Summer Tie-Dye t-Shirts

tie dye

It’s only the end of June, and J+J are already wanting to spend their entire days in the comfort of air conditioning. This weekend I made an extra effort to plan outdoor activities to draw them into the backyard, at least in the morning hours when the temperatures are still bearable. One activity we tried was tie-dying t-shirts, something Jenna loved quite a bit.

tie dye

Minimalist Vacation Packing

We’re heading out on vacation soon, and I have to admit, I love packing. I’m a minimalist at heart, so the exercise of coordinating great outfits while taking the least amount of clothes is a fun challenge. This year, we’re going on a cruise and will be stopping at a few beaches along the way. Sounds easy, right? A swimsuit and sandals should do the trick, but … there are also formal dinners and the ever-present chance of rain in the Caribbean. So, in my usual minimalist way, I’m sticking with mostly neutrals in white, gold and navy. Here is my minimal packing wish list:

cruise packing wish list

Sources: Hat / Emergency Kit / Tote / Swimsuit / Kaftan / Jacket / Sandals / Passport Cover / Scarf / Swim Cover-up

Polka Dot Glitter Shoes

Polka dots are popping up everywhere this fall, especially in children’s fashion. I love polka dots, but my daughter is more fond of pink and glittery, so I decided to make a pair of pink polka dot glitter shoes for her. What girl wouldn’t love that?

This project was surprisingly easy and cost around $20 to complete.


  • Canvas Shoes (I purchased a pair of Mary Jane style shoes at a craft store)
  • White fabric paint
  • Glitter fabric paint
  • Glitter
  • Stencil brush (the round sponge brush was they key to making perfect circles)

Step 1: Paint the Shoes

I started by placing some white paint on a paper plate and adding a single row of three circles along the front of the shoe. I considered using a ruler, but decided that the placement didn’t need to be exact. Once I added the first row of dots, I continued to work in offset rows from the front of the shoe to the back. When the shoe was completely covered, I went back over very lightly with a second coat of white paint.

Step 2: Let Dry

Once the shoes were covered in dots, I let them dry for a couple of hours.

Step 3: Glitter the Shoes

I worked in small sections for this step. I added a couple of dots of glitter paint using the stencil brush and then lightly sprinkled the glitter over these dots. I shook the shoe a bit to get the wet glitter paint to pick up more of the glitter and then blew on the shoes to remove the excess glitter (and reposition it on the floor … who doesn’t appreciate a little extra sparkle?). I continued this process until the entire shoes were covered in sparkles.

All Done

I let the finished shoes dry overnight before letting my daughter wear them. According to the instructions, the paint is safe to wash after drying for a full 72 hours.