Monday, May 10, 2010

Snow dying, Granite, & Chocolate

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Here it is May, & I still hadn’t tried snow dying, but had a patch of snow left in my yard. We have been having beautiful weather lately, highs in the 6o’s, so the snow is going to be gone soon.  I decided I’d better get on the stick, & do it before it’s too late. Unfortunately, I realized that I didn’t have any Procion dyes in my stash. All I have are Sabracon, which are more temperature sensitive, requiring temps above 70 degrees to fully react.
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I decided to go ahead & experiment, to see what the results might be, & what I got were nice, but dulled colors. I wouldn’t waste the dyes again with this method, unless I had some Procion leftovers to play with. The Sabracon dyes, when used as they are intended are really rich & vibrant colors.
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We have also been making a little progress on our house this week. We finally got the granite for 2 of my kitchen counter tops. I still have a lot of work to do in the kitchen, but the granite is nice, & makes it feel so much neater & cleaner than the old wood we had before. If you click on the pictures you an see them better. Note the muddy bear pawprints on the large window below (to the left of the blue dot). We had a visitor at 2 a.m. on Friday who woke me up, playing on the deck above our bedroom. He left his calling card on the window!
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I also put a shelf  over the windows to give my barn collection a place to set.
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My Mother’s Day lasted all weekend. On Saturday, my youngest, Corey took us to Moose’s Tooth for both Mother’s Day & Father’s Day for dinner. He leaves for Nome soon, & won’t be back to Anchorage until late Fall. Then on Sunday we took him to the Midnight Sun Brewery for lunch, & a beer & chocolate tasting. Since neither Corey or Warren care much for chocolate, & I don’t like beer but LOVE chocolate, it was a fun lunch for all of us! For desert they had beer, & I had chocolate. & yes auntie Em, see, Corey still has hair!
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Delighted Hands said...

I had never heard of snow dyeing! Sounds like fun-your colors still turned out nicely. I would love the chocolate tasting!

Vicki W said...

A bear paw print on my window would totally freak me out!

Melodie said...

Your house must be a nightmare to dust!
Corey has lots of hair! Chris will be so jealous!!

Elaine Adair said...

Yikes on the paw print - I gotta tease about the fish swimming in the same photo! (I can't help it!)

Lovely new home improvements surely lift a person's spirits, don't they. How nice for you. 8-)))

Beer and chocolate? I'll take the chocolate!

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

The fabric turned out pretty good considering the typ of dye you used. I'm sure when you use the fabric you'll add to it and make it fabulous.
Your kitchen is looking cosy.
Wish I was seeing the paw prints in "real life".

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