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April 26, 2016

DIY Bleach Tie Dyeing Fabric


The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

When I was in art school, I used to cherish my time in the photo lab. Many years later, I found that bleaching/dyeing fabric gives me that same sense of excitement I had while watching photos develop in a developer bath in the darkroom. Maybe that’s why I’ve been on a tie dying/ bleaching kick these days?  I think it’s also that I love breathing new life into things I already have.  Let me show you what I’ve been up to!

First things first. Let’s talk about what’s involved. It’s not much. It’s actually really simple!

What I use for bleach tie-dying fabric:

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

The first step in this process is to make sure your fabric is washed.

One of the reasons why I use Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent is that it’s fragrance free. Most of the towels/napkins that I’ve been dyeing are used at the dinner table and I find it super annoying to wipe my face while I’m eating and smell overly perfumed fabric. I think it messes with how you taste/experience food.  I find this super important when I’m wrapping hot tortillas up in a dish towel for taco night.  It’s those little things that make a big difference.

When I’m washing our clothes, I use the Seventh Generation Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender Laundry Detergent because it smells good and it’s free of dyes & synthetic fragrances.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

For any type of bleach dye job, you should experiment with the color first.

I recommend taking a little bit of bleach and dabbing it on your fabric to seee how the color develops. The bleach will essentially lift the color up and reveal a new color.

Alternately, you can dip the eraser end of a pencil into bleach and create polka dots on your fabric. I plan on doing that next!

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

I have a set of navy napkins that I wanted to bleach tie-dye.

Let me walk you through the steps. But first, let’s look at the before.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Here’s what a little bleach action can do.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Fun, right?  I love how it made the blue reddish/pink.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Here’s a nice layer of bleach applied with a squirt bottle.

I like to make squiggles. It’s a little nod to Jackson Pollock 😉

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

And here’s what it looks like after about a minute. I love watching that happens on the edges.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

I should mention that I do this all in the bath tub (with the window open) because helps contain the mess AND it cleans the bathtub in the process. Win win.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Here’s what we have going for us after about 5 minutes.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Pretty, right?

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

When I feel like the bleach has lifted enough from the fabric, I rinse off the bleach in the tub.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

I squeeze the water out of the fabric and put everything in a big tupperware so I can start another batch in the tub.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

When we’re done, we wash the fabric.

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I’ve found that if you don’t do the pre- rinse before you put the fabric in the wash, the washing machine (at least my front loader) will continue to bleach your fabric while it’s washing. Rinse then wash!

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Hanging up to dry. You can put it in the dryer if you want.

I just took a picture on a drying rack for effect 😉

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Let’s look at my other experiments.

Here’s a dish towel that I dyed blue last year. I think over the year I did a bleach treatment to it—making stripes and now I’m ready to take it to another level. Experimenting is fun.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

For this one, you can see that the overall fabric is lighter. When I did this one in the tub, the tub was a little wet with water and so it got all of the fabric a little wet. When you bleach fabric that’s wet/damp, you get more of watercolor look. It’s not as concentrated, so you can see here that it made some really pretty textures in the fabric.

I’ve had this dishtowel for 3 years and this is its third incarnation!

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Here’s another one of my projects.

Can you believe this dish towel was originally white?  I like to dye my dish towels because they get stained so easily. When you tie dye/bleach them it’s harder to see the stains.

Here’s the before:

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

During!  Isn’t it pretty??!

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

After— This totally looks like something that they would sell at Anthropologie.

It would actually make a beautiful pillow!

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

And FINALLY—-

I have a few Black Maxi Dresses from Old Navy  (hello, closet staple!) and I love how they fit so I turned one of them into a tie-dye dress.

This is actually my favorite piece I’ve worked on so far. I’m actually wearing this dress right now.

BEFORE:

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I put a layer of the bleach down with a squeeze bottle. You know…my signature squiggle moves.

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Then I take bleach and mix it with water about a 1:1 ratio and then pour it over the dress- making sure to leave a few parts black.

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After 5 minutes the colors develop into this. The longer you go, the more color comes out.  The cool part is that the black turned to gray!

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Now I have a cool looking dress I plan on wearing year round. Real talk: I sometimes wear it as pajamas.

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Closeup!  The black came up and turned grey in the parts that had full bleach coverage and the other parts that didn’t get as much bleach turned into a beautiful rust color.

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I LOOOOOOOOVE how this turned out and the best part is that it cost next to nothing to enhance it.  You can see that I left the bottom part fully black.

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Kinda feels like my summer capsule wardrobe might channel my modern hippie vibe with this dress!

Hope this inspires you to do some experiments of your own!  The more confident you feel, the bigger the risk you can take. Like….who knows? Maybe you have something in your closet that will look STUNNING with a little Bleach Tie-Dying Session?!! You never know unless you try.

This DIY  Bleach Tie Dyeing Fabric post was produced in partnership with Seventh Generation.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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April 25, 2016

20 Simple Weeknight Dinners

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It’s Monday. There’s a good chance you haven’t even thought about what you’re going to eat this week. It’s cool. I too have no idea. I went through some pictures on my phone this morning to find some inspiration and forgot about some of my family’s favorite dinners.

Let me inspire you with 20 Simple Weeknight Dinner Ideas:

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1. Fancy Ramen

A package of ramen (yes! Top Ramen!) is fortified with a ton of spinach, some seaweed, sesame seeds, sesame oil and an egg! Hot sauce for good measure. You can see more on how I cook the egg in the ramen in this Smoked Salmon Ramen recipe.

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2. A Big Ass Sandwich

I think the one pictured above is a hot pastrami sandwich with cheddar, beet sauerkraut and mustard. Served with chips!  I almost never eat a sandwich at lunch time, so I make up for it sometimes by throwing together one for dinner.

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3. Grilled Flatbread Sandwich

I grill a flatbread in my panini press  and topped it with hummus, sliced tomatoes, fresh mint, feta, salt/pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and a spritz of olive oil.

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4. Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Really so simple and satisfying. It’s always nice to have pasta leftovers (cold!) the next day.

Find the recipe here

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5. A Gigantic Chopped Salad

A perfect way to relieve the tension from work- CHOP A BUNCH OF THINGS. I got my aggression out on this Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas a few weeks ago.

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6. Cheeseburgers and Fries

My family loves this option because (FRIES!). I tried making my own fries once and it was a lot of work. I buy frozen fries and plop them in the oven. I cook our burgers in a cast iron skillet because it helps get a nice crust! On these particular burgers, I had some prosciutto in the fridge to get rid of so I cooked the pieces in the skillet. It was like having bacon cheeseburgers.

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7. Roasted Sausage, Tomatoes & Asparagus

I put everything on one baking sheet in the oven at 400F for about 30-35 minutes with a little glug of olive oil, salt & pepper.

Serve with rice. The tomatoes get so juicy.

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8. Roasted Tomato Pasta with Basil

If you have leftover tomatoes, roast them! 400F for 20-30 minutes with olive oil, salt & pepper. Boil pasta/drain/stir in tomatoes, fresh basil, salt/pepper/and a nice spoonful of pesto. Dinner winner.

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9. Oven Baked Ribs

The second I get home from work, I get ribs going in the oven. This means between 4-6 I can go about my business and finish dinner off around 6:30. This weeknight dinner is Orange Soy Glazed Ribs!

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10. Fried Rice

I usually have some rice in our fridge for my meal prep so I can make a quick fried rice with it. If I have bacon, it turns into Bacon Fried Rice! 

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11. Breakfast (for dinner!) Tacos

Eggs + Cheese + Avocado + Hot Sauce = Breakfast Tacos!!

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12. Soup/Salad/ Grilled Cheese

I always have a few portions of soup tucked away in our freezer. I just defrost and reheat and serve with a grilled cheese sandwich and soup. This particular soup is one of my favorites- Cream of Spinach Soup.

