I decided to make a rag rug out of old T-shirts, sewn on a base of a large towel from Steve’s father’s estate. I thought it might be a little boring if I just sewed them straight across the short side, so I drew this curved design on it with a marker. Here I have […]
This week I had a tiring but interesting time tie-dying shirts with six classes of first graders.
I started with a trip to the Thrift Store. I found 6 shirts and added 2 that I already had. Four shirts in each tub was a bit crowded, but it would have been worse with bigger shirts. You can see that there are large gaps with no dye. I should have put more dye. […]
Back in March, I tried ice dyeing for the first time. It turned out great, so I finally got around to doing some more. This time, I had four different batches of dye. I started with two off-white shirts and used a reddish mix of dyes. I started it around 10:30pm and rinsed it the […]
Looking around the yard, there are quite a few pretty flowers and interesting foliage.
Steve’s been busy on the outside of the house. At the end of April he had the two painter guys take down the addition from the back of the house. They opted to take the walls off before the roof, and then had to decide where to make the roof fall down. It landed partly […]
My sister-in-law Laura showed me the quilt pattern called “One Block Wonder”, and the one she was making out of an animal print fabric was really special. It’s “One Block” because you cut the fabric into a single size of block – an equilateral triangle. The “Wonder” part comes from how you hardly recognize the […]
Steve hired two guys to paint the house. We closed up the back west windows the weekend before they started. Steve wants to paint the part where the birds are, green. We might put the brown on the fascia; maybe not. It looks a lot like the concept photo that we tested colors on. It’s […]
Today was the day. It was slow, but not too painful. I finally got the tie-dye box out and I had found my tie-dye book with my notes on amounts and conversions, so I decided to try the technique I saw on Dharma Trading: Ice Dyeing. I dyed two of Steve’s shirts. One is a […]
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I’ve had a T-Mobile prepaid phone since 2005. It worked well for me to pay by the minute since I don’t use the phone very much. But times have changed and I am feeling the limitations of that kind of phone plan, so I did a bunch of research to see what other kinds of […]
We went to a Xeriscape Symposium on Saturday and the best topic was rainwater harvesting. The only trouble is you actually need some rain to harvest! Texas A&M has some information about calculating the size of the storage tank for the size of your catchment area and flushing out the first dirty part of the […]
My brother Robbie sent me some pictures yesterday, saying I thought you’d like to see some of the corn we grew this year. The crop was terrible because of the extremely dry weather, but the kernels are still pretty. I think they are gorgeous! They look like candy. Robbie continues, It’s interesting to see how […]
Here’s what happens when you get three 5 year old boys together. They figure out how it works pretty fast. At least there was no mess to clean up.
The other day, Heather showed me how her son Alex is coming along in his soccer practice. I’d say he’s getting to be pretty good!