I took this photo of Virtue yesterday while she was napping on the back of our couch. I tend to take a LOT of photos of our kitties, but this one in particular makes me pretty proud.
I spent much of the day ripping out everything in a huge set of cupboards we have in the kitchen, throwing out things we don't need and reorganizing. It needed to be done, I haven't gone through them in the almost 8 months since we moved in. Something just possessed me to run around like a chicken with my head cut off to tidy, clean, and make the cupboards a more efficient use of space!
I now have a tea/herbal cupboard, a dye cupboard and a cupboard full of jars for tincturing, steeping dyestuffs, pickling and making preserves! I'm so excited, haha.
I've always wished to have a huge collection of jars of herbs for making remedies and tea blends, and creating gorgeous yarn colours. I'm well on my way, I think! One day, I'll be a wild-haired lady who always dresses in airy, flowing clothing, walls of my house lined with shelves covered in glass jars filled with herbs.
My natural dyes are from Maiwa and I've had some really great results with them. The jacquard acid dyes are from KnitPicks and the little I've used them, they seem to work well. I'm more partial to natural dyes, maybe because they were the first that I worked with. I find the colours from natural sources like barks, roots and other plant matter absolutely gorgeous and love how complimentary they can be to one another.
Tomorrow it looks like we may be going to go look at a female ball python for sale in town here. Alex really wants one and has been doing extensive research on their care. I've had a lot of pets in my life, but I've never had a reptile so this is going to be a learning experience even for me. I'm excited, though! If she's healthy, and happy, we might have a new little friend coming home with us!