Wet Noodle…

“Saturday Night Bath”

Oh, no…

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Ma-ah-om! Not now; not while I’m wet and nude! You know I hate taking pictures…

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Geez…Must you?

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Okay. Happy?

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Back to posting, Cultured Veggies…and Sewing Porn!

So, it’s been so long that I cannot even begin to find the right place to pick up where I left off ; and I have loads (LOADS, I tell you) of pictures and subject matters that should have been posted since — what? July!???? So, instead of the overwhelming-ness of it all, I’m simply going to start somewhere…any ‘ol where!

So let me just apologize for the jumbled nature of this post (okay, nonsensical rambling-ness), the non-thorough-ness, and the general poor structure and grammar to boot!

Sewing

Aprons I made from some awesome retro-looking rooster fabric:

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Had enough fabric to make another one (another plus to being an ETLer πŸ˜‰ ) — this one is reversible:

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I‘ll try to post here-and-there some projects I’m currently working and some I did earlier this year. I’ve got LOTS of things I photographed… i just gotta get it all sorted!

But, seriously, just the sorting and choosing of the photos is labor intensive,Β  haha.

I’ve read several interesting sewing blogs and some of these major-major sewists are incredible. They often have these fun projects going where whoever wishes can join in making a project for that month — aprons, purses, skirts, etc. Some beautiful, beautiful work being done out there. And then there are times when people just post what they’re working on or their latest discovery — notion, technique, pattern, etc.
I’ve been thinking…there should be “Sewing Porn Day” and a “Fabric-Porn Day”Β  Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Perhaps, in this day of “promises” — ya think I can convince the next President to advocate for such a day? πŸ˜‰ Ooooh, don’t get me started on poli-tick-nitpicking! (say that fast 3 times…)

Serious!Β  Set me loose in a fabric mart and I’m comin’ home with a motherload. I love children’s fabric…I know, I know! I love the cutsie patterns (not pacifiers and rattles, though!!) of little animals, etc. Oh, that reminds me I should post some of my jammies, lol. I’ll post some of my porn-worthy fabric cache at some point πŸ˜€

Now, as far as adult-print fabric, well, I just adore Japanese imports. Gorgeous. I’m not too fond of loud, bold colors. I like old-fashioned colors and patterns. Oh, give me some vintage fabric and I’m in sewing heaven!

Okay, here is an example of drool-worthy Japanese fabric I purchased:

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Ooh, La, La, a French seam…(I’m a serious French-seam Queen!) Just love ’em. Yummmm…

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OMGosh I really AM an edge-sewist! (a friend dubbed me so. Or was that “on-the-edge” sewist…

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Okay, okay…whew.
So any hard-core sewists out there want a Sewing/Fabric-Porn Day, too?

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Link me summa yer “stuff,”Β  Y’All
Okay, ‘nuf-a dat! (I’m so easily distracted, no? ) πŸ˜€

Speaking of vintage…a little sneak peak: I’ll be working on this (soon!). I’m hoping to wear it ’round Thanksgiving:

I love it! I like the third view (far right) best. The middle is very vintage looking, however, I’m not too sure how I’d look in that style…I may be too short πŸ™‚
Anyway, I am thinking maybe linen…I don’t wear animal products, so no wool; but there are fab alternatives out there. I bought some hemp “suede” earlier this year (yet another fabric run I didn’t post!) and that just might be perfect…anyway, I’d better hurry-the-heck up!

I have the pattern already; I just have to get started on a muslin. It looks easy, actually; however, from experience, I know I’m going to need a muslin. I read a few reviews to see how others got along with it and all seem to be favorable. The issues were about the armholes being a bit too small (to accomodate a shirt underneath) and the bodice being a bit too short, making the empire waist slightly too high…this is common stuff, though. Everyone is shaped differently. If only the pictures were how the dresses looked on us all! I love the fabric this blogger, Frosty772, used. Came out really nice.

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This weekend I didn’t work on any garments, but felt like something simple…so I made a few (very easy-peasy) booties πŸ˜€ . Most you find are for babies! I decided I needed some. It’s one thing to make things it’s an entirely different thing to make a tutorial — and a decent one, at that! and, as for these it was the same: I just sort of worked out a pattern and way to go about it from various techniques I’ve learned (very much like I make my “recipes”! I rarely write them down….Photobucket!)
I’ve got some other booties/slippers versions in the works, but these I can bust out in about 15 minutes:

These are snuggly fleece!

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And they are very sturdy :).

I added batting (stuffing) to some to make them warmer.