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13. NACHOS

Need I say more? It’s my go to dinner for Casey and I when he’s super hungry and I have little time. Put it all on a baking sheet and broiler! Or… you can make your own nacho cheese sauce. Check out this Nacho Party situation… 

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14. Chicken in Lettuce Cups

These are one of the simplest things to make. Just cook ground chicken with red peppers, sauce & cashews and serve them in lettuce cups. My family LOVES this recipe.

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15. Pigs in Blankets 

All you need is some dough, hot dogs & mustard— OH! And poppy seeds and a little oven time and you are good to go. Here’s how to do it.

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16. Pesto Pasta & Caesar Salad

If you’re a pesto fan like I am, you’ll want to keep a jar of pesto in your fridge for last minute dinners like this pesto fettucini dish served with a simple Caesar Salad. 

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17. Roasted Vegetables with Cheese 

Cauliflower or broccoli can be a full on dinner if you roast it and cover it with cheese. The melty/crunchy bits are my favorite part. Sometimes I add it to a baked potato. If you’re all for eating a bunch of vegetables at dinner (some weeks call for it after really indulgent weekends), you’ll like this Roasted Broccoli with Tahini recipe.

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18. Burrito Bowls

Make a batch of rice. Stir in salsa. Instant spanish rice. Add your favorite meat on top, some beans and all of the burrito fix ins. Chips add a nice crunch…or scoop out your burrito bowl with the chips. No one complains about burrito bowl night around here.

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19. Charcuterie Platter

Snack dinners are my favorite. I almost always try to add vegetables in there somehow….Gotta balance all of the cured meats!

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20. Apricot Glazed Chicken

Don’t you just love a recipe that takes little to no effort? All you have to do for the Apricot Glazed Chicken recipe is mix the glaze/bake the chicken and serve with rice. Leftovers are great too.

Now, your turn! What are some of your simple GO-TO weeknight dinners? I’m so curious!

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April 24, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Here’s what My Everyday Life – Week 16 looked like:

Made eye contact with a giraffe this week.

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Took a ton of pictures of ELLA. Did you know her name is Ella? Now you do!

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Found this tucked in one of my books.

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Prickles.

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Three.

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U R N

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He loves that he can make faces out of the letters in his name.

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A warm welcome from our friends in St. Helena!

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Saturday sleepover at Helen Jane’s house.

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Casey and Cooper were rocking out with their guitar….

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Helen Jane made us TACOS! I got the best plate in the house. Xox Dorothy.

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True Love.

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There are always fun things to look at when you go to the Hearn house.
They are my people.

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Handwriting goals.

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I made dosas for One Potato this week!

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Cooper reads to the cat in my bed. She snuggles.

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Getting all dressed up for his spring performance at school.

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We celebrated with pizza.

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Schmoo.

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I haven’t been eating eggs…but I’m back on the train. I don’t know why I stopped.

Oh… cuz I don’t feel like cleaning a pan in the morning.

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Cabbage is trippy.

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Basil oil in peas.

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One of my favorite outfits from my Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

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Waiting for pizza.

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Happy paws on to do lists.

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I made biscuits. 

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Polenta Lasagna. I’m gonna recreate it and post it here! It’s a cool idea.

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Pea bubbles.

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Sunbather.

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I sprinkle this stuff on everything.

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Things organized neatly.

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The paws.

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Perched.

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Eyes like a vampire from Twilight.

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MONDAY.

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Fired up the grill this week. I grilled prosciutto and we made PLTs.

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Did you know that only giraffes in captivity lay down?

Giraffes in the wild can’t or else they’d be eaten.

That’s something I learned on our field trip to Safari West. 

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Primate inspection.

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Moody.

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I liked their reflections.

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Never been a flamingo fan. Their eyes creep me out.

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Kiss the edge of the frame.

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The best.

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The glasses my grandmother gave to me.

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Dyed.

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Bees buzzing, this flower and the sound of kids riding scooters down the street.

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We wait.

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Cuddles.

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LOX BAGEL PIZZA!

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