Saturday, April 19, 2014

Downton anyone?

Easter makes me think of hats. The ladies used to consider a fine hat to be an essential part of their wardrobe. Not so much anymore. It seems to take a special occasion or Derby party to bring out the hats here in southern Indiana. Watching Downton Abbey one can't help but admire the hats and how elegant the ladies look wearing them. Here is a sneak peek at a hat I designed in a Downton frame of mind.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hocking Hills State Park

What a beautiful place. Hoping to return during other seasons.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

OOPS

In updating my phone, I suffered a fate many bloggers have of late. All my photos on my blog have disappeared. I have them backed up on my computer but it will take a while to rebuild my blog. I have not been paying enough attention to it for some time. Decision time-rebuild, start over, or move on?
***Sweet! I got them back. They were in the "trash can" and all I had to do was click to select all and then the restore button. If this happened to you as well, log in to your google photos, then go to the "More" drop down menu to find "trash." Hope that helps someone else!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Long time away from the blog

It has been a long time away from my blog. Life throws curve balls at you now and then and they can suck the creativity right out of you. It has been good to have time to just think about what I want to do and to re-evaluate my priorities when it comes to making art. I have been working more with my digital and photographic art instead of my fiber art or sewing. Trying out some of the online services that will print your art on various things--Gel-A-Skins, Zazzle and Cafe Press, and don't let me forget Spoonflower.  Now I am trying to get back into my fiber work. I am taking a great online class from Glennis Dolce and Richard Carbin on "Indigo Mandalas." http://shiborigirl.bigcartel.com/category/online-classes  It has been a great motivator to get me back to indigo. No indigo planted this year. We have covered the bed and are letting it rest. I am working on getting a natural fermented vat going and my next posts will record the steps for that.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Spring

Spring is pushing its first blooms up from the warming earth.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Another Visitor

Today I cut down the indigo and laid it out to dry in the sun. It was not quite hot enough to get it really dry. Sunday is forecast to have more sun and to be warmer so I will leave it out for another day to get it is dry as possible. The flower heads will then be cut off and bundled to hang to dry so the seeds will fall out. I am crossing my fingers that I have a nice crop of seeds! The indigo plot had a visitor that I had to ask to move out before I cut it.


Praying Mantis guarding the indigo. I think she looks like an alien from another planet.




Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Indigo blossoms are starting to dry.
I promised pictures of the indigo's progress in my last post. I am so excited that I will get some seed this year. Last year the frost got my first crop of indigo before it went to seed. My husband has been wonderful about helping me get it covered at night and uncovered again in the mornings.

A closeup view of the drying flower heads shows the blossoms close up as they dry and the seed forms in the center.


I plucked off one of the dried flowers to see how far along the seeds have developed.


After rubbing off the dried husk, one tiny indigo seed emerges.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Indigo Seeds--coming soon!

After many days of covering and uncovering my indigo to keep the frost off, I can see the payoff coming. Some of the lovely blossoms have started to close up and dry. Inside, tiny seeds are forming. The honeybees are there to greet me in the morning. I know they are going to be disappointed when this source has dried up but it has been something I have been anxiously awaiting. I will not be able to separate it by color after it is dry. I will have to come up with a better plan for next year.My next post will have pictures to update the progress from blooms to seed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Indigo and Butterflies

A Buckeye Butterfly enjoying the sunshine and indigo.





If you zoom in, you can see the butterfly sipping from the indigo.   

 





The white blossoms started out looking pink. It was not until they fully opened that I could really tell the difference.