Tuesday, October 30, 2012

diy peacock costume

when i posted a couple of weeks ago about some diy costumes, i was secretly sad that the girls had picked theirs already well in advance and i wouldn't get to try my hand, or sewing machine at any of those - then my sister called, the peacock was a must do for my niece mckinley.

going into it i was totally planning on winging it - while the tutorial i linked has some great visual inspiration, i wasn't fond of the way the front was covered and it really left a lot of to personal choice on what colors and pattern of colors you went with to make it.

once we had our tulle picked out, i had originally decided i was going to make a little apron to cover the front - i had never made one before but it seemed pretty straight forward and hobby lobby sold trim that was made to fit snug up along a raw edge of fabric, it was a no brainer.

i was going to make the "feather" portion just like you would those easy to make tulle tutus you see everywhere, by looping a long rectangle piece of cut tulle around a loop of elastic. then i had a major "ah-ha" moment in target when i came across the way to perfect colored bubble skirt, on clearance for $3! i would skip the apron and tack the elastic loop to the inside of the skirt. my job just kept getting easier.
i sewed my elastic into a loop the same size as the inside of this nine month skirt, then i hand stitched it in, in the back front and once on each side, leaving ample open elastic for looping my tulle on but it was still secure and wouldn't sag out and be seen.
then i started looping my tulle in, kind of following a photo of a real peacock for inspiration of what pattern i should put it in. we had blue, turquoise, brown, and green to work with.

the pieces in the very back middle are the longest and i slowly tapered off the length as i worked my way around to the sides.
it was starting to come together perfectly - this is a view from the back with it cascading out from the inside elastic loop.
i worked my way around until i hit where i had stitched the elastic to the sides of the skirt - mckinley is only ten months after all and a tiny little thing at that, i didn't need to make this huge by any means. i ended in browns and greens because it seemed to be the most natural coloration for a real peacock.
next i made up the feather ends, kind of eyeing the original tutorial, but just going with the flow on shape. then i tacked these to a color coordinating ribbon with hot glue and then hot glued them to the inside elastic - i still think i need to add more but it still looks great for now!
paired with some black legging and socks and a mask complete with a beak, this is one of the most adorable costumes ever! i can't wait to hear what people have to say after halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

graco snugride click connect 40 #gracosafety


...toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear facing in a car seat. they should stay rear facing until 2 years of age.” -american academy of pediatrics

last week i had the privilege of being invited to an exclusive graco event with some other local mommy bloggers. this was an opportunity to get some hands on experience with and get to know the brand new graco snugride click connect 40 - a car seat manufactured to fit your little one until forty pounds!

mama kat, of mama kat's losin it was our wonderful host and did an amazing job showing off the seat and filling us in on the ins and outs of all the wonderful things this new system has to offer. thanks kat! we met up at the fun itallian restaurant, vince's in federal way, where we were tucked away in the back room, giving us a chnace to learn, get to know each other, and gossip about the latest and greatest parenting how-to's.
i am so excited about this new seat by graco! what a great idea to help parents skip an extra car seat purchase or help make their already expensive infant seat last longer. it is no secret that the american academy of pediatrics recently changed their recommendation about carseats, to state that your little one should continue rear facing till at least two years of age - some choose to go much longer!

the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from 4 pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. the car seat is designed for a parent on the go. the infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

- 4 to 40 pound weight limit, a full 2 years. base adjusts with 8 recline positions for most leg room of
any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort

- the simply safe adjust harness systems allows parents to
adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience.

