Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Global Drying

This is a repost of one of my posts from a couple of years ago---since we have been having 100 degree days again, and I have been doing all of my laundry drying outside, I thought I'd republish this collection of global laundry drying pics :)

Global Drying......
voxtheory  Chinatown, San Francisco
My last post on drying laundry led me to have a look around at some of the ways people who don't have yards dry their laundry without a dryer. In many cases, people don't have a choice about whether or not to use their dryers----they simply don't have one. So have a look at this global dry-fest!

flyingsuitcase  Venice, Italy
 runran  Rajasthan,  India
gurms   Hong Kong

austinevan     Paris, in the winter!
Wonderlane  Guadalajara, Mexico
Lyndi&Jason  Singapore

nerdcoregirl   Vietnam
fletcherjcm  Tokyo, Japan
jgmarcelino   Korea

 edkohler  Croatia
Rachel Strohm  Ghana

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I Lost My Mind When I Fell To Earth...

No, I haven't been in outer space lately (though I dearly wish I could see Pluto's ice mountains in person!)---but I have been in another dimension....The Oregon Country Fair.

I spotted this critter on the path, what a wacky costume!

This gnome couple were very charming :)

My favorites by far this year were the Shiva-people:

This is one of the main things I love about the Fair---the random, artistic processions. I also love the larger-scale public art. There was a lot of that in the new area they opened up this year:

A giant humming bird made with recycled plastic bottles filled with colored water---and it glows at night!

Temple Borealis---so lovely, and I saw a wedding in it during the Fair!

The roof of Temple Borealis---stained glass constellations.

This wild sculpture seemed to be made of packing tape. It glowed different colors at night.

The "NU" area contained many of these Buddhist prayer cylinders that seem to have been fashioned out of recycled steel drums:

These fabric chakra posters were beautiful in the day, but at night they were even more spectacular as different lights shone on them to highlight different parts:

There was a stage in the Nu Area where they were putting on fairy tale plays---I missed it this year, maybe next year I'll get to see some:

These charming sailboats lit up during the evening:

Another beautiful Fair, come and gone :)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ridiculously Easy Washi Tape Bracelet

Japanese washi tape is everywhere and there are so many amazing variations to choose from. I was looking for a dark mori type design with which to make a bracelet, and came across this great black floral tape here (she has lots of other great designs as well). I thought it turned out pretty well and it really couldn't be simpler.

First, find some washi tape you like. Then, pick up a bracelet blank. I used a brass one here, but there are other metals to choose from. Just search 'bracelet blanks' on Etsy and you will come up with multiple choices.

I did not want a shiny, new-looking bracelet blank for this project, so I turned to Pinterest and came up with the following recipe to age metal:

 ////Fill a glass quart container half full of vinegar and add 1tsp salt. Place metal items in mixture and leave overnight.////

This treatment gave me the mellow aged brass color I was looking for. After removing the bracelet from the treatment and thoroughly drying it,  I cut a piece of washi tape to fit it and, using a bone folder (which are made of plastic these days) I gently burnished down the tape onto the bracelet. Waaaalaaa! At this point you could put a sealer over the tape for further protection, but I just left it as is. Simple!

Speaking of dark mori, I am in the process of creating my first ever zine, a "Dark Mori Primer". Hopefully I will be done with it before the end of summer, at which point I will offer it for sale :)

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