leila hamaya

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northern northern california
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btw i really like making seed paper, though i havent done it in a while. i would like to do it for making cards and envelopes....also to sell, i think you could sell a lot of gift cards made that way.

i have made some flax paper with flax seeds, that came out cool =) i only made a few though.

i would like to make some specialty paper where the seeds in the paper are also the same  plants used in the paper...like lavender...that is one i have wanted to do for a while.
actually this is even been on my ever growing to do list for several years ! but you know - only so much time in a day.

the way you make seed paper, is the same way you make flower petal paper, you put the flowers or seed into the water with the pulp, at the end - right before you pull up the deckle/screen.

have your deckle (screen) in the vat, stir the pulp (and any coloring) really well to have it evenly distributed in the water in the vat, then throw the seeds/flower petals/ other embellishments in at very last moment, then immediately, pull the deckle up which will hold your sheet of paper.....with the flowers and seeds woven a little into the top of the paper.
i agree that it's fine to plant the seeds still in their husks and pods.

i think too, with fleshy fruity goopy things, the same applies...even with bits of the fruits and materials of the seeds pods the seed will sprout that way.

certain seeds are even usually sown with the chaff (chaff = bits of leaf, pod and stems, etc) but usually thats because they are so small and dusty that cleaning them is extremely difficult.

cleaning seeds takes a lot of time to do it really well, but you can get them close enough fairly quickly.

with screens and tea strainers and the like you can get out the chaff, different sized seeds and strainers and its a matter of pouring them through.
...and also a quick way is to put them in a bowl and blow on them. if you blow too much they will all fly away, unless they are very heavy, but most of the seeds that fly away when you do this are not viable. the best seeds will stay on the bottom of the bowl and the leaves and other stuff will fly away, along with the non viable lightweight seeds that may not be completely developed.

i like to do this in an area where i would be happy to get volunteers =) just in case any good seeds decide to fly away too...
budgeting for the ideal life, or budgeting for a good enough life are different things for sure.

so i suppose it's a matter of how much you are willing to do without, the more you simplify your needs and wants, the easier it is to have a lot more freedom, in a way it is the not spending much money on things which BUYS you freedom of not having to work as a wage slave.

I suppose i should be embarrassed to admit that 12,000 a year sounds like a lot of money to me, and is 300-400% of what i generally make in a year.

I would not suggest my path to anyone else though, it is probably not for the faint of heart !

I think it is just because i am such an odd duck i can feel this is enough to get by on, and valuing as i do my free time, and also my passion for making art and craftwork, that keeps me going.
i suppose it would be strange to most, but regardless of this, i feel quite blessed.
2 weeks ago
theres a few there i dont have any knowledge of but the only one that pops out as being difficult from seed is comfrey.

I will assume you want to grow "true" comfrey, which is the only kind you can get seed for, and i understand it to be very difficult to start.
bocking (several different "bocking" types )
and most of the russian comfrey types do not make seed and are sterile. comfrey spreads so easily by roots, that its actually something of a blessing that it doesnt also spread rapidly by seed as many cultivars are sterile.

but anywho that might be something to get as live plants and /or root divisions...especially if you want one of the Bocking types as they do not make seed.

horseradish is also generally started from plants/roots...and walking onions are generally started from bulb, even the "seed " of walking onions is a tiny bulb.

chamomile and strawberry both must be surface sown, do not cover the seed, just press them on top of the wet soil and keep the top of the soil moist.

the rest are pretty straight forward...at least the rest that i know about.
2 weeks ago

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:

leila hamaya wrote:i've got a bunch of Curly Willow rooted out, ... the curly willow would make some fun basket weaving material and for other crafts. sometimes called Corkscrew Willow - Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'.

