Posts Tagged ‘pink’

08/19/15

Give old linen napkins new life with this DIY bleaching technique.

You know how, sometimes, you'll be working through a DIY and then suddenly realize that it's totally not going to work out and you just have to abandon it? It happens to me at least a couple of times a month. And most recently, it happened with some DIY bleached aprons that I wanted to try out.

Unfortunately, I bought the wrong kind of aprons (aka super cheap ones that were one step above a paper towel, yet they did not absorb liquid?!), and the bleach didn't work at all.

SO...instead of throwing in the towel on the idea, I switched to napkins and had much better results. In fact, it worked like a charm with the colorful linen napkins I had leftover from the workshop I did with Ash earlier this year. So, I put a quick tutorial together in case you want to make your own.

How to use bleach to create a subtle acid wash pattern with your linens

The results of this process are a little different than your typical bleached textile DIY. It's a little more understated and more toward the acid wash side of things, which, as it turns out, is my jam right now for some reason.

So, let's get to it...

Materials:

- colorful napkins (or another textile)
- bleach
- spray bottle

How To:

This one is super easy. All you need to do is pour a little bit of bleach into a spray bottle. Then, put on some gloves and spray the bleach directly onto the surface of a colorful napkin. You should start to see the color lifting right away (within 10-15 seconds).

How to use bleach to create a subtle acid wash pattern with your linens

How to use bleach to create a subtle acid wash pattern with your linens

Then, run the entire napkin under water thoroughly for at least 60 seconds to rinse the bleach away. Wring out the water from the napkin as best you can, then pop it in the dryer, iron it, and it's ready to use.

Totally doable, right?

Here's what the napkins looked like after they had all been bleached and washed, but not dried yet. The color looked much more saturated while the linens were still wet.

Bleached Linen Napkins DIY

Bleached Linen Napkins DIY

Bleached Linen Napkins DIY

Bleached Linen Napkins DIY

After the napkins were rinsed and run through a cycle in the dryer (photo below), I could see the color changes a lot more clearly than when they were still wet (above photos).

The mint linens turned white and off white, depending on how long the bleach was left on. And there are some soft greens and blues that pop through in certain areas, mainly at the edges.

The terra cotta red napkins turned a really pretty pale pink, with a subtle acid wash pattern.

How to Create a Subtle Acid Wash Pattern on Linens with Bleach

And here's what they looked like after I ironed them...BIG difference...

Try this subtle DIY bleaching technique for old linen napkins.

Give old linen napkins new life with this DIY bleaching technique.

Give old linen napkins new life with this DIY bleaching technique.

Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? Do you like the way the napkins looked before the bleach, where the color is flat and saturated? Or do you prefer the more organic / muted after version?

07/29/15

Super tall cactus

Believe me, I've tried, but I just can't shake this pink phase that I've been going through lately. Design-wise, dusty pinkish tones are still my fave. And no matter how many times I try to suppress those Pepto-Bismol vibes, they keep coming back up.

So, I figure, why fight it. One day, I'll wake up and be completely over it. But today isn't that day. So for now, let's just go through a few reasons why pink is still kind of the best...

1. (above) Super tall cactus on pink from Hannah Klemm

Pink and Periwinkle

2. Pink and Periwinkle from Aleksandra Kingo

Pink + pineapple

3. Pink + pineapples. Not a bad combo.

Styling by Molly Cranna

4. Styling (pink) perfection from Molly Cranna

Pink on pink

5. Pink on pink

(Pink) Stairway to Heaven

6. Stairway to (pink) heaven from Park & Cube

Styling by Adi Goodrich

7. Color blocked pink and peach from Adi Goodrich

What color is having it's moment in your eyes right now? I've been loving blues lately too, but I'd love to hear what you think.

06/15/15

Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake Recipe

Sometimes, you want to bake a cake, but don't have time or energy to make one completely from scratch. It happens. In fact, I probably find myself in that situation more often than not.

And for those times, there's this semi-homemade strawberries and cream cake recipe. It involves a standard from-the-box cake mix and a handful of other ingredients that will make that grocery store mix taste like an amazing homemade treat. You game?

Here's what you'll need to make your own strawberries and cream cake...

Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

- 1 box store-bought strawberry cake mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored creamer
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- baking spray

Youll also need:

bundt pan (you can buy the one we used right here on Amazon)// mixing bowls // whisk // rubber spatula // cooling rack

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the inside of the bundt pan with baking spray (like Pam for Baking).

2. Whisk together the cake mix, flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the freeze dried strawberries and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and oil together. Then add the creamer and vanilla and whisk to combine. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula.

4. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes (when an inserted skewer is removed cleanly). Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for about 20 minutes. Be careful with the pan, since it will still be hot. Invert the pan to remove the cake and let it cool on the rack.

Top with a dusting of powdered sugar and serve with fruit and whipped cream.

Recipe // Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake

Recipe // Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake

Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Like the grid runner in these photos? Make your own in under an hour with this DIY tutorial.

Think you'll give this cake a try? I would love to hear what you think of this me-homemade approach to baking.