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Has Spring come to your part of the world yet? It is feeling very much like spring here in sunny Arizona. My only fear is that it will make way for summer far too soon. I showed you a few pictures last year of our Dip-dyed ombre Easter celebration, but didn’t get a chance to share very many details, so I thought I would do that now and give you plenty of time to make some Easter plans for this year.
As you likely know by now, I love to have a theme to work with for holidays as well as parties and other festivities. You may have seen our Carrot Easter, or Earthy Natural Easter, or our EGG-stra Special Easter.
Ombre and dip-dying have been such hot trends and it seemed like Easter–the original dyeing holiday–seemed like the perfect showcase for them.
Let’s start with fashion because that is where I started. My plan was to find some plain white cotton dresses and dip-dye them. In my experience with dye, fabric needs to be 100% cotton or the dye will fade and end up looking dingy. And surprisingly, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in little girls’ dresses. I guess they don’t make a lot with 100% cotton fabric anymore. However, Old Navy did have these dresses already dip-dyed. Since it was what I was going for anyway, I bought the dresses and found a white cotton skirt in my closet for my DIY dip-dye project.
But I didn’t stop at the skirt. I took a bunch of plain white cotton napkins, originally from IKEA (some with stains) and dip-dyed them as well. Half were blue like my skirt, and half were the warm pink tones of the girls’ dresses. To get the right shade of dye I mixed fuchsia and orange dye together. I did these in a bucket in my sink with really hot water.
To get the dip-dyed effect, you first need to get the entire napkin wet. You can drape the fabric over the side of the bucket and let the dye “crawl” up. The effect will be lighter the higher it gets. For a more defined striped look, you can hold the fabric in the dye at different lengths for different intervals. Start with your high water mark and leave it in for just a few seconds. Pull it up a couple of inches and leave until distinguishably darker. And keep going. Colors will likely fade when rinsed so you may want your dark color to look quite dark when dying. I think I kind of combined methods and did a quick dip to get more color higher. Then I let the end sit in the dye for quite a while (30 mins or more?)
I really love the finished effect on the napkins.
I did the same technique on paper to create the dip-dyed egg-shaped place cards.
We accented the place settings with gold chargers that took the dip-dyed look up a notch in sophistication. The ombre striped table runners were from Target.
And let’s not forget the eggs, which were the inspiration for this Easter theme! I dye them much the same way I did the napkins–holding the egg in the dye at each level until it achieve the desired shade.
And there you have it! An Easter celebration that is on-trend but still classic! If you like this idea, check out the rest of my EASTER inspiration.
We finally found out what baby #5 will be this week (and it isn't an alien…yea!). There wasn't time (or energy) for a full gender reveal party, but I felt I wanted to do something special to break the news to my children. So here is what we did. They had known I was going in for an ultrasound that day, but with a lot of other events going on at school had forgotten until they walked into the house and saw these ultrasound pictures taped to the back side of a display board that had been previously used for a science fair project. If the big kids looked closely enough at the pictures from the ultrasound they would see the gender of their new sibling, but if not, behind the board they found these balloons and knew for sure that the baby is... a BOY! I had actually planned to put all of the balloons in a big box for them to open like a present and have them fly out as they opened it, … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #CollectiveBias Disney's Jungle Book Blu-Ray/Combo Diamond Edition DVD is now in stores, so to celebrate we had a fun--or should I say WILD--movie party with our cousins this weekend. Of course, I don't do low-key really well, but we put this together in just a couple of hours so it's pretty doable. With all of the sweets we've had lately, the focus of this celebration was #JungleFresh healthier foods for the kids (and big kids) to enjoy. We shopped for everything for our party at Walmart. The Jungle Book DVD had its own big display near the electronics section. The diamond edition set is also available with a lunch box only at Walmart, but those were sold-out at my local store. I was happy to find a variety of … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
It's one of my big traditions: Coming up with clever, and not-too-often-seen Valentine's cards for my kids to take to school each year. In our area handmade Valentines are very rare and definitely stand out from the crowd. Sometimes they can be a lot of work leaving moms to wonder if they are really worth the effort. In fact, I had the same question this year and seriously considered using this pregnancy (which is still kicking my bootie most days) as a reasonable excuse to break with tradition. However, when my 8th grade daughter's friends can remember every Valentine she has ever brought to school (and still talk about them), and I remembered that this is probably her last year of doing this sort of thing, it felt like too big of a tradition to break. (That's what you get for setting expectations. :-)) She did give me the input that she thought some of her friends were disappointed that last year's … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I talk about BSB all the time on the blog, but I've never really shared our story. Beth from Free Stylin' invited me to guest post over on her blog today about our romance as part of her "How I Met Your Blogger" Series featuring some awesome bloggers and their love stories. If you want to get to know us better, and/or see some kissy face pictures, you'll want to go check it out! In other news, I have added printables from last years' Game of Love Valentine's party on my Fan Freebie page. If you are having a hard time accessing any of my freebies make sure you have liked my Facebook page. Then find the tab that says Freebies (below says "Only Likers"). It should take you where you need to go. Some have said it doesn't work on their mobile devices, so make sure you do it on a PC. Here is a sampling of the freebies you will find on the … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Blog Hop Valentines Linky Party! Here are a few of the fabulous ideas shared that caught my eye. 1) I love the fresh colors of this Neon Marquee Love Sign by Free Time Frolics! 2) How beautiful is this watercolor Gem Valentine's Card by Persia Lou? What makes it even better is it is a printable you all can use! 3) I love the pretty pastel colors on these candy-heart inspired "VOWELentines" cookies by The Partiologist. They also come with a printable tag if you want to give them as a teacher gift. 4) I love looking at candy conversation hearts more than eating them. This is a fun idea to display them inside of a glass block with a vinyl LOVE sign on the outside. Free cut file for the vinyl and directions available at My Paper Craze. 5) Here is another take on a marquee LOVE sign. This one by Crafting in the Rain features the very popular woodgrain … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]