“Army of Good” Bumper Stickers, Now For Sale In My Etsy Shop

May 25th, 2018


Jon putting his Army of Good Bumper Sticker on his car this morning.

Jon and I went right out and put the Army of Good Bumper Stickers on our cars as soon as they came in the mail.

We already have a stack of orders for the bumper stickers that we’ll be processing this weekend.

Now you can also get The Army of Good Bumperstickers by clicking here in my Etsy Shop.

The Bumper stickers are  $10 including shipping.

Once we make up the money for the costs of the bumper stickers, the rest of it will go to The Gus Fund to continue helping the residents at the Mansion Assisted Living Facility in Cambridge NY and Refugees in Albany NY.

Jon started The Army Of Good in 2017 and with the donations of so many good people from all over the country they have helped so many people in need.

You can read all about it and the good work Jon and The Army of Good are doing here on Jon’s blog, Bedlam Farm Journal.

So get your bumper sticker and spread the word.

And Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Army of Good already.  Your donations, no matter how big or small, are all greatly appreciated.

You can get an Army of Good bumper sticker in my Etsy Shop by clicking here.

You can also send a check for $10 to Jon Katz  PO Box 205 Cambridge NY 12816.  Just let us know it’s for an Army of Good  bumper sticker.

Army of Good Bumpersticker. $10 including shipping. Get it here in my Etsy Shop.


Cooling off in the Pole Barn

May 25th, 2018

The shearer is coming next Wednesday and I think it will make the sheep happy to have their spring coats.  I’m keeping the sheep out of the back pasture where they’re likely to get into brambles that would make skirting their wool more difficult.

From now till fall they’ll spend most of the day time in the shade of the pole barn or find the best places to catch the breeze.  We’ll open the pastures in the evenings for moonlight grazing.

Tribal Sisterhood

May 24th, 2018

Sisters of the Shawl, Kathleen, Jackie, Emily, Jeanne, Callie and Julz.  These are some of the women I’m learning to dance with every week.            Photo by Jon Katz

I thought I’d feel better after Bellydancing class, but I didn’t expect to feel so much better so quickly.

I know I didn’t do great in class today.

I’m still learning all the beginner moves and if I know what to do with my arms and hands, I can’t yet coordinate it with my body.  My legs and feet are a whole other story.  I still often turn left when I’m supposed to turn right.  But it felt good to be there  anyway.

And I am getting better at with the zills (the finger cymbals).

Usually  Julz and I  step away from the rest of the group when we practice zilling.   She works with me on my own, like the kid who leaves the class to get special tutoring from the Reading teacher.

But today we stayed with the rest of the dancers.  Julz still stood next to me and helped me, but I was able to do it.  When we were done, she told me I was zilling.

That’s something I was sure, when I first started bellydancing, I’d never be able to do.

After class we were talking about the Spice Routes Concert last Saturday night.  Once again Trish and I talked about how kind our fellow students are to us in class.  How patient and generous with their knowledge.

But Julz said,  “They’re not being kind.  That’s the Tribal Sisterhood.”  She said it’s how they teach and how we learn.

I could feel what she was saying, I actually stared tear up, but I couldn’t articulate what she meant.

Not yet.

It’s a new idea for me.  Or maybe it’s a really ancient one.


My Dull Creative Spark

May 24th, 2018

My creative spark is dull today.

I’m like one long flat line that goes on for so long, it dissolves into the horizon.  It took me all day, so far, to decide on starting a quilt, (I didn’t know what I wanted to do, only that it had to be big, maybe like that long, flat line) then to put the pieces of fabric above together.  I have no idea if I even like what I’ve done.  I can’t seem to find that place of trusting inside of me.

I stopped working (or trying to work) to finish stacking the firewood.  It’s a good day for that.  Now I’m off to Bellydancing class.  A good day for that too I think, since I’m not getting much done in the studio.

I might be trying too hard and really just need a break to get my spark back.

“Beginning’s” Tote Bag, In Time for Spring

May 24th, 2018

Beginnings Tote Bag is sold.  $50 + $8 shipping for sale in my Etsy Shop. 

I still have one more of my original Tote Bags for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I call it “Beginning“….

Because of the “egg” drawing above the elephant. (inspired by a drawing in my Language of the Goddess, book)

Because of the tree.  With its fallen leaves and hope of the spring is  about death and rebirth, new beginnings.

And then there’s the elephant.  After reading about Eloise, the 57-year-old matriarch, who gave birth to twins which both survived, a rare thing for an elephant her age, I see her as a symbol of new beginnings.

Goddess keeps watch over it all.

This tote bags, like all my totes, are one of a kind original drawings.  I draw directly on the tote bag with permanent marker.   They are fair trade bags made by eco bags and are 15″ x 19″.

Beginnings, tote bag, is Sold $50 + $8 shipping and you can buy it by clicking here or on the Etsy Icon on the top of my blog.  

And if you’d rather, you can alway buy anything you see on my blog or  in my Etsy shop by emailing me at [email protected] com.  I take checks and PayPal.

I also have a large gallery of Jon’s signed photos for sale in my Etsy Shop along with my potholders, note cards and postcards,  Bedlam Farm Wool and House of Hearts Tote Bags.  So come take a look….

Three Donkeys. Simon, Lulu and Fanny. By Jon Katz. 8 1/2″ x 12 1/2 ”  $130 + $10 shipping.


Eyes, A Tree, Wolf and Elephant

May 23rd, 2018

I did some more work on my wall hanging today.

I stitched the Goddess’ eyes and filled in the tree and elephant with fabric.

The wolf with the “moon” on her back came from a collection of felt pieces that once belonged to a Sunday School.

I’m giving this piece the time it needs.

When I get done working on one part, I just sit back and look at the whole piece till I see what needs to be done next.  There’s no guess-work here.  And I’m determined not to push it.  I’ll only work when I’m sure of what to do.


The Faces of Fate

May 23rd, 2018



Rainy Tuesday

May 22nd, 2018

It rained all day, but it didn’t seem to bother Flo.  She found her spot on the back porch, curled up and slept.

A New Wall Hanging On An Old Quilt

May 22nd, 2018

I started this piece weeks ago.  It was actually the day after  I heard that our friend, Ed Gulley had inoperable brain tumors.  My reaction to the news, creatively,  was to draw.  Drawing has always been therapeutic for me.

So I found an old quilt that someone sent me and cut it in half.  Then I started drawing.  I haven’t worked on it in a while, all the drawing I did in a few days, then I put it aside.

Today I took it out again.

I trimmed the sides and bottom and made a sleeve on the top to hang it from.

Then, instead of adding more, I started to take some of the quilt away.

I used my seam ripper to remove some of the quilting, leaving some pieces of it in place.  And rearranging some too.

This is what it looked like when I left my studio this evening.  I have no idea what will happen next.


Socrates II Gets Around…

May 21st, 2018

That dark almond shaped shadow in the video is actually another snail.  Socrates II slid right over him.    Then he dropped onto a leaf below and fell one more time, till he got to where he wanted to be.

Socrates II has so many different ways of getting around.  I still find him fascinating to watch.