Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tea dyeing and some good sales happening this week



Can you guess what I'm doing?  I am enjoying my day off!  I SO can't wait until the time comes when I will be a full-time SAHM!!  Hopefully that will happen by the time school starts up again in August.  Sooner than that would be nice.

I am tea dyeing my little 4x6 flags in the 25 cent stock pot I bought at a garage sale!  I had been using one of my good pots so that was at the top of my summer garage sale hunt list.  Now at the top of my list is a double boiler to grubby up some candles.  Even though I've been tea dyeing for many years, I'm always up to try something different.  This past year I started adding cinnamon to my pot.  Thanks to you creative prim blog friends!  I can't believe I've never thought of that before!  Not only does it make your items smell good, but I really like the extra aging that the cinnamon gives.  I did a little experiment with two flags.  I soaked one in water before I put it in the pot.  I thought it might take to the tea mixture quicker and be darker.  Would you believe it actually took it a lot longer to absorb the tea mixture and it wasn't as dark!  So it's still soaking in the pot.

  I also bought a flag bunting that will go in the pot after these littles ones are done.  Some of you know that I will be making my living room into an Americana room this fall so I've been preparing for it now.  =]  I was showing my husband how I wanted to hang the bunting on the wall under some pictures.  He was starring at me with that "I can't believe you would even think of doing something like that..." look.  So I turned my head towards the window with that "I can't believe he doesn't think that's going to look good..." look.  (I love how we can have conversations without saying a word, Haha!).  Then it hit me!  Aha!  A window valance!  I took the flag bunting over to the window and would you believe it is the perfect size!  Big smile!!  He said it was perfect and my kids even really liked it.  Done deal!  Now I have to buy three more.  I'm so excited about this room and how much fun it's going to be.

Jo-Ann's fabrics is having a 50% off one cut of fabric this week!  I picked up 4 coupons last week.  I hope you got some too!  The sale lasts through the 29th so get in there before then.

Also, I just received my Gordman's email.  One of my favorite times to visit them is happening now-- Get an extra 33% off the clearance price!  That will be going on through May 31.

Don't forget to add Hobby Lobby to your list.  Right now we are in the process of marking down ALL garden to 50% off the regular price.  It should run in next week's ad, but stop by there by Saturday to get the first pick.  Also at Hobby Lobby, lots of Home Accents are marked down to 66%.  That happened the week of Mother's Day so it's already been shopped.  My favorite time to walk those aisles is when we mark it 80% off.  It'll be a few weeks before we do that though.  I'll keep you posted.  On a side note... we just got our first shipment of fall fabric in this week.  Can't wait to see it!

Thank you girls for all your comments on my last post about an Etsy/selling blog.  You came up with some wonderful ideas!  That's what I love about this blog community!  I think I will start out with a selling blog.  Once I get going, then I will add Etsy.

Have a most delightful week my sweet friends~

15 comments:

Country Prims said...

Looks like you are having fun there:)
Looking forward to seeing your completed room,it sure sounds lovely.

I just wish we had here even one of the craft shops you have there-must be great to have such choice,

Have a great week,
Blessings, Shazy x

Christine said...

You sound so happy just enjoying your day off!

Have fun with all your ideas - I look forward to seeing them soon!
Best wishes
Christine

Beryl said...

Hi Angie, would love to see your Americana room. I got your email and sent you a reply, Don't know whats going on with these crazy computers, let me know if it didn't go through this time...

Brenda said...

Well Angie, you just had to inform me about all these specials and what's going on at Hobby Lobby didn't ya...lol!! I have to be good if I want to go on vacation this year! Looking forward to seeing your "valances"!
Brenda

Cathy said...

Thanks for the tea dying info. Helpful! I hope you do get to SAH soon. I just enjoyed reading your post tonight. My son is in the army, and I love the Americana idea!!! Can't wait to see the pictures.

Lillie Mae Acres said...

I love Olde Americana decor & flags and have just decorated my front porch for Memorial Day - July 4 w/ all my Americana decor. Have fun, these flags are gonna be so cute!

Patti said...

Can't wait to see those Americana valances....thanks for the sales tip...I'll be heading to Joann Fabrics tomorrow.

Tanya said...

Hi Angie!

So glad we finally 'met'!! LOL I just signed up to follow you too!

Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog. I've really enjoyed going back through yours too! We have a LOT in common. You already know how much I LOVE Americana and I can't wait to see your new room. I love your idea about the flag bunting for a valance on your window! I like coming up w/different ideas like that.
Thanks for the tips on HL, I'll be going there this afternoon! LOL

Have a wonderful holiday wkend!

Tanya~friendshipcrossing.blogspot.com

the primitive country bug said...

Hi Angie~ it sounds like you've got lots of great projects going on. I can't wait to see pictures of your new Americana room!
I had to laugh at the wordless conversation going on between you and your sweetie. I know those looks exactly!! LOL!
Have a wonderful Memorial weekend.
Hugs~ Birgit

Leann said...

Love the idea of adding cinnamon to the tea dye - mmm...

I think I may have to try this with my small flags!

Enjoy the weekend!
Leann

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I know what you mean about husbands. Mine give that look with a heavy sigh when I discuss my ideas--like that pantry but he plugs along, helping me put it together. A few hours later he comes in and says, " I just walked by that pantry. it is pretty cool." Puts sunshine in my heart! ★ Linda ★

Cora said...

Great idea about the cinnamon in the tea dye!! I would have never thought of that either and it makes such good *scents* ;)

We went to HL while I was at HOlly's and I shopped the 50% off garden stuff...love it!!
Hope you have a great holiday weekend...
Sending blessings your way...

Firecrackerkid said...

Hi Angie, You're getting ready for Summer!
Hey congratulations on winning Brenda over at The Rusty Thimble giveaway gal:)
xoxo
Carol

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Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Your pot of flags looked very similar to mine from a couple weeks ago...only I use coffee.
Never done the tea so don't know how I'd do it.
I also sprinkle with instant coffee granuals while the flags are still wet for a grungy look.

Love your Americana theme...can't wait to see it!

Karen