THE CHOCOLATE – An Ode to a Lifeline

Note: This post is different from my regular types of posts, but something new that I wanted to try. Also I love chocolate so I wanted o give it a special post and fo the full effect of the spirit in which I wrote this post please read it with a slow seductive voice and take some pauses between sentences. Basically read it like a the narrator from A Christmas Story when he is describing the desired bb gun. Enjoy! 

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Chocolate is perfection. It is perfect for bringing happiness into life. However not just any chocolate will suffice. It has to be special chocolate. In fact bad or less than chocolate can sully a mood. 

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Spinning With: Silk Noil and US Grade A Top

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Hello, today I am sharing more of my spinning fibres experiments. This time they are more experimental materials for me. I have no clue what I could or will use the silk noil for. I think I will probably weave with it, but made into what I am still unsure of. I would also have to spin a lot to be able to weave anything worthwhile with it. The other material is a blend, it is sold as US Grade A Top and I only bought one half pound bag. I like the blend but I am afraid I won’t have enough for any large projects, so perhaps socks. But enough about what I am thinking about making out of the wools and more about their qualities and what it was like to spin with them.

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Collecting and Storing Seeds

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Hello! This past summer-fall I have been reading about collecting seeds from plants as it extends the magic of plants as well as my involvement with them which is incredibly appealing to me. I have dabbled in collecting seeds a bit before. Last year I collected a few Sweet Pea, Snapdragons, and Lavender seeds. These were spontaneous collecting and I know that sounds odd, but I just sort of picked them up as I noticed that they were there in the garden. Or in the case of the lavender as I was taking the flowers off of the dried stalks I noticed small black seeds accumulating at the bottom of the dish So this year I tried collecting more seeds all in the name of amazement and magic!

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Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.

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Spinning With: Cashmere, Black Alpaca, Caramel Alpaca-Merino Blend.

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Hello, today I am coming back at you with three new fibres I have spun with. I consider the cashmere the highlight of this post as it is luxurious and fancy, and the others are different versions of alpaca wool that I have already written about in a post. Although I will admit that the difference are bigger than you think they would be.

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Qualities of Natural Fibres

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Have you ever found it confusing to know the differences between the many types of wools? I know I have, I didn’t know the difference between Merino and Mohair to begin with. I just knew they both came from animals.

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Planning My 2017 Garden

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It is within the first few days of the new year and I am already starting to plan my garden(s). I am very excited, I have my photos of last years gardens printed and labeled, I have gone through my seeds to see what it is that I need and what I still have left over, and figured out what the big new additions will be in the garden this year.

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