Sunday, July 31, 2011
The yarn is from my stash of Vintage Wool Chenille Yarn that I then created a dye recipe to make a "Chartreuse" color. Not easy because you can either get too much yellow or too much green - The Dye Gods were with me Saturday afternoon. I made three extra skeins just in case someone else thought they might want some. So they will be up for sale on my Etsy shop by this afternoon. Hope they find loving new homes.
I know for some this is no big deal but for this farm it is HUGE!!!
Once the outside framing is done I will begin the painting.. The outside color is a no problem but now my brain goes nuts to decide if I should try and have them match the old paint color (which they never get it right and will have to repaint everything anyway) or go with a different color all together... Oh, Crud!!! There went my Happy Place.. I know this is not a big deal but after all the houses I have painted I am so sick of painting. See another reason why I want a Yurt - NO PAINTING!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
I hope you enjoy your day and listen to those who have stories to tell. I will finish up this yarn today and soon I will offer it in my Etsy store. I will be calling it "Hummingbird's Dance"
Would love for it to find a great home where it can tell of it's stories and add to yours.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Not feeling guilty but now I need a step stool to clean up the mud house that was being built. Boy was that a mess...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Natural Cochineal is an amazing natural dye that comes from an insect that lives on Prickly Pear Cactus... The color range of this dye is unbelievable and is one of my favorite natural dye to use. Since I am a pink girl it does not take much to make the sweetest of pinks but you can go really bold and dark and hit purplish maroons to almost a red black. All from a tiny insect - Who know???
As I promised there are more to come so I hope I am tempting you to try something new and natural.
Friday, July 15, 2011
It dates back to 2500 B.C. This dye material can produce colors ranging from the pales blues to the darkest deep blackish blue on it's own. Then there is the over dyeing on colored fibers and over dyeing on already dyed materials and the combination of plant dyes that will produce wide ranges of colors and patterns. This material is also used to dye fabric, wood, reeds and even clays.
I sell it in a chuck form because it safer to package and transport but if you wish to use it in powder form which I recommend then a simple pestle and mortar will do or a simple hand coffee bean grinder - I use a secondhand electric grinder which makes fast work of it and I only grind what I need. Also make sure that any product you use to grind it up with is only used for plant material and not your morning cup of Joe!!
Natural Indigo does not require a mordant but if you are going to be doing over dyeing with other natural dye materials then please consider your mordant requirements for those....
If you have never mixed a Saxon Blue Indigo Solution I will send instruction with you package. There are some safety requirements like with all dyes so please read up before making your solution - again I can send instruction. This is one dye pot I do not let children mix or really spaced out adults...
I am excited to share some of the goodies with my on line customers who have not been here at the farm. Great ready to PLAY BIG TIME!!!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Just posted in my Etsy shop this along with some other goodies to make your mouth water. This spicy batt has only the best ingredients inside of it - stop by my Etsy shop and give yourself a great addition to your next fiber project.
Would love to hear what you think of this offering??
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I have no idea what happened...
This morning they kids where all out in the backyard eating having a wonderful morning. In fact, Opal did not want to come into the barn when everyone else was done eating. I had to pick her up and carry her into the barn - snuggling all the way and then was morning nap time for the wee one's. Nothing out of the ordinary..
My heart just broke!! This little girl has come through so much and was such a kind soul. She lived for snugs and was always kind to the bottle kids even when they would gang up on her... She gave her mother a reason to get up on her feet and walk on a broken leg. My God this just is not fair. Olivia is sitting in the barn crying but after sitting with her for a while my heart just could not take it anymore.
I thought maybe putting my heart ache into words would help but now I wonder if I should just hit delete. I have been doing this for too many years and have faced this pain so many times - I thought the next one I would have to bury was Sugar not my sweet Wee One Opal... I think I am done with the heart ache.
Thank you for letting me share this sorrow with you. I know I was blessed to have her in my life for the past four months but no matter how I talk to myself about her passing my heart is still in pieces.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Another round of batts in the "Sea Glass" series. I have two nice size batts of this combination : Sky Blue Cotswool, White Llama, Yellow Silk, Aqua green Merino and Aqualon Blue Merino - WOW!!!!
I have tried very hard to keep my hands off this and not spin it up. I am hoping they find new homes soon because you will be amazed on the feel and ease of these batts.
Love to hear what you think of these - am I on the right track??
