This past weekend I went to Grand Rapids to do a batch of tie-dye with Jen and Rich. I wasn't real thrilled with how the stuff I dyed turned out, but it was a really fun time. I was experimenting with stitching the design into the fabric rather than folding the fabric and that didn't really work for me.
Anyway, I got to spend lots of time with Rich and Jen and the girls and I got to see Jenna and her family. I also made two new friends -- Rachel and Jane. Making new friends is something that doesn't happen for me very often, so it was cool. Rachel is staying with Rich and Jen for a while (originally from Portland, OR) and is interested in intentional community too. Oh, and she can bake a mean gluten-free brownie! Jane is the hippie-est chick I have met since I traveled around with the Rainbow Family. It turns out that we went to the same Church growing up and I even went to Brazil with her brother and to Spain with her sister. It is a small world.
We did a bunch of tie dye on Saturday - until evening. Rich made an awesome vegetable curry for dinner! Then we hung on the porch until it got too cold and we went inside. I got back to my folks house pretty late, but I still got up in the morning to go to breakfast with my Mom and Dad. It is becoming a tradition for us to go out on Saturday or Sunday morning on the weekends I visit. Then I packed up and headed back to the Holshoe house to rinse out the tie-dye. The weekend flew by and I didn't get to see Amy or Dawn like I had wanted. :(
Jen is going to try to sell some of our stuff at the Farmer's Market in Grand Rapids. What doesn't sell there will probably go up on Etsy.com so be looking for future posts about how to find our "store". What? You've never been to Etsy.com?!? Well, you should check it out! It is only the coolest place on the internet for a crafter who wants to quit their day-job and just create full-time. -sigh-