December 2014

December 2014

Jack took our annual family photos:

Family Profile 2014

Family 2014

Aunt Carol brought us the trees behind us in the spring of 2000 (our first spring).  This batch of trees never got cut for a Christmas tree because they were too big when we started having a tree.

We had good snow and great skiing early in the month.  After our first night of skiing Henry wrote a note to his teacher.

Letter from Henry

We had good sledding in our field.   Henry would get a running start and get some serious air before hitting the snow!

sledding Henry air

Nola Mae ran up and down the hill many times.

Nola Mae

The best hats!

Henry black hat  Nola Mae black hat

Early in the month I had two more kinds of soaps that were ready for the holiday: 

  soap vanilla & patchouli soap lavender & lemon grass

The first photo is Lavender, Vanilla & Patchouli.  The second photo is Lavender & Lemon Grass with ground lemon powder.

Charlie dyed a pair of bamboo socks for his teacher.  We did a test pair last month because I wanted him to have a feel for the syringe and working with the dye.  He was easily frustrated with his own socks and it seemed like he hated the whole process.  So I figured we would have to find a different gift for his teacher.  About a week before the last day of school he asked, “When are we going to dye my teacher’s socks?”  I just assumed he hated it and would never want to do it again.  Charlie promised me he would have extra patience for this project.  And he did while he got help from Nola Mae.

dyeing Charlie 3

Mrs. Johnson’s socks:

dyed socks Charlie

The color in this photo is so off from the actual color.  He used a purple and a teal color called Kingfisher Blue.

Charlie and Nola Mae messing around with a backpack:

Charlie & Nola Mae babywearing

We cut our Christmas tree from our property:

I remember planting this tree very well, even what clothes I was wearing, and the pair of gloves I had on. It was one of the first days I accomplished something significant after feeling like crap for months with morning sickness (my pregnancy with Robbie).  I planted a total of 15 trees, only three trees made it this long.  I tried to imagine when we would be cutting this tree down for our Christmas tree.  I didn’t imagine we would have four children around this tree, 11 1/2 years later.

christmas tree 2014

Nola Mae strawberry hat

One of my sisters got engaged this month:

Becca & Ben

Here is some kind of Elemental Warrior equation Robbie made with  some calligraphy pens that I had.

Elemental warrior equation

Dyeing and sewing projects (I have a post all for my December dyeing projects, click here to see them):

My friend, Michelle, gave me some curtains she had in her daughter’s room.  I dyed them, because they were white!

dye ice curtain

Nola Mae and three of her cousins got pretty snow dyed skirts.

dyed ice curtain skirt

My first Maxi skirt for one of my sisters:

sewing maxi skirt becca

Two bags made of dyed fabrics:

bag dyed red mandala

Front of bag:

bag dyed & embrodiery

Back of bag:

bag dyed Aunt Karen

Robbie and I went Christmas shopping and he had the idea that I dye the kids matching shirts.

dyed family shirts 1 dyed family shirts 2

It was my idea to do a “V” for our last name.  Jack helped me with the colors.

dyed family shirts

Jack has been busy in his workshop:

A book shelf for Robbie.

Robbie's book shelf

A tool box for Henry.

Henry's tool box

A bench for Nola Mae.

Nola Mae's bench

We set up the ping-pong table for Christmas break, this could become a tradition I could get use to.

ping pong

More of my favorite photos from this month:

Trombone Robbie

   Robbie Runs

Nola Mae's sled

Monopoly Grandmas

Mama santa hat

Charlie computer

cards Henry

cards Henry smile

Dye Projects – December 2014

Dye Projects – December 2014

My dye projects this month were pretty exciting for me.  I tried new methods and work with different dye blanks.   Every wash out was like Christmas!

I made a few more scarves.

dye DNA scarf black & green 3 dye DNA scarf rainbow 2

dye scarf upcycle frozen theme 2  dye scarf upcylce rainbow 2

My favorite blue ombre linen scarf:

dye scarf linen ombre blues 2

I thought this was our Qwirkle game bag when I dyed it.  Can you imagine my surprised reaction when I found the original white cloth bag in the Qwirkle box when we opened it?

I love the results I got on this bag I wish I could repeat it on a shirt.

dye draw string bag

My towels in earth tones last month were very popular so I made another batch, here are a few of my favorites:

 dye earth tones 1 dye earth tones 6 dye earth tones 7 dye earth tones 9 dye earth tones clothes line 1

I also dyed more red towels to go with a table runner for one of my aunts.

     dye towel reds 2 dye towel reds 3 dye towel reds 6

These are the same shades of red, it is the difference in lighting.

dye table runner Mandalas Aunt Linda

A friend asked for blues, greens and purples.

dye towels blue muck

dye towels blue  dye towels blue (2)

I had a little fun with leftover dye.

dye towel dots  dye towel mandala Anita 1

dye towel rainbow heart

I dyed bamboo socks this month for the first time.  They are a lot of fun, but suck up a lot of dye!

dyed socks 1 dyed socks 2 dyed socks 3 dyed socks 6 dyed socks 7 dyed socks rainbow and purple blue  dyed sock variety

 

Dye Projects – November 2014

I have gone out of my comfort zone this month and tried color combos that I would never imagine I would like and have found that I love them…earth tones!  From the beginning of November to now (mid-December) I have dyed four different batches of earth tones (3 of them in November).

Ice dyed bandana.

dyed ice bandana earth tones

Ice dyed flour sack towel.

dye dish towel earth tone Ila mandala

One of my aunts commissioned me for a table-cloth and dish towels in earth tones.

dye mandala table cloth & towel set earth tones

Another Aunt asked for a table-cloth and dish towels.

Dye earth tones Ila table cloth and towels

I found some white pieces of cotton fabric in my stash of things, so I dyed these.  I hope some day to make them into quilts:

dye mandala fabric blue green purple               dyed ice mandala snowflake

One of my favorite dish towels:

dye mandala towel sunflower

I found a round table-cloth at Goodwill.  I was hoping to perfect the sunflower so I could dye this set:

dye sunflower table cloth and towel

Dyed at the same time, with the same dye, on two different cottons – table-cloth colors are a little dull compared to the towel.

A table runner or dresser scarf (is that what you call them?)

dye table runner rainbow spiral

It is a linen and poly blend – 30 1/4 X 19 1/4 inches.

I am working on perfecting the maṇḍala design.  Robbie was in the basement visiting with me during one of my rinsing sessions.  I was excited about the results and showed him a few.  He asked, “How did you get so good at them?”  How sweet of him!  Since they weren’t so good.

Susie asked me to dye some linen napkins for her.  They were the smallest pieces I ever worked with.  And a bit of a challenge.

dye smallest mandala fold

I knew they needed a lot of time in the dye, so they sat in “the muck” after the ice melted for a long time.  A new method for me and a little nerve-racking because really, how can something beautiful come out of that yucky water?

dye smallest mandala in brown & blue in muck

These did…

dye mandala napkins Susie

I have been wanting to make a few more buffs for us, since Henry seems to steal mine.  I had this stripped knit fabric that I “needed” to dye (because it was so boring).

dyed buff w blank

A buff was perfect for this fabric.

dyed buff action  dye buff knit

Here are a few more of my favorites from the month:

A ring sling for a friend’s little girl.

dye ring sling toddler size

White clothes I found at a thrift store:

dye shirt 3T purple and blue slants

   dye baby rainbow DNA

Dye Projects – September & October 2014

 Dye Projects – September & October 2014

I bought 24 white bandanas to dye, here is the start of them:

dye bandanas

The blue one on the right was supposed to be green and blue but you couldn’t see the green.  I over dyed it with black.

dye bandana blue & black

 dye bandana pink w purple

I dyed the boys bandanas with our school colors:

Dye bandanas orange and black

A few shirts, size 5 or 6T:

dye ice rainbow tanks

Henry has claimed this shirt.

dye ice t-shirt

My favorite white shirt that I tried to do a Galaxy dye on and it flopped.  In my opinion I saved it with adding the black swirl.

dye ice fail swirl w black

Four small bags that were upcycled from the corners of a high quality fitted sheet, so the opening is elastic:

dye shibori bags

I need to find a use or a market for these.  The elastic is in great shape because this sheet was new, but damaged.  I was thinking for fruit that you want to ripen faster or for when you are traveling and short on space in you bag and you need to pack a second pair of shoes – put them in this bag and your clothes won’t get dirty.

A small canvas bag:

dye rainbow canvas bag

Pajama pants for me, rainbow DNA on the side of the leg and I attempted a swirl on the bottom of the other leg:

dye PJ pants

The pants are so comfortable I went back to Walmart’s clearance rack and bought the rest of the ones they had in my size.

A solar system pillow case (king size):

dye solar system pillowcase

Charlie pointed out that Earth is the wrong size compared to the sun and other planets.  That is what I wanted.  I also wanted the sun to be more yellow and Earth to have more land.

I found this new tool at a rummage sale for $0.25.  It will help me apply small drips of dye in small places.

dye injector

Ice dyeing is really my favorite kind of dyeing.  Soon snow will be here and I can use snow instead of buying ice!

dye ice in progress melted dye ice in progress

I have attempted to make dyed scarves.  I am not a scarf-person because I am always hot and I have no clue about fashion.  With the help of my sisters I may wear one of my scarves.

This rainbow infinity scarf was given to one of my sisters.

scarf Kayla

The other half of this scarf was purchased by a friend.

scarf vintage dyed rainbow 4

dye ice rainbow scarf lace 1

I dyed this infinity scarf for another sister.

scarf Danna

This scarf went to my step-mom.

 Scarf Lynn

This scarf is my favorite scarf.  I had a different idea how this was going to turn out (mistake #1 never have any expectations of a dye project).  I used a tie dye method call DNA with liquid red, yellow, and blue dye to do the rainbow squiggly line and then iced dyed the loose fabric with black.  Someone said it reminded them of the Hungry Caterpillar.   This one was sold to a family member.  I am still dreaming up ideas on how to do this method again but with different colors.   I am stuck on deciding the colors, my fabric is prepped and ready for dye!

        dye tie & ice DNA flat   dye tie & ice DNA

This is a full size sheet.  I was testing the folding method and the color combos and was pleased with the results.

dye ice spiral purples cropped

 I want to do flower looking tie dyes, so I am practicing on flour sack dish towels that I bought at Fleet Farm and Target.  The fold is call a mandala.  My first attempt was on these two towels.

 dye tie flour sack mandala orange & blue dye tie flour sack mandala rainbow

I am calling this my birthday sheet.  I bought this white sheet at Goodwill for my birthday to try a mandala design on a larger piece.   I finished this today and it was like opening up a birthday present!  I can’t express how happy I am with these results.

 dye tie mandala purples & green

dye tie mandala purple & greens center

Funny dyeing story:   Jack’s brother, Eddie, called our house.  Henry (5 year old) answered the phone. Eddie must have asked if Henry knew where his mom and dad are. I heard Henry say, “I don’t know. I think my mom is dyeing in the basement.”

I have a bunch of my other dyed scarves, sewn scarves, soaps and other handmade items in my etsy store.  I am too lazy to put them in this blog post. I especially don’t really want to use up my blogging space for photos of that kind of stuff.

Feel free to check out my etsy store (my store name is skiingmama):   https://www.etsy.com/shop/skiingmama