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Wednesday Goodies: Spruce up your furniture with… Washi Tape!

I’ve been sharing a Wordless Wednesday link up for, gosh, FOREVER now. I love having this link up, but I really don’t know if it qualifies as a “wordless” post. I love Wednesday’s and always have a ton to say. Ha! SO, I’m just going to change the name to Wednesday Goodies. I usually share my favorite things on this day, so this name just covers this better.

OK, onto this Wednesday’s Goodies…

Do you have any furniture pieces you love, but there’s just something missing? Well, we have this dresser in our entryway that I LOVE, but it’s pretty boring at the moment. While at Alt Summit, I saw that Better Homes and Gardens used some Washi Tape to spruce up a piece of furniture in their booth. So simple/quick/cute. SO, I’ve added a bit of washi tape to my dresser. IT’s not permanent, but I’m happy with it for the moment. Much better than the plain brown.

Before:

Washi Tape Dresser

After:

Washi Tape Dresser

Washi Tape Dresser

If you’d like to see all the details on my washi tape dresser, head on over to my Better Homes and Gardens post. Sooooo, what do you think? Any thoughts/ideas on what I should do for a more PERMANENT update to this dresser? I love the shape of this thing, but this solid color is just not cutting it for me.

Happy Wednesday,

Chelsey

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If you have a Wednesday post, please feel free to link it up below. And, feel free to link up to these blogs too… Parenting by DummiesProject AliciaJenni from the Blog, and Live and Love Outloud.



Goodbye, Tree.

This last weekend we had to say goodbye to a good fried… one of our flowering cherry trees. It was surprisingly hard for me to actually give the “OK” to cut her down. She was old. Maybe as old as our 90-year-old house? I don’t know. I do know that she was dying. With every heavy wind, a good sized branch would come crashing down. It was getting too dangerous, so we chose to say goodbye.

I look at the stump in our front yard and get sad, but we will replant. I think we are going to plant a big pear tree. Something we can get food from. Take down a tree: replant a tree. That’s my way of thinking.

Now I’m saying goodbye, to the tree that provided many years of shade and beautiful spring flowers. Goodbye, Tree. We will miss you.

- Chelsey

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Spring, I mean, fall cleaning?

This would be why I don’t have much to say on this lovely Wednesday:

I found this sweet little hutch yesterday, and I spent most of the day cleaning and organizing (out with the old and in with the new-to-me). I still haven’t decided how I’ll fix it up… and, it sort of smells like an old lady’s home. Hee. New knobs for sure, and fixing a couple damaged spots… but, then what? Color? Refinishing? Hmmm…. Thoughts?

- Chelsey

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{If you have a Wordless{ish} Wednesday, please feel free to link it up below. And, feel free to link up to these blogs too… Parenting by DummiesProject AliciaJenni from the BlogBree: his honey and her mommy, and Live and Love Outloud.}



Natural Dye Experiment: Turmeric

This past week I did a little bit ‘o experimenting! I really wanted to try and dye my own fabric…. But, I didn’t want to buy the dye from the store. Soooo, I used turmeric spice! Yup. And, it worked really well.

Supplies needed:

- Salt

- Water

- Fabric (I used an old white scarf)

- 2 Tbs. Turmeric

- Wooden spoon

Natural Turmeric Dye

Directions:

1. First, prep your fabric/material. Combine 4 cups of water and a 1/4 cup of salt, bring it to a boil, add your fabric and let it simmer for one hour. The salt acts as a “fixative”. It helps the fabric take the dye.

2. When the fabric is done, drain the water. Once cool, wring out the remaining water from the fabric.

3. Time to add some color! Combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and add your fabric to the turmeric dye mixture. Use your wooden spoon to push the fabric down into the dye, trying to coat it evenly. The longer the fabric soaks: the deeper the color will be. The dye also reacts differently for different fabrics.

4-1. To create an ombre color, dip your material partially in, and pull it out slowly. I moved my fabric out of the dye about 2 -4 inches every couple of minutes.

5. Rince your dyed fabric in the sink until the water runs clear and hang to dry. That’s it! You’re done!

Side note: You can double the recipe of the dye… for larger projects.

Plus, I have another post up on Better Homes and Gardens today! Using this same natural turmeric dye technique, I dyed a bunch of fabric and made a lovely lampshade! I really love how it turned out (and, so does the husband… double win). Here’s a photo:

- Chelsey

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