My quilty life hasn't been much lately.
But last weekend I decided it was time to try something new.
I'm working on a project.
It's a secret.
Another one of those. Sheesh!
But I can share that it requires 7" zippers.
My mom found a bunch at a crafty outlet for 10 cents each.
They were brown and yellow.
I wanted white, or red, or pink.
So I bought some Rit dye remover powder and mixed it up in a bucket in my bathroom tub.
(Sometimes I wonder who writes these instructions and what, exactly, they think we folks at home actually have...)
As you can see, the brown zippers are no longer brown. The yellow zippers...well, their dye must have been a lot more sticky.
But those brown ones are light enough to re-dye! And the yellow ones were probably already light enough before the remover step, but if you've got a bucket of dye remover mixed up, why not throw them in?
(Again, scratching my head over what these people at the Rit company think we home crafters possess...stir constantly for 30 minutes? Right. I have the patience of a gnat...)
I went with my friend Dale's version of things...just dump some in and see what happens.
I guess those directions aren't really important.
The hubby was having a fit, saying that it was all going to go horribly wrong. I figured the worst that happened was I had to mix up more dye and do it again. But after about 4,000 rinsings, the water finally ran clear and I threw these guys in the dryer for a final heat set.
(Next time I just won't let the hubby in on the project details.)
They have now been sewn into their project, but I can't share that just yet.
So I HAVE been doing SOMETHING.
(Other than the somethings like scrubbing out cat litterboxes (like dump, scrub with an SOS pad, spray with bleach solution, vacuum under where it sat and scrub walls behind where it sat) and super fun stuff like that...but who wants to hear about that?)
Here's to hoping the next few weeks will be more productive.