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One of the bushes on the side of my townhouse is blooming these really pretty flowers.

Some beautiful blooming spring flowers.

Some beautiful blooming spring flowers.

Here are some pretty purple flowers in full bloom.

Pretty spring flowers.

On a completely different note, I unearthed something I didn’t expect while I was doing simultaneous spring cleaning and working on taxes. (I did the spring cleaning and decluttering so I could find important papers I needed to get this year’s taxes done.) I found this old 3.5 inch floppy disk which is billed as “Microsoft Learning DOS: Interactive Guide to the PC Operating System.” The wording in faint grey italics said that this disk is for the IBM Personal Computers and compatibles as well as for the IBM Personal System 2 series.

This Belongs in a Museum

This definitely belongs in a museum since modern computers don’t even have floppy disk drives anymore. (LOL!)

Passover

Since this week is Passover and tomorrow is Good Friday, which kicks off Easter weekend, I decided to devote this post to more pictures of spring flowers that I recently took.

Flowers

White Flowers

Purple Flowers

Spring Flowers

Light Blue Flowers

I was at a local Target store when I encountered the world’s most confusing door. Is it an entrance or not? MAKE UP YOUR OWN DAMNED MIND!!!

The world's most confusing door.

Here’s a less-confusing door, this one leading to the Three Little Birds Sewing Company in Hyattsville, Maryland. The top of the door has a quote by Maya Angelou while the bottom has a sign indicating how this store welcomes everyone no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.

Three Little Birds Sewing Company Door, Hyattsville, Maryland

Here are some daffodils that I saw by a white wall while I was walking through Hyattsville, Maryland recently.

Flowers Along a White Wall

Pretty daffodils in Hyattsville.

Last, but not least, I learned that Triple Chocolate Peeps are a thing this year. Basically a chocolate peep is filled with a chocolate filling on the inside then its bottom gets dipped in even more chocolate. I found this pack at Target.

Triple Chocolate Peeps

I attended a Valentine’s Dance that was held at my church on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and I took a few pictures while I was there.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes performed their blues at this dance.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Naturally there was plenty of dancing.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

There were some nice romantic decorations as well.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

I took these photos not too long ago. I took this photo at a railroad crossing in Riverdale Park, Maryland.

Passing Train

I shot this photo of a vintage toy train sharing shelf space with old books in a local bookstore.

Toy Train and Books

I found a special NFL Baltimore Ravens Beanie Baby at a local Safeway.

Baltimore Ravens Beanie Baby

I saw these Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bobblehead dolls on sale at a local Safeway.

2016 Presidential Elections Bobblehead Dolls

I saw this lovely sunset over Route 50 on the way back from a job interview.

Sunset Over Route 50

I saw this on the floor at a local record store. It’s a unique way to recycle old vinyl records.

Vinyl Record Floor

A local pizza parlor in my area has recently gotten a couple of vintage arcade machines.

Vintage Arcade Machines

Here are some painted Halloween pumpkins and other gourds that I saw on sale at a local farmers market.

Painted Pumpkins and Gourds

Painted Pumpkins and Gourds

I saw this blooming fall flower during one of my walks around the neighborhood.

Blooming Flower in the Fall

I saw a pair of turkeys of display at the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market this past Sunday.

A pair of turkeys at the Greenbelt Farmers Market.

A pair of turkeys at the Greenbelt Farmers Market.

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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American Flag

I spent part of the Mother’s Day weekend at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival. Earlier this month I made an allusion to showing off a new product that I modeled on behalf of a new startup. Basically the startup’s first product is a jumpsuit that’s been pretreated with Sawyer Permethrin so one can go hiking, camping, gardening, and other types of outdoor activities without worrying about being bitten by ticks and mosquitos (both of which carry nasty diseases like Lyme and Zika). I posted a selfie while wearing one of those suits. I was also given packaged suits to carry around with me to sell as I walked around the festival ground.

I didn’t sell any suits. Most of the people I spoke with said that they weren’t into camping or money was tight. But the suit I was wearing did get people to open up to me about Lyme disease because they mentioned that they have a friend or relative who’s struggling with this devastating illness. I even had a longtime friend admit to me that she currently has Lyme disease. I knew that she had health issues, which have affected her mobility, but they never got specific as to the cause until she saw me wear that jumpsuit with a sign affixed to the back saying “Ask Me About Permethrin-Treated Disposable Jumpsuit.”

I wore the suit on the first day of the festival while I walked around taking pictures.

Festival Ad Poster

 

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Like I wrote earlier I didn’t make any sales on those permethrin-treated jumpsuits. What was worse was that I saw The Backstabbing Couple From Hell (a.k.a. my ex-husband and his mentally ill second wife who used to be a friend of mine until I found out she wasn’t such a good friend). I left the festival about an hour before closing time because I grew tired of seeing them walking around acting all happy. (I have no idea if they are really happy or not and I don’t care.)

The following day I was scheduled to be a substitute teacher for the English language classes my church offers to recent immigrants on Sunday afternoons. I ended up skipping Sunday morning service so I could check out some of Greenbelt Green Man Festival. I didn’t wear the jumpsuit on the second day because I was only there about an hour and a half at the most and I went straight to church for the English classes. I took a few photos of the second day of the festival.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I bought just two items at this weekend’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival. One was a pendant made from recycled dominos that features an image of Edgar Allan Poe.

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The other was a t-shirt featuring an image of Jesus riding on the back of a dinosaur.

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Anyway that’s it for this year’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival.

UPDATE (June 25, 2016): You can read about why I’m no longer involved with that startup for whom I was selling those jumpsuits at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival right here.

Passover

I’ve taken a few miscellaneous photos recently that I’d like to share with you. These photos are a further reminder that spring is really here at last.

Flowering Tree

Azalea Bush

Tulips

Spring Flowers

Bleeding Heart Fuchsia

Spring Flowers

Lilac Bush

Despite the fact that it’s spring now, Anna and Elsa from the hit Disney movie Frozen are still going strong years after the movie was released. I recently saw those two sisters on bags of Pop Chips at a local Giant supermarket.

Frozen Pop Chips

Easter

Here are a few Easter pictures I’ve taken for this year’s post. I was at a local Safeway when I saw this chocolate bunny in an unusual package. It’s called Too Tall Bunny and it shows a bunny holding a basketball with its ears literally bursting from the package.

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Extra plastic was used to cover the exposed chocolate ears in order to protect them from damage.

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I saw these cute Easter Bunny butter sculptures, which would be perfect for any kind of family Easter dinner.

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I also saw butter sculptures shaped like lambs but, unlike the Easter Bunny butter sculptures, these lambs were housed on a cardboard box so you couldn’t see what each lamb butter sculpture looked like until after you purchase it and take it home.

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Last Sunday was both Palm Sunday and the Spring Equinox (also known as the first day of spring). The weather didn’t reflect the fact that it’s now officially spring because it was cold, rainy, and gloomy. Despite that a friend of mine threw a party at her house and I went to it. The next photo shows this ceramic Easter village that I saw on display in her home while I was at the party.

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My friend and her family had recently moved into this home that faces Greenbelt Lake. I took a couple of shots from the window that shows how picturesque the lake is despite the gloomy weather.

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Here are a few miscellaneous Easter-related photos that I took recently.

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I’ll end this post with a few flower photos I recently took since spring, Easter, and flowers go together. (The world famous cherry blossom trees are at their peak bloom in downtown Washington, DC as of this writing.)

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