Summer Days

Right now we are enjoying fresh flower bouquets, butterfly season, and watermelon every day! I let the boys eat it in the kitchen once before I banished them to the front porch. Goodness, what a mess! Seeds and sticky juice everywhere!

However, once outside, the chickens caught on to what the boys were eating, and tried to get some for themselves. Poor Soren didn't know what to do! So now, when the boys go outside to eat, I put a giant slice of watermelon on the ground for the chickens. Every one is happy!

Another thing I am loving right now is the abundance of natural dye materials. Over the weekend the four of us went out to collect queen anne's lace. Right now the little flower* is growing in abundance, and it did not take us long to fill a small basket.

At home I made a dye bath with an alum mordant, and soaked a yard of fabric overnight. The result is a most interesting shade of yellow-green, soft but also very vibrant. 

Eventually I hope to make a quilt with the fabric I have dyed; so far my favorite is a lovely blush pink from avocado stones. Ironweed is also in abundance right now, so I hope to gather enough flowers to dye with that next.

I love what this season brings!

P.S. I'm sure you've noticed my site is different! I changed website providers, and with that change came a new look.  I hope you like it!

 

*We were very careful to properly identify the queen anne's lace before harvesting; water hemlock is a poisonous look-alike plant that MUST be left alone!

Knitter, plant lady, mama to two free-range kids.