Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist. My current emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with me on Facebook at Drye Goods Studio.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Green Season

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others'  opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
Steve Jobs

Arrowleaf Balsamroot.

Geranium, arrowleaf balsamroot, and knapweed.

Cooking away!

Gnarly looking.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot print.

Knapweed print.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Operating at Peak Efficiency!

Ok, the next time you feel like you get nothing done, remember this post.

This morning I went to coffee with some artsy fartsy friends and got so inspired I made a pass by my local big box fabric store for a few items and then dashed home. Had a quick sandwich and then put my new purchase to soak in the basement bathtub. As I was headed back out to the studio I saw ants invading the hummingbird feeders. I had purchased ant traps for them last year but had forgotten all about it so I had to dig around to find them. While I had the feeders down I might as well clean and refill-right? So as I am washing out the feeders I begin to realize there is water coming up the kitchen drain which is not how it is supposed to work. I pulled everything out from under the sink and unscrewed the trap. Nada. This means that there is a truly evil, smelly clog in the pipe over the dryer in the laundry room (this is not my first rodeo with the kitchen drain needless to say). Then I had the horrifying thought that my husband had gone fishing yesterday and had cleaned fish in the sink. Which means there is probably day old fishy smelling water in the dishwasher. Opened it, yep, there sure is, and slammed it shut. Mr. Man was sleeping to recover from said fishing trip but I woke him up to ask if he wished to help unclog it (two person job-somebody has to hold a bucket while the other person snakes the pipe) or call a plumber. Naturally when someone awakens you from a sound sleep to ask if you would like to have sewage rain down on you the answer should always be to call a plumber. 

At three in the afternoon on Friday there are no plumbers available. Anywhere. The ones that are willing to show up at five in the afternoon want several hundred dollars. Or to make an appointment for next Tuesday. Did I mention fish water in the dishwasher? Oh, yes I did, but I probably failed to mention 85 degrees on Sunday. So, no thank you, I will figure it out. 

Without raising my voice I made it clear that while several hundred for a plumber may seem high, it is lower than spending the weekend plus Monday and Tuesday at a hotel. He dashes (ok, saunters) out to the barn to bring in a bucket and proper tools and we head to the basement. Clog removed, dishwasher running to get rid of stink, mission accomplished. Oh, and hummingbird feeders cleaned and rehung with ant traps. It was about four by then, but I decided it was wine-thirty and the day is done. I will fix our dinner, enjoy my yard, and be grateful that Mr. Man is doing well enough to help with the clogged pipes which would have been unthinkable even a few months ago. It can all change so quickly.

Meet the newest porch cat, name to be determined. I think Buddha may be appropriate, as every time I am sitting on the deck worrying about something, the little beast brings me back into the present moment by biting my ankles. Kind of like the person at a Zen retreat that smacks you with a stick for slouching during meditation.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Off To the Moscow Renaissance Fair

Moscow, Idaho that its. This Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, East City Park, Booth 34-pop by and say Hi!

In addition to art booths, there is music, a May Pole, food, and parade featuring this guy!



Monday, April 29, 2019

Thoughts

"In the land of "I know," there is always competitiveness, jealousy, pretence, pride and arrogance. It is an aggressive realm-the realm of the ego. I say refuse citizenship. In the land of "I don't know", the inhabitants move without conflict and are naturally quiet, happy and peaceful. The wise stay here."
Mooji

Bald sumac on silk dupioni with rust

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Results of Early Spring's Stew Pot


The eucalyptus I bought the last time had buds on it, I love the little marks it made!

The coral color is spiral eucalyptus and the little green leaf is a perennial geranium, known in my world as "stinky geranium" as the gardening catalogs describe its scent as lemony. Sorry-smells like moth balls to me. 

More stinky geranium. Nice prints though.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Kindness

"Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. And a sense of humor. It's like medicine-very healing." Max Irons

Peek-a-boo!

Black Hollyhocks-I can't wait for them to start blooming!

Don't remember planting these, but, yeah!

We are working on a friendship, sometimes we have disagreements, but we are always happy to see each other.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Signs of Spring

Well, I was hoping to take lovely pictures of tulips peeking through the snow, buds on the trees, etc. Trouble is, we have so many drifts left in the yard that even a couple of forty degree days hasn't made much impact. No tulips as far as the eye can see and I just don't have it in me to trudge through a foot or more of rock hard snow to take pictures of buds on trees. But, after looking around, there are some signs of spring, if you look hard enough.

Fabric prep. You would think I would spend the winter doing this, but you know what they say-if it weren't for the last minute a lot of things wouldn't get done.

Our neighbor looking over the plant starts in the hot box. Next weekend it will be time to turn on the actual greenhouse. Actually, it is past time, but better late than never!

Not the most interesting picture you have ever seen, but the fact that we can get this door up at all and the snow drift that was keeping it shut is almost gone is one of the most wonderful things I have seen lately.
So, now, hopefully, there will be more things to talk about on this blog! I turned my Etsy shop back on, lots of ceramic buttons, eco printed paper kits, some destash items, and a few scarves. To visit, hit the Etsy Mini link on the homepage of this blog.