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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Ice Dyeing in Florida!

Well, what else do you do on an 80 degree day in Florida!  Ice Dye, of course!  HA  Verna (the best baker!) and Kim (a new home owner here in Florida) came over Saturday for some ice dyeing. 


Of course, you have to have a supervisor and Kalee applied and got the position!  She and Gigi stayed in the garage while the ladies did their thing.

I can't wait to see the results when the dye is rinsed out!

Kim chose these colors.  Interesting way she placed the dye powder.  Can't wait to see this result! 

This is Kim's 2nd piece of fabric using Turquoise dye. 

Verna's fabric.....

Hydrangea and Lapis dye

Verna's 2nd piece of fabric

Red Wine and Lavender dye powder.  Great combo too.
Now the pans are resting

 until we rinse them out in 24 hours!   More  pics to come!

Friday, March 29, 2019

More Sister Time!

I had my last visit to Apollo Beach in 2019 to visit my sister this past weekend.  What a ball we had....just so much laughter, good food and conversation! 

This is the view from the opposite side of their lanai.  It's so peaceful to sit out and watch the birds and ducks...and alligator!  Although I haven't seen him.  My sister sees him swim the
pond to the gazebo area then heads back again. 

These are some of my sister's plants.  She has the green thumb in this family!  Her orchid plants are beautiful and each plant has more stems with more buds on them!!!!

This plant is awesome!  Just beautiful!!!

This plant is amazing and just look at some more of the buds that will be flowering soon! 

Maryann is also a knitter (besides being a fantastic cook and beautiful!) and she's knitting one of the same tops I'm working that was fun to see how we each knit!  I knit tighter and she knits looser!  I won't tell you the phrases we used to give each other a name...but it was funny and true!

Nancy, my sis and I went to one of our favorite Italian Restaurants for dinner, Cafe Italia.  And we weren't disappointed!  I think this was our favorite of all the meals we've had there.  We started off with a fantastic salad called  Insalata Toscana - Mixed greens tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and topped with sliced apples, chopped nuts and Gorgonzola cheese.  It was fantastic!!  Who knew salad could be so good!  It was served on a huge plate and even the 3 of us couldn't finish it all!  We tried!

Next we ordered their Bruschetta - Tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs tossed with olive oil and red wine vinegar served over bread toasted with cheese.  This was the best Bruschetta I have ever had!

My sister and Nancy split an order of Fettuccini Alfredo and I had a new dish, Pollo Triestina - Chicken breast lightly breaded and sautéed with Portobello mushrooms, peppers, onion and basil, topped with provolone cheese and finished in a white wine sauce.  Of course it was huge and I also got green beans with carrots tossed in spices and rigatoni with sauce!

  Delicious...I brought home my leftovers for our dinner, but had to put in the freezer...Bob wasn't feeling well when I got home on Tuesday and Wednesday we went for Mexican and Thursday we ate out with the 'gang'.  So it's not more eating out this week or next week until Thursday!

My sister and Nancy have this really cool Flamingo on their lanai and they dress 'her' up!  Here she was dressed for the baby shower they gave a friend of their.  That's a diaper on her head and backside!

The flamingo was trying to sleep in this picture but my sister and I were laughing too much!  I'm sure she's glad I went home!

Before I left on Tuesday, my sister got out her bathing suit and hat to dress her.  I keep saying 'her' because I don't know what her name is.  Guess that's rude of me not to know! 

Here my sister is walking her little dog, Sherry.  She's such a good fur mom!!!  Sherry gets walked a lot more than my girls but they don't have a fence in area so you have to walk.  Hence, my sister gets a lot of exercise...and she looks good because of it!

They were babysitting a friends dog...yep, you have to walk them all!

I am going to miss seeing my sister in the winter months.  We decided we'll have to SKYPE more and we'll each take turns  flying back and forth.  I'll fly down for a few days in the winter and she'll fly up north in the summer.  I love my sister and thank her and Nancy for making my winter visits so wonderful each year!  Love ya!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Over Dyeing - Tint, Tones and Shades

This was another great exercises and I'm still having fun!!!  We had to over dye our Tint, Tone and Shade papers. 

Orange Papers - stamped

Orange Papers - over dyed - Tint, Tone, Shades



Shade - dark to light stamping

Shade - light to dark stamping

Red Papers - stamped

Red Papers - over dyed
Tint - I should have made this lighter for the tint


Shade - first go around

Shade - light to dark and dark to light stamping

Turquoise - stamped

Turquoise - over dyed



Shade - more black
I'm quite happy with these results and can't wait to sew the papers.  As you read this I'll be at my sister's for our last visit in 2019!  Sniff, sniff!!!! 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tints, Tones and Shades

We're working on Tints, tones and shades....our 'homework' this week is to pick 2 analogous colors and one complimentary color to work with.  I have to say mixing colors isn't my strong suit...well, heck...I don't know what my strong 'suit' really is anyway!  But color theory has never been high on my list!  I was a little apprehensive on this lesson but Hilary made it so easy!!!  I've even learned something!  Who knew!!

I'm using a red and orange and adding turquoise for my complimentary color...and I even had fun mixing up the tints, tones and shades!!

Orange -- Tint, Tone and Shades

Red's - Tint, Tone and Shades

Turquoise - - Tint, Tone and Shades

Next up, we stamped papers by mixing up the tint, tone and shade for each color. 

Orange - hard to see but I do have a sheet for each  tint, tone and shade of orange

Ditto for the red color

And now the turquoise

I've over dyed these pieces using the same tint, tone and shade for each color!  Is this fun or what!!  Yes, yes it is!  I'm off to my sisters for a last visit in 2019 but I'll have a post scheduled before I leave to show the over dyed results.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Overdyed papers

I'm just having too much fun!                                           Before over dyeing




The stamping does show up better in person.  I do like the colors.





After  You can really see the square design now!

After....another dramatic piece with over dyeing!