- click connect attachment which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”

-comes in two eye catching patterns, moonstruck and mena.

when i very first saw the seat fully extended i was a little concerned about how it would fit behind the driver or passenger seat - turns out that it was designed to be no larger then you average convertible toddler seat in the same rear facing position! my favorite part? it is so easily adjustable! from the straps to the head rest everything is very user friendly.

on twitter and instagram, people said things like," i couldn't imagine carrying around my 40lb toddler in that" and "won't their feet be crammed? i thought once their feet grew past the end you had to discontinue use?" when the seat is being used in it fullest reclined position for your toddler you would cease removing it from your car and leave it stationary like any other toddler seat. as far as leg room, the whole seat slides back on the base adjusting for your little ones growing legs and even gives you a little foot pad to help protect your seats!

i highly recommend this new system if you are in the market! it is so comfy and sturdy looking that i wouldn't even think twice before trusting my baby's safety in this seat. can't wait to hear what you think, and feel free to ask any questions!
this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. i was provided a car seat in return for this review, the opinions and text are all mine.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

boom boom prints :: review

man, boom boom prints really had great timing when they contacted me about reviewing their new product! we were just getting started on a little collage wall in baby boy's room and so many of their art pieces would be so perfect!

honestly there were so many designs, colors, and styles to choose from i really had a hard time narrowing it down! then, do i print on paper, canvas, or have it framed? the possibilities are really endless.

i loved reading that this was a company started by two dads of adorable little babies in the midwest. one of the founders is even in minnesota! and you know that makes me all swoony since that is where my husband is from and we love instilling any of those roots we can in our little ones.

the best part? their site is so easy to use i had my order placed and on its way super fast! wanna know how easy it is?

1. choose from HUNDREDS of different image options. there is a little bit of everything to meet everyones vision when it comes to hanging some art on the wall. there are even letters!
2. next you choose your image and background color - this leaves it open for perfect matching to whatever theme you have going on in the room you are placing this! look at all those color options!
3. finally, you choose how you want your new art piece to show up at your door. you can do wrapped canvas, framed print, or simple paper print in a variety of sizes.
not to mention, their prices are super reasonable and you can find something to fit almost any budget or idea! to keep up to date on deals and inspiration there are many ways you can follow boom boom prints - they have facebook, twitter, and pinterest to help meet all of your art needs!

right now they are offering 25% with the code BOO12 until halloween so make sure you take advantage of that great deal!

i was provided a print from boom boom prints in exchange for this review, but all text and opinions are my own.

also, i realize it is super mean of me to post little sneak peeks of the boys room so stay tuned next week for the reveal of where we are so far!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

and now, we wait.

i saw my midwives on tuesday, just like i do every tuesday, but this week i had an agenda. despite them urging that i don't really ask to be checked early...or at all, i was going to be. i knew things were in motion with my body even though they doubted me - didn't it say right there in my chart that all three of my previous pregnancies were delivered within days of this exact point in pregnancy?

asking to be "checked" really does nothing, or it does one of two things: it makes you feel defeated because you have dilated to nothing or, you find out you are at a three, but then you stay there for another three weeks. i still went through with it.

it is a funny thing though, i was seeing the midwife that  i had connected the least with and was sure couldn't be persuaded to do any checking or stripping, but she did.

i was at a generous four. the student midwife didn't even want to try for a exact feel because my cervix was so thin and soft she was positive she would burst my water bag if she tried too hard. then the not great news, his head was very high and could be pushed back up easily.  she went ahead and very lightly stripped my membranes, again being careful not to break my water, because when the head is high like that, not "plugging" the hole, cord prolapse can occur and this is very dangerous.

at the end of the appointment, the tone in the room was confidence that i would deliver soon and if not, tuesday next week, at my next appointment we would talk about breaking my water right there if he was low and engaged. wow.

i saw the chiropractor yesterday and while he worked on shaping my pelvis he also gently pushed the baby down into it. when i stood up, he was already noticeably lower. since, i have been working on a weird lift-leg move my midwife showed me, bouncing on my pilates ball, and other activities (wink wink).

this morning, more is happening, more things are in motion. i am not positive this mean labor is close, like within hours, but it means more waiting.

i am trying to stay busy super cleaning our bedroom, until this morning it housed a mountain of clean and dirty laundry, dishes, and mess. i plan on holding up in our room for at least a couple of days after we come home, so i want it to be clean, comfy, and inviting to those who are brave enough to visit with us in there. tonight i have a blogging event and tomorrow a epic halloween play date with my favorite blogging mommies - lots of things to keep my mind busy!

i'll leave you with this hilarious note my doula posted as she was expecting her second child:

No, I'm not in labor yet
But I'll let you know when I am.

