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Last summer I designed a t-shirt for myself using a white t-shirt, Lumi Inkodye, and a beaded t-shirt transfer. I wear it on a somewhat regular basis in warm weather and I even had a stranger on the Metro compliment me on my shirt. I’ve been wearing it whenever I attend various networking events at the Maryland Workforce Exchange mainly in order to promote myself as a crafty creative person. I began to think about designing more t-shirts so I can wear them at various networking events (especially the ones I learn of through Meetup.com), especially if I end up attending more than one networking event in a week.

I still have a small pile of plain white t-shirts that are leftovers from previous projects. (I purchased the t-shirts in bulk.) I also have a pile of rubber bands that are leftover from previous tye-dye projects. I decided to design two new tye-dye t-shirts.

First I bought two t-shirt transfers and a pack of yellow Rit dye from Michaels Arts & Crafts and Jo-Ann’s Fabrics and Crafts.


Then I tied the two t-shirts in rubber bands. After that, I did the washing machine method (as described on the inside package of the Rit dye) of dying my two t-shirts yellow. I removed the rubber bands and let the two t-shirts air dry before I moved on to the next step.

I took an iron and ironing board and placed the two iron-on transfers on the t-shirts. Here are the results. The next two pictures show my yellow tye-dye peacock t-shirt.

Here’s a selfie of me modeling the yellow tye-dye peacock t-shirt.

Here are the pictures of my beaded pirate skull and crossbones t-shirt.

And here’s a selfie of me wearing my new yellow tye-dye pirate skull and crossbones t-shirt.

I’m happy with the results! 🙂

How classic cartoons created a culturally literate generation.

People are furious at these new shirts from Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian are accused of stealing ideas from indie African American designers. 

See photographs of figures in Russian history rendered in colorized portraits, such as Tolstoy, Chekhov, and more.

This artist is brining out the beauty in stretch marks.

The rise in art protests: how the gallery became a new battleground.

What it means to be on the left.

Interactive Periodic Table of Elements shows how the elements actually get used in making everyday things.

Someone called this white girl’s Japanese tea party racist on social media but then this Japanese user stepped in.

Gorgeous color autochromes of American women from over 100 years ago.

Creative mom dresses up in amazing cosplay to represent older women characters.

Fender custom shop recycles Hollywood Bowl bench boards to make $12k guitars.

Rural America is stranded in the dial-up age.

Director Michel Gondry makes a charming film on his iPhone, proving that we could be making movies, not taking selfies.

This man spent 6 years crocheting a Super Mario Bros map blanket.

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

Transgender soldiers of the American Civil War.

The 11 most unintentionally hilarious religious paintings.

Meet the unconventional family who lives in a 1940s time warp.

$330,000 in financial aid bought this person a slot in the American meritocracy. He writes about the flaws in that system.

I attended this year’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival. On the first day (May 13) I arrived shortly before the festival closed down for the day mainly because I had spent the bulk of the day walking the Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour. I still managed to take a few photos.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The following day was more sunny and it was a warm pleasant day. Plus it was Mother’s Day on top of it. I spent the bulk of my day at the festival where I took these photos.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Makerspace 125 had its giant box full of Legos for any child to play with.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

While the outdoor festival was winding down, the festival moved indoors to the New Deal Cafe. The band Kiva closed the 2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival with their show.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I only purchased one thing for myself that weekend: a bar of honey rose-scented goat milk soap that was made by Natural Image Botanicals.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

This is the fourth year that a maker event took place in Greenbelt, Maryland. (It used to be known as the Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire until this year, when the organizers decided against renewing the license with Make magazine, which holds the rights to the name “Maker Faire”. One of the reasons I heard is that the organizers of this event has always insisted on it being a non-commercial, non-profit community event which is the opposite of most Maker Faire events, which tend to have all kinds of corporate sponsorships.) After sitting out last year, I decided to return as a participating vendor with my own table.

Makerspace 125 is the main spearheader of this event. This is what it looked like on that day all decked out in balloons and hoops wrapped with yarn.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Someone draped the nearby Mother and Child statue with long strings of beads.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Here is my vending area at this year’s event.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

A few days earlier I created a video slideshow of my sketchbook drawings I made over the years (I only admitted the ones that depicted partial or full nudity because this festival is an all-ages family-friendly event). I made a little brochure explaining about myself. I also offered free Oreo cookies.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

This section shows the comic book coasters I made by cutting up the comic book collection that my ex-husband left behind. (I attempted to sell them but comic books are worth squat these days, especially if they were published after 1985.) I first debuted them at the 2015 Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire and I still had a few left mainly because I haven’t worked as many art shows and craft fairs in recent years as before the economic meltdown of 2008.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Last, but not least, here is my Barbie doll section.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

The one in the front is the Barbie that I customized into the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (which I also documented in my four-part DIY video series).

