Monthly Archives: April 2015

natural dyeing, peony

Tree peonies or Paeonia is a flowering plant that can reach an average 4-5 feet in height. It is a woody shrub that is native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Peonies are an ornamental plant with large … Continue reading

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repurpose clothing, grevillea robusta

Grevillea robusta, also known as silky oak is an evergreen flowering tree with fern-like leaves, and striking yellow-orange comb-like flowers. Note: The flowers and fruit are poisonous and can cause skin irritation, so care and caution should be taken into consideration when … Continue reading

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why do leaf decay?

Leaf decay is a complex mechanism involving bacterial, fungal and chemical processes. As the plant material is broken down, numerous intermediate chemicals are formed, some water-soluble, and some not. Organic acids and tannin also result in leaf decomposition. These new … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, stork’s-bill weed

Last weekend, the sun was nice and warm with a cool breeze. It was a perfect day to be outside this time of the year, weeding and cleaning up the garden. Some of our fruit trees are budding, and the … Continue reading

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batik painting

Last month, I took a class in batik painting at Jadi Batik Gallery, a handicraft center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The gallery is located in a busy street, where it is easily accessible to an array of fine dining and shopping for both … Continue reading

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