I had a birthday last week. I did not go out of my way to do anything special on my birthday but friends, colleagues and family had other ideas. I went out to 2 lunches, many morning teas and dinner. Not bad for celebrating being a year older! I received birthday presents and some e-cards from distant family and friends. Thanks everyone!
I have been busy as usual. Only 3 more weeks till we leave on our around the world trip. I'm starting to get a bit excited now!
I did a few batches of dyeing these last weeks. The results are getting better and better, and I don't do anything different from what I did in the past. I'm so thrilled to get rich colours and patterns from my dyed fabric.
Below are some photos from my birthday, and dyeing results.
|Birthday dinner at Steak Ministry|
|A selection of art journal supplies from Mel Tan|
|Knitted cowl-neck and other gifts from my colleagues|
|Bolgatanga African market baskets from DD Kitiya|
|Some gorgeous gifts from Myra and Cynthia.|
They know I love blue!
|One of a kind birthday gifts. Rusty objects from|
Geo's daily walks on her farm.
Since Jacky's Create Journal Workshop at my Treehouse Studio, I reshuffled some furniture to make more space in the Treehouse. I can now have up to 6-7 people in a workshop at the Treehouse. I recently acquired a vintage silk houry/kimono from Kazari/Ziguzagu. I have the right spot to display it in the Treehouse, the only wall space available being the wall the BORO cloth was hanging. I took the BORO cloth down and hanged the houry/kimono in its place.
|It looks beautiful on the wall. The designs|
on this kimono was individually woven.
Finely silk woven. It's so beautiful.
|These two chairs are now replacing the long vintage|
bench that was there since I moved into the Treehouse.
|Baskets are now overflowing over the bookshelves,|
but I love them!
Below are some results from a couple of batches of dyes I did in the last couple of weeks. Some of them are better than others. I can use all of these in stitching projects by varying colours and textures. What I need now is time to stitch!
|Jacky called them eco-roses. Collections of dyed silks|
|Great result dyeing with vintage Japanese wool and eucalyptus|
|Cotton thread I dyed a couple of weeks ago by wrapping|
it around rusty tin
|A tint of yellow from wattle flowers and eucalyptus|
|I made this gorgeous piece of milky merino into a cowl-neck|
|When opened this piece I thought I wouldn't be able to|
do better than this!
|Only half of the leaves were removed in this piece|
|When I opened this bundle, I thought yes, I could!|
I also got domesticated last weekend. The olive tree we have in our garden produced a lot of olives this year. I was too busy to do anything about them until last weekend when I had some free time. I started by soaking them in water for a week. Even though the olives are quite small, they are the tastiest olives I have ever tasted.
|I got all necessary ingredients and was ready to bottle|
them after a week of soaking.
|Using all jars available I packed and filled the jars|
with brine water and a little olive oil.
It doesn't seem like I have been doing much stitching lately, but I always have a hand stitching project or projects nearby. I keep forgetting to photograph them. I will try to remember to do that soon.
Until next time