On a more pleasant note: I received a package of Malaysian small batch artisinal batiks from Turtle Hand and opened it this morning. I didn't even know they produced batiks in Malaysia, but here they are. Gorgeous!! I can't wait to wash/iron/cut them and use them. They remind me somewhat of the Indian batiks I love so much and they are totally different from the typical batiks you find in the stores.
I think they will go beautifully with the hand-dyes I have and I just hope I can get enough time in December (when I am actually home!!) to play. Tina of Turtle Hand will have a booth in Houston at both Market and Festival and I suspect she will have an even more varied selection. Yummy! Wish I were able to go to Houston this year but my teaching schedule just didn't want to cooperate.