RAFFLE PAGE – Tay-Sachs Carrier Jacob Sheep Breeding Program Benefit Raffle EXTENDED AN ADDITIONAL WEEK Through Saturday August 20th!!!


To Purchase Tickets:

1.  Scroll down and order by commenting on this blog post.  Be sure to include your email address, the number of tickets, and which item or items you would like your tickets to go toward.


2.  Email me at mikesharikids@yahoo.com.  Be sure to include the number of tickets and which item or items you would like your tickets to go toward.


3.  Call me at 678-596-7776.  If you do not reach me, feel free to leave a message with how many tickets you would like and for which item/s as well as your email address.  I will see that you get an invoice asap.

*Once you comment here or email me, you will be invoiced for your tickets.  Your invoice will include a breakdown of the number of tickets that you are purchasing for each item.  Your invoice will be a paypal generated invoice and will reach you in your email.  You may pay through paypal, or print the invoice and mail it with a check or money order.

Thank you so much for your support!   Good luck and please spread the word!



Following is a list of the raffle items for your consideration:  (Ticket prices and the fine print follows the list of raffle items.)




RAFFLE ITEM #1SHADOW MOUNTAIN ROSETTE – 2011 Lilac Ewe Lamb Donated by Mary Tonkin of Shadow Mountain Jacobs. Rosette comes with a complimentary health certificate and free delivery to Oregon, Washington, or the AGM. Rosette is sired by Mud Ranch Packard and her dam is Rocky Acres Rosemary.  (DOB 1-28-2011.)  More details at SHADOW MOUNTAIN JACOBS.

This beautiful ewe lamb was to be Mary’s keeper lamb this year.  The story of the Tay-Sachs children touched her so much that she decided to donate Rosette to help the cause.  Thank you Mary!

Shadow Mountain Rosette

If you would like to view Rosette’s pedigree, please click on the link below:

Shadow Mountain Rosette Pedigree




RAFFLE ITEM#2 – WEAVING THE RAINBOW BOOK By George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson. 

Weaving The Rainbow is a stunningly beautiful book that has been donated by Sharon Lehrke and Sovreign Farms in Myakka City, Florida.  The artwork in this out of print picture book (former library book that is in pristine condition) is nothing short of breathtaking.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–In this satisfying picture book, a young woman raises sheep, shears them, cards and spins the wool, dyes the yarn, and weaves it at a loom. She is an artist who takes pleasure from and applies patience to each phase of her work. Lyon’s writing is lyrical, and the gentle pacing is calming. Terms like “yearling,” “skein,” “warp,” “weft,” “shuttle,” and “treadles” are understandable in context and bring richness to the text. Words and illustrations complement each other in evoking the essence of creating art and in portraying the lush countryside. In her skillfully composed watercolor artwork, Anderson directs readers’ eyes and shows them what to focus on. The paintings, with their dose of impressionism, effectively depict textures, but they can also suggest steam or wind. The final spread reveals what the woman is weaving: a picture of her sheep in their pasture, to which an illustration on the dedication page alluded earlier. A beautifully presented walk through one person’s artistic process.–Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

K-Gr. 2. Though its title seems fanciful, this meditative picture book tells a realistic story of a textile artist who spins wool from her own flock of sheep, boils the yarn with dyes extracted by hand, then weaves it, “doing with wool what painters do with paint.” Even city slickers will be fascinated by Lyon’s lyrical yet concrete descriptions of the multistep process: how at shearing time the wool “comes off in one piece, sheep-shape”; how dying wool is “like dying Easter eggs.” Anderson’s soft-focus watercolors capture the beauty and serenity of the artist’s pastoral surroundings, and, impressively, the nubbly textures of the finished tapestry. Though this title does not fill any obvious niche, the plentiful, winsome, snowy sheep and satisfying start-to-finish story arc have intrinsic appeal. Elementary-school art teachers may find it especially useful for introducing kids to less-common forms of creative expression and for communicating a gentle message about the rewards of patient labor. Jennifer Mattson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Thanks again to Sharon for being willing to “give up” this unique treasure from your own private collection of priceless finds! Visit Sharon at Sovreign Farms.





Elizabeth Strum of Rockhaven Farm has donated this beautiful washable Jacob Sheep Pelt.   Pelts make wonderful decorative items, wheel chair and bed pads, rugs, dog beds, and car seat pads for children and adults alike.  This pelt is approximately 32″ X 22″ and has a lovely spotting pattern.  A pelt of this size retails for somewhere between $90-$150.  This pelt has been professionally tanned and is soft and supple.  (Photos do not do justice to this piece.)  In addition, it is washable and will come with full care instructions.     Thank you Elizabeth!  Visit Elizabeth and her flock at ROCKHAVEN FARM.





