Do you remember wearing tie dye clothing in elementary and junior high school? I used to love this DIY craft but it always seemed so messy and time consuming. I’m not sure if the Rit Dye products have changed or that I just have more patience, either way, it’s not hard to do.
The hardest part was finding an article of clothing that I wanted to dye! I signed up to attend the Radiant Orchid Summer party so in preparation I wanted to have something to wear in radiant purple. I purchased a summer tank and canvas slip-on sneakers at Kmart and turned them from cotton white to a tie dye purple which came out really nice.
Add 1/2 cup of salt and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid to help fabric absorb dye.
Heat water to boiling. Dampen shirt with warm water then twist and wrap with rubber bands.
Pour boiled water into a tub, add package of Rit Dye, salt and dishwashing liquid then stir gently to dissolve. Make sure to cover your work surface with a plastic covering, I used a Dollar Tree tablecloth.
Put shirt into tub of water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes, the longer you keep it in the darker the color will be.
For the canvas sneakers, I used a paint brush to cover the rubber sides with Vaseline to prevent dye from staining.
Use painters tape or masking tape which probably would have been better to add a stripe or patterns to the sneakers.
Use a sponge brush to lightly paint the canvas, you can go over it several times to make it darker, just take your time.
After soaking the shirt for the desired amount of time, carefully discard water, I poured mine into the toilet and immediately flushed to prevent staining.
Rinse shirt in cold water until it runs clear or take it outside and use a garden hose to rinse. I kept pouring my water into the toilet because it was late.
Wash in cold water using same color or old towels and two sheets of Shout Color Catchers.
While waiting for the shirt to wash, I added a little ‘Bling’ to the back of the sneakers using E6000 glue.
I hung the shirt to dry and wore it the next day to the #RadiantOrchidSummer party which you can read about here
This has been another blessed week, with our oldest being accepted into the CLSC Program at the University of Delaware and tonight our youngest is graduating from Appoqunimink High School!
I don’t let grass grow under my feet either because in addition to working full time outside of the home I also sell Avon and have been since 2002. Honestly, I don’t have a large customer base but enjoy selling products for a company that has been in business for over 125 years!
I use Anew products on my face and I love how Avon has changed their clothing selections to keep in line with the current trends. Unfortunately, it eats into my profits but that’s okay because I love their accessories, the shoes, sneakers, scarves and especially the totes and purses.
Check out this comfy casual outfit that I wore at the end of April, it’s was totally thrifted from Goodwill but accessorized by Avon.
Scarf – Avon | Polka Dot Top – Goodwill
Polka Dot Sneakers – Avon | Skirt – Goodwill
Color Block Tote – Avon | Black Studded Pumps – The Salvation Army
I have several but this particular pair was purchased a few years ago from Ross and are great to wear to work on Casual Fridays.
I remember wearing wide-leg or “elephant” leg pants with platform shoes back in elementary school in the 70’s. I also remember almost falling and breaking my neck walking along a stone wall after my shoe got caught inside that big a$$ pant leg!
Now here I am over 40 years later wearing almost the same style, thankfully the legs aren’t as wide but my question is, “are Palazzo pants still popular or have they played out?”
I’ve worn these pants in previous OOTD posts, but this is the first time they are paired with this thrifted top from Goodwill.
The watch and ring/bracelet are Mark/Avon.
The cut-out sandals are also from Avon, they have really stepped up their shoe game over the years.
So what do you think, are Palazzo Pants still popular or are they Played Out?
If you are the parent of a high school student who will be attending the prom this year, you’ve probably heard about “Promposals“. If not, let me explain, a promposal is when a guy, or girl asks someone to the prom but in a unique way using a sign, clothing, a prop or a photo.
These teenagers can get really creative with songs and videos and there are even promposal pics on Instagram and Tumblr as well as Twitter, Facebook and of course YouTube, just Google it using the hashtag #promposal.
A few weeks ago when I first heard about this, I rushed home to ask my son, but I was too late as he had already promposed to his date. (and no, that wasn’t a bottle of alcohol).
Promposal @ AppoHigh
I think they are cute as long as the teens don’t go overboard or take them too seriously like a marriage proposal. Over the top promposals are not necessary and may cause stress to others who may not want to or can’t do them.
Senior Proms are a special once-in-a-lifetime event but they are also costly, so there’s no real need to add additional expenses into the mix.
