Monday Musings: Support and Shibori

Happy Monday ladies. I hope you had a lovely weekend. We worked to prepare our raised beds because they’re dumping a huge amount of dirt on our driveway today. I spotted the cutest bunny on my back patio yesterday which has me wondering just how many of my veggies he will be eating.

Here’s what else is on my mind this week:

Small Businesses

I’m worried about the small businesses that are struggling. Most of us are battening down the financial hatches because things are so uncertain. That means lots of small and female-run businesses may not survive. I’m shopping from my favorites because they’re having great sales and these are things I would pay full price for. I encourage you to only spend what you are comfortable spending but think about supporting the small businesses you love.


Vionic Leona Faux Fur Lined Slipper


We have a new white carpet so we never wear shoes in the house. The problem is that wearing slippers so much of the time has worn my feet out! Who knew? Several of you, that’s who 🙂 It used to be that I was anxious to get home to put my slippers on. Now I look forward to putting my sneakers on to go for a walk.  I need more support than my scuff type slippers can provide so I’m taking some readers’ advice and trying ones that offer more support.

Shibori and Tie-Dye

Crafting and DIY of all kinds is more popular than ever these days…including tie-dye. I tried my hand at it many years ago and the result was ugly with a capital U. I used too much dye, I used ugly combos and never wore a thing I made. At home, tie-dye kits are popping up everywhere these days. It’s perfect to try on that slightly faded or yellowing white T-shirt so if the results aren’t what you like, you haven’t lost much. To be honest, what I am most excited to try is shibori. I have 2 shibori dyed silk scarves and love them.

My knitting is going worse than anticipated so I may toss it aside and dig out another unpacked box of my stash yarn. Knitting does compete with my reading time but it’s a relaxing and meditative process that pays dividends even if I never finish what I’m working on.

Have you tried tie dye? How about Shibori?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.




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  1. Jen
    April 14, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Love the garden. Ours is full of rabbits so I’m using urns this year. Hopefully they don’t gain access to small ladders! I’ve been trying to support some small businesses. A local business makes the most wonderful lemon cleaners. Another delivered chalk paint to my door for an outdoor project. They seem so happy for the business. I’m thinking about you these days and continuing to direct good energy your way. Stay safe! Xx

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2020 / 2:19 pm

      Thank you so much Jen. You’re very kind. Xx

  2. Susan B
    April 13, 2020 / 8:13 pm

    I’m having the same problem. I love slippers, but after a day or 2, my feet need more support. Plus, I’ve had surgery on both feet to solve deteriorating tendons in my ankles due to too many years teaching on my feet on cement floors all day. I was advised to never go without shoes. I decided to wash a pair of fairly new slip on sketchers and keep them for in-house use only. I also have a pair of Clark’s flip flops that are fairly supportive that I wear as the weather warms up.
    My hubby, on the other hand, wears his shoes everywhere! Once they’re tied on, they don’t come off til evening. 🙄

  3. Eve
    April 13, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do vertical gardening and raise mini or small veggies like cucumbers, tiny tomatoes, baby squash, green beans, peas etc. They have minitures for a lot that will grow up a trellis and be perfect for growing on a trellis or wire frame. Be great for salad.
    I did the original tie dye back in the sixties. We twisted the gauze skirt made from the fabric, around a broom handle after it was dyed. They were really cute skirts.
    I wear pull on, soft ballet slippers around the house. It like going barefoot but cuter.

  4. Lisa Bieri
    April 13, 2020 / 6:31 pm

    I have foot issues also. I buy inserts (you can find them at Walmart and other stores) and put them in my slippers and some of my shoes. I also have “indoor shoes” that I wear inside only. I bought 3 pairs of rubber nurses clogs ($10.00 from a uniform catalog) that I love. One is for gardening, one for wearing when I go out, and one for in the house only. They feel great.

  5. Mary
    April 13, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    I wear Vionic slippers and love them. I can’t go barefoot for long without my feet killing me. I have suffered for years with shoes that hurt my feet. I finally found Oofos that I wear to work and Vionic slippers and flats. I have a high arch and I envy people who can buy shoes from Target and buy any cute shoes they find.

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