Jacob Sheep Yarn 15.2 oz

This is 15.2 ounces of Jacob Wool Yarn.  I had this spun up by Spinderellas and they did a beautiful job!  The tag on this says 270 yards 4 skeins.  It is a lot of yarn!  This wool was harvested from Painted Rock Kingsley.  His fleece is amazingly soft and I think you’ll find this yarn to be remarkably soft as well.

Rich Mountain Retreat

This is amazing!  Cheryl and Mike Terrano of Painted Rock Farm have offered up a weekend at their cabin for our raffle!  Folks, you can drive over to Painted Rock Farm and see the sheep!!!!  Here is what Cheryl and Mike have to say about the cabin:

Our cabin is remotely located atop Rich Mountain Battlefield in Randolph County, West Virginia. If you want privacy and seclusion, this is the place!The upper (main) level of our cabin hosts an open floor plan. Sleeper sofa and queen sized bed are on this level, along with the bathroom, living area and fully equipped kitchen. The lower (basement) level has 3 twin beds, plus dresser storage. All linens (bed sheets and towels) are provided ~ we suggest you bring your own pillow!

The Rich Mountain Retreat is ideal for weekend getaways, honeymooners or anyone wanting a break from the daily grind! Enjoy watching deer and wild turkey as you relax on the 10 foot porch that surrounds the cabin. Nearby hiking and walking trails provide a look into Battlefield history during Civil War times. You can spend the day walking thru camp sites, such as Camp Garrett. Re-enactments of the Battle of Rich Mountain occur each summer ~ ask about details!

The fine print:  (Subject to availability.  Some restrictions may apply.)

Visit Mike and Cheryl Terrano and the fabulous Painted Rock Flock at PAINTED ROCK FARM.









Eva's Fleece

Our next raffle item is a beautiful raw Jacob fleece that has been donated by our wonderful friends and fellow Jacob Sheep breeders Jeff and Mary Margaret Mauer at Deerfield Ranch.  This is Deerfield Evangeline’s hogget fleece (which means this is the fleece from her first shearing.)  Eva’s fleece is lovely.  She has a fine fleece that is soft with a nice lofty feel to it.  Her fleece is mostly white with approx. 5-10% black spots so will be very easy to sort and fabulous to use for a natural colored project or superb for dying.  Thank you to the Mauer Family at Deerfield Ranch!   Fiber enthusiasts….PLEASE spread the word about our raffle!  Send your friends our way!  Please share the link to our blog with your fiber groups!  We need all of the support that we can get.  This is such a great cause!





Gorgeous Rug By Patchwork Farm

This is a drop dead gorgeous, and full of vibrant colors, handmade rug by Linda Bjarkman at Patchwork Farm.

Here is what Linda has to say about her beautiful rug:

“Handwoven (by me)
The weft is wool selvedges from Pendleton Mills. Woven on a cotton warp.
This rug measures ~ 27″ x 37″ and is machine washable. “

Thank you so very much to Linda and Dave Bjarkman!  You may visit Linda and Dave and their beautiful Jacob Sheep flock at PATCHWORK FARM.





Just when I thought that it couldn’t possibly get any more exciting folks!!!!!!!   Check this out!!!  Raffle item #9 is a stunning blanket that has been donated by Robin Lynde and Meridian Jacob Sheep.  Read on for more details!!

Robin Lynde, of Meridian Jacobs in Vacaville, California, weaves a variety of unique pieces from the wool her sheep grow.  Robin selects her sheep for top quality, soft fiber and uses only the best for producing her yarns.  She carefully selects and sorts the wool to be sent to the mill for spinning, creating unique yarns from each year’s wool crop.  Robin weaves blankets on a 60″ wide 16-shaft AVL dobby loom.  She wove this blanket using yarns in all the natural colors of the Jacob sheep.  It is 46″ X 67″ plus a 5″ twisted fringe.  Retail Value:  $350.00.

Meridian Jacobs is home to a breeding flock of about 65 Jacob sheep, but it is also a full-service fiber business, stocking spinning and weaving equipment, farm-produced and commercial yarns, Robin’s handwoven pieces, and gift items.  Robin teaches classes in weaving, spinning, and dyeing and hosts Open House events three times per year.  She created the popular Farm Club for people who want to know more about what it takes to raise sheep and produce fiber.  Robin’s pieces are for sale at The Artery in Davis, California and on her website at MERIDIAN JACOBS.

