Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How long a day

It is 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 20th in Texas, but it is tomorrow in Australia ... just past midnight on September 21st, the dawning of the International Day of Peace.

I have already sent greetings to Mo, Barry and Fiona. And as I contemplate the hopes for peace that circle the globe, I also envision the ties that stretch from "sea to shining sea" here in the United States.

These two peace shawl patches have already been bound together ...


One was stitched with words from Dee  on the east coast, 
the other with words from Hazel on the west coast.

This stitched on indigo-dyed cloth gifted by Hazel ...


and in the original Peace Pin Project post, Hazel's comment was followed by this from Dee, stitched on cloth originally dyed for the Hearts for Charleston quilt ...


Call and response.

And if my camera refuses to focus today, I will blame it on the tears of frustration evoked by the reckless words uttered at the UN yesterday. Already I have called my senators pleading that they "do something, anything, to keep the president from launching a thermonuclear war."

Only then can we turn to working on reducing global warming, enabling DACA dreamers to become full citizens, and ensuring equal access to quality healthcare for all US citizens. 

We will need to use every minute of this day and the next ...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What if less was more?

I've been wondering for a while now if the peace pins could/should be simpler.

So I tore a strip of rusted cloth, folded it over a pin, stitched around the edges, and wrote on it ...


Except that wasn't quite what I had in mind.

Next I tried folding some indigo-dyed shibori cloth, wrote out the words, stitched through both sides, then threaded the pin through the top and stitched it in place ...



Better.

So I tried another, this time with more of the rusted cloth. And I was happy enough with it to add my signature on the back ...


But it still wasn't quite right. 



Thus was born the prototype for the Peace Pin Project, version 2.0 ... hopefully with many more to come.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Looking in the rear view mirror

We just parted company with two wonderful house guests from Virginia who are family of family ... what my dad used to call out-laws. It was our first opportunity to really get to know each other and we found much in common.

It was also their first trip to the Texas Hill Country, so we took them on a glass bottom boat to see the springs that form the San Marcos River ...


Texas-style brisket was a must ...


and while we did the obligatory tour of the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk, I most enjoy introducing folks to the Missions National Park with its excellent introductory film about the land and people of central Texas ...


And of course, you can't leave without hearing some live music, preferably at Gruene Hall ...


We also walked the land, naming the critters and trees and wildflowers that are now so familiar to us. The cochineal (scale insects) that live on our prickly pear cactus came up repeatedly, as did some of the other dyestuffs I've experimented with. 

You can scroll down to the index and click on any of the dye links to see more, but for now here's a peace patch hand-dyed with commercially sourced cochineal. The words are used with permission from Gill in the UK and the accompanying book about cochineal was a gift from Anne in California ...


As with all the others, this patch will ultimately be seen from the back ...


Because I like being a little different ...

Addendum

I almost forgot ... here's my take on Caesar salad that N and ML enjoyed while they were here. This is the amount I usually make to serve two of us.

1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1+ tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 to 1/2 clove of garlic, microplaned
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs mayo
pinch of salt

Whisk and adjust seasonings to taste. Serve on chopped Romaine with grated Parmesan Regianno and croutons.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Joy Not Joy

There were many ripples on the pond today. And in thinking about my recent correspondence with Grace,
there has been Joy and Not Joy.

I have been stitching the latest peace patch using Deb Lacativa cloth and floss

front ...


and back ...


Using (with her permission), Saskia's words, 
here shown with the gift of her cloth, front ...


and back ...


"all this makes me so happy ... not the politics, the community"

But much as I love the community, the politics are also my/our reality ... Joy Not Joy.

And so I actively seek Joy, finding it again ...

and again ...

and again ...