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    DIY Indigo Dyed Bedding

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram you know my inspiration for Calvin’s nursery was indigo and California cool. I included some fab indigo dyed details, which is why today’s guest post from my sweet and uber-talented friend Jesi Haack is so perfect. I know you’ll  love it as much as I do.

    Indigo dyeing seems to be all the rage lately, and we wanted in on that action! We used dyeing methods based on the Japanese tie-dyeing technique called Shibori. We decided to make a cool and relaxed Shibori-inspired bedding set, perfect for the warm summer months.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

     

    SUPPLIES

    • Indigo Tie Dye Kit
    • (2) 5-gallon (or larger) bucket or tub, preferably with a lid or cover
    • long NON-metal stir stick
    • items to dye (natural fibers in white or cream work best)
    • drop cloth
    • rubber gloves (optional, but highly recommended)

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    WHAT TO DO

    1. Fill 1 bucket with cold water and set aside.
    2. To make your dye bath, fill the second bucket with 4 gallons of warm water and add the contents of the dye kit (which include dye, soda ash, and a reducing agent). Gently, but thoroughly, stir the vat in a circular motion. Once the vat is well mixed, cover with a lid and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes (the longer the better). The dye should be a yellow-greenish color.
    3. While it sits, you can prep your items for dyeing with rubber bands. The kit provides a few different folding and tying methods and we found a couple others by searching online. It’s so fun to mix and match and get creative with the folding methods!

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once you have your items prepped and ready to go, soak them in water, then squeeze it out.
    2. Slowly submerge your items (one at a time worked best for us!) into the dye bath and manipulate the piece with your hands to make sure the dye reaches the unbound parts evenly. Work under the surface of the bath through this process, carefully avoiding letting too much oxygen get through with bubbles or splashing. You can leave your items soaking for as long as you want, but we did about 15 minutes.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. When removing each item from the bath, try to squeeze out as much dye just below the surface (again, to avoid splashing). The fabric will be the same yellow-greenish color as the bath. Not to worry, as the fabric will oxidize after a few minutes and will gradually turn indigo blue!
    2. You can leave your items folded/tied while they oxidize or unfold them if you cannot wait another minute to see how the patterns turned out! We opted to leave them folded and bound in hopes that the dye would bleed into the fabric more.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once your items are fully oxidized, rinse them in the cold water bath and hang them up to dry (i.e. admire them as you pat yourself on the beauty you just created)!
    2. After you’re done dyeing the items, you’ll want to set the indigo dye in the fabric and lock in the color.
    • Start by filling a washing machine with cold water and adding a capful of liquid delicate detergent.
    • Put in your dyed items when the machine is about half full. Allow the wash cycle to run, but stop the machine before the rinse cycle starts.
    • Add 2 cups white vinegar to the rinse water and let items soak in this solution for at least 2 hours.
    • Turn the machine back on and let it continue with the rinse cycle.
    • Let everything air dry.
    • Use a steam iron at the hottest setting to press the fabric all over.

    Everything turned out so great and we found that our “sheet” doubles as a unique tablecloth! 

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    It SOUNDS like the whole process is very involved, but once you get set up, the whole thing is actually super easy and weirdly relaxing. How fun would it be to have a girls’ day in and throw a little indigo party to reinvent some of your old forgotten white tanks and sweats?

    CREDITS: Photos: Brian Tropiano for Jesi Haack Design / Production: Kay Lee for Jesi Haack Design / Jesi Haack Design is a member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you’d like to be considered, apply here.

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    Old Hollywood Wedding

    Old Hollywood Wedding | Heidi Ryder Photography

    I’m giddy over today’s Old Hollywood wedding from Heidi Ryder. Old Hollywood glamour, vintage touches, gold polka dots galore – what’s not to love? And my favorite of all is the fashion and style the bride infused into the day. She designed and made her dress and the bridesmaid dresses herself, and I am more beyond obsessed with her dress. And her gold glitter Miu Miu heels. Just too good…

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    DIY Temporary Tattoos

    DIY Temporary Tattoos | Oh Lovely Day - tattoo design by Lupa & Pepi

    I made DIY temporary tattoos for Charlie’s carnival themed 3rd birthday party at the Griffith Park Carousel a few months ago, and I finally shared the DIY over on Momtastic this week. I really loved how these turned out and they were a huge hit with the kiddos. We had a tattoo bar, plus personalized tattoos with the kids’ names in their favor bags. Big thanks to Lupa & Pepi for designing the amazing carnival tattoos for me!

