Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

SNOW DYEING: Winter Time Fun

Where has this been my whole Frigid-Wisconsin Life?

I am not sure how I have never heard of or done this method of tie dying before…..but I will tell you what: this is a new WINTER STAPLE in our family! We all loved it!

I stumbled upon this idea the night before my kiddos had off of school….so I didn’t have a ton of time to gather supplies. So, we used what I could grab at Walmart at 6:15am on my way home from night shift.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

White clothing (cotton) : because it’s winter…I wanted long sleeves….now I know I totally could have done long-sleeved t-shirts…but I saw some gray hoodies and I snatched them up …I did, however find a white one for me.

Fabric Dye: now many tutorials I read highly recommended powdered dye….I grab a few colors of that…but I also grabbed the 10 pack of liquid Tie Dye in the squirt bottles…because who doesn’t want more options and want to squirt?

Soda Ash: they did have this in the craft section at Walmart! Yay! Soaked our hoodies for 20 minutes or so before dyeing

SNOW: We have plenty of that

Wire racks & Bins: I used a mix of cookie cooling racks and wire bins that we had around the house…had to get creative and then use both bathtubs

THE PROCESS: I looked up 4-5 different blog tutorials and videos…Google it, I promise you’ll find a ton. But the quick recap is:

1. Soak the hoodies in Soda Ash for 20 minutes.

2. Bunch up the hoodie on the rack….I wasn’t sure how well this would work….so I told the kiddos to have it more front facing and then just mess it up a bit….now I know it works REALLY WELL….and you could bunch it however you want, the dye will seep through the entire garment

3. Cover with SNOW!!!!

4. DYE IT! We used a miss of liquid and powder…the powder is much darker/stronger….but it all looks great!

5. Very carefully transfer it indoors to a tub/shower….I guess looking back we could have done this in the tub….but where’s the WINTER FUN IN THAT??? (ignore my hard water stains…needed to scrub that this week anyway…so what’s a little dye?)

6. WAIT. ……and Wait…..and WAIT FOREVER!!!! (Or 24 hours in real time) The snow will melt much faster than that…but the longer you wait, the brighter your colors should be

7. Rinse in cold water…and wash in warm water… (I also threw in some Color Catcher Sheets…and kept the like-colors together as much as I could)

8. WEAR YOUR CREATIONS!!!

We are All sporting our Hoodies today!

(Daddy has already requested one of his own….and the kids also did “normal” tie dye with the extra dye on tshirts…..I’ll hold off on those to reveal later 😏)

Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

DIY Eye Glasses Rack

I was going to start this post out with apologizing for being MIA for so long again… But at this point it seems like that’s becoming redundant.

So I will just jump right in because I know you’re busy, just like me….hence why you haven’t heard from me in a while.

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in fifth grade, and although I do wear contacts from time to time… You will mostly see me in a pair of spectacles.

I love love love the availability of affordable glasses these days. I have started accumulating quite a collection, which makes wearing them much more fun!

For months now, I have been trying to find a good way to store them to make them easily accessible while I am getting ready in the morning….

This idea actually came to me by accident waking through the cookware aisle…..

I saw this brushed gold cookie cooling rack for under $4 and snatched it up hoping it would work

It turns out to be the perfect size of a frame that I just found while deep cleaning the boys’ closet.

I’m not really going to Give you a step-by-step tutorial, because you don’t need it. I simply painted the bare frame To match my Decour. And used an industrial staple gun to staple the cookie rack to the back!

The little feet bring it out just far enough from the wall to allow the frames to slip through!

How fun is that?!?? I mean, even if you don’t wear glasses, this could work for Sunglasses too!

Crafts & DIY · Sewing

Disney Lanyards: Pin Swapping Fun

This is a NEW TO US Disney Activity!

The last time we went to Disney was December of 2013, so were were a family of 5. Our kiddos were ages 6, 3, 1.5, and I was 5 months pregnant.

I never said we weren’t crazy.

At any rate, collecting/swapping pins was NOT on my radar. The kiddos LOVE meeting the characters and collecting autographs though….and since that isn’t currently possible with the COVID protocols, they do still have a system in place to keep pin trading alive. I found this explanation of how pin trading works SUPER helpful.

Of course, due to the pandemic, things work a little differently, so THIS breakdown is how we will have to go about our trading. If you don’t want to click it….it basically says there are trading “posts” set up at the different parks and you can look through the boards, choose which pin you’d like to trade for, and a cast member will get it for you.

In order to save time/money…..I made us our own lanyards to carry/display/keep our pins!

Here is a quick measurement guide:

Cotton fabric: 4” x 37”

Fleece for batting: 1” x 34”

Then it’s just ironing the strips of fabric around the fleece and sewing them up….attach clip on the end and Viola!

Is this free? Maybe not for the average Disney goer….but I have all these supplies already, so for us IT IS!

I also wanted to have the kiddos start off with some pins, of course……so I looked and looked and looked….after reading lot sof great reviews, I decided this was the company I wanted to go with to not be scammed. 🙂 I bought a lot of 50 pins. We divided them up: 10 for each kiddo and 10 for Mom & Dad.

SUPER EXICTED to surprise them with these! I wonder which ones they’ll want to keep….and which ones they feel like trading 🙂