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Adventures with Rit Dye Part 1

I’ve been wanting to dye fabric for over a YEAR!  But have constantly been intimidated by it.  Finally, I had a full day without any plans, I decided to go for it!

I dyed a whole HEAP of clothes!  However, today I’m only going to highlight one of those items plus give you the rundown of how my process went!  I had so much fun, and perhaps I got a little carried away….near the end there, I just ran up to my closet and randomly pulled things out!

First things first, gather your supplies and be sure to do some research!  I bought Rit Fabric Dye, so many people use this stuff, even old ladies buy it, so I know it must be good!  I checked out their website before heading to the store.  I already had some Kelly Green fabric dye that I bought on clearance a year ago, so I wanted to choose 1 or 2 colors that would look good mixed with it.  I chose Black because I wanted to dye a few things black or darker black, then Teal because it mixes well with the Kelly Green (which you can read about here in their Color Guide).  It looked like I could make all sorts of colors with those, so it seemed a good choice.

I read suggests to use table salt or vinegar, so I made sure to have those handy.  I decided not to use them however, so you’ll have to search info elsewhere about that.  I read all the tips for dying fabric on Rit’s Techniques page, Stovetop Method like 15 times.  Its not my washing machine, so I decided to avoid the possibility of screwing it up.

For the stovetop method you need:

A large pot, (garage sale score $1)
Picnic Tablecloth to protect the floor from drips
1-2 plastic tubs for carrying the wet item around (to outside or whatever)
long 1/2″ wooden dowel, $0.75 for stirring
Measuring cups (optional)
Table salt (optional)
White vinegar (optional)
Pants hangar (optional)
Dish Soap (optional)
Gloves (optional but recommended)

Large Pot for Fabric Dying - Christina Designs Art - Rit Dye Adventures Part 1

This is how big your pot should be, you need to cover your entire fabric with the dye

I will cover tips and techniques, plus a few insights into things that didn’t go right, on another post.  I don’t want this to be long and boring.  So I’ll share the first shirt I ever dyed!

Before Flash Dye Shirt - Christina Designs Art - Rit Fabric Dye Adventures

Flash Dye Shirt

The only purpose of this shirt being dyed was to test out what I was doing, before I dropped in my main reason for dying.  That being said, I still didn’t want it to turn all black (my chosen starting color).  So I decided to just drop it in real quickly, like literally less than a minute.  I decided to just drop the whole thing in as quickly as I could, then let it completely be covered, and pull the whole thing back out again!

Thats why its titled the Flash Dye Shirt.  So it started out light grey and white striped.  Read the directions on the bottle and on the website thoroughly before beginning so you have an idea of what to do!!  I was expecting maybe a light grey where the white used to be and dark grey where the light grey used to be.  I got a totally surprise.  I was quite shocked when I pulled it out, how QUICKLY the dye had taken to the fabric!!!

In hindsight, I should have realized the dye would be most potent the first time around, and perhaps I should have placed my intentionally dark item in first.  Oh well.  It still looks ok.  In fact, I might dye it again and see if I can darken up the bottom of the shirt (which ironically was placed in first).

After Flash Dye Shirt - Christina Designs Art - Rit Fabric Dye Adventures

While drying outside

Here you can faintly see the stripes near the bottom, which I still find crazy that I see anything at all.  Also, the color isn’t quite so grey.  After it dried (no picture, sorry), it had that nice vintage/faded look which I think is fun.  However those bottom stripes look too accidental to keep.  Maybe I will paint stripes over them instead.  How interesting…

I dried everything outside on this partially cloudy day, that may have had some effect to the lightening color.  But I didn’t want to wait for it to air dry in the house.  I did put almost everything in the dryer after the items were partially dry to attempt the idea of “heat setting” the dye.

Keep checking back for the next installment when I share the piece of clothing I REALLY wanted to dye black!

Tutorial: Personalize a Plain Wooden Frame

from plain wooden frame to personalized picture frame christinadesignsart

Great little tutorial for you guys!!  I wanted a pretty little picture frame to hold photos of my niece and nephew, this way I get a single of each, and one of them together in the middle!  Perfecto!  I bought this frame at JoAnns with a coupon a few weeks ago.  I knew right away it would be the perfect frame to embellish.

So, grab your supplies!  You’ll need a cutting mat and x-acto knife, or sharp scissors to allow ultimate precision, a ruler or straight edge, scrapbooking stickers, washi tape, ABC stickers, rub-on stickers, etc, and lastly Mod Podge Gloss (for shiny) Matte (for flat).  I used Gloss.

