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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Burglary During the Night

We experienced a burglary and a bit of vandalism overnight. An intruder pried the lid off the compost bucket and removed the contents, spreading fermented vegetables hither and yon. The suspect is short, furry and believed to be wearing a mask. His feet are apparently covered in salad dressing.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sad News

Since I got dressed early this morning, well before I had heard that Prince had passed, I am not sure why I picked this particular one to wear. While not an uber fan of the guy, his music wallpapered my youth. His passing brought back many memories. I imagine him to be the type to not ever put off what he wanted to do on any given day, but he probably had much more he wanted to accomplish. Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Past Present Future

"We do not heal the past by living there; we heal the past by living fully in the present."
Marianne Williamson

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Wishing for a 48 Hour Day

I just could not get enough done yesterday-in a good way. The sun was shining and it was warm. A day for working in the yard. My son was here working the greenhouses and vegetable gardens with his dad and a friend. They got the hoses back out and the yard got the first hair cut of the season. Meanwhile, even though I am headed to Best of the Northwest in Seattle in a few days, I could not resist working in the yard. I discovered that most if not all the hollyhocks I planted last year have come back up. These are the dark red, almost black and they are great for eco printing.

I have seen some amazing eco prints using purple carrots, so I put the seed in the ground for those. I have no idea if it is permanent color or not-there is only one way to find out.

I planted more gourd seeds. They are a great art material to have around, they cut easily and accept stains and inks well. I like playing with a wood burning tool with them as well.

 I rearranged the "gourd farm" out behind the barn. Hopefully it won't be quite so hard to find them all this year if they take off up the old pallets and fencing. This is the hottest spot on the place, sun all day, so it is ideal for gourds. The ground is terrible though, so I used all the big pots and tubs I could find last year, but it was pretty random. It will be easier to manage with it all in a row.

Although what I am growing more for is probably beyond most people since this is the batch from last year.

If I hadn't run out of day I would have finished cleaning the perennial borders and washed the lawn furniture, among other things. Best to get on with the trip to Seattle, I hope to see you there!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Morning Walk

I have been taking walks in the afternoon lately since it is a nice way to break up the day. By three o'clock I am pretty much spent. As far as the studio is concerned, I call the hours between three and five "the witching hour" in that whatever I am trying to do becomes possessed by demons. These malevolent spirits cause accidents that at the least waste materials and at the worst episodes that require a half a package of Band-Aids to stem the flow.

This evening I am hosting First Friday at Pottery Place Plus. Toni Spencer, one of my favorite fiber artists, is our guest for the month. She does stunning batik that you can see here. I will not have time later for my three o'clock walk as I will be driving into town to the shop. Don't worry-the late afternoon poltergeists don't seem to take over my driving skills.

This morning was so lovely I decided to share. 

The barn down the street

A robin

Another robin (look closely)

Inspiration for embroidery or quilting