Monday, June 19, 2017

Weaving on the Earth Loom

I've added a few rows to the loom, the wool is easy but weaving with a growing bittersweet vine is a challenge. I don't want to break the tips so it keeps growing and does it keep growing! I have to check it daily to keep up.

Song of the Sky Loom

Oh our Mother the Earth,
oh our Father the Sky...
weave for us a garment of brightness:

May the warp be the
white light of morning,
May the weft be the red light of evening,
May the fringes be
the falling rain,
May the border be
the standing rainbow...

That we may walk fittingly where
birds sing...
where grass is green,

Oh our Mother the Earth,
oh our Father the sky!

Herbert Spinden

I love Native American poetry and this one seemed to go perfectly with todays post.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Full Strawberry Moon

Every Friday (if there are no interruptions) Spring though Fall I go to the Lake and quilt for a few hours. I invited my grandson who loves to fish to go with me. He fishes while I quilt.
What a special time we're having.

Last Friday was the Full Strawberry Moon.
I appliqued and quilted a moon block which will be added to my moon journal quilt.

This strawberry moon had a fish and pole memory stitched on it.

All the moon/sun blocks in my journal, all with Full moon memories, with more coming. Someday I'll stitch it all together. Just pinned to the wall now.

"So we are connected to the moon. That gives us power, a connection to the Earth and the moon, men don't know about."
Cecilia Mitchell

The Elders tell us that the women has access to special powers. The Earth Mother give her love in a Special way to the Woman. She uses these power to nurture, heal and guide the people.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Michigan woodlands in June

I packed a picnic and up North my husband and I went for the day. The woodland flowers are so delicate and in full bloom.


Lupine with butterfly weed, I love Mother Nature's color mix, purple and orange!

The fungi/mushrooms are new and still soft.

We arrived to the river and a mother turtle had just finished laying eggs. I don't know how she climbed up this hill. The sad part is the raccoons will be here at night digging up and eating all the eggs.

After our lunch a relaxing time watching the river go by and quilting.

Cute little magical island filled with ferns.

At home the roses are in full bloom. I planted 3 climbing plants on our front porch last year. This year their really taking off.

I always wanted a "rose covered cottage".

From my rosa rugussa plants (they have a wonderful strong rose smell) I pick the blossoms everyday, some I am drying to make into cream and others I'm keeping fresh to distill into rose water.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Greeting the Sun

"To be able to greet the Sun with the sounds from all of nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember Who it the real provider of all our benefits."   Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Earth Loom

Mother's Day, my family helped me get the loom ready for this years weaving.
Grandson cut the old weaving off and hubby shored up the loom. Next year we need to replace it but I love this one made from his old tee pee poles.

 A temporary installment into the fire.

The Navajo believe when you take the weaving off you have to warp the loom right away.

It was difficult to warp as I have tiny solar lights hanging on the top and bittersweet vines already growing through the loom.

This years "plan" is to put in a few rows of eco dyed wool then weave a branch of Miss Bittersweet across, continuing that way until I reach the top. The vines will bring the weaving to life and maybe I'll get some berries woven in too.

The first 3 rows.
Hopefully Miss Bittersweet cooperates!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Button Flowers

Inspired by this button flower arrangement my quilt bee got together last week and had.....

button bee!. We used vintage buttons and different containers to each make our own arrangement.

This was mine, an antique Bromo seltzer bottle  with wonderful old buttons (thank you Deb C).
I wish I took close up pictures of all the bottles for you, everyone's was so different.

A customer at work brought me these beautiful iris plants.

The new varieties are so beautiful and the flowers last so long!

Out to my weekly "quilt retreat" on Lake Michigan. It is so good for the spirit after a long week, the waves, the birds, and the stitching it's all so relaxing.
Appliqueing on my last Sun.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Michigan Herb conference 2017

I attended the Michigan Herb conference last week, one of our speakers was Holly Bellebuono. Oh my gosh was she good, I highly recommend her if any herbal/natural medicine group is looking for a educated speaker.
This is her newest book she has out and it is wonderful.

I picked up a few new herbs for my  garden, some I have never had before or are hard to find at the greenhouses. Lovage, a perennial that smells and tastes similar to celery. Salad burnet, tastes similar to cucumber, wonderful in a salad. A new type of lemon eucalyptus I will try using this for dyeing fabric. Chamomile for tea.

In our "goody bag" they gave everyone a cute flower button bouquet arranged in a salt shaker.

My ancient peppers seedlings are sprouting.
Love using these egg cartons as mini green houses for seeds.

"The old people came literally to love the soil, they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mother power. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
Luther Standing Bear
Oglala Sioux

"Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happy they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it. If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it, wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you'll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy.

I planted this dogwood years ago in honor of my friend who passed away from breast cancer. She loved dogwood.
When ever I see them blooming I think of her.

Thank you, Deb C. Love my antique coffee pot and linen table runner!

Thank you putting us up Vicky W.
We had a wonderful time.
Cute table centerpiece with fresh gerbera daisies!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dyeing with indigo

It was Earth day/ birthday weekend, the weather was warm and sunny and I spent every minute I could outside.  I hung up my Earth day wall hanging, my husband and I took a ride and when we came home, hand-made birthday cards from the grandkids were lined up waiting for me. I love their cards!

Deb Hardman made me this wonderful painted and quilted wall hanging for my last birthday. A view of the earth and moon from outer space.

We bought a weeping cherry tree to celebrate all! The grandson's planted it for me.

Installed the bird bath my friend Donna made.

Almost as soon as it was filled with water a blue bird came.

Sunday afternoon and into the evening I indigo dyed wool blocks for my Sun & Moon quilt.
A crescent moon, I like when I get the indigo dye to seep into the edges, like clouds floating across the moon. A pure white moon would be a little boring.

2nd crescent, not quite as good.

I was very happy with this full moon.

I dyed a few star blocks, maybe will be corner squares in the quilt.

And a few "moon phase" filler strips for the quilt.
I also dyed blue yardage for filler strips, on some of the filler strips I'm going to embroider on moon and sun phrases, such as "Love you to the moon and back".

All the blocks so far.

  • Deb Hardman
  • Allie Aller
  • Jenny Bowker Cairo