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

The three other dolls in the back are ones I originally found in thrift stores and I converted them into fairy dolls.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Since this event took place the day before Easter Sunday, there were plenty of eggs on display this year.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Here are my photos of the rest of the festival. The day started off cloudy and cool but then the sun came out and it got progressively hotter until I took off my hooded sweatshirt and just walked around in a t-shirt instead. The cream in the middle of the Oreo cookies I was giving away started to ooze from the middle of each cookie. (I ultimately had to put the entire pack in the refrigerator when I returned home.)

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt #Maker Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, April 15, 2017.

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

Greenbelt Maker Festival 2017

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival

Even though the weather was ideal, the event drew a smaller crowd this year than in previous years. I have a feeling that the fact that this event was scheduled on the day before Easter had something to do with it. I only made a total of $25 in sales throughout the entire six-hour event. I was sort of disappointed because I really wanted to get rid of some excess crafts that have been stored in my home for the past few years while earning extra money. Oh well. At least I got to see a lot of my friends at this event so that’s something.

I also shot a short video of some parts of the festival, which you can view below.

11 essential DIY supplies and how to use them.

How aging baby boomers who are downsizing or decluttering their art collections have led to a gut in the art market.

What this new A.I. feature in Microsoft Word teaches us about ourselves.

How to make resin-casted shamrock clover coasters.

Syrian children turn to art to process trauma.

Pixar and Khan Academy offer a free online course in storytelling.

Microsoft Office isn’t free but there are free alternatives, including one from Microsoft.

Make shamrock boutonnieres.

A Hungarian baker makes gorgeous embroidery-inspired cookies.

Moroccan designer’s embroidery school revives fading art.

New mapping tools on Excel 2016, including a regular two-dimensional world map.

A list of Microsoft Office alternatives for Mac.

Free printable patterns for making DIY St. Patrick’s Day shirts.

A “Crochet Ninja” is planting free yarn superheroes around New York City.

A crochet group in Qatar is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for making the longest crochet scarf.

Microsoft’s AI is learning to write code by itself, not steal it.

Amazon targets Microsoft’s Office megalith.

Need an easy St. Patrick’s Day craft idea? If you have extra wine corks lying around, you can recycle them by making shamrock stamps.

The world’s first transgender doll will be released later this year.

How YouTube TV will kill cable.

Microsoft PowerPoint will be turning 30 this year. Here’s a look at how it stacks up against other presentation software.

A creepy vein-embedded jewelry that powers your phone with your blood.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a free tutorial on how to make an origami shamrock.

Studio SoHy is a relatively new art gallery that opened its doors in Hyattsville, Maryland. On February 18, 2017 it held a reception for its newest exhibit, which was done in partnership with the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Soul & Ink. The exhibit is based on the recent Women’s March on Washington and it’s also being done in conjunction with the many follow-up events that are being held all over the U.S. that coincides with the first 100 days of the Trump Administration.

Studio SoHy is a small gallery that’s located next to the Vigilante Coffee Company.

Vigilante Coffee Company in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Here is the entrance to Studio SoHy itself.

The Entrance to Studio SoHy

The gallery is small so it didn’t take too many people to fill it up.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland

The exhibit consisted of protest signs, some of which were actually carried in the march itself while others were created more recently.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Wine was served among the protest signs.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Soul & Ink were printing out posters and t-shirts for sale that said “Resist Hate, Assist Love.”

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

As part of the reception, visitors were encouraged to write postcards to elected officials.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

There were two main focus of this postcard writing campaign. One was for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan asking him to oppose President Trump’s immigration ban. The other was for the Office of Government Ethics asking that they release all information about any conflicts of interests regarding President Trump’s business holdings.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Here is one of the postcards that I wrote while I was at the event.

#womensmarch installation reception at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Today is finally Election Day. The polling places are still open as of this writing so I won’t know who will be the next president until either later tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime I’d like to show off what I wore to the voting booth today.

Back when George W. Bush was president (and before he won re-election against John Kerry) I bought this t-shirt at the Disney Store during the 2004 elections. Ever since then I generally wear this shirt only on Election Day, which is why this t-shirt is still in pretty good condition.

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Here are a few selfies I took of myself wearing that shirt before I went to the polling place.

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Actually the weather was relatively mild for early November so I was able to get away with wearing only the t-shirt until sunset when the weather turned a few degrees colder.

Here is the sticker in English and Spanish I got after I voted and I put on my t-shirt.

