Sunday, May 1, 2016

51 Years Ago Today

This is the house we built with our own hands and a lot of help from friends.
The block work for the basement was done and on May 1, 1965 Jerry and his friends built the 47 foot long beam that would support the house. It was built on one of the walls and the plan was to move it to the center of the wall without it rolling.  If it rolled it could hit the block wall and crack it. Well, things happen and it did roll and ended up in the basement filled with about 8 inches or more of water. But the good news….it didn’t crack the wall.
The next day our friend Ralph (our right hand man and friend) put out a call to our friends for help and at least 6 of our friends showed up to hoist it back up. Success and we were on our way.
Our summer was spent building this little house which has since expanded and is still our home 51 years later.
When we built it the trees you see were not much higher than the roof.
We can never thank all those friends who helped us enough as we would not have been able to do this without all of them.
I had hoped to post a photo of what it looked like originally but can’t seem to find one although I know if is here on the computer somewhere.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Precious Pieces

When I have smaller pieces of fabric that are left after cutting the big ones I do what I call precious pieces. I try unique manipulations of the fabric before I dye them. They are usually dyed in the same batch with others of the same colors.
There are so many  interesting details in this precious piece. Of course it was a surprise when I opened it up. This one will remain as a whole piece.
It’s nice to have some smaller works of art.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Juke Box

This piece I iced dyed is the brightest yet.
When I look at it all I can see is a Juke Box,….maybe a Wurlitzer!
What do you see when you look at this one?
Again, this is a totally different fabric manipulation and dye combo than I have ever used before.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I’m On A Roll….Creating Faster Than I Can Share

This piece uses colors I dearly love. I associate them with my hazel eyes.
The teal color is my favorite color to wear and the rust/browns accent the teal so well.
This is smaller than my usual mandala….about 22 inches square.
I wanted to try a specific color combination and I am pleased with it.
Of course if I try this again it may look totally different.
And that my friends is the roll of the dice when you ice dye.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's Good To Be Green

This is one of the ice dyes I just finished. I love the splitting of the colors and the way the colors flow.
I tried something different (as usual) when I made this one,

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Typical After Dinner Activity With The Family In Florida

I have been remiss in posting pictures of family and friends this season,
We had dinner on the lanai tonight. Salad, ravioli and garlic bread.
Then we adjourned to the great room where we spent time together with our cell phones! We may have been sitting a few feet or a little more from each other but often communicate with our phones. Andy was having fun brainstorming names for the quilt I recently showed on my blog.
Drew looks so serious, but I think he is probably just conversing with his friends.
And I am behind the camera on my cell phone shooting these pictures!
Of course the evening concluded with ice cream served by Drew who also set the table and cleared the table. He narrowly escaped having to do the dishes as if anyone used their phone at the table they would get to do the dishes.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Orange Marmalade OR Citrus Circus?

This is my most recent ice dyed Mandala….different that all the rest.
Which name do you think fits this one?
I did use the same color dyes I had used in another piece but in different amounts and there is little or no similarity between the two pieces.
That is one of the things that keeps me coming back to this quest….I play while using what I know about color and dyes and keep getting gorgeous surprises.