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Tie Dye

Image Awhile back Ginger was telling me about a fun experience she had with tie-dying. I’ve always wanted to give it a go so she sent me a mega-box from Dharma Trading Co. with all the necessary tools and dyes. 

The box came with a book of ideas and instructions so we started with t-shirts and a simple spiral design. Maya already had a plain white t and I bought Owen and Woody one from Michael’s.

First you soak the shirts in a bucket of warm water with soda ash (comes with the kit from Dharma). The soda ash helps the dye really absorb into the cotton fibers of the t-shirt.

Image While the t-shirts are soaking you prepare your dyes. Owen and Maya chose yellow, turquoise and fuschia for our first go. All you do is add the dye to water in a plastic bottle, shake and you’re ready to go. (You need gloves and funnels; gloves come with kit, funnels I stole from Maya’s bath toys).

I set up a space on our tiny back porch for the dying.

ImageImageImageImageImageImage After you dye your shirts you place them in a bag (old grocery store bags is what we used) for 24 hours. 

Then you rinse them out in a sink, first with cold and as that water turns clear, with warm water. As you rinse with warm you take off the rubber bands. 

Then you throw it in the wash (by themselves) in hot water with a special detergent that helps set the dyes. Then I washed them one more time in regular detergent to make sure they wouldn’t bleed anymore.

Super easy! You can see how the shirts turned out here! Pretty awesome.

What I really wanted to tie dye was Maya’s bedspread.

I bought her a boring old white one from Ikea a couple years ago with plans to make it awesome.

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Didn’t happen. (Not yet anyway. I could still go back to that plan.)

So, with guidance from the book in the first photo (a great book!) and input from Maya on a cool design (we decided to ease away from the Wavy Gravy look and go toward something slightly more modern yet still Maya-friendly..not sure we achieved that but we tried:).

So, the before:

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Wahclella Falls

Image Like Woody’s backpack? It’s been our go-to pack all summer, as we’re not entirely sure where our adult sized ones are.

Image We spent another gorgeous day in the Gorge on our favorite family friendly trail

Nature rules!

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Dear Woody…

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July 30, 2013 · 1:50 am

Insta-wrinkle-free…I mean Instagram!

Hey!

I’m on Instagram

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I have almost as many posts as The British Monarchy

If you are too let’s be friends.:)

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Stay Cool in the Pool

Image   My 2nd July baby had her first legit birthday party yesterday. Usually it’s just a family affair but she invited actual school friends this year. 

She wanted a whale cake. I wanted a dye-free cake. Thankfully she loves chocolate.

So, the before:        Image 

And After..Mrs. Chocolate Fudge WhaleImage

 

I’ve always wanted to make a watermelon whale so I was excited for my chance…ImageImageImage 

The party favors. I thought it would be cool to cover up the sticker that said “Miracle Bubbles’ with something better. Maya thought it would be cool if it said “Stay Cool in the Pool”…voila…ImageThen we added  Lifesavers…

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Image  I put Goldfish in a fish bowl and thought I was the cleverest person ever. 🙂

We made tie dyes (more on that in another post). Thought the party would be a good place for their first wearing..

ImageImageImageImage  75% of the party was in the pool and I have no photos of that part. Picture a pool filled with kids splashing around, going down watersides, playing monkey in the middle, laughing, etc. 

They mos def stayed cool in the pool.

 

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More of our Sunday

Image Coming up with a plan to defeat Dad.

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Image yes, got him!

 

Image My freckle faced beauty. I could just kiss that face all day every day.

Image Maya and I hiked up to the Rose Garden to refill our water bottles. Quick stop at the fountain to make a wish.

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Image And get a nose full of sweetness.

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Sunday football day

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July 17, 2013 · 2:14 pm