Silk, Silk, Silk!!

A quick trip into Goodwill today yielded a silk wedding dress! Nearly all wedding dresses I find are polyester. So, to find an all silk custom made dress is a real treasure. Even the lace overlay and bustle are silk. I’m not a lace girl but who knows how this will get used?  And the best part is they had thrown it into the costume category so it was only $10! I have big plans for this pile of silk!

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Hermann Missouri Wine Country Side Trip

You may not know that Missouri is rich with vineyards. We took a side trip to Hermann for the wineries and a fabulous lunch at at the Stonehill Winery vintage restaurant. I didn’t snap a pix of our plates but told Ron I should have taken one of our empty plates! I had the wild mushroom strudle and I think I said “ummm”  with every bite. HERE is their full menu. I think this is someplace we need to go back to and spend more time.

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Amish Country

We returned from a short trip to Illinois to see my dad. We played tourist along the way and took some side trips. Arthur, Illinois is the heart of Amish country. When we lived in Sullivan, IL we made frequent trips to Arthur for the bakery and meat market. I was a traditional quilter at the time and Millers Dry Goods out in the country was always on the agenda. My quilts always took ribbons in the Arthur and Rockome Gardens quilt shows. So the trip was nostalgic.

Below are a couple of inspiration photos taken along the business district. I love the repeats of lines and shapes.

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I “FELT” a chill in the air

I rescued a sadly felted pure wool blanket at the thrift. Ron thought I was cazy as I danced to the car. It was sweltering out but I felt a chill coming.

I cut it into shawl, scarf sizes for eco printing and natural dyeing. This one was bundled with fresh leaves and put into a logwood bath. Love the way it  turned out! I’m thinking it will go in my Etsy shop soon.

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Light Bulb Moment





Don’t you just love when a problem is solved? We didn’t want to use a foreign color on this piece. All the commercial threads were just wrong. While getting samples ready for a presentation on natural dyeing to the Master Gardeners, I trimmed loose threads. Light bulb moment! The threads are from the same indigo vat we dyed the background in. The stitching can continue!