Friday, November 6, 2009

Energy, sweet Bunnies and lots more

"We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot
But it is the emptiness inside
That holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house
But it is the inner space
That makes it livable."
—Tao Te Ching
I have been working hard..nooo not working hard like usual on dyeing, spinning and weaving and trying to keep up with orders-although I have been getting the funky bunny batt club batts done! yeah!!! and I am finishing weaving two Maya wraps I had orders for. No!... what I have really been working hard on is inner self, and about time too since the inner me was kind of falling to pieces trying to make sense of it all: the cancer, the trauma, the loss.
The one thing that made absolute sense was that the more desperate or angry I got, the less energy or power I felt. "Done and no more!", I said to myself. No more looking like a pug dog = puffy eyes with a complementary snotty nose although some people might think that is sooo cuuuuuute!
I started doing my Tibetan Buddhist meditations again (which I have neglected for so long) and after Veronica, my sweet compassionate friend, took me to see her QiGong master, I have been practicing some (very basic, mind you..) QiGong exercises.....I have calmed down. I bet if you take my bloodpressure now it has come down to almost normal levels instead of the 175 over 112 it was after the shock of discovering I had cancer and the loss of hope of ever having a baby. Still a long way to go but at least I feel like I am DOING something, thinking positive and getting energy.
While doing my QiGong exercises, I have noticed how beautiful our grapefruit tree is flowering and how gorgeous it smells! I wish you could smell these pictures :) Needless to say I am overdosing on grapefruit juice at the moment: yummy! More amazing photos of our trees and flowers on the Ixchel fibre farm on flickr :)
Grapefruit in the making

It would be a lie ofcourse to say I have done nothing know me by now...I have convinced Paul to help me paint the bedroom..which we finished Tuesday! The whole house when we bought it , you have to know this, is a shade of Salmon going off mixed with some beige and pink...not my idea of Oh "!what a gorgeous colourscheme let's paint the whole house like that!".
However, then you move in and the painting and re-doing the house your own way kind of falls to pieces because other stuff comes up that is more urgent. So we have been living in an off-salmon house now for two years. Since I will probably be seeing more of the bedroom than ever before I convinced Paul that now is the time to make that a room that you would love to be in! Well, why didn't we do it sooner!!!? Coz it looks absolutely warm, beautiful, spiritual and so,wel...cozy ! We painted the room in deep red called red Heart, Tiger eye orange and plum Fun purple). Here is a photo of how it looks now:

Bunny News
All the bunnies are doing great! Skye is such a naughty extrovert bunny she is making everybody smile! Every time you walk past her she stands on her hind legs , looking up at you with her cute eyes and seems to say:"C'mon! gimme a cuddle and hey a nice bit of silverbeet would be nice tooo! "
Skye "gimme a cuddle...C'mon!"

Topping, Skye and Elvis

I have taken some gorgeous close ups of some of our angora bunnies and there are more to be seen on


Ookie munching on his favourite piece of wood :)

Max was feeling a bit under the weather this week, Probably because she needs to have a haircut. Both Pippi and Max who share a bunny appartment together, have a tendency to totally stop eating and get very lethargic when it is almost hairclip time. The photo at the beginning of this blog is one of Pippi and Max snuggling up together :) I am planning to give them their much needed haircut tomorrow :)

Ixchel Yarns & Fibres
I was planning on doing some dyeing, but I painted the bedroom However, I know that there are a lot of you out there who would like to have natural coloured fibres and tops to play with as well, be it knitting or weaving or even dyeing themselves. So , I have made a list this week of natural yarns and fibres I have in stock for you and I can offer them to you at a fab price as well. Here they are:


Pure white Fine Angora Bunny Tops....AU$19/50grams

Pure white Norwegian tops.....AU$10/100grams

Pure white Mulberry Peace silk tops (fair trade) .......AU$9/25grams

Pure white Blue Faced Leicester Bunny and Seacell (seaweed!!)tops (very limited supply!) .......AU$19/100g

Natural Baby Camel tops.....AU$30/100g

Natural baby camelbunny and silk tops (limited supply!) ......AU$36/100g

Natural bunny shetland sockweight yarn (+/-300-340meters/100g)........AU$15/90-100g skeins

Bunny shetland yarn

Natural Blue faced leicester bunny sockweight yarn, amazing lustre and great to work with! (+/- 350meters/100g).....AU$20/100g

Luxurious Mulberry Peace silk lace weight tightly spun yarn (+/- 1300meters/100g)....AU$35/100g

Tightly spun Mulberry Peace Silk Lace Yarn

Please feel free to contact me via email ixchel@rabbit or message ixchelbunny on at any time to ensure you got your natural fibre fix :) or if you are after something else...

Tomorrow all the Funky Bunny Batts will be posted to all our funky bunny members! YEAH!!!! and it is looking very yummeeeeeee:))

Since I will be heading to pre admission at the hospital on Friday (yeah yeah I know, the 13th!!!!) there will be no update next friday, but keep an eye on this space because I will be keeping all of you informed of what is going on and I will have some hand dyed yummy fibres and yarns for you to drool over again soon!
I will be going to the Arts Centre market on Sunday for the last time this year. So if you want to say Hi! come and have a chat and cuddle some fibres and yarns :) Paul will be at the Sunday Arts Centre market for me in December so there is still a chance of a yarn cuddle on the second and third week of December !

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