Sunday, November 6, 2011

While I was gone...

I have been off traveling. Regretably it is now time to return to normal living. The adjustment has been... let us say, difficult. I liked having all the meals prepared, the housekeeping done by someone else, not to mention having my head filled with phenomenal views and new ways of looking at the world. My brain hurts there has been so much stuffed into it.

So, I have looked for ways to gently enter back into the work-a-day world and yet not forget the pleasures we had. Translation - this means copious amounts of time spent in front of the picture window with a mug of hot eggnog latte watching the leaves drift to the ground.

Today, my eyes settled on this THING in the yard.  It was a coffee can with this cloth covered thingy sticking up with a dark foreboding liquid lapping at the edges. What the heck? Oh... my little dyeing bucket! I had totally forgotten about my little experiment - a dye project using coffee, tea, leaves and rusty objects. I started it in Sept and promptly forgot about it. I think that is what you are supposed to do too.
For the last several months I have been following the work of  Velma at Wake Robin and India Flint at
Two very talented women, who love to make bundles of cloth wrapped around plant material, rusty stuff, maybe some soda ash and then they wait... and wait... and after a time they get the most spectacular results. I am happy to say me too-can do! I unwrapped my rusty, icky looking thing and this is what I got. I am sure I will do more. It is so abstract! No tellling what a person could do with the cloth or the photos of the cloth. Smile! I am BACK (in the saddle again)! Now, how to juggle work time so there is ample play time?


  1. Love the results from your little dyeing bucket!

  2. And look what a delightful pattern your neglected bucket revealed. Can't wait to see what you do with it. So glad you are back in the studio.

  3. good work jan. glad you have had wonderful traveling.