How to Naturally Bundle dye a Scarf using Botanicals and berries
Have you ever wanted to create a hand-dyed textile using botanicals materials, that looks like something that you would find in a boutique store? Me too! I have been wanting to experiment with bundle dyeing ever since I saw the beautiful and natural results. I was curious about it, as a compliment to my work with natural indigo dye and Shibori.
***Update, after much experimenting with the natural process of bundle-dyeing, I am proud to announce a collaborative workshop in March that combines Bundle Dyeing and Aromatherapy in a retreat for creatives! There are still a few spaces left to join!***
First, I did some research about which plants to use and how to dye natural fibers like wool, silk and cotton. I even discovered a cruelty-free silk in the process called peace silk. There is a wealth of information out there to digest about natural dye processes and I will share some of the books that I am reading at the bottom of this post!
Read on to see which botanical items worked the best and see links to professional advice where you will find more information, should you wish to explore the craft further! I am a big believer in sustainable design. Once on a visit to India, I saw a man standing in a vat of what I can only assume was chemical dye waste water, which made me think about the impact of dye and fashion on the environment. I was also surprised to learn that some natural dyes can be harmful and/or poisonous, so it really is important to know your materials and educate yourself before you begin!
Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe
Today, I am thrilled to share with you a bonus post along with my husband's new website, Vegan Futura. As a family, we cook often and the subject of family recipes and our food legacy has come up recently. We have been thinking about the recipes that are specific to our family and those favorites that we enjoy cooking time and time again. Since A Day in the Life focuses on art, interiors, and California lifestyle, Ashish will simply drop-in with a healthy California vegan foodie post from time to time. I always jokingly say that I am a vegetarian foodie and despite being vegetarian, I still appreciate and enjoy delicious food!
Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Ashish of Vegan Futura. Check out his first recipe below.
This is one of my favorite recipes when I find fresh organic basil at the farmers market. This is fresh, flavorful, light and easy Italian classic, not to mention quick without much preparation. You can serve this as a side or as a main meal.
Please visit my site for additional vegetarian friendly and vegan recipes!
Exploring the CAPITOL HILL Neighborhood
Last weekend, we took a (much needed) trip up to Seattle to reconnect with old friends and celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. We had been looking forward to seeing our friends, our vacation at the end of summer and another chance to explore Seattle, the nexus of the Pacific Northwest. The last time we visited the city, we stayed in the downtown area, so this time we opted to stay adjacent to the city's center. This was a perfect location for us because our friends stayed less than 1 mile away, the neighborhood was walkable, and featured lots of great restaurants.
Lucky for us, we discovered a designer townhouse near Seattle University right where Squire Park meets the hip and walkable Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Read on, to see the neighborhood highlights and why I recommend staying in this location and this townhouse, if it's available when you visit!
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