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Aug. 26th, 2016

Today's prompt is "In Situ" for the #CTMonthInTheLife

Day 26 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #if by @createandthrive  is #insitu ...   This is one of my first #artquilts hanging above the mantle in the bedroom where Dante, Max and Aries reside.   'Icarus Falling ' is #handdyed, #handsewn, #stamped, #embellished wi

This is one of my first artquilts hanging above the mantle in the bedroom where Dante, Max and Aries reside. 'Icarus Falling ' is hand dyed, handsewn, stamped, embellished with real found feathers and sunprinted with feathers and saltdyed . The wood piece is genuine #driftwood, sourced locally.

It is also not for sale.

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Aug. 20th, 2016

Day 20 of the Create & Thrive Instagram Challenge...

Day 20 of the #ctmonthinthelife Instagram Challenge by Create & Thrive has a prompt of "finished"...

Day 20 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  has a prompt of #finished... As in a finished piece.  This is a #handdyed #silkscarf  that has been #handembroidered with #tentacles. It was a #customorder for @snowcinder82 :) #nofilter

As in a finished piece. This is a hand dyed silk scarf that has been handembroidered with tentacles. It was a custom order for a friend :)

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Aug. 14th, 2016

#CTMonthInTheLife, Day 14

Nearly halfway there! So far, so good...

The prompt for today is " Vignette"

Day 14 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge @createandthrive , the #prompt is #vignette... This is a #workinprogress  look at a future #artquilt , combining #weaving with #fabric  The #layout is a general idea of what it may end up eventually looking li

This is a work in progress look at a future artquilt , combining weaving with fabric. The layout is a general idea of what it may end up eventually looking like as a wall hanging. Currently, I have finished the edge on the yellow woven square and have all but two of the woven green squares attached to each other, then need to finish the inside and outside edges. Then I'll figure out how exactly it'll look on the fabric, placement wise. Bright, funky colors that are out of my norm, I'm liking it.

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Aug. 7th, 2016

Day 7 of the #CTMonthInTheLife Instagram Challenge

Couldn't post Day 6 because, well, it's a video and Flickr doesn't allow videos to be uploaded, but you can see it here if you're so inclined.

So the prompt for day 7 was "Packaging"-

Day 7 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  presented by @createandthrive  is #packaging    I like to keep my packaging simple- clean, white boxes with acid free tissue paper for the scarves, silk and woven, and fiber cushioning for the jewelry.  A clea

I like to keep my packaging simple- clean, white boxes with acid free tissue paper for the scarves, silk and woven, and fiber cushioning for the jewelry. A clean, simple label with my Dante's profile, shop name and Facebook link go on the front.

This way, the pieces themselves are allowed to be the focal point when you open them up.

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Feb. 16th, 2016

The world ends in ice & the idiots come out to play...

We got 8" of snow Sunday night into Monday. Then, we got a coating of sleet. Then, as if *that* wasn't enough, it started raining.

Freezing rain, no less. All Monday evening through Tuesday morning. It was a mess. Thankfully we went out and shoveled the driveway before it started raining and put a crust of thick ice on everything.

The Birch Tree at 3 am. Insomnia sucks sometimes. Heh.

The two bird feeders out front were completely coated.}:/

Thanks to the thick coating of ice, power went out at 437am, for about 10 seconds. Then again around 630am, for another 10 seconds. Now that the sun has come up, the ice is crashing down from everything.

Everything had a 'shell' of ice this morning, as the snow melted out from under it.

Caena wasn't too keen on the ice and snow suddenly collapsing beneath her, but she got her sniffing on.

The back hill was very shiny. Heh.

Dear people-

How stupid are you? No, really, just how stupid are you?

You have a roof leak *right over valuable computer equipment*. It drips *right on said equipment*.

So. Do you do the smart thing and put a bucket directly under said leak? No! Of course not! You're morons who put buckets *everywhere but*!


Mark said there was a quarter inch of water in the bottom of the computer equipment cabinet. Buckets all around said cabinet, not a one on top where it was really leaking.

He works with some real winners.

Anyway, back to work. Almost finished with this silk scarf-

Clockwork handembroidered silk scarf, in progress.  One end finished, on to the other.  #silk #embroidery #handmade #handembroidered #clockwork #steampunk #silkscarf #scarf #handdyed #dantesspirit

Once it's finished, I have a couple ideas for some handwoven scarves I want to finish for Mysticon. So, back to work I go!