Cutting photos to size

Cutting photos to size

1.  Cut photos to size, this is why a cutting mat and x-acto knife were used.  I just placed my straight edge over the photo, and sliced the edge off.  Worked perfectly.  If you buy this frame you will notice the edges are rounded, I needed to cut those too since they didn’t all life flat inside the frames without them cut.  Even though, you don’t see them!

Cut to size

Photos are ready

2.  All my photos are cut to size and ready to be placed inside the frame!  Don’t they look cute already all rounded corners??

embellish the frame

Rub-on stickers are awesome

embellish the frame

Now embellish!

3.  Now’s the time to grab all your stickers and start embellishing!  I’ll share a secret, I absolutely LOVE rub-on stickers!  They work so nicely on unfinished wood!  I have used them for many other projects…maybe someday I will share.  But for this they gave the perfect affect, I wanted the stickers to float on the wood and be a little see-through.  Most of these stickers, like the letters, I got in the $1 bins at JoAnns- you’ll find these in the scrapbooking area.  You could use Washi Tape as well, I even bought some pink and blue, but then it didn’t go with my theme.

4.  Apply your Mod Podge once you are happy with your design. I used about 5 coats of Mod Podge Gloss for this.  Not because I didn’t think the first 3 worked, but because it can become uneven and I wanted to be sure to hit every surface, even the inner borders of the frames.

Another tip for rub-ons, they are not like other stickers, once they are on, you cannot remove them without ripping and ruining the sticker.  So be sure you like it first, play around while it is still attached to the clear backing!

from plain wooden frame to personalized picture frame christinadesignsart

The finished product!  Sorry, no absolutely-cutest-babies-you’ve-ever-seen photos allowed on the blog!  You’ll just have to trust me, they are too cute!

So what do you think?  Easy as pie project that took less than 30mins, not including drying time!

Confession: I Want A New View with Pinterest

 

Lately I have been spending so much time deleting random Pinterest boards that I somehow have found myself to be following.  I assume many of these random boards are related to a “Follow All to enter this giveaway.”  I can’t stand those, why do I have to follow them all?  I’m still considered a follower if I just pick the ones I might actually enjoy.

You’ve all heard my thoughts on Twitter follows in a previous Confession post, but if you didn’t see it/can’t remember, read about it here.  I’m beginning to think similarily with my Pinterest.  I have never been one to “follow back” just because someone started following me.  I love Pinterest and want to look at quality content, so sorry if I don’t want to see images from your “Glamping” album because I have no interest there.

When I first started Pinterest I wasn’t gluten free, so I followed tons of recipe boards.  Now I find I have no use for “breads”, “pasta”, etc boards.  So a quick unfollow and I feel so much better!  While I am on said person’s board, I see I’m also following a myriad of boards I have no interest in, let alone ever even popup in my feed.  I am following too many boards, I never see everything!  So I am condensing.

I feel kinda guilty about it, but I unfollowed an Etsy board.  As someone who is hoping to sell their items and would love the joy of seeing a bracelet (find some here at my Etsy store!) pinned and repinned on Pinterest, I feel bad to unfollow a board that shares any awesome Etsy items.  However, thats all I see sometimes!  I wish those Etsy Handmade boards were more specific, but thats also so hard to regulate when you have like 50+ (or worse, like 500+) people posting to a board about whatever they want.  How does someone moderate a thing like that?  I suppose I could have my own boards, and share specific items like that, but I also hate having a million boards that people and/or myself aren’t even interested in.

After stopping following a few of the Etsy Handmade boards, I see so much more content!  But one thing I can’t decide, which DIY / Crafts boards should I keep following?  I must be following like 20 of those boards, but I only ever see a few of the same boards posting content, and some of it isn’t even all that “new”, even though most of it claims to be “genius!”  But thats another Confession altogether!  The big multi-contributor boards are the places that are constantly getting posted to, but I really don’t know how relevant some of these ideas are to DIY.  For instance, “Cleaning with Vinegar” is not what I would consider DIY or Crafts, and yet its in that board.  And while recipes are a type of craft, they belong under Recipes.  Know what I’m sayin?

Enlisting your help!  What do you think of these boards?  Keep?  Or unfollow??

DIY & Crafts – 5,000+ contributors!  96,000+ pins.  yowza   (basically takes over my feed)

Do It Yourself Today – 700+ contributors, 14,000+ pins

Budget Friendly DIY – 14 contributors, 176 pins.  must be fairly new

Getting Crafty – 30+ contributors, 3,900+ pins

Create – Just decided to unfollow but am so shocked by one of these pins.  I am sharing because I cannot be the only one who thinks someone’s political agenda was swept up into her mostly DIY board.

