A Wild Summer

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“Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.”

– Steppenwolf

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Living in Minnesota is becoming a pain. We started the year off with some horrendous snow that wouldn’t leave; staying until way past its prime, all the way into April. Then the rain came, and it has yet to take a break that is longer than a day. It’s been chilly (which is better than cold!!), wet, and a windy since the snow stopped. We’ve had a few days here and there of perfect summer, swimsuit weather. This cruddy weather has got me in the dumps, because I love to be outside! It seems to be effecting everyone else in pretty much the same way it’s getting me.

So today, I went to Stumbleupon to cheer me up a bit. First page I stumbled upon did it for me! Because it worked, and it’s artsy, I’m going to share it with you!

And if you like bright colors and shoes, this’ll be good for you too!

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Dip-Dye Shoes

What you need: White sneakers, fabric dye (any color!), vaseline, baking powder and an old toothbrush.

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Instructions!

1. Prepare the sneakers! Take off all the laces and inserts, and any other removable stuffs! To protect the rubber sole of the shoes from turning colors, put a thin layer of vaseline on the rubber. Don’t over do it, put enough to create a barrier between the dye and rubber.

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2. Mix your dye as the package says! Then thoroughly wet your sneakers with water before starting so that the dye will work evenly.

3. Dip the toes of your sneakers in and out of the dye about 1/3 of the way. If the color is too dark, water down the dye and dip again, slightly higher than the first dip.

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4. Repeat step 3, staggering the level of the dip along the shoes so that the lightest shade starts at the tongue and the darkest shade is at the toes.

5. Take a damp cloth and gently rub the color, blending away dark lines to make it smooth.

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6. When you like the color, let it sit for about five minutes, then rinse the shoes under running water until the water runs clear. Hand dry overnight. (Tip: You can stuff some old newspaper into the shoes so that they keep their shape better; shoes can shrink!)

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7. When the shoes are dry, remove the vaseline from the soles. Take a few teaspoons of baking powder and put it on the vaseline. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then use an old toothbrush or bristled brush to scrub away the baking powder. It will start to clump and come off. Continue until you’ve gotten it off of the whole shoe, then wipe with a paper towel. Repeat as much as needed. (Any vaseline left on the shoes will wear off over time.)

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8. Return the laces and removable stuff to your shoes, and your done!

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Now you can wear some brightness!

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I’ll be making these this summer, and I’ll post some pictures!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Thanks for reading!!

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First Photo

Instruction (and pics with it) credit: Frankie.com

(lots of good stuff there, go check it out!)

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