There comes a time in every pregnancy (well, those that go close to term anyway), where the unfortunate mother is subjected to phone calls, emails, texts, FB messages, all asking the same thing - "Did you have that baby yet?" 

Now, let's forget the fact that in any other situation it would NOT be socially acceptable to ask a woman the state of her cervix, or if anything has fallen out of her vagina lately, That's besides the point. Let's focus on the emotional impact of such questions on the woman, who is 9 months pregnant and hormonally fragile.

Let's pretend that in the dark of night a vision comes to you - it might be a fairy, or an elf, or a hot guy in tight jeans, whatever...something shows up and announces the following: "Sometime in the next three weeks you will have one of the most amazing days of your life. It will be hard and scary and exhausting but amazing and miraculous and wonderful and when it's over your life will be forever changed. GUESS WHAT DAY?"

It's excruciating. The waiting is awful. The guessing. Will it be today? Was that a contraction? WHEN will I get to see my baby? Next to morning sickness, it's probably the worst part of pregnancy. So, as you can guess, the question "Did you have that baby yet?" isn't a favorite for a woman who has been creating life for the last nine months. 

So, I will NOT be entertaining that question, or any variation of it. Will not. I have set up a twitter page where I will be able to quickly and easily send updates so that no one has to guess. When I actually go into labor, I will repost the twitter account to FB so you can all see. I PROMISE. Also, I will give someone else access to the account to update for me in the event I cannot. Basically I've got you covered. 

Please, don't ask. If you ask once you will be placed on probation and your only potential for saving my friendship will be to arrive at the hospital after he is born with a Dick's Deluxe and Chocolate shake. You've been warned.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

#dailyrowanprekphoto :: september round-up

it is so fun to look back on these and see how much she is growing and changing! not just in looks, but it is crazy what a sponge she is this year, it makes me feel so confident about our choices when it comes to her pre-schooling. 

the weather is finally cooling down and she is getting to wear more of her back to school wardrobe and we're making some of the summer pieces work by sticking some leggings or long sleeves with them. now, that she misses nap almost everyday we are getting a lot more stink face in the photos as we head off to school after a long morning of playing and staying busy. it has been a interesting adjustment to have our days plan out this way.

i want to try and keep yup with a monthly round-up of the photos as we head off to school, we miss a day here and there for various reasons but i still end up with a lot at the end of the year!

haha, sometimes she looks twelve (and it is blowing my mind) and others my tiny little preschooler.

Monday, October 22, 2012

packing a bag for the birth center

oddly, i feel very relaxed about the contents of the bag heading to the birth center with us. it's not like when packing for a hospital birth, when you have to take into consideration how long you might be there (usually forty-eight hours) and what you may or may not want to use of theirs.

the birth center sent me home with a handy notebook with a whole section on what i might want to bring, but really i just focused on packing things that would make me comfortable. one downside is that you don't go home from the birth center with a arsenal of after care products like you do the hospital. so, i had to plan for things like that to be ready for me at home or to take with.

for me i packed:
two sports bras, one that is a nursing top that i don't plan on getting wet.
two maxi skirts, one short and one long. when i picture myself in labor and moving about, this seems like the best option. plus, there will be photography happening so i care a little about my style.
ankle socks and slippers
extra hair ties and stretchy headbands
an entire outfit just for going home, that doesn't include anything i have mentioned so far.
granny underwear
depends (yes the adult diapers), i know i crawled out of my skin a little when my midwife mentioned purchasing some but then after several friends admitted these were life savers for the first few days, i was on board.
clifbar shot blocks and other things alike that can offer me quick rehydration and fulfill the electrolytes that i will need, when i am not really in the mood for eating.
granola and protein bars
lollipops - one of my favorite "in labor" snacks!
emergen-c, gatorade, and life water 
my starbucks tumbler for water
a full meal, probably a frozen option from trader joes. i have to eat something somewhat well-balanced before i can leave the birth center.
camera and empty memory card

