Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Glass House at Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge




Last week my husband & I went camping for the first time since we got married. A friend invited us to Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in south eastern Oregon. We are not really campers, we are glampers. We like to be comfortable and need a comfortable bed to sleep and good food to eat. I didn't think Chris would want to go but he was all excited and tricked out our truck for the camping trip. It was a long drive but it was well worth it for the things we saw were AMAZING. My friends & I went rockhounding and looking at saw some petroglyphs, but the coolest thing I saw was called the Glass House. The camp host told us about his house that was built in the 70's and later abandon in the 80's, now the property and the house is owned but the refuge. I was not able to find a lot of information about the place. One Facebook post from the Royal Order of Antelope said " The house was built by some eccentric California Winemaker who died in the house. The glass panels are actually thick pieces of plexi". I have yet to find a lot of information about the original person that built the house. It was bought by the Friends of Hart Mountain in 2009, I found this, which is all photos from 2012 but no real information and I found this which stated the original owners arrived by jeep and helicopter. When we were there it was obvious there has been a fire in the house and there was some burned wood outside the front door. The house is very high up overlooking Hart Lake. The house is built into the side of a plateau, the doors on the north and south side open so you can get a cross breeze going through if you open both doors. On the day we were there only the front (south) door was open, the back door was padlocked, so there was no was HOT. Almost too hot, I was able to go inside for about 5 minutes before I had to go back outside to cool off. It looks like people have stayed in the house recently as there was clean bedding and some spices in the spice rack. The house had some interesting metal work and a simple but very functional layout inside. I'm not sure if the furniture if from the original owner but the bed in the place looked cool and so did the table in the main room. The house is hard to get to unless you have a jeep, that much is very true. It took us about 40 minutes to go 10 miles. You really do need a vehicle that has high clearance. 

We also saw some very cool petroglyphs on the way to the house. We stopped and took a few photos, but again it was very hot about. Me being a fair skinned Scottish Lass it's hard for me to be out in the sun too long, but this trip to see the petroglyphs and the Glass House was well worth the sun exposure. 

Another Alabama Chanin Skirt

Back in October I started to cut out this stencil for another Alabama Chanin Bloomer Skirt. I really like the leaf pattern and I wanted to try to airbrush the pattern instead of screen printing the ink. 
I finally completed the cutting of the stencil because I was going on vacation and wanted to take a skirt to work on while out camping. The air compressor that a friend lent me was missing a hose so I had to figure out some other way to get ink on the fabric. I decide to check out Michael's Craft store to see if there was some sort of fabric paint that was in a spray can. 
 I found two different spray's that I liked and said were for fabric. The Colormaster is more of a spray paint and is probably better for more solid items, it's a little stiff on the fabric. The Color Shot by Tulip was decent, it covered nicely and I liked the color. The only issue I found was it took the entire bottle to do one skirt. At $5 a can that can get a little expensive. I can a $5 bottle of ink that will cover about 10 or more skirts. I guess I paid for the air. I have to go get a hose for the air compressor so I can use the airbrush.
I used the Color Shot blue on the rose fabric because it was not as stiff as the Krylon spray paint on the fabric. I think it turned out OK, there is a little fuzz around some of the edges of the stencil, I have also not washed the fabric so I don't know how it will feel after a couple of spins in the washing machine. The Color Shot also stayed tacky for longer than I thought it should. The package stated it would be dry in 24 hours, the spray painted fabric stuck other fabric and I had to pull it off like sticky tape. It did not leave color behind which was good. 
Next I made some samples. I have found if I question my colors or stencil choice it's best to do a small sample. I tried the pattern with the reverse appliqué and appliqué. The sample on the right and on the top left have a dark blue for the bottom fabric. I thought it was a little too strong for the murky rose color of the top fabric. I asked a couple of people and they both said they liked the bottom right combination the best. I had already cut both top and bottom piece for this project so I had to set aside the dark blue and cut the dusty blue for the bottom layer of the skirt.

So that is what I took camping with me last week to Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge. I did finish one panel while out there but I spent more time rockhounding with friends and just enjoying the silence of the area. It was hot the first two days of camping so it was easy for me to sit in the shade and sew while talking. The second two nights of camping it rained so we all sat under the shade structure and played games. I have 3 of the 4 panels done so far and since it should be about 100 degrees out tomorrow I have a feeling I will be sitting in the air conditioned house and finishing this skirt. I already have another one planned...I just need to learn how to use an airbrush. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sometimes it just fails

I got very excited when I saw the pattern hack for the Colette Florence Bra. One pattern hack for a lounge bra in jersey, the other for a fabulous slip, I bought the pattern and then set it aside as other things in life took priority. When I finally had a few hours started making the bra according the the original directions, so a couple of things quickly went south. I extra pieces and did not add 1" to the bottom of the band. .

I did a 3 step stitch zigzag stitch over the cup of the braw causing it to ruffle. I don't know what it's called but it's when the fabric stretches too much and instead of a nice smooth seam you have a wiggly seam. You can see it on the left cup, the right cup is just merged on the inside, no overstitch. 
Then I realized that I did not add the elastic to the front of the bra cups before I sewed them in place & I stitched the elastic to the sides of the bra cup instead of all the way around to the back. Even thought it looks kind of cute it was a complete fail. I could do some sort of rescue but I think instead of spending time fixing the mistakes I just need to start over.  Funny thing I read several reviews about the pattern and everyone said it was easy you just had to go slow and pay attention. I did neither. I think this could be a great comfortable bra to wear when relaxing so I plan to try it again. 
Oh on a mother note...I't hard to get your bra size straight. I have been wearing a 38C for a while but when I read instructions on the internet it said I was a 42B. So that also was a fail when I made this piece because I cut it out as a was too big.
Like I said back to the drawing board...I committed to making more of my clothes and the includes underthings. I hope to start making my husband cute underwear...that's fun to wear.