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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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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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Jan. 28th, 2016

Fun with dyes...

Ah, the fun of coming up with a custom dye color...

*adds a dash of Blue Wisteria to the water*

Hmmm, even as weak as that is, that's way too purple. It needs more blue.

*gets the container of Indigo and adds barely a pinch*

*watches it darken immediately*

Ummm... that might actually be too dark now. Hrm.

*drops scrap cotton fabric in anyway to see what it looks like, pulls it out 5 minutes later*

Huh, I think that will actually work just fine.

*adds silk scarf and crosses fingers.*

Now we wait.

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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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Oct. 31st, 2014

Preparing for winter...

Today, I went out and finally dug out a 1ft x 1ft trench around the new Crepe Myrtle planted by the driveway, added good dirt and covered it back over with the hard gravel. All in an attempt to help it settle its roots in better before winter really gets going, since it's pretty hard packed where it is.

Then I moved potted plants on the porch that will overwinter there, up against the house, well sheltered with the heavy pond liner up against them. I need to get burlap or something to cover them with and then, hopefully, they'll be ok there.

Everything that needed watering, was thoroughly watered. Cut back the butterfly bush to well below the front window for the winter, it'll come back fuller and better next spring. Cleaned out the bird bath and refilled it- the sparrows are enjoying it. Added dirt to that bed and the side bed.

Moved metal edging back around front where we will build a new raised bed for vine like veggies against the fence next year. The new gate works extremely well. Swept up leaves off the front walk and against the fence where they'll mulch in.

I think I'm as prepared for the wintry weather they're calling for this weekend as I can be right now. And now I can go back to weaving a new winter scarf for listing.

Hand dyed some 100% wool yarn last weekend, let it sit for several days and got a varigated reddish brown shade to much of it, with hints of black. Lovely color, if I do say so myself. May overdeye the finished product with a dark red, to bring out the red tones more, not decided yet.

I'm about 2/3rds of the way finished with weaving the scarf. It's a straight forward, standard weave, no fancy stuff. Trying to do some simpler, less expensive, warm scarves for the winter. It's roughly 12" wide right now, but will shrink when washed, to between 10.5" and 11.5". Not sure on the length, but generally between 5.5' and 6.5', good for wrapping around the neck, head AND shoulders, I think.

Hope to get it listed by next week and several more over the course of November, with an eye towards a good sale in December (thinking 40-50% off to move some stock and catch last minute shoppers who need stocking stuffers, etc.).

Anyway. Back to work I go.

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May. 14th, 2014

Couple of new things...

I've been busy lately, so I thought I'd share...

Fairy Sock Silver wrap

This was a wrap made for a friend in exchange for her inkle loom, using Puff the Magic Rabbit Fairy Sock Silver hand dyed yarn. She loved it and now I need to figure out how to use an inkle loom. After I get shuttles and a tension peg for it. Heh. (Weaverbird, I'm still interested in yours as well, just need to wait until I have the spare money for it.)

Xiane's Violets

This gorgeous habotai silk scarf was inspired by a friend's recently hand dyed roving. I saw her roving and knew I needed to do a scarf in similar colors, it was that stunning. Thus, it is named for her. It is available HERE.

Melancholy Skies

This gorgeous silk charmeuse scarf reminded me of a stormy sunset. I loved the way the two dyes played off of each other. While shibori remains my favorite silk dyeing method, this comes a close second. It is available HERE

And finally...

Green Snow Rockstar

A new handmade bag was listed today. It features a handwoven outside using gorgeous handspun Rockstar Art Yarn from Threeravens Fiber Studio. As well as a handmade raku bead from Smoking Turtle Studios, which has been in my stash since early 2008 and it appears, the artist no longer sells online, so is a rare piece. It is available HERE.

And that's it for now. I have a few smaller pieces in progress that need to be finished, then a couple more bags and a couple more cuffs. Hopefully by the end of the month, I'll have some more finished. Doing everything by hand can be slow going, but oh so worth it in the end.

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Oct. 23rd, 2012

Fun with dyes

So I hand dyed some 100% pima cotton yarn a few days ago. Ok, actually I did it Friday, it sat over the weekend and I rinsed it yesterday.

I am in love with these colors. Rich, vibrant and deep. They're only 5-10 yd skeins, but that's plenty for what I do with it. And they're exactly the colors I wanted.

These two are mixed colors. The top one is Butterscotch and Rust Orange. The bottom one is Camel and Khaki.

These two are single colors. Top is Curry. Bottom is Pumpkin Spice.

Why'd I dye these in such autumny colors?

For these of course.}:P A whole slew of gorgeous new pieces from Lisa Peters ART.

Hope to have a few new cuffs listed on Etsy, Artfire and Zibbet in the next week or so! Stay tuned!

