Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One year!

I started writing this blog one year ago today!   Thanks to all who have read my blog.  I appreciate the wonderful comments and encouragement.

Mid-April in Utah
Yesterday we woke up to 6 inches of snow.  Welcome to April in Utah!  My daffodils were just starting to open and now they are buried under a heavy wet snow.  Hopefully it will not hang around for too long.

Tea bag dyeing
I have started to drink tea in the afternoons.  2-3 cups of it.  As I was washing out my insulated mug, I realized it was getting some tea stains and it occurred to me that I could use my used tea bags to tea dye some fabric. So I tore off a yard of washed muslin (I don't have any PFD around right now) and wadded it up inside a plastic grocery bag.  I am tucking the wet used tea bags in the fabric and then closing the bag to keep some of the moisture in.  I have been doing this for about 5 days now.  I will give it another week or so and then check it out. I drink a variety of teas, so the colors should be a bit different than if I had used all the same type of tea.

Art Cloth Round Robin

About 6 months ago I blogged about a fabric round robin that a group of my friends invited me to join.  I started my piece of fabric with some rust dyeing. I got my piece back the other day.  I like it!  The photographs are a bit washed out,it is a bit darker. The first  person did some dyeing after blocking the rusty spots with a resist.  Someone else did something with some keys and also gave me a couple of old keys to use in my finished piece.  I like the gridded blues.  I kind of have an idea of what to do with this, but will let it sit for a bit since I don't have a clear vision.  Luckily the deadline has been changed to a later date.

This is my Off the Wall post for the week.  Check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.


  1. Happy 1st Blogoversary.....And many many more to come....

  2. Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary! Great job!

    I really can't wait to see how the tea fabric comes out. Maybe that could be the beginning of your next surface design round robin fabric!

  3. Congrats on your anniversary! I too love using my blog as an art journal. Ohhh and I also drink a couple of drawers of tea - although lately this great black tea/green tea/mint combo is my latest obsession. Just enough caffeine to keep me going and not too much to make me jittery.

  4. The tea bag fabric is wonderful! Happy anniversary!

  5. How fun to be in a round robin like this. The finished fabric is great.

  6. A fun idea - and I like your fabric.

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