Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Floral Crown

At this past weekend's CHA (the craft industry's trade show), Rit dye had a fabulous floral pin make and take.  I went a little nuts with the spray dye and the unlimited mulberry paper flower supply and made a whole bouquet of them.  These flowers are simply sprayed with three different colors Rit dye and left to dry.  The result is a beautiful light yet intense wash of colors that blend one into the other seamlessly, just like the real thing.  
Spray nozzle attached to the Rit Dye bottles


And again

A little more, then move to another color.

Dyed flowers on the Rit Piano.  I brought these beauties home for the rest of the process.

Don't need much for this project: mulberry paper flowers, cotton ribbon, a plastic headband, and a hot glue gun and dyed flowers.  

Wrap the plastic headband with the cotton ribbon.  Glueing the flowers directly on the headband would melt the headband.

Hot glue the flowers onto the top side of the headband.

Add all sizes in any order that pleases you.

Little ones sprinkled in hides the gaps.


Side action

Thursday, September 19, 2013

10 Ways to Dye Your Life

These past few months I've had so much fun working for ilovetocreate's Tie Die Your Summer campaign.  Up and down the coast of California I went where I was called, an apron on and squirt dyes in hand.  Working the tie dye booth for iltc, I calculated that I assisted the dying of 2000 tie dye shirts (certificate please).  And since I had such unfettered access to dye, I kept going!  I dyed everything-clothes, duvets, pillows, and even threw my best friend a baby shower where everyone dyed a onsies for her little one.  This post is all the projects that didn't get posted over the summer.  They kinda just fell off my plate of things to do but here they are, a little dyeing inspiration for all my crafty friends out there.  Get a kit and go for it!

A Cynthia Vincent ruffled top.
Tied and dyed
Yay!  I'm going to wear it like this for a bit, then it might become a deep blue/black next.
A BCBG hippie top

My good friend and mentor, Connie making tight balls around the collar.

Notice the red around just the collar and mid-line seam.

Pillow cases sewn from scrap fabric

Freehanded with Marisa Lynch, we each did half


Left out to dry on an old t-shirt so the colors didn't run

Ta-dah.  Much softer colors after a run in the washer and dryer.

Ross shoes


Same thing but bright blue and lavender for my Marie appearance

Overall overhaul apron in Sew It All magazine.

A close up, see the magical scissors in the right pocket, (bleach is the key my friend).

Paper towels that absorbed the dye from all the projects
A little Mod Podge and a 99 cents store photo album

A dyed album for Chris' birthday.

Cindy's husband's favorite onsie from the shower made by his mother in-law.  It was so "Metal" it made him cry! Navy blue is the key to this look.

At the S.F. Girl Scout Bridging event with Traci Bautista on the left, iltc ladies, and Maris Lynch far right.
See you next summer tie dye, I love you!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Behind the Beaded Curtain

I recently finished a series of nine projects for the informative site.  This Beaded Curtain is one of my faves.  It has a high-end design-y African feel that took me by surprise.  The genius of bead projects is that they can be taken apart and made into something else so easily.  It doesn't damage the beads at all for them to be repurposed into something new so they are totally "borrowable" (I scored these from my friend, jewelry designer of Sid Vintage).  And, as you can see from the below, even the most overlooked of beads, when joined together, can come together to create the most unforgettable of projects.  Check out the how-to here.

The wooden and plastic beads I used.

Finished curtain
Side view

While I was working on the curtain, I let my kids have a piece of fishing wire and use the beads.
My 5 year olds necklace.

My 2 year olds necklace.

Both on me ;)  Happy Monday!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cut Out and Keep Interview

This week I had the good fortune of being interviewed by Cut Out and Keep, the incredibly clever brainchild of Cat Morley.  Interviews always stump me a bit, I don't like talking about myself so much, rather, doing projects is more my scene but here it is in case anyone's interested in hearing about my fashion sense here it is.  There is also a project I contributed as part of my interview.  For that DIY click here.

Scarf Project for Cut Out and Keep

Swinging with my scarf.