Folk Fibers Blog

  • MY INSTAGRAM PHOTO

    Today I was featured on Mashable!!! Pictured below are some screenshots, visit the full article here.  

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  • INSIDE MY LIBRARY

                      New blog series called "Inside My Library" laden with my inspiration images directly off my personal bookshelf. I have been collecting vintage books for almost 2 decades &  now I'm ready to share! Many more great blog posts are in the future, and as always feel free to ask / tell me anything, I would be glad to hear from you!  Inside the book "America's Magnificent Mountains" copyright 1980 

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  • GERMINATING DORMANT SEEDS

    Many plants have dormant seeds as a biological mechanism to ensure that seeds will germinate at the right time and under conditions that are favorable for the growth and survival of the next generation.  There are two types of seed dormancy: Exogenous (seed coat dormancy) and Endogenous (embryo dormancy). Some seeds have hard seedcoats preventing water absorption and the exchanges of gases. Without water absorption and gas exchange, germination would be impossible. There are several treatments to break dormancy for the purpose of inducing germination.  Scarification and Soaking are two pretreatment techniques that I have chosen to highlight.  They are simple and effective and I use...

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  • BABY CACTUS

      I am enchanted by this baby cactus necklace.  Lauren Serota gave it to me as a Christmas gift and yes, it actually is a necklace. It is to be watered every three months by simply soaking it in a glass of water for 30 mins.  I enjoyed watering it so much!  It has me thinking, I am going to try growing cactus from seed! How exciting will that be, baby baby cactus, and lots of them! 

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  • WHERE DO GREAT IDEAS COME FROM?

      It became an act of patience. When I took a few months to travel I experienced an entirely new level of great ideas. It's hard to find the words to describe how I felt. I felt a complete range of emotions and after the 4 months were over, I had grown tired of documenting and receiving information. I felt a deep need to execute.  A good analogy would be comparing it to the process of making a reduction.  Take balsamic vinegar for example.  If you take the time and patiently heat a pot of vinegar it thickens, and sweetens, and evolves into a...

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  • INSIDE THE STUDIO

     

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  • HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

      yours till butter flies..................................................................................................................................................

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  • THE SECRET TO ORGANIC SOIL MIX

    Organic Soil Mix 1 wheelbarrow-load Vermiculite 1 wheelbarrow-load Peat Moss 1 wheelbarrow-load Aged Manure 2 4-inch pots Blood Meal 2 4-inch pots Rock Phosphate 2 4-inch pots Green Sand  After a couple years of working on organic farms, and managing a greenhouse, I have a clear understanding of what makes a successful soil mix. In the diagram above I extracted the basic ingredients to illustrate the raw materials.  The option to use comercial pre-packaged potting soils are widely available at nursery and garden supply stores, but you can also make your own potting mix! Making your own mix allows you to control the types and...

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  • LOOKING FOR RAINBOWS TOPLESS

    Working on a farm is not romantic.  The work is humbling, but the rewards are virtuous. I swapped stories the other day with Kim, one of my farm friends.  I opened up the conversation with the question,  "what was an early farm experience that confirmed your love for working on a farm" Kim said her first farm job was in Newark (outside of Rochester) New York at a farm called Peacework. On her first day she was assigned to do some transplanting in the greenhouse.  She had a lot going through her mind and was nervous that her speed and technique may not be up...

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  • DEAR MOM,

      My Selvedge Magazine arrived today, and to my surprise a pair of long wool mittens came with it! The mittens are an incredible addition given by ESK-Life, they are made in Scotland, a blend of cashmere and mohair, and very soft.  Thank you so much for the generous gift subscription, I wish I could thank you in person with a great big hug + kiss!  

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