Fabulous Friday!

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A lot of rain makes you grateful for every day that the sun shines!

It’s a Fabulous Friday and I want to remind you to visit my shop; Butterflies & Bumble Bees!

By doing so you bump me up on the search engines….and don’t forget that all of my proceeds…yes, all….go to supporting women’s coops in India to raise them out of poverty and give them hope for a new life.

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Friday’s Fling

It’s Friday AGAIN!!! How does this happen so fast? I was always told it was age. I’m not so sure anymore. Yes, I am a lot older, but I think it’s a sign of our times. Too much to do. Not enough time. A rushed lifestyle that consumes our time with gadgets and freeways and stuff.

I guess that’s why I enjoy the art of creating. It tends to slow me down. It tends to reconnect me to the earth and all the beauty that God created for me to enjoy. The slow arts are my love; dyeing, spinning, knitting, gardening and even farming. My newest book is, “The Mother of All Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse” by Gene Logsdon. Something about that title grabbed at who I am at the chore. I can’t wait to dive into it!

Today’s featured item from my shop Butterflies & Bumble Bees is called Shibori.

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Shibori is a Japanese term for the method of dyeing cloth. I use a needle and thread to gather up the silk scarf into a tiny piece of folds and then I carefully pour or paint it with prepared dyes after the silk itself has been soaked in soda ash. I then wrap it in a plastic bag for 24 hrs. The next step of rinsing is always my favorite. I never really know how the silk will take the dye. I carefully cut the thread and unfold to find a visual surprise!

Friday’s Fling

Today is my Friday Fling for my shop: Butterflies and Bumble Bees.

All of my Aprons are on Sale for $20.00!

Cow Girl Apron

Cow Girl Apron accented with Heather Bailey!

Remember that all the proceeds from my sales go to purchase sewing machines for Dalit women in India!!!

Sorry my pics in my shop are distorted….I NEED A MAC!!!!!

Cow Girl Apron Accented with Sis Boom!

Cow Girl Apron Accented with Sis Boom!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Visit me today at My Shop!

I’ll be stocking hand dyed Sarongs and Wraps soon!

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MY GRAND OPENING GIVEAWAY!!!!

IT’S FINALLY HERE.

THE GRAND OPENING OF BUTTERFLIES AND BUMBLE BEES MY LABOR OF LOVE CHARITY!

I DONATE ALL MY PROCEEDS TO BUY SEWING MACHINES FOR DALIT WOMEN IN INDIA.  GO TO MY PAGE “MY SHOP” FOR EVEN MORE DETAILS ABOUT MY SHOP.

TODAY’S CELEBRATION IS IN HONOR OF OUR DAUGHTER, BECCA WHO WAS DEDICATED TO GETTING THIS WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING BEFORE SHE WAS OFF AND RUNNING TO GERMANY.

SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY, AND WAS MAKING CHANGES AND TEACHING ME ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW UP TO THE LAST MINUTE.  MY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR THE NEXT 7 MONTHS IS TO LEARN PHOTOSHOP!

TODAY IS HER 24th BIRTHDAY.  WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO HAVE A GIVEAWAY PARTY!

OK SO HERE IS WHAT I AM GIVING AWAY….4 GREAT GIFTS!

Click on any photo to enlarge and see the details.  Now you know why I call it a labor of love!!!

GRAND PRIZE

This poncho is 100% hand spun wool that is two tone.  It is my all time favorite!

RUNNER-UP

This is a 100% Alpaca custom designed and  hand knit fair isle snowflake hat lined with polar fleece.  It’s a X large.  It is also my fav.  A great Christmas gift.

SECOND PLACE

This is a 100% silk hand dyed scarf.  The blue and green is one of my best sellers!

THIRD PLACE

My favorite All Natural Lip Balm.  Scented with Bergamont and Sweet Orange.

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HERE ARE THE RULES.   YOU HAVE 3 WAYS TO WIN!

1.  Leave a comment below about why you want to win and that will earn you one entry.

2.  Post about my giveaway on your blog and be sure to link back to me here.  That will earn you an extra 5 entries in addition to your original comment.  I’ll take care of the extra entries.  If you want to use my graphic in your post then that will earn you an extra 5 on top of that! You can copy and paste the image at the top if you’d like.

Now for the biggy!!!

3.  If you post my graphic in the sidebar of your blog and tell me you did so in addition to the other 2 above, that will earn you and extra 25 YES I said, 25 extra entries!!!!  (If you click on the graphic shown here, you can copy and paste to your blog).  That’s way cool.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart.   Make sure you link it to butterfliesandbumblebees.org.

If this is all confusing….welcome to my world!!!  All in all, you can earn 35 entries!!!  Hope my math is right!  😀

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Please let me know in your comment if you posted about my giveaway and if you linked back. (I’ll be checking)  And especially if you put my graphic in your sidebar.  It’s all for a good cause.  I do appreciate all my faithful blogville friends.

The giveaway drawing will be on Friday, September 19th at 12 NOON The deadline for entry is midnight September 18th. I’ll throw all the entries in a basket and pull out 4 very blessed people.  You have the potential to win more than once!  Wow, how great is that!!!   You will be notified by email. Make sure you leave that when you post a comment.  Thanks so much.

OK, now it’s time to hear from some of you who are my faithful readers but never say a peep!!!  You know who you are!

I REALIIZED THAT YOU MIGHT NOT SEE WHERE TO LEAVE A COMMENT….CLICK ON THE WORD AT THE END OF ALL THE BLUE WRITING BELOW.  IT WILL SAY….____ COMMENTS.

Celebrate Tasha Day!!!

Today we are remembering Tasha Tudor’s birthday. She was an incredible woman who touched many lives. Sadly Tasha died this summer leaving behind a legacy of beauty.

This is my tribute to Tasha and the things that remind me of her life and her passions.

I could go on and on.

Thank you Tasha for touching my life and influencing my love for life, my love for simplicity, my love for living purposefully.

Photo Credit: Flickr-each photo is linked to the original artist.

Tasha Tudor Day

Isn’t that a lovely photo of Tasha. Seems as if there are a bunch of folks doing a Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration on August 28th. Tasha passed away this summer after living an inspiring life. She was an author, a creator and a lover of life. She inspired me many times to live more simply.

On August 28th why not celebrate a life well lived, by doing something that would honor her. Perhaps sitting quietly with a cup of tea and listening to the birds. Or feeding your chickens. Or in my world, putting up the chicken wire so I can go get my girls next week. Wrapping in your Tasha shawl while knitting. Or making your first batch of soap.

She really was a remarkable woman and loved by so many.

Won’t you come along and celebrate her birthday this Thursday.

Visit Clarice and let her know you’ll join in . You know, the more the merrier!

Another Cool Giveaway!

I found this great giveaway this AM. There’s not much time, but stop over and visit The Vintage Pearl.

Tell her I sent you by and register a comment to win this cool strap.