Writings from 3 sisters, who love to garden, do scrapbooking, fiber arts and sometimes have an opinion.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Traveling with the Grandkids

I love this wooden tree. It is made up of all kinds of "stuff."
Notice the spinning wheel on the left. Too cool.
I love those two kids too

This is my grandson driving the ox.
Just a little weaving picture, a runner that my husband made
with jeans.
Every summer we try to go for a couple of days with our grandkids and visit some of the children museums in our state. This year we went to Tacoma which has several museums located very close to each other. Our first visit was to the children's museum, the nice thing about this museum was that it did not charge admission but was donation only, so that any child could play at the museum. The museum is small but very nice and my grandsons had a great time. Our next stop was at the Washington Historical Museum. This museum was great but it is hard to see anything when you are with very fast children. The museum had a paper with pictures to hunt for things in the museum which was great for the reader and non reader. Our last stop was at the car museum. We didn't stay very long because they were having a big motorcycle rally there and it was packed. Great museum if you love cars, it is hard to look at some vehicles that were around when we were children and now are vintage! After 3 museums in one day, my husband and I were very tired. We always get motels that have pools and free breakfasts, another thing my grandkids love. We missed the glass blowing museum, maybe next time.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Is fall coming?   I have complained so loudly about all our hot weather and suddenly there is a crispness in the air, especially in the mornings...and I am loving it.   We are having warm days but lovely mornings.   I love the fall weather and the colors that come with it......all that bronze, orange, etc...and I have always loved scarecrows on my porch so I best get making one for this year.  This morning I harvested some of my colorful carrots...4 different colors in one package....and made my favorite for dinner....Peel and cook the carrots and drain.  In a skillet put a pat of butter, a squeeze of lemon, some honey and a pinch of ginger...add the carrots, heat and eat...delish...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Amy, maybe you want some of my safflowers for dye for your weaving....read about them....seems the red flowers can be dried and used as a dye...yellow too but isn't as vibrant.   I only have a short row but would be fun to see what they do.   Check out the first praying mantid I have seen this year.   It is perched on a planter box....perhaps there are some insects for it to eat in there..   They are wonderful predators but will also take a bite out you too. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Slow Cloth

I love the look of the yarn all even on the back of the loom.

Doesn't look like a difficult weave. The warp of this is 70%
cotton and 30% silk. The weft is 55%cotton and 45%

Look at that texture
One of the Handwoven magazines had articles about making slow cloth. I think that I may have started some. I put a long warp on my little table loom which has been converted to a direct tie up loom. I am using a stick shuttle and doing a weave that makes me lose my place all the time. If that isn't bad enough about every 6 inches my floating selvedge breaks. So I am just going to keep plugging along with this warp but will probably start my hemp towels on the bigger loom before I finish this one.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hops gone wild....I love these things...golden hops...but they are wild and crazy.......and every fall it is a job to tear them all down....they provide great shade on my little patio.....and shade is what we need for sure today with temps in the three digits...yikes...Amy I love that sweet photo of that little boy and the sunflower...not sure which 'face' looked happier...and love those bookmarks too....sweet

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bookmarks and Rugs

While I am waiting for the hemp yarn to arrive, I finished a bookmark warp that has been on my little Rasmussen loom. I got 13 bookmarks. I used rug warp and some sock yarn on the bookmarks. I have been watching Amanda on her blog-weave-away (I have tried to add a link to her blog, but it just won't work) making 2000 bookmarks and it makes my 13 look a little puny.  My husband has also been experimenting with his jean rugs and added a little bit of red to one of them, just to see how it would look.
Happy Weaving and stay cool,
On the drying rack