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A Harveyville Weekend — Part I

I went out to Harveyville this weekend so Nikol and I could start Phase II of our Acid Dye Source Book project. We were really productive, planning and laying out the project and doing some initial dyeing.


We also worked on another fun project — a banner and t-shirt for the Harveyville Spinsters Club.


The Spinsters have decided to have a booth at the Topeka Farmers Market this summer to sell our wares, so I’ve designed a logo for us that I made into a banner to go on our booth and to put on t-shirts for us.  Nikol is the queen of resources and she had a blank banner from Dick Blick’s and an overhead projector that came with the school, so we were able to project the original image onto the banner and I could then trace it and paint it.


I love that Freddie kept me company the entire weekend.  Boots is just as sweet, but Freddie has my heart.  As we sat in the office and worked, Freddie would jump up in my lap and make himself comfortable, all the while purring like a maniac.  How can you not fall in love with a cat that gives you such a look of complete contentment and happiness?!


I also love this light fixture in the lobby of the school.  Sometimes I forget to look up and see it, so when I finally look up, I’m pleasantly surprise all over again.  

The chickens, where to start?




They always make me smile . . . their jerky, quirky walk, their funny and calming clucking and their wonderful shapes and all so pleasing to me.



Their eggs are beautiful, from a lovely light, blue-green, to terra cotta, and then all speckled.  Nikol sent a dozen home with me — I’m so LUCKY!


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Flickr Critters

Okay, so I’m on a mosaic making jag.


1. Caught in the action…, 2. Boss saurus, 3. IMG_6038_f800_raw, 4. I know….I know….don’t even go there., 5. Little bunny, 6. 3 cats, 7. Untitled, 8. Ruban, 9. Doggy, 10. Goliath, 11. Warming my schnozzle under the covers, 12. Hertta in her new sweater, 13. giraffe by Lisa Solomon, 14. ludi, 15. Big Bad Wolf, 16. dia treinta, 17. Presenting: Agnes., 18. Bruce! Stop playing with the toilet paper!, 19. Broccoli, 20. A Year in Pictures: 02/19/09, 21. Trouble, 22. Teddy Claus, 23. Kitten in a Sack, 24. Trixie, 25. Helmi with her brand new outfit

I’ve used Flickr forever, as it’s necessary to download pictures for Ravelry.  But recently, I’ve had this major epiphany of what a great research resource Flickr is.  Illustrators, fiber people, crafters, painters and more, download their images and you can connect with them as contacts and follow their work.  It’s just been so inspiring!

Well, in the midst of all that, I’ve found a multitude of cute little critters and so today I’m indulging both my new found love of making mosaics and anything furry.


Filed under cats, chickens, critters, dogs, sheep

July Spinsters’

Our monthly Spinsters’ group met at Marilyn’s home in Topeka and we were joined by some of the Topeka Crochet Guild as well. Marilyn had made cd drop spindles and Nikol brought spindles and fiber for the crochet gang to try. Of the three resident cats, only Lily decided that we were worth investigating much and wandered about amongst us. The other two decided that life was much better on the screened in porch.

Jessica showing Nancy the ins and outs of drop spindle.

Nikol’s spindles

Our lovely hostess, Marilyn (love her apron).

Ever up for a challenge, Nikol tackles Kathy’s (the crocheter) wheel.

Lily gives her blessing to my wheel.

Marilyn’s other sweet kitties.


Filed under cats, fiber, Harveyville Spinsters' Club, spinning