Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A strange and wonderful summer!

*Warning - Heavy picture post!*

My hooking and needle punching is just off the hook! (pun!  My first juried show is happening in September, and I want to make sure I have lots of items to fill my booth!  I will definitely carry yards and yards of hand-dyed wood for hooking, quilting, or what have you. (picture in the last post).  I also have small rugs and mats that should go well.  I've been advised to go easy on the larger rugs because of cost.....and I do love to hook the larger rugs!

 Little mats
 Pumpkin pillow

 Fraktur flower mat on a small step stool
Beginning needle punch to mount on a kitchen jar

Our garden is also going gangbusters!  We have sunflowers in the same bed at the beets

Bees busy at work!

 Listada De Gandia Eggplant (rumor has it these are hard to grow, but no problems here)!
 Okra flower.
 Surprise Birdhouse Gourd vine!  I have about 30 of these gourds from my garden last year.  Must've dropped a few seeds this spring! lol
 Yummy carrots!
 Potato towers!  These were an experiment that seems to be successful!
 Beds containing three types of tomatoes, two types of peppers, and a few mystery plants.

And last but not least, I have something in the works that needs to stay hush-hush, but I will definitely let ya'll know how it turns out soon!  


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back in the saddle again!

Took out the dye pots on Saturday and had a binge dyeing weekend! Lots of things going on lately, and I've realized that I really need to make sure I don't ignore what I really love doing!  Creating these colors, painting with dyes, if you will, makes me happy. Then either creating a rug, or see my wools go into someone else's vision just thrills me!

So, a little catching up. I'm still working, but have actively started working towards my dream of being able to be a fiber artist full time. September 21, I am vending at the Pumpkin Festival in Seymour. This is quite exciting on many parts, one being that this is my first juried show. Also, a few weeks ago, I took a personal day from work, and went to Sandy Hook to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Lori Brechlin. Her blog, NotForgotten Farm, is on my blog roll, and I just love her artistic style. She is just as nice and easy to chat with as I thought she would be. We had a great conversation, and she's really supportive of other artists.

Hubby is still working hard in his business. He is about 3 1/2 years in, and just keeps getting more and more business. Hopefully, he'll be able to hire a couple more people and ease up his stress levels!

Well, I've got a hooked pillow that is hollerin' ' to be finished, so I guess I'd better get to work. On vacation this week, so more pics to follow tomorrow!  Gotta end with the latest pic of our sweet pup, Winston.  This is his "do you hafta hook now?!" look.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Pretty amazing.  From 1950, but sounds like it could be today.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekend Dyeing Fun!

Since I am client training this week away from home, I knew I had to get some crafty goodness under my belt to get me through the week!  Saturday I decided to use the day to get some wool dyed in preparation for a couple of art fairs I'm going to do in the next couple of months.  I grabbed a large turkey roaster, a large bag of ice and lots of Cushing Dye packs and got to work!  The idea for ice dyeing came from one of my most favorite blogs, Primitive Spirit.  Karen Kahle is a well-known fiber artist, and I just LOVE pretty much everything she does!  (I may be a little stalker-ish....don't judge)!

So once I got all the supplies together, I got started.  The color recipes I used are at home, so I'll add them to this post later, but have lots of pics to share!  Let me know what you think.

After soaking a yard of taupe wool in lukewarm water with a few drops of Dawn and vinegar, I plopped it into the roaster with about 1/2" of water in the bottom.

I then added a layer of ice and began sprinkling the different dye colors onto the ice.  Be careful with this step, and you might want to wear a dust mask.

Put the top on and turn the roaster to 300 degrees for a little over an hour or until the ice has melted.  I took the wool out of the roaster and put it into a strainer (used ONLY for dyeing) then gave it a spin in the washer and hung it out to dry. Repeat the process four times with different colors, and Here's the results!  Can't wait to use these colors in a rug as soon as I get back from my work trip!

Our garden is producing gangbusters, so last Wednesday I got to work making bread and butter pickles, but with honey instead of sugar.

 Getting the cukes ready!

Yummy pickles!!
So now I'm in Springfield, MO to do some training for one of our new clients, but come the weekend, I'll be back home crafting and canning!  I can't wait!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Giving Bloglovin' a shot!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Not quite sure what this is about, but since I've got to kick this blog into high gear, let's see what happens!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Imposter Vegetables...or the Summer Squash that never was!

So, a quick garden story.....

Hubby bought me a greenhouse for my birthday last year.  I was so excited!  As soon as it got above freezing, I started planting seeds!  I had visions of vegetables and flowers in every square inch of my yard and all planted by my own two hands!  Well, reality and hotter temps set in, and while I had planted most of the seedlings I had started, a few were left, tomatoes, three kinds of squash, and some herbs were still waiting.  One day I forgot to open the vent and door to the greenhouse, and it got above 100 degrees and burned the plants.  Sad, but not down for the count, I went to a local garden store and bought eight tomato plants, eight summer squash plants, and eight zucchini plants.  Now each was well marked and I was careful to put them in separate raised beds and label them.

Fast forward to last night between thunder storms, I am outside with Winston, and while he's taking care of business, I am checking out the summer squash.  As I'm moving leaves, I realize that I have several squash ready to pick, but their not yellow, their green!  As in green like zucchini!  After checking a few other things out, I realize that I now have sixteen zucchini plants!!  Along with the six-one gallon freezer bags full of shredded zucchini from the garden last year!! 

The picture below show the Zucchini Armageddon coming to my house VERY soon!!  The beds are marked!

So, needless to say, anybody living close to me ever need zucchini....I'm your gal!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Busy Spring and Summer!

Our Spring and Summer has been so busy!  Started with a wonderful vacation to the Outer Banks with our friends Jim and Carolyn, continued with garden planting, training Winston (ongoing), and lots of crafting!  I think this post would be better with lots of pics and less words, so please, enjoy!

Winston's first boat ride!

Another first boat ride pic

Bottle Gourd plants

One of our garden markers.  Pretty cool what you can do on a budget!

Green bean plants


Peach tree.

Pickling Cukes

Sideyard/garden entrance

Raised beds.  Romaine lettuce, broccoli, collards, tomatoes, summer squash, and zucchini.

Sunflowers and pepper plants.