Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Procrastination & Potpourri

Well I did'nt get to the sewing machine after all. Spent alot of time working on the computer early in the day and after that was not inspired to spend quality time with yet another machine.
So I worked on my potpourri blends instead - much more fun, much more me - and needing to be done.
Over the course of the last growing season I harvested and dried many types of plants, some of which I have worked into potpourri blends. My plan is to launch a test selection at the Garden Show and see how the public response goes.

Two blends - named Island Flowers and Island Aromatics - will be simply packaged in cellophane bags with raffia ties. Plant materials have been selected for visual appeal as well as scent for these blends.
Two other blends, Sweet Powder & Island Summer, will be made into sachets using recycled linen (shirts mostly from Frenchies) and finished with colourful buttons.
One of these days I'll figure out how to post photos to the Blog and then some of these things I write about can be seen aswell.

Was listening to the audio book of Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal,Vegetable, Miracle" while working. Friends introduced me to this book just last year and after initial doubts about my enthusiaism for the subject matter, I embraced it wholeheartedly and cannot recommend it enough. Its all about one family's efforts to eat sustainably within their community for a year. If this sounds a bit dire, trust me, it is'nt at all. There is a lot of humour, practical advise, lack of judgementalism and general enthusiasm for life contained in the pages. I missed it when I was finished and was thrilled to recently find the audio book in the local library read by no less than Barbara Kingsolver herself. They do have a website - just google Animal Vegetable, Miracle and it will take you straight there. I could provide a link here am sure but am technopeasant and figuring things out slowly - very slowly - plus things keep changing on me....

Today - well today am not sewing either as I want to finish up a research project am working on and this will involve serious work on my research notes. Onwards....

1 comment:

  1. I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle right now. I am only about 1/6th of the way in. My first impressions are good, and her enthusiasm for asparagus has inspired me to plant some of my own. I haven't...yet..but I will!

    Would love to see some of your photos. The trick is to get them hosted somewhere first, then you can link to them easily. You could try signing up for a (free) Flickr account. Just google Flickr.