Monthly Archives: May 2009

What’s Bugging You?

The base surrounding the pine in my yard yields a copious collection of Cicada Shells. This year I decided to have a little fun with them. These ended up being my favorites. 🙂


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A Dying Fool

Every time I pass by my studio I could hear my new shipment of hemp calling my name.

“Hey Danielle, don’t you want to come and play with me? I know you have lots of new dye upstairs. Come on, you know it’s gonna be fun, hint-hint wink-wink.”

So, me being me, I gave in. I just couldn’t hold out anymore and for the past two weekends I’ve been up to my elbows in dye!

I decided to dye some fabric the Tub method and others using Low Water Immersion. LWI was first introduced to me by my stitchin sister, Justine, a few years ago. It really is my favorite way to dye fabric for two main reasons-
A. It needs way less babysitting than tub dying.
B. You really have no idea what you are going to end up with…at least I don’t.

Fabric dyers have different methods, here’s mine.

First I prewash my fabric in synthropol to remove any factory dirt, grease and/or chemicals. Then I place the damp fabric in plastic tubs and tent it so that it is not smashed down.
Next I add the dye. I use water bottles that I’ve drilled a hole in the cap for squirting the dye solution, which consists of procion dye, water and salt.
I don’t add my soda ash until after I’ve let the fabric sit for a while. This way I am able to save the remaining bottled dye. Some of the dye used in this session was bottled last summer. Once soda ash is added the dye begins to break down. You can also pretreat your fabric with soda ash.

Here is my fabric marinading in dye and soda ash. I let some of it sit over night, others I washed out a few hours later. It just depends on how dark you want the end result to be.
Below each picture I’ve listed the dye colors I used…at least I *think* I used…there was a whole lot of dyin’ goin’ on!

Olive Drab, Golden Yellow & Rust Orange

Rust Orange & Golden Yellow

Midnight Blue & Dark Brown

Avocado & Chinese Red (this one reminds me of watermelon tourmaline)

Chinese Red & Golden Yellow

Avocado & Golden Yellow

For this lovely pallet I used Williamsburg Blue and a touch of Blackest Black for the deepest shade. The fabric on the far right was done in LWI and the rest were in the washer. I was able to achieve the various shades due to adjusting the length of time I kept each one in the dye bath.
I was uber pleased with the result, as I have been working on this skirt for years (in my head that is). It is going to be a Dylan inspired piece. I know it will be very hard for me to give it up once it is created!!!

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Oops I Did it Again

I shorted out my brand new iPod Touch, only took 6 days for it to stop working! I made an apt online with the Genius Bar at the Apple store, so after I got out of work I headed right on over. I was hoping a tech adviser could get it back to a working state or at least tell me what was going on. Dude was like”Yeah, I have no idea what’s wrong with it so we are just gonna trade it out for another new one.” I’m thinking thank god because I wasn’t really in the mood to go all crazy bitch on the poor guy. But in all seriousness what the F is going on!?! This is now my 4th iPod since September and it confirms my theory once again that it really is my personal electromagnetic field that causes them to stop working. I’m really not iPod compatible! 😦

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Stuffed Peppers

I. Love. Food. No seriously, I do. Don’t let my size fool you I can eat like a horse, and more often than not I DO! I’ve mentioned it before but I will remind you again, there is a very good reason that my best friends are executive chefs. Some of their creations are panty dropping, literally! Every once in a while I can come up with a pretty killer creation. My friend Josh stole my Chicken Salad recipe and ran it as a special at one of his restaurants in Boston, did I get credit, NOOOOOO! But he did sell the shit out of it. 🙂

This creation is neither special, nor inventive, but it is easy peasy and damn good. My BFF made them recently for a girls night get-together so this is technically her recipe but with my twist. My additions are noted with an asterisk.

Stuffed Peppers:
3/4 lb ground lean turkey
1 pkg Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in the Spanish Style blend
1 pt jar canned organic tomatoes*
3 oz tomato paste* (she uses spaghetti sauce)
garlic powder*
parmesan cheese*
chopped onion*
mombasa powder*
black pepper*
olive oil*
sour cream or cheddar cheese

Cook turkey in olive oil until browned. Heat rice and combine with tomato paste, canned tomatoes, chopped onion, parm and spices. (I don’t measure so just add to your own personal taste) Stuff inside hollowed peppers and bake with tops on at 350 for 50 minutes.

Garnish with sour cream or cheddar…I am a sour cream slut! It’s light, so you can add more! 🙂

Like I said easy peasy!

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