I emptied the freezer of stored plant material saved up for dye projects. It has waited forever. From now on it is today or not. No more saving. Except food. A bag of pom skins, boiled up for 15 minutes or so. Not for dye really, but for tannin. I have 3 mason jars full. I stuffed a bunch of muslin squares (that have been sitting here forever) in the jars to soak for a few hours. Dried on the line I have a jar of iron water. Yes, forever. Will try some mark making I thought. What if? (Why not?)
Did that and tore them up. What if? (Why not?)
Soul-o is patiently waiting for me to finish this post so we can go see how the garden looks, it was an almost freeze...
(((Jude & Soul-O))) such great photos! am so looking forward to meeting the next cat in my life!
Yay! Can’t wait for that!
Zebra cloth 🙂
I love a clothesline. Just that is so much.
Yeah, a clothesline is big.
Oh that paw! Oh those whiskers!
He was very insistent
Cats are the greatest blessing
Comfort and challenge rolled into one.
your ability to translate the 3d ‘n 4d into the 2d ‘n then capture that language in a pic for all the rest of us is a gift beyond words. the soul-o-ness of your mark-making. his paw on yours. i feel it so deeply in my heart. an explosion of joy…
joy is a nice result… thank you for saying.
Just yesterday I was thinking I need to empty the flowers from the freezer. A whole summer’s worth of flowers! I’m not sure I have enough cloth and skeins of wool to dye with. It is time to quit holding onto.
it does indeed mushroom …
“This is my person!” 💚🐾 Doesn’t get any better.
Love Solo’s paw holding you. My old Emma cat used to always craft with me. Three year old Coco loves to sit near when I sew.
All the collected fabrics on the shelves become things that stop movement and evolution of creative process. Time here also to purge…less will be more…will open new windows.
it is nice to have choices but it gets out of hand, sometimes challenge is betterl
Sometimes I just think there is something in the air. 🙂 I’ve been loving my oak gall/iron ink so much and have been looking at my big box of onion skins from this winter and my jar of iron water that I made years ago and haven’t touched yet and thinking, “do it”…
it’s a good way to get at it, find out if it is useful to you or not get through it.
Yowser! The marks and ripping! Soul-O touching you touches my soft spot! I am driving through the New England states and at the moment waking to Cold! The inside thermometer I carry in my van said 42 at 7am but we had heard of a freeze warning so had pulled out the extra blankets. Toasty all night as far as I knew! I have not looked at the weather forecast yet but the sun is shining and I just keep going! Your words are right on! Enjoy Today!!
I always like parts of things.
This weather is crazy.
I have the same issue with projects that require me to fill a jar with something, add water/oil and wait for the magic to occur— I set the jar aside and promptly lost the muse by the time the infusion is complete. Don’t guilt yourself too much—
glad you finally opened the jars and made something though:)
oh I can wait for the time it takes for a process, I just got tired of saving stuff just to save it. Get through it I am thinking, make it useful and move on.
Yeah! I’m trying to stop that thought of always waiting to use fabric or threads for the special projects … it’s a waste when you think you’re probably not ever going to get there…🪡🧵
Thanks for the timely prompt. At long last I rediscovered my hoard of embroidery floss and little pots of powder and had a go at dyeing thread.
My brain over thinks and gets in the way.
You’re right … if not now, when?
habit really ends up to be a kind of hoarding. I remember Dad always asking
what are u saving it for?, s rainy day? it’s gonna rain tomorrow.
I know and miss that cat paw action. Miss Kitty, Buddy, and the two of us would take walks out to the woods. Out of all the cats we had over the years, she was the only one who actually walked with us….love love loved it.
yes, he is a companion, very sweet company.
Reminds me of when I saved bags of Black-eyed Susans from my Gardens for dyeing. This Fall, I WILL!
I can always gather what’s here if the mood strikes me. saving stuff is over unless needed for something sure to be done.
Love kitty toes!
To see the way you create moods and things with the markings which you make …i learn a little more each time.
probably the chemical reactions in the dyeing process are more interesting to me than the colors.
I was just looking at my avocado pits and thinking about my jar of iron water in the basement, so I feel you. The shot of Soul-o’s paw on your wrist brings up a lot of memories of my departed beloved cats.
I want open space. breathing room.
I love your marks on fabric. And that little outstretched paw … so sweet.
yes, the marks are like drawing and that can be interesting for me.
I love the warmth of paw pads…
well we had an almost freeze too
I just left everything out last night, too tired to move plants inside
I have flowers in my freezer, been there for a while
yeah, I brought a few houseplants in. and then said what will be will be. I get involved in too many things, I have learned what I need to learn about plant dyeing. It’s really not my thing except when it just pops up as an opportunity. I can watch others and enjoy.