Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Power's On

We are very lucky.  After being told we'd take a near direct hit from Sandy, the storm missed us and hit New York and New Jersey instead. We've been spared, this time.

I've added soy wax to my store if you'd like to dabble in some batik. I have instructions on the item listing, but if you'd like some additional tips, feel free to email me. This is the same soy wax I use on a regular basis. My price is cheaper than ProChem.  

Also added some more Tundra palette floss to my store.

Today I'm working on some more batik napkins and some more floss in new palettes. More pics soon.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cooking Up Fabric While the Storm Brews

Yet another storm approaches. The last storm, the "derecho" caused havoc. No power for several days. A real headache. Here's hoping that Sandy will smile on us and go away. It is ironic that a storm can cause such damage in our supposedly technologically advanced society. A reminder that there are still many forces we cannot control. Having grown up in the "third world", where we often went without power and water, it seems so odd to be in northern Virginia and have to spend hours looking for ice.  I am loving my outdoor clothesline. It also came in handy this week when my dryer died. Getting back to basics is a good thing.

Before the pending deluge, I'm finishing up a few projects.  Trying to build up my inventory of napkins and tea towels for the holiday season. These are napkins that I've dyed in a soft blue and waxed with star shapes. I will be overdyeing them in navy blue.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Made in Virginia for a happy occasion

This week, a custom order for wedding gift. I think a handmade gift for a wedding is a fabulous idea. You can be certain the happy couple will not receive a duplicate of your gift! Plus, it says you've made a little extra effort to find a craftsperson who creates by hand, rather than clicking on a registry item and purchasing something made in a factory in China.  And, best of all, it keeps folks like me engaged in what we enjoy doing for a living!

You can see the carpet of birch leaves that is my backyard in this picture. I will rake them all to one side and let them compost over the winter. They will make a great addition to my flower beds next spring.