Sunday, December 16, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
These are making their way into the shop :)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Every single time I went out today there was a Crane out on the dock. Every single time I reached for the camera it took off. To the ancient Chinese, the Crane was a symbol of justice and longevity. A Crane totem entering your life could signal recovery of what was lost to you. Crane people have a sense of secrecy and protectiveness. Crane reflects the importance of not dividing your attention between more than one project rather focusing on just the more important one. Mothers with Crane totems do better as stay-at-home moms rather than trying to juggle raising a family and work. If this is impossible, ask Crane to help you accomplish both. Crane can teach you how to celebrate your creative resources and keep them alive, by having the proper focus in your life. I decided to drop everything and weave.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Today was a day filled with color ❤ Not yet the intense color of Autumn but the color of creatures that visit the cottage. We have a pair a Cardinals that hang out in the thicket by the stone staircase leading to the rivers edge. There also seem to be more butterflies than usual. We have many yellow sulfer butterflies and these tiny blue ones, I have no idea what they are and my favorite Monarchs! I just realized that there is milkweed scattered among the ivy and the maple and oak saplings. There were dozens of Monarchs everywhere I looked. They seemed to be mimicking the the leaves that have begun to change. Here's one that sat still enough for a photograph, this is in the wild tangle on the north edge of the lawn overlooking the river.
Yesterday as I was sorting thru boxes to see what goes where I decided to grab a drink and take in the view for a moment.....after all that's why I'm here in the first place. Moving is crazy. At least it makes me crazy everything all willy nilly in the wrong place, in the wrong box, BROKEN!!!! I had just discovered my shortbread pan that I loved is shattered. But there is still too much to do and deal with so I put the pieces on the table wrapped up in paper to list on the damage claim sheet. The day before I had moved a table outside under the Loblolly Pines and Maple trees I thought it would be nice to have a place to get outside and shift my focus for a bit. Theres a little spot that sticks out a bit at the edge of the yard before it drops to the rivers edge that nice for sitting and watching..........everything! As I was making my way to the table...slow going barefoot due to the amount of pinecone, sticks and pine needles I came across this little one making her way under the the table.......Good for me.....something to take my mind off the broken things.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Are you inspired by the nature around you? I know I am. The colors in the natural world around me inspire the patterns and colors of my weaving and the themes of my prayer beads. While living in New Mexico the palette was sandy gold, red clays, brilliant blues, pale pink primrose and subtle grey greens. Here in Southern Maryland it's a softer blue, an amazing array of green, purples, yellows and a crazy amount of "butterfly" color...........Now I'm just waiting for the fall color to burst! Here is my first creation inspired after a bit of "Earthing" in the woods......right behind the hotel we're staying in till the cottage is ready :)
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Sorry for the break! Just completing our move to Maryland...I will post pictures of the house and the area soon (in a couple of weeks). We've been busy learning the area and attending a little street fair in Leonardtown. Really sweet little town Grace and Blaze had so much fun meeting people......and barking with the band..LOL Shhhh........sneak peek of the house :)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The answer is probably yes although you may not have known it. Here is some breed information for y'all. This is from Wikipedia The English Shepherd is an extremely versatile breed of working dog of the collie lineage, developed in the United States from farm dogs brought by English and Scottish settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries before fancy pedigrees became fashionable around the end of the 19th century. Many farmers appreciated the breed for their versatility and not for their flash or strict conformation to a standard of appearance. These dogs were bred to do various tasks around the farm and not for show. Unlike some other herding dogs, as a breed English Shepherds have not been specialized to work one species of livestock. English Shepherds have primarily been used on small diversified farms that have a number of different livestock species, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and fowl. English shepherds both herd and protect livestock. English Shepherds are similar in appearance to Border Collies and Australian Shepherds. English Shepherds usually have tails and a less rounded head than many Aussies. English Shepherds are never merle and Aussies frequently are. They are generally not square in body like an Aussie. English Shepherds tend to be larger than Border Collies but are most readily distinguished from Border Collies by their very different upright, loose-eyed herding style. The English Shepherd is a medium sized dog, usually somewhat longer than it is tall. It generally weighs between 40 and 70 pounds (20 to 30 kg) and is balanced in proportions. As a working dog on small farms, English Shepherds have been selected to fulfill a variety of needs. This has resulted in a wide range of regional variations. The coat is medium length and can be straight, wavy, or curly. There is frequently feathering on the legs and tail. As a working dog, the coat should be easy to keep, requiring very little grooming. Dirt tends to just fall away. The primary coat colors are: sable and white (clear and shaded), tricolor, black and white, and black and tan. Other variations such as solid dogs of any color, brindles, and red nosed tricolors and sables also exist but are not common. The English Shepherd temperament is the defining characteristic of the breed, with high intelligence and often a unique type of kindness for those in his home, both animals and people. The English Shepherd is often an independent worker. English Shepherds are adaptable and learn routines quickly. Some can be watchful of strangers and are more one-person dogs. However, once he accepts people or children or stock as his own, there are few better caretakers than an English Shepherd. The English Shepherd frequently exhibits an independent, bossy or "enforcer of the rules" streak in his temperament. If the dog's desire to enforce order is not channeled and directed to a suitable end by a strong, confident leader, he may exhibit many undesirable behaviors. Nevertheless, English shepherds can thrive as companion dogs in environments that provide sufficient mental and physical stimulation. This breed was selected on diverse small family farms in the past and has been selected to work in a partnership arrangement with his master. Originating in northern England and Scotland, these dogs came with the first settlers to reach the American colonies. American farmers appreciated this versatile breed and used dogs to protect their farms and livestock. Quoting from Leon F. Whitney early in the 20th century ("How to Breed Dogs", 1937, no ISBN) "It is known variously as the farm shepherd, the barnyard collie, the old fashioned shepherd, the cow dog, the English Shepherd, and other colloquial names. And while I doubt there is a more alert, trustworthy, or American dog, still no breed specialty clubs have organized to push it. It is the ordinary shepherd that one sees on farm after farm throughout the country." ( Despite the publication date of 1937 given here English Shepherds were registered as a breed before that time through UKC (1927) and probably the defunct Southeastern Kennel Club before then. UKC also apparently had another registration going on for a type of "farm shepherd" that was separate from the English Shepherd. Many times the names were confused but at other times they were distinguished as different breeds.) All of these names as well as Farm Collie were applied to the farm shepherds of the era. As there was no breed club or registry until later, there is some dispute over exactly which name applies to which dogs. The Australian Shepherd developed in the Western United States and may be related to the English Shepherd, as well as to herding dogs from Germany and Spain, The English Shepherd on the other hand was more common in the Midwest and East. These dogs are primarily descendants of the working farm dogs of England. As the small diversified farms in the mid-western and eastern United States dwindled in numbers, many of them replaced by larger and less diversified operations, the English Shepherd became a rare breed. English Shepherds are very quick to learn farm routines and will work independently with little training, but will benefit from some training and guidance. More than just a specialty herding breed, the English Shepherd is also a guardian of property and livestock, and a hunter of game and vermin on their territory. English Shepherds are also known for their ability to track and 'tree' raccoons and squirrels. The modern English Shepherd is best suited for farm work, but they are used for hunting, search and rescue (SAR), therapy, and as competitors in dog agility, obedience, Rally obedience, tracking, and flyball. English Shepherds are often larger than Border Collies, but the quickest way to tell the two apart is to put them on stock. Border Collies tend to herd with a distinctive strong eye contact and a crouching stance, while English Shepherds have an upright, loose-eyed herding style. English Shepherds can work all types of stock—from the meanest bull to baby chickens. Compared to others, they are prized above specialty herding breeds for being as gentle as possible or as tough as necessary with the stock. This ability to rate their stock stems from the great empathy they have for their family and livestock. With the right upbringing, this empathy makes the English Shepherd a wonderful family dog. However, the same bossy nature which this breed excels at in keeping order on the farm can cause havoc in the local dog park where the English Shepherd often appoints himself as the leader or alpha dog. This is one with a pedigree a mile long!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