Getting Crafty & DIY – 30+ contributors, 3,900+ pins

Share Your Crafts – almost 800 contributors, 2,900+ pins

Mod Podge Rocks! – 125+ contributors, 2,500+ pins

Etsy Handmade Favorites- Group Gallery of Art & Jewelry  – I am also a contributor + 1,800 other people that rarely stick on topic, I’ve also only shared 1 time, and it was on accident. 28,500+ pins    (after looking at this, seriously considering making my own board and only inviting people who will stick to the topic)

 

After searching through my feed at 2 very different times (morning and night), the majority of pins comes from the 1st link: DIY & Crafts and the Etsy Handmade Faves boards.  They might have to go…at least for a time!

PS. I’ve added a few new items to my Facebook page’s photo albums, some of which are NOT on Etsy yet still for sale!

Share the Love Bloggers Unite: Inky Doodle Crafts

Featured Artist

Inky Doodle Crafts

Inky Doodle Crafts

Today’s Featured Artist is Inky Doodle Crafts! You will find delightful, greeting cards, birthday cards and more in this Etsy Shop!

Inky Doodle Crafts is a proud member of On Fire for Handmade and Jelly Park ! We are thrilled to have them on board!

You can find Inky Doodle Crafts on: Etsy  Blog  Facebook

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My Meylah Collection was Featured in the Newsletter

How exciting!  My first ever Meylah Marketplace collection was featured in today’s newsletter!  I am so excited that mine was chosen and shared with everyone!  I have never been featured in a newsletter before or on a front page of an online marketplace!

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DIY Snowglobe FAIL

This year for Christmas gifts I was really excited to try DIY Snowglobes.  I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and so many blogs have posted their’s as well.  I also personally love snow globes.  I shake them over and over and I’m just mesmerized by the snow falling.

Needless to say, I thought this would be such a sweet gift.  So I collected my supplies:

DIY Snowglobe

I used E6000 to glue the moose and tree to the lid of my jar.  I bought white fluffy glitter flakes because I thought they would float nicely in the water.  I used a clear glass jar the size of a jam jar.  Its important to note, before gluing the pieces down, to know when screwing on the lid where any writing might be if its going to block the “front” of the jar.  Also, missing from this photo is the liquid Glycerin which is found in the cake decorating section of craft stores.  For this project it is used to help the glitter or snow float slower to the bottom.

I glued the moose and tree to the lid and made sure I could close the jar without ruining the tree:
Moose Snowglobe

I found my moose in the Christmas aisle at a hardware/grocery store.  My boyfriend’s parents really like moose so I thought, perfecto!  The trees I found at a craft store, I don’t remember where.  I got about 6 trees in a bag, this is the medium size, just a few inches tall.

I added the water as high as I could without overflowing, then I added too much glitter.  I covered the top of the water and that was way too much.  Maybe if they weren’t glitter flakes it would have been fine.  I ended up scooping out a lot of glitter.  So try a little at a time and give it some light test shakes before adding more glitter.  I also used about a teaspoon of glycerin.  I have no idea how much you are supposed to use, everywhere I saw it just said “dash of glycerin”, who knows what that means.  I saw some other blog said they filled the whole thing with glycerin, the bottles are not that big, so you better be using mini mini jars or stopper bottles for that!

DIY Snowglobe

Here it is when it still looked good.  You see the moose looks pretty.  The blue/green pine tree had slowly started to tint the water a light blue.  No biggie, other blogs had reported that.  The glitter flakes were all floaty and on the bottom and then also clinging to the tree.  Very nice.

Wait 2 days.  And you get this.  Thank goodness I didn’t glue the lid on the jar or this would be a complete waste.
Blue Moose

Burlap Giveaway!

Saved By Love Creations

 

Remember my Confession: I Don’t Like Burlap post?

Saved By Love Creations has teamed up with BurlapFabric.com to bring you a chance to win $25 in store credit. You can spend this however you want at BurlapFabric.com.”

To enter all you need to do is visit BurlapFabric.com and pick what item you would buy, then comment on this post!  (do not comment on MY blog, I am not part of the giveaway)

I won’t be entering, but since lots of people saw my burlap post, I thought I would pass this along.

And if you’ve never visited Saved By Love Creations I highly suggest you check out her tutorials and maybe sign up for her RSS feed or emails.  I get her emails and she always has tutorial round-ups or really fun (but not too hard) tutorials to try.