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Feb. 1st, 2016

No matter how hard I try...

I seem to keep falling behind on my mental list of things I want to have made before Mysticon. Which is in 26 days. Yeah.

I foresee more of these in my future...

I did finish the embroidered tentacle silk scarf. And promptly sold it. Which is awesome!

I have at least one other hand embroidered silk scarf in the works. I'm hoping to have at least it finished by Mysticon and the third started so I can actually work on it there.

Have several steampunk/clockwork jewelry pieces done, but want to get several more beaded pieces finished. Need to finish getting price tags on everything and sewing up the last 3.5 themed gaming bags.

Spending the weekend weaving up the last few shells for themed gaming bags. Love @wildharefiber 's hand dyed yarns in Time Machine and Doctor Blue. I need more of these yarns in my life.

The shells are all woven, just need to sew the liners. So that's what I've been working on the past couple days. I get those done, I can spend the rest of the week beading and next week beading and putting price tags on everything. I figure that'll give me a week to test out various setups and see which display version works best for my stuff.

Two weeks ago, we actually got the ball rolling on getting serious about getting a house this year. We sat down with a loan agent to figure out how much, based on what we were willing to pay per month, of a mortgage we would be able to get. It was less than we were hoping for but more than we expected if that makes sense.

So now we work on the credit card debt, saving money, keeping an eye out for potential houses- there are several out there in the price range we're looking at the would work nicely, one moreso than the others as it has an inlaw suite, but is also at the extreme range, timewise, of our potential search area- and when we're ready to house hunt, go prequalify again and try to find a house by the end of the year.

Meanwhile we watch our spending and save as much as we can. Fun times!

Back to work I go...

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Jan. 26th, 2016

So tired of this.

You know, I really cannot wait until we have our own house. One that's not 10-15 ft from the neighbors whom I swear, are crazy. Whom I won't have to watch open their curtains, make strange faces out the window and yank them shut again. Whom I won't have to go have words with because I found *bread* in my yard again- and you know she does it deliberately because there's no way she's not aiming for throwing it over the fence. And I know it's her, because *we don't eat that type of bread, let alone throw it in our own backyard.*

I'm also really, really tired of this cold. It's on the tail end, but the hacking, nonproductive cough is really annoying. And makes my head hurt. And disrupts my sleep. Ugh.

In other news, we got snow. 13" of the 18-30" they were predicting. The birds left me lovely tracks on the porch...

The birds are looking for seed...  #nofilter #snow #birdtracksinthesnow #birdtracks #winterstormjonas2016 #winterstormjonas #birds #swva #dantesspirit

The feeders on the back hill actually stayed filled for longer than a day. Until the squirrels ventured out again. There are now piles of bird seed under the feeders. *sigh*

While it snowed, I made things, the latest of which is this charm style clockwork bracelet-
Clockwork charm bracelet, finished.  #nofilter #clockwork #steampunk #bracelet #handmade #jewelry #charmbracelet #dantesspirit

And I finished the embroidered tentacle silk scarf, only to realise that the jars I use to dye in are currently buried under a foot plus of snow... whoops.

I'm sure I have a jar inside, upstairs, somewhere. Heh. The best part is, this particular scarf may already be sold, as long as the buyer likes the overdyeing.}:) If not, well, that's what custom orders are for!

Meanwhile, I have a very special order to finish packing to ship tomorrow and the loom warped up for more gaming bag shells.

Packing a very special order today.   #nofilter #silk #handdyed #scarf #silkscarf #habotai #dantesspirit

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Jan. 12th, 2016

Tentacle silk scarf progress

One end is completed. This will be the main focal point of the the scarf itself. The other end won't have a full tentacle on it, but only a portion. It also should only take a day or two. (This was actually finished last week, but well, stuff happened and I'm only now getting around to posting it.)

Couple of close up photos-

It'll look a lot better once its completely finished with the hand embroidery, washed and ironed. This is a 8" wide x 54" long silk scarf, the tentacle itself is roughly 10.5" long, the other end will be roughly 3.5-4" long.

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Jan. 4th, 2016

Hullo, 2016

I'll try to do better on the blogging front, I promise.

I've already decided that Facebook makes me angry too much, sometimes daily, and as a result, my whole day gets thrown out of whack. So, cutting back on Facebook is a definite thing. Which means, more gets posted here instead, even if it's just a random thought, scatter shot type of posting, its still a posting, yes? Heh.

