Rectifying a Mayo Stain with Reverse Tie Dye

Laura spilled some mayonnaise on her cotton dress. It left a nasty oily stain. Wash it with some Brown fels naphtha soap first before washing, I advised -she didn’t even leave the soap on – but it took the color out of the fabric. Hmmm so much for my advice.

My solution. Rubber bands and yarn ties all over the dress for a reverse tie dye in a solution of Clorox water. Good thing I’m a retired art teacher

You can see where the color came out along with the oily stain
Success

Columbus Mosaic at Clinton Elementary

Friday we went to Charlie’s school for Art Night and saw the students’ artwork displayed.

Charlie and Laura read the explanation

As we toured every floor, we saw this ceramic tile mosaic mural in the cafeteria. It was striking.

The ceramic tile artist Marlo Bartels Mosaic Saved article describes the journey the mural has taken. Here’s a short video telling how this colorful mural has been moved THREE times. You can not only hear the artist interviewed, but see Marlo Bartels do repair work on his mosaic mural at Clinton Elementary.

Mosaic by artist Marlo Bartels
Detail

Pool Noodle Carrots and Bricks as Books Yard Art

A true work of yard art.

We even met the artist Karen as she was outside hauling bags of mulch. Laura, Mary and I were walking to meet Charlie at dismissal time. Laura said “I have a surprise for you.” And she walked me to this home of yard art extraordinaire.

Karen explained how she made the carrots with pool noodles and showed us a photo of her winter snowmen made with the same methods.

Pool Noodle Carrots
How About this carrot for yard art ?
Bricks painted to look like books
Fun in every inch
Yes there’s a bathtub back there
Zombie crossing
The balls have been on the Tri Colored Beech Trees for four years

Balloons on Hudson Street

Happy Passover. Eappy Easter
from Big Head Balloons

On the way to the parking garage as I was leaving town, luggage in hand….I had to stop and take a photo.

There is a Balloon Banksy at work (although the article says he’s retired) Joel Klein has been in the ballon biz for more than 40 years and runs Big Head Balloons and you can see his creations on Instagram bigheadballoons.

Silent Sunday

Thanks Laura for sending a photo of the picture at your home
Tiny glass beads detail
This one is at my house
Embroidery (no beads) at my friends home
Embroidered holy picture

The beaded art holy pictures and embroidery are stitched with loving hands and passion by my DIL’s Grandmother in Kyiv.

Giant Rabbit Art

Rabbit Art in Downtown Pittsburgh.

When Steve came home from work we drove down to 8th and Penn Avenue to see the fifty-foot inflatable rabbit, part of the Intrude Installation . It wasn’t there!

We found the three smaller Rabbits on 7th Avenue. A person protecting the display was able to tell me why the fifty-foot rabbit wasn’t to be found. I discovered they check the wind and so the fifty- foot rabbit had been deflated to keep it safe.

Here are the rabbits I did see. by Australian Artist Amanda Parer

Blue Bottle Tree

Keeping evil spirits out of the garden and home- bottle trees were created to catch those evil spirits. Here’s an article about the American Bottle Tree on Smithsonian Gardens blog.

I photographed this blue bottle tree in Lenox CT as we went for early morning coffee in November. The bottle tree has African origins and has now spread across the country but was primarily evident in the South. Now you can order a bottle trees online from you know where.

Blue Bottle Tree

Doorknob Garden

Laura’s neighbor has planted a few in the rock garden. I’ve got glass doorknobs in my doors at home (built 1900)

Turns out although they been invented in 1826, glass doorknobs became really popular when metal was needed for WWI click to read

Here’s an article to determine just how old your vintage glass doorknob is….

And is it doorknob or door knob? here’s what grammarly says

Is door knob a compound word?

Compound words can be written in three ways: as open compounds (spelled as two words, e.g., ice cream), closed compounds (joined to form a single word, e.g., doorknob), or hyphenated compounds (two words joined by a hyphen, e.g., long-term).”