Monday, August 3, 2015

weavers


 
Last week was filled with lots of needles and thread, but my favorite part of camp was watching these girls weave with t-shirt scraps. I had been wanting to try a hula hoop rug project (spotted many of them on Pinterest) for such a long time. The original tutorial is impossible to access, so I used this one from my buddy Anne over at Flax and Twine. She used her son's finger knitting for a gorgeous result! However we stuck with recycled-'shirts cut into long strips for weaving and loops for creating the "spokes". 
 The cutting was their least favorite part, but they did love the leftover t-shirt parts… discarded hems morphed into necklaces, sleeves into kerchiefs and the upper torso became vests! By week's end I found myself helping to do lots of the strip cutting so they could get on with the weaving. 
The colors and patterns that they chose were such perfect representations of each of them. This was the ongoing work that they would come back to in between other projects, but I also would reserve a some time for just weaving to music. Jazz, piano solos or my daughter's Colbie Calliet pandora station were all in rotation depending on what mood I hoped to foster at any given moment.
 
They went home with the skills to complete their rugs, and I can't wait to show you at least that middle one, when my daughter is done. We need to make another trip this week to the thrift store. About a dozen t-shirts are needed for this project. So worth it too… look at how stunning they are already!
I plan on making one for myself, now! It's a great project to take to the lake. I even think it would make for wonderful work in the winter while watching movies or sitting by the fire… but let's not go there yet. August has only just begun!
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Cal is coming to town!


I have the most exciting new workshop to announce today! For the first time ever, Cal Patch and I are teaching a class TOGETHER! If you are free on August 29th- 30th you real need get yourself over here for a lovely weekend workshop filled with printing fabric and then sewing it into a new dress- right here in Ithaca at Craftstitute! Cal and I have been teaching at Squam together for many years… but never together! She's one of my favorite people in the world and a simply amazing teacher- this is bound to be an incredible workshop! We've been dreaming about doing something like this for a while, and then all of sudden the location and time fell into perfect alignment thanks to Craftstitute's Robin and Lisa and their excitement to get us together too.

You can read all about it at Craftstitute and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Hope to see you in my neck of the woods soon!
 Yaaaaaaaay!
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Friday, July 24, 2015

birds, trees and toast


The above "indigo" bunting was dyed and hand stitched by a 10 year old who had never sewn before, but had a burning desire to make a bird. Amazing right?! Thread and needle were not going to be part of the first week of camp, but everyone got the itch to work with their beautiful blue fabric. Next week the entire focus is sewing and a bit of weaving. I'm fired up and ready for teaching some brand new projects- like this nature weaving in a Y stick.
I'm also trying to figure out if there is any way we can use parts of the giant white pine that landed on our barn/garage earlier this week in a freak storm. It was quite traumatic, since my daughter and I were standing at the back door watching the rain pour down and the winds pick up when it came crashing down a few feet away. We were extremely lucky, and now are looking for ways to celebrate such a special tree that we looked at each day from our dining room window for the last 14 years. 
An hour after it fell, the sun had returned and the mail carrier drove up with my copy of Pixie Lighthorse's brand new book- Prayers of Honoring. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, as there was a blessing called "Honoring the Forces of Nature" on page 33. Pixie's wisdom has been a guiding force in my life since the first day we met and it's wonderful to have a volume of her words to reach for when looking for meaning and ways to recognize important moments in life. 
 And now it's time to start the weekend with my current favorite meal- avocado toast. I love it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I know it's the current urban trend, but there's a reason- perfect deliciousness! There are so many variations- but they all start with a good piece of bread and a ripe avo. This is actually gluten-free- but I am eating wheat again now and then.  I take a sliver of garlic and rub it over the warm toast. A little drizzle of olive oil comes next. Mash avocado directly onto toast and layer it with whatever's on hand. Heirloom tomatoes here, but the other day it was topped with shaved radishes, and goat cheese. Finish it up with coarse salt and fresh pepper.
Have a super weekend, friends!
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Monday, July 20, 2015

last week...




