Day 24: 2014 Sweet Paul Holiday Countdown presented by Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

If there's one thing I'm certain about, it's that I'm the King of Dip-Dye!  I love to dye everything from fabric to food!  It's just so much fun.  Really, give it a try and you'll be hooked!

I just love this dyed ribbon and I have made it in practically every color.  It's so versatile, you can use it for wrapping gifts, decorating bouquets or wreathes, or it even looks great to just have several colors of this ribbon in a basket!


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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!

 

With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”

 

Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.

 

As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.

 

 

You will need:

cotton or silk ribbons

fabric dye, I always use Rit liquid dye

small plate

  1. Roll up your ribbon into a coil. You can put a rubberband around it or use a straight pin to secure it to itself.
  2. Prepare your dye according to the packaging. You don't need too much for this project. 1/2 cup does a few rolls of ribbon.
  3. Pour your dye onto a plate.
  4. Sinply place your coiled ribbons into the dye. You'll see the dye start to soak up into the ribbon.
  5. Allow the dye to saturate until it looks nice to you.
  6. Take out the coil and place it on several paper towels to soak up some of the excess dye.
  7. We aren't going to rinse the ribbons. We're going to simply uncoil and hang the ribbons todry completely!
  8. It's as easy as that!

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