for the baby i packed:
car seat, already installed in the car
a few newborn size disposable diapers
two coming home outfits, in two sizes - who knows what this little guy will be at birth.
socks
a soft cotton hat
a aden + anais blanket
a warmer, thick and soft blanket
sterilized pacifiers, that i don't intend to use at first but you never know

for tim i packed:
swim shorts
basketball shorts and a couple of t-shirts, for comfort so that he can easily and comfortably move around with me.
a whole different outfit for leaving in
snacks of his choosing
nalgene bottle for water

there is a trader joes and several fast food restaurants within minutes of the birth center, so i am not too worried if tim or i suddenly get a craving for a bigger meal during early labor. my doula already scooped out the good places to get munching ice for while we are still at home or on the way in to the birth center.

we get to head home only a few short hours after i have the baby, this is equal parts exciting and terrifying for me. the girls will probably stay with relative for forty-eight plus hours so we will get a lot of time to sleep, cuddle and relax though.

it is all getting so real! i can not wait to have this little guy in my arms. what are your must haves for your hospital bag?

Friday, October 19, 2012

my wild friday night

things are really wild over here at thrity-seven weeks. we have homework and baby belly for days.

full term, yea! full term, yea! full term, yea!

How far along: thirty-seven weeks and full term!
How big is baby: about 6lbs, my midwife is feeling.
Total weight gain: none since last week, we'll just leave it at that.
Maternity clothes: yep, and a lot of yoga pants and tim's tee shirts.
Sleep: really good when compared to how it was with stella. i think chasing after these two crazies all day guarantees me some good sleep. i'l take it!
Best moment these weeks: learning that he is head down when it sure felt like he was not anymore.
Gender: boy of course.
Movement: yep! but after i mentioned it had been strange over the weekend, i am officially instructed to count kicks. thank god there's a app for that, takes all of the guess work out of it.
Labor Signs: lots and lots of contractions and it literally feels like my water is bulging (sorry, over share).
Belly Button in or out: out, does that mean he is done?
Stretch marks: they look less and less like stretch marks the more i get stretched out.
What I miss: all of the yummy hard ciders right now!
What I am looking forward to: hoping he shows up this month!
Milestones: not a good one, but for the first time in four pregnancies i tested positive for group b strep, boo. this means i won't really be able to labor at home since my labors are so fast. also, there goes my hopes of not having any iv's - at least it is just a little butterfly one that as soon as i am done with the antibiotics, it comes out.

not much to report, other then we are totally ready for this little guy!

i will post monday about what i am packing for the birth center and in the mean time i am starting to walk, bounce, drink raspberry leaf tea, and will him out since we are full term!

when i brought up stripping my membranes to the midwives their response was that it probably wouldn't happen till after forty weeks. then i mentioned that at thirty-eighth with stella it is what sent my five centimeters into real labor, so the midwife said we'll talk about it again if we get to that point.

stay tuned!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

mini woodland creature pies

i am always on the hunt for fun things we can do with our woodland creature cookie cutters from ikea. whether it be christmas ornaments or pancake molds, we have a major love affair with these cute little baking utensils.
then the other day, one of my favorite blogging mamas posted a photo on instagram of some mini star wars pies she was making to surprise her adorable son judah with and i was in awe! later when she posted a how-to on her blog my little mustache, i headed right out to the store for me and the girls to try our hand at this fun idea!

i bought pre made pie crusts from safeway and stole a bag full of smallish apples from my aunts tree to get started, then i pretty much followed jess's tutorial to a t but wanted to share it with you guys on here too!
i pulled out, peeled, and diced about six apples.
added four tablespoons of cinnamon, six tablespoons of flour, and half a teaspoon of nutmeg before mixing/shaking (i put a plate over the top of my bowl and shook) the mix real good to ensure total coverage.

using a large opening coffee cup, i cut out circles from one of the two ready made pie crust rolls. i then placed them in my muffin tin like so. next, i filled up each cup pretty full with the apple mixture.
using the second pre made crust roll, i cut out a squirrel and snail shape, my two smaller cookie cutters. i just laid over the top of the heaping cups like so.

