Thursday, 12 July 2007

Dyeing for Some Excitement

Quite a productive day today. We did some tie dyeing in the morning. Miss Lucy likes me to make her tie dyed dungarees. She has a purple pair which are now too small and she decided she wants orange next! I had managed to get a few metres of white needlecord fabric and so we had a go with two Dylon tins of Tangerine. I have a spare jam pan that I use for this sort of dyeing but I underestimated how much room the fabric would take up and it was a bit of a squash and resulted in some slightly lighter patches in places. I think I can work round them though. Next time I might just use the Procion dyes instead.



I do like to see the fabric out on the line though.



Then we found a tin of Emerald and dyed a few T-Shirts and anything else that was handy -like underwear!



This afternoon was spent in the local library. They had an arts/crafts session there and the children made sunflowers and fish from paper plates, did some colouring, and were read a story and some jokes. The staff are really great and they always put so much enthusiasm into things - the kids have great fun. I spent the time on one of the library computers catching up on blogs!

We were a bit fed up after dinner, so we headed to Limekilns beach this time - not a fantastic beach by any means but interesting nonetheless. We met some nice people too - an elderly gent insisted on finding my 'boys' (Miss Lucy loved that!) a crab under some seaweed much to their delight and then, as we were about to leave, another chap came over and told us (and Adam in particular) that he had found something even better than a crab - he had found an octopus! Well, you can imagine how exciting that was to the children and myself - unfortunately it wasn't a live octopus, but it was fascinating all the same.



Some beach art...



The octopus!



The clouds rolled in and we headed home - once again Adam had to go home with his trousers, socks and trainers in the boot of the car! - it's quite common, no matter how prepared I think I am, for this to happen to both children - I've never quite worked out how they can get through so many changes of clothing in a matter of an hour or two!

19 comments:

campbellgirl said...

Ohhhh that tangerine tie dye makes my mouth water. What a contrast to your moody grey 'summer' beach pics! love & hugs, D.

Mary said...

Fun on the beach wish I could have some of that

Françoise said...

Your tangerine fabric is gorgeous!
I love the last beach picture. What an incredible sky!

Jacqui said...

Can't wait to see the combination of the orange dungerees and the green 'T's, they should look great together. What a brilliant skill being able to make your own kids clothes. Make me wish I had listen more to my needlework teacher at school.

I love your little girl's new haircut in the previous post. I would always insist on my girls getting their hair cut short for school at the end of July because they had curly hair and I couldn't waste the time chasing them in morning to brush it.

It always brought memories of my childhood when my Mum would tug and tug as my hair was curly as well. However many times she brushed it, my hair would always become knotted and tangled, so I would be tears by the time she finished. My girls were the same and I hated seeing them in tears so it was best if they kept it short.

Love the pictures of the beach, the Fife coast is not the prettiest but it is interesting to say the least.

Sarah said...

Do you know I've never thought of Tie Dyeing my undercrackers!!! That'd give the giantmycologist sommink to talk about on my next visit!!!!!

Waltraud said...

Great results!I see you enjoy your holiday with your children. In 2 weeks we have also holidays and we will also dye our fabrics.

Wild Rose said...

Oh how I would love to visit a beach! I miss being near the sea.

I found your blog via a comment you left on See Saw.

david mcmahon said...

Great work all round!

Emmy said...

very wonderful work

Alis said...

Fabulous colours and a wonderful day had by all.

the flour loft said...

Hi
just happened upon your beautiful, creative blog....sounds like a lovely wholesome idyillic lifestyle.. lots of tiedying, fresh air and adventures.. will be back to read more soon.. ginny

cd&m said...

Lovely beach photographs and that tie dying looks like brilliant fun.

Carol said...

Your fabric dyeing is wonderful great colours to brighten up a rainy day. We went to the beach at Lower Largo the other day and it was lovely. I found some shells and driftwood - I have ideas for another "Traci Bautista" book.

Love the beach art.

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see-saw said...

Hi, Thanks for your lovely remarks about my blogg, I love tie dyeing fabric, the results can be really spectacular like yours.
I have never been to Scotland, it looks really beautifull.
Regards Mavis

Suzie Sews said...

What a fab day, wish I could have been there with you, i love to dye fabric, kids and I love the library and as for the beach fun, even an eight legged find...WOW
Suzie Sews

Homeleightigger said...

Oh Sue! I love those green knickers! Val

Angel Jem said...

Glad the hols are going well,,,,, love the dyeing going on there & am soooo jealous about the beach.... two weeks til we go to Wales!

Dianne said...

That tangerine is such a cool colour, and those tangerine undies are pretty cool too!!!
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