Christmas was fun. And I mean that sarcastically.

We woke up to a completely flat tire on Christmas day. Then we found out the hard way, that all five tires- to include the spare had a locking lug nut on them. And we did not have the wheel lock key to remove them. Or the proper sized socket set and a breaking bar to force them off. Yeah.

Those 5 things right there cost us over $300.00, since we ended up having to buy two new tires instead, as the flat was not repairable and putting a new (the spare) tire on it with a worn tire, might have resulted in damage to the transfer case, which would cost over $3,000.00 to repair. Merry Christmas to us! Ugh.

Then, yesterday, we took down the Christmas lights and discovered that half the new net lights we bought (and ended up actually hating the colors on) no longer work, half had gone out a couple days ago, but it was wet and rainy and we weren't messing with them in the rain, - good thing we got them at half price. They went into the trash. New Year's Day, discovered that a portion of our strand of white lights we use on the porch was out. Closer examination after taking them down, it was discovered that an entire bulb had been removed- read, chewed completely out by the wildlife. Found the bulb section on the ground when we went to look for it. Yeah.

The first quarter or so works, then there's about 50-75 lights that don't, then the rest work. It's a 250 bulb strand. Yeah. Might end up using it for the dwarf alberta spruce, then using the unlit section to cross to the porch, then the rest on the porch, assuming we're here next holiday season to put lights up. *After* we electrical tape the cut section off. Otherwise, the plan is to try to find a white LED strand instead.

We set a house hunting goal line. And that's October-November of this year, with an eye towards hopefully being in a new home by Christmas if not New Year's. So, between now and then, that means figuring out what we absolutely can cut out (going out to eat so much, for starters) and instead put towards savings to build up that nest egg faster, as well as pay the credit cards down and potentially off completely, and figuring out how to build the husband's credit record up more. He's got a reasonably good credit score right now, but ideally, we'd like it to be a lot higher and a great score instead.

We've been narrowing down areas we're interested in potentially looking at houses in, as well as styles of house, size of both house and land, number of bedrooms, etc. We also have a 'theoretical' price range - well, what *we* would be interested in paying per month towards a house, if it's less, awesome, if it ends up being more than we'd ideally like to pay, well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Research is your friend.}:P Still a long way to go though.

In the mean time, I have just under two months to finish the hand embroidered silk scarves I've got planned, the steampunk/clockwork jewelry pieces in the works and the last few themed gaming bags, all for Mysticon. Which is another reason I've decided to drastically cut back on Facebook time. Heh. Distractions are very distracting and time consuming.

To that end, these are in various stages of progress...

Habotai silk scarf, hand dyed and being hand embroidered with an octopus tentacle. Have another ready to go when this is finished that will be hand embroidered with clockwork gears.

The third steampunk/clockwork brooch in the process of being beaded. Also have plans for a steampunk/clockwork charm style bracelet and a couple necklaces.

Need to weave the shells for at least 5 more themed gaming bags and then, do a couple dry runs and see which display set up works best. And put price tags on everything still. Heh.

And as a heads up, sometime over the next few weeks, all gaming bags will be moved to the Square shop. Each will be an individual listing with multiple photos. It'll free up space in the Big Cartel shop and better display the bags themselves.

Fun times. Guess I better go get started, eh?

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Sep. 18th, 2015

Finished and in progress...

So this last week, I've been having fun figuring out the quirks of my new to me 75 yr old Sewing machine.

Quirks such as the owner's manual taken for granted that you already know how to change the foot on the machine (I didn't, so that was an adventure). Or that sometimes, but not always!, the needle must needs be in the down position before it'll start actually sewing. Or how it likes to unthread said needle at times. Hrm.

I also learned that the length of stitch has nothing to do with the tension and everything to do with the numbers on the forward and backward lever- yeah, that wasn't in the book either. And also that the photos of the different feet in the book may not actually match what they look like in actuality. Figuring out the quilting foot was interesting.

But, it was still fun and that machine is a real workhorse.

I not only made a Tesselcats wallhanging, completely from scratch and almost entirely machine sewn, I pulled out the cat of the month embroidery blocks I'd started almost 10 years ago and never finished and subsequently finished 5 of them. I should say, finished turning 4 of them into actual blocks and finished embroidering, then turning into an actual block, the fifth one.

Tesselcats top. It's not perfect, but the husband for whom it was made, doesn't care.

