Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Dye Day

On Sunday our Odd Tuesday group met at Andrea's for a Dye Day. We are all participating in a dyed cotton swap on the Garden Fiber Group on Ravelry. We each chose to do things a little bit differently, as usual. LOL.

My daughter Mariah took pictures. Cindy took notes and audio taped/ interviewed for a future Yarnspinner's pod cast as well as dyed fiber.(http://yarnspinnerstales.com/) I think Andrea and I just played. I know I wasn't very scientific.
Anita, now she dyed scientifically. Check out her blog http://thefiberartist.blogspot.com/ She will be posting more pictures soon.

Here is what I did.

I soaked the fiber overnight in plain water. I dyed both cotton lint and cotton sliver (thanks stashy!) I added the the soda ash to the dye before I applied the dye. I used the old formula Cushings Dye. The newer Cushings will NOT dye cotton.

I coiled the sliver into the pan lids. Then I mixed up the dye with the soda ash in squeeze bottles and smooshed it into the fiber. Then I heated the fiber for half an hour in Anita's warming device. Although as hot as it was on that deck, we probably didn't need the warmer. After 24 hours I rinsed the fiber and then wrapped the sliver around a window screen so I could prop it in front of the air vent to dry.

Don't laugh, it worked and it looked pretty.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New toy on new bed

New toy on new bed
Originally uploaded by cobweb1st
I just met someone on line who has a goldendoodle who could be a twin to Baily so I had to post yet another picture of my dog.
This one is from Christmas 2007. He is on his new bed with his new toy and had been groomed a week or so before Christmas, so he was lookin pretty.


Monday, May 19, 2008

tired and happy

Jordan and Bubbie
Originally uploaded by cobweb1st
This lovely picture is of my oldest daughter. Can you tell she has been up all night working at UPS? Last night was her last night.
Give her a big cheer. Today she starts working for that very large health insurance company that starts with an H. That means working DAYS!

Does the dog look a little put out to you?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Another Weekend Challenge

This past weekend was mother's day, so the challenge was to make an ATC about Mother's day.

It didn't have to be traditional could be off beat and strange, it just had to have a flower on it.

Mine turned out fairly tradional though.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Get over it!

Get over it!
Originally uploaded by cobweb1st
For the last few weekends I have been setting a challenge for the Art group I'm in on Yahoo. These weekend challenges are't for trade, unless you want too. They are just to get you making art of some sort quickly so you don't over think. It is supposed to be easy.

The first weekend I gave out 3 page numbers and the participants were to go to those pages in ANY magazine and use them to make an ATC (2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches). People loved it. The cards were GREAT!

Last weekend I challenged people to Face Your Fear.
Here is my card from last weekend.
Coulrophobia is of course the fear of clowns. I didn't used to be wary of clowns. I did mime in college for a while. However, I knew someone who was a clown during the Summer. He worked with his father under the big top. He told stories. One story was about a clown he knew that NEVER took off his makeup. No one ever saw him out of character. I think that started it.
THEN, a friend had a baby and the childs favorite toy was a clown doll. Which just totally freaked me out. Can you imagine waking up in the middle of the night with a clown doll looking at you? ACK!

So here is my "Get over it!" card.
He doesn't look that scary does he?


Friday, May 09, 2008

6x6 pages

On an art group that I am on we are doing a book swap.

We each bought a Maya Road 6x6 book and we are making a page for each person in the swap.

Everyone picked a different theme. I have finished 2 pages and have 5 to go. I am behind as usual. Here are the 2 I have finished.