TIE DYE, OH MY!

Oh hai!

Is it 1967 or 1997?

Those are the times I think of in terms of tie dye, hahaha!

I had this set of sunny yellow sheets that is pretty high thread count and felt really nice and was all around in great shape. EXCEPT for some rando mildew stains. I tried treating the stains and had absolutely NO LUCK getting them to budge. I felt bad about the idea of donating them somewhere since they were stained and they were WAY too nice to throw away. SOOOoooo I thought I’d try out my old tie dye skills!

Here is what the top sheet looked like all tied up.

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I worked on the top sheet first. I used a few different rolls of what I think is cotton twine. I cut pieces that measured my “wingspan” or fingertip to finger tip. I was hoping to be able to reuse the string (that would also be kind of tie dyed) so I didn’t use any knots. As you can pretty well see in the picture above, I twisted a ‘horn’ in the sheet, then about an inch from the tip, started wrapping the string, then moved down another 1.5 inches or so and wrapped again, all the way until the string ran out. Then I tucked the sting in the last wrap to secure, using a crochet hook as needed.

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I used Rit Dye in liquid form. The ratio was half a bottle to three gallons of HOT water. The instructions said to stir the bucket of fabric and dye CONSTANTLY for an hour. I stirred my bucket about every ten minutes. I would probably have stirred more frequently but I was dealing with the “Great Horn Worm Incident of 2017” (look for my Victory Garden Update #5 for more on THAT) so I was kinda busy.

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After and hour I took the sheet out of the dye and it looked like this hilarious squid thing!

I then unwound all the little strings very carefully, which ended up being way easier than I thought. The dye took to the string and looks really nice.  It will be great for incorporating in to doll sweaters! AND CHECK OUT THE PATTERNS! I am so pleased with how the top sheet turned out! I rinsed it until the water ran clear and then hung it out to dry.

After I got all that done, I went ahead and tied up the fitted sheet to dye. I wasn’t totally sure how well it would take the dye since it was the second batch AND the water wasn’t hot anymore. For the fitted sheet I actually left it in the dye bath for about 3 hours. When it came out of the dye it looked pretty much the exact same! Whew!

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WHOA! Isn’t that freaking gorgeous!?!?!

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I just love my funny porch/deck garden!
You may recognize this if you’ve kept up with the victory garden this season.

Here is the finished product all folded up! And YES I am one of those wizards who can perfectly fold a fitted sheet. It’s an ancient and dark art I learned from my grandmother. If you want to learn I can teach you…but it will cost you your soul!

(Kidding, I’ll totally teach you for free 🙂 )

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The dye definitely dried to a lighter color but still looks nice AND the dye covered up the weird stains which was my goal! I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep them, sell them, or donate them. I’m going to put them on my guest bed and take some pictures and try to decide after that.

Yay for creative problem solving!

Yay for tie dye sheets!

🙂

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Tiny Tuesday #3

OMG IT’S TUESDAY! THAT MEANS IT’S tiny TIME!!!!!

Check out these first two piles of TINY delight!

As far as I can tell this game is a collection of tiny weird things in an Altoid sort of tin, and is played with as physical story prompts. Although the ones available for purchase look really fun, it would probably be just as fun to make one of these yourself with found objects. Then, put it in your bag and if you have bored kids (or bored friends & lovers) you can retrieve it for some improv entertainment. Now I want to go on eBay and buy lots of vintage CrackerJack toys and make some little kits like this!

It ain’t tiny Tuesday without ERASER FOODS!

WHAT?! Blythe erasers?!

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via Blippo!

Okay, Blippo is blowing my mind right now! Prepare to squeee. There are so many TINY kawaii things to love and buy! A lot of the stationary products are currently out of stock, but most of the candy and phone accessories are available. I’m sure those ‘in the know’ are already obsessed with this site but I am a n00b and totally okay telling you so. Now YOU know, too! ❤

Peach-pit and other stone fruit carvings. Have you heard of them?

I was born in south Georgia and lived there until I was about six years old. My mom was a super-thrifty-magical-stay-at-home-ma and she took me on so many wonderful adventures. Whenever there was a craft fair nearby we were there. Very occasionally she bought me little souvenirs. I still have one of the teeny-tiny hair barrettes that I got my name painted on–as a girl with a sort of boy/ gender neutral name this was a BIG DEAL (there was never anything store bought for girls with my name on it). Another treat I got once was a little peach pit basket, reminiscent of these pictures. They were pretty popular down in peach country. I wish I still had that dang thing! How cute would that have been with my dolls?!

