Thursday, October 01, 2015

The last calm-ish week

This week was the yellow-flag iris pulling by 4th, 5th, and 6th grade local Montessori students at Shaker Lakes. The school even got a grant a while back to buy boots to get into the big marsh and dig out these invasive plants.
I tagged along so that I could cut off everything above the root to have some papermaking fiber. Monday was good, Tuesday we got rained out by downpour, and Wed was muddy but nice weather. Today, I needed to stay home and have my one last day of solo time to prep for my show, trip to NYC, and catch up on a range of admin to household things. I won't get to make the iris paper until deep into October, but that's something to look forward to.
Julie started an indigo vat so I just went for it. Still hoping for a walnut vat tomorrow to overdye. We'll see; everything is by ear these days. I got 22 pieces of glass yesterday that made me realize I cannot assemble my frames for my show in my studio because it's too far off the ground, so I had an emergency run to a friend's ground-floor space. Duck prints will be assembled this weekend!
Last night, I stayed up late and gave into the nest thing. I was NOT going to do individual duckling nests, but my time/ability/tendon constraints have nixed the idea of having a bigger woven boat/raft for groups of these wee ones.

I won't be able to make it, but tomorrow a great book show opens in Chicago! My books will hang out there this month. Oh, already October. WOW.


Velma Bolyard said...

PHEW! how do you get the energy??? but so rich and wonderful. good luck with your boots...

onesmallstitch said...

getting the kids out digging is a wonderful idea. Love the indigo duck, good luck with the walnut vat. Love the ducky nests.