Fanore, Ireland, hats, ireland, momcations, natural dyeing, self care, Spinning, Sheep Breeds, textiles, the burren, travel

My Shamrock Hat; tam o’sham designed by karendipity

Downton Abbey is what I watched all through the clicking of this yarn that became a hat. I didn’t mean for it to go that way, but it worked. I liked imaging it would be something that Daisy would wear while heading to her farm for the day. I didn’t make a swatch for the… Continue reading My Shamrock Hat; tam o’sham designed by karendipity

gregan’s castle hotel, ireland, momcations, self care, the burren, travel

Just a Slice; a walk around Gregan’s

One of my favorite things these days is taking very slow walks through the woods and trying to notice everything. This evolved over time as I’ve been working on developing my mushroom hunter’s eye. Now I spy tiny lost feathers poking up from leaves, a mushroom about to burst through, and the elusive Lobaria lichens… Continue reading Just a Slice; a walk around Gregan’s

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Up the Burren; youhereforthewalkareya?

In other words, opposed to one word; “you’re here for the walk, are ya?” Say it really fast. This is how I was greeted by our guide, Shane. My ear was still adjusting to the Clare accent apparently. I loved, loved, LOVED this walk!!!! With each experience in the Burren over the last 20 odd… Continue reading Up the Burren; youhereforthewalkareya?

artwork, Mexican textiles, mexico, momcations, mother creative, mothering littles, natural dyeing, Oaxaca, self care, Spinning, Sheep Breeds, travel, Zapotec

Home Coming

I knew this would be the sweetest feeling. To see my babies, hold them & smell them & notice how they'd changed in 2 weeks. I decided while I was away, 2 weeks was too long. And painful. But seriously, mom's need an f-ing break. A break from making decisions, care taking, and putting herself… Continue reading Home Coming

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One last adventure: day 13

Just one more back strap weaving community. A famous wood carver. And the largest tree in the world. This is what our last full day was filled with. And speed bumps. All of the speed bumps. I'm not going to lie. By this day, I was exhausted. In so many ways. I missed my family… Continue reading One last adventure: day 13

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Oaxaca City : day 12

Wandering in unknown places on my own or with just the right companion is one of my favorite things. Sam and I ventured out on the bus on our own into the city and thank goodness her Spanish is much better than mine. Exploring the market in the middle of the city was so gratifying.… Continue reading Oaxaca City : day 12

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Market Day and Finishing My Rug : Day 11

One more time at the market. One last day to finish this rug. One more ride through the village. My mom used to say I was burning my candle at both ends. Well, I do thrive to feel that fire coming from all directions. My rug just after it being cut off the loom. I… Continue reading Market Day and Finishing My Rug : Day 11

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Lichen and Indigo : day 10

We've been at this dyeing and weaving thing for a while now. I live and breathe at the loom. I've never worked at a standing loom before, and my lower back took a toll everyday. I have to admit, as much as a serene, and total gift this whole experience was, there was still some… Continue reading Lichen and Indigo : day 10

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Lichen Hike : day 9

This was such a special morning for me. One of the colors I was drawn to for my rug design was this warm bold orange. Demetrio uses a Usnea lichen for this that grows in ABUNDANCE up in the mountains not too far from where we were. It's a routine trek he takes up there… Continue reading Lichen Hike : day 9

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Brazil Wood, Marigolds and the Village Market : day 8

I've used Brazilwood a few times recently but in powered form that I purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts. The whole process went well and it felt extremely precious. Brazilwood is a hard wood and can only be found in southern countries. It's also a bit hard to come by. The pieces of wood Demetrio obtains… Continue reading Brazil Wood, Marigolds and the Village Market : day 8