These are felt, I think (faux, of course)…


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Well, Halloween IS upon us… πŸ˜›


Here is the bottom:

Speaking of witch… πŸ˜‰ A reversible one I’m working on:

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Here is one with a different bottom; this one is just a proto — Pattern just needs to be altered to accomodate the extra bulk, really. Easy enough. But, right now, warped and messy —Β  not quite ready to wear πŸ™‚


These are one of the first ones I made, and they came out a bit too round-ish — I call them my “duck-feet booties πŸ˜€ These are made of (vegan) flannel:
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Made several others…

Sewing is definitely work; However, have fun, I say…sewing IS fun
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Cultured Vegetables

And, my continuing love affair with nutrient-rich food and optimal health through Eat To Live continues, unabated πŸ˜‰

Here are some cultured veggies I threw together recently:

Ingredients: Yep, I added my beloved Sprouts!!

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Result:

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In fact, the ones I’ve made with sprouts taste best.

This one I added Arame, a black (when dried) Japanese seaweed you can see:
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Ultimate survival food! Cultured veggies are super nutritious, GREAT for the digestive system, and not the least — yummy πŸ™‚Β  I made my own since purchasing it premade is EXPENSIVE, IF you want organic, raw, and salt-free!Β  Pasteurized would defeat the purpose anyway; so buying it raw is a no-brainer; however, it’s difficult to find salt free and organic.

In my previous post about digestion , I mentioned Rejuvenative brand of raw cultured veggies. Very good and definitely my go-to source now. However, making this myself is SO easy peasy, it’s downright foolish to purchase it regularly, anyway, especially in this economy.

I most often add it to my dressing and it acts as, say, a vinegar might; however, it’s not “vinegary” or sour at all. Much better than any ol’ vin πŸ™‚

I also add a few huge spoonsful to mix into my salad sometimes. It’s a good way to stretch a dressing!

Apparently, the juice is traditionally a prized food. I have found it excellent as a pre-meal digestive aid (similar to why one would take a probiotic supplement or digestive enzymes, etc.) or in-between meals — “digestive conditioner, I guess, ha!

This juice is also a fabulous “vinegar.” The difference is this is MUCH better. MUCH less harsh from even the mildest vinegars. With small amounts of fruit added, it becomes a delicious flavored vinegar. πŸ™‚ I LOVE IT!!!

I’m a big believer in the pivital role of digestion to optimal health.

Cooking season too

Haven’t cooked in ages — since last time this year, I think! But I will do a bit, I’m sure, soon. I have something in the works right now that I actually started earlier this year, made a draft post, and never got around to posting it! Good stuff, hopefully, coming soon!Β  So, like the 10 others I have unfinished (and the who-knows-how-many-more-waiting to be born) I have to go back and refresh it, add this-and-that, and, of course finish it. I sometimes forget much of the info so I have to redo whatever it was … Sooo much to post!

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But, here I am, a small step back into the posting game πŸ™‚Β  Hopefully, I can tackle some of my older non-posted ones this season as my indoors status resumes for the season ahead πŸ˜‰ So much to post so little time…Sigh.

Oh, did Post this one already?


πŸ™‚ Tis okay; it deserves another gander πŸ˜‰

_Strix
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Clover Sprouts in the Hemp Bag and Noodles’ Eco-Suits …

Of course came out fabu-loso πŸ˜‰

Here are the Red Clover seeds soaking (yes, those are shoelaces for string! It is hemp, though πŸ˜› ):

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Okay, so after a good 8- to 12-hour soak, it’s now it’s hang time.

Then…Day 1:

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This is how I rinse: I add the bag to a bowl of water and swoosh and shake and submerge so ALL the sprouts get a nice soaking. I do this instead of running tons of water over them — WASTING!! This works fantastic and saves me some angst! I really, really, really — did I mention, “really”? — despise wasting water.

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Day 2 — Gorgeous! I think Red Clover seeds are the most beautiful, don’t you?

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Ahhhh, Day 3:

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Mmmmm…Day 5. And, wow…greening, once again before even “greening”!!:

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Here is the bag of sprouts, done, on Day 6 (Now I know I can use a bit more seeds next time since this is not too full): Note how dry the bag is…

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Okay, now let us peak inside…

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Eureka!

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Once again, niiiiiiiiice πŸ˜€

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Obviously this type of sprout also excels in hemp bags!

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Now, I read that some seeds, like red clover sprouts release quite a bit of their pigment on to their host. So I expected my bag to stain, and it didn’t disappoint :). I think it looks nice, actually; I love antiques and antiquey things, especially fabrics! So this looks like a “well-seasoned” sprout bag ;^).

