Thursday, November 3, 2011

Where did October go?

The end of September found me teaching and vending in Petaluma at Art Is You. Then I got to relax in beautiful Kauai while I experimented with some eco dyeing with local plants. The PDR you see in this pic was purchased at the thrift store so I had something to press flowers and leaves in. I also purchased a portable steamer at the same thrift store to use for eco print dyeing.

I came home for a week before I left again to visit Missouri. In that week I was gathering my wares to take to the St. Louis Weavers Guild show, helping buy my parents a computer that would be at their house when my husband and I arrived so we could get that set up for them, and packing. My studio suffered severely from the months of neglect while my eyes healed and then frantically trying to get things together for the shows and in between piles and piles and piles were created. That was waiting for me when I got home, a bit overwhelming.

The Missouri trees were just starting to change color and I got to be there to see that. Truly a beautiful sight. In the California Mountains the most color we get is from the brilliant red poison oak.

And I did some eco print dyeing while there. (Thank you to my new friend Pat Vivod for the pics)

I came home still on Central Time so I went to bed earlier than usual and have woken up at 4:30 - 5:30 in the morning. So if you see me on FB then it's because there isn't much else to do while one is waiting for the sun to come up.

I am now in the process of arduously cleaning and organizing my studio so I can get in there and work. I feel great creativity right now so I want my space together. It seems there is a constant cluttering up and then the task of decluttering. I've not learned how to work systematically so that things stay organized. sigh.

I sent this garment off in the mail yesterday to St. Louis. I was so disappointed in myself that I didn't get any pictures of Ricë or Leighanna wearing it around the vendor hall at Art Is You when it looked so fabulous on both of them! I hope to make similar shirt tops in the next few weeks and I will reopen my Etsy shop with them.

And then I'll be getting ready for Thanksgiving. We always have the feast at our house with traditional turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. I've been cutting out a lot of sugar in my diet these last months so I will be looking forward to PIE!!!!


Joanne Huffman said...

First, I have to tell you how much I LOVE that blouse! The Eco dying looks cool; I love the subtlety of the colors and patterns. Very happy to see you blogging again.

jackie said...

Wow, Lorri! Those oak leaves and others resulted in very lovely eco-dying!! Love all of them! And that lacy/doily shirt is fabulous!! You're so talented!!

Cate Rose said...

Everything here is fabulous, Lorri ~ your eco prints, the garments you're making, your travels. Wow! Are those racks of clothes a line you make?

Hope Amen said...

Glad to see you back Lorri! I missed your blog. Cannot wait to see what your creative energy makes!

The Creative Beast said...

I've just caught up on your previous posts that I seem to have missed - so much GOODNESS going on where you are Lorri!

I hear you on the cleaning/clearing of studio space and it seems to be going around! Nina Bagley has written about it, I've blogged about it, as well as other bloggers I follow. I wish you much luck and success in the cleaning of your studio and I also hope you find a way to organize as you go so your studio space can retain some tidiness as you work - that is the biggest challenge for me!