30 June, 2013

Sing me a Rainbow... SUNDAYS: 30th June 2013

 
Sundays mean many things, to many people.
To me, this is the day to 
Slow down
Spend time with family, 
Simplify
and to Smile.
Rainbows in all their forms, 
always brighten my day & lift my heart. 
I hope you love them too.
 
Rainbow micro amigurumi crochet Rooster

 Source: SuAmi, etsy


Rainbow soutache bracelet
 Source: SaboDesign, etsy

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland 
  The Wizard of Oz, 1939


Somewhere Over Buttons Rainbow embroidery
Source: Lines Across

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23 June, 2013

Sing me a Rainbow... SUNDAYS: 23rd June 2013

 
Sundays mean many things, to many people.
To me, this is the day to 
Slow down
Spend time with family, 
Simplify
and to Smile.
Rainbows in all their forms, 
always brighten my day & lift my heart. 
I hope you love them too.

Rainbow Checkers
Source: We Bloom Here

Exploring prisms and Rainbows
Source: Gadgetscience

Rainbow 5 game
Source: Kenilworthian Chess Club

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20 June, 2013

Our new Bug Hotel home - family garden project

We have a little garden.
Home grown food is fun.

We notice the worms in the soil.
The butterflies and bees flying to and fro.
The lady bugs on the leaves.

There are other creatures too.
Lizards, frogs and spiders.

We know they are already at home here,
and hoped we could entice more.

We decided to make the little creatures a Bug Hotel.
To come and go as they pleased.
What do you think?
Wouldn't you feel at home here, if you were a bug?

How to...
We bought this hand-made, pre-loved box from a garage sale.

Collected a pile of sticks, pods, pine cones, palm fronds and discarded wood
from around the shed and garden.

We snapped and I sawed each piece collected, to the approximate length.
Then it was a simple job of filling up the box.
I placed the box upright so that the pieces all settled 
as gravity wished them too.

We stacked the larger pieces first, 
then filled the gaps with twigs and torn palm fronds.

And here it is, awaiting it's new inhabitants.

 While our home's existing ones, 
again raid the garden for snack time.

16 June, 2013

Sing me a Rainbow... SUNDAYS: 16th June 2013

 
Sundays mean many things, to many people.
To me, this is the day to 
Slow down
Spend time with family, 
Simplify
and to Smile.
Rainbows in all their forms, 
always brighten my day & lift my heart. 
I hope you love them too.

   
Equality House
Source: Salon online

Rainbow Armoire
Source: Dudemanart

Decorating Kids Rooms
Source: EasyLiving, UK

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14 June, 2013

Dyeing Teeswater sheep fleece using Coffee and Tea to achieve natural brown and blonde doll hair shades

I hadn't dyed fleece before, only felt. 
So this was rather fun.

My youngest - Little Pipkin - and I have been making dolls.
He was right when he insisted we really needed some 'natural coloured hair'.

So together, over the next 24 hours, we dyed a portion of the Big Bag
of Teeswater Sheep Fleece, I recently had bought from the UK.

 As usual, I decided to 'wing it' and go by feel. I thought I really couldn't make the fleece TOO dark to use, any resultant natural colour would still look great. 
I knew that coffee and tea could both be used to give a brown colour and that vinegar could be used as a mordant.

This was our method.

back tea. front coffee.
Brown Fleece
12 black tea bags emptied into a stainless steel pan.
Stir in 2L of cold water.
Bring to boil and simmer for 1/2 hour.
Turn off heat and leave to stew for a further 1.5 hours, 
it will begin to cool.
Strain the tea leaves from the water and 
return the brown water to the rinsed pot.
Add 1/2 cup table salt.
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Stir to dissolve salt.
Add 100g clean fleece - very gently submerge.
Place over low heat 1.5hours, with the lid ajar.
Then leave, with lid on, overnight. To soak and cool completely.
*Disturb the fleece as little as you can during the entire process, 
to avoid dreadlocks and felting.

tea
coffee
Blonde Fleece
1/3 cup percolator ground coffee into a stainless steel pan.
Stir in 2L of cold water.
Bring to boil and simmer for 1/2 hour.
Turn off heat and leave to stew for a further 1.5 hours, 
it will begin to cool.
Strain the coffee grounds from the water and 
return the brown water to the rinsed pot.
Add 1/2 cup table salt.
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Stir to dissolve salt.
Add 100g clean fleece - very gently submerge.
Place over low heat 1.5hours, with the lid ajar.
Then leave, with lid on, overnight. To soak and cool completely.
*Disturb the fleece as little as you can during the entire process, 
to avoid dreadlocks and felting.

rinsing coffee dyed fleece
I carefully poured the entire contents from the pot, into our bath and allowed the water to drain away, before submerging the fleece in cold clean water to rinse.

front towel = tea. 
back towel = coffee
 When no more dye was coming out of the fleece through rinsing, 
I gently picked up pieces to lay on a towelling nappy square, pressed lightly to remove any excess water and then left in the shade outside to dry.
 
Brown on left = tea. 
Blonde on right = coffee
I know just what I am going to use this fleece for!
I will be sharing those creations with you soon.

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