Thursday, September 27, 2012


I've neglected my Etsy shop all summer long and now have begun the process of stocking up for the coming season. I am sooooooooooooooooo slow at what I make and the listing process. It's just my way. I like to think that my work reflects attention to detail and careful thought and execution. Yesterday I listed this bracelet which is my all time best seller and also my favorite to make.

Next week I will be adding more items and also a new section of items to my shop. More on that to come.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gone too long

I didn't plan on being away from my blog for this long, but life called and it's taken me awhile to get back in the swing of things. It's been a very long hot summer here at the foot of Pikes Peak. Living in the mountains we always worry about the possibility of a major wildfire. Those fears materialized with the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire at the end of June. 346 homes were destroyed and 2 people died and what was already a poor economy became a lot worse when our usual throng of summer tourist decided to go elsewhere.

Since the fire there's been a noticeable uneasiness in people as we all try to get back into a routine. The only thing that has kept me sane has been having a creative outlet. I decided to take the making lemonade out of lemons approach, and used all the scrub oak people have cleared away from their homes in my neighborhood  for ecoprinting and dyeing. Scrub oak gives a nice warm brown dye, very similar to tea, but without having to waste any tea. Our trees having been dropping leaves since early August, so I have a good collection of aspen, cottonwood and fruit tree leaves for printing. I have noticed that I haven't gotten strong prints like I did last summer (maybe because the trees are stressed), but with the help of copper pipes and iron bits I am still happy with my results.

The journal is made from a vintage apron that I dyed with an oak bath.