Monday, July 11, 2011
Today arrived a packaged brimming with love, inspiration and talent. My Maryjane Farm Girl Friend - Sheri C told me she was sending me a book to help me find a new path. This was more then I had imagined and I am so thankful to hear. There are two books for guidance and inspiration. A hand made book for me to start working 0n placing new thoughts, ideas and saying in to help keep me going when life gets the better of me. A sweet little birdhouse tea pot and matching cup so I can enjoy the two boxes of herbal teas to sip while reading the books. Then there was her amazing herbal soaps from her talented hands along with two ribbon lavender wands which I so love. Sheri is so great with her hands. My Gosh what a way to greet a Monday.
Words can not even touch the other gift she place in the box - her original writings about rediscovery and moving alone the path of life. Such incredible writings that spoke volumes to me. I am so blessed to have such a supportive lady in my life who has never met me but yet I feel we have a connection that time and distance can not touch.
Many Many Thanks Sheri for being such a grand lady in my life. I am here for you as I have learned you are for me.... WOW what a Monday!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Had the most incredible breakfast this morning thanks to a dear long distance farm girl friend named Jenny. She had a give away not too long ago on her blog and the prize was a jar of her fantastic Rose Jelly!!
Now I never seem to win things but I kept my fingers, toes and eyes crossed because I REALLY wanted to taste Jenny's amazing jelly.
To my surprise I WON!!! Can't believe it but when it came in the mail I ran not walked to the kitchen and got out a piece of sourdough bread and toasted it. I could hardly wait for the bread to pop up but once it did I eagerly placed the pretty pink jelly all over it. I did the Happy Dance in the kitchen - it was beyond words...
So this morning I made my special angel biscuits and again could hardly wait for them to come out of the oven so I could spread on some more of that mouth watering delight. I can not tell you how hard it was to have to take these pictures because I just wanted to bite into the biscuits so badly.
Normally Iwould share any food I have in the house with those who stop by but in this case there is no way I am sharing.. Here is what I recommend for you all who did not have the luck to win a jar.
Go to www.AuntJenny.etsy.com and there you will find some of Jenny's amazing jelly's. She has created some of the best and most interesting jellies along with handmade laundry soap and hand needlework around. Do not wait too long to purchase something wonderful from this lady because trust me her goodies are heavenly and wont last long. She is also a wonderful knitter, gardener and just the sweetest lady you would ever want to know. Like many the money she makes from her Etsy shop goes to support her children both two and four legged - so stop on over and give her shop a look - I know you will love what you see and what you eat....
Many thanks Jenny for your incredible jelly and for your long distant farm girl friendship.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sugar is still going slow but going!!!! Last night we had a thunderstorm come in and in his usual fashion he was the rock for his group of boys that he is in charge of.. They came and sat around him like scared little rabbits and he gave them peace and solid knowledge that they would be just fine.
The little bottle kids are still growing and drinking like pigs. Last night I had them do without their evening bottle to see what they would do. They complained a bit but then settled themselves down and ate more hay and drank a bit more water. Goldie and Max still should have an evening bottle but I wanted to see if they could settle themselves without becoming a nervous wreck. It was Wynonna who came unglued but the other two sat with her and calmed her down.
So what else is new - I guess I forgot to tell you all that there are no more Roo's here at the farm. After months and months of trying to get them to stop attacking the hens and beating the crud out of them I finally had it. Yes, this is the hard part of having a farm - you sometimes have to deal with unpleasant things... Since no one would take them I sent them back to the universe. The girls are now back to normal. The first night without the Roo's they sat on their perches and sang a low song that I had not heard from them since the Roo's became sexually active. They now greet each day with calm and purpose instead of worry and dread. I have apologized to them each morning for waiting so long to end their suffering. Sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do to protect her babies...
As for the repairs to the farm we are finally in hand with the insurance money so the contracts can be signed. It will take about a month before I can have the barn in and the roof in about three weeks I hope. I am just making final changes to the contracts to make sure all the bases are covered.
On a personal note have been working on some new adventures for this gal - will share once I have more things decided - not wanting to let things snowball before they are ready..
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I just placed on my Etsy shop some more Alpaca yarn that was uncovered in the strangest places...
Start thinking about those Holiday presents - you know it is right around the corner. Remember last year when you promised you would start earlier?? Here is your chance. It is Already JULY - scary..
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Lopi is the traditional way to spin the fiber using both coats and spun in a single. We then felt it ever so slightly so it is stable and without issues that a bulky single yarn might have - pure perfection in a single yarn. I also love it for felting projects.. It felts even and still maintains movement. The uses for this yarn are endless and it is my favorite that is why we raised them here.
I will be offering many skeins of different weights, natural colors and even some great Icelandic Patterns books... Don't wait too long they have a way of going quickly.
Opal does not even look up while being sniffed all over - as I have said before Opal is like a big marshmallow - nothing ruffles her..