Friday, July 24, 2015

- I've got sunshine ... on a sunny day

Prairie tea is indeed an effective dyestuff, as this formerly white linen blouse ably demonstrates ...

The cotton diaper cloth on the left also took the dye well, as did the harem cloth ties

Sadly, no leaf imprints came through, but I may have jumped the gun a bit in unwrapping the bundle (what a surprise).

But in the "more good news" department: my turkey feather collection is growing by leaps and bounds. The Rio Grandes must be molting to beat the Texas heat ...


I was also successful hunting for linen on the shirt racks at the Wimberley thrift store (purchased for my fabric stash, but at least one may sneak into the closet). While there, I learned that my all-time favorite antique store By the Bridge had been flooded in May (contrary to news reports which led me to believe it had escaped unscathed).

Wanting to help in the rebuilding effort, I did what I could do ... I went and spent money.  Owner Jill Jones has a great eye and she knows how to ask a fair price, so I quickly found an awesome kettle ...


which was obviously designed to be heated in a bed of coals on top of a wood stove (thanks Grace) ...


and a three-foot diameter iron ring, which I'm sure Don can repurpose ...


Since the items weren't marked, I chatted with Anne Marie while we waited for Jill to call back with prices. In response to my asking what she's been working on lately (you can see one of her felted stitch and patchwork projects here), Anne Marie showed me three folk art assemblages that stole my heart. This is the one that came home ...

The clothesline made it irresistible.

Now the question is, do I go back for the lightning rod?


10 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

a soft yellow, a soft Sunshine Morning yellow and
YES...the clothesline...it is such a symbol isn't it.

i love the tea pot...does the bottom fit into a round on the top of a wood stove?

Liz Ackert said...

I'm sure you're right about the wood stove fit ... I guess my 18th-century cooking experience at Colonial Williamsburg predisposed me to view it as a hearth-based pot.

And the clothesline ... as symbol. Along with hand-stitched cloth and scratch-cooked food. I know there are lots of things that are better now than the good old days, but these things should be saved and brought forward.

Mo Crow said...

your teapot looks magical Liz, brings to mind an old Japanese fairy tale
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunbuku_Chagama

jude said...

oh, the kettle! nice...

Liz Ackert said...

I love the illustration as much as the story ... thank you for sending me to a new (to me) folktale

Liz Ackert said...

Sadly, it has a hole in it ... but I'm thinking it may hold enough liquid to do some wicking ...

susan said...

I love your clothesline, Liz, and your beautiful tea dyed cottons. I'm not sure what I would do with that iron ring but I can see why it called to you - it's just so interesting.

jude said...

maybe you can patch it with something

Liz Ackert said...

Perhaps ... for now it gives me joy just as it is

Liz Ackert said...

Don has been talking about an assemblage for the side of the well house using some old iron hinges ... this may fit in somehow