Thursday, July 01, 2010

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to Canada and Canadians everywhere! It's a beautiful day, so enjoy it.
Tonight, from my balcony, I'll get to see the fireworks; no buildings block my view right across to the lake, so I get a ringside seat as itwere.

Meanwhile I experimented with natural dyeing yesterday, and this morning I was very happy with the result. the photo isn't really accurate; in reality there's less violet and more pink.

I was blog-hopping when I came across a couple of blogs that talked about using avocado skins to get a pink shade. It made sense to me because I've often wondered about that spot of red that can appear in avocados sometimes -- it has to come from somewhere. There were no instructions except to boil the skins and soak the fabric for 1 - 2 days. So I boiled the skins until the water looked red (about 15 minutes) then took out the skins and put in the fabric, intending to leave it there for 24 hours. But at the 8-hour mark, I got the pink I wanted (pale, the only pink I like), and put the fabric out to dry.


  1. Happy Canada Day sweet Colette!! I just had to tell you how lovely this beautiful fabric is ~ the color is oh-so-perfect and the PERFECT shade of pale pink....hugs and love, Dawn

  2. I have never heard of this! Thanks. I'm off to try it out!

  3. Never heard of this either... but what a lovely color!

  4. Happy Canada fun! I love fireworks...enjoy the day~

    oooh, love this sweet pale shade of pink, it is really lovely. I had no idea, how fun to this!

  5. What an interesting idea! Hope Canada was wonderful! You are so thoughtful to send me such a beautiful card for my birthday!! :)

  6. Yes, I saw this on Gerdiary's blog and immediately I wanted to go out and get avacados which I will do. Your pink fabrics do look lovely. I hope you had a great Canada Day Colette and happy weekend


  7. Avocado skins make pink dye? How cool is that?!? Awesome blog you have here!


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