When it's summer time,
and I'm sitting on my terrace,
I hear from the gardens around a lot of sounds of children playing.
I can't see them ... but enjoy their happy cries and songs ...
and I bet they have all a basket, bucket or bigger barrel filled with water.
They don't need much more to enjoy the summer !
So to refresh myself, I can do the same
it's just that with my size
a bucket won't be enough, except for my feet
So to refresh my little place in the sun (morning till midday)
I hang up a wet cloth on a clothesline that I tightened on the upper edge of my little patio
(patio sounds more southern and exotic than terrace).
So that is protecting me from the sun
(I've got a rather white skin...burning easily)
and is also cooling off a little;
at least the time the cloth dries.
And then, to play also with some water ....
I dye some fabrics.
So even if it's too warm to knit or sew or embroider or quilt, I still do something with fabrics.
I just finished some pieces.
I dyed white blankets, all coton, and also some previous painted-dyed fabrics where I added some other colours.
In this warm weather everything is drying very quickly, so working with salt is a speedy and surprising adventure.
I don't know if Jannie, quilting friend from the Netherlands,
is looking at and reading my blog today,
but here's a preview of what I sent her early this week (maybe she's got already the package ...)
Left is a soft pink with some yellow details (they became more orange),
a dark deep shaded pink with golden stamps on it,
a it-was-once-a-green where I added some browns on
and a light blue where the drops of dark pink are mixed with some grey spots.
The grey has been used for the middle ones.
I pleated, wrinkled, rippled the fabric in different ways,
and the spots and stains I added on the borders or in the middle, are giving a very different and scattered result.
Right is the one I worked with salt and a lot of spots of colours (little leftovers of former dyes).
As it dried so quickly,
I often spattered water and paint and salt.
It was fun to see it move and come alive (oh!).
Unfortunately I forgot to take pics from the process ...
And al this has been done between my flower pots.
Remember my fuchsia I bought some weeks ago?
It's still blooming and blooming ....
Did you notice that I added some stickers (re-usable) on my door of the small storage room ?
I could have painted something,
but found these in outlet and it gave me the opportunity to arrange myself the setting of trees, leafs, flowers, butterflies and one owl.
And I particularly love that little owl sitting in top of one of the trees and here it's in detail with the shadow play of my fuchsia ....