Monday, November 1, 2010

First Freeze and November!

We had our first frost last night, so with that knowledge in mind, Sue and I picked the rest of our eggplant, peppers, and green tomatoes. We took the last of the plants inside, covered the outside lettuce, and jammed the green house with more lettuce, and tropicals...
Now I have a large basket of eggplant to whip up into something yummy and freezable.
The tomatoes can go into a bag and may ripen up! Lots of beets were pulled and the garlic still has to get put into the ground. Pronto.

 Last weekend we extracted honey and now the jars are in the dishwasher and we have another 4 gallons to jar up and label, trying not to get little dribbles of honey on the outside of the jar!


In the studio, I have been playing with my gel printing. Have been playing with faces and thought about trying a doll body. I the photo above, you can see a couple of examples of the fabric print (the first print) and the paper version (the second print).

Not only is the paper version very cool looking, but it also helps to remove the paint from the gelatin, making it ready for your next print.
I added a piece of batting to the fabric version and did free motion stitching around the edges and features of the doll, adding stitched hands and boots. I cut out the shape, stitched her up with a backing, stuffed and closed up the edge. Took my embroidery floss to her and love how she is coming along.

Got to go and get straw, bunny food, chunchies for the chickens and saucers for the plants.


Amber Dawn Inventive Soul said...

Hi Tracy!
The doll you created looks good!
About how long does the gelatin slab keep for?
It looks like fun!

Chaunna said...

The gel printed dool looks awesome. Something I might have to look into - my kids would LOVE making some of those (or atleast seeing some of their drawings turned into dolls anyway).

Awesome job

Tracy Stilwell said...

Hey miss amber...the gelatin slab needs to be kept in the refrig but seems to be holding up...will pay attention to that detail! hope you are welll! t