How was everyone's 4th of July? I spent the day with my most favorite people catching up, eating burgers along with a fab quinoa salad (AK nailed it), and dipping my toes in the Pacific Ocean. Yeah, I couldn't fully commit to going in because the water was too cold but I was thrilled to cheer on the people who took the dive! I showed the after shot of my tie dye satchel and wanted to give a full rundown of how I did it!
I started with this white hobo bag...
...and then started to get those rubber bands in place!
I wanted to create a bulls eye design, so I grabbed a section of the bag near the top and banded the area as this was going to be the center of my bulls eye!
I continued to band my bag with an assortment of 1/2" to 1 1/2" sections left between each rubber band.
Once my rubber banding was complete, I took two Tulip dyes in red and teal (patriotic time!!)...
...and began to color each section. Before I added my dye, I made sure to get the bag completely wet. This just helps the dye evenly blend into the sections.
Once all my dye was added, I let my piece sit overnight to let the colors really saturate. I love how they bled together in certain spots!
After letting the bag sit overnight, I trimmed off the rubber bands, rinsed out all the excess dye in the sink (I let the water run unti the colors stopped running), did a quick hand wash with Woolite, and then tossed it into the dryer to dry.
My new bag perfect for the 4th and perfect for the beach...
I switched out the necessities from my everyday purse into this bag for the day and brought it on my beachy adventure!
The picture below was taken right after I almost got hit in the head with a rogue volleyball. Luckily I was saved by a gent who had quick right handed reflexes to deflect the Wilson when it came close. The other dudes deemed him "gangster" for his skills which was hilarious - it was the ultimate bro-out moment which I'm sad to say I didn't get recorded or Vine'd quickly enough. Oh Manhattan Beach...
The bag ended up being a fab cover-up for my sand-coated feet towards the end of the day as well!
Even though I wasn't able to video the bro moment, I was able to catch this amazingness.
All I can say is, "Welcome to Hollywood! What's your dream?"