Monday, May 25, 2015

Flooding Down in Texas

Due to the recent floods in the Texas Hill Country I realized the same thing happened on Memorial Day weekend back in 1981 when I lived in Austin.

May 24, 1981 began as a warm day where I lived in South Austin on Goodrich with my all time best roomie Jim Bob.  We were talking with our neighbor and friend Gary (Bob) and a visiting friend Sid and decided to head to Lake Travis and rent a sailboat for the day.

After boarding the boat with our provisions we set sail.  We hadn't gotten very far when we noticed the horizon darkening in the distance, and the wind was picking up.  I remember Jim and Gary yelling something like "Big Wind!"  Let's go.  All the while the boats participating in a regatta were heading back to dock??  More verbiage like "What's wrong with those wimps" etc. as we continued on.  That is until the golf ball sized hail started pelting us and the hard rain blurred our vision.  We all escaped below except for Captain Gary and his trusty mate Jim Bob.  But hail that size pelting them and no vision ahead we quickly rammed into the jetty.  oops.

We They got the boat docked and we got off to join a small crowd of people in the UFloat'm.  Yes that's what it was called.  There were UTotem markets (similar to 7 Eleven) so this was their version of a floating store.  Lucky for us it also had a small kitchenette that served cheeseburgers and beer because we weren't just there for lunch!  Lunch turned into dinner.  We spent something like 10 hours there, maybe more.  No way could we take the boat back to shore in all that rain, and rain, and more rain.  So we waited.

By the time we made it back to shore, very late at night (I think oneish in the morning) and drove back to Austin we were shocked.  Cars in the middle of Loop One and also a Grand Piano!  What?  The waters had started to recede a bit and we were seeing the aftermath.  The area of 6th and Lamar was completely flooded.  The piano had come from Strait Music across the street from the first ever Whole Foods Market.  The sign the next day read "Whole Floods Market thanks you for all your support we shall return".  And of course we know they did.

Unfortunately several lives were taken with that flood and the destruction was monumental to homes and families.

Here's a link to photos of that flood damage.

Now another flood has destroyed homes and business.

It reminds me of a song my friend Bob Runyon wrote and recorded after his home flooded years ago. Wish I could post the recording but here's a link to where you can buy the album the song is on (or just the song) and listen to a very short clip

Here's the start of the lyrics:

It's the price that you pay for living close to running water
You can move but you can't tell the river where to go
Try as you might it does no good to fight it
All you can learn is what the bank already knows
So silent and wise that it hardly even shows ...........................

............Nothing's too big to stop the water when if flows
It's here for a while and then it has to go.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows and Events

While I'm busily working away on up cycling garments, dyeing ribbon and silk, and generally gathering props I want to announce registration has opened for Art Retreat at the Prairie.   I'll be teaching three classes and am really thrilled to get to go back and teach for a wonderful retreat in a fabulous setting!  I hope you can treat yourself to attend!

I only have a bit of time to post and then it's back to working on these: "shoot like a girl" Sharp Shooter Vests!  You can find me selling these at Remnants of the Past in Pleasanton, CA April 24th and 25th and at the May Day Faire on May 2 & 3 in Santa Cruz, CA. along with all my other creations of dyed ribbon, fabrics, scarves, and upcycled and vintage wearables!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show

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Please join us at Remnants of the Past Antique & Vintage Show on Friday, April 24th 3pm-8pm and Saturday, April 25th, 9am-5pm. 

My booth is #5.  I hope to see many familiar faces and because this is my first time to participate in the show I hope to meet many new friends.

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue PleasantonCA 94566

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic will be our special guest! See you soon!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Remnants of the Past and Vintage Lace and Linens

I'm so busy creating and getting items ready to sell at Remnants of the Past show next month in Pleasanton, CA.

After going through my stash of vintage lace and linens (oh and of course shopping for more) I thought I would share my method of cleaning and freshening them.

Many times there are stains and/or musty odors and having an acute sense of smell I can't tolerate that.  Sometimes pieces are aged to a golden color that people want to have in their mixed media art.  I use mine for clothing so I want them clean and not smelly.

To get rid of odors I use Borax.  It's what is used to clean soiled cloth diapers so you know it gets the smell out!  For stains I use OxiClean or in particular this brand.

Follow directions on the product label.  After I soak, sometimes overnight, I check to see if the stains are gone.  If not I may add more of the cleaner and keep soaking.  Sometimes the stains will just not come out!  Also the cleaner can whiten some items, especially if the aged look was dirt, grime, or whatever it is.  So if you want that look then try tea staining.

After soaking, washing with shampoo, and rinsing well,  I hang the pieces outside to dry.  I leave them out for at least a day and sometimes more to further eliminate any odors.

Some people seem to think throwing a dryer sheet in a bag with them and/or using Fabreze solves the problems. But to me it doesn't really cover up the problem it just makes the musty, aged smell sickenly sweet ........... and musty.  Yuck!

Now I get to iron, package, and price the items I'll be selling.  I have a feeling the "keep" pile with be bigger than the "sell" pile.  Am I a hoarder?  Good question.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Results of Botanical and Rust Dye Workshop

Look what was created in my class in Portland at Art and Soul!  I had lovely ladies in my class and the fabrics they dye printed are beautiful! (Thanks Lorna! xo)

Then Ruth Chandler came in with a little bucket of indigo so we got to dip a few pieces in that and behold the blue!  So much fun and magic.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Remnants of the Past

My sister Jan and I will be vending at this wonderful show.  We have lots of things in store to sell including upcyled "wayward threads" clothing, hand dyed ribbon and scarves, botanical dye printed items, Mothers' Day items, and all sorts of other goodies made from vintage linens and doilies.  I'll be posting some pictures from now until the show as items get created.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Workspace Today

I've been getting things ready to take to Portland to teach at Art and Soul next week.  Rusty metal, flowers, leaves for botanical dye printing.  These are the types of botanicals we'll be using.  I have my sister to gather for me in Oregon so I don't transport these over the borderline.  It's always best to use local botanicals.

Gathered laces, trims, and dyed silk.

Dyeing velvet