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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 is at a close.......

Wow how quickly the years go anymore. This year has been a challenge for a good part. Don't get me wrong there where good points as well. The moist strain is sharing the house again and it just isn't easy. They are in a financial pickle and have no motivation to change it or feel they can't. Not being able to do all things I or we would like to do is hard and not having the full cooperation of the quests in chores and such. That frustrates me to no end and it is felt they don't need to change their ways in that respect. I will say some things get done by one of the members but the other is stub run and is almost cocky about it. As you can tell that has been a big thorn in my side this year.

On other news we have stopped selling produce at he Blue Ridge Flea Market. Last year we stopped selling mid way through the year. We lost more then money then we made and decided to take the rest of the year off and rethink who to sell there. We reinvented our selves and expanded our product to include more than produce. We even had some flea market items early in the season before produce was available. Again it didn't work to the point it became worse then last year. So we stopped selling mid season and are not going back. That market is not a good market for us anymore.

For some good things, we made some amazing friends. Who we enjoy their company as they do us. Who are very knowledgeable and supportive of our goals. We walk everyday and our destination is a coffee shop in town. Every morning we meet our friends there and start our day with laughs, memories and just good old fun. We enjoy ourselves and plan to continue this though the New Year.

I got a new to this year. I had posted earlier in the year about my ins looms. But later in the year I got a floor loom. A Harrisville four shaft loom. I purchased it used and found it was a great deal at $500.00. I looked it up and found that I got it for less then half of a new one. I had to purchase a manual for the loom, the person that had it also bought it used. So that makes me the third owner of the loom. I took it all apart It was very dirty. Cleaned it with Murphy's Oil Soap then oiled and waxed it. After I took it apart and received the manual I was missing some pieces. I also need to get some new cords for the harnesses and treadles. I put all the cleaned pieces, oiled pieces back together and boy it's a nice piece. I do have a sample piece on it for a friend's project. It works really great and I'm glad I purchased it.

The biggest think this year is I am now selling my hand made items here in Easton. There is a little consignment shop just behind the coffee shop. Literally the same building just in the back, called The Shop Around the Corner. It is a very diverse and amazing shop of wonderful handmade finds. From jewelry, hand woven, knitted, to hand carved, furniture pieces, paintings, photography and everything in between. Also during the summer months on Saturdays while the Farmers Market is going on there is Arts in the Alley. That's when the artists from the shop setup outside and sell there items outside. Because I am now part of that shop I also get to set up on Saturday's next year. Which should be a lot of fun.

This past year has been a up and down type year. As most every year is, when you really think about it. So let us put this year to bed and welcome the infant year and let all our hopes and joys, blessings and miracles, dreams and aspirations. Be with us as we enter the New Year. See you next year. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

I'm still here.......

After my last post in June. I haven't been able to post because of technical difficulties. I was blogging from may phone, then the keyboard stopped working. I tried to blog from the computer but that didn't work either. I wasn't able to log in to publish my post's. Well that has now changed since I got a new computer for Christmas. So I should be able to blog again. This is just a quick post to let you all now I'm still around and I hope to blog regularly soon.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Apologises

I do sincerely apologize for my lack of posting. Things have been getting in my way so I haven't had time. Below you will find several posts bringing me up to date.

From this point on I will try to keep posting, more frequently anyway. We have decided to give me more studio time. Which should give me plenty of time to blog.

Flowers

Last Thursday we went back to the auction where I got my turkish spindle. They realy didn't have a lot I was interested in except for one box. It had tapestry wool and embroidery pieces in it. I got it for less then five bucks.

After we got home I was looking through it to see what was there. Definitely wool, plus some petti point pieces and a embroidery piece.  All the way in the bottom of this box was a yarn flower making kit. This was never opened and came from the department store called Orr's. Which is long out of business and the kicker it's from 1967. It's a really cool piece of nostalgia that I plan on using. Maybe I'll make some of the flowers and embellish a beach bag with them. You know the kind made from raffia or other natural material.

Chicken

Memorial Day Ed and I did a cemetery run on the buck's county area. We both have relatives buried in that area. So on the way home we stopped in Frenchtown, NJ. We had lunch in a wonderful little Italian restaurant. We had a couple of appetizers, since we where picnicking later.

After lunch we walked around and stopped in to the weaving store. When we stopped in on Palm Sunday I noticed they had Easter kits. What they where was a chicken that you put an egg inside for the body.

Well they still had some left at Memorial Day so I picked one up. I haven't knitted in a while so it will be a good practice piece.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Cabinet

While I was walking around the flea market one weekend. I came across this cabinet that is totally portable. While talking to the gentleman selling the piece he said he knew it was used for to things. One it held herbs and the second was sewing supplies.

