Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mother Nature Laughed

Yesterday my husband and I were shoveling the walk. He looked up at the sky and exclaimed

"You call this snow? This is a wimpy snow!"

God smiled and Mother Nature laughed and met his challenge.

This morning we found 12 more inches of snow on the front porch. The birds were lining up at the feeders waiting for their meal (click on the picture to enlarge).

Greetings from frigid Wisconsin! Chris

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Sale

I'm taking a long deep breath. All of my gallery orders have shipped for the holiday season.
I have no more travel planned for the next few months.
I even found time to cut up some hand dyed fabrics to make a new quilt for someone special.
I'm itching to stitch again and will make time to sew this coming weekend.
Etsy recently added coupon codes to their site. Whoo Hoo!
I am having a sale at both of my Etsy Shops today through December 15th.
Use the code Dyecandy15 to receive 15% off of your purchases. - Home of my hand dyed quilt block jewelry and stained snowflakes. Shipping is prepaid for all orders shipping from this shop to any location in the United States. - This is where you can find my vibrant one of a kind hand dyed fabrics. As always, any order over $100.00 will qualify for free shipping (refunded through Paypal).

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Chris

Friday, September 10, 2010

Summer at the Lake

Our summer vacations are finally over
Here are a few of my favorite photos from morning walks at the lake.
Dew shimmering with sunlight illuminates the tamaracks in the swamp.
Calm morning waters and
Quiet patience reveal a few surprises
I wish everyday could start like this.
Long days to think and ponder the beauty of nature.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Lately it feels like Wisconsin had become a temperate rain forest.
Five days of rain to every two days of sunshine, just enough sun to get the lawn mowed...
Our spring started out unseasonably warm. All of the flowers are blooming weeks early this year.
The corn is ahead of schedule too. Hopefully things will dry up a bit soon so the crops stay healthy and hay can be cut. Wishing you all sunny days ahead!

P.S. Dye Candy One of a Kind Hand Dyed Fabrics are on sale now through July 11th. Stop by and take a look.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence Day and a Fabric Sale at Dye Candy

Meet my Independence Day Baby. We brought him home from the hospital 21 years ago just in time to see the 4th of July fireworks. That seems like a lifetime ago.

It has been such a joy watching him grow into adulthood. We are proud parents of this young man. Happy 21st birthday son - Rock On!
It has been a while since I have been able to post. The last two months have been a whirlwind of visitors at the Shady Grove and a few weekend trips to visit friends and family. It was good to see everyone but it is really good to be settled in at home for a while.

I'm looking forward to having enough time to blog again. I have been trying to catch up but my Google Reader stopped counting 4 weeks ago when I hit 1000+ unread posts. It was down to 750 unread posts as of last night. I just can't bring myself to hit the delete button and make the posts disappear into cyberspace.

In honor of many days of independence ahead all of my one of a kind hand dyed yardage is on sale in my Dye Candy Fabric Shop. I also wrote a short post the fabrics I use and the dyeing process here.

Wishing you all a wonderful Independence Day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Studio View

Original Post Date December 15th 2008:

I have been gathering these photos through out the seasons. This is the view from my work area. The tree near the barn is my companion year round and gives me inspiration with its spralling grace and changing color. Click on the slide show to see the apple trees in blossom and the distant fall colors on a larger scale.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Summer at Sugar Creek Ranch

This is an old post from June of 2008. Another look into life on our farm:

The daisies are in bloom in the meadows and the grasses blow in the breeze. The fields on our property have been fallow for about 15 years. Each year we have more wildflowers as the prairie recovers. I love this time of year. The weather has been amazing this week, in the mid 70's and sunny. It's hard to leave when the weather is so perfect but... This weekend I drive to Chicago to spend time with my mom and stepfather and my girlfriends. I can't wait!

This is one of my favorite shots of our old dog Kodiak. He was an Alaskan Malamute. His head stood at least 3 1/2 feet high. He was tall enough to be able to put his head on the dinner table, a habit we broke him of quickly.

And now back to April 8th, 2010:
I will be selling my hand dyed fabrics and quilt block jewelry at the Crazy Quilters Quilt Show this weekend. My Etsy shops will be closed until Monday April 12th.

If you are in Mukwonago (Milwaukee Area) this weekend please stop by say hello. This show boasts 200 quilts on display. Read more about the show here.

Have a wonderful weekend! Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 2, 2010

My First Shady Grove

I am going to be re-posting a few old posts as I get ready to vend at the Crazy Quilter's Quilt Show in Mukwonago, WI next weekend. If you are new here, welcome! I thought you might like to see where we came from before we ended up on our farm in rural Wisconsin.

This is the home we left behind. It was our first home, a small cottage with a lot of character and wonderful flower gardens. This home was built in an oak and walnut grove after World War II. Prior to the development of this neighborhood this was a popular picnic spot. People would take an excursion train from Chicago to spend a day in the country. Naperville was a small town of 6000 people when my parents settled there in the early 1960's.

Here is what sits in place of our old home. I had to back up 30 feet to fit it all in the shot. It takes up every square inch of lot allowed by the city. It is a beautiful house but not my idea of a home. The neighborhood we used to live in has changed drastically. Every third house has been replaced by a mansion. The population has grown exponentially. It is now the third largest city in the state of Illinois with a population of more than 144,000 people.
This is where you can find me now. We have a small farm on 76 acres. Here is our old farmhouse. My workroom is through the window. The view is amazing! Note the hydreangea bush on the left. It is just starting to bloom. I had no idea that these bushes grew so high. It comes up to the windows of the second story, and it is still growing!

Updated note April 2nd 2010: I am making another guest appearance today on Carmen's Blog, Carmen Rose Prose. Carmen is an artist after my own heart. She claims to have Art AD/HD and I sure can sympathize with that affliction. Her works are amazing. She is an accomplished art quilter who dyes her own fabric. She paints glass, writes poetry, makes jewelry and you should she the "Art of a Woman" exhibition that she put together! Oh My...

And speaking of Oh My....I recently worked on a special order of hand dyed velvet for Susan of "Plays with Needles". She mentioned that she would be posting something about her new velvets but I never imagined the post she would dream up. It brought such a big smile to my face. Go there and see...and take some time to look around. Susan finds so much beauty in the world of textiles, of life through a camera's lens and in her own artwork.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools

April Fools!!!

I'm not where I'm supposed to be today. Candy Glendening of Candied Fabrics is visiting on my Dye Candy Blog and I am a guest on her blog.

I have been following Candy's blog since last summer. She has such a creative mind and writes wonderful tutorials. I especially enjoyed her tips on lighting, both for photography and her art show booth. Her hand dyed silk scarves and bags were the first of her wares to catch my eye. I love the machine embroidery details on her Going Green journals & Clothing.

You can see the process of how she dyed the fabrics in this picture here. It has been so much fun trading places. Thank you Candy!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Today is reveal day on the Art Quilts Around the World Blog. The theme for this challenge is "Flora"

In February I had a chance to take a class with Beth Wheeler and Lori Marquette about Altered Photo Artistry. I learned SO MUCH about my Photoshop Elements program, which fabrics are good to print on, printers and inks. There was even a little bit about rust dyeing. I really enjoyed this class and plan to play with this technique again and again! The possibilities are endless.

I took this photo last summer at our farm in Southwestern Wisconsin (in the US). This is the nodding thistle or musk thistle. Although it is classified as a noxious weed in many states I always looks forward to seeing these flowers each summer. They are so complex and interesting. Click here to see all the other quilts from this challenge.