little girls. Yes. I really AM old enough to be a Gramma. That’s what happens when you start making babies when you’re still a teenager, and then that baby makes babies when HE is still a teenager. I’ll be 45 when my youngest kiddo is 18!
I love breaking rules, and I’m married to a cop. (is that like a double negative?) When I’m not obsessively refreshing my Facebook page, I like to create things with thrift store findings and things other people call junk. The rustier the better!! When I’m not creating things, I’m neglecting my housework, spending time with my family by the River in the summer, playing horseshoes with the kin folk, pretending to garden, cheering too loudly and possibly cursing at my kid’s games, feeding or transporting sports kiddos, and milking my goats. Not necessarily in that order, except for the neglecting house work part.
I own a small dairy goat herd, (Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats and Mini Lamanchas) and we just recently finished up kidding season this year on our farm, MigMog Acres. These last few weeks, I’ve been a crazy busy lady getting the 8 new baby goats settled in, and I’m up to my elbows in goat udders! We’re also helping care for my husband’s family’s farm, so I’ve been working out by moving irrigation pipe.
I spend a large amount of my time volunteering at my son’s school, and helping all their coaches with their teams. Most of the kids at school call me Momma Pretzel. I love being able to spend time with my kids and encourage them in their sports. I try not to embarrass them *TOO* much… I’m quickly becoming known as the go to event planner at the school. My latest gig was Prom.
I am the owner/creator of Monday Mugshots, and A Year in the Life of an Art Journal, and when I’m not busy tending goats, milking, or running teams around, I try to fit some creativity into my life! I am a published doll maker, a hobby photographer, and a mixed media artist. I love finding fun ways to take on challenges and make them MINE!
Here’s a little collage, which I thought was fitting of the mixed up mash of LIFE that is me, and what I do…