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111  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dryad on: July 31, 2010 11:53:51 AM
Been working on this for months, and decided she's done.  She turned out looking a little sadder than I was really going for.

Upholstery foam, fabric scraps, painted wood eyes.

112  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden: Hugelkultur on: June 19, 2010 09:45:56 AM
I'm trying a method of gardening called hugelkultur, which is basically burying logs in your garden beds to improve the soil.


Photos of my little hugelkultur experiment so far.

Bed dug down to the rock shelf (about 18" below ground level), filled with old oak logs and sticks:

Spaces around logs filled in with chicken bedding (pine shavings and chicken poo) and sheep bedding (hay and sheep poo):

I'm watering the bed thoroughly to saturate the materials, and tomorrow I will top it off with soil and then plant sweet potato slips.

Photo of the improved part of this kitchen garden today:  

I'm gardening using permaculture techniques, with mixed plantings (polyculture). Plants in this garden include apple trees, elderberry, daylilies, elephant garlic, garlic, walking onions, summer squash, cucumbers, melons, green beans, fava beans, echinacea, mexican primrose (kind of a weed  Angry), native sunflowers, englemann daisy,basil, oregano, culinary sage, mullein, parsley, carrots, eggplant, okra, basketflower, jerusalem artichoke, zinnia.

113  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / mosswoman bag - need input on: June 14, 2010 04:30:15 PM
Here's another sculptural bag I've made, I call her "Mosswoman."

She's a little smaller than the Greenwoman bag.

I think the bag needs some kind of closure, but I'm not sure what.  Here's a view of the opening:

The bag hangs on the body about the same as Greenwoman - the strap may be slightly shorter.
114  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Inspiration for party guest book on: June 10, 2010 04:27:14 PM
We'll be hosting a party for my Dad's 80th birthday, and I would like to provide a guest book that everyone can sign.  Can you all provide some ideas for inspiration for how such a book might look?  I don't really just want to go to Hallmark and buy a standard guest book, I'd like to make a special keepsake if possible.

Anyway, really just looking for inspiration direction....

Hope you can help!
115  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ghostly scarf on: May 06, 2010 08:23:11 AM
Sculptural scarf made from mattress foam, quilt batting, thrifted velvet clothing and various scraps:

116  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upholstery in my pants! on: May 05, 2010 04:50:12 PM
Actually, not in my pants, but from pants.  I just think "in my pants" is funny.    Cheesy

I couldn't afford the $150 a yard vintage style upholstery appropriate for this mid-century chair my husband and I were given by some friends, so I sewed a cover from pieces of linen pants (and a shirt) from the Goodwill.

Sorry, no "before" but you can imagine old, torn, stained upholstery.


And yes, I make everything - clothes, upholstery, art -  from old pants from the Goodwill!   Tongue
117  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Foraging wild vegetables on: April 25, 2010 10:49:49 AM
I noticed Wulf has a thread about Nettles.  Smiley Lately I've been trying to incorporate more wild vegetables into my diet.

This season so far I've eaten Wild Onion (Allium canadense), Curly Dock (Rumex crispus) Sotol (Dasylirion texanum), and Thistle (Cirsium spp.).

The Sotol was an interesting experiment.  This plant was a staple of natives here in Central Texas and to the west.  It has a thick bulb-like stem which can be slow-cooked, peeled, and eaten.  The taste test was a definite success.  Sotol tastes a bit like a cross between asparagus and artichoke.  The biggest drawback to eating it is you have to kill the plant to do so.  It can also be difficult to dig up.  I was able to use a shovel, but the natives had to use wooden, stone, or bone digging tools.

Young Sotol in pots:

Sotol stem ready for cooking:

Today I tried Thistle which is all over the place this time of year.  It is easy to gather and prepare.  I just cut the young bloom stalk, before the flowers have formed, trimmed off the prickles with a knife, and boiled it for a few minutes until tender.  The older stalks get tough and fibrous, so its important to get them young.  The flavor is very mild.  This plant could substitute for any mild-flavored vegetable.
118  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mori Girl/Forest Girl on: April 22, 2010 04:38:26 PM
Does anyone know of any websites devoted to the Mori Girl style?  Is the blog http://morigirl.blogspot.com/  representative, or are there any older Mori Girls (Mori Women?)

119  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / thinking of getting an etsy on: April 12, 2010 04:27:49 PM
I'm contemplating trying to open an etsy for my fabric creations.  What do you think is a good number of items to start with?  I don't want to just put three things up, for instance, but also don't want to have dozens of unsold items immediately.

Any good ideas of a starting number of items for a store?

120  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gibbous-swap-inspired spring dress on: April 02, 2010 09:14:15 AM
Joining the cavalcade of Gibbous-inspired clothing, my spring dress made from a pair of linen pants, a lovely piece of fabric I got from lovesclutter, scraps, and buttons:

I especially like how the dress flutters in the wind:

(the sheep were actually more scared of me, because I was "dressed funny."
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