Crazy as a Loom

Friday, November 8, 2019

I'll keep posting here, for the next few times I post,  with a link to my latest post

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

  New post:



                                        An extra hour




Thursday, October 31, 2019

New post

Until I figure this out, I will put a link here when I post, so everyone can find it.
I will also put a link on the side bar.

NEW POST



Monday, October 28, 2019

It's done!

   


My new web site is up and running.  I would like to take credit for it, but of course I can't.   The young man who did all the work, was kind enough to say that I helped, and of course, I gave him the photos and the text, but he did the heavy lifting.   I could never have built this web site by myself.

Crazy as a Loom Weaving Studio

Please look it over, and give me your feedback.  I hope you like it as well as I do.
I am especially in love with the logo, top left of the home page.  He really nailed it.

There are only 10 items for sale on it for now.   I have the big Hudson Mohawk Weaver's Guild show coming up Nov 21-24, in Latham, NY.  I will wait until that is over, and then I will seriously list everything in the shop.

He was unable to bring my whole blog over to the site, there are so many posts since 2007.  But he brought over the last 10 posts, and a link back here, if someone is of the mind to read old stuff.
I will not delete this blog, but leave it here for whoever might want to read it.  And to be honest, I am always going back myself, to find out when I went somewhere, or when something in particular happened.  It's here, in my blog, most often.

So here it is:   For future use.

Crazy as a Loom Blog

Or you can just go to www.crazyasaloom.com  and click on the blog heading on the right.

I think that this is way overdue.  I probably should have done it years ago.   It's all about investing in myself, and in what I love.   It's a web site that I can be proud of.   I realize now how amateurish my old site was, and why it didn't encourage anyone to hang around at all.
My assignment for quiet evenings is to watch You Tube videos about Woo Commerce, because I will have to get comfortable with listing products.  I am hoping to have  a hefty amount of greeting cards, a lot of dish towels, and a ton of clothes up by the end of the year, which, btw, is not all that far away.

On other fronts, I have managed to gather a good stash of vintage books, destined for paper crafting this winter.

It's a time for sweaters, and hot tea, and planning projects.........right now, the weather is holding.  But we know that won't last for long.

So check it out.......please comment......I hope you like it.

See you over there.

Hilary





Friday, October 18, 2019

And it's fall.



I am finally taking the plunge, and revamping/upgrading my web site.
I've had it for years and years, and I've always done it myself....but it's become pretty lame.
I sell a lot of stuff on FB, but when people ask if I have "more" or "different colors", I really can't refer them to my web site, because it is so lame.




Part of my reasoning is that if my web site is decent, and I can drive customers from FB and Instagram, over to my new and improved web site, where all the towels and all the clothes are available,  perhaps I won't feel so bad about letting shows GO.

Not that I won't do a show if I feel like it, but no more of this 5-8 shows a summer.   I am just too tired of all of that.

So stay tuned, I'm hoping in a couple of weeks, it will be up and running, though I won't probably be putting a lot of product on it until after the Guild Show November 21-24.   After that, I will be diligent about keeping the web site as current as possible.


The mushrooms in the last post were oyster mushrooms, and this one is "hen in the woods".

Both allegedly edible.




Here's what's for dessert.....a Swedish Apple Pie.....to die for I might add, and SO easy.
Recipe available on request.


This next minutia is for Lois, I know she wants to know.   How accurate it is?   Well, who really knows.




So the other day I was wasting time on Pinterest..... and I saw the term "chaffle".

And of course, I said WTH is a CHAFFLE???????


Which led me to tons of pins, and basically, a chaffle is a thing popular  with Keto diets.

It's a waffle, made with cheese and eggs........and there are more variations than I could imagine.

You can use any old waffle maker, but they suggest this Mini Dash.........about $10 at Target.




And the first one I made was pretty tasty, kind of like an egg muffin...but so much easier and quicker.

I'm sure I will be making more.




So, what's on the looms???


Well, the hand dyed milk warp is on the AVL, and I'm using a hand dyed cotton hemp as weft.   It is yardage.




Lois is weaving an 8 harness draft, making towels, on the Baby Wolf, in 8/2 cotton.

I love the pattern.


and the color combination.



I usually love October, but this year, the abundance of ticks has me pretty disheartened.   I hadn't seen any ticks all summer, and this week alone, I've taken at least 20 off the dogs, and a couple off myself.
They are supposedly more active at this time of year.   They are hateful little creatures, and I am nostalgic for those days when I was growing up, and my kids were growing up, when we had never even heard of them, didn't worry about them, and being outside was a lot more enjoyable without them.
The world is going to hell, in a hand basket.





Thursday, October 10, 2019

Just say no.

Rough night, waking up every hour with such a headache.......troublesome dreams in between, because I was so tired.

This morning, after I let the dogs out and fed them, and the cats, I settled on the couch in my favorite (ok my only) bathrobe, and wondered WTH I was going to be able to do today.  Then I actually admitted to myself, that I didn't really give a damn.  Pain takes over at some point, and the mind just throws in the towel.  Enough already.



Then I picked up my laptop, to look to see if the time of year was what was making my headache rock.  The ragweed mostly.   I checked my blog 2018, but no mention in September or October of this kind of distress.
So I tried 2017, and I came across this post:   Sept 12, 2017

Then I read your comments.  All of them. It made me teary, and I realized, that "this too shall pass".

Hold on.  Hold on tight, and try not to worry.  This is exactly where you are supposed to be, no matter how much it hurts.

All those years in Al Anon, (not one minute wasted), bring me back to the most important lesson I have ever learned:  One day at a time.  One hour.......ok, one minute at a time.

DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.


I found the herbal heat packs I ordered from Bed, Bath and Beyond, and heated them up.
The one went on my neck and shoulders.

The one across my face did the trick......I could instantly feel my sinuses start to drain.  Wowza.


 Here's what it looks like, and when heated, it smells wonderful.
Who knew?



Then I ate half a bagel, took some Claritin, and some Alleve, took a shower, and got myself ready for the day.
I made a decision to love this day, no matter what.

When Lois arrived, set to finish threading a loom, I told her I wanted to take a drive, to look for an old cemetery I had found years ago, and wasn't entirely sure if I could find it.
She said, "Let's go."

So we piled the kids (Naya and Willie) in the car, and set out for Crown Point, NY.

And it's true, 30 years ago, I was touring the back roads and came across this old cemetery, there just happened to be a little wooden sign by the road.  I was amazed to find, that my great, great, great grandfather, his wife and a son were buried there.  I had all the family tree mapped out, I had done all that back in the 70's.  And here they were.  Serendipity.

We amazingly found the path into the woods, and the cemetery, with very little trouble.  The sign by the road was gone, but there was a rusty chain from two old cedar poles, and it looked promising.

 The sign was in the woods, where you entered the actual space.



I wanted to take photos of the gravestones, because I knew that eventually the information would be lost, and probably no one else will go there.
It wasn't far off the road at all, and there were a lot more graves there than I remember.
It was, sadly, abandoned and uncared for.


My great, great, great grandfather was there, Zebedee Cooper, Jr., his wife Melinda Cooper, (also referred to as Linda) and their son, Curtis Cooper, who died at age 16.







I wish I owned the land,  and it was closer, I would keep the cemetery in better shape.
But I'm glad we went, and I will make notes of exactly where it is.

We left there, and took the kids for a walk in the woods, which they thoroughly enjoyed.




Saw some funky fungi.   Have no idea what kind they are.




Brought two tired pups home to continue their afternoon snooze.


While I finish my new book.



The headache???  Oh, it's still with me, but it can't have this day, not entirely.  

I just said NO.



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