Hi One Artsy Mama fans! I am Shaunna, and I want to give a big shout out and thank you to Amy for hosting the New Kids on The Blog Series. Can you believe she is giving some of us the chance to get acquainted with all of you ... her closest friends? I blog over at Tempting Thyme, and I cannot wait to open my door to visitors.
Lady Luck was not on my side....the opening ended up being an odd size 23x32, and I couldn't find any on the market that size. I am sure the 2 cd racks were laughing at my expense......from the bottom of the recycling bin.... LOL! I consider myself resourceful (some say cheap skate), and decided to make my own with some leftover wood from a subway art project, and cork squares.
See my dilemma? The cork is 2 different colors, and not equal widths! I swear to God, every project I touch has glitches. Only solution, in my eyes, was to cover it with fabric.....right? I know there are other solutions, but there comes a point when I get tired of a project and just want it done! I headed to my local Hobby Lobby, on the hunt for burlap. Hmmmm.....this may look better than I planned. I am into texture, and a burlap cork board would give me just that.Very disappointed with the color choices...white, whiter and whitest! Hello, I was envisioning a tobacco color burlap....sigh! Few minutes of internal debate later, I purchased the burlap. Driving from store to store was not appealing to me, and I knew I could fix this problem.
Have you ever dyed anything using tea bags? I promise.....you will never look at tea the same way again. Let's get going because I am so tired of looking at this mahogany 'hole'! Materials Needed: Big Pasta Pot 10 Tea Bags----does not matter the brand or flavor (but I wouldn't use anything expensive) Wooden spoon
Fill the large pot with water. Make sure you leave enough headroom so that once you add your fabric the water doesn't end up boiling over the top of the pot. Add in your 10 tea bags.
Turn your burner onto High and bring the water to a boil. Boil the water and tea bags for 10 minutes before adding your fabric.
Carefully add in your fabric. I had to fold the burlap up a few times to get it to fit inside the pan. Don't fold it too tight, you want the tea stained water to be able to move around the fabric, dyeing it evenly.
Very cool looking isn't it? Let it boil just a few minutes longer and then turn the burner off. Now you have to sit tight and be patient.......you are going to let it sit for 2 hours! I know, at this stage who has any patience left? Geez! Stir the fabric every so often with a wooden spoon. Be careful, it will be very hot. Which is the main reason you are going to have to wait 2 hours before pulling it out of the pot. You are going to need your hands to wring out the fabric, and you don't want to burn yourself.
At this point I don't have any pictures for you. It gets messy, and I was all by my lonesome. When the water temperature has cooled enough, drain it in your sink. Rinse your fabric with water until the water runs clear. Depending on your yardage, this may take a bit of time. Not the color you desire? No problem. Just start the process over again. Easy Peasy!
I brought it outside to finish wringing it out, shook it a little to lessen the wrinkles (who was I kidding, being bunched up in a pot....wrinkle galore!) and then allowed it to drip dry on one of the deck railings.
Ignore the filthy computer screen See that little black basket? Let me show you how I painted it. You could do this with any of your Peterboro/Longaberger baskets too! Here is another look.....
I am loving this board! My oldest son told me not to frame it out with black wood, as it is already 'framed' by the mahogany. Creative isn't he?
If you are scrolling up and down trying to see the difference in colors.....I made it easy for you.....
Makes you want to dye something, doesn't it??!
I have had so much fun over here at One Artsy Mama, I hope to see you all around! I love making new friends, and blogland seems to be a warm, welcoming community. Thank you so much to my hostess, Amy, for giving me this opportunity! If you get the chance, come on over and hang out at Tempting Thyme!
Ok, fess up, friends...how many of you just glanced around the room to see what you could tea-dye? Yeah. Me too. Another day, another project, right? :) Thanks, Shaunna for sharing your project with us!
Happy Crafting, Artsy Friends!