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My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Four

Hi friends! Boy has this Monday been crazy. Tomorrow my Mom and I (and Scout!) are leaving for vacation. We are driving out to Colorado to see my brother's band play on the last leg of their summer tour and to just take in Colorado. We've never been but have heard such great things so we're both really excited. In traditional fashion, things are proving hectic up until our departure. I've had work and been trying to finish up little deadlines before we take off. I have yet to pack anything or get Scout ready for her first road trip. And in the middle of the night last night, I was awoken to the sound of dripping water. Yes, apparently our refrigerator decided to leak and it was basically raining in my closet last night. I had to pull everything out and do some late night organizing. So my sleep was very much interrupted (something I loathe) so I am pretty exhausted too. The 90 degree weather is not helping either. I'm so not ready for summer.

Ok...end rant. Enough complaining. Tomorrow I'm going on a much needed vacation to a lovely part of the country I've never been to before. Fun adventures are sure to be had. And I get to see my talented brother and an old friend from college so that makes it all the more sweet. The crazy will soon be behind me. But before all that, here's a recap of last week:

Sunday: Experimenting with ombré in the hot sun. I got a bit sunburnt but also figured out a cool new technique for creating a dip-dye effect. I'll share the results soon.

Monday: I spent the afternoon styling a simple tablescape. I was channeling the rustic, country farm table with summery red, blue and white hues.

Tuesday: I packaged up my first rolls of film that I shot with my new Minolta camera. I sent them off to Richard Photo Lab. I am anxiously awaiting the results. Fingers crossed for some good shots!

Wednesday: It was inventory time at Anthropologie so I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to help out. After work I stopped by a local coffee shop to caffeinate myself. I never drink coffee so on the occasion that I do, it REALLY works. Despite my lack of sleep, I got through most of the day with a lot of pep.

Thursday: Earlier in the week I got my peony prints back from Richard Photo Lab. I couldn't be happier with the quality. They look amazing. Now I just need to frame a few. 

Friday: This is the face I get every night before we head out on our walk. It's hard to say no to that.

Saturday: Scout and I walked in the morning and chose to trek up this steep hill in the scorching heat. We were quite parched by the time we arrived home but the view from the top of the hill was very worth it. 

So that was week twenty-four for me. What did your week look like?

I will try and post regularly this week even though I'm not sure what our internet connection will be like every night. But I will be snapping plenty of photos (digital and film) and as always I'll be sharing on Instagram.

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And the results...

So here are the results of my fabric staining.  I am really happy with the results.  I don't think the fabric looks "dirty" at all.  I was really shocked by the results too.  I figured the coffee would produce the deepest color but I was definitely wrong.  The black tea was much more powerful.  You always hear about how coffee stains teeth so badly but after doing this experiment, I think tea needs a bad rap too.  Plus side to all of this, my fabric now smells lovely, especially the tea-stained one.


I am no expert, clearly I figured this all out hours ago, but this is all you need to do to replicate the look:

- tea bags, I used Trader Joe's Mango Black Tea (it was the only black tea that I had) - I put four tea bags into a smaller mason jar filled with water

- instant coffee, I put about 2 tbs. of instant coffee mix into a mason jar of water

I put tea bags and instant coffee into the mason jars and then filled them with boiling water.  I let the fabric sit in the liquid for an hour.  I did not remove the tea bags and left them in with the fabric for the hour.  Afterwards, remove the fabric from the jars and rinse with cold water...apparently this helps lock in the color according to other websites.  Wring out the water and let dry.  

You too can have dirty fabric in just a few easy steps! 


Something is a brewin'

I'm doing an experiment right now, very 4th grade science class.  I am coffee & tea-staining fabric for a project idea I am brainstorming.  I've seen examples of stained stuff and I think it looks fantastic, sort of an antiquated look.  Those who aren't as intrigued by this art form would probably say, "Why would I want to make my white fabric look funky and dirty?"  Point taken and yes, I may just make my fabric funky and dirty but I am hoping it will have a nice warm hue that is a slight contrast from the white.  I will write a follow-up post later today showing the results and my thoughts on fabric staining.