Tag: starfish

Summertime Change Up

The heat has been unbearable lately. And the humidity. I usually thrive in toasty weather, but this has been a bit much. My thoughts are muddled, I can no longer add. The alphabet eludes me. Perhaps the worst part is that I have a top floor studio without air conditioning. The fans are just not cutting it this year. And, oh yes. You may be remember I work with wool? Gorgeous cashmeres and thick woolens to make blankets and stuffed toys and hooked rugs. I usually love that. Now I just want to walk away.

The new Terry Starfish Sachets will be available at Found Objects in Manchester by the Sea, MA later this week.

A funny thing happened the other day as I was bemoaning my heated fiber fate. “You should work with terry!” Wouldn’t you know it, she was right! A client has been asking me for a summer alternative to the starfish sachets and despite all my experiments, I really just couldn’t come up with a fabric I liked. Grain sacks, vintage linens, you name it, nothing was giving me an ah-ha moment. But this terry. Let me tell you. This is fantastic. I’m using recycled towels and bathrobes in beachy summer shades. I love them. The fabric is rather insistent that I try a larger pillow next, as well. I will keep you posted. My fingers are itching to get sewing.

I use recycled towels and bathrobes to make these scented gifts.

Turkey Ruminations, a belated post.

Lavender Scented Sea Star Pillows in Cashmere, Angora, and Wool.

I’m not working today, even though I really really should be.  Perhaps too content from the feasting of an outrageously beautiful Rockwellian turkey complete with clam and pecan studded stuffing (cooked in the bird), mincemeat pie, and Indian pudding.  In proper American style, there were alternatives available for every imaginable food preference and allergy.  And I wonder what Julia Child would think of gluten free?  I think dairy free–and hence butter free–would have killed her.

Perhaps my culinary senses were reawakened yesterday, but I got a bee in my bonnet to make crepes today.  I delighted in them as I scarfed them down for lunch.  It was Julia Child’s recipe.  Simple and straightforward.  A nice little treat.  And it occurred to me that the crepe recipe and my popover recipe are near identical.  They are simply cooked in different ways.  Hmm.  This has me wondering now about my work.  What patterns will be equally striking if I change the materials, the size, the color, yet still stay true to the fundamentals of the design?

These Organic Lavender Starfish Sachets are the perfect eco-friendly stocking stuffer or hostess gift.