Beets! Who knew? And Lessons Learned.

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I know you have heard, natural dyes are great. Well, I found these astounding sized beets at the grocery store and thought I’ll make roasted beets, save the juice and dye some fabric.
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These puppies measure at almost 4″ across, each one! And stunning colors in the stems.

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And the leaves, a beautiful study in complementary colors.

 

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And slicing them in half to fit into the pan. LOVE that color!!

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Check out this magnificent coloring on Bird’s eye picque’ and a chunk of skirt cut from an Albert Nipon skirt (great texturing). After soaking for 20+ hours in beet juice, I rinsed them out. Shock of shocks, ALL the color came OUT! Bird’s Eye pique had to be 100% poly (throwing that one away, bummer) and the Nipon tag said only 10% was poly (white strands here and there). So I had the brilliant idea to add white vinegar (it’s a mordant, right?) I went to town, with bright pink fingertips (forgot gloves), and came home to this: DSC_0679 DSC_0680

Wow! and WOW! I guess vinegar isn’t a mordant, but a reactive to the beet juice. Lessons learned. Here they are all rinsed.

 

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It has been hot here, flirting with 100 degrees. Our cats even came in during the day to enjoy the a.c. Rex loves to sleep this way. And Rubix, the one on my leopard ultrasuede chair (has some mental issues ever since he tried to play superman with a paper bag(the handles were caught around his neck) as he literally “flew” up the stairs, down the stairs, around the house until we could finally grab him. Wont touch a bag or a box to this day. He is a sweetie though.DSC_0636 DSC_0639

I had been sewing for awhile last Saturday and went out on our back deck to stretch a bit. That was no thunder head. This was a fire cloud.It started at 2:30 and I took this shot at 3:15. It was moving fast. I really first thought it was near two of my brothers homes(it was 15 miles away from them). And then the lights flickered and went out, came on, went out.The fire had hit a large transfer station.  No one was home at my brothers homes. This fire which looks so close was actually 20 miles away (as the crow flies).  Kinda scary. God bless all the firemen and women in the air and on the ground!

 

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No homes were lost, only one structure burned, but 6 firemen were hurt. And today, a week and one day later (85% contained) there are a total of 24 larger fires burning mainly in northern CA.

Have a plan people. You just never know when a fire could hit. A fire came within a football field length of our home 6 years ago this week (a man down the hill in back of us MOWING a path to his fruit trees hit a rock). Scariest thing EVER and we had no plan! I was in shock as a huge pine tree exploded in our neighbors field and sent chunks of firey tree bits toward our house. And then it came, one of those beautiful airtankers. He dumped a load of water all around. We got two drops and also the CalFire crews arrived. Did you know they can unload one of those huge bulldozers in less than a minute? They create the fire lines. They built one at our neighbors tree farm. The fire got sooo close to their home. The firemen told us later that because our neighbor watered his trees and we watered our big lawn area, that is what saved us. So have that plan. What are ya gonna take?

DSC_0657All this smoke makes me weary. So, I’m going to have a nice glass of wine, take some hand sewing to the t.v. room, and watch a chick flick.I’ll show you a fabulous tote bag in a couple of days.  Hugs, Heidi

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