It’s almost Valentine’s Day and while that day was originally made with lovers in mind, my favorite way is to celebrate with the kids. I’ve compiled a fun list of Valentine’s Crafts to make with fabric that you can find around your home. These are sure to spur creative ideas in you and keep those tiny, little hands busy and out of the sugar bowl (for at least a little bit!)
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Natural Dye Journal Entries are my way of documenting parts of my natural dye journey! This post will reference advanced dye topics/methods about obtaining “avocado” pink using other natural dyes, without going into detail and explaining each part for a new dyer. Do you have any questions? Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I will answer it to the best of my abilities! If you are a dyer and have any suggestions or corrections for me, I would also love to hear from you! (And if you are looking for beginner guides/tutorials, please check this link here!)
Continue reading Natural Dye Journal Entry 2: “Avocado” Pink Natural Dye (without avocado)
I have a confession to make… I don’t love PSL. There, I said it. LOL
Still, I do love to try a sampling of pumpkin-inspired treats throughout the fall season. Every year, I try various pumpkin recipes, and every year, there are a few winners and a few losers. But this year, I took a tried and true blueberry muffin recipe that my family adores, and converted it into a maple and pumpkin spice muffin recipe.
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We are already halfway through October, a season full of sensational delights – spicy scents, cooler breezes, warm snuggles… even the way that the light trickles through my windows in the morning time. Fall is magical! I don’t know about you, but this time of year always sparks my creative mind and I find my hands restless for busy work. That is how this post about creative fall hobbies came to be.
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Once upon a time, a girl (me) stumbled across a magical part of the internet known as the small shop world. Intrigued, she was inspired to bring her own creativity to that table and join this very special small shop community. After a lot of trial and error and products that “missed the mark,” she finally designed a bunny sewing pattern and began making and selling plush bunnies in her Etsy store.
As she simultaneously explored natural dyes, she began to produce and sell these aromatherapy plush playthings and they began to fill children’s playrooms, Easter baskets, and doll beds. They were well loved by all!
Continue reading Make Your Own Simple Plush Bunny Using my FREE Sewing Pattern!
*Trigger Warning – Pregnancy and Infant Loss*
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This was instituted by Ronald Reagan in 1988 with the understanding that healing can come from acknowledgement and awareness.
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Are you a natural dyer or aspiring natural dyer? If so, you need to be following proper safety protocols. While “natural” often conveys a feeling of safety, the two are not interchangeable terms. Even though natural dyeing avoids many harsh chemicals involved in the synthetic dye process, it is not without risk. Take the time to research natural dye safety and protect yourself, your loved ones, and your workspace from unnecessary harm. Here are 14 safety guidelines for natural dyers to start with…
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Have you ever wondered if you could repurpose those wilting old bouquet roses before they pass on to the next life? Or perhaps you have a prolific rose bush that blooms more than you can find uses for the buds? Today I’m going to show you how to make rose water using dried roses at home!
After this tutorial you will actually have two different types – distilled rose water (a hydrosol that is shelf-stable) and steeped rose water (a concentrated brew that is not shelf-stable but can be frozen for later use.) Both are incredible in their own way!
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In recent years, the harmful effects of the textile industry have been slowly revealed to the Western world. From enabling human trafficking in sweatshops to synthetic dyes being a major cause of water pollution, our consumer culture has wrecked havoc on humans and eco-systems alike. The solution, much like the problem, is complex and multi-faceted. Today, I want to talk about why synthetic dyes are one of the major causes of water pollution, explore the consequences that synthetic dyes have had on both human beings and the planet, explain why natural dyeing on a large scale is impractical and contains its own host of problems, and look into some possible solutions for our future that combine the sciences with the arts to address the cause of water pollution.
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Natural Dye Journal Entries are my way of documenting parts of my natural dye journey! This post will reference more advanced dye topics/methods about the natural dye, madder root, without going into detail and explaining those parts for a new dyer. Do you have any questions? Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I will answer it to the best of my abilities! If you are a dyer and have any suggestions or corrections for me, I would also love to hear from you! (And if you are looking for beginner guides/tutorials, please check this link here!)
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