Mister and I have been itching to try out tie dying some clothing, and for it being the first time for both of us, I think it turned out nicely. After about ten minutes of watching youtube videos for instructions on how to tie dye and a quick trip to a dollar store for the rubber bands I forgot, we felt totally prepared to get our tie dye on.
Here’s Mister demonstrating the most important thing to remember while tie dying – always wear gloves!
We did three shirts total…a tshirt for each of us and then I also wanted a tank top. The tshirts were done in a spiral pattern, and the tank top I just twisted and made a few random banded areas.
Our first color going on…we wanted to do two colors – yellow & black – for his fraternity (which I’m a lil sis to).
Two colors! Here you can see the difference in how we spiraled ours. He colored each section of the wheel differently while I grouped my sections by twos (which made his have multiple spirals and mine have a larger one).
The final product after the first rinse! (Will definitely let them dry longer next time since we put them in the washer right after this picture and a lot of the color faded)
Finished tank top! Obviously we spent the time in the pool waiting for the shirts to dry some.
Looking forward to tie dying again real soon…and this time having the patience to wait for them to dry longer.
I feel productive again at last! Going to let you have a look at the two newest entries to my journal.
I’ve finally regained my confidence, and I am feeling fantastic about myself, despite those that have tried to pull me down. I feel really in control, and damn, does it feel GOOD. Time for me to have a little fun.
While I don’t normally like “new” music, I should have really included Rihanna’s “S & M” to this songlist. It was playing at a party thrown for the other girls who pledged lil sis and myself, and I am really digging it. It’s just a hot song.
— I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it —
Feeling like one hot chickadee aside, I also wanted to include my notes from Creative Journal the other day. These were taken down during watching Amy Tan speaking about creativity on TED Talks and during the discussion the class had following the video. Very interesting insight. Be sure to watch it here.
It has been an overwhelming week trying to get back into a regular schedule. Classes resumed and are still switching around, which makes getting my free time on track a little tricky. Not to mention we’re getting a good bulk of that snow storm, and my heater was broken for four days. It’s been lovely. At least there’s been a little time to muse, yet not much time to create. Hopefully, that changes soon.
I’ve been sporadically working on the T.S. Eliot quilt, but tonight I put it aside and picked up my journal. It’s dawned on me that this may turn out to be both the most stressful and enjoyable semester I’ve had for the fact that right before graduating I’m getting in classes that I feel will open me more and expose me to more of what I already enjoy. There’s a painting class (desperately needed! haha), theatre courses, and even one class titled Creative Journal…which doesn’t begin till next week, but I am eagerly anticipating. I think this semester I can truly take time to create myself in the form I’ve wanted, thus inspiring the base for this page (with the lovely Deepak Chopra quote):
While sitting in a professor’s office, I noticed her mobile of elephants and was reminded of a gift from a long time ago. Upon returning from NYC, a friend had brought me back a string of decorative elephants from SOHO. I’d proudly hung them on my wall until my young niece had jerked at them one day and the decoration fell apart. I kept it, hoping one day to repair it, and today I pulled it out. I discarded the string and beads that had held the elephants together and have decided these beautiful elephants deserve to be upcycled. How? I’m not quite sure yet. Possibly a mobile similar to the professor’s. I’m open to any suggestions. Aren’t they just gorgeous though?