Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
You've seen this one too. It is called "She Spilled Her Guts". Size- 84" x 45". Metallic fabric paint and hand dyed silks with broken gold plastic Christmas ornaments and beads and cording. I made this before I had 12" of my large intestines removed and of course then reconnected. Have I told you about my colonoscopies? I had three done in less than a year and did the "cleanse" four times this past year. I love talking about it. Have an awesome scar too. I'll show you some time.
Are you getting bored yet? I kind of am. If you read all the way to the end you may be awarded a prize. Okay...this one is called "Friends". It is done with fabric paints and batik; machine stitching. The person on the right is our son, Joel. Size is 32" x 36". You can see the progression of this piece earlier in this blog. It has morphed and remorphed as I have had time to work and rework it. I may be done now. May be done. Might be done. Oh I don't know.
This is a detail of Joe. He was a professor of Joel's in college.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I dyed veils and took a walk.
Thursday will be a busy day with non-fabric stuff but in the afternoon I plan on doing a side by side comparison of soy wax to regular batik wax. I will post the results in my March newsletter.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
They discontinued the Fleet style cleanse because people were dying from that method. I used it three times and the good thing there is that it's over before you know it. This prescription stuff is a painful, slow, torturous absorption of saline that your body rejects with good reason.
This is my FOURTH colonoscopy in less than a year. You'd think I would be pretty good at this by now but come on! There's no getting around it. This is CRAZY. But I do not have cancer and the polyps are gone along with 12" of my large intestine (want to see the scar?) so I have to believe that this is extending my life and a very good thing.
If you have NOT had one done and you are over 50, DO IT.
Here are the perks: a clean colon, a "free" sandwich at the hospital, some laughs with the doc who probably likes doing this less than I do, and something to complain about BIG TIME, and yes...if your hospital is like mine, you get a "free" pair of socks. Now I have four pair...actually five because my husband had his first colonoscopy this year and I got his pair.
I'll see you tomorrow. 1 liter down, 1 more to go...so to speak.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here they are packed into the box which is 48" high. The box weighed 26 pounds. I carried it up and out of the studio and to my car by myself. I loaded it into the car myself. I carried it out of the car and into the UPS store myself. I waved goodbye to it and skip to my lo-ed out the door. Free at last, free at last, thank GOD I'm free at last.
By the way, spellcheck for "colonoscopy" gave me kaleidoscope and cloudscape. That's pretty funny, don't you think? Made me laugh out loud.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Hot Flash- close up
Thursday, March 12, 2009
More veils on my workbench getting sorted and counted and bagged up to go.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Very sharp. It just wouldn't stop bleeding. I didn't even know I has injured until some habotai silk I was cutting for an order showed spots of red...a few and then a LOT! Well for heaven's sake! I had to stop and put on a band aid. Lost about a yard of habotai to that incident.
Once I got the order packed, I started to cut the silk velvet for today's marathon. Here are 15 sections cut and ready to go.
Water in the bucket.
Mix up the dyes.
Three panels in the sink to pre-soak.
Dye into the tub.
Fabric into the dye.
Stir until well covered.
It's reallyreallyreallyreally important to have a game plan when you are dyeing this much stuff so that you don't lose your mind somewhere along the way. Here is my agenda for the next 4 hours.
Next batch pre-soaked, mixed the dyes, into the tub.
First batch out and into the machine to rinse and third batch goes into the tub.
Second batch out and fourth batch into the tub.
Third batch out and fifth and final batch into the tub. New dyes each time, by the way. What you see floating in the third tub is a favorite shirt of mine that got dye slopped on it. I was soooo mad but decided to just go with it and dye the whole thing. It was a big pain anyway trying to keep that thing white.
I also sewed 3 more panels and will be able to send 12 off tomorrow. Yay me.
It is now 8:30. 12 hours. A good day for Fabric Designs.
Tomorrow- more sewing and sending veils to Mexico, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, and perhaps time to clean up some of the messes I have left behind me in the wake of the tsunami.
See you then.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tomorrow's goal- rinse the veils dyed today and finish dyeing the rest of the first order for A'kai Silks. Sew 3 more panels. Play tennis in the first match of the interclub season which will be here in Woodland.
Wednesday I will be dyeing the rest of the silk velvet and my camera is all charged up so you'll be able to see how I dye in shifts.
Watch this music video our son made- Gotta love LA.
That's it for today.
Thanks for looking everyone!
Friday, March 6, 2009
See you then.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
What else did I do today? It seemed very chopped up with this and that. I rinsed 17 veils and dyed 9 panels for a total of 12 dyed and 15 left to cut and dye. That translates into 48 yards done; 6o yards left to dye. About 5 veils left to dye when the silk arrives.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I did have to go get food today and knew enough to change my pants and put on real shoes.
Yesterday, right in the middle of dyeing a silk veil, I pulled the red cap off the turquoise dye bottle and tasted something salty, so I wiped my tongue on my shirt sleeve- you guessed it! Turquoise spit. I tried to quickly wipe my teeth and then forgot about it until I needed to get ready to go to a meeting. Picture this- turquoise teeth and gums! Holy cow! I brushed but there was still some left so I just decided not to smile too big or laugh too loudly. No one seemed to notice.
Here is how my sink looked when I punched the clock and left this afternoon. I'll deal with it tomorrow.
Here are some of the veils covered for the night. Tomorrow I dye the rest and rinse and hang them somewhere...maybe it will be sunny out and they can go on the line. Maybe. And...the four bolts of silk velvet arrived. As soon as these veils are done, the next project begins- the purple acoustical panels. Are you in with me or are you going to sit this one out? I could use some cheer leading. This and my QU classes are the only contact I have with the outside world. Send chocolate and be sure to let me know how Jack Bauer does guarding the president of the United States. He only has 24 hours to fix this horrible crisis in the White House and I'm starting to worry....no wait minute...that's a TV show, right????
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