Ever wanted to try batik? Batik is a method of dyeing fabrics typically using a wax-resist to create patterns and designs. