trying

I’m trying so hard to learn this and not doing too well.

the format may make my blogging change, but i’d like to keep doing it, because over here on squarespace you can communicate with me.

our bloodroot: sanguinaria canadensis. i’ve used the roots several times in dying, the first time i used it i dyed pulp with it. in the days when i knew not a thing about what i was doing. this little pair wandered to a new spot in my kitchen door garden, maybe started by a discarded root from a dyebath? I didn’t plant them.  you’ll see a quite possibly photoshopped photo of a snapper, newly emerged—two days ago i saw my first turtle of the year, a painted, and moved her across the road in the direction she was heading, so she can do her business. and yesterday i saw my first ruby throated hummingbird, a male, greedy and hungry, at my feeder.

our bloodroot: sanguinaria canadensis. i’ve used the roots several times in dying, the first time i used it i dyed pulp with it. in the days when i knew not a thing about what i was doing. this little pair wandered to a new spot in my kitchen door garden, maybe started by a discarded root from a dyebath? I didn’t plant them.

you’ll see a quite possibly photoshopped photo of a snapper, newly emerged—two days ago i saw my first turtle of the year, a painted, and moved her across the road in the direction she was heading, so she can do her business. and yesterday i saw my first ruby throated hummingbird, a male, greedy and hungry, at my feeder.

mother turtle

mother turtle

the last two months have been hard, with a sinus infection keeping me on the down/low, functioning below normal, with a headache, and now, three antibiotics (actually four) later (yes, i did the natural stuff, too) i am finally getting better.

the house has sold. finally really and truly.

i am packing.

and i’m a little bit crazed.

aimee made a little book using my papers, she made a second edition…the first sold out quickly.

aimee made a little book using my papers, she made a second edition…the first sold out quickly.

and k jodi gear used my papers for these paintings  out west the sky is bigger than here in the great northern forest.

and k jodi gear used my papers for these paintings

out west the sky is bigger than here in the great northern forest.

i have so much to share but so little understanding of how to use this format. i will leave you with this little bit: our bookish group went to montreal a couple weeks back, and visited st armand papaterie. heres a look:

modest entrance

modest entrance

the modest entry

one david holds an old mould

one david holds an old mould

another david pulls a sheet, the third david, the owner, was away at a wayzgoose.

another david pulls a sheet, the third david, the owner, was away at a wayzgoose.

after loft drying the paper rests before being cold pressed.

after loft drying the paper rests before being cold pressed.

denise lapointe, the other owner, left huge “shifu” hanging around.

denise lapointe, the other owner, left huge “shifu” hanging around.

another linen sign from syracuse

another linen sign from syracuse

and the last batch of kitchen papermaking, flax with indigo

and the last batch of kitchen papermaking, flax with indigo

and i’m closing now, and once i keep practicing, if i can make myself do it, i’ll be able to communicate with you all more fluently. my thanks for coming by and reading and i hope that soon it will be easy and i’ll feel like i’m having a conversation again. happy may.