    DIY Temporary Tattoos | Oh Lovely Day - tattoo design by Lupa & Pepi

    You can see the full DIY on Momtastic here.

    And here are the rest of my Momtastic posts for the last couple weeks:

    30 Ways to Use Your Hard Boiled Egg Easter Leftovers

    How To Prep a Mother’s Day Roadtrip Getaway 

    A Shopping Guide for My Favorite Unique Things for Baby

    You can find all of my past posts on Momtastic (for all things mom & child) here.

    And if you loved but didn’t win my first big baby giveaway last month, I’ve got another one coming your way next week! And it’s even BIGGER.

    PS – You can also find Charlie’s first birthday vintage circus party here.

    {Credits} Photos and DIY by Oh Lovely Day, temporary tattoo designs by Lupa & Pepi (please give credit accordingly with a link back to this post if you share)

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    DIY Heart String Art, 15 Ways My Second Pregnancy is Different from My First, My Favorite Beauty Products From Trader Joe’s, + Tips for Kid-Friendly Room Design (My Momtastic Wrap-up)

    DIY string art heart

    Happy weekend! I wanted to pop in and share some of my recent posts for Momtastic. First up, this DIY string art heart, inspired by my friend Kiira from Eye Heart Pretty Things (she does an adorable monogrammed version here!) Isn’t this perfect for a baby shower or nursery decor (or both)? Get my full tutorial on Momtastic here.

    15 ways my second pregnancy is different from my first

    I also shared 15 ways my second pregnancy is different from my first.

    trader joes products

    And how about my favorite beauty products from Trader Joe’s (yes, they actually have some pretty great ones!). Get the list here.

    Kid-Friendly Room Design Tips

    And last, but not least, I shared my tips on designing a room that is kid-friendly, safe, and fun!

    (all photos from Oh Lovely Day)

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    My Favorite Things For Valentine’s Day

    Now that it is February, it’s time to think about Valentine’s Day. I’m not really into Valentine’s Day as a “romantic holiday” but I love it for fun, whimsical crafts and ideas. Hearts, pink, red, chocolate…what’s not to love? So I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas for Valentine’s Day to get your creative juices flowing. And I’ll have a fun DIY and a great free printable coming up before the big day too. Until then…

    Best Conversation Hearts Since Sweettarts

    Conversation heart balloons DIY from Studio DIY

    How brilliant are these DIY conversation heart balloons from Studio DIY?

    Best Valentine’s Day Decor You’ll Want to Keep Up Year Round

    fabric kiss me heart banner

    How cute is this banner? By A Fabulous Fete for Say Yes.

    Best Yummy Treat For Yourself Your Valentine

    Valentine's Day Puppy Chow

    I make a different version of puppy chow at Christmas, but this version from Life, Love & Sugar looks even better!

    Best Dress For a Valentine’s Day Date

    red maxi dress for Valentine's Day

    I have this dress in two other shades, and am currently ordering it in this neon red. A must have!

    Cutest Valentine For Your Kiddos (or the kiddo in your Valentine)

    Dino Valentine DIY

    I’ve notoriously spray-painted and crafted with Charlie’s plastic toy animals, but his dinosaurs have remained unscathed. That’s about to change thanks to Lovely Indeed.

    The Valentine I Would Make If I Knew How to Use My Sewing Machine

    DIY Heart Pillow by Bramble Workshop on DLF

    Bramble Workshop & designlovefest certainly didn’t invent the heart pillow, but they sure did make me wish I could sew one of their pretty creations (time to take a sewing class to learn how to use the sewing machine my mom gifted me for Christmas!)

    Most Creative Valentine That Takes Very Little Effort

    You Rock Valentine by Wiley Valentine

    How adorable (and incredibly easy) are these You Rock valentines created by my friend Rachelle of Wiley Valentine for The Honest Company. The best part is she created a free printable for the tag (which you can find here), so these really are so easy. I’m going to make some for my son’s friends for our Valentine’s Day party – he loves to find and collect rocks!

    How do you do Valentine’s Day?

    PS- A simple DIY heart garland

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