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A few years ago, when I was still married, I purchased this product that was briefly on sale at most of the arts and crafts big box retailers for about a year until it was discontinued. (The Lumi company itself is still in business but anyone who wants to purchase something from its Inkodye line can only do so online.) I didn’t do anything with that kit at the time because I was dealing with hip problems at the time followed by my husband’s sudden walkout and all of the physical, emotional, and financial fallout from those two catastrophic events.

A few months ago, while I was doing a little bit of decluttering, I found the Lumi Inkodye kit that I originally purchased from one of the arts and crafts big box retailers a few years earlier.

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I decided that it would be a shame to not do anything with it after buying it so I decided to give it a try. I figured that if it worked really well for me, I could continue to purchase more Lumi Inkodyne products online.

The kit came with a packet of special detergent, a blank pencil case, an acrylic overlay, and two small dye packets—one in orange and the other in magenta. The pencil case itself is light on one side and dark on the other, which indicates that only one side of the pencil case should be worked on.

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The instructions had this bonus tip towards the end that said:

Love to draw? Try drawing on transparency film with an opaque black paint marker or fresh dry erase marker to block the sun and transfer your illustrations onto fabric.

That tip seemed to speak personally to me. So I dug up an old black Sharpie marker and purchased some transparency film a local arts and crafts supply store. I had an idea of using the orange dye packet to create a fox pencil case. I found a fox photo on the Internet that I traced over on the transparency film. Then I opened the orange packet and smeared half of the packet on the pencil case while putting the other packet half in a ziplock plastic sandwich bag to keep for another project. Then I placed the transparency film with my fox drawing and put everything outside where the sun did its thing for a half an hour.

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Afterwards I washed it using half of the enclosed packet of special detergent. (The instructions said to wash one load with the special detergent followed by another load using regular detergent.) I put the other half of the opened packet in a ziplock sandwich bag for use in another project. I began to eagerly look forward to seeing my fox image appear like magic. (Yeah, I know that it’s really science and not magic.)

Except the image never appeared on the canvas. In fact, it looked like an orange tye-dye pencil case that one could’ve found in a circa-late 1960’s hippie art supply shop. The result wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t what I had in mind. I later decided to paint a fox head on the pencil case using brown, black, and white acrylic paint while having the funky orange show through. I have to admit that I liked the result much better.

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It was a bit of a letdown that the process didn’t work quite like what I had in mind. I read online that Inkodyne can be used on a t-shirt as an alternative to tye-dye. I had one packet of magenta dye and a half a packet of orange dye left so I decided to try the tye-dye idea. I purchased a blank white t-shirt from a local arts and crafts supply store, gathered a bunch of rubber bands of various sizes, and proceeded to tie the shirt like I would with a conventional tye-dye project. Then I smeared both packets around the t-shirt until I used both of them up. I placed the shirt on some wax paper and put it outside in direct sunlight. I left it outside for 30 minutes then I flipped it over on the other side so it could get its share of sunshine for another 30 minutes.

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The big snag is that the leftover special detergent did something really funky with the ziplock plastic sandwich bag where it fused both halves together so it looked like it was some kind of an experimental abstract art piece. I literally could not open the bag at all. I decided to wash it once using regular detergent then wash it again using plain water. I found that the Inkodye process wasn’t really affected at all despite not using that special detergent. (Of course it helped that I wasn’t trying to aim for a specific design.)

But then I looked at the result and I found that I really didn’t need to use the rubber bands at all because I didn’t have enough Inkodyne packets to completely cover the t-shirt with dye. I also found that while the sleeves and back of the shirt were adequately covered with colored splotches, the front of the shirt looked relatively plain by comparison. I fixed it by making an emergency run to Jo-Ann’s Fabrics & Crafts and purchasing a Tulip beaded t-shirt transfer. Using my iron I managed to successfully have something for the front of the shirt that matched the colored splotches.

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Here’s the front of the shirt.

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And here’s the back of the shirt.

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The bottom line is that Inkodyne is fine if you want to do an abstract kind of project (such as what I did on that t-shirt) but if you want to do something that’s more concrete, you may need to look at alternatives since Inkodyne may not live up to your expectations. I suspect there’s a reason why a lot of the big box arts and crafts retailers opted to stop carrying Lumi Inkodyne products after one year.

I’ll end this post with a couple of selfies of me modeling this t-shirt.

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I recently found this t-shirt on sale at a local Five Below for only $5.

