Saturday, April 12, 2008

Why I never want to see Pink again

Is it true that no good deed goes unpunished? Today I go into the studio to dye up some silks for my son's preschool class. I'm going to bring them to school on Monday and do some fun activities with the kids. I'm also donating the silks to the school. So, with about a 2-hour window in our busy weekend, I step into the studio and get four mixing cups ready. Into the first goes 1/2 T of powdered fuchsia dye and a just few drops of water so I can paste it up. I put my long mixing stick into the cup and for some reason decide to get the filter ready before I mix the dye. My elbow hits the mixing stick and stick, cup, and a huge messy half-powder, half-goo wad of fuchsia dye explodes on the floor, cabinets, buckets, my leg, my bare feet, and my favorite capris. How can half a tablespoon be so big?

Now, the dye is completely non-toxic and safe ... well, safe except when in powdered form, when, like any fine particulate, it is a terrible lung irritant. I of course am wearing my mask, but I fly to the door and slam it shut so that no unsuspecting family member happens upon the Pink Parlor. I start cleaning it up with towels, but every single tiny salt-grain sized speck of dye spreads as I hit it with the damp rag, leaving a long dark pink line on the floor. Fifteen minutes later, I am not sure whether I am cleaning it up or just spreading it around. 8 very pink rags, half a roll of paper towels, and half an hour later, the studio is white again. I am exhausted, frustrated, and pink.

OK, looking at the bright side: none of the silks were harmed. Nothing in the studio is permanently pink, except for the rags which were rags anyway. My favorite capris were brown to begin with (reference yesterday's post about my exciting wardrobe) and are soaking now, so they probably won't show any evidence of the Fuchsia Fiasco.

I am ready for a glass of wine. Make it white, please.

The Pampered Pet (or, why I need another baby)

Here are a few things I've made for our new kitten: Amy Butler charm square pillow (should have made it 4 x 4 rather than 3 x 3 but it makes nice room decor), Amy Butler kitty ball, and fleece mouse. She likes the mouse best out of those, it has a velcro opening in the bottom for putting in catnip, or for taking out the bell when the humans have decided they can't take the ringetyringing any more.

Her favorite toy of all, though ... my old tomato pincushion. She kept stealing it until she wore me out. I took out all the pins and gave it to her. Now all my pins are in an ugly plastic lid ... A nice excuse to buy myself a lovely new pincushion from dottyral. Can't wait for it to arrive.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

I was excited to be tagged by both The Pink Tulip and The Calico Flamingo - feels nice to be included! Unfortunately I can't find a single blogger I know who has not already been tagged, so for now, here are the rules and my answers while I try to find some friends. If you have not been tagged and want to play, leave me a comment.

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, 7 things about me:

1. I'm intensely private about my personal life, so I might lie on the remaining 6.
2. Being a tie dyer is usually one of the "strange and little known facts" I disclose to people who would never imagine that's what I do. I wear only solid colors, usually brown, black and navy, and never wear tie dye.
3. I live in a solar-powered house and drive a funny looking electric car. I love it because people always spot us when we're out on the road ... hard to miss a bright yellow car with a smile!

4. I had natural, drug-free labors with both my children.
5. I have a neurotic way of organizing family dinners: we always have something quick on Mondays (eggs, frozen lasagna, etc - my work day at the preschool), Vegetarian Tuesdays, Pasta Wednesdays, Chicken Thursdays, Soup Fridays, Pizza Saturdays and whatever I come up with Sundays. I've also recently instituted a cleaning schedule of Mom-off Mondays, Kitchen Tuesdays, Wash Wednesdays, Bathroom Thursdays and Floors Fridays.
6. I don't like to go on vacation! I do, but only for a short time, then I miss home. I even got homesick on my honeymoon in Fiji.
7. I didn't lie on any of the above.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I miss my dyes!

Is that what they look like? I have been busy sewing lately and not in the studio much. Between making my daughter's 1910 schoolgirl costume (from a Chery Williams heirloom pattern) for her youth theater play, sewing a new set for Adagio Bleu's summer launch and my strange compulsion to sew Amy Butler cat toys for our new cat, my crafty time is pretty much taken up.

We at Adagio Bleu are planning some really fun 'mini launches' too - a "launch" being a time that all of us list items inspired by the same theme. I don't want to give a lot away but I'm thinking hip babies and lucky Moms will both dig on a black tee with a red MOM-embroidered tie dye heart. Looking forward to getting in the studio and slinging some dye around.