One of my favorite hiking places is up the road a piece from my house... Bandera Volcano and the Ice Cave.........The land of fire and Ice :) The other favorite is El Morro National Monument which is even closer .. you can take a 1/2 mile walk or do the whole 5 miles... half of which is "uphill" LOL
Sunday, June 10, 2012
That's why they call it a pole barn :) It's been slow going since I only have the money from my Etsy shop to work with. There's always something or someone standing around to gobble up my meager proceeds. But it's getting done! Wednesday the roofing will go up and possibly the back wall............stay tuned :)
Friday, June 1, 2012
Per usual it's super busy around here :) Here's the list: 12 1/2 pints of Strawberry Jam 3 pints of Apricot Jam....... probably my best ever! 1 new Rooster 2 new Hens Here is Huckleberry Finn and Paisley
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
This past Sunday I spent the day in a dump.......my dump to be exact. The previous next door neighbor had been using a backwash area of the previous owners arroyo as his very own personal trash dump. He had dumped lots of old building stuff, old outhouse shacks, junk and trash. It really needs to be cleaned up and slowly but surely it is. But in the meantime I'm spending a bit of time scrounging and scavenging. I've found old enameled pots to put plants in for the green house and lots of old wood probably cedar I won't know for sure till I cut into them. Here's the start of my little pile :)
Monday, May 14, 2012
It's crazy busy around here..... so I'll explain with some boring pictures. First out of the gate..... the greenhouse will be here by Friday....
Monday, May 7, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Whew! I'm on creative overload living up here where I do...... So....... I built a new loom. She is an 8ft at the hypotenuse. I hated geometry, I still do but it is handy for building Triangle Looms. This is my biggest loom to date. I have a love of primitive weaving techniques and a Tri Loom definitely falls into that category. So with a few feet of 1"X 2" red oak, 690 finish nails, my little drill press, wood glue and a hammer I have a new loom to weave beautiful shawls on. YAY!!!! Here I am putting in the nails with my little helper..Vernon!
Friday, April 27, 2012
In response to the recent "Etsy Reseller Kerfuffle".......Actually a PR disaster for the Etsy Admin of Tiatanic proportions! (No pun intended) Many of the real handmade sellers on Etsy are on a show us your hands campaign. So here are the hands of a handmade seller in all of their beat up glory. You can see more beautiful artistic hands by typing "teamhandmade" in the Etsy search bar.........Go team!!!!! :) A weavers hand.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
This is a wee peek at a custom piece that I just started on for an Etsy customer. It's for a guy in the SCA, his persona is a Berber I'm thinking from Northern Africa probably around the time of the early Crusades, I'm not sure but I will be asking him. I'm certain that his garb is amazing. That's the thing I love about my male Etsy customers they put tremendous effort into their SCA garb. I'm hoping I can get a picture of him in his to add to my private SCA guys album :)
Here it is, the promised stripes! Eight tablets all turned forward threaded \/\/\/\/ (that's S and Z) in two colors of silk A and B threaded in Azure, C and D threaded in Tangerine :) 96" long and 3/16" wide ha ha if you call that wide. I love tangerine and azure together.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
This is from a team members shop:) I love jasper and agate..check it out :) Here is the link to her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/rainadelmagick
Sunday, April 15, 2012
New in the shop today!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
As promised a chevron pattern in black and waterlily pink. Again eight tablets four threaded S and four threaded Z in two colors. All tablets turned forward to create a sharp chevron. It is 96" long and 7/16" wide I was able to weave about 15" before I had to untie it and untwist the threads. Another option would be to reverse about every ten chevrons and have a diamond at the reverse.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Here it is! The exact same threading pattern as the last one only with all tablets turned forward. Eight tablets two colors. This one is 92" long and 7/16" wide. I usually work with slightly shorter threads when turning in one direction. I have to stop every ten to twelve inches untie the whole thing and untwist all of the threads then retie the whole thing. I love the way it turned out you can see that by turning in one direction all of the treads neatly twist together.