Valentine Postcards & Avocados

I've been creating fabric Valentine postcards for a Marie Antoinette swap.

These were really fun to create. I love playing with pretty laces and appliques.

back side of postcards

I found the beautiful Marie image, and the postcard image here.

I've also been playing with avocados. In our house, we eat alot of them.
We love them in our salads, with a dish of cottage cheese, or all by themselves.

But, I recently made a discovery thanks to other bloggers.

Did you know they make a wonderful dye?

We've been saving our avocado peels. I just put them in a ziploc baggie
in the freezer until I had enough. In a pot, I added the peels from 5 avocados
and approximately 6 cups of water. I boiled them for several minutes, removed
them from the heat, and let them stand overnight.

The next day, I removed the peels, and poured the dye through
a piece of fabric to removed any bits of avocado.

And then, I started gathering pieces of lace, seam binding, and scraps of muslin.
And into the pot they went.

I got different shades of vintage pink, and cream, depending on
the type of lace/ribbon, and the original color. It's amazing!!

You should give it a try!

I can't wait to show you the other fun projects that I'm working on right now.

Hope you are having a beautifully creative week!


Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love your Marie valentines - they are beautiful! I'm letting all my blogger friends know that I had an apron featured in apronology!! - on newstands this month! and I'm having my very first giveaway - a fancy apron - I will post the giveawy on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I have never heard about the staining powers!
Interesting! Your laces look great, as do your artful creations....always so very pretty!

Ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Debi, I love your beautiful post cards and I love the back image, so sweet, don't you just love the color that the avacado's make, just beautiful, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Terri

Lynn said...

Beautiful, beautiful fabric art :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

That dye process is wonderfully amazing! What a beautiful result! And what a fun project to do! Your cards are gorgeous!

Pam Kellogg said...

Debi, your work is gorgeous! I absolutely love your Marie Valentines!

And thank you for your Avocado tip! I love them too and never thought of dying lace with them!


Hugs, Pam

Whimsical Folk Art Blog said...

How on earth did you figutpre that out about avocados? Pretty neat and the lace came out so nice :)

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh my goodness, Debi--I had absolutely no idea! I was giggling at your post title--they didn't seem to go together at all--I knew there'd be something fun!

I can't wait to try this! Lucky for me, I just bought 5 or 6 avocados this morning--we love them, too!

Guess what I'll be doing next week.....! Thanks for the schooling & inspiration, dear friend!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your cards are a work of art..breath taking. I never thought of avocados and what color they would dye..amazing! See you tomorrow at he dress form ball


Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Wow, i had no idea. You would think they would turn the material a green color. Neat!

kristiB said...

Thank you for sharing this, what a creative way to dye fabric!!! The colors are just gorgeous.....