Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day Giveaway



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I wanted to post this early so everyone that is interested can sign up in time for Mother's Day

 My friend on Etsy-Rita, and I are hosting a Mother's Day Giveaway. 

Rita knitted lovely spring colors of wash cloths, mini wash cloths, and matching soap bag. From my soap shop, I am including several of my handmade soaps, my goat milk moisturizing lotion, and will be adding more items threw out the week.  I chose pretty spring time soaps: hummingbird, butterfly, lavender flowers, rose.

These handmade bath items will fill up a pretty basket with handle, perfect for gift giving.
   I am hoping to master the art of making bath fizzies, but today's first attempt was not so good-lol Need to call my supplier tomorrow to see what I need to correct; so am still hoping to add fizzies.
  I will be hosting the giveaway here on this blog post, and also on my Blogster blog post-so you can comment on either blog-for the drawing I will add all the names together and choose one winner.
  International is welcome.
  One entry per person However:
 However, if you would like to spread the word and are on facebook or on another blog site-please post a link and photo (you may copy and paste for this) on your page there. Come back and let me know you have shared this giveaway and I will give you another entry chance.
The Giveaway starts now-and will end on Tuesday May 7th-Which will give me time to mail to you close to Mother's Day  So  will draw the winner the evening of May 7th Missouri USA time.
Good luck in the drawing.

 And when you have the chance, if you haven't already, we both welcome you to explore both our shops. I have also had a couple requests if this basket could be purchased if they did not win. Yes we can make up a few more baskets, which would sell for $49.95 plus shipping.  If I get the bath fizzies mastered I will add those to the basket.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mother Nature Please Turn off the Water Faucet & Handmade Jewelry



  Mother Nature is still filling up our drought stricken area (over 2 years of very little rain) which is definately over flowing now. We will be having lots of flooding in the area for sure. As it is still raining here.
  My neighbor friend and I did venture out to the plant sale-I didn't find anything I liked all that much at the sale so we went on to our Lowes store-which usually has nice plants.(My friend though bought lots of $4.98 hanging plants at the sale)  
The garden centers here have their hands full with all this rain, high winds, and just above freezing temps at night-so allot of the plants don't look so well.
   Lowes did end up having the nicest flowers, still no veggie or herb plants worth purchasing-they just all got beaten up too much. But in their markdown area I found two huge ivy leaf geranium hanging pots for 4.99 each that looked really nice. I also purchased a few dark purple pansys-mostly for their dye as these are annuals, and several petunias also in deep purples-for their dyes and for the hummingbirds.
Hand dyeing in the summer-is always so much fun-as I can "play" outdoors. I also bought a few flower seeds-purple zinnias-which was new to me, white moon flowes, and delphiniums which I haven't been able to find in plants.
  While reading threw some blogs when I got back; I came across one that I follow with lots and lots of links to a "hop" they had. Partners were chosen to swap beads etc, and then each person was to design several jewlery items from their "soup" of beads-necklace, bracelet, ear rings. This blog link is to the artist I bought that handmade ceramic sunflower piece from-for my friends on Multiply that may remember that   If you enjoy being inspired by this kind of creativity here is the link   There must be close to 100 links to participates, I will definately be browsing threw some of the posts.
   I am off to check on my split pea soup with ham, decided since it's cool here too again, and raining still-a good thing to have for supper tonight.
  
  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Good Morning Friday-One of Those Days Where I am not Getting Myself Motivated into a Project


 Good morning Friday everyone,
Woke up to more rain this morning, and looks like it will rain off and on all day, and turn into t storms tonight. So won't be working in my little garden patch today. I also wanted to make the bath fizzies today but decided a sunny day would be better for that too. sigh
  I am putting together items for my big Mother's Day giveaway and will post that once the bath fizzies are made-hopefully by sunday or monday.
  Tomorrow my neighbor friend and I were planning on going to a plant sale-which has been going on all month on saturdays. There is only a couple saturdays left for this sale-so hopefully no rain tomorrow. 
  Sooooo I have been catching up with blog reading this mornng, and now not sure what I want to do. I could weave, or rug hook, or hand quilt, or bake up some gluten free bread-just not motivated for anything yet-lol Hopefully it will come to me soon.
  Larry just got back from picking up the mail, and I got a post card from our multiply-360 friend Agnes in France. She is enjoying Venice-seems many of my friends are traveling or getting ready to travel soon. How fun!
Have a great day!

