fourth of july tie dye

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! 

It seems like one of the most popular projects for little ones this weekend will be tie dying! Since my two and I recently tie dyed our own shirts, I thought I'd share a brief run-down of our process...and our results! 

To start with, with a 7 year old and a 4 year old, I chose the easiest tie dye kit I could find: pre-made, pre-bottled. The kit came with rubber bands, but I splurged for an extra bag at the local dollar store, and I'm glad I did. 
We followed the packaged instructions, and left our shirts to set for about 10 hours. 
When rinsing the shirts, I used cold water on the tank top, and hot water on the tee. In hindsight, I think the whites on the tank top stayed truer...though I released more of the extra dye off the tee with the hot water. 
I put each shirt onto a cookie pan after I rinsed it, to keep any stray dye contained. It also made it very easy to carry the shirts to the washer, without worrying about excess dripping. 
My biggest hassle with this project was not, surprisingly, keeping the kids dye-free. It was keeping myself dye free. The gloves provided were bulky and large, and made it hard to work on the project. (You can see spots on the shirts where blue dye touched red dye. I blame the gloves.) So I did what seemed rational at the time. I took off the gloves. 

Yeah. Not my finest moment. I briefly looked like I was turning Smurf, and I tried a couple of remedies to get dye off my fingers. What worked out the best for me (besides time) was a mixture of Dawn dish soap and baking soda. 
Also, I should mention that I washed our shirts in cold water, not the hot the package recommended. I added an extra rinse, too. (Just for those who worry about staining their washer, I ran an empty rinse cycle just to be sure before washing a regular load, and have had no problems with the following loads.) 

So there you have it! Our tie-dying tips! 

Whatever your weekend holds, I hope it's a fun one! Thanks for stopping by! 


the julia sweater by compagnie m.

I've mentioned Compagnie M.'s patterns in the past, and I'm excited to share another gorgeous top, releasing soon!
The Julia Sweater is a pattern that includes a minimum of five different looks! This top features dolman sleeves, trendy cuffs, and a comfortable waistband. Where you take it from there is up to you! 

For my daughter's top, I chose a soft knit (From Jo-Ann's), and paired that with the folded collar option. I love how the triangle shape of the collar plays off the geometric design fabric!

 Of course, I had to whip up a matching headband with the leftover material. My sweet girl recently donated 13" of her hair to Locks of Love, and she's really rocking her new 'do!

Swing on over to Compagnie M. to check out more of Marte's beautiful children's patterns, and to find out more about the release of both the Julia Sweater as well as future designs! 


the Anywhere Dress by Go To Patterns

I feel so privileged to be participating in the Go To Patterns Sew & Tell series today! I had the opportunity to work with the Anywhere Dress from Go To Patterns - a beautiful, classic dress that sews together quickly.
  The Anywhere Dress offers various sleeve length options. I sewed a size 10 for my daughter, using the long sleeve option. (We are, after all, in the middle of her first Minnesota winter!) 
I used a soft, velveteen knit from an online fabric store. I love the color; the ice blue is perfect for this time of year (and reminds my daughter of Elsa from her new favorite movie)! 
The sleeves ended up being a little long (she is right in between sizes now), but I prefer it that way. It gives her some room to grow... 
...and as you can see, some room to move! It has already become a new favorite for a girl who would live in dresses if she could, and her mama, who wants her to be able to be active and play in comfort! This dress will indeed take her anywhere! 
(Now to convince this Snow Queen that jackets and mittens are not optional...)


to be thankful

*My daughter's dress is The Hattie from Brownie-Goose Designs, using apricot linen. 


a halloween that is happy we wish you!

My two favorite Jedi are all set. They've got The Force on their side, and plan on putting it to good use in the form of candy gathering. Luke's even got his lightsaber at the ready. Because you can never be too careful. 

In case you're curious (or have last minute costumes to whip up), here's a brief run down on mine:
Leia: A peasant dress using white knit. White tights. Amazing buns. 
Luke: Pajama pants made from the sleeves of a men's long sleeve tee shirt. White long sleeve tee with a simple fleece tunic over it. Women's socks with feet cut off for leg wraps. 
And both Jedi are wearing belts made from FOE. 

There you have it! Ready for their night of treats! 
Here's to a big night with all of our little ghosties and goblins...may it be happy and warm!! 



autumn recap: diy milk glass pumpkin

Transform a simple, glass pumpkin container into a beautiful milk glass piece for Autumn. Click here for the DIY information.