Sunday, April 28, 2019

A Crisis in the Borderlands and a Response That Makes Me Proud

Over the past two weeks the Border Patrol has dropped off more than 2000 asylum seekers here in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and more are arriving every day. Our community's response has been pretty incredible. These weary folks have been given food, shelter, fresh sets of clothes and shoes, a place to bathe, and a safe place to rest until the next part of their journey begins. Las Crucens are donating food, toiletries, money, and time to help out. Today we met some people who are raffling off art to raise money to help local churches and organizations with expenses.
You can buy some tickets to help our community's humanitarian response, even if you live far from this crisis in the borderlands. Please share this story with everyone who might help. 

Raven Art Studio, 300 N. Main Street

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

I tried my hand at natural-dyed Easter eggs, and these are my first  attempts. While not exactly perfect, they do please me. Here are the steps:

1. Take eggs, warm from the nest. 

2. Rinse them off, then poke holes in each end and blow gently to get the insides out.

3. Wrap them tightly in old pantyhose with tiny leaves and flowers pressed up against their sides. 

4. Simmer the wrapped eggs in a pan filled with onion skins and water. I'm going to use some of this onion skin dye to color some handspun yarn. Such a rich color!

For some much clearer directions and some stunning examples, please visit the Made By Barb blog post, Easter Eggs Printed With Botanicals.