January 2, 2012

Brittlebush Brew

Brew by floravitelle

Under the shimmering sun of another glorious winter day in the desert I harvested a few Encelia blossoms for a future experiment.  Rumor has it it makes a lovely red tincture much like St John's Wort.  I read that you can dye fabric with tincture of St John's Wort here, maybe this could do the same?  I also started another brew with Comfrey and some Lavender I brought back from my Oregon adventure. My skin is thirsty and my dear SoulSister Latisha mentioned comfrey recently.  I can not thank her enough for re-igniting my interest in herbal medicine and desert plants. 

January 1, 2012


Welcome to 2012, here in the Sonoran Summerlands it is almost looking like Spring.  We had a wonderful sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s. I spent the afternoon wandering the Desert Botanical Garden and took photos.  I do hope the perfect day is a sign of things to come.  Last year was such a fantastic adventure.  Possibility was my word of the year for 2011 and I explored many new things and places.  The end of the year brought layers of releasing to make room for new experiences for the coming year and I am so excited about the potential of this year.  My word for 2012 is transform, it embraces the alchemy I want to capture in the coming year.  Spending a month in Oregon last year has really re-ignited my love for my desert.  It has inspired a project to capture the vivid and amazing color of the desert in cloth.  I love India Flint's work and I would like to explore the native plants of the Sonoran Desert and how they can be used to color cloth.  My other big plan is to plant a dye garden in my backyard.

I plan to explain more about the project over the next week as I make my plan.