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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Nicki stopped by with a stained shirt and an hour before she had to go to work to stain another shirt at the restaurant. She hates pink and doesn't know why she bought the shirt in the first place but came to the conclusion that she should just dye it and solve the stain and pink problem in one shot.
I suggested we experiment.
I pulled out Inkodye and printed out the Nirvana smiley face. Inkodye is a light sense dye that's definitely a lot more fun (and experimental) than just straight up RIT dyeing. Because Inkodye can be used with a "resist", we thought it could be an interesting way to create a one-off band shirt... fast.
I taped the Nirvana face to a piece of black card stock and cut it out with a craft knife. After placing a board in the inside of the shirt and taping it in place, I rolled the inkodye on the shirt with a foam roller, not being too concerned with it being perfect—like I said, we were doing this fast.
Once a thin layer of the dye was applied in a square on the front of the tee, I placed the cut-out face over it.
We carried it outside and placed a piece of glass over the cut-out to keep it flat on the shirt. We sat there for about 15 minutes in the sun and...
...slowly the area where I painted the ink started to turn blue!!
We ran the shirt inside, removed the paper and after rinsing the dye out of the shirt, we hung it to dry. Nicki's new experimental band shirt was the result!
Much more interesting than an oil stained pink shirt.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Some sparkle and pop for the fourth is great if you are having guest over to celebrate. With just a box of plastic drinking straws and some glitter, I created this fun little firework centerpiece.
To make it, gather 8-12 straws together, tie tightly in the center with a piece of waxed twine and bend to fray the straws out into a circular star form. Paint the straws with white glue and sprinkle on different glitters. I used this fabulous Martha Stewart Crafts holographic glitter that comes in the shapes of stars, hexagons and diamonds. The variety of chunky glitter flakes makes the fireworks more dynamic than just glittering them all with your standard fine glitter. Make 5 or 6 fireworks and display on skewers in a vessel filled with colored sand, or even silver dragees.
And you can use the same straw tying technique to make snow glittered snowflakes for the wintertime!
Happy Birthday America!!!
Monday, June 11, 2012
I'm embarrassed to say that this was my home craft room last week. I have not been able to craft, as you probably assumed, because there was absolutely no working space and things needed to be organized... badly.
This weekend was spent doing just that, organizing and clearing house.
It was a big job and with such nice weather, a total shame to be inside. But it needed to be done.
Ashley and I built shelves for utility purposes, with standards and pine wood.
While my bedroom still holds all the craft room overflow, it is starting to come together... well, half the room at least.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
I traveled to London last week to do QVC for Martha Stewart Crafts. With the Olympics firing up and the Queens Diamond Jubilee in full swing, the city was in full patriotic mode.
Not to mention, the Chelsea Flower Show was completely in bloom, so festivities were happening all around.
The Queen's garden party brought out the best dressed, with ladies wearing all sorts of hats and fascinators.
We are able to make it to Liberty of London so I could pick up a pair of Liberty patterned Dr. Martens—yay!
London Bridges were not falling down... thank God.
I admire the architecture in London, being so different than that of New York's. I also fancied the odd leafless trees!
It's not a lie when people say that London's Underground is so much better then New York's subway—it really is.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Martha Stewart Crafts recently debuted this great product called Crafter's Clay. These beautiful flowers were crafted by the clay founder's daughter, Yukiko Miyai. She has had a lifetime of experience working with the clay—hence the incredible life-like flowers—but what's great about what Martha's done, is she's setup kits with silicone molds to make working with the clay super easy. You can read more about it HERE.
By just using molds, Yukiko showed Martha how she created this wreath. How easily the colors mix and the texture of the clay are probably my two favorite features of the clay. Oh, did I mention that this wreath probably weights less than a couple quarters?!? Because the clay is mainly paper based, it is extremely light weight! Also non-toxic and air dries!
Watch how natural Yukiko is with the clay: