Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Full Harvest Moon and Herbal Harvest.

Friday with a storm coming in the Lake was kicking up the waves.
Down I went to quilt and enjoy. The paddle boarders were out,

with the wind surfers riding the waves.

In our area parts of the Lake you can park so close the waves splash up on you car. With the windows open you feel like your in a boat!

With the Full Harvest moon that night, I brought along my table runner (I started last year) and began appliqueing on the wool moon and pumpkins.

I finished weaving in all the great bodies of water on the loom.

After the Mississippi I wove in The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic with sea shells we picked up while vacationing there. Next is the Pacific with driftwood from a tiny spit of land jutting out into the Pacific. A wonderful  little village called Homer, (Alaska) resides there.
The next weaving will be a sunset or sunrise depending on your location to the water!

It's time to harvest here before the first frost comes. I cut back some of my herbs to make herbal salt for the winter. Simple process:
chop up your favorite herbs in a bowl,

mix in sea salt (or your favorite salt).
Pour on a cookie sheet, I cover mine with foil first. Put in a 180 degree oven for a couple of hours, every once in awhile stirring. When the herbs are dry, let mixture cool.

Put in food processor and whirl until fine.

Store extra in a cute jar. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

My "new" kitchen

This summer we had our kitchen redone. What a joy to cook in an updated area! We kept the original 1950's oak floor.

New quartz countertops and faucet.

Love this "Edison" light for a night light. The bittersweet vine I grow in my yard and hang new every Fall.

Next to the refrigerator I had glass doors to show off family pieces.

Another side. Grandmothers yellow ware bowl that holds fruit.

The back splash with the insert of "stone fence" tile.

My handles on the 3 glass doors are vines and leaves.

The top cabinet doors have small leaves.                                  

And the bottom cabinet doors.

In the corner cabinet with a glass door I put in my mom and dads wedding china (60 some years ago).  When they were getting married all my mothers friends were buying rose pattern china, my parents were moving out of town to the "wilderness" so she bought this pinecone and leaf china. It's a beautiful, large set, I don't use it much because I'm afraid to put it in the dishwasher!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weaving in the "Mississippi"

I finally was able to add the Mississippi" river to my loom. It was hard to choose what color wool for the muddy Mississippi. I went with one I dyed awhile ago with celery tops in a iron pot. The iron saddens the color a little bit.

My friend sent me beaver chew sticks from the river,

And a couple of pieces of beach glass she collected.
Thank you Donna!

To my herbalist friends, these are what garlic chives look like.

They have white flowers not purple that regular chives have.
They taste exactly like garlic.

They make a wonderful vinegar. I stuffed the bottles with the chives and blossoms and pour heated apple cider vinegar over the top.
Deb H. this is my new backsplash and counter top in my kitchen. I love how the decorative part of the backsplash looks like a stone fence they use to build with no mortar in it. The counter top is quartz. I tried to take a picture of the whole kitchen this morning as I was running out the door and the pictures looked terrible. Next week I'll show you it.

I've been trying to go once a week to the lake and quilt. I sit in my car, parked right along the lake, listen to waves and am in heaven. I usually stay 2 hours until sunset.
I hate to think of this winter when it will be dark by 5:30.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Playing with Summer flowers

For my Herb Societies August picnic I taught the members how to Eco- print silk scarves with flowers.  (learned from prophet-of-bloom.blogspot.com).
All summer I prepared for this, I grew as many dye flowers as I could, picking them every evening and drying them. Ordered 40 silk scarves.
We met at one of the members farm, a perfect place to pick more flowers to add to the scarves.
Decorated with one of my herb quilts.


Hung my silk scarves to give them flower ideas.

Of course we had a potluck, herbalist are the best cooks.  Have you ever seen a prettier salad?

Long tables were set up, flowers set out and the fun began.

I took most of the scarves home, steamed them, and gave them back to the members so they could unroll them.

Right outside the barn was a large tansy plant. Members tucked the blossoms in with other flowers.

Back at home I mordant wool fabric, rolled it up with dark red dahlias and red blanket flowers. Tied it tight and placed it in the freezer for a week.
No steaming. This also was learned from prophet-of-bloom.blogspot.com
her book "Eco Colour"

I haven't opened it yet, I now have it in a plastic bag sitting in my refrigerator for a week, checking it everyday to make sure there's no sign of mold. Next week the reveal!

My back porch is so beautiful this year.

 With such a hot summer and lots of water it almost looks like they plants are taking over. Kind of like the movie "Little Shop of Horrors".

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dyeing Mandales & Japanese Itajmine

I keep thinking my life can't get any busier than summer arrives with the grandchildren off from school, I take care of them a few days a week in addition to helping my parents everyday, go to work and then on top off it all we decide to get a new kitchen! What was I thinking! But now it is done, complete remodel, new cabinets, tile backsplash and quartz counter tops. Love it. I painted all last weekend and am now I'm working on getting everything put back away.
I did squeeze in a little time for myself this summer. The American Quilters Society brought their quilt show to Grand Rapids and I took a few dyeing classes. This first one was called Frozen Mandalas. We learned how to fold and manipulate the fabric to form a mandala. Lay ice over the folded up fabric and pour on the dyes. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but it worked.
I wish I could remember the instructor's name to give her credit, she did a fabulous job. Carole if you do please put it in comments.

Another one I made.

We also made several other "tie dye" pieces.

I have a challenge going on with Kay and Carole who were also in the class.
Hopefully next year we will meet and show our completed quilt pieces made from our dyed fabrics.
This was  synthetic dye not natural.


From our India inspired mandalas to Japanese inspired Itajmine.

Which involves folding, resists and clamping,

After folding and clamping, dyeing (synthetic indigo) and washing this is my "collection".

A few of my favorite pieces up close.

spider web?

Love this sunburst

The grandkids named this stars and moons,

and this one soccer balls.

A neighbor said this was his favorite one. My dye clean up rag!

I wanted to share the story behind this child's dress with you. I went to a lecture at the quilt show and the speaker told how during World War II they made silk maps for the pilots. The maps were of the territory the pilots were flying over in case they were shot down they would hopefully find their way out. They made the maps from silk because water would not hurt it, they wouldn't rustle and make noise and they could sew them secretly into their uniform. When the soldiers came home some were sewed into clothes and perhaps quilts?

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