Ok there is always shopping lol I have been in love with this artist's work for over a year now. she makes handmade glass beads in the shapes of different lavender buds. she also works full time at an organic lavender farm.  So I am browsing around etsy-and she has a few things on sale. I was looking at two beads that I loved, but then I found this awesome piece on a sterling silver chain. So the price was good-had to have this.
Harvest SALE Purple Rose Lavender Pendant

I also purchased more silk noil for my needle felting projects. This was hand dyed from marigolds and I love the colors she got. Cashmerebunny is my favorite place to shop for fibers. 
Silk Noil 'Marigolds' hand dyed, spin blend felt 1 ounce

ok no more shopping-and I must get busy doing something productive-or not-may just read the civil war diary book.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bloglovin & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Revise

  I must say I really do love Bloglovin. It is so much easier to keep up with the many blogs I enjoy reading. Today while I was baking up gluten free mint chocolate chip cookies with slivered almonds and  just a little gluten free rolled oats thrown in-I went threw my blog list that was on my page here-and made sure you were all in my bloglovin following list; and then deleted my blog list here on my page.

   I never used the reading list that was set up here on Blogger was always a hassle for me to get to it for some reason. So I imported all those blogs from years back that I wanted to keep. The Bloglovin takes me right to your blog so I can easily comment too-so I am lovin that-lol 

   I enjoy reading the blogs much more than I ever enjoyed reading the newspaper-and we don't do that anymore since retirement. I did set up a link so you can follow me on bloglovin here in the upper right hand column.

           Gluten Free Cookies

I have a basic recipe that I use for my gluten free cookies. You can change up the chips for oatmeal, nuts, dried fruits etc. and also change up the chocolate chip flavors too. I have updated my basic recipe from time to time too-and I did it again today-and love it. really love it, so thought I would share.

Kathy's Gluten Free Drop Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a bowl add 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, and then add 1/2 cup of grapeseed oil.

Add in your preference of 2 cups sugar-to taste-you can drop this to a 1 1/2 cups too or even a cup-depends on what you like. What I did this time is use 3/4 cup Splenda, 1/2 cup agave, and 1/4 cup of Domino's Lite which is cane sugar and stevia. (I need to keep the sugars down for hubby)

Use a large wire wisk and blend this all together-when I bake gluten free I have learned to mix the ingredients by hand to prevent over mixing-which can turn your dough into a glue-no good.

Add in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract-or your choice of extract flavors. wisk to blend well.

Stir in gradually with a big spoon:  2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour mix*-with no xanthia gum.   and add 1 teaspoon baking soda, I don't use salt but you could add in 1 teaspoon salt at this point.  Stir all this in gradually till all is mixed in-but do not over mix-this is where you could get a glue if you beat instead.

*My preferred gluten free flour mix is to make my own-it has more nutrition than any I have seen on the market so far, and bakes up really well. (1 part sorghum flour, 1 part almond-meal-flour, 1 part tapioca flour, 1 part cornstarch, 1 part brown rice flour-I usually make up about 5 pounds of this and store in the freezer)   
   When using agave or honey, or a liquid sweetner you may need to add in a little more flour-up to 1/4 cup usually.

Stir in your chocolate chips, nuts or whatever you like to total 2 cups all together.

Drop the batter from a teaspoon onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes. cool on rack as they come out of the oven.

Enjoy!!


