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Plant Dyed Ribbon

If you are on Instagram and desire more beauty in your every day life, I highly suggest you follow Shellie from Silk & Willow.

Shellie is an amazing maker artist who works with plants and flowers to dye silk ribbon. She takes such care in her craft – making the wooden spools by hand and hand dying each batch of ribbon. I’ve purchased her ribbon, and this is so much more than the stuff you see lined up at the craft store, this is true art.

From Shellie’s site:

“For thousands of years prior to the advent of synthetic dyes, people have created vibrant colors from natural plant materials. Dyes can be extracted from roots, foliage, nuts, berries and flowers. The dyes produced by nature have many different color pigments that can not be reproduced by synthetic dyes. The complex colors produced by natural dyes have a diversity of rich hues and shades that work in harmony with each other. Color theory will confirm that colors evoke a physiological response. The reaction to natural colors is both calming and alluring. Colors rich in brilliance, yet easy on the eye. I take pleasure in the “slow-craft” of color that connects us to nature, reminds us of tradition, craftsmanship, and respect for the environment.”

I’ve been so inspired by Shellie’s work and super curious about the process of plant dyeing fabric that I snagged her Marigold Dye Kit and attempted to dye ribbon of my own.

Plant Dyed Ribbon

The kit is lovingly created and packaged, so it feels like a beautiful treat to yourself from the start. The directions were clear and the final product lovely.

Below are some shots of the process in action. It started with soaking the ribbon and boiling the flowers in water. Then I strained out the flowers, added food grade aluminum sulfate, and plopped in the ribbon. After an hour, I turned off the heat and rinsed the ribbon before letting it air dry and ironing it. The whole process took about 2 hours.

I enjoyed it so much, I’m looking forward to trying other plants and flowers to achieve different colors.

Plant Dyed Ribbon

(I am not affiliated with Silk & Willow, nor was I compensated for this post. I just really believe in this work and felt it should be shared)

 

 

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Spring Pickling

I wrote about refrigerator pickles a few years ago but have upped my game a bunch since then. We’re talking beyond plain old cucumber action here.

This combination of spring vegetables feels like a pickle bouquet. Spring vegetables feel so elegant, so delicate, so youthful. The bright colors of the radishes, carrots  and sugar snap has me loving peeking in my refrigerator a bit more this week.

I also love that this is a quick recipe. Quick pickles. Quickles…

Let’s do this!

Spring Pickling

Spring Vegetable Refrigerator Pickles

  • 1 watermelon radish, scrubbed and quartered
  • 2 red radishes, scrubbed and halved
  • 6 whole spring carrots
  • 5 small fennel bulb slices, plus a few frond pieces
  • 10 sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp dill
  • 1 tsp juniper berries

Place all vegetables in a clean jar. Drop in dill and juniper berries.

Combine vinegar, water, salt, honey, and garlic in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and pour hot brine into your jar. Let cool, cover and leave outside overnight to brine.

Place in refrigerator and it should be ready to eat within a week.

Spring Pickling

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Aromatic Shower Tablets

I’m a big fan of the bath. There’s nothing quite like dipping my weary body into a steamy tub of water at the end of a long day. Add in some essential oils, healing salts, and a candle, and I’m in heaven.

But there was a time when I didn’t have access to a bathtub. And that got me thinking…maybe some of you desire a relaxing bathing ritual at the end of the day but don’t have a bathtub in your living space. And why should you miss out on all the bliss?

Well let me teach you about the shower tablet. It’s concoction of baking soda, herbs, water, and essential oils that bakes into a little pod. The pod goes in the bottom of your shower and, when the hot water hits it, all the herbal and aromatic goodness gets released.

Aromatic Shower Tablets

Aromatic Shower Tablets

Aromatic Shower Tablets

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 tbsp lavender buds, ground (like these)
  • 2 tbsp chamomile, ground (like this or you can use chamomile tea)
  • ½ cup water
  • Lavender and chamomile essential oil (like this and this)

Aromatic Shower Tablets

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Place baking soda in a bowl, then add in ground herbs. Pour water in the bowl and mix until it gets to a paste-like consistency. Spoon into liners of a muffin tin and bake for 15-20 mins (until hard).

Remove from oven and, as it cools, drop in 5-10 drops of essential oil to each tablet.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container being sure not moisture gets to it.

 

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Survey

Hey guys…Becca, here.

I just took a look into the underpinnings and back-end of the site and realized that this little nook of the internet I’ve claimed as The Dabblist has been around for 1,140 days. I’d imagine that what I’m feeling is akin to looking at your toddler child and feeling like she was born just yesterday while also an eternity ago.

The Dabblist started as the little piece of my creative heart that still beat strong despite the rest of my life feeling paralyzed and cold. But it has become so much more than a little blog about stuff I do on my nights and weekends. It’s become a community, uniting us dabblists around reclaiming our inner creative parts and being {and doing} better for ourselves and the world.

And lately, something has been stirring deep inside my belly. A vision for the next stage of The Dabblist. A vision that nurtures the tribe we have begun to create and gives you more opportunities to explore your creative, maker side that you know is in there.

So I need a favor…

I’ve created a short, 5-minute survey to learn a bit more about what you love, want, and struggle with. If you have a moment, I would so appreciate you filling it out.

And, there’s a prize involved!

To show my gratitude for taking this survey, I’m going to raffling off one of my favorite books, The Flower Recipe Book to one lucky survey taker.

 

Survey
 

To complete the survey, click on the button below that says “Launch Me”.


Thank you thank you thank you!
xo, Becca

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Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Adding flowers to your food feels kind of like magic.

It adds color, flavor, and whimsy to your experience. And there are so many different flowers you can eat – spicy, floral, fragrant, and herbaceous. I like to add flowers to my salads and even to homemade pesto. I’m thinking about pickling nasturtium buds next…

Add edible flowers to ice cubes for a simple, beautiful way to add beauty and whimsy to your hydration.

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

  • Edible flowers {I used mustard, arugula, and radish blossoms since we are in early springtime}
  • Water
  • Ice Cube Tray

Fill your ice cube tray halfway full with water and freeze.

Once frozen, bring your ice cube tray out and drop the flowers in. Fill with water to the top and freeze again.

If you do it this way, the flowers will float right to the top of the cubes. If you prefer your flowers to be in the center of the cube, place your flowers in the bottom half of the tray, freeze it, and cover with water to freeze again.

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

 

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