Jurassic Park T-Shirt

There was one weekend in June that had two festivals I was potentially interested in attending—one was the Maryland Faerie Festival and the other was Hon Fest. Both took place on the same weekend. I finally chose Hon Fest because I went to the Maryland Faerie Festival last year, money was a bit too tight for me to take a longer trip to Darlington, and I hadn’t been to Hon Fest since 2013. So I wallowed in this annual celebration of kitsch.

The only downside was the weather. For the past two or three weeks before the festival the weather had been a bit on the cool side with low humidity. It figures that the usual high heat and high humidity would make a comeback just in hime for Hon Fest. (The temperature went up as high as 91 degrees Fahrenheit and, boy, did I feel that humidity.) I dealt with the weather by periodically ducking into the air conditioned shops.

I took a whole lot of pictures because everything was so over the top.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

One of the cooling stations was at St. Luke’s Church on the Avenue, which is a really lovely  historic church that is engaged in all kinds of social action projects, such as setting up its own urban garden.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

The church got in on the Hon Fest kitsch action by setting up this giant Kerplunk! game outside.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

I did some more shots of the festival and the surrounding area. It was one large major piece of kitschy eye candy.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

At one point I played around with my Hatsune Miku smartphone app, which resulted in this photo.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

Other than that photo I basically took my Hon Fest pictures straight with no filters or special apps.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

I checked out this relatively new store (or at least it had opened since my last visit to the Hampden area back in 2013) called The Nerdporium, which has comic books and classic video games on sale.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

After my brief visit to The Nerdporium I resumed my picture taking of the sights of Hon Fest in general.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

I showed up to one of the stages where I saw a band that I recognized. They are The Wild Anacostias and I have seen them play at various places near my home before. That’s cool to suddenly run into their performance. They definitely got the crowd going.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

The Wild Anacostias led a procession of Hons (people who dressed up in totally kitsch fashion) to an area where a professional photographer took a group shot.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016
HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

Even Mr. Natty Boh got in on the fun.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

I shot a short video of the beginning of the parade where you can see what the people who followed them wore.

This next photo is of the inside of a Royal Farms Store. I’ve been to other Royal Farms Store but this one is the fanciest I’ve ever been in. This location actually has two floors with tables and chairs. The others I’ve been in are the usual convenience stores with no seating.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

Here’s the Glamour Lounge where a woman can get her hair teased into a beehive.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

Here are a few more miscellaneous shots of the festival.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

I finished my time at Hon Fest with some ice cream that was made on the premises at The Charmery. They not only had excellent ice cream but there is also a pretty cool wall mural with a painted sidewalk on the side of the store. A lot of people chilled by that store.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

After I finished eating my ice cream and taking the previous photos, I decided to head back to the parking garage so I could retrieve my car. (One great thing about Hon Fest is that Johns Hopkins University lends out its parking garage for only $5. It’s only slightly more than taking the light rail then transferring to the Hampden shuttle bus and it’s way more convenient.)

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

I went inside a shop called Bazaar Baltimore, which sells all kinds of strange stuff.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

Once I left that store I blundered around the area for a bit. (I rarely visit that area.) I managed to reach the 700 block of 34th Street, which is the same area that’s famous for its annual display of Christmas lights. Seeing that block again reminded me of the time I went there in June, 2013 and I did a blog post where I posted photos showing side-by-side comparisons of that block in early summer with that same block six months earlier when all the homes were decked out in lights. I took a few brief pictures of those homes but not as many as I took back in 2013.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

What’s more, two of those homes in that block are currently for sale. If you’re looking for a new home in Baltimore and you’re the kind of person who loves to totally decorate your home for Christmas and you don’t mind getting a lot of attention from people who literally come from across the U.S. (and even some foreign countries), then you may want to call the phone numbers listed in those signs.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

At one point, while I was on my way back to the parking garage I tripped and fell on my knees. One knee was scraped up so much that I had to use tissues to blot the blood and I ended up covering it with a large bandage when I got home. I was feeling a bit woozy from the high heat and high humidity so I wasn’t quite as careful when I was walking. Luckily I was okay. The wound got slightly infected at one point but I managed to get rid of the infection by using Dr. Gordshell’s Skin Cream. It’s the same stuff my parents used to use on me when I was a kid and I would sometimes have a scraped knee that became infected. This stuff did a great job with my latest wound. Dr. Gordshell’s is so good at fighting burns and infections that if you have a situation where it doesn’t work at all, then it’s time for you to see the doctor. I’m serious about this. (And, no, Dr. Gordshell’s isn’t paying me to endorse this. I have had enough first-hand experience that I can vouch for its effectiveness.)

I managed to take one more charming photo of a home in Hampden before I found the parking garage so I could retrieve my car and drive home.

HonFest, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 2016

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