Farm Life Vintage Potholders

April 25th, 2016
Clothesline and Kite

“Hanging the Clothes” Sold

I’ve has this fabric for a long time and I’m not sure how old it is, but I’d guess it’s from the 1960’s or 70’s.    I used some of it in one of my wallhangings, but today I realized how I could use it to make some potholders.  Using solid colors from a 1970’s patchwork skirt and a few other pieces of fabric, I saw the scenes on these potholders as telling a story.


This is what the fabric looked like before I started cutting out the scenes I wanted for the potholders.


The first potholder I made, I only used one piece of the Farm Life fabric. I wanted to keep the design simple and bold, framing the image.

Walking the dog

Walking  With The Dog


Then I  saw that some of the smaller scenes, with birds or bunnies would work well with the scenes.


Lovers Sold

Red Barn with Bird

Red Barn with Bird Watching Sold


Yellow Barn with Cow and Flowers

Yellow Barn with Cow and Flowers Sold

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Walking With the Dog and Flying Bird

Bird Leads the Way Sold

I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these tomorrow.  They’re addictive.

I’ll be putting these up for sale when they’re all done and made into potholders.  But if you see one you like and would like to buy it, just let me know.  They’re $15 each +$5 shipping for 1-2 and $7 shipping for 3 or more.  Shipping is a bit more outside the US.  You can email me here at  I take checks and paypal and should have these all done by the beginning of next week.

Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 4/25/16

April 25th, 2016

Jon shows off the painting job he did on the barn as the animals eat breakfast.

minnie and hens

The Magic and the Romance

April 24th, 2016


"Ladder of Draws"

“Ladder of Draws”

I just finished reading a new novel, called Georgia, based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s life by Dawn  Tripp.   It’s based  O’Keeffe’s  letter’s and other writings about her.

Towards the end of the novel O’Keeffe is talking about young artists asking  her for  advice.  She says she has only one thing to tell them.  If they want to be an artist they should go home and do their work.  I don’t know if Georgia O’Keeffe actually said this, but I can imagine she might have.  And even if she didn’t I think these words are jewels.

Because they’re true.  I know it because I’m living it.  The only way for me to continue to be an artist and to grow as an artist is to keep working.  That’s the magic and the romance of it.

Painting the Barn, “Barn Red”

April 24th, 2016

jon painting

Jon’s been talking about painting the side of the barn for a while.  So today, after we put the donkeys and Chloe back in the pasture, Jon said he wanted to paint.

We found a barn red stain, that it seems everyone around here uses on their barns, it’s inexpensive and good, at the hardware store.

So now Jon’s outside painting.  Fanny and Lulu being curious creatures, are watching.

You can see Fate and Red in the background.  Red is, of course, watching the sheep but  Fate seems more interested in what Jon’s doing.

Grazing On The Other Side of the Fence

April 24th, 2016

That saying about the grass being greener on the other side of the fence, sometimes it’s true. Especially when the donkeys, pony and sheep have grazed the grass in their pasture down to the ground.  So today Fanny, Lulu and Chloe got a taste of the green grass on the other side of the fence.

We set of a temporary mesh fence in the back yard and let them graze.

They got some good spring grass and we got our lawn mowed.

I got a video of the hens too.  That one’s to the right (above the blog roll) of this post on my blog.

grazing on the other side of the fence.

Roger’s Pillows

April 22nd, 2016

roger's pilllow

I was going to go for a walk with Fate, but I wanted to finish the pillows I was making  out of Roger’s clothes for Sue.  I tacked the quilt yesterday and once the pillows were done I could send them all back home.

I didn’t recognize the number on my phone when it rang.  It was Rebecca from the Cambridge Co-op.  I was scheduled to work at 1:30 and it was almost 2:00.  I had completely forgotten.

With one handful of stuffing in the pillow, I placed it on my floor and took a picture of it and the other pillow.  I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to get a photo of them or blog till much later.

And here it is 10pm, I’m usually in bed by now.  But we met Pamela from Blue Star for dinner in Bennington Vermont then went to see Jungle Book.  It  was Pamela’s idea and I’m so glad she asked us.  The movie was well, wonderful.  Somehow, I never read Jungle Book or saw the movie before.  It’s a bit of a fantasy for me, the idea of growing up in the jungle, living with all those animals.  And the animation was wonderful.  You could actually see the skin moving over the shoulders of the tiger, Shere Kahn, as he walked.  And the trees are as alive as the animals.   Jon and I are thinking about seeing it again.

Now I’m going to bed, but I wanted to put a couple of picture’s of Roger’s Pillows, even though they lack their stuffing.  I’m planning on finishing them on Monday.

roger's pilllow2


The Trade

April 21st, 2016


I did some energy work with my friend Mandy today. I’m not ready to write about it, but I did this drawing afterwards.

I gave up my fierceness to make space for your pain.

Afternoon Brushing

April 20th, 2016

fate and lulu

On the afternoons when I brush the donkeys and Chloe, I take Fate with me.  She loves just being around the sheep.

Fanny and Lulu always come right to me, they love the attention.  I start to brush them and Chloe will usually come after a while.  If she’s grazing and  doesn’t  come to me, I’ll put her halter on and tie her to the fence to brush her too.

Today Chloe came quickly and then it was the three of them, all standing around waiting their turn.

First I use a curry comb on them one at a time.  Then a hard brush, then a soft one.  Sometimes when I’m brushing Chloe Fanny or Lulu will impatiently nose me in the butt to get my attention.

Then I pick their feet. I do one side and two feet at a time.  Moving from donkey to pony to donkey then start again.   Last, I comb Chloe’s mane and tail.  By that time we’re all relaxed, calmly enjoying the company of each other.

Through out it all Fate will run through the donkey’s and Chloe’s legs, looking up at me asking me to tell her to “get the sheep”.   The equines ignore her and I send her off on her rounds.

Tacking Roger’s Quilt

April 20th, 2016


I finished sewing together the  batting and backing on Roger’s Quilt this morning .  Now I’m going to tack it with gray yarn.

I always forget that it takes longer to work on a quilt made from someone’s clothes, because of all of the different kinds of fabric.  Luckily my Viking sewing machine has easy buttons to press to change the tension.  Other wise sewing  something like, rayon to cotton would be much more difficult.

When I sewing cotton on cotton I don’t have to pin the fabric together, but when the fabrics are mixed I pin each piece.  It’s slows me down in a good way because the process is more deliberate and meditative.

Jane, Goddess of Perpetual Life, In Good Company

April 20th, 2016

Jane goddess of Perpetual life

When Dorit bought my wallhanging of Jane, Goddess of Perpetual Life, she told me that Jane would be sharing a space with her other goddesses.  Then she sent me this picture of Jane,  and I was shocked at how well she fit in with Dorit’s other goddesses.

Then I learned that Dorit made those goddesses and felt a special connection.

Dorit has a beautiful website called  Dorit Dornier where you can see more of her goddesses and other sculptures,  her wonderful  paintings and poetry.

You can see Dorit’s work here.