Archive for July, 2009

Somebody Murdered Spock in my Bathtub

July 25, 2009

SpockAt least that’s what it looks like right now.  Have no fear, though – the world’s favourite Vulcan is alive and well (as far as I know).  Nope, the green liquid in my bathtub is (dun dun DUH!)   . . . WOAD!  That’s right, folks, my lovely little plants have done it.  What, you don’t believe me?  Here’s proof:

SilkSee the blue on that silk?  That came out of my very own garden, people.  I’ll post some more pictures tomorrow when it’s dry (along with some of the process).  It’s a gorgeous colour, a shade greener than indigo.  Very nice.

Speaking of colour, check out this sunset:

Thunderstorm SunsetWe had a (very rare) thunderstorm this evening, and this is what the sun did through all the rain and clouds and strange weather.  It was incredible.

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Boots

July 20, 2009

This is Boots.

Boots 3

He belongs to the two little girls who live upstairs, but he’ll take attention from anyone.  In fact, he insists on attention from everyone.

Boots 2He likes to “help” me in the garden.  Generally this involves lying on the plants, trying to snuggle when I’m weeding, and then chasing the droplets from the watering can.

Boots 4He’s also developing a taste for pretty coloured yarn.

Boots 1 He’s cute, reliable, entertaining company any time I feel like going outside.

Boots 5

Which happens a lot, so it’s a good thing I like him!

Colours

July 16, 2009

The results of several evenings of spinning and dyeing . . .  my very own naturally dyed embroidery thread!  I’m going to be selling these at the next SCA event I go to, and if that goes well then possibly opening up a shop on Etsy as well.

Embroidery ThreadFrom left to right, that’s indigo, indigo/madder, madder, weld, weld/indigo.  Some are wool and some are silk, it’s a bit hard to tell on a tiny picture which is which.

On another happy note, the woad is still alive!  Stan is back from the brink, Claire is looking lovely, and Frank is about to take over the world.

Woad

From the bottom up:  Claire, Jingles, Bobo, Stan, Frank, Junior.

Even Junior, who I had given up on long ago, has decided to start growing.

Junior in July

Sneak Preview

July 9, 2009

I’ve been busy!

Indigo