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Waxing with Ginger

Saturday, November 17th, 2007


Ginger of Gingerfied came by yesterday and we decided to do some soy wax batiking. I heated up my new electric fry pan to melt the wax and hauled out my crate of objects for making marks with soy wax. I bought a bunch of antique potato mashers which I had not used.

You can see Ginger’s results on her blog (link above).

This fabric was originally discharged with turquoise dye added to the discharge paste. Here it is with soy wax marks.


I painted it with turquoise and purple paint. Here it is after heat setting and washing.


It is ready for another layer of something – stamping or screen printing.

This was a rather ugly piece of orangish low immersion dyed cotton with soy wax marks..


Here it is after painting with turquoise paint – what an improvement.


This fabric is silk that I folded and dyed in a class with Jane Dunnewald. It has been languishing in my studio for over a year. It was a pinkish orange color. I didn’t get a photo with the was, but here it is after painting with red Setacolor silk. It has been heat set and washed. I was going for a subtle effect. It is now ready for another layer of something.


This is a piece of hand-dyed cotton with some gorgeous colors. I am going to mix up some dye for this so it is still sitting with the wax, waiting for me to figure out what color(s) to use.


Ginger and I talked non-stop. We even had a lively theological discussion with Mr C at lunch.

After Ginger left, I ran up to Westmoreland to get my hair cut. Then Mr C and I went to Cha Cha Cha for some Mexican food before attending a lecture at Trinity by the pre-eminent biblical scholars, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. They discussed the first Christmas which they have written about in a newly released book.

These men are proponents of what I call progressive Christianity. We first met Marcus when we lived in North Carolina. His wife, Maryanne, is a priest at Trinity and coordinates the Center for Spiritual Development. Mr C and I are very excited because we are going to the Holy Land with the three of them and 30 some other folks next May. That is, if Dumb and Dumber will cool their heels and not invade Iran and escalate the strife in the mid-east.

Today, I did some major work on the SDA site for the 2009 conference and babysat with M & M while their Mom and Dad got some work done. They have no school next week and Steph needed to get organized for Miles’ birthday party on Monday. We messed around in my studio and then after lunch we went to the library. They are such book kids and feel right at home in a library.

One Down and a PIF

Thursday, November 15th, 2007


I finished Indigo Aspens for the High Fiber Diet Show next month. I did all hand stitching. Here is a close-up:


I have become addicted to making marks on fabric with a needle and thread. I love how I can define a line or create a mood with little stitches.

I was one of the first 3 commenter’s on Jen’s Blog and will be the beneficiary of a hand made gift in the Pay It Forward promise. This is the first time that I have managed to jump in early enough.

Now, I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Tomorrow, Ginger of Gingerfied is coming by to play in the studio with me. I will try to remember to take some photos. In fact, I want to take a new photo of her for her blog. She is much younger than her photo shows.

Just Another Wacky Wednesday

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Let’s get this out of the way right at the top. I lost .2 of a pound today. I really thought it would be more. I guess my sluggish behavior over the week-end didn’t help. Maybe I overdid the lasagna and chocolate fondue. At least it was in the right direction!!

Have you noticed that Marie Osmond is everywhere lately? I get such a kick out of her on Dancing With the Stars. I think she is doing amazingly well. I have fond memories of my girls sitting in front of the TV, watching the Donny and Marie show. They absolutely loved it. I once met Marie at a business convention. Her is the proof:


We were having a contest to see who had the biggest smile!! She obviously won in the eye makeup department. I am guessing that this was about 22 years ago.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Diane sent me an e-mail with questions to answer. I was to forward it to and copy it to her. Here are the questions and my answers:


If you opened it, you have to do it. Then, send it back to the person who sent it to you and the rest of your friends!

Two names you go by:
1 Gerrie
2. Geraldine, Mom

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. new smaller size black pants
2. sweatshirt screen printed with a dove and peace by Lisa

Two of your favorite things to do:
1. hang out with my grand children
2. do stuff to fabric

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. an end to the war in Iraq
2. have a cleaning person

Two favorite pets you have had/have:
1. Maggie our JR
2. AJ, the cat

Two People who will fill this out
1. Terry
2. Judy

Two things you ate today:
1. two slices of Amy’s roasted vegetable pizza with no cheese
2. baked wild halibut

Two people you last talked to:
1. Steve
2. Terry

Two things you’re doing tomorrow:
1.Working on a design for a quilt with a looming deadline
2. Cleaning the kitchen counter where stuff piles up when I am not home

Two longest car rides:
1. Wilmington, NC – Santa Rosa, CA
2. Santa Rosa to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, and back to Santa Rosa

Two favorite holidays:
1. Thanksgiving
2. Christmas

Two favorite beverages:
1. Sauvignon Blanc wine
2. Pinot Noir wine

The reason I am posting this, is the question — two things you want very badly. Well, obviously, I didn’t get an end to the war in Iraq. You guessed it — Maryama came knocking at my door looking for houses to clean. After some negotiating with Mr C, she will be coming every other week. She spent most of today getting us up to health code. She is coming back tomorrow to do the kitchen. After this, she hopes it will not take as much time. She is extremely thorough.

The thing I like most about a cleaning person is that I am forced to get my stuff organized and put away. Mr C hates that part. And when he did the “cleaning”, I never knew when the bug would hit him so I had a hard time getting my clutter out of the way.

I must end this and settle down for the start of the new season of “Project Runway.” Love, love, love!!

Happiness is Creating Art

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Buoyed by this news, I have been having a wonderful day.

American evolutionary-psych researchers have produced eye catching research suggesting that women whose hips are significantly bigger than their waists are more intelligent, and tend to produce more intelligent babies. They believe that this might explain why men tend to be attracted to women with this type of physique, apparently theorising that what men really really want is women (and children) likely to be cleverer than themselves.

Who knew? I thought my kids got their brains from their father.

Yesterday, was a lost day. It was a really dark and stormy day. the wind was blowing mightily. Trees and branches were falling all around us. And the power went out. It is so spooky quiet when the power goes off. No background humming of the computers and the furnace. Mr C and I did our class homework next to the window with a fire blazing in the fireplace.

Today was glorious — bright and sunny —, and after a nice long walk with Mr C and Maggie, I got quite a bit done in the studio.

I have to get at least two journal size quilts done for a High Fiber Diet show next month, titled Small Treasures. And I am still working on the Good to Be Green quilt which I can not show you.

I have had this idea percolating in my brain — that is to use indigo shibori fabric to make aspens in a night time scene. So here is my go at it for one of my Small Treasure pieces.

This is the general layout.


I wanted to put some silver foil on the moon. First, I applied some glue with a small brush, very lightly.


I got a lot more foil adhering than I had planned for so I just went with it.


I decided to do hand stitching with Perle cotton. I did some silver stitching in the foiled moonlight and the trees are stitched with a dark blue.


I really enjoy doing the Perle cotton embellishing.

Here is some stitching I did on the Good to Be Green piece. I have not clipped the threads because I might want to leave some dangling threads.


The sweet Deborah of Deborah’s Journal has posted some photos of my work hanging at the Houston show. Click on the link if you would like to take a look.

Hope you are all busy and creating, too.


Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Sometimes, I feel so blessed to have old and new friends stopping by my blog to comment, share and give me advice.

I forgot to mention what a chuckle I got out of the traffic light comments about the piece I cut up last week. Now I am wondering if anyone in the crit group saw traffic lights. I have looked at that so many times and never saw a traffic light and now it is haunting me!!

Also, thanks to the new readers who have found me and have made such lovely comments about my work. It means a lot to hear from you.

Thank you for the good wishes to get better this week-end. I think I had a 24 hour virus with swollen glands and general malaise. I began to feel better yesterday afternoon. Mr C took me out to dinner, and I had a miraculous recovery.

Tonight, I made dinner for the family. Here is what is left of the lasagna.


A couple of weeks ago, Steph, Mia and I had a conversation about fondue. Mia thought chocolate fondue sounded pretty good, so tonight, I thought I would surprise her.


We dunked angel food cake, strawberries, kiwi, bananas and marshmallows.


I think Mia really enjoyed it.


Miles preferred marshmallows toasted on an open fire.


I really love our Sunday night family suppers.