Thursday, September 29, 2011

I love my job

I stopped to take some photos at work today.

I love working at the greenhouse... a small, local business run by a great family I've been working for now for 4 seasons. Because I get to spend the day surrounded by beautiful flowers....
my job is a wonderful thing.

Fall might be my favorite....Shhhh don't tell spring :)


I felt like sewing tonight

Tonight I decided to get my sewing machine out. It's been awhile... at least seven months! I went to the fabric store earlier today and bought some prints I really liked and a yard of something I've never used before... TULLE! The girl who cut my fabric warned that the Tulle would be fierce to work with but after a little practice...I tamed the Tulle!

Neon and Neutral is a big trend right now so when I saw some bright orange piping in the Halloween section of JoAnn's I just had to add it to my project. I think it is for a construction worker... it's that bright! So this project was my first tulle experience and my first piping project.

"Side A"
I made the Pillow reversible so each side would be interesting..

"Side B"
This is the side with the Tulle!I don't know which side I like best.

Here are the tutorials I used to make my new frilly, ruffly, tulley pillow (I love combining ideas from several tutorials) :

Pillow Piping Tutorial

Ruffle Pillow Tutorial

Ruffle Pouch Tutorial

 That neon piping really "pops!"

I love that this blog is becoming my art journal :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Crayons + Hair Dryer

Here's my latest project... melted crayon art! For this one I removed all the wrappers (a VERY tedious job) and broke my crayons into random sizes. Simply slap 'em to the top of your canvas with some glue, allow the glue to dry completely, and melt away to your heart's content. I like to turn my crayon art upside down after the wax dries so the wax looks like its running up the page instead of down. I also used my hair dryer to guide the wax in different directions as it melted. I was after a coral reef motif!

It splatters A LOT so use a backdrop! In fact, cover everything within three feet of your project and don't wear your favorite jeans!

These were Prang brand crayons, which I discovered melted differently than the Crayola brand.  Crayola melts evenly and quickly, drying smooth and shiny, but it's easy to mottle the colors because they mix together easily. I ended up with a lot of gray and brown areas.  Prang results in more textured, matte wax. Because it melted slowly, the Prang wax builds up a little forming neat looking drips that stand off the canvas, and the colors don't mix together as much. You should try both and decide which you like better. I really like both but loved the results from Prang the best.

Here's a look at my first attempt. I was thrilled with the results! It was extremely fascinating to just watch the colors swirl and move together like paint with a mind of its own. Melting crayons is highly addictive so be prepared to spend a small fortune on crayons.

Or just use the ones you have lying around the bottom of your craft drawer.

I use a few metallic crayons for added shimmer :) 

Melted wax is definitely my new favorite medium!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Braided Scarf Tutorial

Lately I have taken up "pinning" as a new obsession hobby and today I saw this neat blue and yellow "braided scarf" (which is  kinda expensive for like $40! crazy!) and I just had to make my own... for free! I made mine from scarves I already had but my next one will be made out of jersey like the original.

 I apologize for the photo quality... all I had was my iPhone. This is my first time making a tutorial so please bear with me :o)

NOW... the only hard part is the "braid" which is actually a knot. A couple of knots. I knew exactly what they did when I saw the scarf because I always used to knot multiple hairbands to wear on my wrist in the same way. Explaining it is not as easy, however....

I just found this you tube video showing the knot being made perfectly.  Watch it and you'll be all set!

Wish I'd seen this before, but the method I used worked just as well :)


Lay one loop over the other so that the knots are opposite one another away from the center

Pull the loops through each other... that the knots are now at the center. Repeat this step until you have the desired effect.

I completed the twist four times with this result.

Untie the ends.

Now the ends of the scarves must simply be sewn together. 

I wrapped one scarf around the other to conceal the fringe. 

Now just sew the last two ends and your done!

And now I need cute boots to wear with it.

Follow me on Pinterest so we can share ideas! I'd love to see what you've been making!