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Dyeing and Vintage Thrift

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imageDyeing and Vintage Thrift

I took a huge step of faith and decided to dye a white towel that was neither white nor beige,a white sheet that was off white and another towel that had seen better days. I had purchased a machine dye that was supposed to be a one step process some time ago. To be truthful, I was scared of dyeing chaos. You know the sort of thing, permanently blue hands or ruined washing machine or blue skin after bathing! Anyhow I went for it and spent an hour watching the interesting DARK blue water spinning around the machine and the items seeming nearly black. I had bought a denim blue dye. Hooray I was delighted with the results. The towels are a lovely shade of navy and the sheet a light denim. Everything looks fantastic and certainly has an extended life expectancy. Also the upholstery in Damnvan1 is blue so everything will co ordinate wonderfully.

💃VINTAGE THRIFT

When I was young long,long ago I had little money! Surprise! Surprise! It was in the sixties and along with the mini skirt came tights. These were a marvellous fashion statement as it meant you could wear mini skirts as short as you dared. Prior to this time there were only stockings and suspenders. I’ll say no more! Anyway, when I got a hole or a ladder in my tights the first emergency was to use clear nail varnish to stop the hole spreading. It was advisable to hold the tight off the leg whilst the varnish dried. If you didn’t it stuck to the leg!
When this emergency treatment failed or the hole got too big I would cut off the offending leg.( in the tights that is!) at the point where the panty starts. I always tried to buy the same shade of tights and saved the remaining leg,attached to the panty part until I had a matching pair. Now at this point I would wear a tight on each leg and two pairs of panties creating a “new” pair of tights. Job done!
In the event of different shades of tight legs I would boil the tights in a pan with soapy water and the colours would blend until they all became the same shade. Fantastic! Hole and ladder free tights and a warm waist down with two tight tops!

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Nails and Puffs

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Nails and Puffs

For a few days my sister and I have taken our Mum for a short holiday to Blackpool. Mum loves to shop till we drop! We are staying on a lovely hotel with good food and bad weather! The weather is awful but we can seek sanctuary from the storms in shops and coffee houses. Today we have had a pampering day. We all had our nails manicured and had a Shellac varnish. This was a first for all of us as we were all nail bar virgins! I adore this photograph as for me it symbolises the love and connection between Mother and Daughters.

I have spent some time perfecting the art of knitting these hexigan puffs. They are knit using sock yarn which is a three ply quality. Once you know how, they are simple to make and I am now taking forty minutes to complete each one. They will eventually be made into a cosy quilt. The pattern is from Tiny Owl Knits on Ravelry and is known as “The Beekeepers Quilt”