What ever happened to the gradual season change? I feel like we skip right over spring every year, temperature wise that is. This years cold winter nights refused to go away right up till the beginning of May. We then had a few weeks of below normal temps during the day and lots of cold rain! Now only 2 weeks later it is almost into the triple digits! I feel like we just took the express elevator to summer! I was not ready for this kind of a system shock, old people are gonna start dropping like flies!
Today was a market day and of course Jason and I were out late last night for First Friday and the Artist Reception at the museum. We didn’t hear the alarm screaming at 4 am to get up. I’m blaming it on the fan in the window! 🙂 We were however cutting spring mix by 6:30. Being in the middle of a quiet field just after day break really is magical. I love sitting quietly watching the world wake up. We had to finish the row of Spring Mix for fear it would be bitter if left growing another week and ended up having 63 bags, I think, I hadn’t had my coffee yet. 🙂 We then picked strawberries for another 2 hours. Thankfully we were finishing up our 32 quart quota when the spirit crushing humidity rolled in. I was in jeans and they were beginning to stick!
I have some super exciting news to share, drum roll please…….I will be vending the Rothbury Festival with Justine!!! YEA!!! Ok, I am super excited, nervous and a little freaked about all the inventory I have to make. We are talking about 50,000 people and I want to have something for everyone! I have less than a month to prepare but I’ve decided I’m not getting too worked up. I am a one woman operation and I can only do so much. I have been sticking to my routine and getting up at 5am to start sewing. I had a surge in creativity that has left me with a ton of ideas! Its been a while since I’ve done any appliqué work so I decided that would be my focus for a while. I wanted to create some pieces that would be more everyday ware rather than festival threads or patchwork.
The Mushroom Skirt fabric is a light weigh hemp muslin that I dyed using a low water immersion technique. This was my first time dying fabric this way so I was not sure what the end result would be. I was overly please with how the colors had blended and softened. Earthy tones are my favorite! I also constructed the mushroom appliqué from hand dyed hemps.
The last of my hemp summer skirts features an all hemp appliqué of cone flowers, also known as echinacea. I love the way the petals seem to pop off the eggplant background!
I probably wont get any sewing done today. It has been a physically draining day in the heat, I think I am going to put my ac units in the windows and get some cleaning done. The heat and humidity are to continue for the next few days…at least my gardens happy about that!