Thursday, March 8, 2012

To Dye For

(Tee hee - sorry about the horribly punny titles all week!)  :D

Check out this bag - isn't it wonderful?  I bought it from The Paper Flea Market a while back (thanks for the reminder, Trina! And they're still available!).  :D

The Putnam Dyes ad is fantastic!  It's got everything I love - illustrations (vs. photos), tiny pictures, an order form for a book of color dyeing ideas and hooked rug folders (whatever they are).  I have personally never tried dyeing but I've heard from several people that this type, which I'm going to assume is a Rit Dye-type of dye, is messy and "streaky".  I've always been terrified of dyeing something in my washer for fear of residue ruining the rest of my wardrobe!

Oh, but wait!  That's not all!  There is a flip side to this little bag!  The Putnam company also has a product called Bath Bloom, with "the luxurious bubble-foam that lasts!"  I don't know about you, but I'd be a little wary of a bubble bath that claims to soften hard water.  I'm getting all itchy just thinking about it!  Did people not think about the harshness of products back then?

There is one thing I noticed on this bag that, if available today, would be different:  One wouldn't be sending away to the Monroe Chemical Company.  I'm sure they'd cloak the company's name under another - today, you'd probably be sent to the Putnam Dye Facebook page to "like" it, with no mention whatsoever of any chemical company.

I bought this little bag because, well, I love little bags (you may remember this post from about a year ago)!  I always have, even as a kid.  In fact, I have a story for you about my love of tiny bags:

When I was eight, my sister and I were taken out of school for the day by my mom.  Her reason was a good one - we went to the courthouse to see our across-the-hall neighbors become naturalized citizens.  Mom thought it would be a good civics lesson.  I would've done the same!  Unfortunately, the only thing I remember about the day were the wonderful marble floors in the gorgeous Brown County Courthouse and the cool little bags that were FREE in the bathroom!  They were in every stall!  I so very clearly remember proudly (and loudly!) exclaiming to my mom that Jen (my sister), Chhaya and Hemal (our naturalized neighbors' kids) and I scored these cool bags for storing our stuff!  We were going to bring them in for show n' tell!

Well, yes.  I'm sure you've deduced by now that, ahem, those bags were for one's feminine refuse, shall we say.  My mom was mortified but just calmly explained that we couldn't take them out of the building.  And knowing my mom and dad, I'm going to bet that they probably cried from laughing when my mom retold the story.  I'll have to ask her if she remembers that incident.  :)

Okay!  On that note, here's my daily reminder to sign up for our AWESOME giveaway, which ends tomorrow night at 5 p.m. CST!!  It's such a fantastic prize pack, you don't want to miss out on the opportunity!  One lucky person will be so glad they entered the contest!  :D


  1. If only you had kept those free bags, because they'd be collectible now :D hahahahaha!

    1. Carolyn, I have actually thought that many times over the years - the "incident" occured in late '76 or early '77, so it would probably look vintage-y cool now. If only I would've kept it on the down-low! :D

  2. Hi Mel,
    I have a ziploc bag full of vintage sewing stuff like zippers, snaps, buttons, etc, AND their packages, of course. Included in that bag is a vintage box of purple Rit dye. I definitely want to use these items in collages, but I find it funny that I keep collecting these sewing notions since I personally hate sewing and have never had a talent for it!