Busy Day Yesterday-In the Big City


 Yesterday I rode along with my neighbor friend to the "big city" of Springfield, Mo. Its a little over an hour away and is highway driving.
   She had an appointment with her allergist, and also needed to drop off things for her grandkids. I never was one that enjoyed being around lots of people, and I hadn't been in a large medical setting for many years now. Living in the woods where it is peaceful and quiet with the wildlife instead of the hussle and bussle of a city setting-really showed up yesterday. 
   Where we had to go for her appointment,  was in this huge room, full of people and little kids running around and talking. There was a sectioned off area for the kids to play in, but not all were there. lol So needless to say I was overwhelmed by all the chatter.Lots of adult chatter too-phones going off etc. When my friend went in to see her doctor I walked out of this area and into the huge open hallway-sitting area-with a view-and quiet lol  So there I sat for an hour reading my book -the diary of confereate girl living during the civil war. Nice-and it was quiet.
  No I am not really a hermit-or maybe I am-have always been a country girl and am definately more so now I guess.
  When we go into Springfield we make a day of it, have lunch, check out craft and fabric stores, and food shop at Sams Club and Mama Jeans-the really nice health food store there.
  We started going into Hobby Lobby-I love that store. I have been checking out their beads for my crazy quilt projects and this time one entire line was 50% off. Needless to say we ended up shopping in there for about 2 hours. I came away with some really nice glass beads and beads made from shells. They have such a huge collection of the glass beads-so much fun to decide which to bring home with me. Of course I spent a little more in there than I had planned to-so I just did not pick up much at Joanns-just another string of shell beads that I had a 50% coupon for.
  I want to make a crazy quilt block with an ocean scene, so I found several wonderful beads and charms for that now.
   I had heard on the news this past winter that the Mama Jeans health food store was doing so well that they would be building a 3rd store. This is a wonderful store as they sell many items in bulk-which really brings down the prices. Great for me since I need to buy expensive ingredients to make up my gluten free flour blend. Our last stop is always Sams Club and as we were approaching that store-there sits this very large new store in construction-its the Mama Jeans store. How cool! Looks like they have built this big enough to hold a warehouse in the back of the store. So I was excited about this.
  If the time ever comes when we can buy new transportation it will be easy to find my two food stores. As these are just off the expressway and now will be close together. I am one of those people that always gets lost if driving alone-lol
   My neighbor friend has her home up for sale-so one of these days she will just be gone, and be moved to Springfield. So I am so thankful that now I have a way to get to places like this.
   So anyways we didn't get back home til around 7:30 pm  Got things in the frig and in the freezer by 8pm  A good productive fun day yesterday.
  And cool temps but full sunshine and no wind yesterday-so that was wonderful  Today looks to be the same. I need to work on business stuff this morning and then hope to work on my little garden space this afternoon. Have allot of grass to get out of there.
  I was working out there the other day-and I think I got myself into some poison ivy. I was pulling up roots out of the soil, that dawned on me later could have been poison ivy. I was wearing gloves so I left those outdoors til I get them in the wash. Yesterday afternoon I started getting a patch on my cheek that definately looks and feels like poison ivy-hopefully no more patches will show up.
    Have an awesome day everyone

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Can One Own Too Many Hand Dye Books?? I Think Not-lol & Looking for Eucalyptus Leaves

   I have always loved books, especially those that teach something. Being old fashioned I also love real books-in my hands that I can physically feel and turn the pages. I would say that for the last 35 years or so of my life, I have lived mostly rural or in small towns where I did not have good access to libraries. Or if I did those  larger nearby towns charged $150.00 per person per year for a library card. Always thought that was craziness. Here in Missouri the nearest town does have a free county library but the things I am interested in-I have a better library of books then they do.  lol  So, needless to say I do buy books for my creative projects when I want to learn more.

   I started my interest in learning to weave, and hand dye back in the late '70s when I lived in Denver Colorado for a few years. During this time I started purchasing and reading books on hand dyes using found plants. I did not get serious about actually playing with hand dyes til I retired end of 2003-we just worked so many hours, no extra time for "fun" stuff like that. So, since retirement, I learned all about the blogging world where I also follow blogs that share their knowledge of things I am interested in-and threw that I have picked  up a couple books on hand dyeing with natural materials that actually had well written information about mordants etc. So, I think as we grow in our fields of interest-we yearn for more knowledge of different techniques. At  least that is how it is with me-especially when it comes to the dyes.

   A couple of the best books I have picked up are:  Jenny Dean's Wild Color, and J.N.Liles book The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing. These two books offered me specifics that I really wanted and needed for better results. These two books really opened up my world for dyeing with natural dye stuffs especially on cottons



   When I read the magazine article about how to do the silk ties on silk project, the author suggested for reference the book Eco Colour by India Flint I got to thinking first of all do I really need another hand dye book-especially since I buy mostly sight unseen. Checking online-this was an expensive book $40.00 on up and it was printed in 2008. So for a book to hold it's value this well I am thinking must be a good book. So I read the reviews on Amazon first and there were allot of negatives-that the author jumped all over the place with her information, was not detailed enough-no exact recipes (which is usually the case for hand dye books), and many said not for the beginner. Also, many complained that the author spent too much time discussing plants in Australia-well the author was living in Australia so she would share what she has available.

