Monthly Archives: May 2014

Mother Earth Chemistry | School is OUT!!!!!

Hip Hip Hoooray!!!! I taught my last class at the U of R until next Fall!

This class I teach in May term called Mother Earth Chemistry is an intense investigation into the “Science of Self Reliance”. We meet for 4 hours every day of the week and learn by DOING! The highlights are always beer brewing, cheese making and dyeing! Here they are analyzing the beer they brewed, this year the experiment was adding different species of hops:


For the final exam, everyone cooks something that involves a food preservation in some way and they give a presentation on that food preservation methods as well as 2 pieces of clothing that they dye:










As soon as I grade some lab reports that were due this morning (ahem!) I’ll be in summer vacation mode!!!!! We had a great time, and now the majority of these folks are off to the REAL WORLD!!!!!


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Show Report | Art in the Park 2014

Well, we lucked out and had pretty good weather last weekend! I set up on the sidewalk by the street right next to my friends Liz and Adele: Although we had lots of foot traffic, sometimes it was tough to talk to folks outside the booth because people couldn’t walk around us on the sidewalk… Continue Reading

How Time Flies! | Liam is 17!

We have just had the BUSIEST Memorial Day weekend ever!!! Somehow we had to squeeze Liam’s birthday into the cracks, but squeeze we did! It doesn’t seem that long ago he was a blue eyed babe: now he is 17 years old!!!! His actual birthday was last Friday, but his Dad had meetings until an… Continue Reading

New Botanical Sketch Pillows

Well, I had a few minutes to snap some pix of my new botanical sketch pillows. I made 5, 4 of which I had pieced a long time ago and left unfinished (thank you me of the past!) and a 5th one was put together with stepouts from a Quilting Arts TV episode I taped… Continue Reading

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Wow, I had a ton of comments for my giveaway! The lucky number was: And that was…. Who has the coolest blog name ever: Little House on the Dairy! When I was cruising through her recent posts, I came across this great picture of her cute daughter surrounded by chickens, I had to share it… Continue Reading