Wednesday, February 17, 2016

slow










Warm days. Slow days. The days between the days in Colorado.

It's so warm, the buds are opening and it feels like spring. Wait, I think it IS spring here in the desert.

Mr Sage bought the latest Walking Dead compendium for me....I can hardly put it down!

I received a beautiful coloring book in a giveaway sponsored by this wonderful and talented woman http://deb-posted-from-home.blogspot.com/. Thank you, Deb! (Her original artwork is included in the coloring book!)

Made this recipe a few days ago: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/01/cheesy-vegetable-chowder-aka-broccoli-cheese-potato-soup/

Durango dreams of chasing rabbits.
And I'm considering diving into another rag rug rescue.

Nice and slow. That's how February is shaping up. And that's ok with me.
How is February treating you?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

a lesson in weaving








I have a crazy thing for rag rugs. An obsessive, crazy, colorful thing for vintage rag rugs.
This particular rug belonged to my grandmother. Eventually it was my mother's rug, and then it became mine.

A while back, I took it out to study it. I paced around it. I recalled how it was in my grandmother's kitchen, then my mother's hallway. I wanted it to be a part of my life too.

After a few too many tries, I finally figured out the pattern (turkey tracks!) and wove embroidery thread into the damaged parts, closing the gaps and bringing the rug back to a usable state.
It wasn't easy. My fingers were sore from pushing the needle through the weft. And my eyes....I thought I would go blind from trying to follow the pattern. Mr Sage told me to take a break! so I worked on it when he was asleep or at work. (Ok, secret's out.)

But in the process of weaving and repairing and reweaving, I gained a healthy respect for the people who, so long, ago, saved every worn out piece of clothing, ripped and tacked the fabric together, and wove those strips into a rug.
Imagine how long it took to save enough fabric. Imagine cutting and sewing and weaving. Imagine beating it to get the dirt and dust out and then washing that rug in a tub with a washboard!

And all I did was repair it, in my own humble way.

I have become the rug conservationist and custodian. That kind of responsibility scares me.