   This book had me intrigued, and I am no longer a beginner; so I shopped around online and found a new copy for around $30.00 that included the shipping. This is a pretty high price for me to pay for a book, but I went ahead and splurged.

  The book arrived in the mail on Monday, and I have been reading this cover to cover. This is an excellent book of ideas and techniques on how to capture color on cloth from flowers, leaves, barks etc. The author does not skip all over the place, rather the book is well organized with chapters. She does not give specific recipes-and she is right how can you? with all the variables involved. She does, however to give you knowledge and the basics for many techniques on silk, cotton, wool.  I have learned so much about mordants on cotton that are not chemicals that I would never have imagined could be used. She does allot with silks, has many ideas for imprinting leaf and flower shapes etc onto cloth. She could be taken as too political perhaps; she shares allot of history, how chemicals are bad for the enviroment and for the dyer, but I have to agree with her for the most part. She also talked about flower pounding which I love to do, but she called it something else and had different ideas about this technique, she actually was doing rust dyeing too, but did not call it that. This is a very "organic" book, I really have enjoyed reading and learning.

The technique about the silk ties on to silk fabric is not in this book, but the magazine article's author got ideas from this book and went from there.That is the kind of book this is, which makes the author an excellent teacher I believe.

I was so excited about the knowledge the author shared in her book, that I wanted to share this book with any of you that are interested.

On another note I have a request-this book had allot of information on using eucalyptus leaves-do any of you have this tree in your backyard?? if so I would love to trade leaves in exchange for soap or one of my hand  dyed pieces thanks



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hi Everyone & Photos

Seems like a long week already and it's only Tuesday-lol  usually the days just fly by for me.

We are still having severe tstorms pop up, and suppose to be more really strong storms coming in wednesday night. Since the serge protectors did not protect our computers-we are now shutting down and then unplugging from the wall. The little lap tap has it's limitations-can't hook up my printer to it, and lost my favorite photo program for cropping and resizing for my blogs and my etsy shops-so that is a hassle for me right now. However, my neighbor friend just gave me her old computer, as she recently upgraded both her computers-so that is a blessing, perhaps in a couple days I can set up in that.

One thing I can not figure out how to do on the little lap tap is to highlight text so I can enlarge the fonts or set up a link to something-so that has me frustrated as well-sigh I know these are minor inconveniences in the skeem of things-but this getting my computer fried has upset my little world-ah well I will get over it

I was out in my little garden for a short while on saturday doing some spading, and some raking of oak leaves. Did not feel any soreness at the time but sunday morning woke to major lower back pain. My lower back likes to go out on me and give me much pain if I over do. I didn't think an hour was over doing-lol  but I am still in much pain from that-so that has me less tolerant probably.

I did finish my crazy quilt block that I had made from wools and velvets into a pillow-so was pleased about that. I did a little hand quilting with wool threads to give the cotton mimosa dyed fabric a little body. I will try to post a better photo later on. I added porcelein and shell beads to the corners  So happy to get this piece finished. Now once my  back is better on to finishing up the weaving project and my rug hooked project

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Here a couple photos of the trees -these were oaks-that got hit by the lightening strike-the power traveled threw the ground 150 feet to attack our computers-this was quite a strike-so thankful it did not hit our house-or we would have been fried instead

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In this second photo-you can see the tree in the back still standing with no bark has been split in half lengthwise-debris from the tree flew in all directions. The guys are saying that mother nature cut and split some firewood for us-

Friday, April 12, 2013

I am Back --Sort Of

  Just wanted to pop in real quick for an update. We had a major electrical storm a couple days ago. We got hubby's computer fixed with new parts yesterday and-he is online more than me with his business, but my computer is fried-toast. and its hard for me to get to his computer for any length of time for me.

  we have a very old lap top that a friend gave us a year or so ago when they upgraded, so hubby will be working to see if he can get that programed and working for me to use. as I have no dollars at the moment to buy me a new computer-hint hint-go tell your friends to buy lots of soap and fiber in my etsy shops so I can buy a new one-lol just kidding lol

so needless to say for a while at least I won't be able to visit your blogs and comment, but do know that I miss you all already.

