Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Color Drip Lampshade

The fun thing about tie dying is the flowing rivers of color that is part of the process.  Sometimes, I feel it's a shame to let all the beautiful excess of dye go down the drain but here is a project that is a by-product of dyeing- waste not want not!  All you need is a bunch of plain white 1-ply paper towels, no prints or it'll be too busy.   I didn't need this lamp anywhere in the house, need to get rid of things actually, but couldn't resist this little milk glass beauty at Goodwill.   I covered the outside of this plain white shade to give it a little contrast.  Remember, with lampshades, there is a heat element, so you don't want to actually decoupage on the inside of the shade where it gets hot.

The original milk glass lamp from Goodwill $5.99

Paper towels used to catch the drips of drying dye projects, Mod Podge, and a 1 inch foam brush.  If you aren't dying anything, food coloring should have the same dying effect on the paper towels...

Add a layer of Mod Podge, then carefully apply thin strips of paper towel.


Didn't want it too stripe-y so went a little more free form with the tears and see how much cooler it looks.  Leave a little at the top and bottom to wrap around.

Trim to 1/8" and glue down with white glue or a glue stick.

Not sure where to put it... bedroom
Near the lonely fish, Blanca
Or in the green room...




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Marie Show


My favorite thing about being a crafter is sharing crafts with the world.  Don't get me wrong, I love just making things too, and admiring them, but sharing and inspiring others to create something of their own is so rewarding (I come from a long line of teachers/tinkers).  Being on T.V. is the best because you reach so many people all over the country.  I've been so fortunate to have had the pleasure and honor of being the craft expert on the Marie Osmond Show on the Hallmark Channel this past year.  Production is wrapping at the end of the month so I'm feeling a bit sentimental about having had the good luck of being a part of such a remarkable team.  I've put some of my most beloved appearances on a Youtube Channel to share them with friends who don't get the channel or are out of the country.  Click below:




The makeup/hair/styling team.  Mowhawk Makeup is the girl.  She is a magician.

Showing Marie how to use power tools.  She's an eager apprentice and such a quick learner.

It's all in the family.  Here, her lovely daughter, Rachel is modeling an outfit from my fashion makeover  segment.

Silly photo stills they take after each segment...  Indiana Jones-y Sony.

Dip Dye Abra-Cadabra!










Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Color Your Covers!

 Rainbows everywhere!  O, how I love color!  I was going to just keep it simple and go blue and white stripes but I couldn't help myself and used, well, all the colors (except orange). This is a great way to instantly make your covers a giant fun rainbow for a kids room or if you just love color like me.  It takes two packets of each color- yellow, green, blue (2 different blues), purple, and red to cover a queen/full bedspread and two pillow cases.  You'll also need a car-wash sponge to spread the dye evenly.  I also used some spray dyes to add rings to the pillow cases.  Wash the duvet first to get the sizing off and make sure to use 100% cotton for the most vibrant color possible.  I got this queen duvet here at Target for $45.00.  The dyes I used were Tulip one step dyes available at craft stores everywhere.


1.  Make a yellow dye bath and dip dye one end of the duvet in. 
1a.  Let soak for a couple of hours.

2.  Squirt on generously a complimentary color (think of the color wheel).  If you start with yellow, orange, red, or green go well next)


3.  Add blue, then purple, then change the next dye bath to red, and soak the other end.  Let dry overnight outside where the dye can drip off without staining anything. 


I left mine on a grassy slope and the colors dripped down a little with the slope of the hill.  

4.  For the pillowcases, dip dye them yellow.

5.  Tie them up with rubber-bands, then add a complimentary color.




6.  Add circles with spray dye as desired.







7.  We added them to the duvet as well here and there to add another pattern.


On the set of Marie.  Air date before June 11th I'm told.