Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Travel Tuesday . Dijon & Beaune . September 2013

1. Dijon scene (M)
2. Dijon scene (M)
3. Dijon scene (F)
4. We three in Dijon (F)
5. Winding stairs x 2 (F)
6. Dijon market (M)
7. Dijon market (H)
8. Dijon market (H)
9. Dijon market (H)
10. Dogs in the market x 2 (H)
11. Market yummies x 2 (H)
12. Mushrooms (M)
13. Fish (M)
14. Duck in a jar (M) & duck in a can (M)
15. Plaisirs de France (F)
16. Outdoor market in Dijon (M)
17. Les fleurs (M)
18. Dijon street scene (M)
19. Spiky guy and a reflection (H)
20. Rooftop (H)
21. Hubs on a bear in the park x 2 (F)
22. Reflection (F)
23. Lucky owl in Dijon x 2 (F)
24. Liqueur tasting (F)
25. Pinocchio in Dijon (H) & hot air balloon in Beaune (M)
26. Scene in Beaune (H)
27. Moutarderie Fallot (M)
28. Narrow street in Beaune (F) & waiting for our tour of the mustard factory (F)
29. While waiting (H)
30. Making mustard x 2 (H)
31. Mustard jars? (F)
32. Beaune doorways (M)
33. Beaune x 2 (F)
34. En route back to Lyon x 2 (M)
35. Lyon at dusk (H)
36. Lyon at night (H)

Note: the letter in parentheses = source of the image (M = my camera, H = hubby's camera, F = friend's camera).

Saturday, February 6, 2016

DIY . How to Dye Leather Boots

In this video, I show how I dyed my leather cowboy boots. This is the second time I've done a DIY leather dye job and the process was quite straightforward. I am loving my "new" boots!

Here is what you need:
- A large workspace - a tiled floor works well
- Bedsheets, garbage bags, paper, or puppy pee pads to cover the workspace
- One Tarrago Color Dye Self-Shine Kit (contains instructions, 25ml preparer, 25ml dye, small sponge, and small brush)
- One Fiebing's Leather Dye Kit (contains 118ml dye and cotton dauber) - this is a penetrating dye but it doesn't say that anywhere on the packaging
- Waterproof gloves
- Mildly abrasive scrubber sponge
- Small foam brush
- Old washcloth

Step 1 - Prep the leather by using the "Preparer" included in the Tarrago kit. Work the product into the leather by buffing it in with a mildly abrasive sponge.

Step 2 - Apply a thin coat of the Fiebing's Penetrating Leather Dye right after preparing the leather (do not wait for the leather to dry). Use a small foam brush to apply the dye to large areas and the dauber to apply the dye to nooks & crannies. When the bag is somewhat dry to the touch, apply a second coat. Let dry for 24 hours.

Step 3 - Apply a thin layer of the Self-Shine Dye included in the Tarrago kit. Work the product into the leather with a sponge in a circular motion. Use a small foam brush to apply the dye to large areas and the small brush included in the Tarrago kit for the nooks & crannies. Wait a few hours and apply a second coat. Touch up the bag with the small brush as needed.

My DIY on How to Dye a Leather Bag links:
Blog post
OOTD Update

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer!

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