I will still be having our very nice mothers day giveaway so please stay tuned that for. will posting for that end of April or very first of May.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Silk on Silk Update

 The original article I had read and went by for this project said to have rocks sit on top of the silk bundle for a minimum of 2 days. So I did this early Sunday Morning, and it's now tuesday afternoon, and since I had good color transfer right away, decided to just open this up, let air dry the rest of the way, and then it says to wait several days before rinsing in vinegar water. I usually use a better mordant to set color than to rely on vinegar, but when doing this the first time-decided to  follow the instructions.  So I don't know how colorfast this will be. 

   I think this piece would sew up nice into some pretty little mini bags. I definately want to find a large silk shirt to do this with again so I can wear it this summer.

   This was an experiment to see how this would work, and I have to say I am quite pleased. I will definately be on the look out for more silk ties with pretty flowers on them-as they showed up really nice. The blotches of dark are from the lining-that I figured must be silk (and wanted to know for sure) as well since the tie was labeled 100% silk. The blotches of brown are scattered yellow onion skins-and I like that effect, and may try that with mimosa leaves or even marigolds flowers to see if I get a pretty yellow.

  The instructions said to first fold verticle about 5 1/2" but I did real small like 2 inches since I had a smaller piece of fabric, and then fold the other direction accordian style and tie.




I can see allot of possibilities for this, and since these were all pieces from the resale shop-very little money involved-to have fun-lol

Just Awesome! Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies from Karina

  When I read this recipe from Karina's Gluten Free Goddess blog this week, I knew I just had to make these.

  I finished up my soap this morning, and since it's still so gloomy, dreary, and just not nice out today (we have a huge t storm coming in tonight) I decided to bake for a pick me up. These fudgy brownies in cupcake form-were first. I knew these were going to be very rich tasting with lots of chocolate goodness, so decided to bake them in these pretty flower cupcake liners-they deserved it.
     Of course I had to taste test one while still warm-lol Just awesome!!



   I rarely change any of the ingredients either in her recipes, as they are already healthy and I usually have the ingredients. I did use german chocolate instead of the semi sweet chocolate which I did not have on hand. For the chocolate chips I now mostly use dark chips from Ghiardelli. I used the suggested coconut oil, and I did need to cut the sugar a bit for hubby, so in this I used Domino's lite sugar which is natural sugar and stevia which I really like for baking.

    I have never made anything from Karina's site that I did not like. If you need a good gluten free site with recipes and information I highly recommend her. She also shares dairy free and vegan recipes too.

Next up was to try a new gluten free sandwich bread. I don't eat allot of bread, never have, but sometimes it's nice to have a little bread once in awhile. I pretty much gave up bread when I figured out I had celiac, (15 years or so ago) cause back then-well not much information about baking then and it was too complicated at the time. Now adays there is so much good information and also many bread and flour mixes.

I don't like to use prepared mixes though, never have, and especially for gluten free because the flours used have absolutely no nutritional value; mostly use white rice flour, and several starches. So I have been on the hunt for a recipe that sounded good and think I would like.

Reading threw several gluten free blogs this week, I ran into a sandwich bread recipe that looked really good. So that is now all mixed up and in the pan rising a bit before baking. Will update you on how it turned out.

hmmmmm perhaps another fudgy brownie with cold soy milk is in order  lol 

   

What's New in my Soap Shop--Soap for Spring


 I made this one yesterday  and I am really pleased with it. I wanted a new soap to welcome in Spring.
This is another new base; all natural, detergent free and made with hemp oil added to the glycerin base. Since this was a clear soap base I added in sparkling color-just a bit in the base, and highlighted the bar with two different greens. For fragrance I used lemongrass and white tea. The scent is clean and refreshing-I love this beautiful bar of soap 
can see the listing in my etsy shop-link in left hand column






Monday, April 8, 2013

Tea Party Tuesdays

 I am hooking up today with Chantille-Fleur's Tea Party Tuesdays

 I am sharing found recipes for lavender; I love lavender in foods.












Lavender Tea Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain or lowfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender leaves
Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla until well-blended.
  2. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beat well after each addition.
  3. Sift flour and combine with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir well.
  4. Add the flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in lavender.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until a sharp knife or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients. Spread on the warm cake. Cool in pan 20 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the pan.


Lavender Tea Recipe
 Lavender Tea in Teacup, Lavender Flower Tea Recipe

Put the flowers in a teapot or container along with the boiling water allowing them to steep a good 4 to 5 minutes.

