Saturday, July 16, 2011


That is how I would describe a day like today- satisfying. Shannon and I were up early (for her, anyway!) so we could hit some local yard sales while the pickings were good.  We hit  three huge sales in parking lots that had absolutely nothing, then scored big time at an estate sale.  We walked away with a brand new coffee grinder, a hand mixer, three Anchor-Hocking baking pans, a couple of large metal baking pans, a nice oval crockpot, and a waffle baker- for ten bucks.  Unbelievable!  I also found a nice small vacuum for the downstairs for $7 and a lint roller that I will make into a roller stamp for surface design for a quarter; Shannon got a couple more pans and a Brita filter pitcher for a couple of bucks.  At the last stop, I found some great metal cookie cutters for batik; Shannon scored some wooden clothes hangers that we can cover with crochet to make padded hangers- all for two bucks.  Oh, and she also got a tabletop Weber charcoal grill for $5.  All that before 10 am!

After getting the grocery shopping done, I was down in the studio.  I finished printing on one of the lengths of cotton knit I'd dyed last weekend.  I'm happy with how this turned out, even if the champagne Tsukineko ink doesn't show at all.  It will be another tee using that great pattern I found!

I also threw the blue cotton knit I was not happy with in the pot with turquoise dye.  Hopefully that will tame those ugly green blobs I don't like, and be more interesting with multiple shades of blue.

I wanted some cotton dyed in warm colors in the hopes it will work for the next Tangled Textiles challenge, Celebration.  The first piece is on my table with rock salt , under the heat lamp.  Two more half-yard pieces are in a tub stewing in shades of yellow, orange, and red.

And finally, since I already had turquoise and orange dye mixed up- I did a half yard in orange, toned down with just a couple of drops of turquoise.  Amazing what a difference just that little bit of blue can make!!

All this will stew overnight, then I'll wash them out tomorrow afternoon when I get home from church.

I also cut out fabric for a simple summer jacket yesterday, so I'll need to get that done and out of the way.  I'm so glad that next weekend is another four-dayer!!

Hope your weekend is a creative one!!


Debra Spincic said...

WOW! you definitely did well at the garage sales and now you are buzzing in the dye studio. Go for it!

Rian said...

Those colors are divine! Love that green knit fabric.