Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Today I dyed with Goldenrod

I have been wanting to play with natural dye stuffs, mordant and wool ever since I can remember. I have several books on the subject, and yesterday the beauty of all of the goldenrod was just calling to me. We live here in the woods, so the wild flowers etc are everywhere.
I have been so stressed over the financial crisis-all my retirement money is in the stock market, and the presidential race, etc, and I have been really sick with my allergies since friday-that I just decided to have fun and go for it.
I picked a bushel of goldenrod tops yesterday, and then looked for my big pots I have been saving, some wooded spoons, my alum, and my wool, and I needed some washing soda too since I was using purchased wool.
I just finished this up around 5 pm today, so it was an 8 hour plus day today, but the weather was gorgeous, and I had my dye pot on the open flame outside. So sharing the pictures. Yesterday I also gathered and hulled over a bushel of black walnuts, they are big and plentiful this year and we have two trees close to the house.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Pillow is Finished and now on Etsy

I am really happy with my pillow-titled I love Paris, it is embelished with needle felting, new and vintage buttons, and quilted with gold metallic thread. The back of the pillow is made from my own hand dye Kona cotton.
I just started my etsy shop, and the suggestion of my long time blog friend from Paris France. She sent me this beautiful fabric.

Visit me here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5725646

Friday, September 5, 2008

quilts finished

I am bringing this blog over from my multiply that I posted yesterday. This was such a drastic up and down day. I was so happy with the quilts, I got them all wraped in pretty paper and then found just the right box to send them off in. Was looking for the address and such.
Then around 2:30 in the afternoon yesterday we get this email from our friend and also someone we have done business with for the last 15 years or more. He has been managing the last of our Illinois property until he buys it from us. With the economy taking a plunge he has not been able to close the sale, and we really need this for retirement right now. These quilts I just hand quilted were made for his premie twin girls. So anyway we get this email from him that he is terminating all business dealings including managing the rentals and buying the property. He also includes this huge bill we owe him immediately for work we never authorized. He refuses all phone calls. this letter was dated over 3 weeks ago and just now sent. he did not provide us with any information as to who is in our houses etc. we live 8 hours away now, don't have dependable transportation any more for that kind of drive, and too in debt to rent a car-a big mind blower right now.
Needless to say we are both still in shock. One of my friends on multiply suggested to sell the quilts. I had never thought of that, so now I am thinking of trying out etsy. Does anyone have a clue as to a price? I was thinking of insuring them for 150.00 to 175.00 a piece. Is this too much? Ideas please
Below from Multiply blog.

I am so happy with these, and hope our friends will enjoy these. They are all wrapped and packed for the mail now. Now on to the rock shower.

For my network-more pictures in my quilts album

Update almost 3pm

I made these quilts for a friend and business person we have known and worked with for many years now.over 15 years

He bought half of our Illinois propery and last summer he told us he wanted to buy the rest which is all buildings and would also manage the property for us.

The economy is bad as we all know and the sale has not taken place,just lately we have not had good communication with them lately. We called last month to find out what is happening and got no real feedback. We just now got an email-an email-not a phone call-that our business dealings are cancelled as of Aug 31st-and the rentors have been told the same. Still in shock-our property is over 800 miles away, our transportation has over 400,000 miles on it-so needless to say-these beautiful quilts are not getting mailed. and we are scrambling on what to do. Unbelievable and these are good religious people-or so I thought

Creativity Sunday

Good Morning,
Definately the feel of fall approaching is here. Very cool mornings, and such, and the need to start cutting firewood for the wood stove is approaching fast.
If you have read my past blogs, you know we had quite a down moment of events this week. I am still not feeling "normal" and having a very difficult time getting focused and regrouping.
When this all happened last thursday afternoon, I need to get out some frustrations and helplessness-so I got out my fabric of beautiful flowers and the eifel tower that my friend Agnes in France had sent me on a trade last year.
I had been thinking of making this piece into a pillow, adding lots of embelishments.
I decided on needle felting some of it. So I found my needle felting needle, took out my beautiful bag of bright colored wool roving that I had bought at fiber fest this past spring-and started going at it.
Great therapy! I needled felted after the republican convention til about 1 am or so in the morning. Was feeling a bit better already. At least I was tired enough to sleep.
I have gone back to it a couple times now since then, and yesterday I added a few buttons as well.
I found some nice sites about needle felting to give you more insight on this fun craft and art form

a fun video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkdGCiu7Tzk&feature=related

There is just loads of info. on the web, so go browsing for more, I found lots more little videos and how tos.

I included pictures of my project so far. I am finding you can also needle felt onto cottons and other fabrics as well-just experiment and have fun with it. When I am finished with an area, I take it to the iron and steam both sides. I don't have money to buy all the kits and stuff out there, so I have purchased a couple of needles and I use a thick piece of styrofoam to punch into it, much cheaper.


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