Do you collect little treasures throughout your day? I’m always on the lookout for a pretty rock or shell; a tiny acorn, flower or anything that catches my eye. My shelves are lined with treasures and trinkets I’ve collected over the years. There are times when I like to hold a few treasures together after say a special walk on the beach, or a magical day spent in nature. Sometimes I’ll carry a small drawstring bag in my pocket to keep the things I collect safe.
After looking over all the things I’ve collected, I thought it might be fun to put together a small bag of treasures for ‘good luck’. It would make for a wonderful and thoughtful gift to someone special. Decorate a muslin gift bag with a stamp or RIT dye and you have the perfect gift or favor.
• Muslin drawstring bags (any size you like)
• RIT liquid dye
• Salt (if needed)
• Paper towels
• Small disposable plastic cups
• Plastic gloves
• Bake sheet and dry rack
The first step is to fill your cups with 1/2 cup hot water (one for each color of dye you want). Then add in 2 tablespoons of dye and *2 tablespoons salt to the water. *Be sure to read the instructions on the bottle. Not all colors require salt.
Prepare a surface with paper towels or newspaper. Place a cooling rack on top of a bake sheet lined with paper towels. Carefully dip a muslin bag into the dye, holding it in the dye for 3-4 minutes. Once you get your desired shade of color, carefully place the bag onto the rack to dry. Repeat this process with all the bags you plan to make. Allow to dry completely.
Treasures to find and collect:
• Rocks, stones or gems
• Beads or charms
Always keep your eye out for treasures! Whether you are taking a walk through your neighborhood, hiking through the forest, relaxing on the beach or digging through a thrift store- look for things that attract YOU. It could be a shape, color or texture that you feel drawn to. Listen to your intuition and you’ll find some truly amazing treasures!