I'm not talking about Dove beauty ads. I'm talking about onions! I LOVE their skins!
We have an old ChildCraft set of encyclopedias, cica 1970-something. Mom kept them all these years and gave them to me after having kids. I remembered one volume was called "the Green Kingdom" (ahem... Queendom!). There was a page thet showed what plants could produce various colors of cloth. I am not into tea dying, but I thought I'd try onion-skin & hot water just to see what would happen. WOW. It was instant! The used dryer sheets just grabbed the color. I love it!
Here's plain white fabric, onion dyed fabric, onion dyed dryer sheet, and onion dyed crochet cotton... WOW.
After that, I wished I had snapped some pics, so I did it again with Lily of the Valley, which is supposed to make a pretty soft lime color.
Unfortunately, nothing happened. I also tried some plum tea... and it just turned everything boring light brown. So I'm stickin' with onions.
And then (this is for you Adrianna...) I thought there were some other pretty colors in my sewing room I'd like to show you. Here's a candy jar full of left over threads sitting on my lightbox by the shamrocks.
Thread is pretty. Fabric is gorgeous. And sewing machines are SEXY. ; )
I know - that wasn't a great lit picture. Oh well. And now, for you Michelle... I cleaned my sewing room! lol And look - I even cleaned UNDER everything! I hung a curtain below to hide all the crap under this GIANT desk I got off Kijiji. The piano stool was my Oma's. And the pretty stained glass medicine cabines hold some cotton threads.
I love the big big window in this room. I cannot live without the sky.
Here's my beloved oilpaint sticks that I don't use nearly enough.
Here's an aerial photo (don't ask...) of my sewing space in the evening. It's a giant cutting mat, and the funny looking tablecloth thingy is a custom made fitted sewing cabinet. It's four feet long and over two feet wide. I made it with one sheet of pink foam insulation that I bought for $20. I cut in to fit my machine. It's flush with my sewing machine. The foam was then wrapped with a one dollar table plastic table cloth and packing tape. Brilliant tip from another quilter. And all that is on one l-shaped dest. Like I said... GIANT.
I have a Janome 4900 which I love. But someday I'm getting the new Horizon, Janome 7700. Someday... Wish it was now. :( I was really hoping I could swing it for my 40'th birthday, especially since the introductory price was 1/3 off. bleah.
Here it is again Michelle! all tidied up...
And finally, the cutest color wheel ever in my opinion. I found it in a magazine. I bought the bird at a garage sale for 10cents. (why is there not a cents symbol on my keyboard!??).
Have a great weekend.