Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother Nature knows how to do contrast.

Sometimes the light is just amazing during  storm.
We had a thunderstorm move through but actually around us. It was like being in a donut hole, I could see black clouds on three sides of the house and blue skies to the north. A few big drops of rain and that's it but the cloud and light show around me was amazing.
The contrast between the dark clouds and the light on the top of the newly budding walnut trees is wonderful.
At least the storm has moved the heat on to the East and it won't be quite as warm tomorrow as today. I'm more of a 70s kind of girl, 80s and I start to "feel the heat".

I finally finished putting the last coat of varnish on my silk screens.

I also got my 100% linen soda ash soaked.  It's not really a difficult process you just need to make sure you get the recipe right, 9 Tablespoons of Soda Ash to 1 gallon of water. You need to really saturate the fabric, swish it around to make sure the entire fabric gets soaked then just let it soak in the water mixture for 10-15 minutes. Then you just wring it out and hang it up to dry. Don't put it in the dryer, not good. Some people are sensitive to soda ash residue and if it's left in the dryer it might get on clothing. And, there is the chance that it might cause a fire in the dryer. So, hang it up and just let it dry, don't rinse it out. You need the soda ash in the fabric as a fixative.
There you have it, if you are going to dye anything you need to do the soda ash soak first. 

Linda and I picked up the two sheets of insulation. They very nicely cut the pieces we needed at the Home store. We also found some heavy duty plastic in a roll that will work to wrap the boards. It might not be self healing when you put the pins in like the vinyl, we'll see.

Time to retire. I've had a long day, got to plant some perennial grasses tomorrow, haircut and start taping the screens.



  1. The light is gorgeous against the dark clouds. We've had that here too. Also the donut hole over us. Very frustrating, we need rain so bad. We did get 1/4 inch this morning, so we'll take it.
    I just planted some Mexican feather grass. It looks beautiful when the wind blows.

  2. FAbulous photos--I'm going to use one on the beautiful blog. Glad to see that spring is finally arriving in your neck of the woods.