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The Printed Fabric Bee – Old World Maps

Monday, January 5th, 2015

 

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Old world maps was the theme for December – given to us by Lisa Chin. This was a real challenge for me. I started by Binging old world maps. I saw a theme of symbols that were used, but I felt it was a graphic that would be used by others. I wanted something different and I like to try different methods of image transfer. In my search, I came across this pirate treasure map.

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My creative brain kicked in and I decided to do a Citrasolve transfer and then color in some details with Inktense color pencils. First, I found a great fabric in my stash of hand dyes that resembled the map. Then I photoshopped the map to black and white, printed it in reverse and then made copies on my old Canon copier with carbon based toner.

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Here is a very bad photo of my supplies: Citrasolve, bowl and cotton balls.

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It is very easy to do this transfer. You put the toner side down on the fabric and rub with cotton ball wet with Citrasolve.

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I did not take many process photos – sorry – I just got involved in getting it done because we were going to be in CA for the last week of December. Once I was happy with the transfer and it was dry, I colored in details with Inktense color pencils. To set the color, I dampened a piece of muslin with water, placed it on the fabric and ironed it until it was dry.

Here is the 9″ by 16″ piece for Linda:

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Here is the six inch piece for the giveaway. For a chance to win this collection of fabrics, leave a comment on our Printed Fabric Bee blog or on Lisa’s blog.

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The Printed Fabric Bee Sunflower Collection

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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There are some very fun fabrics in this collection. You can have a chance to win the collection¬† by going to The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Susan Purney Mark’s blog and leaving a comment.

Short and sweet tonight. I had a busy day.

Fun in Seattle

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in Seattle for 3 days with Stephanie, Jayme and the precocious Paige. Jayme had a long day of interviews and touring the U of W Children’s hospital. It is one of many interviews she is having this month for her residency in pediatrics which will start next July. She will rank the hospitals and they will rank the med students. On March 20th, she will get her assignment. Tomorrow, she is off to Stanford for her next interview. She has several in Southern California and a couple more in the bay area. We would love to have her come to Seattle – so much closer to us, but it would be difficult for my son to change jobs.

Anyway, Steph and I were there to spend time with Paige who is an inquisitive, talkative and adorable child. Jayme was recovering from the flu and needed to rest so on our first day there, we took her out to lunch. Just look at that face.

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On Monday, we took her to the Seattle Aquarium and it just happened to be Toddler Time with some fun activities for children her age.

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She enjoyed touching the anemones and sea cucumbers and followed the instructions of one finger touching.

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I love going to an aquarium. I find the colors and markings of the sea creatures and coral so inspiring. I took a few photos, but my phone battery got low so I had to stop. I brought my portable charger, but forgot the cord – duh! Here is some of what I enjoyed.

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A Sea Horse – such an interesting creature.

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Fluorescent coral.

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Giant mussels.

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Angelic jelly fish.

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Coral and anemones.

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Star fish.

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More anemones

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Loved these green anemones.

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And more anemones – love them!

We managed to fit in a little shopping in downtown Seattle before heading back to the hotel. The whole time we were there, the sun was so bright and the sky so blue. It was very, very cold, but manageable because of the sunshine.

Back at the hotel, Steph did an art project with Paige which she loved.

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We bought her some Japanese washi tape which she put all over her paper Paige.

We drove home today after dropping Jayme and Paige off at the airport. I am exhausted but so happy to have spent the time with Paige and Jayme.

Urban Surfaces – The Printed Fabric Bee

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

 

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This is a detail shot of the printing I did for The Printed Fabric Bee. Leslie Jenison chose urban surfaces as her theme. In my last post, I told you that I started with a cotton scarf on which the dye job was pretty sad.

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I painted it with diluted DynaFlow paint to dirty it up and gray the colors.

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Then, I went at it with construction fence under a silkscreen and black paint.

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I went home and let it dry over night. The next day, I used a white beeswax crayon and a rubbing plate to make marks on the piece.

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Next, I went at it with a syringe and lime green paint to make graffiti like marks. I was quite worried when I left it because the paint was a lot puffier than I had planned, but when I came back the next day, it was dry and flat.

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Leslie asked for a 6″ x 18″ piece. I had enough for two. So, it was easy to get a nice 6″ piece for the giveaway.