And after figuring out the quilting foot and then figuring out how to change said foot on the machine- it took both of us-

The finished wallhanging, complete with a simple outline quilting.

I ended up hand sewing the binding on, after machine sewing the various pieces together. Learning the quirks of the quilting foot is going to take a couple more tries.

But these cat of the month blocks turned out beautifully-

Five down, only seven to go! }:P

This is a fun combination of both handsewing and machine sewing. The finished size isn't very large, so I'm adapting the original finishing design to add sashing between not only the blocks, but the rows of blocks as well, that'll add another 2 inches between the blocks on the sides and top/bottom. Then I'm considering piecing together a strip of the outline plaids from each block to go around the very outside to add another 2 inches around, followed by another 2 inch strip of sashing, then the binding. Over all, that should add at least 12 inches to each side, making it closer to 48 inches long by 46 inches wide, instead of 36 inches by 34 inches, roughly.

The next step is finding a nice fabric that'll compliment light and dark red and green plaids.}:P After that, I'll have a nice, handmade throw quilt.

Have I mentioned I love this machine, quirks and all? Yeah.

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Sep. 3rd, 2015

Various and Sundry

Do you know how difficult it is to really do anything on the computer when confronted with this?

Miss Sassy does not approve.

We got the 1940 Kenmore sewing machine back on Tuesday and got her set back in the cabinet, the treadle hooked back up to the cabinet side. Just need to put the under wiring back in place, get an extension cord and try her out. They cleaned her, adjusted the tension and managed to find a new motor pulley for her. They said they got lucky in that regard. All told, $117.37 to do all that. So much less than either of us ever expected. I've already picked out the first quilt block I'll be trying out on her too, plan is to make a wall hanging of Tesselcats for the husband.}:P It's only fitting, since after all, it was his paternal grandmother's sewing machine.

Along the lines of fiber art, this is extraordinary. Wow. I would love to see that fiber in person. Maybe someday.

So, my town has implemented 'single stream recycling', and dropped off bright blue recycling bins at every street address. Before, they had small green totes and you had to call to get them and then *pay extra* for the recycling pickup*. Yeah, stupid.

This apparently falls under our water and garbage bill, which is cool. And we're glad that we can now do recycling.

Problem is, they dropped off the bins the last week of August. They don't actually *start* pickup until the week of Oct 5th and our week isn't until the following week.

80-90% of what we personally throw away is recycleable. Our bin is already half full. We had ONE bag of actual garbage in our garbage bin this week.


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Aug. 27th, 2015

So cannot wait.

I haven't been this excited about a sewing machine in , well, ever.}:P

My husband's paternal grandmother received this glorious machine, in the cabinet, in Dec of 1940.

Emily's Sewing machine

My sister in law inherited it when she passed a number of years ago. She no longer had the room for it and had never used it, so we took it, as I had always said if she ever wanted to get rid of it, I'd take it, with the intention of using it as it deserved.

It is now in the process of being serviced, cleaning and the motor pulley replaced at a wonderful locally owned sewing machine shop- we get it back within the week and it'll cost less than we expected too, so that's a bonus. Then, it'll be used as it was meant to be.

The really fun part about this, is that Emily kept everything- the original bottle of sewing machine oil, the original owner's manual, original attachments, bobbins, old patterns, buttons and even the original receipt from purchase.

More fun photos here- http://smg.photobucket.com/user/WolfSilverOak/slideshow/Sewing%20Machine

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Feb. 5th, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

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Close up of Mark's scarf. I love how it turned out.

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Jan. 24th, 2014

New cuff!

Been busy lately and have neglected updating here. My bad. Here's the first in my new handwoven line-

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Checkerboard Flower, Handmade handwoven cuff. Available Here!

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Jan. 8th, 2014

New sampler scarves!

I call them sampler scarves because they're roughly 24" long (32-34" with fringe). So great for a kid or use as a display type thing.

First up is the one with a basketweave-esque pattern. (I'm sure my friend Weaverbird on DW can tell me if there's an actual name for this)

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Next up was my trial at stripes. I think it came out pretty good. Just need to pay closer attention to the warp threads when counting spaces to leave. Heh.(One is 5 wide, another is 7 because I miscounted somehow)-

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I have a wrap width project on the loom now, using the 100% baby alpaca and MarigoldJen Hand dyed in The Lonely Mountain colorway-

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It always comes back to green, eventually... Heh. This one will be all mine. }:P

I have at least 4 projects in the wings that I need to get more skeins of the particular yarn I want to use in them first, but I think they'll look awesome as I work them up.}:P Of course, my friend Whiskey threatening to send me handspun linen yarn and such isn't helping any. LOL.

