Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kool Aid for Grown Ups

Last week or so I read about someone using Kool Aid to dye wool in the crock pot.  I thought what a fun idea to do with a lot of this stark white lace I have laying around the house.  So I went to the store and for $1 got 8 packages of dye fun.  You have to watch what you buy because now some of the colors are "invisible."  In other words, it makes clear colored Kool Aid.  What fun is that?

Here's my results:

Three plates of some pretty colors.  Let's take it one at a time.

On this plate:  left hand side is orange.  Made a nice peachy color.  On the upper part of the plate is a mixture of grape and tropical punch.  Wouldn't you think that grape would give you a fabulous color?  After all, grape Kool Aid turns your mouth and tongue a bright purple and stains your clothes very nicely.  For dyeing lace -- UGH!  It was the ugliest color you ever saw.  Even mud looked better (g).  So an overdye with tropical punch and this is a much nicer color.

This plate is cherry.  The darker lace at the bottom was a hideous avacado green lace which I overdyed with the cherry.  It's looking much nicer now.  The other lace in the center that's kind of funny colored -- the jury's still out on that one.

And last but not least:  ice blue raspberry and lemon lime.  Both give a very pastel color.  I dyed rick rack, some perle 8 cotton (white) and various laces that I grabbed from a big bag my mom found at an estate sale.

I should mention this only works with natural fibers (cotton, silk, wool, etc.).  I tested a couple of nylon laces and the color washed out completely with a very small amount of water.  Even though this is dyed in the crock pot with some vinegar, there is still a lot of rinsing to get the color to stop running.  I don't know if it is totally colorfast now, but I would only trust it on something that is not going to get washed (like my crazy quilts). 

Friday, April 09, 2010


Yep, I won a blog drawing.  Look at these two great books that I won.  The drawing was held here: She Brews.  She is in the Wisconsin area and also does shows like I do -- only a lot more shows.  I don't know how she does it, as I know how much work is involved in getting ready, set up and then actually doing the show.  Check out her blog for her great fabric collages (scroll down) and -- she paints!  I love people who are able to paint, since that's something I have never been able to do.  If you drop by, be sure and leave a comment.  It's hard to blog and not know if anyone is reading or if you're just talking to yourself (LOL).  You guys are great about leaving me comments and I appreciate each and every one.

Anyway, these booklets are great!  I've already picked out 3 projects I want to do and that was only a quick scan through them.  Yep, that's just what I needed -- more projects!  But some of these are so cute I just can't resist.

Our weather here has finally decided that winter is over (YAY!).  I actually have daffodils blooming -- the first time in 3 years that I've got to see them.  Usually the bud forms then a hard freeze or even snow and ice comes along and that's it for spring flowers.  It's beautiful here right now -- all the trees and spring flowers are in bloom.  Hope you all are enjoying some nice weather also.  Can't wait for this weekend -- I think I will stay outside the whole time. 

Have a nice weekend everyone -- and I'll see you sometime next week.

Friday, April 02, 2010

April ???

Sorry to be away so long.  I don't know how it happened and I do apologize.  I know how aggravating it is to find a blog you like, pictures you like to look at and eagerly wait for new things, only to have the same old, same old everytime you visit the blog.  I have lots of blogs I visit and I am so thankful there are lots of people that manage to blog every day -- or at least 2 or 3 times a week.  I want to be like them, really I do, but just can't seem to get it together.

I have a full time job.  I have a house and big yard (almost an acre) to take care of alone.  I have craft shows to prepare for and family events to celebrate.  I know everyone else has the same obligations, or even more, but sometimes time just seems to slip through my fingers.

And then I have this:  my sweet Madeline.  I haul out the lap top, get all the cords connected, go grab myself something to drink and come back and find this:

It's like she's telling me -- no computer time, pet me, hold me, love me, pay attention to me instead.  So what can I do?  Yeah, I'm a push over.