Thursday, August 12, 2010

a thursday of August



this, and a lot of stitching

the Mexican Elderberry leaves:
on the lft, a little lighter. just in the canning jar and a day of Sun
the right, the copper pot and some hours of Sun
both, washed with Ivory soap, seem color fast.

tomatoes canned. from the Farmer's Market. two jars had to go into freezer because i didn't want to
do the 45 min processing for two additional jars. here, where i normally give away bags, 3 were harvested.
used the water bath water in an aluminum pot with elderberry leaves and muslin. haven't looked yet.
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nandas said...

ggrace what is the blue piece with the tree like figure? its beautiful... its all beautiful really. no canning tomatoes for me yet... but i did put up some soup. tuna is next week. zucchini relish soon too. i need some time to dye...maybe toward the end of the week.

Penny Berens said...

Mmmmm..yummy, Grace..both cloth and tomatoes that is. I have visitors and so can't dye or stitch at the moment.

grace Forrest~Maestas said... piece, i don't know.
before the counter change it was
less noticable because the stove
was was a tree lit with
lights somewhere...all those
pretty much in that wall collage
are from years of National Geographics.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Penny B....soon enough. but isn't
it great how we long to get to it
when we can't??? i will look
forward to your dye work

ger said...

Love the grey-mottled fabric...

kellie said...

hello Grace~I have been thinking about you and just checking in on how things are going for you. the piece you are working on does look balanced and is very beautiful. you have a great way of mixing simple yet complex...thought provoking :-) For elderberry dye, did you use berries or leaves? I wonder if we have those here in the northwest? I just dug out some fabric I put in a pot of soil with my zinnia's. In a week and a half it already started decomposing. very interesting. hope all is well.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Heike...i take that as an extreme
compliment. you are the Mistress of Subtle...
and well, since i love grey...BUT
it's really a green, but yes,
grey/green, like so many plants
appear on this horizon, a sage
thank you for the compliment and
the visit!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

KELLIE!~ hey!
yes...Deb g lives up your way and
started my thing about Elderberry
but go on her blog, beecreative,
she got an ENTIRELY different color
not green at all!
this dye batch was from the leaves.
last year there was a bumper crop
of fruits that a friend took for wine making...this year, hardly any at all, but some coming on that
i will try.
i would like to hear anything at all about your composting results...that's on my list along
with rust...Penny's project....
thank you for good encouragement
about stitching. am hoping to finish it in the morning???
i often think of the things you
created...i really like them a lot...they hold such a quiet intensity and mystery. 2 Rooms,
Chair and Butterfly is still a
complete favorite...thank you and
i will keep seeing if you make a
blog.....hint. thank you

twhIch aye said...

beautiful... it looks so airy and light. does not quite look like muslin anymore in the photo.

uh uh no trouble... i'm happy you asked :) i will be heading to houston with sis and she's online. after that heading to southern new mexico with dad and i think? he has internet. but that won't be for awhile.

much love to you

Penny Berens said...

Hi Grace- let me know how the rusty rebar goes. BTW what do you mean by full of energy?! If you mean the number of posts..notice how there is nothing much about stitching. Visitors kind of put a curb on that.

Deb G said...

I'm going to try tossing some copper pipe in with the elderberry I have at the moment, see if it will make it greener. I'm using our leaves from our native elderberry, Pacific Coast Red Elderberry. I need to get busy preserving some tomatoes....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

penny ~ energy?, i guess i mean
"vibes", in this case. as in
being pleased with your surroundings, both internal and
external, taking pleasure from looking and doing.
no stitching, yes, but the visitors
will be gone and you will be at it again, i am confident....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

twhich ~ i can wait through
Houston, but then~~~~~~~~~~NM!!!
??? maybe you WILL sit in that
blue chair?????

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deb g ok. Pacific Coast Red
Elderberry. I will identify
formal name for this "yard being"
here...Mexican Elderberry is what
i know and it is native also...
but will find exact name. and
also, you were right in mentioning
water...our water is odd here and
i am sure enters into the equation.
as does the's HOT in those pots. Mid 90s.
on this elderberry trail.