Saturday, February 26, 2011

minky

New selection of minky dot is here. Choco brown, pale pink, pale blue, topaz, and watermelon. Hoorah!

Eeeek! I'm dyeing fabric

You may have noticied if you've visited my shop. I am a big fan of all natural cotton muslin. I like that it's natural, no yucky extras added or toxins or anything, completely from the earth. I like how it feels, I like how it quilts, and I like how it looks when I rag it in my quilts.

However it only comes in an oatmeal color (which I love), but sometimes you just want color. So.....

I've been thinking about dyeing my own fabrics ever since I saw pretty shirts being dyed teal in a wash tub. The picture was inspiring and I just had to try it.

Finally, I did.





You cant really tell from the picture I took, but this shade of lavender was to DIE for. and it went perfectly with the quilt I backed it with. You can see the quilt here. It came out even softer than it went in as and ended up being very mottled which I like.



I did the green first. It was supposed to be a Kelly Green, but I should have played with the dial on my washing machine first because instead of doing the agitate I was doing the spin cycle. I know, I'm a dummy. So some of the color ended up down the drain and instead of a darker green I got a lime. It was a pretty lime though and actually went with the quilt nicely. You can see that below.





Definately, will be dyeing anything that goes on the back of my rag quilts from here on out.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Honey Butter

The Bee Keeper, aka Dad, brought me some honey from one of his bee hives last summer, and I really havent used much of it. Besides putting on biscuits occasionally, I dont really use honey often.

But.....

I found something to do with it. Honey Butter.

I mixed 1/2 cup of regular butter with 1/4 cup of honey and blended with a mixer until it was all creamy.

YUMMY! I like it on my rolls at dinner.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hawk


We got a glimpse of two hawks while we waited for the bus to school. By the time I got the camera one had flown off, but I'm seeing them everyday now. One day I never see hawks and now its an everyday occurence.




I love hawks now. They are such pretty birds. I like their speckled bellies and the shape of their heads, very pretty birds.

I think the pair of them might be getting used to me watching them because they no longer fly away at my getting closer, in fact they pay me no attention at all. I do not exist. :)
My Papa had a story when my father was younger of how he found a hawk that was wounded and he nursed it back to health. He liked the bird so much that he built this huge chicken wire enclosure for it to live in outside (he was always building stuff like that). Anyway, when the bird was better he released back into the wild, but the bird wouldnt leave. Must of got used to Papa feeding, anyway my uncle told me it would sit on his arm and he would pet it. And his arm would be all scratched up because of the hawks talons.
I like that story.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another day in the woods.


Last time I was here, back in the fall or here, this was passable. Theres a little dirt path that we just drove right over, but the beavers have been living high on the horse and dammed up the water till we cant drive over it at all.


I always think of beaver dams with lots of sticks and wood, but this one was made with swamp grass and dirt. In my mind, beavers might be the most clever of all the little critters. I like them.


We had to tear down the dam to be over to drive over it. Not as easy as I imagined. they had that debris packed down in there hard.

Finally across, and after wandering around, we found a tree that we had never seen before and the W seems to know what every tree is, but this one even stumped him.
weird.

a birch tree. Never seen one before, and didnt think they grew around here. See my birch treasury here.


faerie hole. Everytime I point these out I get laughed at.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fresh fabrics

Carolyn Gavin--Spring Street
Samantha Walker--I wanna be a cowboy 2 in blue

Samantha Walker--I wanna be a cowboy 2 in brown


Samantha Walker--I wanna be a cowboy 2 in pink




Studio Pics

I've almost got the new studio complete. I still need some curtains and a table cloth to hide all the supplies on my cutting table, but we are making some progress.

The W continues to amaze me with his building skills.


Some artwork from Little Blue Bird Studios. Everyone keeps making fun of the fact that I put it in such a big frame, but I like it. These are the frames that we painted here.

Some gorgeous owl prints from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Carambatack. There is many more prints I want from there as well.



ooooo, I just spotted something else that needs to be done in there... a new ironing board cover, that one has seen better days.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


Finally, finally, finally, got to reading the end of a really great book series. I read so many bad reviews for this book that I kept putting off reading it. It's been over a month since I read the first and second book. I just HATE bad endings.
The reviews said this book was just awful and gory and didnt wrap anything it up.
but......
THEY WERE SO WRONG!
This book was just as good as the first two. I must admit that I was hoping our beloved Katniss would end up with the other guy, but it had such a nice peaceful ending that I can live with it.
Yes, something terrible happens, but I thought it wrapped up the whole rebellion nicely.
spoiler alert!
I DID NOT LIKE Finnick dying. That could have been left out. SO MADE ME ANGRY!
One thing I'd change if I could was I wished it played up the romances a little more, but the whole series focused on the games and the rebellion.
I hope they make it into a movie series, I would definately be there. :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Making Terrariums

I've been wanting to make a terrarium for awhile and have been reading up on them immensely. I finally found such great moss growing in the woods that I couldnt put it off any longer.

Everything I needed to make a terrarium was already around me, so that the only thing I had to purchase from a store was activated charcoal, making it a very cheap project.



So this is how you do it:
I gathered some small rocks from near a creek, enough to cover the bottom of my glass container. I was actually advised to use small pebbles like in an aquarium, but I wanted it to be a more natural look, so I went with real rocks.

Then I covered the rocks with the activated charcoal. I bought this at Walmart, a very large tub of it for under $7.

I covered the charcoal with regular potting soil.

Then I layed my moss on top. In the above picture, the moss is a very fuzzy kind, not sure the name of it, but we spent a day in the woods at the hunting club and it was growing everywhere. All I had to do was look down. The moss just kind of unrolls itself from the forest floor and brings with it a very thin layer of dirt. By the time, I put it in my glass container it had already gotten a small brownish spot, not sure if its going to make it.

Oh, I almost forgot it took me forever to find this online, but..... If you are going to put a lid on your glass jar you need the activated charcoal. If you are not going to cover it up, you do not need it.



I made another terrarium with moss that was growing in the woods beside my house, right by a creek. I definately prefer this moss. It's greener and almost feels like shag carpet.


Grumpy really enjoyed making her own terrarium with me. We put hers in a very tiny candy jar. She got a different kind of moss too. She found hers growing on a tree.

I purchased 4 tiny mushrooms for only $3 at Zzzengirl. I also bought a gnome, but he's coming from the UK and hasnt got here yet.