Indigo Batik Arrived Today!

And it’s perfect! This photo doesn’t show the richness of the color, but it does show the design. There’s just a little more variation in color than this photo shows. It’s a nice true indigo, but not too dark with touches of aqua and purple. It’s perfect!

I may start getting this cut and onto the blocks tomorrow, but I have to do some arranging on the design wall first to make it feel more random.

Last night I painted another set of four little water colors for holiday cards for people at work. This batch was done with a really pretty teal color, but on the same design. I love this color! It really feels like a cold winter day.

Here’s a close up of one card. I just love these!

I need to paint five more. I’ll start them tonight and finish them up tomorrow.

Tomorrow I’m also going to finish the gussets on the four pouch sets that are nearly done. I have a sheep herding lesson with a guy from Washington at 11 am and have the rest of the day to hunker down at home.

Rico had his weekly herding lesson today and he was awesome. We took a nice long walk in the sun after the lesson. It was so gorgeous! I was in shirt sleeves the entire time and we walked over four miles.

This field is on the campus of Washington State University but it’s sort of isolated and not in view of the campus buildings, which means I don’t have to worry so much about getting cited. So I let the dogs off leash and let them run while I walk laps. Four laps is one mile. It gets me another mile under my belt and they get about 20 minutes of running. We’re all happy.

It was a little cool in the woods. There was actually some ice on the trail in the shady spots, and some of the trail was wet and slick. These boys dumped me on my butt on one slope! I dug in to keep them from pulling me too fast and my feet slipped out from under me. Down I went!

I got my lighted wreaths up when I got home this afternoon. I had to borrow an extension cord from my neighbor to get the last wreath lit. I don’t have any power outlets on the front of my house so I have to run these cords through the garage. They are all on a timer now. It’s not much but it’s nice to not be completely dark in a neighborhood with more lights being put up every day.

Bonus Christmas border collies on the porch!

Still Waiting For My Indigo Batik

I’ve been waiting and waiting for my indigo batik to show up so I can get moving on the sashing for my improv batik quilt. A week after I placed my order, I finally got an email letting me know it had shipped. I’m guessing that I won’t actually receive it until next week.

I did cut some ugly batik scrap into a block to test the size I need for the setting triangles for my scrappy quarter log cabin quilt made from KFC scraps with the happy little sunbursts.

I need to get moving on the final blocks for that as I wait for fabric to arrive.

Over the last few days I’ve been dealing with a leak in the water line coming into my house. After dealing with all kinds of logistics, the plumber had a cancellation and had someone at my house this morning and had it all taken care of in about three hours. Initially, it looked like I wouldn’t be able to get a plumber to my house for at least a week.

This photo shows the water from the leak that had pooled near my porch and foundation. They found a huge tree root in there that had basically pushed the pipe to the side and broke it! I was really happy when they told me that my crawl space was dry as a bone!

I’m always quite anxious when dealing with issues like this. The unknown makes me very uneasy and I’ve been on edge for over a week now. It feels good to have it fixed so I can stop thinking about it!

I have been doing a little sewing over the last few evenings. I’m working on finishing up four zipper pouch sets that I’ve had all cut and ready to assemble for over a year. This is a total of 12 pouches in various sizes. I’ve been making these four sets assembly line style and I should have them all done tomorrow evening.

Here’s four sets, partially done.

Here’s one partially assembled set.

I’ve sold a lot of these pouch sets over the years. I’m guessing I’ve made at least a hundred sets, mostly in batiks. I’ve sold them during the holidays and during my summer vacations for several years now.

I have 8 sets that I made last year and didn’t sell. I’ll add these four new sets and will try to sell these this year.

I’m hoping people are looking for gift ideas with the pandemic affecting their ability and desire to shop. But if I don’t sell them all it’s ok. It’s really nice to have a few sets on hand for last minute gifts.

Each set had three pouches of various sizes.

Last night I picked out some Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics to make Smarfs for holiday gifts for some of my team at work. You can see previous Smarfs I’ve made here. They will make nice gifts and they are quick and fun to make out of these amazing fabrics.

I’m working on some goodie packages for the people in my department at work and am making a hand painted holiday card for each of them. So I got started tonight. These are water color, are about 4×6 inches and will be glued to a blank card. I have eight more to make.

I love painting dramatic skies!

This weekend will be filled with sheep herding. I have my regular lesson on Saturday and then a special lesson with a trainer from Washington on Sunday. The weather looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to being outside with dogs and sheep!