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Weird & Stinky

Tuesday of this week, I was really excited.  I had ordered this book on dyes.  It looked cool.  It sounded super interesting and I could not wait to get my hands on it.  Just as Amazon had promised, that book was in my mailbox Tuesday afternoon.

I grabbed the envelope from El and tore it open.  That’s when I noticed the smell.  It was a cross between a cinnamon factory, a room full of cinnamon brooms and the world’s biggest mug of chai.  Weird, huh?  Never mind!  I pulled my treasure out!



The first thing I noticed, other than the rush of weird, were that the corners looked a little folded.  No problem!  Things get dinged up in the mail all the time!  Then I opened the book.




What had been excitement turned into disappointment followed by watering eyes, some coughing and the overwhelming stink that came from the book.  Wow.  I tried to hold my nose as I thumbed through the book.  Every single page was destroyed by someone’s powerful gingerbread coffee/chai latte/whateverthehell they were drinking when the book was packaged up.

A replacement is scheduled to be here Friday, so it all worked out.  But if you ever get an envelope in the mail from Amazon and it has an overwhelming aroma of Christmas spices don’t open it!  Just assume that the employee with the drinking habit packed your item and get a replacement.  Your nose will thank you.



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I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer.  It’s been incredibly wet here.  We’ve made it to the pool once and spend a great deal of our time watching movies, playing with dolls or crafting.  Not a bad way to spend a summer, but some outdoor things would be lovely.

One great indoor activity is browsing antiques stores.  I love looking through stuff.  You never know what you’ll find.  Like this little gem.  Isn’t this cool??
I haven’t had a chance to sit down and seriously take a peek at all the recipes, but, at a glance, it’s got some really neat stuff in it.  The recipes that have been served in the on site tavern are marked so, if you ate something there  you really liked, you can try your hand at making it at home!  I’ve always wanted to visit Williamsburg, (and Jamestown as well) and if I can’t get there, maybe I can bring a little of it into my home.

On the spinning front, I’ve tweaked my wheel a lot to get every thing oiled up appropriately.  In the past, I would spin like mad and not really have a plan for my yarns.  I’m not sure I’ll always have a plan this time around as to what to make from the yarn, but I do know that I want to use natural dyes to give it some oomph.  To that end, I ordered a really great book from Amazon.

This book is a bit like natural dying for idiots….pretty much right up my alley.  🙂 I’m excited about getting my yarns done and dropping them in a dye bath.  Can’t wait to share the results!