Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kids that Look Like Fruit

One fun thing about being 8 and under - you can dress like a watermelon. These tie dye watermelon dresses are available in a 2-piece baby dress set in sizes 6 through 18 months, and I have one ready to ship dress in a girl's size 4/5. Eat 'em up!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Pudgy Bunny

How cute are these fleece bunnies? They come together quickly and are totally addictive to make. The pink one's inner ear is from my all-time favorite fabric, Michael Miller's Carnival Bloom. I tried making the tail from a floral motif from the fabric also, but it wound up looking like the rabbit was trying to pass a cyclops, eyeball first.

I am already thinking of the next one I will make, eyeing some green silky fur I had set aside for another project, or maybe I will make one entirely from Carnival Bloom, if I can bear to cut into my last yard of it. You can find the pattern at YouCanMakeThis.com. I only wish the kids hadn't caught me making them, they would have been perfect for the Easter basket.

(Now, am I the only one that had a big brother who would pinch your cheeks together and make you say "pudgy bunny"? I thought so.)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

It's a tie dye day!

I use several different methods to create my various hand-dyed designs. For my silks, I use small vats and fully immerse the fabric. You can see a photo of some of my dye buckets in an earlier post. For tees and other designs with multiple colors on one garment or fabric, I usually use the tie dye method - which is just what is sounds like, first you tie the garment, then you dye it. I use squirt bottles of more concentrated dyes to achieve these designs. Most of the traditional tie dye you see ... spirals, rainbows, hearts, etc., are done with this method.
Today I'm dyeing up some recent orders, having already prewashed, tied, and soaked them in soda ash to raise the pH of the fibers. I've mixed up my dyes (don't they look lovely today?) and am ready to put dye to fabric. It's a great sunny day, meaning, I can cure them outside in the California sunshine. What more can I say, it's a good day to dye!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The news you've been dye-ing to read

I had another item on the front page of etsy! I don't mean to toot my own horn, and actually, I'm not, because the skillful aqua-and-brown stylings of curator TheVintageZoo get the credit. Thanks for including me, 'Zoo! What's even better, the item sold.

I had my own website for almost 2 years but closed it a few weeks ago. I sold dozens and dozens of heart tee shirts in those years but am now winding down the dyed-to-order part of my business by dyeing only the sizes and styles I have left - I can't believe I am down to 2 short sleeved tees! If you are in the market for a girl's 4/5 tie dye, here's your chance.

My other interesting tie dye news ... I've been contacted to dye a chuppa for a Jewish wedding! How totally fun!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I don't like people to know

how easy I have it when it comes to my kids. They are best friends. They entertain each other so I don't have to, and they scarcely fight. They are in bed by 8 and wake me up with a hug each morning. And ... they are dressed and ready for school before I'm through my first cup of Major Dickason's blend. Mostly, I don't know how it happens, except I believe that God does not give you more than you can handle, when when He heard I was pregnant, he said, "Good grief, not her. Send down something really easy."

And then there's their Monkeysbug tees. Kids love to get dressed when there is something fun on their shirt - a rocket, a monster, a monkey, or maybe a tiara, flowers or a seahorse - and these are affordable, durable and not what every other kid in their class is wearing. I'm addicted. Not like I am to my Peet's of course, but darn close.

The only thing more fun than holding a baby bunny -
having a frog on your shirt at the same time.