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Birthday/Memorial Weekend Sale

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Shop Sale

Greetings Everyone!

In celebration of my birthday and memorial day weekend Tailsandsnouts is having a sale. From now till May 26th take 25% off using the coupon code BIRTHDAY. This offer doesn’t apply to clubs, reserved, or custom orders.

Thanks and have a wonderful day,
Elizabeth 🙂

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400 Sales Giveaway!

P1140413    To celebrate reaching 400 sales I’m having a giveaway for my brand new colorway “Cloud 9”. This fun new colorway repeats itself with a soft white before jumping to a bright shifting rainbow of blues, greens, yellows, pinks, and purples. Follow the instructions below for a chance to win this great new yarn. Plus a big thank you to all that have helped me reach this amazing milestone!  Have a great day and good luck 🙂

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How To Dye Ombre Gradient Yarn

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Lately I’ve been seeing beautiful ombre yarn and decided to give it a shot. Personally I aim to find the easiest and most effective way when trying out a new technique. In the end I took bits from other techniques and adapted them till I liked the result.

You’ll need: yarn of choice, acid dyes, vinegar or some acid, gloves, and something to cook the dye in (I use an old crock pot)P1140084

First step: wind the yarn into a loose ball. It should be easily squished ball of yarn.

Second step: add your dye and water into the pot of your choice. Remember it has to be a strictly dye only pot. Make sure you add enough water so that the ball of yarn can be completely covered.

Third step: place the dry loose ball of yarn into the dye water with gloved hands. Continue to squeeze the yarn to absorb dye water until no bubbles emerge from the yarn. Put on the heat and let the yarn cook for a bit.

Forth step: when most of the dye has been absorbed turn off the heat and add your vinegar or acid. If it’s not to hot give the yarn some squeezes to absorb the vinegar. Otherwise let it cool for a bit. IMG_20141103_210515

Fifth step: once the yarn has cooled and the dye has been absorbed then you can rise and squeeze the water out of your yarn. Then you can turn it into a skein on a niddy noddy. It can be a bit tricky when it’s wet so I tend to let it dry a few days in the ball form.

Now you have your own ombre gradient yarn!

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4 Year Anniversary Sale

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I’m so excited to announce that my humble yarn and fiber shop has been up and running for 4 years now. It’s hard to believe how the time has passed. So as a way to thank everyone that has supported my shop and to celebrate 4 years Tails&Snouts will be having a big anniversary sale. The sale with run from August 16th to the 20th and will be for 30% off. To take part in this amazing deal use the coupon code ANNIVERSARY. Get your goodies while you can and an extra big thanks to all who have supported the shop! 

-Elizabeth of Tails&Snouts 🙂

*Coupon excludes clubs*

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August Stitch Fix

IMG_20140802_103825The latest Stitch Fix box has arrived! For this box I asked them to avoid jeans and to stick with colors more like jewel tones. As usual they delivered! So far I’ve been loving the convenience of Stitch Fix plus it’s been adding great new pieces to my wardrobe. For this box I ended up getting two dresses, two tops, and a pair of shorts with the whole box coming to $204 with the possible discount.   

IMG_20140802_121954Wearing: Brydon Twisted Seams Striped Tank (Stitch Fix), Black Skinny Jeans (Previous Stitch Fix), Riding Boots (AE), and Shield Necklace (Laura Lombardi Jewelry).

The first top I tried on was the black and white Brydon Twisted Seams Striped Tank, which was $48 and from 41Hawthorn. I wanted to love this top so much, but the cut and stripe placement made me look rather flat chested. So this one wasn’t a keeper. 😦IMG_20140802_122202Wearing: Cathleen Split-Neck Tulip-Sleeve Blouse (Stitch Fix), Black Skinny Jeans (Previous Stitch Fix), Riding Boots (AE), and Shield Necklace (Laura Lombardi Jewelry).                              

The second shirt was a cobalt blue Cathleen Split-Neck Tulip-Sleeve Blouse from 19 Cooper costing $68. This shirt sadly turned out to be a dud. As much as I love blue this shirt was way too bright for my taste and the sleeves puffed up whenever I moved my arms. Which in turn caused my already wide shoulders to look wider. So this top was sent back. 

IMG_20140802_122534Wearing: Striped Gray and White top (H&M), Carolynn Colored Cuffed Denim Shorts ( Stitch Fix),  and Shield Necklace (Laura Lombardi Jewelry).  

The Olive green Carolynn Colored Cuffed Denim shorts costing $44 from Liverpool I wanted to love so bad. They were my favorite color and I had even pinned them on Pinterest. Alas the bottom curse appeared! They fit just right in the thigh and booty, but the moment they got to my waist I was swimming in them. The gap between my waist and the shorts was easily 4 inches so these couldn’t stay.        
IMG_20140802_123028Wearing: Dita Sleeveless Ponte Dress (Stitch Fix)

Now this dress was the first real winner! A light navy Dita Sleeveless Ponte Dress from 41Hawthorn costing $68 that was made for me. Hugged in all the right places and was modest enough to wear for work or a nice night out. This dress hit me just above the knees and could be played up or down depending on the shoes. This was an instant keeper!  

IMG_20140802_124024Wearing: Dovette Draped Detail Dress (Stitch Fix)

Every girl that likes dresses needs a little black dress and this Dovette Draped Detail Dress from Dylan and Rose for $64 was mine. This dress felt silky smooth and had some fun draping details. It made me look a bit extra hippy, but the wide sleeves helped balance it out a bit. So in the end this was a keeper as well. 

IMG_20140807_084207In the end I purchased both the dresses, which ended up costing me $112. Overall this was another great Stitch Fix experience and I look forward to my next box of goodies. If you’d like to try Stitch Fix out then here’s my referral link

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Stitch Fix Again

Take two of enjoying my Stitch Fix box! I decided to do the automatic box every month so my next goodie will be in August. That is unless I’m tempted to get another earlier. So for this box I asked for some nice low key dresses for a relaxed wedding coming up. They delivered on my dress request and beyond. I honestly had a difficult time deciding on what to keep and what to send back. Everything ends up fitting me surprisingly well, which makes the decision extra difficult. In the end it came down to what was most my style and if I already had something similar to it. If you want to give Stitch Fix a try feel free to use my referral link.

 The first item I tried on was the Malia Chevron Border Tunic from 19 Cooper. I also decided to pair it with the Porter Basic Leggings from Rune. Both items felt like they fit well and the leggings were so wonderfully comfortable. I however decided not to get either of them due to not being a big tunic fan. Plus I tend to only wear leggings in the house so it would seem a bit silly to get something that I’d only wear inside.

 The first of the dresses I tried on was the real star of the box. It was a lovely seafoam mint Callafia Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress from 41Hawthorn. Actually kept a shirt from them in my last box. Having a wrap dress was new to me so that was an interesting plus. It was also perfect for the low key wedding. The dress fit so well in just the right ways and would be great dressed down or up. This ended up being the keeper for this box.

 The second dress was this fun Francis Striped Fit&Flare Dress from Pomelo. The dress had some great shaping to it, but I already had a dress very similar to it already in my closet. I really liked the stripes on the bottom of the dress even if it put more emphasis on my hips, which can speak loud and clear by themselves. The top portion of the dress was lovely, but thanks to my wide shoulders it created a weird gap between my chest and arms.

The last item was a nice Henry Birds On Branch Infinity Scarf from Octavia. The scarf was nice and big, which I like in scarfs. I however can be rather particular when it comes to accessories. Nor is the weather accepting of scarfs at the moment.