For the fence of the community garden we first used 'curly willow'. We got it for free and it seemed 'fun'... But it wasn't
The curls / waves of the branches did not agree with the direction we wanted to weave them. It was impossible to make a neat and strong fence with those branches.

yes it is tricky...i have played with it some. trying to do something with the live trees mustve been hard.
when you cut each piece they are all very distinct...it is something like puzzle pieces to get them together in a way that will work.
i suppose you have to have a knack for it, sculpting more than just weaving...

not all of them are totally curved, some are mostly straight ish but its a variation with each piece...sort of like fitting stones together when you build a rock wall...you have to have a feel for where it wants to go.

i have seen some cool baskets made of stuff similar, vines and such, and i do like the look of that stuff, more texture and sculptural.
i think i can work out how to make it work out great for dreamcatchers....

i did make a willow fence myself, but i started off with a huge bunch of willow trees that were already long ago established. that helped, but it still took forever and i really hardly never got it anywhere close to complete.  that was just with whatever the common west coast native willow is, which as best as i can figure, it was "shining willow"....

it was pretty cool though...after years of working on it...

3 weeks ago
i've got a bunch of Curly Willow rooted out, and also quite a lot to take fresh cuttings of, if anyone is interested in a trade...
i took a bunch of easy cuttings a few months ago and got just about every single one to root, yes so easy- i like the 3 step process posted on the earlier page . =)

the curly willow would make some fun basket weaving material and for other crafts. sometimes called Corkscrew Willow - Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'.

anywho if anyone wants to hit me up by private message (moosage) for a trade- i like berry starts, young fruit trees, seedlings or rooted cuttings, have been lately looking for blueberries, strawberries and quite a few other things...i would trade for...

though keep in mind i am in america and wouldnt want to ship outside of this country...
3 weeks ago

Judith Browning wrote:I had some wandering thoughts in this area...

Marketing is always the most difficult part of craft production especially in the fiber arts.  When I was weaving full time it was not the area that I wanted to spend much time but was so necessary.  

Steve used to put the number of hours he spent on a coopered bucket tag rather than the price...it made for some interesting conversations and gave folks another way to look at his work.

i knew one sculptor who did this with all of her work. it helped probably that she made gigantic sculptures, maybe...but she never priced her work. only kept track of her exact materials cost and hours, and then asked her buyer to pay her the same wage they received for that amount of hours.

thats an interesting way to go but a bit too complicated for me...to keep track like that.

marketing and pricing art and crafts is extremely difficult. i used to under price my work a lot, its like i was so happy just to sell anything...but this obviously was a mistake. in person when i sell at fairs i still do a kind of sliding scale...sometimes.

what i have found though is that art is very personal, crafts are very personal, if something speaks to someone and they want it, they will pay any price you ask as long as they have it. so i remind myself of that to to try to get the most i think i can in a given context.

people who haggle or criticize or take issue with the price, well best just to tune all that out. for one they likely have no idea of the huge time investment, the difficulty of marketing yourself as an artist, and would bitch about it no matter what the price. they arent your customers, they probably wouldnt buy it even if it was ridiculously low, so it doesnt matter what they think. some people are just weird like that.

the people who want something because it speaks to them, because they have that connection to it, they will generally pay any price you say...so its best to hold out for that person, especially with more elaborate pieces with a big time investment. and its good to have things like that around to just show off. have some things that are cheap, and a few more expensive pieces to show off. it's almost good to take your time to sell those higher pieces...so you have them around to help sell the less expensive pieces.

but yeah trying to price art and crafts is crazy hard.
1 month ago
^^^ yeah i guess i have seen generic blueberries in some places/stores at about this price.
....but these guys look like they know what they are doing.

i like that they have a wide variety of rabbiteye types, actually i don't think i have seen that large of a selection of rabbiteye types anywhere...also a lot of southern low chill varieties...
1 month ago
yes, i think i might try them out too =)

i will just get a couple, and i think a thornless blackberry too.

i've never heard of them before either, a friend linked me to it...
1 month ago
so tempted to buy some of these blueberries, offered by a company i have never found before -->

Berries for sale

northern highbush blueberries

they also have some good deals on thornless blackberries...

thornless blackberry

i like how they sell them by size, and i think thats the cheapest i have ever seen blueberry plants...
1 month ago