Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Don't you just love it when an idea works?!

Here's an adorable image for you....isn't he/she precious??

So, I'm still working on my peat pots...
good grief, it's taking me forever to get going on these!!

Anyway, I bought a big ol' bag of Spanish moss from
Hob Lob and was planning on using it to fashion the nests
for the peat pots. But the color was just too gray for me.
I wanted brown and sepia tones ~
Then I thought, why not try coffee like I use on tags and paper!

So I grabbed a small bunch, dipped it in the coffee
then squeezed out the excess ~ the results were great!!
I even started molding the nest into shape while the moss was still damp.
The color was great, the shape was good too ~ but the
coffee scent was just too much for me.
I want you to notice the artwork, not so much the smell!

Here's a photo of the coffee moss after it dried.

Then I remembered I had a bottle of brown Rit dye!
I mixed up a couple of quarts of very hot water and
about a fourth of a cup of the dye.
I dipped the moss in,
wrung it out and placed in on several layers
of paper towels to dry.
(Oh, I did wear gloves too!)
I just LOVE the color!!!
It's so neat, you can really dye most anything you want to!!!

I've been playing with a few other things too~
It's always good for me to do that before I bring out the glue!

I found a few goodies to share with you too!!

Wishing you a great Tuesday dear friends ~
hugs and love,


BellaRosa said...

Ohhh Dawn amor, I want a peat pot, I want a peat pot :) I love the color of the moss after you dyed it, looks so pretty! I can't wait to see how they come out! That bebe image is so adorable :) Take care amor and have a beautiful week! Besos, Rose

marie said...

Oh Dawn ~ leave it to you to try dyeing moss! What an excellent idea! : )
Thanks for sharing that adorable baby with us ~ so cute!
And thank you for mentioning my giveaway ~ that's so very nice of you!

Dorthe said...

Dear sweetie,
fantastic, how did that idea come ? looks so wonderfull, and natural when colored, -guess I can not get that color here,-wonder if it would work with acrylic paint, watered down? I think I will give it a try.
I`m getting very nosy to see how your peat pots turnes out sweet Dawn, and thanks for this little cutie .
Have a wonderfull day, my dear friend.

sassytrash said...

How clever! I don't use Spanish moss because of the color, but never thought of dying it! I'm always amazed at your creative talents!! You are so generous to share so much!!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! What a great idea, and yes, I love it when ideas work so well, and working with something that you had in the house already made it even sweeter! Looking forward to seeing your completed peat pots! Ciao, bella!

Lori said...

hee hee... i guess you can dye just about anything!!! i have tea dyed feathers, and i thought that was over the top...never thought about dying moss though, that is an awesome idea...i have some excelsior that is too green...wonder how that would dye...i do have some brown RIT, i might try it...LOVE that tee...thanks for sharing it!!!

Ruth said...

Thanks so much for sharing your moss dying experiment.
What a great fix!

Ruth ;)

madrekarin said...

How clever are you? Brown Rit dye is my best friend and now that I know I can use it on Spanish moss.... Well, all sorts of things are popping into my head!
Hope you have a lovely day. We do need to get together for a play date again soon. :)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I love it ! I need to go buy some brown Rit dye ~ What perfect little nests :)

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi sweet Dawn,
what a wonderful idea - thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see your
finished peat pots.Have a wonderful day.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hello, pretty lady! You always have such wonderful and inspirational ideas. I so appreciate that you share them with us! I'm off to check out the ruffly top tutorial. I'm not sure that extra "fluff" on MY bodice is a good thing, but it sure is girly, and I have to see more. Have a great day, Dawn. See you again soon.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful info on altering the color of the moss...how clever! I need some orange moss and some black moss so now I am off to buy some Rit!


nancarts said...

This is a great idea! Will have to try using the dye..I guess you could try any color? Thanks for sharing.
Smiles and Blessings,

Elizabeth said...

Hi, sweet Dawn - It's nice to hear from you and to be back to visiting again.

What a great idea! I have some spanish moss, too, but don't like the gray color. I'm going to try the RIT dye on it.

What a fab idea!

Hoping you are all well and happy. Hoping little Clara is well and that your son is doing great (he is the age of my youngest).

God bless,

Charlene said...

Oh Dawn i love the brown moss. I too detest that grey color of the spanish moss (that's why I never buy it). Aren't you the clever girl to dye it. THANK YOU for thinking outside of the box for me. Lately, I'm doing good to think in or out of a box.... :( Now I'm off to check out the T Shirt. Have a wonderful week. HUGS! Charlene

Sandy said...

Great tip! Happy Tuesday to you too.

At Home in English Valley said...

A simple idea, but you thought of it! Girl Genius! Thanks for sharing and inspiring everyday. Love, Penny

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,
I just love the peat moss after you dyed it. It looks so much richer! Can't wait to see your peat pots!
I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. God Bless you my friend!
Blessings xo,

Auntie Cake said...

Love it! What a great idea you had! I never thought to dye moss, it looks even more beautiful in a darker color. Good luck with the rest of your project.

Createology said...

I think Columbian birds would welcome the coffee aroma of your stained moss. However the dyed look of the Rit moss is clearly perfect. Such a clever woman you are. Happy creating...

Lisa said...

I love the rit dye idea! I'm gonna have the kids out pulling weeds and plungin' em all in a vat of dye! LOL I always hesitate to use that spanish moss because of the gross color, but think of the possiblities now that you know you can dye it! I wonder what would happen if you threw bleach on it too, before?? Ann's got me wanting to bleach out everything now. LOL I'm telling you girl, your gonna have the peat pot deal down to a science by Barn House. Oh Lordy, I'm pulling a Rose, better go. Lisa

Lisa said...

PS, please excuse any type o's, I'm on drugs. L

Melony said...

What a clever girl to dye the moss. Now I am thinking, what do I have lying around I can dye?


Such a precious image you have shared here...the thumbnail caught my eye while I was visiting Debra, at Common Ground. Love the Rit Dye idea for spanish moss. Thank you for sharing everything! ~ Angela

Barbara Jean said...

Such a great idea staining the Spanish moss.
I never liked the gray either and that is how i started gathering 'weeds' and grasses for my nests.

Speaking of great ideas!!
The idea to put my teabag rose bouquets in a baby shoe is just toooo sweet!!
Guess you know I'll be sing that one.
We make a great team!!

blessings and thanks,

barbara jean

Rustique Gal said...

Dawn, I love the dyed moss! I forget that I used to dye basket reeds all the time. Maybe a bit of a mixed color/mixed media nest would be fun. I used to visit a nest in a lilac bush that had a string cheese wrapper and a red ribbon in it. Have fun!


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