Hi there! Just got back from a fun trip to Joshua Tree with my love. What an other-worldly place! Also have been harvesting from the garden, last night we had a whole meal almost entirely of food from the garden, which is one of my goals for my life, to be able to do that for almost all of our meals.
We both had big plates of roasted potatoes with sautéed kale, of course I didn’t grow the seasonings or oils or butter, but still, I felt proud that I grew our dinner 🙂 Can’t wait until one day when we have our own homestead, then just imagine what we can do!
Here in San Diego it’s been pretty darn warm lately, I think even up to about 90 degrees! In February! Hmmm. I have to make sure to get down to the garden and keep it watered so everything doesn’t wilt! The peas and turnips are starting to get going which is exciting, and I’ve harvested about a third or half of our first batch of potatoes. I also planted some cauliflower seedlings in the garden beds, created a garden bed in the ground rather than the raised beds we started with so it will hold the water better and not drain so quickly, and I also transplanted some of the kale plants to spread them out to help keep the aphids from easily moving between plants. I also planted a new batch of russet potatoes to try something different from the red ones we’ve been eating.
As some of you know, in my creative world I am making the transition from traditional materials to natural, earth-friendly ones. I recently purchased a natural dye book, un-dyed wool and un-dyed wooden beads and have ordered but not yet received 6 colors of natural dyes, mordant, and other things to add to the dye process to alter colors, make them color fast, etc. Something I hadn’t thought about until after the purchase is that I am not sure of the bead source so I need to be aware of that next time to make sure the wood is sustainably harvested. But I am on the right path. I aim to have everything I create be completely sustainable. Yesterday I went to a thrift shop and found almost everything I need in the way of tools for the natural dyeing, which felt more earth-friendly than buying new, I just have a few more items to search for. I also got for my birthday an adjustable dress form and I plan to use it both to make garments out of natural materials as well as with up-cycled materials I find.
In my painting I am shifting away from the plastic acrylic paints and traditional oil paints to natural oil paints. I am going environmentally friendly with my creations going forward and I am quite excited about exploring new ways of creating and taking more of the process into my own hands. I will be using up the not so earth friendly supplies I already have and transitioning to the new way.
With my business, Starry-Eyed Laughter, I am planning to be working mostly on product creation and learning new processes and probably writing fewer articles about following one’s heart for a bit, unless of course I feel inspired to write an article. Right now I am being pulled toward creation. I am planning to get enough inventory together to fill up my Etsy shop as well as participate in some art shows in person and get a good number of items into shops around where I live. Then I will probably begin writing more articles to help others to follow their hearts and possibly offer some classes or workshops. But just like I would tell anyone, I have to go with the flow and follow where my interest takes me. I feel incredibly grateful to John and my family in supporting me while I do this. <3 <3 <3