My oldest son and two of his friends decided that this would be a good time for them to take their first real Road Trip on their motorcycles, up to Sequoia Nat'l Park. Originally, they had thought they would go north of San Francisco, but we talked them out of that since they had all recently had some mechanical trouble with their respective bikes, and talked them into going somewhere a little closer (we live in Southern California). My husband just couldn't handle the idea of letting them take off on their own, so he and my younger son drove up there in one of the cars to be on hand, "just in case." And also to get some hiking in - at one point, my younger son realized he was less than 40 feet away from a bear cub, startling him quite a bit (you just KNOW momma bear was somewhere close by!). Still managed to get a good shot of the cub before fleeing down the hill (completely bypassing the trail, LOL).
I figured while they were all gone, I'd have myself a nice four day art retreat of sorts and had invited Son #1's girlfriend over to join in on the painting, dyeing & sewing. The original plan was NOT to work on anything for anyone but myself over those four days, which would have been all well and good - except that a couple of clients had to push their order deadlines out a bit, and then I ended up with a two-day migraine (or stomach flu, or combination - the jury's still out on that one) at the same time. NO FAIR, COSMOS! It's not too often that I make time for my "own thing," and I was really bummed. Still, when the migraine started to clear, we got out the paints, the dollar store t-shirts I'd been collecting for an opportunity like this, the dyes, bought some sheer organza type fabric to experiment with, and set up in the garage. (No motorcycles in the way meant we could leave all the paints, dyes & fabric out on tables we set up - nice!) We were having so much fun that we didn't even stop to photograph the process, which was actually a good thing since my free time had gotten so truncated. In addition to all the other artistic endeavors, we decided it was a good time to dye my hair as well. Part of it, anyway.
You know that poem, "When I Am Old, I Shall Wear Purple?"
|Wearing the aforementioned purple - just not where you'd expect!|
Some of the randomness I managed to actually finish during the short time we were
|A wine-colored t-shirt from the 99 Cent Store, painted & stamped with|
Jacquard Lumiere paints and outlined with dimensional gold paint.
Not the best photo, but this was my favorite project.
The Sewing Assistant, of course, spent most of his time yowling outside the garage door (in the hallway), protesting that he'd been left out of all the fun. So he decided to have his own "staycation," and opted for a Spa Treatment:
|Oh, waiter! I'll take a large Long Island Ice Tea, with one of those cute little umbrellas, please!|
Sashimi on the side!
I've also decided to give the blog a bit of a makeover - let me know what you think!