Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ice Dyeing Result

Nice!  I love all the little nuances of color and dye flow.  Some of the areas look like feathers!

The two teal pieces are some dupioni silk I had dyed teal in a previous incarnation.  I can also predict that it will have to be over dyed in the future.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Snow Dyeing

In Louisiana?

Well, how about this.  Ice Dyeing.

Here is what I did.

 This was 1 cent (yes as in a penny) at the Dollar store.  I knew it was perfect for letting the water drip through to the grass as the ice melted.  They dyes don't hurt the grass. Or mine would have died a long time ago.
 The reason I did an ice dye in the first place was because the ice maker was refusing to disseminate ice.  As you can see it is quite frozen in what seems to be an ice jam. 

It needed to be bested. 

And taught a lesson.

So here is my set up.  The tray first.  Then the fabric all bunched up after being soaked with soda for about 20 minutes.    then the ice.  then the dye powder.

Use a mask and gloves, or you will die and turn read.

I actually used a blue and a red Procion fiber reactive dye.

Here is a close up.....for some reason.  Here is is mid-November and we still have nice green grass. 

I batched the fabric in a zip lock bag for about 24 hours.  It is now washing in the washing machine.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Agility with Swissys

this is my friend Melissa Jarriel and Her boy Hobbs on the Agility Course in Concord, I would assume in the Carolinas.  That is where they live. 

Melissa had my Bonnie Doon's brother Keygan many years ago when all was perfect in the Swissy world and had 3 of them.  Keygan was the top Swissy in so many things, obedience, conformation, agility, drafting, herding, pack dog.

They were a beautiful team.  Now Hobbs has taken over many of Keygan's wins. 

Ah, if I were younger.........

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Throat is better, still no work done.....

now my sciatica is hurting..........life is so, uh, yeah just ... so....

I am going to work on some hexies, and some zentangles.  But not on the sofa, that is what makes my back hurt. 

Maybe I will get a new sofa for Christmas.......

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Getting Nothing Done

Yes, getting nothing done today.  I have a sore throat.  So I got an appointment, a shot and some decongestants.

And it is fixing to rain buckets.  We have all sorts of flood watches getting ready to go on.

Not what I wanted now.  But I think I will sleep the day away watching Dr. Phil. I will  be ready with all my psychological advice later, after a marathon run with him I can treat anyone!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Here's Something You May Not Know.......

I was shocked to hear this.  Hundreds of Syrian Refugees arrived in New Orleans on Saturday.

Thank you Mr. President!  We hope they were totally and completely vetted before they came to  enjoy the freedom to travel to any city in the country and make their lives better.

I hope they will not do to us what the refugees who came in from Syria did to France.

Just sayin'

OK, I am off my soapbox.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Statue of Liberty - A French and American Statement of Freedom

I was looking around for a photo to use in the heading.  (I can't for the life of me make the photos smaller.)  And I came across this one.  The Statue of Liberty embodies the pride I feel as an American. 

We have taken several cruises to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  Once we left from Boston MA (birthplace of American Freedom) and the other time we left from New York, NY.  I took this photo as we were sailing past the glorious lady given to us by France, and thought it was fitting tribute to both liberty and freedom in the light of what is happening in France right now.

Many years ago in France, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to create a gift to the US following the close of the War Between the States in 1865.  Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel created the internal steel structure inside the statue that allowed the copper sheeting skin to shift in the harbor winds.  Bartholdi modeled the face after his own mother.  In 1885 our Lady Liberty was completed in France, disassembled and packed in over 200 crates, shipped to the US on the French frigate Isere and reassembled on an island in New York's harbor.

This was one of the first sights my grandfather saw as he arrived as a legal immigrant from Sicily with his parents early in the 1900's.  My grandmothers also sailed into the harbor in New York from their home countries of Denmark and Germany somewhat earlier in the late 1890s. Well, the Danish grandmother was the only one born here, but she was born in 1897 shortly after her parents arrived here in America.

They all wanted to be part of the great country of America and immediately began to embrace the customs and language as their own.  All of my grandparents grew up speaking only English and worked hard all their lives to give their children the American dream as well.

They BUILT America, not tore it down.  They were too busy working to protest.

We need a strong President who will acknowledge the threat to our great country now, and work  to keep American Freedoms strong.

Homeland Security already has me on their list because we have been involved with the Tea Party for the last 8 years.  And there was that Colorado airport thing. So, if they are monitoring me, will you come visit  me in Federal prison?