Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday I had another episode with my eye. I know I sound like a broken record, hey I feel like a broken record! So yesterday I spent most of it seeing doctors and having tests run. The good news is that my retinal tears have healed and it didn't appear I had any new ones. The bad news is my eye had hemorrhaged again and filled with blood. WHY? No one knows and that is the mystery. So ........ I can't keep harping about this here on my blog. It's frustrating and I hate having to go through the hoops but it's the only way I can hopefully get to the bottom of this whole issue.

I also wanted to thank everyone who left a comment about the webiste/blog questions. I have a lot of information to process and when I have time to formulate my decision I'll be back to post about it. Thanks again to all.

That said here are the items I forwarded to be juried for the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis annual show. I sent four items but unfortunately didn't take a picture of the shirt with a velvet flounce because I thought I had already taken pics of it. Obviously I didn't. I hope these new eco dye print pieces are accepted and if you live in the St. Louis area please come see the show. I plan to be there and always look forward to seeing the members I've become such good friend with and catching up but mostly to see all the wonderful items these very talented members create!

silk crepe tee top, eco dye printed

silk chiffon cape, eco dye printed and a dye printed habotai silk piece (cut from a print I bought from Arlee Barr) appliqued and stitched on the back.

silk noil eco dye print scarf with embroidery stitching and gemstones

Monday, September 5, 2011

Website and Blog question

I have a website but it has not been updated for years. I keep the website because I feel it gives a visual of my work for people who want to see that BUT if I'm not updating because I have to pay someone to do that for me OR I would have to change it to another service and pay someone to do that too it doesn't get done. I do not have the time or inclination to learn how to do that myself. My question to you readers is this: Is it necessary for me to have both a website and a blog? Renewal for my website is coming up to keep my domaine name and I know it needs updating so I'm wondering if it's worth it to spring the money for. Would really appreciate your input on this subject. Is a blog enough? I could start uploading more images of my wares to my Flickr account and have a link to that from the blog. Would that be sufficient and make the website not necessary?

Today I'm packing up a few items to send to St. Louis to be juried for the Weavers' Guild annual sale and to be entered in the fashion show if they're accepted. I will post some pics of those later this afternoon or evening.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September the month of Fall

We have had an unusual summer in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Summer arrived late on the tails of cool and very rainy weather. My garden got planted late and seemed to be reluctant to grow to fruition. But finally the tomatoes are starting to ripen, the green beans are overproducing and the lemon cucumbers are the best! I've frozen the jalapenos and chilies that are waiting to get added to the salsa I hope I can make this weekend.

I am so happy to see that we have honey bees!

I've also been busy gathering leaves, flowers, and plants to experiment with more eco print dyeing. I'm totally hooked on this but there is so much to learn! Just a few pics of the small pieces I've been trying out.