with my oven preheated to 400 degrees, i popped the muffin pan in for about eighteen minutes before they were the perfect golden brown and the house smelled delicious!

the girls showed there approval by devouring these cute little pies in seconds! they say they are best served with a nice glass of vanilla almond milk, yum!
make sure and visit my little mustache to see her post and what she is planning on doing with her adorable creation!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

from the vault :: slow cooker habanero chili

an all time favorite in this house, i just have to share this perfect fall recipe with you...again. we change it up every once and awhile with different peppers, but still enjoy its great warming taste. with our annual carmel apple family day coming up i need to get to the store for ingredients to make this for lunch that day! can't wait to hear what you think!
don't say i never gave you anything.
this is for people who like it hot hot hot.

ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound lean ground turkey (i just use the whole package that you get at fredy's, it's a little over a pound)
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
2 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 dried habanero pepper, chopped OR 3-4 serrano peppers, chopped (this is what i use usually)
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried sage
salt to taste

making the magic happen:
1. heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink and evenly browned, about 10 minutes. using a slotted spoon, place the cooked mean into a slow cooker, and drain any remaining oil from the skillet.

2. using the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. stir in the red pepper, onion, garlic, and pepper; cook until tender, about 3 minutes. stir into the slow cooker with the turkey.

3. stir in kidney beans, black beans, and black eyed peas, and tomato sauce into the slow cooker with mixture. set on low and cook for 8 hours or high for 3.

4. one hour before the time is up, stir in the corn, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, basil, and sage. continue cooking the chili for the remaining hour. season to taste with salt.

we serve with sour cream, grated mexican cheese, and corn bread. so yum!
i make this for tim, and then he freezes a lot of it to take for lunches. makes a ton!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

pinterest inspired :: melted crayon pumpkin

this diy is pretty self explanatory from the photos and i am sure by now you have seen it all over pinterest - but i had to share our fun creation!

with a two and five year old nipping at the heels to do anything with their new pumpkins, i try to get creative outside of letting them have knives and play in goop. we still have a few more ideas (like this, this, and this) up our sleeve but this was the first one we set out to try. do you follow while it rains on pinterest yet?

to begin, we laid out a good coverage of parchment paper to protect out work area. ideally you should do this outside but it was raining so the kitchen counter it was.

we unwrapped (use a exacto knife to cut a slit length wise, the paper just comes right off!) then broke up our favorite shades of crayola crayons, from the rainbow. i used heavy duty craft glue to attach them to the top of the pumpkin and gave them a few minutes to dry.
lesson learned: you want to point them down and hae them flush to the pumpkin as much as possible. once i started melting them the drops were flinging off all over the place. to correct my mistake mid craft i would just wait till they melted a bit on the tip then bend it down to the curve of the pumpkin.

we used a hair dryer on high heat and medium force, high just blew wax all over. rowan had fun holding the dryer till her hand got tired, then i got tired of her dipping the tip into the melted wax. so, i had to finish it off. it really didn't take to long, the wax melts pretty fast.

after all the crayons were melted, i noticed i wasn't happy with the coverage. i went back and added a half to a whole piece of the same or similar color all the way around. when we melted this batch it made the wax already on there do some fun blending.
the wax didn't contour to the pumpkin the way i thought it might, but the drips hanging off the side look so much cooler to me. i am already picturing trying this with smaller pumpkin, white ones, or longer flat sided ones - all would look so neat!

