Posts by helen

10 Plants for Color

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

10 Plants for Color

5.5 x 7.5″ • 28 pages • spiral bound book   Purchase book Printed on recycled card stock                                           This simple guide is a great choice for the gardener who has never tried dyeing and the dyer who has never gardened and all those in between. Full of information for natural dyeing and gardening, this book describes ten plants with cultural and historic info, how to start them from seed, harvesting and drying tips, and much more. There are dye recipes for each plant and helpful hints gained from years of collective gardening and dyeing experience. Plants covered: Artichokes, Purple Basil, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Dahlia, Dyer’s Chamomile, Marigold, Mexican Tarragon, Navajo Tea/Cota and sunflower. The gardening info is based on San Francisco Bay, Northern California, USA (USDA Zone 9). We have a Mediterranean climate with a mild winter. For other climates, base your planting times on when you would plant annual flowers in your area. If you garden in a cooler climate, the plants that are perennial here may grow as annuals for you. My co-author Deepa Natarajan is an experienced natural dyer, gardener and Coordinator of Public programming at the University of California Botanical Garden, in...

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12 Simple Fruit Recipe Ideas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

12 Simple Fruit Recipe Ideas

6 x 5″ • spiral bound • 14 pages    Purchase recipe book Printed on 100% recycled cardstock                             This colorful cookbook contains 12 easy fruit recipes illustrated in watercolor. Each page features a simple, tasty way 
to prepare a seasonal fruit. Recipes are by Siew-Chinn Chin, a professional cook here in the San Francisco Bay Area. January: Blood Orange Granita February: Pounded Meyer Lemon Oil March: Strawberry Jus April: Baked Rhubarb May: Plum Shrub June: Blackberry Clafoutis July: Roasted Figs August: Peach Bellini September: Applesauce October: Wine Poached Pears November: Fuyu Persimmon Salad December: Poached...

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12 Simple Seasonal Vegetable Recipe Ideas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

12 Simple Seasonal Vegetable Recipe Ideas

6 x 5″ • spiral bound • 14 pages    Purchase recipe book Printed on 100% recycled cardstock                             This colorful cookbook contains some of my favorite vegetable recipes illustrated in watercolor. Each month features a simple, tasty way 
to prepare a seasonal vegetable. All recipes are vegetarian. January: Roasted Cauliflower February: Caramelized Onions March: Kale Salad April: Sugar Snap Peas & Mushrooms May: Radish Sauté June: Frenched Romano Beans July: Roasted Tomatoes August: Cucumber Yogurt Salad September: Carrot Salad October: Roasted Pepper Bruschetta November: Braised Brussels Sprouts December: Roasted Winter Squash...

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winter squash

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

winter squash

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yarn + natural dye plants

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

yarn + natural dye plants

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terrarium with tillandsia

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

terrarium with tillandsia

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streptocarpus ~ cape primrose

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

streptocarpus ~ cape primrose

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indoor plant

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

indoor plant

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garden hose

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

garden hose

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adirondack chair + blue hat

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

adirondack chair +  blue hat

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gerbera daisy

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

gerbera daisy

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Yard Long beans

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Yard Long beans

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Watermelon radish

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Watermelon radish

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Tofu + wakame

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Tofu + wakame

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Rainbow chard

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Rainbow chard

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Padron peppers

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Padron peppers

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Mascarpone + Strawberries

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Mascarpone + Strawberries

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Jicama

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Jicama

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Indian Blood Peaches

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Indian Blood Peaches

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Fiddleheads

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Fiddleheads

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Dried Pears, Peaches & Figs

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Dried Pears, Peaches & Figs

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Cranberry & Popcorn garland

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Cranberry & Popcorn garland

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Dolmas

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Dolmas

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Barely Buzzed cheese & caper berries

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Barely Buzzed cheese & caper berries

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Cauliflower

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

Cauliflower

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home from the market

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

home from the market

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elephant heart plums

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

elephant heart plums

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beefsteak tomato

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

beefsteak tomato

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succulents

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

succulents

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tibouchina heteromalla

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

tibouchina heteromalla

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passion flower

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

passion flower

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fuchsia hybrid

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

fuchsia hybrid

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bee friendly flowers

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

bee friendly flowers

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breadseed poppy

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014

breadseed poppy

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hibiscus

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014

hibiscus

 

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rhododendron

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014

rhododendron

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scented pelargonium

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014

scented pelargonium

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tomato trading cards

Posted by on May 28, 2014

tomato trading cards

Each card is 2.5 x 3.5″ and each set contains 8 cards. So far I’ve created 2 sets but more are in the works. If they strike your fancy there’s more info on my Etsy shop.

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pomegranate in juice

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014

pomegranate in juice

  Continuing my experiments with making paint from close-to-home items, I let some pomegranate juice I got from the farmers’ market evaporate in a saucer on the counter for a few days. Then I mixed in some watercolor medium. The color wasn’t as concentrated as I had expected but nonetheless it was fun to paint with it. I used some Payne’s Grey watercolor paint to mix in for the shadows. Now, the problem is the painting remains sticky from the sugar I expect. I’ve let it dry overnight but it still is sticky. So I have scanned it to preserve it. I hope you enjoy...

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work series 2 – digging fork

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014

work series 2 – digging fork

The second in my ‘work’ series, all painted in the last few days of 2013. Here is Peggy’s foot as she works the soil with my birthday present from a few years back. Also painted in coffee and watercolor medium. I have many more household items brewing in the kitchen now. I’ll see what will produce the next ‘sort-of edible’ pigment to experiment...

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