Friday, October 8, 2010

Foggy With a Chance of Ferrets

We’ve went through a whole box of Kleenex, two bags of Ricolas (cherry honey is my favorite) and at least two gallons of OJ this week at my house. My poor head has been in a fog. Nothing like a good head cold with flu-like symptoms to keep a girl from gearing up in full welding attire. I’ve had a wicked head cold with a flu chaser ALL WEEK.
Arrrrgh. I finally felt up to working in the studio half day yesterday and worked on some fun fiber art projects using iron-on transfers. I’m smitten with transfers of any kind. Working in clay I loved experimenting with decals and found Keith Phillips decal work to be inspirational and Ang had some fun examples too. I’ve also had success with using Gel Transfer Medium with laser prints onto copper and metal, though it can be a bit tricky. I’ve bought and tried several varieties of iron-on transfers for fiber pieces but have not had any luck finding a product that worked in a laser printer. Most

transfers are made for the low heat of ink jet printers but are unable to retain the hi-resolution I like from my HP laser printer. I did find some Color Copier Transfer Paper by TrasnferMagic that was supposed to be able to run through color copiers. I printed my hi-res images out on my laser printer and took them to the Office Depot to run through one of their color copiers that was listed by TransferMagic as OK to use, but three of three attempts failed and all stuck or jammed on their fuser rollers! The TransferMagic product DID NOT WORK as was claimed and could have caused major damage

in all of the “approved” copiers we tried. The Office Depot store manager was so helpful and found a way to make hi-res ink-jet, iron-on transfer, color copies on an HP Photosmart All-in-One Premium Printer. He opened up a package of Office Depot iron-on ink-jet transfer paper and ran my hi-res laser copies through the display model HP ink-jet color copier and viola! Hi-res images that can be ironed on fabric. I’m going to do some fun appliqué wall art quilts using the printouts and now I can make as many as I want because I was so impressed with the ink-jet/color copier that I bought one!

OK, I wasn’t going to Blog about this but I just can’t help myself -and besides I did take a quick picture. While waiting in one of the customer chairs at the Carrs/Safeway Aurora Village pharmacy this week for a prescription to be filled, a line formed with other customers needing to pick up their medications. A guy standing right in front of me was FEEDING some sort of animal that had JUST CRAWLED OUT of the hood of his jacket! The guy was feeding a Ferret a nicely cubed piece of fresh cantaloupe that I know just had been picked with his grubby fingers from the salad bar. Half of us waiting at the pharmacy were completely grossed out but others were completely OK with this and wanting TO PET THE DAMN THING. Sorry, but what the hell, am I the only one that thinks this is so wrong?!


Christine B. said...

No, it's not just you. Last week I was at the Abbott Carrs and a shopper walked out with a dog. No matter how I tried to explain it to myself ("It's probably a seeing eye dog or something.") it just seemed wrong...because it was a little dog he was holding in his hand! Maybe he was picking up pet meds? No, I don't think so either.

Christine in Anchorage

ang said...

ha! matches his hair...those iron on transfer work pretty well but i still prefer the silkscreen transfer to any of the methods i've tried...the gocco box is a super quick way of making screens...have fun :))

cookingwithgas said...

No thanks! I am amazed at what people do- amazed i tell you!
Sorry about the stuffy head thing- not fun.

Anonymous said...

OMG! You are not the only one. We have one "grandfathered" at Lucky Pet. NO MORE, NONE of us at work "get it". Oh and the rat people..... it's a whole sub culture. Good for them and THANK GOD for the movie Ratatoullie or I'd feel different about them too;) LOL

Linda Starr said...

Oh I am liking those transfers onto fabric a whole lot; hum your fabric creations have me missing fabric a whole lot too. I've really got to hold myself back from another tangent; sometimes it just isn't easy. Hope you're feeling better.