All About Cotton!

Part two of our countdown to the natural dyeing series.

And as promised, the website for Sally Fox’s organic, natural-colored cotton.

If you can find this with the swatches, it is an invaluable resource into all of the cotton fabrics available, plus a lot more on cotton, it’s history and other details. All About Cotton

How to Build an Easy and Inexpensive Light Frame for your Seed Trays

Not only do I show you how to build the light frame, I show how the seed trays wick water up to the pellets. I planted soapwort, indigo, and mignonette in these trays. Just waiting for the newest woad seeds to arrive.

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All About Linen – and an Experiment!

Is linen stronger wet than dry? Let’s find out!

A brief history of flax, linen, baste plants and their uses. Also, I test to see if linen really is stronger wet than dry.

For more information on linen, how to grow, process it, and how to use it to its best, here are more videos on this subject.

Recommended reading for more about flax, linen and all the uses including weaving patterns and more. Linen – From Flax Seed to Woven Cloth

Keto-Friendly Marinade for Steak and Chicken

Stir well the following ingredients:

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1/3 Cup Lemon juice (fresh is best)


¼ Cup Keto-Friendly Worcestershire Sauce – (substitute the coconut aminos for the soy sauce)

1 ½ Tablespoons Garlic Salt

2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning

1 Teaspoons Pepper

Pour over steak and let sit for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day.  Then cook as desired. 

For chicken, pour over and let sit for 20 minutes up to 1 hour.  Then cook as desired.

I used the marinade for the steak, and while I was cooking the steak, I let the chicken sit in the remaining marinade while the steak was cooking.  Delicious!!!

Let the Growing Begin!

These are madder seeds in peat pots ready for water to be added. I need to get a bit of potting soil to cover the seeds, but for 24 hours, it won’t hurt them being uncovered.

Recycling at its best. The aluminum trays are from a catered meal at the office back in January. The gravel is from a failed aquarium experiment (it’s clay and far too muddy for aquariums), and it is perfect for keeping the soaked peat pots standing and helps with water management.

I ran out of peat pots after planing Lady’s Bedstraw, madder, bloodroot, and mignonette seeds. I still have woad and soapwort seeds to plant, and I’d like to order some indigo seeds so I can compare indigo and woad. Luckily, I have these planter pots and some pressed paper egg cartons to use.

But the best part?

My light rack! This is left over PVC from the backdrop frame we used to use at comic conventions. It was still in its bag in the back of Scott’s art closet. And, better yet, I have enough to build another one. Now just to figure out where to put it. The bathroom counter works great for this one, but I need another space just as big for another one. I need to figure that one out. Hmmm…

Gotta Love the Mail!!!

More fun supplies arrived for natural dyeing and the garden. I am so anxious to get to both of them, although I have most of the supplies necessary, now, for the garden, and I’m still waiting on several for the natural dye experiments to commence.

So, let’s start with what I received for the garden. 100 peat pellets so I can start my seeds in the house and 500 plant tags. This last item should last me several years. In fact, I might use a specific colored tag for each year I plant something.

As for the natural dyeing supplies, I received these:

Citric acid to shift pH, and soda ash for scouring cellulose fibers.

And the last of the yarns I need – linen and silk. I already have plenty of wool and cotton yarns in my stash, but needed these two. Now just to get the fabrics I ordered in the mail. I should see them next week, and we can start the series on natural dyeing.

I feel like a mad scientist, sitting here and rubbing my hands together in anticipation of all of the fun this spring and summer will bring. You just wait and see what’s coming!!!