I should have stayed away… I have been putting off joining pinterest but this week I caved! Its kind of like a creative overload for me, and I can’t believe how many of my friends are on it! Honestly I already have files of images on my computer and folders of magazine clippings, so this is nothing new, just addictive. We have one of those houses with a floor to ceiling wall of bookshelves, but my husband just got a kindle, in theory to minimize the actual books to digital files. Perhaps pinterest is my craft kindle??? It sounds good in theory but I know we are set in our ways.
Here is an idea that I re-pinned and tried. The theory is to make a tie-dye effect sans the dye. Using permanent markers, I used *gasp* BIC markers, which is totally against my sharpie loyalty. You simply draw on the fabric then use a dropper to add drops of rubbing alcohol which diffuses the marker. The girls and I tried two different fabrics stretched over embroidery hoops and cookie cutters to see if this method could hold a shape – NOPE. Here’s the thing, this method makes it look like it is cleaner than tie – dye but it’s really not. #1 you are using permanent markers, which if you trust your kid (or some adults :) with could become a big mess #2 The rubbing alcohol makes the markers run on your fingers everything it touches (with permanent ink), #3 The alcohol has a VERY strong odor.
So it was a cute idea, simple and most of the items a typical household has on hand. But, given it takes the same amount of time and the smell, I think this family will keep the camp tradition and just dye fabric the old fashion way. And pinterest? I hold my review for a while, I am having too much fun finding new ideas to try!