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Check out new blog posts here at my new website and blog space. I have been doing some natural dyeing on silk and now I am stitching on raw silk for a collaboration with some gals from the St. Louis area. More adventures in textiles to come!

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Loving Beeswax

I played with beeswax again with a friend this week.  We used the wax that I bought from honey producers.  My, my, what an enchanting smell!  There was a new Cloth Paper Scissors issue out with a technique using plexiglas.  Lynda wanted to try that so we did.  You can see our results here on Lynda’s blog, Bloom, Bake, and Create.  Neither one of us were terribly impressed, but perhaps that is just due to our lack of experience with the technique. However, I wanted to have a go at it again, this time using some ATC sized bristol board pieces.  I cleaned in My Room yesterday and found I had bunches of ATC size packs that absolutely needed be used.

Yesterday I watched Amy Stoner’s  dvd on using collage and wax.  Now I’m armed and ready.  I made the collages last night using 100 lb. Bristol board, prints on copy paper and words clipped from an old book.  First I glued the paper pieces down, then I  inked the edges with a black ink pad, just like Amy did.  Let that dry and this morning I am getting the wax out.

I used the ice pick to incise some lines and free hand circles in the wax, then I used a gold paintstik to rub paint into the lines before sealing them.  There is more that could be done with the ice pick and just maybe I will.  I think I could get addicted to this.

Tuesday Stuff

Yesterday it was rapidly ripening tomatoes I had to deal with…..

green tomatoes
Initial haul of green tomatoes brought in before the frost hit

….so I made a big pot of fresh tomato soup. With a little bit of cream, it was so good.

Today it is turnips.  Someone gave these to us…and look at the size of them!  I have to quarter them to be able to peel them.

humongous turnips compared to a quarter
mess of turnips...see the quarter...

I would rather be in the studio!  I have ornaments to make and art.

I did finish Flow #9 yesterday and today and it is ready for framing.  I posted a photo on FB, but I decided it needed one more thing.  Flow #9 has all kinds of stitching delight for those who want to come closer….

Flow series
Flow #9

I think I can see the actual threads in the cloth on this…I scanned it instead of photographing it.  That probably made the difference.  If you don’t follow me on Facebook, the new news is that the first Flow in the series sold at my exhibit this past weekend.  It was framed and behind glass.  It was a different size than others in the series. You can see it on the sidebar here on the blog.  All of the others are mounted on 12 inch canvases which have been covered with a soft gray Kona cotton before mounting the art.  I pondered whether the reason this one sold is due to the presentation of it versus the others.  Contact with the buyers revealed that they found it hard to choose which one to purchase so maybe it didn’t make any difference.  I will frame this one as it is a little larger than the others and will not mount comfortably on the 12 inch canvas.

The opening reception for Surface Matters is rapidly approaching on November 19th.

This ‘N That

It is Saturday morning.  I have been sick a few days this week, but am much better today.  This has been a short cold…thanks to whoever has been praying for me.  It has slowed me down on my work however. I have not gotten much done for the exhibit which starts 2 weeks from YESTERDAY.

So this morning I am dyeing some fabric since a customer will be in the area next week and needs some.  And since I am dyeing, I am dyeing a special order scarf.  At the same time I am trying out some new soup recipes.  I fixed a boneless turkey roast yesterday and my usual recipe for leftovers is turkey tetrazzini which we love, but is that all there is?  So this a.m. I was googling for recipes and came upon two that I decided to try.  One is turkey barley soup.  While DH doesn’t particularly care for barley (like how much taste is in the stuff anyway?), I made a small batch of it to try.  It is very good.  The other one is a creamy turkey soup with rice in it.  And while it doesn’t call for wild rice, I put a handful of it in with the Basmati rice.  I usually keep wild rice cooked and in the freezer for a certain wild rice bread that I adore.  I was really wanting to make a chicken and wild rice soup this week, but didn’t have the requisite green onions and pimientos to make it, so I scratched the idea.  The turkey rice soup was the perfect opportunity to throw in some wild rice.  There is nothing like wild rice.  I love it.  My husband will get a soup smorgasbord tonight for supper.  Maybe I need to make some homemade bread too, eh?

This afternoon my plan is to get a new mixed media piece stitched.  I planned on getting two pieces collaged this week in preparation for stitching, but due to how AWful I felt, I only got one done.  Now I need to stitch it before I can start any painting and drawing on it.

Ummm…trying the new creamy turkey and rice soup now…delicious!

Another Journal

Facebook is still denying me the ability to upload photos, so I will post more here and link to there.

This one is a photo of the Bradford pear tree that we used to have.  It has inside pockets to hold the book and they are made with a green hand dyed (by me) fabric.  I  have stitched a little bit around one of the blooms on the front and there is a black rubber strap to accent and hold the book.  The journal inside is a Mead composition book in 5″ x 7″ size and is easily replaced when needed.  The cover is washable. This journal is $17 plus $2 shipping.  In Illinois there is a 6.25% sales tax charge also if you are an Illinois buyer.  Contact me by comment or email to make purchase arrangements.