Thank you Robin for the BEAUTIFUL donation!!!





Never Winter Dashing (Painted Rock Moses X Blue Ewe Eire)

He has lots of flash and nice color retention.

Dashing’s Pedigree

NEVER WINTER DASHING!      Dashing is a lilac carrier via his sire Moses.  He has a strong 4 horn background and a 4 horn twin.  Questions welcome via private email or go ahead and comment here.   Transportation to SAFF and health certificate are included.  (G444R -/-).




RAFFLE ITEM #11 – One of a Kind Jacob Sheep Sculpture by Laura Frazier of FarmGirl Arts.  “Elise.”

My very dear friend and fellow Jacob Sheep breeder, Laura Frazier, has done it again!  Laura is an exceptionally talented artist and her work never ceases to amaze me.  Here is what Laura has to say about her sculpture of a special little ewe lamb named Elise:

“This is a portrait of a special Jacob Sheep Lamb, Elise. This sculpture was created out of 100% homegrown wool using the needle felting technique. The core and basic shape were sculpted from Suffolk wool from my father-in-law’s flock. The wool for the exterior details and coloring was provided by my Jacob Sheep ram, Jericho. The process took around 10 or so hours. She is 4″ tall and 4.5″ long. I was honored to create this likeness of Elise for the raffle.”     Visit Laura at FARM GIRL ARTS.

I would like for you all to meet the real Elise lamb!  Here she is:

The Story of Elise, A Very Special Lamb:

Choosing a lamb model for the raffle was quite simple. Elise is a very special ewe and has stood out since the moment her little hooves hit the ground. Her markings are just exceptional, lots of color and splash make it easy to see her in the flock. Her fleece looks very promising, sporting even crimp and deep black color. Elise is just a precious, bubbly little lamb with the cutest nose ever!

This lamb was named in honor of Elise Rochman from O’fallon, Illinois. She is one of many children and families that have been affected by Tay-Sach’s Disease. You can read Elise’s story on the Cure Tay-Sach’s Foundation web site or click here. Sadly, little Elise lost her battle against Tay Sach’s in January of this year. She was barely six years old. Elise’s parents won’t see their little girl play with dolls or go to school for the first time. They won’t have slumber parties or teach her how to drive or see her off to her first prom. They won’t get to see her graduate high school or help plan her wedding. So much promise in that little life, cut short by a disease that currently has no cure. Elise the lamb also is affected by Tay-Sach’s . Her shepherd will not see her grow into the promise of what was envisioned for her either. And, while it pales in comparison to the loss of ‘real’ Elise, it is a loss nonetheless and still felt deeply by her Shepherd.

The main purpose for this fundraiser is to raise awareness of Tay-Sach’s and to provide information about the important role of the Jacob sheep in finding a cure. It is believed by many in the research community that the Jacob sheep may well hold the cure for Tay-Sach’s disease in humans. A handful of shepherds in the US have opted to join hands with the scientific research team in this effort. These brave individuals have looked into the reality of human loss and suffering, knowing they could not stand by and do nothing. They should be commended for this indeed is labor of love ~ a love for children and families. While they may never meet face to face, they are bound together by hope in the search for the cure.

On behalf of Tay-Sach’s children and their families everywhere, Elise the lamb is proud to carry the name and legacy of Elise Rochman.





Gorgeous Quilt By Cheryl Bresin

Cheryl Bresin has been busy creating something very special for this fundraiser.    She finished this beautiful quilt just today!  It was certainly worth the wait and I am thrilled that she was kind enough to donate this true labor of love!  Thank you so very much Cheryl!  It means so much!

This is a queen sized quilt. It  is displayed on a double bed. The batting was professionally milled. It is covered in a cotton blend material and is hand quilted with hand spun Jacob yarn. It will be sent UPS with washing instructions.

You may visit Cheryl and her family as well as her flock of Jacobs by following these links:






We are pleased to add another raffle item donated by Fred and Joan Horak of St. Jude’s Farm in Lucas, Texas.  This is TEN skeins of Luxurious Handspun Jacob Wool Yarn in two natural shades.  Enough for a large project!  Very soft and just beautiful.   Thank you Fred and Joan.  Good luck everyone!




