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Special Spaces Called

icm_fullxfull.46676979_5ucq7km2dyo8o0osoko0I am so excited to share with you the news we received a few weeks back…  A wonderful organization Special Spaces contacted us at Foo Foo La La and wondered if we could help.

Special Spaces Mission statement is:

Our mission is simple but zealous…

We create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. This is a place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs. Our focus is answering one question; Where does a child go when battling a serious illness to find peace and comfort?

Special Spaces was founded in July 2004 on the precedent that children battling life-threatening illnesses need their own special space. This is a place of hope and inspiration, and a special space to find peace and comfort.

As of today, Special Spaces has created hundreds of bedrooms across the country. It is the vision of our organization to have a Special Spaces Director everywhere there is a child in need.

Of course Foo Foo La La jumped on this amazing opportunity to give back…  and help a child with a life threatening medical illness.  I chatted with my 5 kiddos about how exciting this is for our entire family and how the children will help Jerry and I build for this little guy.  I will be documenting our exciting adventure here.  Please keep children in need in your thought and prayers tonight…


How to make dip dyed ruffled streamers

How to dip dye party streamers with RIT dye is not only fun, easy but super affordable too!   ruffledstreamer a7b493b02ac813251108fa084bedd1f6

I found bright white streamers at the 99 cent store but knew I wanted color for little Ella’s 12th birthday surprise party…. of course I just planed to dye them!  I honestly was a bit scared but it was so easy and cheep I went for it!!!


I put 50% water to50% RIT in a small plastic container and just set the white streamers directly in…  This made the stripes!  To do the solid colors I simply added to a larger container.


Let them air dry outside for several hours.  They started to “ruffle” on their own a bit…


Took 2 or 3 different ones and sewed down the edges to make the ruffled effect I pushed the streamers aggressively under the foot to gather for me…


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Surprise party was a huge hit.  She adored the handmade details …  Happy Happy Birthday Little Ella

How to Over dye a rug with RIT


Step By Step

  1. Goodwill find for $40.00

  2. Aquamarine heated up a large ball jar… thanks rit for that tip! I am addicted to using the ball jars… My husband is happy too, no more blue in our pots.

  3. Microwave 2 full jars of RIT with water for 3 min…

  4. add back to the bottle a bit at a time and spray (and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray and spray)

  5. My little helper LOVES how it is turning out.. Thanks Roxy!

  6. After using 12 bottles… yes 12 bottles…. I was done! Well almost…

  7. I used 2 bottles of fixative with water (heated up the same way, in a ball jar for 3 min)

  8. I just LOVE how the finished rug turned out… These are selling for thousands… This was very easy and very inexpensive to do…

  9. Before and after…

  10. Honestly??? Too much fun, thanks RIT!!!

How to make a remote control caddy with Michaels and RIT


Making your father’s day gift is easy and fun with Michael’s and RIT

Step By Step

  1. I picked up this raw, unfinished box from Michaels Crafts Store…. It was the perfect size and unique shape…

  2. I planed on using my favorite “Manly” Rit colors directly from the jar or bottle… *TIP* I store my unused rit in mason jars, easy to reheat and store with the extra water already mixed in!

  3. I “painted” on the rit in a zig zag pattern alternating the colors to get the effect I was looking for… it blended together with the grain of the wood perfectly!!!

  4. Let dry over night…

  5. Cut triangles by hand with painters tape and randomly installed on top of the stained box…

  6. I lightly painted over entire box with cream craft paint… After paint dried I removed all triangles…

  7. Stain remaining sides of box with Minwax furniture stain.

  8. The inside I stained with RIT Pearl Gray on lid and body in Minwax… Happy Fathers Day Jerry, hope you enjoy your own place to hide your remote…

How to dye wood eggs with RIT

How to dye wood eggs from

Michaels with RIT

Step By Step

  1. Wooden eggs from Michaels , Rit colors and small jelly jars are all you need to make these eggs with variation…

  2. I put a 1/2 inch of dye in each container

  3. dropped the eggs in each color…

  4. flipping them and turning them each with they sat in the sunny so Cal afternoon… Each one took their color so differently… Not completely dunked but dip dyed…

  5. when I liked the colors I pulled each one out and rubbed with a cotton towel… to get the color variation.

  6. Happy Easter! Rit thanks for making our table top décor bright and fun!

  7. Doing 6 of them in an ombre effect in pinks and purples are lovely!!!

Dye a babygrand Piano with RIT

Yes we did it!  We took an unwanted baby grand piano and gutted it!  Took it apart piece by piece…  It was  JOB!!!  Not a fun one but I had my eye on the prize.  A one of a kind piece that would stop passer byers in their tracks for the upcoming CHA trade show. 


When RIT hired me to do this I was SUPER excited…  The baby grad arrived and we were off and running.  The most difficult part was getting the harp out.  It is HEAVY!!!  We tried everything before we ended up using a 2 ton engine lift to separate the harp from the body.


Sanded , sanded, sanded and sanded this bad boy to get it down to raw wood so that it would take the RIT dye…  and boy did it ever.  I LOVE how it turned out.  79jsh20prx3y_pianocollage-800x800

Goodwill Skirt Transformed Into Wearable Art

Goodwill Skirt Transformed Into Wearable Art With RIT

Step By Step

  1. Ella loves to be herself…. using RIT to make clothes that are just hers is a perfect match for my little girl!

  2. With a long gauzy skirt she designed scallops in her favorite colors starting at the top…

  3. She back filled each scallop with the same color… started with fuchsia at waist band.

  4. No special measuring for this little crafter.. handmade all the way!

  5. With this technique of dying the color is so saturated it went thru to the back of the skirt … no need to do back of this skirt…. all done at one time…

  6. After each color in scalloped she striped with bottom…. blending done naturally while drying…

  7. I LOVE seeing my little girl creative juices flow… thank you RIT for making this moment for me…

  8. The finished skirt looks so adorable on her… She LOVED making it her self.