What do you think?
Don’t forget to come back at 6:00 p.m. for the Weekend Wind-Down Party!
Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!
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Hello Friends and Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturday!
Do you find yourself rushing through the work week in order to get to the weekends? If so, do you realize that you are just rushing your life away? I know because I’m guilty of doing it, so from now on, other than Mondays I’m going to slow down and enjoy all of the week days.
Do you live for the weekends?
I’m up early and out for the first dress rehearsal for Goodwill’s 2014 Runway Show. The models will get a chance to see and try on what we, the stylists has chosen for them to wear. I met with my models previously and they had an opportunity to try on their outfits in Goodwill fitting rooms. Today with some added accessories we will all get a chance to see what they will be wearing on the runway and I am anxious.
Friday’s Foodie Feature was preempted by the Weekend Wind-Down Party (#WWDParty) have you linked up, if not, please do and share a post with us.
Slow Cook Saturday
4 Frozen Chicken Thighs or Breasts
1 Large Can or 2 Small Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
*1 Package Frozen Broccoli
2 cups of Rice
Spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray or use Slow Cook Liners for easy cleanup. Add chicken thighs/breast and top with frozen broccoli.
Pour in can(s) of soup and sprinkle with black pepper (optional)
Pour in additional can of water
Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high for 4 hours depending on Crock Pot model
Add two cups of rice, stir and leave on low for an additional 10 mins
As you can see, my hubby couldn’t wait!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend because Monday will be here before you know it!
Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!
*You can also add frozen onions, peppers and mushrooms.
I trust you all had an enjoyable weekend with an opportunity to be outdoors as it was simply gorgeous in our neck of the woods. On Saturday, it was a bright, sunny 85 degrees, a perfectly glorious Indian Summer day.
I spent the day at Dutch Country Farmers Market trying to make a little extra cash, de-cluttering my nest trying to get rid of items that we no longer need, want or use anymore. On the first Saturday of every month beginning in April and ending in November, you can rent 3 parking spaces for $15.00, to turn your trash into someone else’s treasure!
Yes…I sold a Mink Coat! I wish PETA would!
A perfect fit, now she waits for the cold weather!
I didn’t get much of a chance to walk around which is a good thing, because I didn’t want to spend my profits nor did I need to buy more stuff only to get rid of it later.
Trying to turn my trash into someone else’s treasure!
You can find almost anything at a Flea Market, some things are usable others are just unusual, check out what had me scratching my head. I tried to figure out the thought process going into making these purchases – what do you think?
I hope this didn’t come from a major intersection!
Okay…so where do you use these?
Happy Halloween My Pretties!
Perfect for the front porch to scare away the kiddies or put in the window to repel a thief!
Family Fun for a Buck!
For Family Fun Game night, I can understand that, but Rummikub is an old game and there were missing pieces…even at a buck I didn’t understand this purchase.
Speaking of unusual, check out these cool modes of transportation.
Jazzier than a Hover Round
Love a BMore Raven’s Fan!
No need for speed here!
It was a long day but I made enough money to pay for groceries and was still able to donate 7 boxes of clothing and miscellaneous household items to Goodwill.
Flea Market Finds Are Fun!
What is the funniest Flea Market find you’ve ever seen or purchased?
I was born in 1961, the decade known for free love, drugs, Go-Go Girls, Rock and Roll, The Vietnam War, Civil Rights, Hippies, the Birth Control Pill, The Peace Corp, Dr King, President Kennedy, assassinations, integration, Space Explorations, Cuban Missile Crisis, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Beverly Hillbillies, Afros, Crew Cuts, and of course the vibrant and colorful world of fashion.
The Past Is a Blast is a website that has culminated fun and interesting facts about the ’60’s, including popular music, dances, sports figures, politicians even the minimum wage, which at the time was just a $1.00, go check it out.
I was too young to fully understand it all but do remember that I loved the fashion and styles of the ’60’s, the bell bottoms, platform shoes, neon colors, color blocking and pattern mixing…hey, isn’t that the style of today?
There definitely should be an extra day between Saturday and Sunday because trying to squeeze in chores and relaxation into two can be exhausting! I trust you all had an enjoyable weekend and hopefully are half way through a stress free Monday.
Today’s outfit is a simple two piece skirt and sleeveless tank that I must have bought about 10 years ago and thanks to the elastic waistband, I will probably have it another 10 years!