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Kaleidoscope Profile: Reflections of Kenya by Susannah Kelty

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After working as a Christian missionary in Kenya for 28 years, Susannah Kelty decided to resurrect the creative outlet she had used years earlier as a small fundraiser overseas.

Having retired back to the United States in 2011 to care for her elderly mother, Kelty revisited Reflections of Kenya, which had been born more than a decade earlier as an outlet for the photo note cards she and her photographer husband produced as a fundraiser to help the pastors in their area of northern Kenya. This time, she decided to pursue Reflections as a hobby to provide exposure for the work of Kenyan people who create handcrafted items to support themselves.

The products she now sells through Reflections of Kenya come from various sources and include: handmade jewelry; decorative home items such as placemats and cushion covers sewn from traditional Kenyan fabrics; blank note cards featuring images of people and scenery in Kenya; hand-decorated special occasion cards created from hand-crafted paper; and framed photos of Kenyan flowers, birds and wildlife.

The welcoming atmosphere of the Kannapolis Kaleidoscope festival has been perfect for Kelty as a hobbyist. “Reflections of Kenya is so small that it is definitely classified as a ‘side hobby,’” she said. “I enjoy the Kaleidoscope festival because it is intimate, friendly and varied.”

Easter is On It’s Way!

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite traditions.  Dyeing Easter eggs!  I know, I know, you buy the dye from the store along with the little cardboard drying rack and Voila!  But that’s not how we at Just Bailey Designs like to do things.  Why go out and buy all that dye when you can make your own?  Today I am going to show you how to take regular white eggs and decorate them using all natural materials.

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To get started, you will need Yellow Onion Skins, Beets and Red Cabbage.  You could also use Frozen Blueberries, Turmeric or Coffee to name just a few.  For the purposes of today, I am going to go one step further and add some designs to my eggs using flowers and leaves from around my yard!  If you want to do this, you will need to clip a few flowers or interesting leaves and you will need an old pair of panty hose or very thin socks.



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12873390_10156675778010274_1857605447_oThe first thing we are going to do is cut our panty hose into small
segments around 4 inches in length,  this could vary based on the size of your eggs.

Always go big if you are unsure and then you can cut off the additional fabric once you have tied it securely.

Next we will press our clipping onto our eggs very gently and then secure with the panty hose.
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At this point we can move on to making our dyes.  For this project I have 9 eggs and will be dying them 3 at a time.

12874190_10156675778670274_2873711_oWe place 3 of our eggs into a small 1-qt. pot and cover with water.  Next I am going to add the skins of 3 yellow onions.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.  Turn off your burner and add a teaspoon of vinegar to your dye.  Allow the eggs to sit for a minimum of 3-5 hours to allow the dye to stick.  I like to leave them overnight!

**The longer you allow your eggs to sit in the dye, the more saturated the colors will be.**

 

12517147_10156675901950274_758073907_oRepeat this process with all of your dyes.  The onion skins will create a rich caramel color.  To get a sandy brown, you will use 1 large beet that has been roughly sliced.  And to get a blue color, you will use half a red cabbage that has been roughly sliced.

 

 

 

Once we are  ready to remove the eggs from the dye and have allowed them to cool, it is time to cut away the panty hose and remove our flowers.  Use a paper towel or your fingers to clean away any debris.

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To give your eggs a glossy look, apply a small dab of any regular cooking oil, like Canola oil and use it to shine your eggs.  Use a paper towel to remove any excess.

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Huzzah to the good tipper!


Every year in North Carolina, just as the leaves begin to turn, Charlotteans and those in the surrounding areas look forward to this amazing event!  You might be imagining revving engines and left turns, but if you head a little further East, your ears will fill with the sounds of laughter, bongo drums and trumpets.  These delightful sounds signal none other that the Carolina Renaissance Festival!

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Who Are the Kannapolis Arts Minions?

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Kannapolis Arts Minions. Who are they? Where did they come from? Well I am here to tell you what it means to be a Kannapolis Arts Minion.

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Brown Bear Gallery joins April 25 arts festival

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artist Don Shafer, with Brown Bear Gallery, to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

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Kannapolis Arts welcomes artist Robert Webb to April 25 festival

Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome Lincolnton artist Robert Webb to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

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Mosaic & fiber artist Flower Floozy Designs to attend Kannapolis Arts fest

Mosaic and fiber artist Karen Earnhardt, with Flower Floozy Designs, will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.

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MADDJewels to attend Kannapolis Arts fest

The mother and daughter jewelry design team MADDJewels will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.

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Artist Tricia Brown will be a guest at Kannapolis Arts fest

Davidson based artist Tricia Brown will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.

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More than 4,000 invites for Kannapolis Arts fest

Wow! We have 250 “guests” for the September 27 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and more than 4,000 invitations sent out! Thanks for everyone’s support! And don’t forget to keep inviting your friends, via the event invite, share the status, tell your friends and try to bring out as many people as possible. We want to make sure have a great crowd so these artists keep wanting to come back again and again!

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