This Really Is The Last Of The Sheep Potholders


I know I’ve said it before, but this really is the last of the Sheep Potholders.

Today I used up the rest of the sheep fabric that Linda sent me.  I was able to make 7 more potholders then…

…I used the small pieces of sheep that I salvaged from the remainder of the fabric.  I still have some scraps, with parts of sheep on them, (like legs and backs), that I may use to start off a new quilt.

I’ll finish these up and put them for sale in my Etsy Shop next week.


When Socks Follows Me


When I go for a walk in the woods behind the farm, Socks often follows me out into the back pasture.   She’ll stand just past the gate, baaing until the dogs and I are out of sight.

It’s unusual because she leaves the flock behind.

And sometimes, like today, she’s waiting alone in the back pasture when we come back from our walk.   I took this picture of Socks, on her way back to the barn ahead of us.

Pine Cave In The Snow…


Zinnia poking out the side of the pine cave

Ice was falling when we headed into the woods. I was hoping for snow, but the ice would do.

I miss winter this year.  Not having the continuous cold weather has made me realize that winter is my favorite season for walking in the woods.   It’s the time of year when I am free to go where I choose in the woods.  Where my movement isn’t hampered by thick bushes and ticks.

Even if there was ice falling at them moment, there were predictions of 6-8 inches of snow by tomorrow.  I imagined my pine cave covered in snow, like an igloo on the outside and soft, green, and dry on the inside.

So when we got to it,  I reinforced it by piling up more of the fallen pine boughs that surround it, on top of it, creating more surface area for the snow to pile onto.  The dogs explored the cave and area around it while I worked.

And by the time I got done, it has begun to snow.


Six More Painted Hankie Scarves

Sewing one of my scarves

I continue to work on my scarves. Today I finished up the ones I started yesterday and made two more.  I also pulled out more white hankies from a big bin under my work table and washed them.

I am once again out of painted hankies.

As much as I enjoy sewing, painting the hankies is my favorite part of the process.  Although I also enjoy seeing the scarves when they are all done, since I’m never completely sure what they’ll look like until that happens.

I wouldn’t be making all these scarves if I knew what they were going to look like.  I’d get bored of that pretty quickly.

The Painted Hankie Scarves I finished today.


No More Biodegradable Mails

The last time I ordered mailing envelopes from the company noissue, I read about the different mailers and how they were best used.  When I started getting my compostable mailers a few years ago I believed they were the best for the environment.

But it turns out that I was wrong.

The truth is if those compostable mailers are guaranteed to be composted in a personal bin they’re fine.  But if they go into landfills, they are significantly adding to the gasses that contribute to Climate Change.

That’s why, for my use, recycled plastic mailers are recommended by the company.

The first time I read about the idea that plastic was less harmful to climate change I was stunned.  But as  I understand it,  although plastic takes years to break down and is found mixed with the smallest grains of sand in the ocean, it is, at this point in time, less of a concern than the gases that organic matter releases into the atmosphere.

Using recycled plastic mailers also helps create a marker for recycled plastic.

In my mind, it’s the same idea as many environmentalists embracing nuclear energy.

So recycling plastic and using products made with recycled plastic is a better choice for me right now.  Which is why from now on I’ll be sending out your potholers and scarves and dryer balls in  100% recycled mailers.

These mailers(as well as the biodegradable ones) from noissue are also inexpensive and lightweight so they cost less in the mail.   And they have a double sticky strip on them so they are made to be reused.

I know this is not a perfect solution, but right now it’s the best I’ve come up with.

Yesterday’s Light

A pale gray cloud evenly covers the whole sky.  Gradations of light are so subtle they hardly exist. It’s above freezing but still, the ground is covered in icy pellets. A find rain stops and starts.

Yesterday the sun showed up in the morning casting the inside of the barn in a warm yellow light that made me want to spend some time there.

Back To Sue’s Art Room At Bishop Gibbons

Wolfgang threading the needed on the sewing machine  Photo By Jon Katz

“Who wants to help me thread this needle?” I called out.  There were 5 sixth graders in the sewing room in  Sue’s art room.   They weren’t sewing, but I was working on some of the sewing machines that needed a little attention.

One boy came over and said he had very good eyesight.  He sat down at the sewing machine and I told him how to thread the needle from front to back.  “There’s a hole in that needle?” he asked.

I pointed to the area of the needle where the hole was and asked his name.  When he told me it was Wolfgang, I told him we had something in common, and introduced myself.   “We were both wolfs,” I said.

It took Wolfgang a few tries, but he was able to thread the needle.  I applauded and thanked him. He smiled and slipped away to join his friends.

I couldn’t help thinking of when I used to thread needles for my grandmother.

I got a few machines fixed up and Sue told me that she asked Hser Nay to do her best to get the machines in shape before I got there. “We made about 90 stuffed animals before Christmas to give away and the machines took a beating,” Sue said.

Now they’re starting to work on some lap quilts and I met one student who made herself a dress and a skirt.  Her grandmother taught her to sew and because there were so many dress patterns donated, she has a lot to choose from.

Jon and I were in Sue’s classroom for art club which is held at the end of the day.  Some kids were working with clay and others were sculpting with plaster and gauze.  A few of the were trying to figure out the best way to cut up the pine cones someone donates so they could make them into flowers.  Hser Nay started a pastel drawing which was going to be a collaboration with a friend.

There weren’t any sewing students today, but by now the kids are teaching each other to sew.

This spring Sue is having a Media class. Jon will give a talk on blogging and Sue asked me if I would talk about how I sell my art online.

Now the table in our dining room is empty.  We had boxes of fabric and even a sewing machine, all donated, piling up since our last visit to Bishop Gibbons.

On our next visit, I’ll bring Sue some of the branches from the birch tree that fell in our side yard a few weeks ago.  She’ll use them next year to teach the kids how to make them into Christmas trees.

In My Studio

Painted Hankies for my scarf

I didn’t get into my studio today.  The morning was filled with shipping and paperwork, then Jon and I went to Bishop Gibbons to visit Sue’s Art Class.

I mailed out 7 scarves today and have orders for 12 more.   I painted a bunch of hankies on Friday and will be making more scarves in the next couple of days.   I will be painting more too.

The two hankies above were placed one on top of the other when I painted them.  I made those squiggly lines to cover a thin stain on one of them.  It was that stain that made the design go in a direction I wouldn’t have taken it.

I was going to leave the second hankie the way it was.  But when I separated the two hankies, I saw the bottom hankie had the same thin stain. So I’ll make those same squiggly lines on the bottom hankie too.

I don’t think I’ll use them in the same scarf, they’re too strong a design.

I did sell all of my Sheep Potholders, and since I have a little more of that fabric, I’ll make some more.  I have no idea why these potholders are so popular, but as long as people want them, and I have the fabric, I will make more.

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