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"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life." --Yutang Lin

Monday, July 28, 2014

I wound a bobbin using my frugal bobbin winder, and now I get to start cutting up old jeans. 

Jennifer 8:02 PM

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

And, after almost two years, I successfully warped the Big Green Loom. :)

And I think a cat will sleep here tonight, don't you think?

Jennifer 9:07 PM

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Quite possibly my favorite picture this weekend:

Jennifer 8:37 PM

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I had all-but-decided to put the Big Green Loom (like the Big Friendly Giant, only BGL) up for sale. This November would be two years since Dad and I drove up to Trumble County to pick her up, and I haven't done a thing to even start weaving on her. My "weaving room" had morphed into a sewing/fabric stashing/cover the loom bench with clothing-for-fabric kind of mess, and I hadn't worked in there since the fall. 

I had all-but-decided that I should try to sell the BGL, and throw in my towel on ever attempting to weave a rug. And then two things happened:

--I found a standing inkle loom on Craiglist--already warped with a project and started to finish it--

--And I realized that the former Junk Room, which I cleaned out so nicely, was basically three-quarters of an empty room I'd been using to dry clothes and nothing else. 

So today, I started cleaning and rearranging and sorting and moving. 

And I moved all the sewing machines, tables, and the like into the Former Jjnk Room. Which freed up a lot of space in the weaving room. Space enough to bring a Great Wheel up in that room, and space enough to move the BGL away from the wall so I could... actually... warp it, which is still going to take some time, but I have a better chance of finishing, now. 

I got a lot done today. I have a pile of quilts and blankets and clothing-for-fabric to wash, too. And I also have more rearranging:moving/decluttering/etc. to do downstairs. 

But for the first time in a long time, walking into those two rooms brings me joy. And although I have a lot of work yet to do (especially in the Former Craft Room), I feel confident that I can get it done. 

Jennifer 9:41 PM

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The July Burlington was yesterday... Not bad weather-wise, although I was a bit hot at the end. I sold some of what I brought (and have another empty container to fill) and bought a few things as well... Two Japanese teapots, a Bybee mug in the color I like, another #7 cast iron skillet, a wooden box with slots for tools and suchlike, an American folklore book, and another book on knitted and crocheted lace. 

Not that much, really. And it wasn't a bad day, merely tiring. I think I wrote two sentences before I crashed last night around 8pm. 

Jennifer 7:25 AM

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The weather at the moment makes me pine for fall. It barely hit 80F today. And it's been raining for hours, which is even better. 

My garden will be so happy because of this!

Jennifer 9:48 PM

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

It hadn't rained in over two weeks, so everything was extra hot and dry and drooping a little (the squash, at least; the tomatoes are fine) but we are supposed to get more rain tonight and tomorrow, and it's also supposed to cool off (a lot!) 

I still haven't turned on the air conditioner, however. 

I made blueberry sorbet this weekend, along with blueberry cake and a lentil salad for lunches most of the week. All delicious! 

Jennifer 6:14 PM

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Garden pictures!

Jennifer 9:08 AM

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