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Making new rope sets… what’s your favorite tip or trick?

Black Rope

I had a relatively quiet weekend…

I did manage to work on some of my new rope that I picked up while I was in the Maritimes this summer. It is several hanks of a very nice parachute cord, in about 50 foot lenghts.

Of course, I didn’t particularly care for the army green colour, so I decided to try dyeing them black, to go with my larger diameter black rope sets.

I wasn’t too sure if the black dye would take, because of some of the synthetic materials in the rope, but it was worth a try. I used my large enamel pot and simmered the ropes in the dye mixture for an hour, much longer than the 20 minutes recommended, but I figured it would help it “sink in” better.

I rinsed them in cold water afterwards, hoping to help “set” the colour and get rid of excess dye, then laid them out to dry in the laundry room. They certainly looked darker, but then again, they were still damp.

Today, after they have dried out more, I see that the colour is almost back to the original green, with only a hint of slightly darker to them. Harumph! Not pleased….

Anyone have any tips on dyeing military parachute cording? I’d want something that I can access or purchase fairly easily here in Canada, as well a dyeing process that can be accomplished in a kitchen or bathroom… Please feel free to post some tips on this!

After the ropes have dried completely for a day or two, I’d like to start cutting them up into smaller segments. I’m not sure if I am going to whip-finish the ends, or if I’ll try using some colour-coded duct tapes, to help identify the different lengths.

I do however, still plan to use my colour-coded thread to mark the center point of each length, it makes it SOOOO much easier to find the mid-point of the rope when you are in the middle of a scene, rather than having to fold it in half. Especially handy for longer lengths… If you haven’t tried it yet; give it a try and you’ll see how handy it can be!

Have any of you found any particular tips or tricks that have proved handy over the years? Do you have a preference for a particular way of storing your rope — coils, braided, etc? Please feel free to share, I am always interested in hearing how others deal with their rope…

Now, back to sipping on my Bailey’s Irish Cream and catching up on my backlog of kinky email…

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

There & Back Again… (with apologies to JRR Tolkien)

Blue Rain

So, I am back from the past few days on the road, from central Nova Scotia, southwards to Halifax and then out to Cape Breton and back again…

We were only in Halifax for a few hours; I was bringing my Mom to some business meeting. Despite some major road construction in downtown Halifax, I was able to find some parking near my favorite little candy shop, called “Freak Lunchbox”. They have the weirdest and most fun stuff there — almost every type of candy you can imagine and some you’ve never heard of. Also, many brands that we normally don’t get in Canada. They even had several types of “Simpsons” brand mints (as in the animated series).

I couldn’t resist buying an old-fashioned potato gun; I haven’t seen one of those things since I was really young. Also, a cherry-flavoured gummy pet rat, some authentic “Turkish Delight” (for any of you who’ve ever read “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”) and various other bags of goodies. I got out of there with my wallet $35 lighter. But at least I’m not alone… apparently Rob Lowe spent over $90 in that store not long ago and Cybil Sheppard called it “A delightful little store”.

From there I ventured up the street and to my utter delight, I discovered a little shop called “Venus Envy” that I had heard about online. They also have another location in Ottawa. Finally found a copy of Midori’s rope bondage book and picked it up. (I know I could have ordered it online, but I am from the old school of those who prefer to leaf through a book for myself to decide whether it’s worthwhile, before plunking down $40-ish CDN for it.)

Also picked up a great sort of DIY book on how to make all kinds of kinky crafts, toys, tools and furniture. Has all kinds of illustrations and photos. I’m looking forward to having fun with that one, as I’ve always loved creating things with my own hands. That one cost me $55, but it’s a huge softcover that is comparable in size to a big Sears catalog. The name escapes me for the moment, because the book is in a bag in my car. (The Better Bondage Book)

I also picked up a tiny but great handbook on Wax Play, that has some recipes on DIY low heat candles, as I’ve been wanting to create my own, in order to better control the quantity and quality of the ingredients. (I’m a stickler for that sort of thing.)

And lastly, 20 feet of exquisitely beautiful black braided cotton rope. I had seen the same rope at my local Reno Depot at around $2.25 a foot, but there it only cost $1 a foot!

So — an expensive outing that lasted only an hour, and I walked out of there about $140 lighter. So, about $175 for the day and it wasn’t even lunchtime yet! (Aren’t Platinum Mastercards wonderful?) Ouch… but I am very pleased with my purchases and will have lots of fun with them when I get back to Montreal.

I showed my Mom the rope when I picked her up after her meeting and she agreed that it was very nice quality and a very good price too. I also told her about the books I bought and I even explained the basics of wax play on the return drive.

(I know I am repeating myself, but I am sooooooo lucky to have such a *amazingly cool* Mom!)

We stopped at the MicMac Mall in Dartmouth for a bite to eat before heading back north out of the city. Stopped at Mom’s place for a few hours nap and supper, before packing the car and heading out for the 4 hour drive to Sydney, Cape Breton.

Only a bit of rain on the way there and some fog and mist, which of course, slowed down the driving again. We arrived at my Uncle’s in Sydney at about 2 am. I unpacked and managed to unwind with a half hour game of Galactic Battlegrounds on my laptop before catching some ZZZZzzzzzs.

The next day was busy running errands and dropping off promotional material around the city while my Mom was attending her conference. I got a fair bit accomplished in such a short time, so I felt quite happy at the end of the day. We got my Saturn packed up again and hit the road at around 8 pm, only minutes before the downpour started.

Have I mentioned how much it’s rained since I’ve been down here?

Yes?

Well, I’m *really* getting tired of it, as are my aching knees. (I had a hiking accident in Calfornia over 10 years ago and my knees haven’t been the same since…)

We arrived back at my Mom’s a bit after 2 am, but that included a short meal break at a Tim Hortons in Port Hawkesbury. I plugged in my laptop and checked for any important email (again resorting to the agonizingly slow dial-up) and then channel surfed the satellite channels until I was tired/relaxed enough to actually fall asleep.

Was hoping to get some more errands done today (Friday) but the rainy weather (yet again) put a literal damper on things and I took it easy and stayed in and recuperated from the week’s hectic driving schedule around the province.

Not too sure what my weekend holds at this point, as some of it will depend on the weather. I might try to get some work done on my laptop if I’m stuck in again…

Man, I am *so* going into withdrawal from my high-speed cable internet access at home in Montreal — as well as from my usual kinky activities. Ahhhh, but that which does not kill us makes us stronger… or so they say.

So, what does your weekend look like? No rain I hope… Please tell me that you are having more fun and are having better weather than here? TALK TO ME PEOPLE, I’M GOING NUTS OUT HERE!!

~ Mistress Jade Dragon