Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 Summer Time

Wow!  I haven't posted for a year!  Shame on me!

It's summer time in New Hampshire and the entire Northeast!
Probably not a news flash but it makes me happy to type it out.
I didn't care for our spring weather this year, rain, rain, rain and cold.  I was looking forward to the new growth, flowers and leaves to eco-print and dye with.

I'm happy and proud to report that I have been part of a project for a young woman, Marie Clarke-Wilson, in the UK to earn her MA degree.  She posted a call for women who would like to participate in printing two squares of fabric, one cotton the other silk using eco-printing.  I signed on and she completed the project today. An exhibit opened today and she did an amazing job putting all of this together.  There are 103 women from around the globe who have participated.  We sent her our two squares and a little extra of our choice.  I sent her a small scarf I had printed using local leaves.  

This is a photo of the silk square I printed and mailed to her.  It is placed on the top row, 7th one in from the left.  A nice red one is right next to mine.  They are all quite beautiful and this has been a very exciting adventure for me.  She also made a video of this project "How Far Does the Hand Reach".  I will try and load it shortly.  I had made a short video telling about my experience (which she requested) and tried to send it to her.  I got it to her but she couldn't open it.  Darn!  I tried a few more times, then decided I was done with it.  She did include some of the participants videos in the main piece she had recorded.  What fun!!

Hot and humid right now and I'm hoping to go to the ocean in a couple of weeks. Happiness!

Remember to Play A Little Each Day,

Thursday, July 26, 2018

July 2018

July is almost over!  I'm not doing very well keeping up with my Blog.  I have been busy getting ready for upcoming fairs.  We have one every weekend in August and I'm looking forward to them.
I've eco-printed more clothing and I'm very pleased with how some of my scarves have printed lately. Makes me want to do even more.  Right now I'm waiting for an order of blank scarves from Dharma and I'll be busy dyeing and printing again.  I have lots of men's neckties so I can work on those scarves for now.  I like making them but they aren't as fun to open as the eco-dyed ones are.  I have some pictures on my phone that I need to get onto the computer so I can share on this blog.  More technology to deal with.  Lots of rain lately, first the drought, then the rain!!!  Humidity isn't fun and I've had to use the air conditioner more than I like to lately.  Off to check on a scarf I steamed today.  The Hebron Fair is Saturday and I have to get things ready, new tags for clothing, some note cards made with eco prints and organize!!

An up-cycled linen shirt I eco printed this month. Very pleased with the results.

Ronnie and I took a short vacation trip to Camden, Rockport Maine. We had perfect weather and enjoyed visiting two lighthouses and their small museums.  We also spent a day at the Maine Transportation Museum.  So many vintage cars it made my head spin!  They also had vintage airplanes and excellent displays including photos and a summary on each item.  I took many photos and really enjoyed the visit.  I would recommend to everyone.  I had my lobster roll and Ronnie his fried clams.  We celebrated summer!!

View of the bay from our room in Maine.

The roses in front of the house were beautiful again this year.  Only wish they would bloom all summer long.

Remember, play a little every day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 2018

I enjoyed my Mother's Day very much.  Cards, gifts and hugs!

Eco Printing Continues:
May has been a good month, much warmer and the trees and flowers are coming alive.  I'm ready to gather some leaves and print more clothing  Over the winter I have purchased some tops from thrift stores.  Quality brands and in great shape only.  Here's one I printed last week.  I soaked it in soy milk overnight after giving it a good hot wash with Dawn in the machine.  I used trash bag cut up as a resist and rolled the blouse up on a wooden rod. I dipped leaves in iron water and placed them on the linen blouse. It was steamed for two hours and I'm pleased with the results.  More results in the future. Practice and surprise is the name of the game.

In these photos it still needs to be washed and ironed.

Remember to Play a Little Every Day,
Peace, Diane