Monday, October 3, 2011

From Art is You to Kauai

It's already October? Where did the time go ......... well I prepared to teach at Art is You Petaluma, my sister came from Dallas to help me. This was my first event since my eye surgery back in April. I could not have done it without her! Seriously, for five months I had to do almost nothing and then to suddenly be on my game to vend and teach was a big jump! I was so happy to be there though and I feel it went mostly smooth. But again it's because Jan was there to help me from stitching up last minute garments to sell, sewing in labels, loading the car, setting up classrooms, fetching and lifting, hauling and packing. Whew! Here are some photos of my nuno felt scarf class. Alas we were so lame at taking photos. We both had our cameras but on vendor night we failed to snap one picture, in my ribbon dyeing class we did not get one darn photo so the last day of class we remembered and Jan did a wonderful job of documenting. See? I really did need her.

The day after class we drove back to my house in the Santa Cruz Mnts. and we unloaded the car. The next morning we were up very early to take Jan to the airport. I came home and finished unpacking, figured out my inventory and made my list for the St. Louis Weavers' Guild show the end of this month, paid my overdue (eek!) AZ taxes, and packed fabrics and dyeing items to bring to Kauai with me. 6:00 a.m. the next morning we were leaving for the airport for a direct flight on Alaska airlines to Lihue. No flying to Honolulu to take the WikiWiki to inter-island terminal and wait an hour and a half to fly over to Kauai. It was nice.

Now I'm on island and the weather has been fabulous.

I went to my friend Connie's yesterday to do some eco dyeing. We had both collected flowers and leaves to use. We took a walk down the road that fronts her house and onto a eucalyptus tree lined path. We collected the euca leaves and barks from 3 types of trees. Alas I do not know what kind they are. We bundled euca leaves, tulip tree flowers, different colored hibiscus, plumeria, gardenia, plumeria leaves, croton leaves, and flowers and leaves not yet identified and all sorts of rusty items. We hot bundled so we opened them fairly soon. We were wanting to know what would dye and what wouldn't before we did larger pieces to leave bundled for longer periods of time. I bought a two tiered large electric vegetable steamer at a thrift store for $4.00 and that made me very happy. Isn't it great that something that simple can make a person smile? I was so tired when I got home from Connies! Hubby and I went out to eat and came home and I swear I was asleep by 8:00.

Today I'll iron out the samples we did yesterday and take some photos to post later. The larger scarf bundles I won't unwrap until the coming Friday or Saturday before I head home on the 10th.