Monday, October 31, 2011

Another new product...

It occurs to me that I haven't done much posting about what I've been working on, other than my notecards. I'm still dyeing, but haven't had a lot of time to blog about it, as I'm trying to beef up my inventory for my last big show of the year, coming up NEXT WEEK!!! Yikes!
Anyway, one item I am testing this year is a thermal hoodie, something I have considered for awhile. I only have 3 in stock for now, but I can always take orders, right?
Here is what I have so far:
These run roomy, which is nice so that you can layer with a turtleneck or shirt underneath. But in cold weather, more layers would be needed. So I think these are best for indoor or warmer days when outside. At any rate, they will be in my shop soon, so stay tuned!

Halloween Sunrise

There are mornings when I should just stand out on the deck, camera at the ready, to capture yet another spectacular sunrise... this was one of those mornings! But I did manage to get a few shots in...

I'm a sucker for sunrises with puffy clouds to capture the wonderful colors!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My latest product!

I am really excited to announce a brand new product I am offering in my Artfire store! I have culled through my collection of photographs, taken over the past 10 years, and selected 5 images, all from the west, and have created packaged notecard sets!
Each set has 2 notecards each of the 5 images (see above). All but one come from Northern Arizona, but I also put one in from my recent trip to Taos, N.M. Cards measure 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, and comes with envelopes. You can see them here. I'm really thrilled with how they came out, and hope to work on additional sets to be offered in the coming year. Not exactly tie-dye or fiber arts, but still a project I have had in mind for a long time... hope you like them!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What grows in my garden?

I was out watering a couple of days ago, and found this under one of my Pine trees:
It's not very big... maybe 8 inches tall, and 6 inches wide. It has seeds inside the paper-thin pods, which I will probably plant just to see what it looks like before it dries out. Whatever it is, I was very attracted to it, and this morning I remembered this vase... been tucked away in the cupboard for awhile, now. I think they are perfectly suited to one another, don't you?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Coming attractions!

I am best known for my tie-dye clothing and other fiber arts such as art quilts. But I have another creative interest which has given me great joy for even longer than my fiber arts outlets, and that interest is photography. I confess that I have never pursued higher education in this area... my eyes cross and my brain freezes when subjects such as f-stops and lens aperatures come up. I have been a 'point and shoot' photographer for a number of years, and really fell in love when I got my digital camera several years ago! Now, instead of having bags and boxes full of snapshots, I have file folders full of images on my external hard drive. Landscape photography has been my main interest, but I also find myself capturing images of critters - cats, birds, prairie dogs... you name it! So what am I rambling on for? Well, I am very happy to announce that I will be offering notecards this year with photography by moi! I just got my first batch today, and will be adding them to my on-line store shortly. But I wanted to give you a preview of what will be offered:

Here are some of the images used:

These shots have been taken over the course of 10 years... Monument valley in 2001, when my husband and I first visited Arizona... the next one shown here was just a couple of weeks ago when I took a short trip to New Mexico with my friend Cinde. The cards are semi-gloss on the outside, and matte finish on the inside, and will include an envelope. I plan on boxing them 10 to a set. They should be in the shop in a week or so, so check back if you are interested! I will post an update here to let you know they are available.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RIP, washer

My 8+ year old washing machine died yesterday... I really thought it would last longer, but no!

So first I was going to have the repair guy out to fix it... called Sears, and the earliest they could get here was Friday. Awhile later, I decided to check my friendly yellow pages to see if a local repair guy could come out sooner. Talked to one, described the 'bang... clunk...' noise it made when I set it to spin. He was very pessimistic, and told me what he thought it could be. Basically, he said to repair it would cost about as much as to buy a new one. Bummer!!!
Well, I bit the bullet and drove to town to price replacements... found one a lot cheaper than I thought it would be, and it will be delivered today... yaay! And they will take the dead one to the recycle place for dead washers... double yaay!
So a), I get to help the economy, b) thank goodness I have plastic, and c) I'll be back to dyeing and washing very soon! That's my good news for the day...