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This is just another small-ish hemp sprout bag I made; I want a separate one for alfalfa sprouts:

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I also made some re-usable tea bags like I had purchased previously (some are really cheapy; some are good-quality) with the scraps of fabric leftover from making the hemp sprouter bags πŸ˜€ :

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And this is a large-ish filter made from the hemp jersey for volume tasks, such as for seed mylks or juices, etc.

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This particular fabric is so gorgeous I almost hate to use it! The picture at Near Sea Naturals and these photos, too, don’t do it justice; if I didn’t know better, I would say it was a blend with silk! It has that type of drape, feel, and look.

I got the ring from the large re-usable cotton tea nets I bought which wore out; no use throwing away those good rings! They fit nicely. πŸ˜€

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Now for another Noodles layout ;^)

Here he is in the bird suit made from the cool, cotton-like fabric, “Natural Hemp-Organic Cotton Muslin” that I used to make the sprout bags:
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And here is a suit in the drapey, very light — I hate to even use the word, “jersey”! — Hemp-Organic Cotton jersey fabric:

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Here is a nicer closeup of the fabric:

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But, of course, nudie is always better ;^)

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I still have to make him one in the other gorgeous jersey, the FeatherweighNatural Hemp-Organic Cotton Jersey.

I just love the naturalness of these fabrics! Knowing there is nothing synthetic or poisonous is a very good thing, indeed. :^)

Strix
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More on Sprouts!

CLOVER SPROUTS (aka Red Clover Sprouts), ready for their greening πŸ™‚ :
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Yes, I cannot get enough! I’m consumed by sprouts; they’ve cast their spell over me and their magic, taken hold! I have to say that I have — despite what may or may not be true about food=energy — that I have been feeling stronger, physically — Oooh, yea — and feel “better” (as opposed to “more energetic”). (I’m feeling it in my weightlifting to boot!) I mean, in other words, I don’t feel an artificial (or even ‘natural’) boost or burst of energy; I feel overall just more — just better…if that makes sense. Like I have each time I’ve reached — yet another — state of improved health.Β  So, not like a caffeine or some supplement rush; but the sort of “energy”; “enthusiasm”(?); or perhaps, “feel-good” state of being that ETL’ing (“Eat To Live’ing”) gave me when it catapulted me to the blissfulness that is optimal health. Know what I mean? πŸ˜‰ If not, then read Eat To Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman — actually, I take that back: READ IT AND DO IT, *then* you can — gain or regain TRUE, optimal health YOU WERE MEANT TO HAVE in this life. ETL’ing removes the ups-and-downs, the highs-and-lows, the lifts-and-crashes — the mania, if you will. πŸ™‚ For me, achieving health brought contentment: that is the word I use — a state of being so that I no longer oscillate wildly ;). Beautiful word, isn’t it?Β  Okay, back to the sprouts!

I Photobucket - Video and Image Hostingclover sprouts, yesiree, I do. They used to be first on my list before I started growing my own; now, since the broccoli sprouts are so incredibly delicious when I grow them, I have to say they are equal…I think…They are very, very mild and tasty. They are also extremely easy to clean (the hulls rinse away and even fall off by themselves when only slightly jarred, very easily). Ready in four days is also a plus!

They are not cruciferous; in fact, they are a member of the family alfalfa. Same cautions that go with overdoing alfalfa goes for clover, apparently; however, there are two sides. Perhaps, moderate consumption with these is best, as it seems these are some of the claims made for consuming too much soy. Also, alfalfa and Clover, by the way, are the two sprouts in the news as the ones to avoid because they are said to harbor salmonella. But, these were not organic (read more about this at the end of this blog post, below).

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Okay, more on my ORGANIC broccoli…just gimme more, more more

Methinks I’m getting better at this! Yes. I know this because, I’m getting a better, higher yield from the same amount of seeds. I think it comes down to one thing, basically — draining more efficiently. This, itself, is responsible for, pretty much, whatever possible problems arise from sprouting at home — drowning; molding; bacteria; low yield; and more, I’m sure. It can also be a contributor to the problem of poor air circulation. Anyway, I’ve no probs so far! It really is easy, though; so it’s not like I’m this super-ace sprouter yellow lol rolling VF. Follow directions — just do it as written, as I always say — and, guess what? It’ll work πŸ˜‰

What I have discovered, however, is that growing in the mason jars with these plastic lids…

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definitely works; BUT, using a cheesecloth, like so…

