Monthly Archives: July 2009

Ethnobotany 101: Yellow Dye

I sent a note to Julia the Ethnobotanist asking what local plant around here I could use for a yellow dye for wool or cotton. Just to see what she said. Mind you, I don’t actually have anything to dye … Continue reading

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The Homestead Frame of Mind…

This is going to be a long entry. Feel free to grab a cup of coffee now so as to help keep those eyelids open… My friend Kristin of Reclaiming the Home (and the group by that name on Ravelry) … Continue reading

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Ethnobotany 101: Bear Grass

Xerophyllum tenax Bear grass is unmistakeable in the Cascades. Clumps of grass-like leaves arching outward with tall flower stalks holding the showy white flowers (shown above) can be seen everywhere along roads and trails in Mt. Rainier National Park. It … Continue reading

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Where did the week go??

I spent much of the past 7 days with Hannah, exploring flowers and rocks around Mount Rainier National Park – with a side trip to Mt. St. Helens. It was refreshing to see how the littlest detail could capture a … Continue reading

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Hannah Arrives Tonight!

Yes, one of the Infamous Smith Girls is flying from Denver to Seattle tonight to visit MissSilly. This next week will be fun. Sadly, I have some work obligations to attend to during her visit. However, I should get a … Continue reading

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New Slippers

Just in time for the fall, I FINALLY finished my new pair of felted wool slippers on Saturday. It really was a productive weekend this weekend, even if I didn’t get my blog updated. đŸ˜‰ (Sorry BethanyG!)

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A Little Bit of Everything…

Let’s see… Yet another week has escaped my grip. 1) We have been hosting a workshop this week, teaching middle and high school teachers about volcanoes, geology and the USGS/NPS sites around here dealing with volcanoes and geology. I haven’t … Continue reading

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