Monday, October 15, 2012

remembering shelbypaige

today is infant loss awareness day and my heart is heavy for my niece that passed on too soon. although we got five precious months with her, it was not nearly enough.

it is magical how every second i got to spend with her is so clearly defined in my mind and in my heart. even the last day we saw her, how the girls giggled and played with her that day, and how we said goodbye even though we didn't know we were saying goodbye.

we miss you shelbypaige, we'll watch for you in the sunset.

a delicious mistake :: cookies!

when everyone started posting photos of the new "cookie butter" to grace trader joe's shelves on instagram, of course i had to run right out and buy some. we all tried a spoonful the second we were home, but then it sat, and sat, and sat in the cupboard. what did we do with it? toast? waffles? nothing seemed like it would be the right pairing - i know, i sound crazy...

while dreaming of a chocolate bar earlier i got the bright idea to make peanut butter cookies, then i remembered i had just used up the last of the peanut butter yesterday, this was going no where. so with a visit to the kitchen, i found the jar of cookie butter hidden in the cupboard and decided to give it a whirl- i mean, it is called c-o-o-k-i-e butter.

and you know what? it was a delicious mistake if i do say so myself! 

the end result was sort of a mix between a pretzel and a ginger snap and it was hard not to eat all of the batter up right there! so, of course i have to share with you!

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup trader joe's cookie butter
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups of sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

cream together butter, cookie butter, sugar, and molasses then beat in eggs.

in another bowl mix together the flour and etc then slowly add in.

refrigerate for one hour.

roll into one inch balls and place on baking sheet, flattening each ball with a fork to create criss-cross pattern.

Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown.

optional: mix up powder sugar and milk to desired amount and drizzle/ or brush over cooled cookies.

enjoy!

Friday, October 12, 2012

maternity photos

today i am thirty-six weeks, so it was perfect timing when our maternity shoot disc showed up in the mailbox yesterday. this was the funnest shoot with lulabell photography and one of my favorite momma friends. 

we snuck away to the arboretum a few weekends back and in between dodging cute old couples and people walking their dogs, we were able to snag some of the most fun shots! i was still gaga over the pumpkin shot after i did it for my sister last october and knew that will our little guy coming this fall we had to do a fall themed shoot.

you would never guess that my dress was not zipped in the back, i was so in love with this perfect for fall outfit, all the way down to my fake boot socks made from cutting the top portion off a pair of my favorite "too short" socks.

now, i just have to decide which ones to enlarge and where to hang.

enjoy our photos!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

dyeing a woven wrap

*let me preface this by saying that the end result was a far cry from what i had pictured when i started this project. clearly, we needed to leave each level submerged much longer (maybe double?) then we did and possibly used a little less water to dye ratio. however, this tutorial will still work perfectly for you as long as you pay attention to those couple of minor details i just mentioned.
when precious earth sent me this chimparoo woven wrap a while back to review, i was kind of excited that she had picked the lighter, more solid taupe color. the wheels immediately started turning about how i could mimic some of my favorite girasol wraps with their gorgeous gradation dye/woven jobs. i researched relentlessly till i came up with a plan for my own and i couldn't wait to get started!

i used dylon dye in a pretty turquoise/blue color and ordered a bag of soda ash to add - everything i read made it  sound like this was a must to get a even and thorough dye without harsh lines. i pre-rinsed and spun my wrap, i chose not to wash it because i didn't have any of the recommended soaps and i didn't want to mess with any chemical interaction. we mixed according to the directions in warm water, inside of a rubbermaid container.

we worked in the bathroom so that we could take advantage of the tension rod, perfect for slowly lowering the wrap into the dye mix. using baby hangers and clothes pins i went along the entire edge of the wrap, placing the hangers side by side and pinning. this helps keep the wrap evenly separated, so that while dunking it, it doesn't get tangled up and cause dye to not be able to reach all of the surface of the wrap.
once it was up, we decided at what lengths and times we would lower the wrap. the amount we kind of eyeballed but lowered it in these increments (which i mentioned above was NOT long enough) 22 minutes, l5 minutes, 11 minutes, 8 minutes, then dunked the whole rest of the piece for 5 minutes.
once the time was totally up, i rinsed with cold water then it went directly into the wash for another rinse and spin with some vinegar this time. when that was over, i hung it up to dry.
(see how it barely looks different? whoops.)

the more i look at it, it really gave it a pretty tint - again not what i was originally picturing, and now that we have "practiced" once, i already ordered some more of the same dye to try again with much longer intervals. i will be sure to update you once we have done this!