Dyeing for Change

A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of a $1 shipping special JoAnns was having, & ordered some packets of navy iDye.  I wanted to dye the cushion covers on the rattan chairs.  The off-white covers were showing their age (and our friends’ inability not to spill when sitting on white).  My mom sewed these covers from some heavy duty cotton curtains, so the fabric itself is still in great condition.  After a nerve-racking hour of watching my entire washer turn navy blue, here’s what the covers looked like.

iDyed Chair Slipcovers - Navy Cotton Both Chairs

I was inspired by Sherry {Young House Love} and Jackie {Teal & Lime} who both used iDye to dye some chair slipcovers.  I knew from their experiences that the dye probably wouldn’t come out the exact color I had imagined, but I really thought they would be a tad more well navy than what they turned out.  Instead we have a blue chambray.  Luckily, its grown on me.

iDyed Chair Slipcovers - Navy Cotton Single Chair

That’s not to say that I didn’t have a momentary freak-out when I realized navy wasn’t going to happen!  But by the time I got the second chair’s covers done I had gotten more used to the color.  I’m also happy to report that, although I dyed each chair’s covers separately, they match perfectly. {Big sigh of relief!}  I’ve also since decided that a true navy blue would have been too dark for the room.

iDyed Chair Slipcovers

I’ll do a step by step post when I get around to dyeing the cushion covers in the guest room.  I think I’m delaying because seeing all of that navy water still scares me!  (It did clean up easily though!)  What do you think?  Have you dyed anything recently?

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Welcome Friends!

This is my new blog home.  Since Our Next Great Adventure was started as a way to keep family and friends up to date on our latest adventures & then morphed into a DIY / decorating blog, I’ve decided to separate the two.  I’m happy to see that you’ve followed me over here!

Most of the posts have been moved over here, but it might take a little while to sort out all the glitches.  Please let me know (either in comments or through the Contact Me page) if you find anything that’s broken!

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What do you think of the new color scheme?  Do you think I’ve lost my mind for moving?

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Adding pretty patterns

Look at that pretty pattern!  Any guess to what it is on?Ironing Board Cover Close-up

If you were random enough to shout “a new ironing board cover” you win, because I’m betting nobody else got that right!

I love our ironing board – it’s highest setting is nice and tall, so I don’t get a back-ache when ironing and it’s sturdy.  (I believe it’s a Michael Graves ironing board from Target at least 5 years ago).  The cover was a very non-offensive white and blue stripe, but the the white is showing its age & since we hang it behind the guest room door, I figured a pretty cover would be appreciated by more than just me.

I thought about getting one on Etsy (ala Young House Love) but I’m cheap & I’d have to wait for my birthday or Christmas so that someone else could give it to me.  I also thought about making one myself, but it seemed hard.  So while I was delaying making a decision I ran into this cute little guy at TJ Maxx for $5.99.  SOLD.  If I could choose, I’d probably pick something in navy blue, grey, or yellow, but this was the only one.
Ironing Board Cover in the Guest Room

I think the green works nicely in the room & it’s not like it clashes with the navy in there.  For those of you who are interested, the brand is “Honey Can Do” and I got the “premium” cover which is made for frequent ironing (which they define as 3-8 times per month) and comes with an all-in-one 4mm fiber pad.  It has a great snug fit, the pad is substantial, and it looks great.  I’ll let you know if I run into any issues when I actually attempt to use it while ironing!

Ah, it’s the little things right?

Easy and Inexpensive Hexagon String Art

Remember how I had a great idea to do a string art project?  Well I DID actually do the project!  I just didn’t get a chance to photograph it, because it was sitting on the floor of the guest room for a few weeks.  Since we had guests staying with us, I had to necessary incentive to get it up on the wall!

Hexagon String Art - Close-up from ournextgreatadventure

What do you think?  I think it turned out well.  I first filled up the whole board with hexagon shapes, but it looked cluttered, so I flipped the board around and started again.  The stringing part was easy except for the few times I crashed my fingers into the nails – but what’s a little bit of blood for the sake of craftiness right?

Here it is in the guest room.  I switched out the small mirror that was there for this art & bought a big mirror for over the loveseat, which I’ll post about soon, I promise!

Hexagon String Art

We need to update the lamps in here, but I’m in no rush.  I also want to paint the nightstand (it’s an Ikea Rast) but I can’t decide on a color scheme, so it’s staying AS-IS for now!  I also like the blue stripe duvet in here, but I think I’ll be stealing it back for our room after the next load of laundry.

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Playing Tourist

Last Friday we channeled our inner-tourist & took Andy’s parents downtown.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these already.  We stopped at a few of the monuments, but since the Lincoln is my favorite, and the light was so interesting when we were there, I’m sharing those.  The weather was perfect; a cool breeze, relatively high humidity which kept it nice and warm, and overcast so the sun wasn’t bearing down on us.

What did you do this weekend?Playing Tourist - Cloudy Day at the Lincoln Playing Tourist - View from the Lincoln

Getting ready for a summer picnic

Andy and I love the wine tasting culture here in VA.  Unlike in California, you don’t “winery hop” and do 3 or 4 tastings in a day.  Instead, many people pack a picnic and spend the whole afternoon at one winery.  We’ve done this twice & love it!  But we realized that we needed some cute picnic supplies for these little excursions.

I had been casually looking around for cute melamine plates, bowls & cups.  A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on an awesome sale at Target on the cutest plates, cups, and bowls!

Picnic Plates Collage

I grabbed (1) a 4-pack of yellow tumblers (it’s important to drink wine AND water!), (2) a 4-pack of bright yellow bowls for salad, and (4) a 4-pack of fun chevron dinner plates.  I didn’t buy (3) the chevron tablecloth, but it’s such a perfect match that I consider it every time I go to Target!

Now all we need is a cute picnic basket & cooler tote.  I’m loving this rattan picnic basket!

Fingers crossed that the weather plays along and we get to share this fun picnic / wine tasting experience (on our new plates) with my in-laws who are visiting!

“Look for the helpers”


Normally, I don’t post about tragedies on this blog, but I just wanted to say that our hearts go out to those affected by the Boston bombings.

I noticed a disturbing trend on my FB feed, where a number of people stated that they had “lost faith in humanity” because of this tragedy. For some reason this makes me incredibly sad – that one person / group of people who have no humanity can make you lose faith when so many others have shown the depths of their humanity and their love for fellow man.

I think George Takei said it best.
George Takei - Boston Tragedy

Hope you and your loved ones are safe.