I haven’t posted the last few days because I’ve been busy with decidedly non-creative stuff: our guild website got infected with malware, and I’ve been spending most of my time trying to fix that. Â (And there is still more work to do! Â I hope there is a special place in Hell for people who create this kind of thing.) Â And then between destashing and a wonderful evening lecture on wedding-dress history, I’ve been engulfed in a whirlwind of activity and unable to work on anything. Â Very frustrating.
However, my latest project is reclaiming my studio – not because I particularly want to (I mean, time spent cleaning up is time notÂ spent on creative projects) but because there was basically no room left to work! Â And everything was so stuffed-to-bursting that there was no way to put things away! Â So I destashed about 37 lbs of yarn, which will give me some “away” to put. Which will enable me to clear enough space to actually doÂ something.
Top on my list of to-dos is catching up on my quilting class. Â The other thing I’d like to do is try some advanced tie-dye techniques, creating a couple more shirts and some tie-dyed mandalas. Â I bought the excellent DVD “Advanced Tie-Dye Techniques” from Dharma Trading Company, and it covers how to make arbitrary shapes in tie-dye (examples shown are things like peace signs, aliens and their spacecraft, etc.) and also how to make various kinds of mandalas. Â Mandalas aren’t generally done on T-shirts because the fabric is too thick, but I may test one out anyway. Â At $3 apiece, T-shirts are cheap enough that I can afford to ruin one or two.
This weekend promises to be interesting. Â I’ve signed up for two workshops: one on aquaponics and one on making millefiori in polymer clay. Â I may skip the millefiori class, but the aquaponics one is intriguing – combining hydroponics with fish-keeping! Â The fish wastes feed the plants, and the plants filter the water for the fish. Â All you have to do is keep feeding the fish.
I’m not sure whether I’ll actually create my own aquaponics system (once we move, that is; there’s no point in setting one up now), as it looks fairly involved, but I think the idea is pretty neat.
Off to clear more space! Â The sooner I clear it, the sooner I can get back to work. Â 🙂