Monthly Archives: August 2013

A friend (who keeps a lovely blog here) had a tie-dye gathering yesterday, as she was inspired by a beautiful Tie-Dye book. I had a couple of white t-shirts I bought at my local second hand shop, plus some old stained t-shirts and leggings, and when we found we had some dye left, the bag I brought and a hankie.

It was a great morning spent with some really lovely women and we had a blast tying and later generally making a mess.

In case you’re curious about the methods and results, I took before and after photos of most. These are my favourites, but I loved all the results.

What I learned from this experience was that the thick elastics create more dramatic ties. I’d like to try the accordion style again, but folding on a diagonal next time.

tie-dye stripes

This was folded accordion-style and then rolled.

tie-dye stripes

The shirt was grey to start. I love this one but I think I thought the yellow was orange when I dipped it… Oops!

tie-dye: marbles

There were marbles wrapped in plastic and secured with elastic. The dye was randomly sprayed.

tie-dye: marbles

Fun marble spots

tie-dye: cone roll

I rolled this as a cone starting from one shoulder. I sprayed the 3 colours of dye in lines.

tie-dye: cone roll

I think this is my favourite.

tie-dye cone roll from centre

My youngest designed this: He pulled the middle and and rolled it in a cone.

tie-dye cone roll from centre

How fun!


I went for an early morning walk one day last month and noticed a plum tree around the corner. Then I saw an apple tree across the road. I remembered my neighbour’s crabapple tree. So I decided to make it a walk in search of front garden foods. Here’s what I found in various front yards within a block of my house:

neighbourhood edibles: apples


neighbourhood edibles: tomatoes


neighbourhood edibles: strawberries

strawberries (these are ours!)

neighbourhood edibles: plums


neighbourhood edibles: mulberries


neighbourhood edibles: mint


neighbourhood edibles: herb garden

our herb garden!

neighbourhood edibles: grapes


neighbourhood edibles: echinacea


neighbourhood edibles: cranberries


neighbourhood edibles: unripe blackberries

(unripe) blackberries

… And crabapples (the photo didn’t turn out). It’s an amazing edible neighbourhood we have around us, and I never noticed it! Thanks to Not Far From The Tree for helping open my eyes to it!