Archives: December 2013

season’s greetings from The land of enchantment

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There’s nothing quite like it- Christmas in New Mexico. Here are a few shots I snapped while in Santa Fe, NM. There are lots more to come! I’m gathering up a few southwestern goodies to haul back to New York so stay tuned!

We hope your Holidays are splendid, wherever you are. Thank you all for a wonderful and magical 2013- Big things are on the horizon at LDBA for 2014, and we can’t wait to see you then!

xoxo LDBA LOVES YOU!

Shipping available for Gift Certificates Through December 24th!

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Hand -lettered and gold stamped, the LDBA Gift Certificate is perfect for everyone on your Holiday shopping list! Our gift certificates are available for all LDBA classes, and when purchased, will be sent out to you up until December 24th.
The other items in our LDBA shop will re-open for shipping on December 27th, so all purchases (not including Gift Certificates) will be shipped out after the Holidays. You still have plenty of time to give the gift of Arts Education! Below are some of our fantastic classes and workshops. For a full list, click HERE.

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Adult Arrow Workshop. January 18th, 5-7:30 pm, $115.

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Indigo Dyeing at LDBA. January 18th. 12-2pm. $115

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Blades Beauty Course. January 19th, 5-7:30pm. $150.

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Botanical Studies. January 18th, 9:30-11am. $95

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Make Your Own Bows and Arrows! January 18th, 3-4:30pm. Ages 4 and up. $75

There’s nothing like Indigo!

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… And there’s no end to what you can dye indigo, as long as it’s natural, and best if it’s porous. Sign up for the next INDIGO DYE CLASS at LDBA happening January 18th, 2014! Gift Certificates are available for ALL LDBA CLASSES!

Natural dye: delicious and fun! Avocados

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This week we will be featuring and celebrating natural dye here at LDBA, straight from the pages of 3191! (Thank you guys!)  We took a mini road trip out to Greenport, LI, toting onions, black beans, avocados and giant appetites for a dye/mexican feast, and joined our friends, Julia and Chris in their beautiful home. We spent cozy hours prepping the dye vats, and simultaneously cooked our delicious lunch.

Using avocado pits and skins for dyeing requires over-night fermentation and chopping up the skins and mashing the pits to extract as much juice from both as possible. Boil the fermented, mashed pits and skins for at least an hour in water. Add your alum soaked clothing and let sit for another hour or two. (The dyeing process is the same as the black beans and the onions skins.)   The resulting color ranges from oatmeal to stone to pink, which is gorgeous! We made a delicious guacamole with the avocados to add to our feast!

Also, sign up for next month’s roster of classes and workshops, including LDBA’s Indigo Dyeing Class– For a full list of JANUARY classes, click HERE.

Natural Dye: Delicious and fun! Black Beans

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This week we will be featuring and celebrating natural dye here at LDBA, straight from the pages of 3191! (Thank you guys!)  We took a mini road trip out to Greenport, LI, toting onions, black beans, avocados and giant appetites for a dye/mexican feast, and joined our friends, Julia and Chris in their beautiful home. We spent cozy hours prepping the dye vats, and simultaneously cooked our delicious lunch.

In order to dye with black beans, you have to soak the dried beans in water over-night. The next day, strain the beans and use the inky black water to dye your pre-boiled clothes (see onion skins, below). Soak for 1-2 hours, and then wash in a bath of water and Dr. Bronner’s soap until water runs clear. For lunch, cook the black beans with garlic, chili, and spices for a delicious dish. The dye tones from black beans range from blues to purples.

Also, sign up for next month’s roster of classes and workshops, including LDBA’s Indigo Dyeing Class– For a full list of classes, click HERE.