❤ KNITTED TINIES! ❤

Speaking of homemade fun, you gotta check out mochimochiland. Not only do they have the best amigurumi patterns around, they also make stop animation movies!

After this post, you know I love cast iron stoves. How adorable is this one for dolls?! Most of these doll stoves actually work. That is to say, you can put a little tea light under the burners and bring a tiny pot up to temperature. Playing with dolls is so much more fun when you’re a “grown-up” and can play with fire, right?! This video is a must watch-it’s of tiny donuts getting made for real on a little doll stove! I love that I’ve had no less than five friends send this video to me. Y’all know me so well!

SOME MOARRRR tiny FOOD!

From the Kawaii Kiosk and Irina Miniatures are my latest Etsy miniature food crushes!

And  speaking of kawaii, I couldn’t resist this ring set at Torrid.                                                  I’ve always wanted a little animal critter ring and this cat one was purrrrfect! ❤

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Stay tuned for another Tuesday full of tiny fun!

 

 

Dreamy House

Since I very first joined Pinterest, I’ve had a board on there called Home Someday.  I love going and scrolling through all the pretty house-y things that I’d love to incorporate into my home someday. Working on the dollhouse has made me think about my dream house even more and so I decided it would be fun to do a post about it!

When I was growing up, my parents and I moved houses every few years. Nowadays it’s called flipping houses (thanks to HGtv) but back then we just called it moving a lot.  My childhood was spent in a double handful of wonderful old houses full of intrigue…there were butler’s pantries, hot pink shag carpet, secret closets, medicine cabinets that smelled of years old lilac talc, round rooms with turrets, cast iron stoves, musty closets of forgotten treasure, concrete lawn furniture, and stay cats.  Always stray cats.

Before I go any further I have to confess that I love the idea of tiny houses but I do not like their reality.  The first lesson I learned when living with an old boyfriend was that our house was TOO SMALL.  A bigger house is better. I’m not talking about a McMansion, but I firmly believe both parts of a couple need their own room to do with what they please. You think I kid, but I have a lot of hobbies and I expect any man of mine to have hobbies, too.  If it is a small house then there needs to be pout house* for each person.  I can adjust my lifestyle financially to account for my spatial needs. Space is important!

*continue reading for more on this idea.

Some of the things I want for my dream house are little details that remind me of my childhood homes.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: Beautiful door knobs!

Some of our houses had clear cut glass door knobs.  There was a door knob like this purple one in the kitchen of the Parish Hall at the Lutheran church I attended as a teen.  I’ve always been drawn to sparkly things and I coveted the heck out of those knobs. I came across these cute milk bottle lid knobs over on etsy.  I like things like knobs that can be taken with you when you if or when you have to move.

Drawer pulls from Lil and Jill on Etsy.

Switch plates are a similar easily movable thing. There was a house that I used to clean that had different switch plates on nearly every light switch in the house.  The plates were something the family had collected over the years as they traveled. It’s such a small, light little thing to pick up to remember a vacation or adventure by.

These switch plates by Tin Can Sally are perfection!!

Anyone who knows me even the least little bit will know that I LOVE DISHES and that I love to display pretty things.  This custom made mug display is incredible.  The design seems more secure than some I have seen–like a rogue cat or kid could run by this and not destroy everything.  Which is pretty important.

I have always thought it would be so fun to have water fountain in the kitchen or hallway. One with a foot pedal would be the absolute best so that you could use it even if your hands were covered in flour or paint or some other such mess.

AND! I’ve always wanted a vending machine.

I would love to have one of these bad boys stocked with cans of coconut LaCroix and Natural Light.  Yes, I am the hipster your mother warned you about.

I love painted wood floors.  One of my favorite houses that we lived in, the one we lovingly if not accurately called The Cabin, had old wooden floors that we painted dark green.  I thought they were the most beautiful floors in the world.  These floors from The Elliott Homestead are so perfect.  If you can’t keep floors pristine (and really, who can) I say go with the purposefully distressed look!

Speaking of DIY sorts of things, I love bottle windows like the one below.  I fell so far down the rabbit hole looking at bottle windows that I decided to do a whole post on the history of them.  Here is a pretty teaser until then. Another house want: a bottle window.

