Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Does pickling vinegar dissolve nail polish?

The kitchen smells of cloves and vinegar with an undertone of dill. An hour and a half peeling pearl onions and this is what we got - 3 small cocktail jars of pickles.  It looked easy on Martha's site. Easy is not the same as fast! Is there a machine for this?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The day of the green harvest - plant and soul!



The heat combined with the beauty of the garden drives me back indoors to explore the nuances of green.....mmmm
fabric stash, watercolours, acrylic wash, embroidery thread - time to gather up shades for a new collection! No pressure to create today, just to gather input. It's been a long time!




Saturday, January 24, 2015

Out of the depths of darkness...


This tiny patch of joy greeted me as I tried to fit all the Christmas decorations boxes back on the shelves. I swear they multiply when they hit the tree. Must be all the love around :)
So what? You might well ask! To me it is a small miracle. A bud, the promise of a flower in the snowy minus 20 days of January, emerging in the windowless basement - no water, no light (it truly is only a storage place) - just hope.
Happy longer days to everyone! Bring on the beautiful sun!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Online fabric shopping... Goodnight Moon


        amaterialgirl.ca

Not new, no, but a great source for the obscure and hard to find...fine linen! silk.. not to mention this childhood literary inspired yardage.
Two years ago I needed period fabric for historic costumes - linen, wool, etc.  I ended up ordering from the States with great results! Since then, I have seen more and more specialty on- line sites. A few months ago, I was sourcing diaper supplies. Between the small yarn dye-ing  businesses and fabric suppliers, it appears there are many DIYers out there!

Thought some of you might find this link useful:
http://finishedgarment.ca/canadian-online-quilting-fabric-stores/
"The big list of online Canadian fabric, patterns and  notions stores"

And, of course, not Canadian based, but a wonderful source of fine heirloom sewing supplies, marthapullen.com

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