More geodes done with the coffeepot dye method. This time I used dry dye and soda ash mix on dry shirts. I think I prefer dying like this on damp shirts. It seems that the dye sticks to the cloth a little better and the colors flow and blend a little easier. I especially like the way the brown and turquoise on the third shirt blended into a nice teal color. I will remember that when mixing colors in the future. I also need to tighten up the sinew a little more. I would like to get more defined lines. So it goes. Message me if you are interested in one of these.
Facebook is no more as of a few minutes ago. I am not sure when or if I will go back to it. I have never been a big fan of Tumblr and am on the fence about Instagram. It looks like Pintrest will be my distraction of choice for the next little while and I am not sure how long that will last. Here I am trying to learn to be an entrepreneur and I am sick and tired of ads being shoved up my nose every time I turn around. Capitalism is not my thing in spite of trying to sell my work. Marketing and self-promotion are not my strong suites and I shy away from people who are aggressive self-marketers. It was one of the many reasons for leaving Facebook.
I started this page as a business page, as a way to sell the stuff I dye. It seems to have turned into more of a personal blog and I am wondering if I should continue to combine the two. I love color, am fascinated by combining and blending color combinations and by how it effects people’s emotions and moods. The graphic at the head of this entry is an example. I don’t agree with the astrological data (the colors match the seasons but not the characteristics of the signs) but am intrigued by the word associations with the colors. (Apologies to whoever I stole this from. If you don’t like it, contact me and I will take it down. I found it in a random internet search ages ago.) I am also an advanced amateur photographer (most of the pics on the blog are mine) and an avid gardener who particularly loves flowers. So if you want to talk about color, I am your person.
A more business savvy friend of mine said that people like to have personal connections with people they buy from. I have never considered that. I know I am more inclined to take my business back to people I feel connected to but I never considered using that as a business strategy. I am known as a galloping extrovert. I have always liked people and am fascinated by their stories. I would like for the clothing and yarn I dye to be a reflection of the people who wear and use it. But using my people connections as a sales gimmick feels manipulative to me. Nothing pisses me off more than an insincere salesperson.
So, what think you, dear readers? Please chime in. Should this blog stay strictly business and sales? should I set up another blog for thinking out loud? or is the combination of the two acceptable? I wonder if it might be a little confusing.
I was having a nice phone conversation with someone today who wanted to see this site. As we were discussing the content I realized that there is a lot more stuff on Facebook than there is here. What I post here is automatically posted to FB, but it is not the other way around (Fie on you, Mark Zuckerburg!) So here is stuff you may not have seen.