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Click on the collage to go to our FaceBook page to leave a comment and go to The Printed Fabric Bee Blog to leave a comment for a chance to win the fabric collection.

 

 

Half a Century Flew By

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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We arrived home Tuesday from our 50th anniversary sojourn to California and back. I took many photos in the car and at the beach house and still, I missed some important people. I have tons of our vivacious Paige and none of her beautiful mother. I will share what I have. I was hoping for the professional photos taken on Saturday morning, but I do not have those, yet.

We hit the road, with Scooter, on Wednesday and drove along the beautiful Umpqua River Valley to the Oregon Coast where we stayed in a less than stellar motel. Brookings seems to be a long series of strip malls along Hwy. 101. We picked up takeout at the grocery and ate dinner in the motel with Scooter.

The next day, we headed south on 101 to California. We stopped at an Elk viewing area. We could see them far away, but not close enough for photos. It was a pretty area with a creek and beautiful grasses and cat tails.

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We stopped for lunch in the Victorian village of Ferndale. I found a vegetarian restaurant with lots of gluten free options and an outdoor seating are. Mario, the owner was a delight to talk to, and he brought Scooter water and a plate of food.

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At some point, we left Hwy. 101 and took the winding, hairpin turns of Rte. 1 on our way to Mendocino. We had to stop soon after so that I could drive. I get car sick easily and if I drive, I do better. We drove through beautiful redwood forests for much or our drive in CA. I love the smell of these old forests.

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We love Mendocino and have spent many fun times there over our the time we lived in CA. We stayed in the little yellow cottage in this photo.

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The cottage was a special one for guests with dogs. Scooter enjoyed it.

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We walked around Mendocino and picked up some breakfast food. I loved this yarn bombed tree.

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For dinner, we got room service from the Inn at Little River. It was delicious.

On Friday, we found our way back to Hwy 101 and drove to our old home town, Santa Rosa, to pick up some needed supplies for the beach house. We arrives in Bodega Bay at our big house on the golf course in time for a quick lunch before the family started arriving. The weather was fantastic all week-end. We had blue skies and warm sunshine the whole time we were there, a rarity on the coast of N. California.

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The view of the bay from our patio.

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We had egrets and herons making regular visits to our backyard.

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Jayme and Mark did not arrive until late on Friday night after she finished her stint at SF General in the NIC ward. She had a grueling month doing a practice residency in pediatrics so she was really ready for some R & R. The rest of us went out to dinner at Rocky Oysterfellas in Valley Ford.

On Saturday, our children prepared a beautiful feast for Saturday evening. There was much coming and going, looking for all the ingredients. In the meantime, my puzzle helpers and I worked on this.

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Here is the food they prepared.

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That last dish is salmon. Mark bought a whole salmon and had it fileted. He saved the head and trimmings which were used to make chowder the next day.

Lisa and Clay brought gluten free and delicious cake and cupcakes for the kids.

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The cake was very tempting for little miss Paige.

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Steve’s brother, Mike, and wife, Ann, came up from Southern California. So good to see them.

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Here is Ann with her daughter, Jessica, who lives in the area.

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All the cousins were having a great time in the garage/game room.

Miles and Jess’s daughter, Viola.

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They look a little somber, but they were really having a fun time.

Here is Mia, taking a break from the pandemonium.

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Mark – my handsome son and super dad.

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Lisa, relaxing in the sun.

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Clay and Wilfredo.

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So, I didn’t get photos of the elusive Jack, Stephanie and Jayme. I got lots of photos of Paige!! Here she is in the fort that Clay made out of pillows.

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It was a fun day and we greatly appreciate all the work that went into this by our children and their partners.It was what I most wanted – a relaxing time with the family. Mr C and I are so proud of the accomplishments of all of them. We are truly blessed.

On Sunday, the Barnes family left to get back to Portland for the start of school for M & M. Lisa and Clay went home so that Lisa could get back to work on her latest book which had a deadline of this week.

We enjoyed time with Mark and Jayme and Paige. Mark made this incredible chowder for us.

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We went to the beach. paigebodegabeach

Paige sat still long enough for some time with Poppop.

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Today us our actual anniversary. We are going out to dinner and will have a quiet day.