 Pour into cups straining if necessary to remove the flower buds. Serve Lavender flower tea with honey and sliced lemon.




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Lavender Blueberry Ice Cream

Two of summer's pretty purple beauties -- plump, juicy blueberries and fragrant lavender blossoms -- join with cream, eggs, and sugar to make rich French-custard-style Blueberry-Lavender Ice Cream.



Ingredients
U.S.MetricConversion chart
  • 3 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 1 cup(s) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon(s) dried lavender flowers
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup(s) blueberries

Directions
  1. Make the ice-cream base: Scald the cream, milk, and lavender flowers in a medium saucepan. Remove pan from heat, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Fill a large bowl halfway with water and ice and set aside. Strain the mixture back into the saucepan and heat just until it reaches a boil. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until they become thick and pale. Whisking constantly, add the hot milk in a slow, steady stream to the yolk mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly using a wooden spoon, until the mixture coats the back of the spoon -- about 2 minutes. Immediately remove from heat, strain, and cool completely in the prepared ice bath. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Make the ice cream: Process in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a medium bowl and fold in the blueberries. Cover completely by placing plastic wrap directly on the ice cream surface and store in freezer for up to 1 week.

Had to Take a Look See-and I think this worked

I am not one to wait for surprises, so I decided to unwrap my silk bundle and just unwrap a little bit to see if I got color transfer-and I did!! So will put this back under the rocks to make sure there is plenty of transfer in the middle of this bundle. How fun is this? lol  I am hoping I did not put too many onion skins in the dye bath, as it looks a little dark, on the other hand this will match in with my rust dye projects.
     Ok I am off to make soap now. lol



Good Morning Monday


Good morning everyone. 
The sun is a shining this morning and looks to be a pretty day. Unlike last night where we had a severe storm come threw-right when I was enjoying country music at the rewards show. So I needed to shut down all the electronics. We do have a small tv that was a gift from the company when I retired, that we watch during the storms-so I was able to catch most of it. I always enjoy this show cause unlike other reward shows-there is lots of music with a few rewards thrown in.
  The storm lasted several hours with lots of rain and lots of thunder and lightening. It is always so erie when the lightening lights up the whole yard. We'll take the rain though, cause mid summer we will wish we had some rain. Storms always bring me back to thinking about our Nikita-she was soooo afraid of storms and would pace up and back, stay by my side for a bit and then pace more. I had taught her to go into the bathroom where there are no windows, and when the storms were really bad like last night she would go in there and lie down-now she is safe and above the storms.
  Hubby had a fun time at the gun show in Tulsa. He was looking for scopes to resell and for scope parts to fix scopes for his customers. I was concerned about all the walking for him (severe arthritis) but he said they managed to get threw 3/4's of the show. he did get to meet up with a couple of his customers too. Always good to get away from home and do something different for a change of pace. So a fun weekend for the both of us.
  When we used to visit local shows, I would always head for the old long black powder rifles and powder horns and one vendor back then always had native american pieces. So I asked him if there was anything like that in this show. He said yes there was and there was a booth that was making navtive american clothing the "old" way which I would have enjoyed viewing. I always wanted to learn how to embelish with porcupine quils.
  This morning, I think I will be making soap for us, and perhaps some bath fizzies-which I have never made before. I may just take a look-see at my silk dye bundle too-to see if I got any transfer of dyes from the ties-I am not one to be able to wait very well. lol
   I roasted an organic chicken in the crock pot yesterday, and after supper last night I cooked the bones down into a beautiful broth. So I am going to finish that up today too-make some chicken noodle soup perhaps.
     Happy Monday and enjoy your new week!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My Silk on Silk Dye Project-No Peeking


This morning I couldn't wait so I did have to try this. In my reclaimed silk stash I found an off white-beige blouse back that I had taken apart from a silk garmet I picked up at the resale shop some time ago.
  I got so involved in setting this up that I forgot to take photos of the process. The original article I went by showed that the artist had found a very large sheer silk blouse that she dyed with this process along with a few plum leaves added. She also said you could throw some natural dye stuff in the vinegar water too. 
  Thinking I don't have anything in plant material I can use at the moment-but then yes I do; I have onion skins. I also had some mimosa leaves too but decided on the onion skins. 
  So I soaked the silk piece in vinegar water for about a half an hour. then lay it out and add pieces of the silk ties all over this, I added in some crushed onion skins too. then you fold it up one way and then fold it up acordian style the other way and tie it.
  Goes back in the vinegar water to boil for a couple hours. I decided to throw in some onion skins to get a little more color.
   Then you leave your silk wrap in the water til it cools down-several hours. Drain off the liquid mix and then weight your bundle down with rocks for a few days.  That's where I am at now I just used the same pan that I dyed it in. I am hoping the onion skins don't turn out too dark-but the inside should not get allot of the dye from them.

