Friday, February 29, 2008

Just Signed Up With Ravelry

I've been reading so much about Ravelry that I had to check it out: It's still in beta and they've got a waiting list to join, but it only took about a week. I haven't really gotten into it yet, but I've created my account and I've been poking around and it looks fabulous. One of the features I'll use most is a database that allows users to keep track of their stash and tools. The timing was perfect for me -- I'm in the process of turning the spare bedroom into my craft room, which means a huge reorganization -- okay, it can't be an reorganization if it was never organized to begin with! :) Anyway, I can't wait to really get into using Ravelry!

Jane Crosses the Bridge

One of my beloved Angoras was returned to the earth last week. Here is a pic that was taken the day I brought her home. She was little more than a kit and shared a small crate with her littermate Blanche. They were named after the characters played by Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. The other pic was taken last summer. She was 5 years old and 12 pounds and had been living in her own spacious hutch that was built by DH. Jane passed in February. It was hard to dig. As our dear friend Tony put it: "Rabbit: 12 pounds . . . Friend with a backhoe: Priceless." Great heartfelt thanks to Tony & Dana for helping us with our Jane's funeral.

Fun with Bleach

I made a nifty t-shirt for DH. I gotta get a picture of the finished shirt, though! I used a plain black t-shirt, a Clorox bleach pen and a stencil. I taped the stencil to the shirt, colored it in with the bleach pen and then just waited for a few hours. When it was done, the picture was the burnt-looking brownish orangy color you can see in this picture. I put it in bleach stop for a while to stop the process and then threw it in the washing machine. Gotta try this again -- great fun was had by all. Oh -- this is important -- open a window or work outside!