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I was cautioned against cheesecloth*; so I opted for the plastic lid (which was what I found at the market; had their been a stainless steel screen, I’d have chose it) to begin my adventure. However, I found the cheesecloth, while an extra step to cut and rubberband it, to be MUCH better at draining the jar AND allowing more air into it. I haven’t seen the metal lids at any store so far — should just look for some sheets of stainless steel mesh, myself, and make my own (Home Depot??) — so I decided to order the sprouting screens from Mountain Rose Herbs, since I had to place an order there anyway. I really, really like the screens offered by SproutPeople; I like the varying meshes — this is very handy! No little-lost seedlings and no stuffy housing for the adult sprouts. However, I don’t like to order one thing from a site…had I other things to order from them, I’d have ordered those screens. If the MRH screens don’t work for me, I’ll consider the SproutP’s. I also like the plastic rings: This way, there is no warping or rusting like does happen, eventually, with the standard mason jar rings. Hmmm…now I’m regretting! We’ll see. Oh, and I also ordered the Sprouting Canister Kit from MRH…yea, yea, it even looks cheapy online; _lol but, the reality is, not much of a contraption is really needed for sprouting. It’s all very simple.green cutie cheeks

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Broccoli Sprouts ready for greening Wow! Don’t they look green already?! Not even from the market are the tastiest this beautiful:

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But, whoa, take a looksee — Super-Green Broccoli Sprouts, FINI!

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Awesome. Can absolutely see the difference — and only within hours of greening — they’ve been sunning themselves and it showssunshine bursting

Oh, and don’t forget: Your home-grown sprouts WILL taste better than any store-bought sprouts you can buy — I guarantee it. The fragrance is sooo *fresh* and the taste is not “brassica-y” like some broccoli sprouts; they are mild and sweet — yes, you read that right, sweetbaby-sweet, Baby ;). AND, not only that, if you like a crispiness/crunchiness, harvest a bit early. I noticed when I let them sprout longer, they are less crunchy. I like them both ways, actually. Sometimes the softer ones are nice, but sometimes those little crunchy-sweet things are yummy in an ETL-Salad (which, if you’re an ETLer, you know the difference between an “ETL-Salad” and a — well, salad).

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Even Noodles gets into the act ( Yes, it is at you he is winking πŸ˜‰ ). Here is a pic of his food — mixed, whole grains with broccoli sprouts (I’m not sure about giving him clover) and kale:

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A bit more on the sprouts — SproutPeople really emphasize the rinse and drain as being paramount to success; I have to agree. However, one of their instructions is to use a LOT of water and to use high pressure water flow;
as it happened, I was having waterflow issues at my kitchen sink and had a very, very weak stream at the time I started this jar method experimenting. I had no problems NOT using tons of water and NOT using high-pressure water. I simply filled the jar and did a really — really — good shaking and mixing so that all the sprouts were thoroughly wet. I kept the SproutPeople’s advice in mind about how important all this is; so I made sure. No problems whatsoever. Perhaps the swirling and shaking and TIME taken contributed…you know, as opposed to rushing my way through it very quickly — like a too-fast rinse and dump; instead, I made sure they had a nice “dip in the pool” and got their hair wetsmiley in jar
Still, it’s great information to keep in mind in case any issues arise or, if you simply want to use more water as a precaution. My position, however, is staunchly conserva — wow, don’t say that often πŸ˜‰ — tive on the waste issue. I’m a self-admitted mad recycler and non-waster of any and all things…well, I do my best.

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Now for a bit more on safety. The recent tomato-gate scandal has made the “contaminated veggies!” whiners all the more excited of late — oh, the inhumanity. What I find at the core of this issue — and which is, of course, IGNORED by the “media,” is twofold: One, the problem produce is ALWAYS non-organic; and, two, it is always linked back to an animal source. AND, not some ‘natural’ occurrence by some hapless pig wandering — or “free-roaming”/”cage-free” soul — about, stumbling onto a crop of vegetables; this is an environmental issue and a vegan issue — namely, the keeping of animals for human usage, food, mostly. (Just look up “factory farming” and you’ll get all the information you need)
Just as good, READ THIS (PLEASE) – “Pork’s Dirty Secret”. Read all the pages; it’s worth it.

Additionally, SproutPeople had a back-and-forth going with Whole Foods on the contamination issue and sprouts. Good, important read. [ Note the info about bleach!! More reason to grow your own :^) ]

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*This caution about cheesecloth (that it is, at times, a bacteria attraction) was mentioned atΒ  SproutPeople.com; however, the site is so incredibly dense, I cannot find the citation!

