Later I'll work on some arm warmers and a hat I cut out yesterday. I might add another color to the hat, so I can have a total of 3 colors that I will braid down the side of the earflaps.
I've never done a fern leaf before. I just did it free-style. Yeah!Yes, that is a drawer from my little plastic drawer unit. During times of dyeing, I am known to go around the house emptying plastic containers just so I can use the container. Getting the things back into said container after cleaning them out is a completely different story.
The most dreaded part of today's activities will include washing out these batiks that have been sitting in dye overnight. I worked up about a dozen pieces yesterday, with a few more thrown in from the last batch I did. Those needed more waxing and a second (or third) dye job.
Reason I'm dreading it is because of the fucking chill in the air. We are STILL waiting for the Propane we paid for to get delivered. Might just have to call those suckers up and chew 'em out! After they get washed, the good part will come--the boiling. I mean, it's not much fun, but it will warm up the house, bring some humidity in, and then the beauty shall reveal itself!
Other items on the agenda:
- shortening the sleeves on a jacket for my dad
- make a pair of arm warmers from the fabric I dyed. (second try for a good purple color)
- mop the floor to clean up the soda ash and dye I spilled last night
- clean the FUCKING house
I made African Peanut Soup for dinner last night. Making dinner was the last thing I wanted to do after standing up doing dyes for 2 hours. But it is a SUPER easy meal to prepare.
Start by cooking a cup of rice in the rice cooker. Meanwhile, saute up a teaspoon or two (or four!) of chopped garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Chopped onions can be added, too. Add one can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 TBS Balsamic Vinegar, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more, or less to taste) and 3 cups of vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. When the rice is done, add about 1/2 cup of cooked rice to the soup. Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a rice on top, garnishing with chopped peanuts and/or green onion. I didn't have either, so here it is. Sorry for the blurry pic--no tripod for this quick shot.
Leave me a comment telling me what crafty things you'll be doing today.