Its fall and the gardens are winding down here at my country home and studio. This time of year is always settling to me as though the plants and I have run a long, hot race through summer and now we can rest on our laurels. Artistic inspiration always comes. Here is what I am thinking…
The color of the end-of-season hydrangea and heirloom nasturium makes me want to get back to my hand appliqueing in similar tones. I am making a baltimore album type quilt a little bit at a time, year by year.
The gray bark of the maple trees is inspiring me to finally do something with the wood grained fabric I painted last year. Maybe I will get something created with it for Open Studio next month.
HOW TO: Apply a thin coat of textile paint to your paint board, run a wood-graining tool through it then very carefully lay either wet/rung-out cotton fabric [like above] or dry fabric on top of the paint. Roll a brayer on the fabric to “print it” with the paint below. Pull off carefully and let dry. Set paint with heat, wash and iron.
Although my rose geranium is still lush, it may freeze soon so I have clipped some stems of it and made starts already for next years planting. I make gorgeous rose geranium tinctures to use in my summer facials. Clip a tip off your geranium and pull off the lower leaves. Prepare a pot of good soil by moistening it with water and poke a hole down the center of the soil (I use the handle of a wooden spoon.) Dip the stem into powdered Growth Hormone and insert stem into hole. Press dirt around it. It will root where you pulled the leaves off and grow into another full sized plant.
I pulled down the worn out vegetable plants at the back door to clean up the entrance to my studio collecting the last bits. David dug up the potatoes out of the compost pile. I think I will make my stuffed pepper dish. Maybe an au gratin of potato with some rosemary on another day.Even the bees are slowing down enough for a photograph. Columbus Day week-end is always a good bench-mark for closing her down and buttoning it up. Enjoy your close to this season!