Making Ogg Winter Scarves

September 14th, 2017

I’m making Ogg Winter Scarves for the Open House.

Kenna Ogg, who they’re named after, sent me a new batch of fabric scraps so I had a lot of material for the fronts of them, but I needed warm soft fabric for the backs.

I found backing  fabric and lots more at It Makes Cents, one of the thrift stores in town.

I was so excited about my find, I wanted to make a video about it.   Jon was on a boat ride  on Lake George with the people from The Mansion, so I asked my friend Athena, who was over for lunch, to help me make the video.

Fate and Gus in my Studio

September 14th, 2017

Carol Law Conklin’s Hand Painted Silk Scarves At The Bedlam Farm Open House

September 14th, 2017

Mare and Foal by Carol Law Conklin

I opened the photos in my email and immediately thought of cave drawings.

Carol Law Conklin’s new silk painted scarves not only have the look of those ancient drawings, but the feel as well.

Carol’s batiks always have such a feel, flowing feeling to them.  Her new paintings on silk have that same feeling but with a translucency that also gives them a sense of the ethereal.

Carol wrote some about the process in an email to me:

“The silk painting on the scarves is a very different process than batik. I dye the scarf first in sections and sometimes use shibori techniques as part of the early process.

I have fun experimenting outdoors with my dye buckets and use the fiber reactive dye I use for batik, but vinegar is added in the bath as this is a protein fabric. . I have found a few cleaners I can use to lessen the colors as I like ethereal floating effects.

After that I examine the scarves to find what is revealed in the abstractions of the early dyes. I paint on silk as a watercolor technique using silk dyes and can add some details with fabric markers.”

I’m thrilled to have Carol’s new hand painted silk scarves at the Bedlam Farm Open House this October.   (click here for more details about the Bedlam Farm Open House)

If you’re not coming  to the Open House, you can see and buy Carol’s art here on her blog Amity Farm Batik.

Here’s some more details of Carols Scarves….

Mare and Foal by Carol Law Conklin

Mare and Foal by Carol Law Conklin

Shadow Dog

September 14th, 2017


Gus was sitting on Lulu’s back, but his shadow was on Fanny.  Looking a bit like a kind gargoyle, I loved the way  the shadow of Gus’ whole body fit on Fanny’s neck and head.

Peaceful Donkey Morning

September 13th, 2017

Fanny wouldn’t leave Jon alone this morning.  She was demanding he pay attention to her, following him around and nudging him with her nose until he did.

Eventually he put his camera down and scratched her head.

I didn’t see Gus sitting under Fanny till I looked at the picture on my iphone.

No Art, Shipping…..

September 13th, 2017

My shipping headquarters

I meant to spend a couple of hours this morning writing up orders and packing up potholders and tote bags.  But It’s 5:30 and I’m still at it.

Thanks to all of you, we’re selling lots of art.

Between the shipment from India and selling Jon’s photos I haven’t gotten into my studio much this week.

We picked up more of Jon’s Blue Heron Photos from George this afternoon.  George is going to work on printing up the Farm on Rt 67 photos next.  He’s just waiting for more ink to come for his printer.

We also took Gus with us and hung some posters around town for the Open House.  Connie  at Battenkill Books  was happy to see him and Heather at Over the Moon Beads gave a big squeal when he ran in the shop.  She showed us some now socks that she ordered for the fall.

Some time In between all that,  Jon took a photo of my Tantra Song Quilt and posted it on his blog.

I sold out of blue House of Hearts Tote Bags and only have one red one left, but there still some green, orange and pink ones.  I think I’m going to get a pink one for myself.

I still have plenty of potholders too.  Some will be going to Lisa at the Round House Cafe for her to sell there.  But I’ll also be selling them at the Open House.  And the tote bags too if I still have any.

I’m determined to get into my studio tomorrow and do some work before going to Belly Dancing Class.

After Dinner Jon and I will pack up more of his Blue Heron Photos for tomorrows mail.  But now I’m going for a walk in the woods with the dogs.  I need to move my body a little and be with the trees.

Jon taking a picture of my Tantra Song quilt.

Thirty Second Spider Web Meditation

September 13th, 2017


Donkey Trance

September 12th, 2017



Lulu had me in a trance.

I don’t know why it happens, most of the time, both Fanny and Lulu are interested in eating in the morning.  First treats then grazing as we move out into the pasture.  But sometimes one of the donkeys shows no interest in food and comes up to me and just stands there.

This morning when I scratched Lulu’s ears her head went down low.  She seemed to be settling in.  Maybe Lulu needed it as much as me.

That listening time.

After a while I crouched down next to Lulu, my head just below hers.  I placed my hand under her neck and we just sat there.  I don’t know what Lulu was doing, but I was listening.  Not with my ears to hear words, but with my whole body.  Opening myself up to feeling.

Those moments with Lulu were as soft as the mist and as quiet as the dew.  My brain forgot to think about the coming day and filled itself with the task of being aware of the sensations in my body.  My feet in my boots on the ground, my head leaning against the soft bristle of Lulu’s strong neck.  The stillness of Lulu herself.

I don’t know how long it lasted.  Just the right amount of time for both of us I imagine.

What is it in the quiet of a donkey.

They way they can just stand in one spot, in stillness for hours.  Maybe that’s what Lulu was showing me how to do. Giving me a glimpse of what that feels like.


House Of Hearts Potholders And Totebags, From India, For Sale…..

September 12th, 2017

If you’re interested in buying House of Hearts Potholders or Totebags, you can email me here at

The potholders are $15 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $10 shipping for three or more.

The Tote Bags are $25 + $10 shipping.  (Shipping will vary if you buy more than one, ask me about it) Let me know which color you’d like.

I take checks and paypal, so just let me know which works best for you. Thanks!

Some of the House of Hearts Potholders

The House of Hearts Tote Bags

House Of Hearts Potholders and Tote Bags For Sale….

September 11th, 2017

Potholders made at House of Hearts in India, for sale  for $15 each + shipping.

When I opened the box of potholders and tote bags from Soma at House of Hearts, I was immediately transported back to Soma’s house in India.  I see the old sewing machines, some of them treadle machines and the other sewing supplies in the small room where the women who work there, sewing blankets and bags and potholders work.

I remember the delicious home cooked meal they gave us and how the kids of the women who work there took off from school to meet us.

I showed one woman how to make potholders while the other women watched.  Sewing was our only common language and somehow it worked.  Two hours later four of the women had made potholders that they later mailed to me in Upstate NY and I sold on my blog.

In February, through funding from so many of you, I  went to India to teach women how to make potholders.  A skill I thought could be useful to them, as it was to me when I started my business.  I thought I would teach them and leave.  I thought  that would be the end of my connection to India and the women there.

But things didn’t go as I expected.  And I wound up providing a market though my blog for products made at House of Hearts.

Now I have, not only  another batch of Potholders to sell from House of Hearts but some beautiful Tote Bags too…

House of Heart’s Tote Bags for sale for $25 + shipping.

The tote bags are made with colorful burlap and trimmed and lined with silk.

Each Potholder and Tote Bag comes with a hand drawn “Thank You” tag from the women who made them, and a House Of Hearts tag explaining the mission of the business to raise the status of women through economic empowerment.

House of Hearts Potholders are $15 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $10 shipping for 3 or more.  

House of Hearts Tote Bags are $25 each + $10 shipping. 

If you interested in either Potholders or a Tote Bag, you can email me here at  I take checks or can email you a paypal invoice.

The trim and lining of one of the  Tote Bags.


Making Potholders with the women at House Of Hearts.