Eco Print Silk Slip….

Such a nice day I had today!

Two of my children were here for a few days….. Lilly was up from Phoenix (she went home tonight), and Cooper is here from Portland (he flies home on Thursday).

Today we did a mini photo shoot in Oak Creek Canyon of my cochineal dyed shawl and an eco print slip I made for Lilly. It was pleasant to be amongst the greenery and listen to the water burble by. And I snagged a few oak leaves to use at a later time!!

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The day had a perfect surprise ending….. as we were driving home from Flagstaff, we saw a wondrous sight! A flock of 2000 sheep being herded from Cortes, Colorado to Williams, Arizona (they were on the last bit of a LONG journey!). We stopped to take photos, of course.


Lilly wished that she could follow along with the flock for the entire trip, documenting it throughout. I said that I would love to join her on such a journey!

A totally unexpected surprise!

The UPS truck driver showed up on my doorstep today…… he had in his hands A NEW SEWING MACHINE!!! WOW!!

The gift was from Lilly…… she said that it was my Mother’s Day and Birthday present. What a sweet thoughtful girl. Now I have no excuse not to be sewing my eco print fabric, and making all of my clothes (which is what I’ve been planning on doing for some time now). I am so blessed.

What have I been doing?

I dyed some yarn with cochineal….IMG_2355

And then used it, along with other yarns, to make a shawl….IMG_2371 IMG_2372

Oh… and I eco printed a little silk slip for Lilly. Not happy with it, so am going to over print it. Why not happy? The prints aren’t vibrant enough. I didn’t boil the bundle for long enough…. silly me! I usually boil them for at least 2 1/2 hours….. but I had read a post on India’s blog saying that over boiling can cause the orange to transition to brown…… so I thought that I’d try a shorter boiling time. Didn’t work….. so I guess my 2 1/2 hours is an optimum time.

And I’ve been working in the garden…… it’s that time of year again! But I’ll have everything planted by this coming week and can get back into creating.

Cooper is coming for a visit! I haven’t seen my son since last September at his sister’s wedding…… I’m very excited! Plus he can help me to get my ‘new’ loom out of the boxes and put together.

OH….. and the other really really exciting thing!! I’m going to be a Grandma!! Emily is pregnant with my first grandbaby!!!!