I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Ok, I'm a huge fan of Pinterest. I can't help it. I love crafts and sparkly things and, well, that's what Pinterest is. So I've been seeing a lot of ombre clothing (which has become so popular that it's now featured in jewelry and even hair!). I decided I wanted to try it. Especially since, for some reason, I have THREE pairs of white capris. Yes, I realize white pants are in again, but who needs three pairs of white capris? (I have no idea how they got there in the first place--or multiplied--as I have never bought white capris in my life!) I also have a pair of celery capris. Sure in the picture they look mint, but they're more yellow and, well, I don't like them.
First thing is to pick your dye. I bought Tulip. This, of course, was before my friend Abby told me she had a horrible experience with Tulip. Thankfully though, I will say that I did not have a bad experience with Tulip.
Secondly, WEAR GLOVES! You will dye your hands if you don't! If you get your nails done, your nail lady will be very upset with you! LOL (true, though).
Get your fabric wet before you place it in the dye.
Make sure your water is hot. Not boiling but steaming. This is also hot work. You'll want to put your hair up.
So here's me in my gloves adding the salt in the first pic and the dye in the second. The Tulip I picked was Mint, but as you will see, dye does what it wants regardless of what it says on the label.
I used a great website (that I found on Pinterest) to walk me through ombre dying, with even a neat dye clock.
The blog is Urban Threads, and although she is showing you how to make and dye a vest, I love how she dyes it "backwards." This is just as easy and prevents dripping on things you don't want dyed. Find her blog and directions here.
Here you can see I'm putting those sickly celery pants in (top left) then placing just the bottom part of the white pants to start the dying process. 10 minutes on the clock.
Once done, you have to rinse out the clothes. And you need to rinse them until the water runs clear. This is going to take a long time. If you look at the bottom left picture, you can still see green tint in the water. That's the finished project on the right. Remember how I said the label said mint? Not so much! But still better than that yucky yellowish green the pants on the right were before.
I had so much fun and it was so easy that I decided to go to the store and get more dye. This time I decided to try Rit and got blue. Here's what I learned about Rit: 1) if you get the powder, put on gloves even before you open the box! Rit powder will be on the outside of the pouch inside (how!?) and it will dye your hands. 2) Rit is much more "powerful" than Tulip. It took FOREVER to rinse the blue out and even after 20 minutes there was still a lot of dye. But by then I was tired and frustrated and didn't care anymore.
The thing I was most worried about was washing the pants after I'd dyed them. It's recommended that you wash them with like colors at least a few times before you mix them with other clothes. So I washed the green pants with green towels and the blue pants with blue towels. And I have to say I'm super pleased with how they came out. I mean, I thought for sure the dye would go onto the white parts and you wouldn't be able to tell that they were ombre, but I was wrong!
Ta-dah! If you have tried (or will try) to ombre dye, let me know how it works out. I would love to see your finished projects!