I was so intrigued by it I bought it. On the out side it has oriental paper for decoration and to handles. The inside is made up of different size shelves. There was also a table that lifted out on the left interior. The hinge marks are still there. On the right side therw is a little metal bar that swings out. I not sure what that's for.

I had originally thought that this piece was an apothecary cabinet. After thinking about it while writing this post. I think it was more likely an artist cabinet. I my self an going to see if it will work as a boobin lace cabinet. I'll keep you posted if I do.

Toiletrie Bag

A while ago Ed had mentioned he would like a toiletrie bag to take his stuff down to the shower with. Well I got the idea to use the pin looms to make the bag.

I decided I would make eight inch squares. A total of eight would be needed, I would then make it a draw string bag. I decided to use a variegated cotton yarn in browns or fall colors if you will. I made each square with a different pattern. I sewed each square together then gathered the bottom together. I then crocheted the top to have squares to thread the string through to make the draw string. After that I washed and dried it.

Ed really likes it and I thing it xame out well myself. I'm glad I got that project done, I am now planing another bag project. This one is going to take longer.

Turkish Spindle

A couple of months ago I had the chance to buy a turkish spindle. Instead I bought a support spindle and figured I would save up and come back to pick one up.

We where there on Palm Sunday the Thursday after we went to an auction. One of the items up for auction was a turkish spindle. It was a little ruff looking, there was some white mold on it. Plus it was dull and looked to have seen better day's. I got it for a mear seven dollars. On closer examination I believe it to be hand made or hand carved to be exact.

After I got it home I cleaned it up, sanded it and put a fresh coat of finishing wax on all the pieces. It looks really good and not only did I save about $28.00. I got a piece of history, unfortunately I don't know the carpenter who made it there's no markings on it. I would quess it to be quite old but I am only guessing. In the end it doesn't matter to me since I plan on using it and have. The cool thing is its my best balanced spindle. Thus us a very cool piece that I will cherish the rest of my life.

Support Spindle

Way back on Palm Sunday Ed and I did a road trip to French Town NJ. We really enjoy going there it's a quant little town. Any way they have a spinning and weaving shop. Very cool for me if I do say so myself.

While I was walking around I found a support spindle and turkish spindles. I had always wanted both but never had enough to get them and I used the money for something more pressing. Well this trip I had enough for one of them. I choice the support spindle.

The spindle itself comes with a porcelain cup to support the spindle with. The woman who sold me the piece told me that the cup is a rice bowl. Beforw it was fired grains of rice where placed on the cup. When it was fired the rice burnt up but left a translucent area in it's place. When you hold it up to the light you can see the spots.

I haven't been able to use it yet. I have some cleaning of the studio to do first. But it is a neet addition to my spindle collection.

Cords

I have been working on a project for myself that involves cords. So I got my kumihimo disk out and I have been making cords. The first is purple, the next one is the green and I'm working on the yellow one at the moment. There will be a total of nine when I'm done. I am planning on making a belt with them. After all the cords are made I'll braid three together at a time. Then I'll braid the three braids together to make the belt. I think it will be really cool when it's done. As I get further along I'll post pictures, this is probably going to take me a good year till there all done. I can't devote all my time to just this project. I'm sure most if not all of you can relate.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Seeds

I haven't forgotten about my seed list this year. I just haven't had the time to get them ordered. While we were at the flower show I picked up a package of seeds. The D. Landreth Seed Company has been in business since 1784 and they are an heirloom company.

Therw stand at the show had seed packages, already put together. Such as flowers, herbs, vegies and the like. So I picked up the heirloom seed collection. I have bought seeds from the before with good experiences. The list is below and to add to it I'm also getting, just haven't received them yet cotton seed. Brown to be specific and colious as well. Here be my list.

Christmas Pole Lima Been
Rouge Vif d'Etampes Pumpkin
Ananas D'Amerique A Chair Verte
Chervena Chujski Peppers
Louisiana Long Green Eggplant
Tonda Di Parigi Carrot
Mervielle Des Quatre Saisons Lettuce
Cocozella Di Napoli Squash
Broccoli Calabrese
Viroflay Spinach
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Lemon Cucumber

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Yesterday Ed and I took My parents to the Philadelphia Flower Show. It was actually part of there Christmas present that Santa had brought them. This years theme is the movies, specifically Disney movies, all though there where a couple of other movies that weren't Disney represented. The displays them selves where more of an inspiration from the movie, not so much an exact place from the movie. It was a wonderful day and everyone had a great time.

After the show we went across the street to the Reading Terminal Market. Unfortunately not everything is open on a Sunday, since a great number of vendors are Amish or Mennonite they don't open on a Sunday. There is still enough open to enjoy a trip over before going home.All in all a great day.