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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Visit From Mr. Bear and Some Flea Market finds

Mr. Bear was right outside my kitchen door a few days ago.
It's been a long time since I saw him last and I was a little startled to see him so close to the house.
 Not very good photos. By the time I found my camera he was almost out of sight.
I must say that it was nice to see him again, although I wouldn't want him to visit often.

Braved the heat on Sunday and went to the Flea Market with my man.
After all, it was Father's Day, so I thought I would do my best to get through it.
 Picked up a few pieces of pottery while I was there. A sweet shaker for my kelp granules.
 The yellow bowl is my favorite. I don't see yellow pots very often.
 Couldn't pass up this pretty brass trinket box either.

Karen

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Complain Less Breathe More

Been keeping to myself mostly with this goal in mind.
Appreciating simple things.
Growing tea.
K

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gone Herbal

Drying 
 Planting
Sniffing
 Just enjoying...
Everything Herbs
 A couple of the little "Mud Men" who live among the herbs.
A basket inspired by the camomile that I just planted.
 The wool was dyed and hand spun by me.
Herbal

K

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Small Bunch Of Lavender

Not much energy to keep up with my gardening this year, but the lavender is doing well despite the neglect. 
It grows right next to my porch and I had to gather a bunch for drying.
Such a soft, beautiful fragrance.
 Another type of lavender growing in a pot on the porch.
 Feels like summer.

Karen

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sweet Summer Day

Life keeps happening and it's rare that I even think about reaching for my camera.
Today was one of those rare times. 
Sharing my love of fiber art with a sweet young lady who may someday do the same.
Passing along what my Grandma Anna taught me.
 Sophia with her hook and yarn
Corn on the cob for dinner.
Homemade lip gloss.
What a great day with my best friend and her lovely granddaughter.
Just a sweet summer day.

Karen 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pods a Plenty

Old hippie pants never die.
These pants were just hideous, but they were comfy and soft and I love the colors and designs of the patches. I got tired of patching the patches though, so I bought a new pair and I'm turning these into something else.
They could be berries or buds.
Maybe I will glue them into a wooden frame to hang on the wall.
How about some type of textile jewelry?
I think there's enough fabric to do multiple projects, so for now I'll just keep making pods.
Thanks for having a look.
Karen

Monday, March 7, 2016

Textile Coins

I've had a love of textiles for as long as I can remember.  I started hand stitching when I was 6 years old, making primitive clothes for my dolls with left over scraps from my mother's sewing projects and before that playing with baskets full of rag balls that my grandmother used to weave her rugs. By the age of 12, I was making my own clothes, and still do from time to time. Currently my interest in textiles is for vintage and antique cloth. Old clothing that I dismantle for the fabric, vintage household linens and antique flour and grain sacks. Giving them a new purpose makes me happy.

Textile Coin Necklace
To make this necklace I traced a thread spool onto an antique grain sack and cut out circles.
I stitched the circles into lots of little yo-yos.
Each coin was made by placing two yo-yos together with the stitched sides facing, using a blanket stitch to assemble them.
The coins were then strung together onto some heavy cotton thread with a knot between each one.
Not very sparkly, but it's my kinda bling.

Karen