Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer coming to Target

The newest line to collaborate with Target is
Lilly Pulitzer 

The original creator of the namesake brand was 
also known as the 
" Queen of Prep "

Full page ad from Vogue magazine

Lilly Pulitzer started her fashion and lifestyle empire in 1959
after customers at her Palm Beach, Florida orange juice stand
wanted her dresses more than orange juice.
To be practical at the messy juice stand Lilly wore
sleeveless shifts of bright colorful cotton to hide
the juice stains and be comfortable.

Online preview of the colorful prints that will be on fabrics

The original Lilly Pulitzer fashion house closed in 1984 but,
by 1993 Sugartown Worldwide Inc. revived the Lilly Pulitzer line
and Lilly became the creative consultant until her death in 2013.

And now on Sunday, April 19th, 2015
Target will launch a line of 
Lilly Pulitzer.

I sincerely hope that the numerous sundresses,
tops, bathing suits, etc. will 
be made from a nice quality cotton.
I find most of Target designer launches 
 totally disappointing because 
the fabric is such poor quality.

For a preview of styles go to

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ombre Dye Project

I saw this extremely overpriced ombre dyed denim shirt 
at Anthropologie and thought;

 I could do that to one of my old denim shirts...

and I did !

Purchased this NO MESS ( lol ) 
iDye packet at Laguna Beach Art Supply 
in royal blue.

I first saw these dye packets in Seattle and I've really 
wanted to try out the dye process.
This packet is for natural fiber and 
the company also makes a dye for synthetics.

I assembled my dye station and
 finally used the crock pot I bought at an estate sale.

I am way too chicken to use any dye inside my house
at either the stove or in the washing machine 
because it's DYE and stains everything it touches!

So outside 
I heated up the water in the crock pot
and added the dye.

Next I wet just the bottom third of my old denim shirt.

I hung my shirt so just the bottom third would be immersed in the dye bath.
Tried to be extremely careful not to splash the dye onto the rest of the shirt. 

The dye packet did not have any separate dye activator but, 
it did require a lot of non iodized salt.

Things got a little messy as I tried to do the required frequent stirring
for the 30 minutes my shirt was in the dye bath.

Time was up!
Gave it a good cold rinse with the hose

Dye continued to rinse out of the shirt
so I decided to try setting the dye with 
a water and white vinegar bath.

Then I washed it with old clothes in
the washing machine and then the dryer.

I definitely will always wash it with blue clothing.

And that was my first ombre dye adventure!

I would rate it a success;
especially since the only other thing I turned blue 
was the stirring spoon.