Thursday, February 28, 2008

And you thought this was a tie dye blog

I know, I know. Spring blossoms have been done and redone and overdone, but I couldn't help myself on this beautiful warm day. This is my second favorite time of year, I love seeing the buds on the trees and the very first blossoms - these on our tree in our very own yard this afternoon - a promise that the rain and cold and gray really will give way to Spring any day now.

Monday, February 25, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things

I love to buy beautiful handmade things as much as I like to make them. This is one of my favorite purchases, a sea glass and bead necklace by earthdream. I have a special place in my heart for sea glass, those beautiful, accidental collaborations between humans and nature, and am grateful to Kristin for so artfully wire-wrapping and beading this little treasure I can wear close to my heart.

Next time: Why I never have to nag my kids to get dressed.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pass the Paas

As a former professional with a small alphabet soup of degrees after my name, I am often asked how I became a textile artist. My tie dye roots actually go back to dyeing Easter eggs. My family has dyed Easter eggs for as long as I can remember, and I was never content to just dunk the eggs in a single color and call it done. I could work on a single egg for an hour. I mixed the colors, played around with layering them in different ways, and was always looking for new "resists" - rubber bands, crayon, melted wax, or stickers, correction tape, leaves or flowers pressed against the egg and held in place with a stocking. It's actually the same exact principle as tie dye - the folds, bands, and string on fabric create "resists" - places where the dye can't go, or can't go as freely, and that's what makes the patterns. Now I get to play around all year long, and I still make the best Easter eggs.

Etsy Rocks!

What a great etsy week I've had! First, one of my designs was in a treasury featured on the home page ... what a popular place that is, I had over 400 hits in those fleeting minutes of fame. Thanks to zygopsyche who curated (is that a word?) that lovely treasury. The hand-dyed and appliqued Rainbow Love set, shown at right (and including a gorgeous purple shrug not shown in that photo) is available in size 3/4 or 5/6 with long pants or size 2/3 with capris, you can find them in my etsy shop.

Then, I had my 100th sale! The lucky buyer received free shipping on her order (single play silks in pink and orange) in celebration. I'm so delighted to have found a place where handmade is so highly valued, and the low fees make it affordable for artists and crafters to stay in business. Go etsy!