I lost the will to blog around my birthday, not long after my last post, with reminders of my second miscarriage. By the time it came back in October, I lost it again, when our darling Dusty lost his battle. Then Christmas, which has for 6 years now been a difficult time for me, but since 2012 will forever more be especially so, as its now linked to the loss of two babies.
Honestly, I don't really have the will to blog now, either, but the post Christmas sugar high is influencing me. (What.. you don't get enough chocolate and other sugar filled nonsense at Christmas to last you until well into January? Sucks to be you!)
And so, Fabric, And The Perils Thereof.
While my husband was sensible and asked what I wanted for Christmas - a new camera*, which he showed me immediately after he bought it, so he could exchange it if I didn't like it - my mother never knows what to get any of us, so apart from copious amounts of chocolate (see: sugar high) and probably a book, Sister, Gorgeous Hubby and I get a wad of cash for Christmas (she also does this for birthdays), along with a gift card for the bookstore, and another one for the electronics store in our stocking. The kids get real presents, a long with gift cards for a lesser amount - Boyo for both stores, Mini just the bookstore for now, though likely electronics as well starting next Christmas (This Christmas? 2014. Whatever).
This situation works quite well. Mum is happy that we can get something we really want, and we get to buy whatever we want. The first few days after Christmas usually involve our yearly stock up on books, CDs, movies, and possibly video games. And when I say stock up, as we left the bookstore, one of the cashiers turned to the other and said "wow.. that was a lot of books." We don't have anywhere to put them all actually.
While GH usually has One Big Thing he buys with his money (and usually a couple small things with the leftovers), my wad of cash usually gets split between fabric, books, and CDs, and this year was no different. JB's 20% off CDs and DVDs sale, and Dymocks' 3 for 2 are dangerous. Ten albums, four movies, and a couple of PS3 games, eight or nine books.. and fabric. Beautiful, glorious fabric. The post Christmas Spotlight sale may be even more dangerous than Dymocks and JB.
|Mum thinks the interlinking circles is too fussy. I think its beautiful.|
I was sensible, and bought mostly fabrics for making tops, since I am in dire need.
|The colour here is not, I think, very accurate. the one on the left, showing bluish, should be more green, and the centre one more grey. The floral is deliberately similar to a shirt made almost 2 years ago, because it is wearing out.|
However, I am apparently obsessed with teal/turquoise. I will have to make sure I have skirts that can be worn with teal/turquoise.
|This strawberry print was on the clearance table. The same print in a different set of colours was not. I will never understand the logic.|
And the random red. Which happily matches quite well with the strawberry print destined to be a dress for Mini. Yay double duty fabric!
|GH does not like this fabric. To which I say stuff that, I love it, I'm wearing it regardless.|
Theres also this. Which will become a dress. Which means it will most likely sit in my stash until next October when I suddenly panic to make a dress for GH's Christmas party in November.
|Corduroy... yum. There was so little of the polka dot, Mum said I should use it for Mini. No. Its mine.|
A skirt. Or two, depending on how I manage to get things to fit. The polkadot cord is only 80cm and I have Significant Hips, and am Quite Tall, so it will have to be mixed with the blue.. but there may be enough blue left after for another one. We'll see.
|I thought maybe flapping in todays breeze might help dewrinke it a bit.. sometimes it works.|
And another skirt. Which I'm beginning to regret.
While I wash my clothes on cold, and almost always line dry, I always prewash my fabric on hot, and stick it in the dryer. Especially if its dark and/or a fabric thats prone to shrink quite a bit. Like denim, which fits both those properties. In fact, for denim, to be extra sure I don't end up accidentally dying our clothes or sheets, I usually soak it overnight with a bit of oxygen bleach. This works wonders to get rid of excess dye - I do the same thing with new black t-shirts or jeans of hubby's, and he's always left disgusted at the colour of the water.
I've used denim before, but this one was.. excessive. I really wish I'd done it in a bucket instead of the washer, but it didn't fit properly. And so..
|Thats.. uh.. very blue.|
When I checked on it the next morning, I was confronted with a sight much like this, only inside my washing machine. I panicked for a bit, then figured since I had so much blue water, I might as well see if I could use it to change up some of the multitudes of boring white fabric I have lying around. I had to unhook the drainage hose from the wall so I could direct it into the buckets.. I filled two of them, and still had extra to go down the sink.
|Oh look! MORE FABRIC!!|
But, it worked. Its not as dark as I would have preferred, and has a slightly greyish cast, but thats fine - it was free, and its better than white. The white bucket has fleece in it to make a jacket for Mini, the blue bucket is just some random white stuff I figured I'd be more likely to use if it was blue. Unfortunately, while its happily dying my fabric, it also dyed everything else.
Observe the tide mark.
Yup, I dyed my washing machine blue.
I scrubbed it with the scrubby side of a sponge. No change.
I'm not sure what to do now. I ran a wash with dishwashing liquid and oxygen bleach and a couple of white rags, and I think it might be a bit better.. but I'm really not sure. The blue didn't come off on the rags, at least, so I should be safe to wash clothes in it without fear of blueification. I've got darks soaking in it at the moment, hoping that an extended exposure to oxygen bleach will help. If not.. my machine will just have tide marks.
*New camera used for all photos in this post. I'm still getting used to it, but good golly can this thing ZOOOOOOOOM. It does have a tendency towards blowout in outdoor pictures on sunny days (I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, I really need to play with it some more).. but this is forgiven, because I can send photos from it to email addresses or directly to my smartphone, or even directly to facebook. This is a YAY.