So on the bottom there you can see my little silk bundle. Now it is no peeking for a few days.  (I did try to peek a little though lol- without disturbing the bundle-and I saw some blue-so can't wait to unwrap this)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Busy-Fun Day Yesterday-Long Post



  Yesterday was our day to go to Stover, Mo and attend a fun Quilt Vendor show. Shops from all over Missouri set up booths with their wares. This is a fun day for my friend and I, cause of where we live we don't have close choices of quilt shops. Quilting with wool is very popular now, so always fun to see the new ideas. This year our favorite shop for this did not attend but there were several others.
   What was dissappointing though this year;  one booth always has fat quarters (a popular size of fabric for quilters) for a dollar or last year $1.25 which is really the only vendor that has a nice sale going.  This year she jumped it to the close to regular price of $2.00 each-but did give 2 free when buying in lots of 10 So needless to say, her booth was no longer crowded with buyers. What is a savings though is to look for batiks as they are usually selling much higher in the stores. So I helped my friend look for 12 pieces that she could use in an upcoming project.
  We both collect buttons, and I did find a few little ceramic ones to add to my crazy quilt blocks. My big purchase-and I rarely buy much here, was burlap for my rug hooking. I think this was something the vendor may have had-leftover-so it was priced to sell. I picked up a piece with the pattern stamped on it-which will make a perfect piece in front of the hearth area for the wood stove in the living room. This is something I have had in mind to look for-so was pleased to find this. She also had 3 yards of plain rug hooking burlap so I picked that piece up too. My mom always hooked on quality burlap back in the 60s, today many hook on belgian linen-but this is quite expensive-and I am not that good at it to warrant the price. I hook for fun and to hopefully complete a couple rugs we can use.
  I have also been looking for a mechanical fine chalk pencil made by Bohn in France that my friend loves. We have not been able to find one for me but on the way out my friend spotted one-yeah. So I also picked up a second color of chalk too. This is really nice for marking hand quilt lines or applique placements-and it stays in place til you wipe off with a damp cloth. The best thing is-it has a very fine point. 
  My friend came away with a large bag of quilt items and goodies too, so we both spent more than we normally do at this event, but we were both very pleased with our finds. Next up was lunch, and then on the way back home to visit a few resale shops that we've discovered in the past and are too far a drive to regularly visit. 
  My new recycle into something new item I was on the look out for was silk ties. I just read an article on how to transfer the dyed pattern on a tie over on to a piece of silk. The article I read did this on a shear large blouse, or could be done for a scarf or perhaps a light poncho. So of course after reading the article and being into hand dye-gotta try this-lol  In the several shops we visited I came away with several silk ties from .40 a piece to a dollar. so a fun project coming up. After taking the ties apart there is actually enough wide pieces to add to a crazy quilt project as well.
  At another shop, which my friend had just discovered, and was new to me I found some nice items. It is really difficult to find in  fabric a beautiful yellow, and I found two. They were both xxl long sleeve mens shirts; one in 100% cotton by tommy hilfiger, and the other one in 100% linen. My friend and I will split the linen-she'll take the large back for hand embroidery, and I will take the rest of it to add to quilt projects etc.
  I also picked up lots of white or almost white wool embroidery threads for a quarter a skein-these I can also hand dye as well. Found a package with two sizes of scroll frames for hand work for $1.50, found a pretty heart basket with no handle to use for my Mother's Day Giveaway coming up next month, and I picked up a couple books. One was a unique book about the mountain man written in song form, and a couple cookbooks. One was a beautiful little book full of color photos and good looking recipes of the Pueblo and Navajo. This book had several venison recipes, and most looked like recipes I would make-so a good find.
    I also picked up a beautiful chocolate brown long skirt in wool-to felt up and use in my rugs or appliques, and a brand new gorgeous flowing silk pair of pants for a couple dollars. The tags were still on this item and sold for $135.00. This piece was way too long for me so I may just rehem them and wear around the house, or I may cut up and use in my projects.
    One last item that pleased me was my friend spotted a salad spinner that looked brand new for $4.00  I have been wanting one of these forever it seems, and I refuse to pay the $35.00 to $40.00 price tag on a new one. and ones we have found before used are going for $10.00 to $12.00 so am happy with this too.
  So wow, lots of new fun items for my creativity interests, and many more new things in one day than I usually bring home.