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I cannot find a real link to who actually took this picture or where it came from.  I usually don’t include content that I can’t credit but I love this so much I am putting it out here anyway. Certainly let me know if it is your photo so I can tell the world.

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Obadiah’s Cookstoves are apparently THE NAME in wood-burning cook stoves. I heard about them from Boss of the Swamp and I am so ready to have one of these in my life.  This model is especially wonderful because you can see the fire going through the glass door.

 

You’re probably wondering about that pout house thing. A few months back, I over heard two older married couples talking about moving into smaller houses. The one gent said he was fine with a smaller house so long as he could still have his pout house out back.  He suspected I was eavesdropping on them and his eyes started to twinkle.  He turned to me and said, “I think these days you kids call it a man cave but men of my age need a shed out back to tinker in.” My mind was blown by the articulation of this concept! There were many times my father went out to the workshop to work on a project and pout!  Everyone should have a place for this.  So especially if you have small house , there need to be enough spaces for pouting.  Or doing crafty stuff.  Or both.

POUT HOUSE exhibit A.

But when it’s all said and done, porches are probably the most important part of my dream house. There is nothing so wonderful as a porch that wraps around a whole house.  Or like many homes traditionally had in the deep, deep south: an outdoor kitchen. These spaces for outside living with cover over your head are invaluable for doing your living outside. I guess that makes porches sort of like outside living rooms.  Gosh, I may love them even more now.

So to recap, I want cool door knobs/drawer pulls/switchplates, display areas that are pet safe-ish, a water fountain, a vending machine, painted floors, a cast iron wood stove, porches on at least 3 sides of the house, at least one bottle window, and a pout house. Check? Check.

Y’all want to come visit, or what?!

Tiny Tuesday #2

Welcome back for MOARRRR TINY!!!!

TINY FAKE FOOD!

Just look at these little sandwich sets!  Tuna salad and hamburgers!  The only thing that could make this better is if the mayonnaise jars were Duke’s instead!  Too bad this etsy shop is pretty much empty right now.  I hope Cute in Miniature restocks soon!

TINY ICE CUBES!

                                                I want this ice tray to be a real thing so bad,                                                       but it is just an advertisement for small cans of Pepsi.

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photo via:

http://www.coloribus.com/adsarchive/outdoor/pepsi-mini-mini-ice-cubes-7335505/

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photo via Amazon

 

 

TINY VACUUM!

According to the Amazon reviews this little USB vacuum is not worth a darn.  I still say it would be worth having for the cute factor!  I wonder if it could vacuum up glitter?  Because really, that’s the important thing, right?  This little vac is perfect doll height!  I totally want one.

 

 

 

 

 

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photo via Shop Sweet Things

TINY PERSON IN A TINY CROWN!

I love crowns.  They are so fun.  Of course TINY crown are double fun! And, I am pretty sure that my 30ish birthday number will look just as cute as this lil beebee’s #1 does.  There is even a tutorial over at Shop Sweet Things.  Bonus points for the use of a 2 dollar bill ❤

TINY STARS!!!

These tiny stars are cute and so stinking easy to make. Fill up a jar and give as a little gift!

TINY REAL FOOD! KOALA YUMMIES!

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photo via grape-stock.deviantart.com

If you were a kid in the 1990s and if you were VERY LUCKY then you might have gotten Koala Yummies as a treat.  I used to get them when I went on Girl Scout camping trips (our first night out we had to pack a supper and mine was always Beanie-Weenies in a pop top can, a can of potato sticks, and a box of Koala Yummies!) You can’t get the exact same thing anymore but you can get close: Hello Panda and Koala’s March.  So weird! So wonderful!  So kawaii!

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via tofucute.com

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via tofucute.com

 

One last cute tiny thing for this round:

TINY ROBOT!

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photo via coonsmithsutlery.com

This is a “bristle-‘bot” we made at Maker’s Club. It’s a homemade version of the very fun Hex Bug.  Check out how tiny it is! Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to make them:

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Yay for tiny fun!  

Dollhouse Renovations Are Underway!

Remember when I scored the best dollhouse recently? (read about it here and here)

After I let the cats play all over it for about two weeks I decided to see if the GINORMOUS thing would even fit in the spot I had in mind for it.

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HOLY MOLY, IT FIT!…with like 3 inches to spare.

Also, it is SO.VERY.PINK.

