Monday, March 6, 2017

Do what you like...

Yesterday was a glorious day to stay home and play with my books and paper! Well, after the grocery store, and the pet store and the recycle center, that is.  But it was a crisp, cold day, the perfect day to air out the pillows and feather bed beneath the blue skies with the sun shining bright.

And in between all the "required" busy-ness of the day, I devoted the better part of this day in my creative space, listening to Blind Faith on the turntable, DOIN' WHAT I LIKE!... tea dying papers and ribbons.  For this batch, I used plain old Lipton tea bags, with a few Raspberry ones tossed in just for kicks. It sure does smell good.  Different than the coffee dying frenzy I was on during the past week of crazy weather causing 2 power outages which I thoroughly enjoyed!

For added texture in some of my projects, I like to use tea or coffee stained medical gauze, and if you haven't tried dying industrial paper towels, you simply must! It has wonderful texture that shows up beautifully when stained or dyed.

This fabulous sheet is coffee dyed!  And yes, it has that crinkly sound after baking!

And this is the glorious underpaper, the baking sheet! 
My dyed paper smells wonderful! And I don't even drink coffee!

This gives me great JOY...along with the WIP, Hawaii; my junk journal/scrapbook of my trip to Waikiki to meet some beautiful island Ohana for the first time!
My lovely island Mama is on the cover!
Thanks for stopping by.  Soon I will have some of these fabulous papers and other items for junk journals up in my etsy shop...stay tuned! 


  1. Happy Monday! I like the gauze idea...your collection looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am going to be doing some tea staining of my own this week. Such fun!

  3. I LOVE your stained paper - and what a delight seeing your stash and working bits! Although I haven't tea-dyed in ages, I remember once using used freshing brewed loose tea (with lots of big "sticks" and flower petals, etc. in the blend, and spreading/scattering it between two papers and pressing them to dry. It pattern was quite interesting. Not an overall stain, but random.

  4. This table looks amazing! Better not let me get close to it and check my pockets when I leave! heehee! Can't wait to check out your shop! Hugs, Diane

  5. Hello!:) Great fun, and stock of paper. It's amazing what you can do with a little tea staining. It gives an authentic antique look to the paper and lace.:)

  6. Sounds like my kinda day-the stained paper looks gorgeous and I can see happy Etsy shoppers gobbling it up!

  7. Your dyed papers look amazing. I think I can smell them from here...I now need a cup of coffee. :)

  8. Wow, truly breath taking and amazing! You are so creative! I just love staring at the papers, and you haven't even done something to them! LOL! Nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by my blog! Sorry it took me so long to come by! Big Hugs!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I look forward to dying eggs with natural foods..etc.