Category Archives: recycling

Dyeing and Buying Wool

It’s another slippery slope – wool. And it’s all because of Sherrie. If you’d like to see what Sherrie is doing and what got me inspired to go down this path, check out her blog – Sherrie loves color. As … Continue reading

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How To: Toilet paper tube bird feeder

I was meeting with my friend Martha and her daughter Jillian this week and I wanted a fun easy activity we could do together. I thought a toilet paper tube bird feeder would be perfect and would feed our birds. … Continue reading

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How to: Repurposed T-shirt Scarf

This is such an easy way to repurpose a that t-shirt your still love but doesn’t fit. I did this with a store-bought shirt several years ago and received so many compliments. Now to use one of my ice-dyed shirts … Continue reading

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Dyeing scarves with silk ties revisited

Last year I wrote this post on dyeing silk scarves with silk ties. I thought it was time for an update especially since I was going to be demonstrating the technique on one of our local television stations. Here I … Continue reading

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Tub Dyeing with Wonder Washer

When I’m not ice dyeing, I usually low immersion dye which often produces uneven color which I love. Here is an old blog post on low immersion. However, there are times when I want uniform or solid color. For those … Continue reading

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Dyeing Vintage Fabrics

I love to dye and I love old and vintage fabrics. When I’m shopping at thrift stores, the place I first head to is the area with napkins and tablecloths. Here at Happy Acres we try not to use a … Continue reading

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Organizing and more

Can you believe the summer is almost over? I sure can’t. Here is a little of what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks. I have been reading this organizing book since I have a strong urge to … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Using fabric as stencils

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know I love stencils. I love all kinds of stencils, but I’ve really been interested lately in “fabric stencils.” Since I’ve had a couple of you email me about these stencils that … Continue reading

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How To: Dyeing silk with ties

I love ties. When I’m trolling local thrift stores I always have to stop by the tie rack and see what lovelies I can find. Until recently I really didn’t know what to do with them but add them to … Continue reading

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How To: Recycled Pot Holders

Several years ago I mentioned my recycled pot holders, but never told how I made the work horses. I made these from recycled towels and jeans, and fabric I had in my stash. We’ve been using them since I made … Continue reading

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