Was hoping to spend the day outdoors today, spraying weeds, and picking up some things, but sigh it is cloudy again and very windy already. So, I am just going to enjoy going threw my new stash and taking them apart to wash and get ready to use.
   Hubby is having an adventure this weekend too. He had the chance to go to the huge gun show in Tulsa this weekend. One of his customers flew his plane down to pick him up and go on to Tulsa. With allot of severe weather in the works on Sunday he decided to just fly in to where we are, and he rented a car to drive into Tulsa. Larry being a pilot who used to own his own planes too back in his younger days-was looking forward to the ride-but I am sure they will still have a great time. He hopes to meet up with many of his customers who will also be at the show. Larry was trained in his younger days to repair scopes-which he has started back doing again. He meets people from all over the world-so a great outlet for him to meet new people.
Sorry for the long post Happy Saturday!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thyme for Herbs Herb Gardening with Children



I have never had the pleasure of having kids, but I remember gardening with my Mom as a child, and it has always stuck with me. Gardening is useful and gives us pleasure. 
I love the idea of a child having their own little garden. Depending on the age of the child it can be their own pot to grow in, or their own little space in the garden. Herbs can be part of this too, and teaches them about gardening and cooking with their fresh herbs.
  I think it would be ideal to have a little patch in the main garden so you and your kids can work together in the garden. Dress it up with a little figurine or a little border around their own little garden space. Make labels from pop sickle sticks for each of the plants too. Have fun with it.
  One way to get them involved is to plant an aromatic garden. Allot of larger gardening centers carry allot of herb plants in the spring now. Let them choose their own herbs by smelling the different choices of herbs-mints, lemon balm, the scented geraniums, pineapple sages, even the thymes are very fragrant with many varities available now.
  I would also suggest growing a few edible flowers amongst the child's herb garden-such as nasturiums, little violets or jump ups, perhaps grow chamomile to make tea. Of course explaining not to eat any flower just the ones you are growing for that purpose.
While searching online I ran into this really fun article about gardening with kids here  and for older kids she talked about starting your own seeds-in recycled toilet paper rolls-how clever is that??   toilet paper roll seed starter

   This article also suggested growing a pizza herb garden-Another fun kid-friendly idea is a pizza planter.  Pick a frugal, creative container and grow all in one bucket a tomato plant, oregano, basil, thyme peppers, and any other container-friendly pizza topping.  Make homemade pizza every weekend, and your kids will enjoy heading to their own garden for the ingredients.


  I hope this gave you some ideas for planting herbs with kids, or even if you are brand new to herb gardening.
I have set up an Herb Garden Walk of other posts over on Blogster here   I have asked everyone to set their herb blog for everyone to read-so hoping you can see the posts  Also if you would enjoy contributing an herb post-please do so and share in comments-I will add here and to the herb garden walk.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Thyme for Herbs

Good morning, and today is April now too, so surely spring is with us to stay.


 It has been so lovely here in the woods this past week-the pond up by the house is now alive with music just as the darkness comes in for the evening. The songbirds are a constant melody in the background threw out the day-one of the reasons why I so enjoy living here-being serenaded by all of nature's tunes.

Over at my blog on Blogster (where allot of my friends since Yahoo 360 days decided to land when Multiply went under)  we decided to bring back Herb Thursdays. I really enjoyed this posting event to learn from each other about herbs. Instead of Herb Thursdays we changed the name to Thyme for Herbs, and instead of posting every week we decided to post the first Thursday of each month. I am the hostess for this event.

I decided to share my herb post here too, and if you would enjoy sharing an herb post as well, just let me know in comments on April 4th and I will set up a garden walk of our herb blogs.

Enjoy your new week! Any creative plans for the week??? Oh and the pineapple meringue pie was excellent-I will be making it again in the future.

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