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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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Jul. 8th, 2012

New Scarf

Wild Violets, 15" x 60" 100% Habotai silk, hand dyed in the Arashi Shibori method. Available Here

Jul. 6th, 2012

Busy, busy

Working on a special project- a few special kumihimo bracelets.

See, we're doing the Walk for Alzheimer's again this year. So I had the crazy idea of doing some purple and white kumihimo bracelets, with a purple ribbon charm on them, to help raise money for my team.

I'm currently waiting on the charms.

The Walk is Sept 15th, so I'm getting a late start on this crazy idea of mine. Since I plan to do the Walk next year too, I'll be better prepared, as I'll be able to offer these all year round, lol.

The plan is for 7-8 of them by next week, double strand, adjustable lobster claw clasp- allowing you to adjust the size from 6.5" to roughly 8.5"- they'll be offered at $10.00 each, plus shipping/handling, with the proceeds going towards our Team Donation fund. (Of course, if you'd like to simply donate, that's always welcome as well.

Why am I walking? For my grandfather who died in Sept of last year, from complications of Alzheimer's/Dementia and the rest of my family. So that we can find a cure and no one else has to go through the sorrow of watching the person you love vanish before your eyes.

Also, coming by Sunday, I have a new silk scarf. Of which you get a sneak peek-

Lovely shades of rose, lavender, purple, and greys. 15"wide x 60" long of lovely, filmy Habotai silk.

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Dec. 13th, 2011

Playing with dyes...

It's been some time since I've dyed any silk scarves or fabric. It's not that I'd forgotten what I was doing, it's that I forgot that sometimes the dye has a mind of it's own.

Take this scarf, for example. It was supposed to be a cream base with green over dye. Yeah, that so did not happen. I got a teal green base with an olive green overlay. Why? No clue. Maybe I didn't tie the cording tight enough or something, but that still doesn't explain where the teal came from, heh.

I tied another scarf in the same method (Kumo Shibori), that I'd already dyed and over dyed twice before, just to see what it would turn out like. That one is very interesting, it has almost a hidden picture effect on camera that you don't see in person.

A third scarf, already base dyed, was tied in a version of Kanoko Shibori, with marbles, as an experiment. That one was interesting as well. It has a sundappled effect to it.

All three were not what I was expecting.

I have a fourth already wrapped on the pole, Arashi Shibori method, that I'll be discharging this week, and a special request one that'll be wrapped, also Arashi Shibori, tonight and I'll dye tomorrow. I'm kind of wondering that one at least will turn out like I want it to. Heh.

Right now, I have photos to edit, scarves to list and a new kumihimo cuff to list.

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Aug. 23rd, 2010

Triple Star Quilted Wallhanging

Back in June, my Vet was moving away. She'd sold her practice and was going back to her home state. She'd been our vet for the last 10 years. She was the one who took excellent care of Dante-Inu right up to the end. She was the one who saw Caena at her first vet appointment her, and nearly every one thereafter. Dr Eick was one of a kind.

I decided to make her a going away/thanks for everything gift. I wanted her to take a bit of the Star City with her, to remind her of the good things here. So I made a Triple Star Quilted Wallhanging, using both commercial cotton print fabrics and hand dyed cotton fabrics.

Onward! )

Sep. 21st, 2009

New Shibori Scarf...

From this, the one on the right is the finished scarf. The one on the left is being worked on now...

To this... Scarf was 14"x72" by the way...

To THIS... hard to believe that large of a scarf tied down into something less than a foot long and 3 inches wide...

To soaked in soda ash solution, then dunked in blue Procion MX dyes, allowed to dry, then rinsed and allowed to dry again...

To pulling out the strings, two days later...

To washing again and ironing it flat (this was wet)...

To the finished product. This is Kumo Shibori. This is awesomeness.}:P And makes 5 types of Shibori I have attempted and succeeded in varying degrees.

As yet unnamed, so as yet unlisted.

Aug. 19th, 2009

Work in progress

I dyed 3 silk scarves 2 days ago, 2 Habotai and 1 Crepe De Chine. I was trying for a nice rich golden ecru color. Well, only one of the three came close. This isn't that one. Heh.

One the dyehard email list, they were discussing Shibori and the 'Kumo' or spiderweb method that someone else had a specialized tool for creating this style with. So we were brainstorming how to do this method without that tool.

Yesterday, I asked Mark to stop by the store and pick me up some string on his way home. All he could find was Jute twine. So that's what I'm attempting on one scarf to see if it'll work.

It's a slow process, and I've already given myself a blister. Add to this, the silk is 14" wide and 72" long. This is going to take awhile.

Hopefully it'll all be worth it.