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Okay, I’ve gotten very carried away here…many issues I’ve touched on!

Signing out,

_Strix
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New Fabric…

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I recieved my order of hemp-cotton fabrics and cotton threads from NearSea Naturals on Friday. They are just beautiful! I am very grateful they allowed me to order such small amounts — 1 yard each of three fabrics and some organic cotton thread.

The feel is soft and appears to be very strong. I love them!
Here is a closeup of the fabrics: Featherweight Natural Hemp-Cotton Jersey, Natural Hemp-Organic Cotton Muslin, and Lighter Natural Hemp-Cotton Jersey.

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My only problem is that I wanted everything organic :(. This, of course, was MY mistake! Oh, well, next time I’ll be more careful. I thought I was ordering organic, but it appears only the middle fabric was.

Closeup of the organic cotton threads:

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I am anxious to work with these! Such beautiful fabric makes me wish I was better at sewing :^).

I’ve been going over NearSea’s offerings and I am getting sucked in! They have so many nice-looking/soundiing fabrics…I’m SO-oooooo tempted! Maybe next time ;^O

Okay, I just HAD to add these cutie-pie pics: Presenting, Noodles, in Spring-pink linen ;^)

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Strix_

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Eco-Bird…

Here is Noodles in his eco-friendly hemp suit! I made these out of hemp shoe bags from ecolution! πŸ˜€

These suits are patterned with an open back (I’ll get a pic up soon). I designed this suit; my mother designed a suit which covers his back, and is nicer for chilly weather, though they are fine in warm weather, if made of cool, thin, cotton.

These came out WAY too big! They look like nightgowns ;). Ideally, I should cut them down to lighten them for him. He’s pretty strong, though, and it may be good for his bones :). If they look uncomfortable or confining, as far as I know my Noodles, they are not. He finds them a relief when the urge to pick arises. (And just to reiterate: The purpose of creating these arose from the desire — the desperate need, actually — to find some relief for Noodles. Feather picking is a horrendous condition. He wears these suits only as needed; and he is used to them.)

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This orange one is my favorite; it brings out the orange on his face :D.

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This bright green was made out of some scrap material; not too heavy, very soft, comfy, and nice for spring. This one is a bit short! :

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I ordered some organic hemp and cotton material from NearSea Naturals to make him some more suits (He’s got tons already, but…)

I have never ordered hemp (or any material without seeing/feeling it first) online and they were very kind enough to allow me to order three types of fabric in one-yard measurements! I also ordered some of their organic cotton thread — what a find!! I ordered some extra material to make myself some strainers (for nutmilks, juices, etc.)

I was getting sucked in by their lovely yarns too! Yikes! I had to stop myself from ordering; the price is really steep! I’ve been really wanting to do some of my crocheting in organic threads — like bamboo, cotton, hemp, and maybe some vegan “silk.” Vegan “silks” come in various forms, such as Peace Silk, from worms (not vegan; technically, vegetarian); then there are tons of soysilks available; and other natural fiber silks, such as banana yarn, bamboo, and corn, etc.

And then there’s recycled silk…I wonder if that is ethical? Haven’t thought about it…I believe it’s real silk…recycled…?? Hmmm, well, that’s for another post another day!

I wonder if I could pull off a crocheted suit?! Probably not. I’m actually a very poor crocheter! I’m a one-two-stitch kinda woman :(. I do mostly blankets. Oh, well…

Just a note – Personally, as a vegan, I do not approve of anthropomorphizing animals to the extent of clothing and treating them to the extreme “like humans.” Their nature’s should be respected…as far as possible anyway. It’s quite a dilemma being a vegan and living with animal companions. If I could, I’d let him fly away… Well, I could go on and on here…

Back to Noodles, his current wardrobe is that of old scrap material. I’d like to keep as ‘clean’ materials on him as possible, though. Bird skin is VERY thin. I don’t want him absorbing anything even remotely bad. That’s all he needs is ‘stuff’ irritating his skin! The fabric of his suits is not good-quality.

So I’m looking forward to sewing these new clean, eco-friendly suits! The hemp was very easy to sew. It looks like it is harsh material, but it’s not. It’s quite soft and more loose and flimsy than one would think. It’s not stiff AT ALL. I’m hoping I ordered okay! Not sure — like I said — what it’s going to be like. Of course, the purchase won’t be a waste: I can always use it for aprons, pillow cases, dish towels, etc. :).

Only thing I will miss is having a variety of color…I have to search for some naturally-dyed hemp fabrics…

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GOODNIGHT!

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