Here is how the raffle will work:Tickets will be on sale from now until August 14th at 12:01 AM EST.  So, ticket sales are over at midnight on that previous Saturday night.(August 13th @  Midnight  EST.)  At that time, sales will close and late tickets will be completed and added to the raffle containers for each respective item.  All raffle tickets and containers are being handled off site from my farm by a neutral party and that family is NOT allowed to purchase ANY raffle tickets.  (You will meet them during the drawings.)  Just so that everyone knows….no one in MY immediate family is elligible to purchase raffle tickets.  (I want to keep this 100% legit and fair.)  On Sunday, August 14th , drawings will be held off site and videotaped for YOU ALL to see.  It will be my goal to have the videotape of the drawings uploaded to Youtube on August 15th (Monday) with the Youtube link published on my farm blog.  This way, everyone who has participated may follow the link and view the drawings and see who the winners are!  Hopefully, it will be YOU!

100% of all ticket sales will go directly to the Tay-Sachs Carrier Jacob Sheep Breeding Program.  If we are blessed enough to raise more money than the breeding program requires at this time, surplus funds will go to the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation.  Either way, your ticket purchase will go 100% toward helping to find a cure for these children.  Thank you so much for helping!

Ticket Prices Are As Follows:

$2          Each for Single Tickets

$20       Dozen (12) Tickets ( That’s $1.66 per ticket)

$50        35 Tickets                (That’s $1.43 per ticket)

$100      75 Tickets                (That’s $1.33 per ticket)

*You may buy a large volume of tickets for any ONE item.  Or, you may decide to split your tickets on several of the items.  Just be sure to tell us what you’d like for us to do with your tickets.  Folks, even if you can only purchase one ticket, every little bit helps and you have done your part in helping find the cure.  We appreciate every single ticket purchase more than you know.   The more people that participate, the more positive energy that we can create to fuel this cause and push toward the cure!  This is so exciting!!

*Note  –  Shipping via UPS or USPS will be paid for in the continental US by fundraiser proceeds for all items excluding the lambs and weekend getaway.

11 Responses to “RAFFLE PAGE – Tay-Sachs Carrier Jacob Sheep Breeding Program Benefit Raffle EXTENDED AN ADDITIONAL WEEK Through Saturday August 20th!!!”

  1. I LOVE your site and want to help with the raffle. Sign me up for 6 tickets. Hopefully I can help more before the raffle is over!

    I LOVE your sheep!!

  2. Hello,

    My name is Keith Brown. My daughter is Aspen Grace Brown from Hanceville, AL. Aspen just celebrated her 2nd birthday and has infantile tay-sachs. I would like to purchase 150 tickets. I want that hand woven rug by Patchwork Farm!! Just let me know where to send the $200. Also, you can visit my daughter’s website @: http://www.helpforaspen.com. Thank you and God bless you for all that you are doing for us families affected by this disease.


    • Hi Keith,
      Thank you so very much for supporting us on this fundraiser. You will be receiving an invoice via email from Painted Rock Farm. We are planning to extend our tickets sales for one additional week, so please spread the word! It is not too late! God bless your little angel, Aspen, and your entire family as we all work to find the cure. I am heading to Aspen’s website now to check it out. Fondly, Shari

  3. Thank you Shari… we are currently waiting on our 501c3 status from the IRS so that we can begin raising money as well via the non-profit corporation that we have started in my daughters name… Aspen’s Grace, Inc. We’ve got to get this horrible disease cured. It literally tears a family apart at it’s core. Thank you so much for all that you are doing. Have a great day.

    • Keith, It hurts my heart as I visit the pages of your sweet little girl’s website. I cannot even imagine what your family is going through. You will be in our thoughts an prayers. It is an honor to help these children and your families. We will keep you in our hearts and we push forward and do what we can to help.

  4. This is a wonderful project, and I’m glad that you extended the purchase period. I would like to buy $20 worth of tickets. Please put 8 in for Robin Lynde’s Jacob wool blanket, and the other 4 for the little felted “Elise” lamb.

    Thank you for your effort on behalf of this project! Peg B.

  5. Gail Stevens Says:

    Hi, Shari. I would like to purchase $20 worth of tickets. I will be emailing you my paypal information. I’m glad I got in under the wire! Thanks so much. Gail Stevens

  6. Hi Shari, Just got your e-mail. Hope you get this before the 12AM Deadline. If so, put Mary Margaret and I down for $50. “Let it ride” on item number 3! Thanks for all that you do for this wonderful breed! JEFF

    • Hi Jeff and Mary Margaret! You made it in time, no problem! Thanks so much for your order. It has been received. Can we paypal bill you via your email address?
      Thanks! Shari

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