Rock*Paper*Scissors was a wonderful first session of Creativity Camp. We immersed ourselves in flowers, leaves, and even a feather or two. Blue was also the color theme- with sun prints and lots of indigo dyeing. Details to come, but right now I'm still lingering over my very sweet birthday weekend. Lots of pics to the right on instagram. Hope your week begins with clear skies, time for creativity and lots of great summer food!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

down by the lake


 We went collecting driftwood, stones and feathers yesterday. This point on our lake has been my sweet spot, my sacred place and my home away from home since moving to the east coast. It's where I've watched my kids grow up, and where I go to soothe the ache of not having the ocean close by. It's the source of many treasures- some that I can gather in a basket and others that happen internally when I get quiet and look out at the expanse and into the depths of an ancient glacier filled body of water. My daughter felt it too. In a different way than the splashing and frolicking that have been part of summer's past. We talked of dreams and deep things. We laughed and painted with lake water. It was the best kind of day.
"live life like a feather"- her words
Medicine was gathered by the shore. And next week we'll share it with other intuitive and strong girls in the first session of summer camp: rock*paper*scissors.
We'll share it with you too!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

berry fudgsicles

 These are a so easy… especially since I didn't make them! Perfect job for younger chefs. We have a local dairy that sells chocolate milk at our co-op (Hillcrest). My kids are always eyeing it longingly. Pouring it in a popsicle mold with fresh berries made me say yes this time. This is my favorite popsicle mold ever- you can get it here.
 Begin with fresh berries… it's the last week of strawberries around here so this is a great way to celebrate them.
 Then pour in a thick and rich chocolate milk. Local is nice… but I know we're lucky.
Freeze and wait… the hardest part!
So much fun food this time of year!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hooray!

Every year of my childhood I left foggy San Francisco summers behind to live with my grandparents in New York for July- my birthday month. Fireflies, berries, fresh flowers and vegetables from their gardens, long humid days filled with swimming, reading books in the hammock and swinging on the porch swing… these are the memories I cherish most. How lucky that I get to recreate them all as an adult now living in central New York (I just wish I didn't have to suffer through the snow to make it to JULY)!

 I don't think I've ever set a goal for this month before… but this seems like a good year to do so. My desire is to run as much as I can, do as much yoga as time will allow and eat as much fresh food as I can get my hands on. By the end of the month I should be living and breathing summer's radiance. At least that's the plan. That little card above is my birthday card to myself proclaiming this promise to go for it. 

 Is there a certain time of year that you feel most vital and vibrant? My theory has always been that it's the month you were born in. As an example- my daughter certainly likes summer- but the heat wipes her out and she feels most comfortable in the depths of winter. What?! I can't understand that one, but it fits well with my thinking about how are spirit and bodies love birthday time. Happy July to all of you, too!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

flowers… and baskets, of course!

Hello friends! Days have slipped by as I've been immersed in end of the year activities with my children. Summer vacation has finally begun, and my view (above) from over the kitchen sink gives you some idea of the lushness that envelopes us at the end of June. I love it! The wildflowers are early and abundant this year… 
My perennials are quite happy too!
So- I'm filling the house with bouquets! Probably my favorite thing about summer is gathering flowers. Maybe even more than all the fresh veggies and fruit. Which is saying a lot.
In between shuttling children and clapping hard for all of their achievements- I've been savoring some awesome sunsets...
And sewing. Of course…
more
baskets!
These natural ones are my favorites. I say that about all of them, I know. But really. It's true. I'm also working on a very cool rope basket project just for all of you... hope to share it in a week or two. Part of it includes coming up with new shapes… and how cool are these squares?!
I've just listed the three naturals below in my shop… you can find them here.
This bucket design was one of the first to sell out at Squam… need to make more. Something very lovely about the handle being part of the same single length of rope used for the entire vessel. I'm thinking it would be perfect for holding so many things, but especially yarn or wooden toys.
It's available here.


Have a super summery weekend!


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Monday, June 15, 2015

baskets and skirts

Happy Monday friends! It's the last full week of school around here and I'm hustling to make the most of it in my studio. Summer is definitely upon us and there's been swimming, horseback riding and ice cream cone eating aplenty… but I haven't slowed down my sewing machine. There are baskets listed for the first time in my shop!  They are each naturally dyed in summer hues of water and sunshine. I've also listed some feathered indigo pouches. YES!  Go take a peek right here.
On Saturday I taught some lovely ladies how to refashion a t-shirt into a skirt at Craftstitute. I'm in love with their studio space… Clear, clean and flooded with natural light from gorgeous windows everywhere. 
We're talking about another rope basket class, so I'll keep you posted. Ithaca is a fabulous weekend destination this time of year!

Have a great start to your week!
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