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Jan. 6th, 2014

I made that!

So if you don't follow me over on Facebook, then you'll likely not have seen my first ever finished scarf.

Mark claimed it immediately. Even wore it to work today. Heh.

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10" wide x 48" long, not including fringe. cream is Lion Brand Wool-Ease 80/20 Wool/Acrylic in the Fisherman colorway. Grey is Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist 100% baby alpaca in a natural heathered grey. Really soft hand to the cloth and excellent drape.

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Later this year, I hope to offer handwoven scarves and the like, hopefully hand dyed as well, in my Big Cartel Shop, so stay tuned!

My second scarf- all Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the Fisherman this time, 6.5" wide x 24" long, not including fringe, in a neat basketweave-esque pattern, just came off the loom today. After I wash it, block it and photograph it, I'll have photos of it up somewhere as well.}:)

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Aug. 9th, 2012

One of THOSE days, it seems...

Woke up to a dead monitor. Yeah. Had to swipe Mark's.

So now I'm sitting here, watching Individual Dressage, medal round, in Olympic Equestrian. Beautiful stuff, let me tell ya.

Listed a new set of silk fat quarters yesterday-

7 piece, 2 color run, Bubble Gum to Eggplant. Fat Quarters, 100% habotai silk

Available HERE

Mark actually picked out these colors this time. I think he did a great job. That other silk fat quarter set I listed recently? Has been reserved for a friend who requested 2 more sets just like it. So this afternoon, I'll get those rinsed, photographed and update the listing for her. She said she wanted to make them into an autumn themed quilt. I think it'll be beautiful.

Two weeks until vacation. Not that I"m counting...

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Aug. 7th, 2012

Busy week.

Started out last Thursday with having to take Mark over to Urgent Care for abdomen pains. They thought it might have been his appendix and sent him over to the ER for further testing. Thankfully, it wasn't his appendix, but was a part of his colon inflammed and irritated.

We spent close to 8 hours there. Needless to say, THAT day was shot. Luckily he's slowly getting better- they don't know what causes it, and only time and good meds will fix it.

Saturday was our 19th Wedding Anniversary. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen the photos of our lunch together and the dinner (filet mignon, fresh cut from our local butcher and hand wrapped in bacon by me! local grown sweet corn on the cob! homemade heirloom tomato macaroni salad! garlic dinner rolls! baklava for dessert!) there. The filets were absolutely delicious, simply dressed with sea salt, black pepper and a bit of butter.

Sunday I hand dyed a 5 piece set of Habotai Silk Fat quarters in rich autumn colors. Rinsed and hung to dry yesterday. Whereupon it promptly clouded over and even sprinkled a bit. Which meant, photos didn't get taken until this morning and the set was listed this afternoon.

Procion MX dyes in the following colors, left to right, back row- Harvest Wheat, Golden Oak, Bronze.
Front row- Pumpkin Spice and Curry

These weren't Low Water Immersion dyed, which meant the colors would be a lot more solid with less mottling. In fact, the only pieces with any mottling, are the Harvest Wheat and Bronze, and even those it's very little. Deep, rich colors.

Available HERE on Artfire, or HERE on Zibbet.

Next up- hand dyeing another 12 piece colorwheel and a 7 piece 2 color run, both in Habotai silk. Hope to have those listed by this time next week. Stay tuned!

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Aug. 1st, 2012

New Colorwheel- Hand dyed Habotai Silk

100% Habotai Silk, Fat Quarter size (22.5"x18.5", cut extra 1/2" for trimming of edges), Hand dyed Cranberry to Golden Pineapple to Indigo. The photos honestly do not do the jeweltones of these pieces justice. They are simply gorgeous.

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Jul. 31st, 2012

Sneak Preview

New hand dyed colorwheel batching. I love the colors I'm getting in this fabric. Hopefully when I rinse them later tonight or tomorrow, they'll be just as rich. And you'll have to wait to find out what kind of fabric it is. Good thing is- I have roughly 8-9 more yards of it, all ripped into 1 yard pieces.}:P The plan is to do a few color runs as well.

This 2 color run was listed today. Cranberry to Indigo, 6 pieces, Fat Quarter size (22"x18") 100% cotton (bleached muslin), so it's a lighter weight fabric.

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