Generally in my house, I do the laundry. But every once in awhile my husband will "help" and my favorite new shirt will come out of the dryer small enough to fit my 5 year old. After the most recent laundry tragedy, I decided to start writing explicit instructions on the washer like "don't dry my grey shirt dress" or "this load needs to be run again on hot, with bleach". (BTW, if you rinse your whites first in cold and then wash in hot with soap and bleach, they stay really white!)
All you need is a dry erase marker and the smooth top of your washer and you have an instant message board. Just make sure to test it first in an inconspicuous spot.
In the recent issue of Craft magazine (#3), there is an article about dorodango, or "shiny mudballs," an ancient Japanese craft of making mud into shiny decorative spheres.
When I saw this, a flood of memories came rushing back! When I was a little kid, my sister and I used to make "mud babies." We would take mud and form it into a ball, using the ash in our Washington soil (from the Mt. Saint Helens eruption years before) to vary the color and consistency. The "babies" would then go through an involved process of being buried in the ground for several nights, and each day we would powder them with more ash and work them into more and more perfect spheres. Then (strangely) we would carry them around like small, delicate infants.
When I think back, it was one of the most satisfying projects I've ever done. We never thought to make them shiny; but who knew we were tapping into some ancient Japanese craftiness!
Hey New York's crafters! Brunschwig and Fils, interiors textile perveyors to the very rich are having a wearhouse sale until Friday! The sale is at The Metropolitan Pavillion, 110 w 19th st. Fabrics that should be $80-250 a yard are now $5- $50. Ya'all I saw linen velvets for $5 I happen to know cost 5 times that to WEAVE!