Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Here's the fabric I dyed for Rachel Anderson's Lily of the Valley:

Okay, so it's a little wrinkly (I am just never going to master the art of ironing; I think it's time to admit defeat), but I'm happy with how it turned out. It's being shipped out today!
I also dyed the fabric for L Victoria's Balloon Dragon, but the picture just doesn't do it justice and it's even more wrinkly, so I'm going to skip posting that photo.

Dyeing fabric has really put me in the mood to stitch. Its been months (literally!) since I've had time to stitch for myself, and I'm really missing it, but I am getting little stitching time in because I was hired to stitch a poem with embellishments for an Etsy customer. Here's my progress on it so far (yes, I stole the house from Elizabeth's Designs):

I am going to try to finish it up by this weekend...I am running woefully behind!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

soapy stuff

Today's a fabric-dyeing day; hooray! I have two custom pieces to do, both for HAED designs. I'll post pics of the fabric when it's done (if I don't forget, which these days is highly likely, alas). I've been enjoying hand-painting fabrics to match backgrounds...it's different from my usual low-water immersion technique, and a little harder, but it makes me feel all artistic and creative and such.

Over the weekend, I finally got around to playing with my soapy stuff again. I made some oatmeal hand-milled soaps that didn't turn out so great (I think my base soap was a little old - maybe that was the problem?), and also tried my hand at making solid sugar scrubs, which were not only fun to make but also turned out great! At least, I think they did. I've already put them in my eclecticgarden etsy shop -- here are pics:

Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub Cubes

Lavender Jumbo Sugar Scrub Spheres

As always, I really really wish there were more hours in the day...

Now off to start on the fabric, before Kate wakes up from her nap!