The first floor that I decided to tackle was the first floor where the kitchen and bathroom are.  I mostly picked this floor because I have such fun stuff to put in the kitchen.  I took out the non-structural wall between the kitchen and bathroom because I’m not going to have a bathroom.  Dollies don’t pee! Dollies don’t need baths!  If they do, they can use a dang washtub.  On second thought, that would be pretty cool.  I need to look for a doll sized washtub.  Here are some “before” pictures of the rooms.

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Don’t mind the weird sewing machine that is peeking through the window in that first pic! It’s an old school toy sewing machine that is all rusted but so sweet.  I need to find it another place to hang out so it doesn’t seem like a sewing machine peeper, haha.

My idea for the style of the doll house it first and foremost to remove all the pink.  After that, I want it to have sort of a log cabin feel.  I know that seems far fetched, but I’ve got some ideas to make it seem cozy like that.  Full disclosure, I have never redone anything of a dollhouse and am totally learning as I go!

The other night, I had a light bulb of inspiration while folding laundry.  I have this great little tea towel thing that I made out of a remnant of fabric that I bought from a destash that The Dainty Squid did a few years back.  It dawned on me that the fabric would make great kitchen wall paper.  Too bad I didn’t have any more of it.  But I could maybe photo copy it?  Oh heck yes.

Once I got the fabric printed off on to paper I realized that it wasn’t quite long enough to cover the whole wall.  My first thought was to get some fancy molding to close the gap. Then I remembered that I had some pretty sweet duct tape…and then came the macaroni and cheese border.  Oh heck yes, again.

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I added the strips of zig-zag washi tape to sort of clean up the look and tie it all together.  I covered the floor of the previously gray and pink bathroom floor with gummy bear duct tape because, well because I wanted to.  A little more Willy Wonka than log cabin, but that’s just a teeny detail.

Here are some pics once I moved all the fun stuff in.

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Check out the tiny copper pots!  This is the strange little ceramic stove that I bought in Daytona.  I have no idea what it’s original purpose was…there is a hole in the bottom almost like a coin bank would have but the only other opening is the top…and as you can see, it surely won’t allow for coins.  Maybe it was just for being cute.

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KEWPIE IN THE SINK!  Because what sink is complete without a little nekkid baby?  I scored the Great Smokey Mountains coaster (along with the perler bead coaster-turned rug) at the by-the-pound Goodwill.  Perfect for carrying an eclectic array of Iwako eraser treats like sushi and curry, supplemented with a plate of baked goods made by my friend GS. Yum!

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This fancy pants pantry shelf started out as a shoe display for Ever After High.  It got passed to me by Amethyst, along with the pink tea set on the top shelf.  I don’t mind pink so much and it means I get gifted lots of pink stuff from my doll friends 🙂 I may eventually spray paint the tea set gold. The various Shopkins baskets fit perfectly to hold the other foods.

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The only thing I have left to do is to print off a copy of the picture below to put in a little frame and hang over the sink area.  It’s a Barbie kitchen set from the 1960s that is very similar to this one. About a week before I met Mr. Smith, his family had an estate sale for his grandmother’s belongings. The set below (along with tons of other drool worthy vintage doll stuff) got sold.  ONE. DANG. WEEK. BEFORE. WE. MET. It’s something his mom and I regularly joke about.  I really like the kitchen stuff I have, but man, this one would have been fun. I think the picture will make a fun addition to the kitchen I have.

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I’m not sure which floor I’ll tackle next or what the tacking will involve so stay tuned!

Yay for dolls!

 

 

 

 

 

On pinning and pining: Pin Fails

After I waxed poetic about Pinterest a while back, I want you to know that I also LOVE pin fails.

Good Housekeeping  had this showcase of 44 pin fails, but I gotta say that their definition of “fail” is different from mine.  First of all, I’m not sure these folks followed any instructions for these recipes/projects.  Second, I bet a second attempt would yield way better results.  Practice makes perfect-er.

FAIL #1: Peppermint Plate

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One of the most serious pin FAILs I have had is the now infamous hard candy bowl/dish/plate/ornament.  The one above was made by Jessie Jane over at the Hallmark Channel.

I’m not sure why I didn’t take an “after” picture to document the truly terrible fail that it was.  Maybe because it was a scorched stinky mess that set off the smoke alarm?  I am not one to leave any sort of food or craft unattended on the stove or in the oven.  I am telling you that I looked at the pan and the candies were intact, and then they were molten and smoking. That 0.0027 seconds was enough to turn the pretty candies into a puddle that resembled the puddle of candy in the picture below and to the right, but with more barfy colors.  That picture belongs to CraftFail, a blog that is full of more pin fails.  Be sure to click through for more cringe worthy accounts.

