Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall Back

Today is Sunday, November 5, 2017!!!
So many things have happened in my life since my last post over two years ago!
Where do I begin?
I guess I can begin with what is the same....
well... I still live on my beautiful farm.... most of the time..
I am still spinning and weaving and knitting and as usual, not nearly as much as I would like to but still find time to reconnect my thoughts and my heart and find my inner balance through the comfort of handwork.
So... what is new in my life...????
I left my position as curator of Meadowcroft Museum and took an Assistant Professor position of Communication at Bluefield West Virginia State College. It is a 4 hour drive from my farm and I travel there once a week and teach my classes then I return to the farm on Wednesdays or Thursdays....
It is quite a commute... the drive is very picturesque especially now the leaves are turning.. little late this year but truly spectacular!
I am working with a new company designing mens garments. My first design is a hoodie sweater.

Preserving Life's Journey

I am moving forward on several new/old adventures that I had to put on hold until my professional career became more grounded.
Preserving Life's Journey is a brainstormed idea of mine and I am finally ready to launch this idea into the world. My mission for this project is just what the name implies.....
I would like to provide a service that helps preserve history through preservation, documentation and education.  
Preserving Life's Journey will provide people with an opportunity to share their stories through the organization of their personal collections found in the things they have collected over the years. Photographs, clothing, uniforms, certificates, videos are all things we collect that tells "Our" story. Many of these things are lost when family members downsize into smaller homes, move into nursing homes or pass away. Their story gets lost as family members are now faced with the daunting task of selling a homestead and the contents of the home. Sons and daughters are overwhelmed and want to just "get rid" of all this stuff as quickly as possible. Later many regret the hasty decisions they made, selling priceless family heirlooms and personal treasures of their loved ones.
It is through careful planning, organization and the curatorial expertise of Preserving Life's Journey families can now thoughtfully decide how to manage family possessions.

I am also working on a textile utube and I will post my productions on this blog page...
I will share with you a few photos of my life's journey over the last few years....

This is a history lovers must read!!!!!!

Dinner with my daughter Samantha

 My first time visit to San Francisco... Of course I had to find a furry friend!! His feathers are beautiful... there is a handwoven scarf to be made using the color combos!!

New adventure... I bought kayaks... sailing away at Cross Creek!!

My sweet snuggle puppy.... Jed..

For some strange reason I have a passion for adding a little fur to my handmade garments... I wonder why.....

Who else would own an 1932 bible gum pink sewing machine.....??? This little princess has the most precious stitches... and the sound of the machine is just heavenly!!!

 My dear handsome Stephen.... the quote below says everything!!!!

Until next time.....

Blessings to all

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Where does the time go?

2015.. February no less!!! Many things have happened in my life.. mostly busy busy things.
I purchased a 10 foot wide floor loom in the fall which is still in pieces in my garage.. Soon I will be weaving away on that gem. I had to rent a haul to bring it home!! I bought it from a woman who was a weaving instructor at Kent State University. Awesome!!

I have been spinning and weaving and knitting.. I will post photos later today of my current projects..
Currently, I am working on an 18th century chemise. I am going to a Jane Austen Ball!!
Off to work .. Hi Ho.. more later..!!
I will leave you with a snowy scene from my window this morning!! And a picture of Jed aka the "Wonder Dog" Much love! B~

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year... Geepers.. 2014.. time flies!! Jed is waiting patiently by the kitchen door to see what  blessings the  New Year brings!
bee ~

Monday, December 30, 2013

I have been weaving... and weaving a lot... enjoying myself... oh my..
Three cheers for home grown South Western Pa wool! This scarf ... the sheepies were raised in Greene County-Deb Arbuckles Farm. The wool was processed, dyed and spun on her farm.. then woven on my historic 18th century loom..! After 200++ years of producing wool in this area it is great to know we are still working to continue the tradition! Deb Arbuckles yarn is just wonderful to weave!! Thank you Deb!  Unfortunately she no longer runs her mill... I do have a very nice stash of this fiber and I have lots of weaving to do.. stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My little dollar treasure!
This came in the mail today!!!  Simple yet packed with great tips and a wonderful history of a talented designer and the stories of the people who inspired some of the most incredible fashion designs!!

It is days before Thanksgiving.... Today I will gather up all of my ingredients and begin preparing for our family dinner. In the quietness of this early snowy morning my thoughts are filled with the anticipation of another beautiful family memory. Each year brings new surprises.. new friends.. old friends... new beginnings and Thankful prayers for all of the blessings in our lives. Jed thinks life is pretty darn good! Blessings to all!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Drawloom Weaving

I took a drawloom weaving class in early June. It was awesome! Vavstuga Weaving School in Shelburne Falls Mass. What a great experience! I am weaving on "The Man Loom" which is my favorite loom of all times and one that I will purchase in just a few weeks. Look over my head and see the cords for weaving the drawloom pattern. You pull the cords down on to the bar that is just below my chin.. see the hooks.. and just treadle the pattern.. it is a blast to weave on this loom.. it is very physical and I like that! In this pic.. I was about as sick as you can get.. I had some kind of allergy going on and just over all wanna curl up in a ball sick... but.. I kept on weaving.. it eventually went away.. that must be my dad in me.. "Just keep working when you are sick.. it will go away".
Shelburne Falls is a great place.. coffee shops and used bookstores.. poetry readings.. fun fun fun!
I will share some of my treasured woven experiments..