Golden Hues : Natural Dying with Foraged Golden Rod.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall means stocking the pantry with canned garden goods, collecting herbs for wellness tinctures and teas, and gathering goldenrod from the outskirts of fields to turn into natural dye. 
I love the process of making dye and while I am not an expert by any means, I’ve used several different plants and techniques over the years to color skeins of handspun yarn and fabric for quilts with great success. I love including the little ones in this process from gathering to hanging everything out to dry.
Natural dyes have a lot of appeal to me, mostly because they are frugal and plant based. You can forage for ingredients in nature or you can use food scraps like avocado skins to achieve beautiful hues in every color of the rainbow. There are endless options for natural dying and the colors produced are always beautiful and unique.
Golden rod is very abundant in late summer and early fall. If you live in the Midwest like us, you’ll see it lining the highway and taking over fields covering everything in a sea of yellow. This flowering plant attracts pollinators and is used in teas and as a healing folk remedy for digestive, urinary, and respiratory wellness so it's not just great for dye making!
The dye created from this plant produces various hues depending on the parts that you use! Adding the fresh yellow flowers creates a bright yellow dye while adding in the leaves in stems produces a lovely, soft green. Experimenting with your dye and creating different colors is the best part of the process, every single batch will bring you a new and lovely surprise. 
I follow a dye process very similar to Rebecca Desnos who shares her technique and how to’s on her Instagram and in her book which is a wonderful resource if you’re looking to dig deeper into the world of natural dying. 
You can read her instructions on how to dye with goldenrod by clicking here. 

I love the end product of my golden rod dying project and i cant wait to knit up a little something with the yarn that i dipped!

Have you made your own natural dye before? I'd love to hear what your favorite dye is to make!

5 self-care quotes to inspire you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Self- Care is one of those hot words right now. We see it on Instagram, in women's magazines, and on blogs but what does it really mean? If you follow along with me on Instagram you'll hear me talk about the importance of self-care and how it's way more than just bubble baths, face masks, and trips to the nail salon. It's about being tuned into your needs mind, body, and soul and giving yourself permission to nourish those areas of your life regularly and without guilt. A lot of us struggle with self-care and carving out time to fill ourselves up after pouring out all week for our family, friends, and businesses so i thought i would share some of my favorite self-care centered quotes to inspire you and remind you that you are worthy and deserving.

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort."
– Deborah Day

“Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing comes when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as you would sunshine."
– Melodie Beattie

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side."
– Susan Weiss Berry

“Self-care is how you take your power back."
– Lalah Delia

“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness."
– Sanaya Roman

I'll be sharing more about self-care this month on the blog so stay tuned for more ideas, thoughts, and rituals centered around caring for ourselves more.
Have a favorite self-care quote?
Share it with me in the comments!
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