*Side note: a friend of mine from Nevada says that she thinks our east coast humidity is partially to blame.  She used to make peppermint ornaments with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and it was a breeze with their desert air.  She’s tried the same project here in North Carolina but with much less success.

 

FAIL #2 Hot-Dog Spaghetti

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I’m not sure who originally thought this idea up (I’m guessing it was the mother of a 7 year old weirdo kid) but it is so fun.  Below is a picture of the dish and here is a link to a pretty good set of instructions.  There are tons of accounts of this as a fail, but I think that’s just because it doesn’t look very appetizing.  In reality, it tastes like spaghetti and hot-dogs.  Sort of weird but also pretty tasty.

 

Below is a picture of my dish in process.  I used veggie hot-dogs and whole wheat pasta, because, you know, hippie nerd alert.  I served mine drizzled with honey mustard sauce and a little Parmesan cheese grated on top.  And red wine.  Of course!  It was pretty delish and I would make it again, especially if I had a 7 year old weird kid.

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FAIL #3: Cakes of all kinds

All of this talk of failed food reminds me of one of my old time favorite blogs, Cake Wrecks.  If you need a good laugh during the afternoon office slump, go over and scroll through a few pages of glorious cake fails.  The next time you’re at your favorite grocery store, walk through the bakery and see if you can spot any fabulous fails.  I guess I should county myself lucky that the Bi-Lo closest to my house has pretty decent decorators on hand.  One of the parts I really like about this otherwise sort of negative blog is Sunday Sweets.  In a world full of hideous cakes, it is nice to take a weekly break and enjoy some seriously gorgeous works of cake art.  But seriously, check out the naked mohawk baby carrot jockeys.

And also from Cake Wrecks, my life’s motto:

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Have you had any hilarious pin FAILs?  Are there any funny blogs like Cake Wrecks that you like to follow?  Please share so we can all have more things to giggle about!

On pinning & pining

 

I love Pinterest.  I mean, I really do love it.  The compulsive delight of finding beautiful/delicious/weird/inspiring things and getting to neatly categorize them in easy to admire groups is beyond satisfying.  Over the years I’ve been surprised by naysayers–or rather people who feel like Pinterest causes depression and unrealistic expectations in life.  Like anything, the website is a medium that is only as good as what you put in to it, and I find it incredibly inspiring.  It also helps to understand that your whole life doesn’t get to be like a pin board.  An element here and there is plenty.

Let me show you some pin-spiration success:

The dress (below on the left) was put in a post by Vintage Africa and someone pinned it on Pinterest.  I found it via my MO pal Elaine and I fell in love.  This is the dress that inspired me to make “The Nacho Dress”.  Even though I am a quilter you have to know that I had never made a dress in my life.  I’d never made anything wearable.  Ever. Okay, there was that one hideous hippie crop top thing I made in high school, but seriously.  I poked around online and came up with the pattern on the right.  Subtract a solid 8 inches off the bottom and the dress is pretty dang similar.  Then I saw the nacho fabric at MaryJo’s and the magic began.  All thanks to a pin.

Below, on the left is Patti Smith laying on the practice dress.  On the right is my lap of the nacho dress with a crazy naughty pull-apart donut hole thing from Quik-Trip.  The picture is from me tailgating the annual MaryJo’s birthday celebration from 2015.

Another note on dream boards: I probably couldn’t have afforded that beautiful original dress.  And, any dress or shirt with buttons up the front causes problems with my bust busting out.  By finding a pattern, I was able to customize my size (even as a beginner!) AND I can keep making the dress with different fabrics.  I paid about $7 for the pattern and it needs about 3 yards of fabric.  The green fabric was only $5.99 a yard, so it was affordable.  Similar dresses retail for over 200 dollars.  I pin the things I pine for, but I think hard to come up with ways to get what I want!  And I try things that seems daunting–if you don’t try you’ll never know if you *could* succeed!

{INSERT TACKY INSPIRATIONAL PHOTOGRAPH AND QUOTE HERE}–just kidding.

Here are some fashion pins I am thinking about trying:

Manga Tights          Pom Pom Necklace          Witchy Shoes

Stay tuned and I’ll let you know the degree to which I am successful!  Woohoo! ❤

What crazy pins are you itching to try?  Do you love or hate Pinterest?