August 2010

Monthly Archive

The best-laid plans…

Posted by on 29 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: art, education, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

So the scarf is done.

Not as I would have liked, with colors and all intact, but patchwork-looking where the heat-setting did (or did not) work. It doesn’t look completely awful, but I don’t think it looks good.

Still, it was a learning experience, and so whenever the weather cooperates and I have time (the two are unlikely to happen simultaneously for a while) I will re-create this pattern. I know what I did that I like, and what I did that I don’t, and how to fix the second without removing the former.

Meantime, the scarf is on its way to the owner. Let’s call it a “proof of concept” mock-up of the real scarf, to be delivered at a later date.

Flowers for Tea

Posted by on 28 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: art, friends, Uncategorized

A friend “commissioned” this scarf (we traded creative endeavors), here it is in process today. I will set the color, wash it and iron it tomorrow. This is likely the last scarf of the year for me, as I need to focus now on the garden and school.

Garden Update

Posted by on 22 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, Green Living, hope, plans, Uncategorized

So, the squash continue to grow well, and the pumpkins seem to not be falling off quite so rapidly since I added calcium carbonate. I think there is hope for a small, late crop.

Today, Tom and the elder stidkid worked very hard in the garden this morning while I was working on schoolwork (yes, already). Here are a few pics stidkid took, including some of me helping with the fence repair.

First, the lovely leaves and a couple of blossoms just unfurling:

Next, a view of the garden:

Me, helping Tom put up the last of the netting (instead of more permanent fencing, we are using deer netting for a year or two):

And mending a tear in the netting (who knew the wind was that powerful?):

And last but not least, the orchard that is just up the hill (west) of the garden. Not much fruit this year, but abundant lovely dappled shade.

This year, the plan was just to get the soils amended a bit, and re-make the beds. We have 22 autumn-winter plants to put in tomorrow or Tuesday, they will take up most of the remaining two beds. A sixth bed that runs along the west “wall” of the garden is still being re-made. I am not sure what I want to put in there, but am thinking that annuals of some sort would be a good idea, since that bed is easiest to work. Possibly I will use it for flowers in the summer, and cabbages in the winter…

I love planning my garden! So many possibilities! And what I don’t do this year, I may do next.

Babblers Babbling…

Posted by on 20 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: Babble, celebrations, food, friends, fun, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized

Today, FOUR Babblers showed up in Olympia: Bugsaw, Jillibus, jmcnrick, and Pinikula. We had a great time, and plotted our work for tomorrow.

I will have pictures of them up then…

Right now, a link to the scarves they chose

stidmama’s picasa album.

More pics and a full report in the morning…

What we saw today…

Posted by on 19 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: birds, environment, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

TWO pileated woodpeckers.

Unfortunately, my camera didn’t have batteries in it, and no one else could find a digital camera that worked either. So I will describe them.

Stidkid and I were bringing in some boxes that had been under a tarp in the backyard, when he stopped and looked quizzically at me.

“Can you hear that? What is it?” he asked, cocking his head.

“Either flickers or woodpeckers looking for bugs,” I replied.
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Stidkid brag…

Posted by on 16 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: children, fun, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized

It is very late, and I am very tired, but here is a short video I took of Stidkid #2 as Pooh Bah in the Mikado this weekend.

Mikado: I Am So Proud.

I apologize for not remembering how to embed directly in my blog… maybe later.

Stidkid #1 was in the audience, and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Scarf Series 2010

Posted by on 01 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: art, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

For the first time in two years I am making scarves. Here is the first of the new series, with some of the steps to make it. The stretcher system is new, courtesy of Mother who got tired of seeing me messing with foam core, rubber bands and push-pins.
Resist applied to stretched fabric
color begins to be added inside resist-protected areas
background color applied to large areas last
closeup of one end of scarf before resist is washed off
the finished scarf showing intentional water spots in background color

Finally, Mother painted a scarf this time. Here she is with her first silk scarf, painted with Dye-Na-Flow silk paints.

the full 5-foot length of  Mother's scarf

Will paint more scarves this week and next.