I’ve been dye-ing to tell you …

Don has been creating garden beds in our backyard and topping them with pecan mulch …

When he put the leftovers in one of the front beds, we discovered the neighborhood cats no longer liked “using” it as a litter box …

Unfortunately, it rained while some of the mulch was still in the bed of the little black truck, which then leaked out and stained the driveway …

The good news is, that gave me an idea. I asked Don for a shovel-full of mulch to which I added a couple of gallons of water. After letting it sit in the sun for a couple of weeks, I strained it out and dunked some cloth in the liquid gold that resulted …

with rather good results, I dare say …

And then there’s this …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/11/after-chris-turri.html

12 thoughts on “I’ve been dye-ing to tell you …

  1. Great yard layout…

    Isn’t it great how inspiration comes when we aren’t even looking as in your pecan dyeing. I followed your link and saw that you had wicked the cloth first with lichen. Wicking is fun and I dabbled in it a few years ago. In a bit of synchronicity this morning, I decided to put up a few more of my dyed l;a of my landscape cloths. When we moved here, I decided to pare back but now I feel that more is more! So the first cloth that I pulled from my drawer to put up on the wall is one that has a few wicked pieces. It is titled, Canyon Whispers.

    It is good to go from saying, “what if” to “why not” as my bedroom walls can now attest!

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    1. we pulled way back on how much art we put out when we first moved here … I think it’s a response to the whole packing/unpacking grind where you just want to be done with it all … but yes, these days more is more in the best way

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    1. I probably took it a couple of steps too far, thinking the color would fade in the wash … it didn’t! Fortunately, it will be living on a dark leather sofa, so that’s not a problem

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    1. I don’t mind the local outdoor cats as a rule, but the litter boxing was definitely an annoyance … love that the solution was so simple (and hoping it continues to be effective) … as for the cloth, I’m glad it now has the rich color I originally envisioned

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    1. ha! … no, the driveway is still pretty stained, but Don has plans to try a power washer on it … funny side note, we have a concrete back deck that he’s considering staining intentionally with the leftover dye

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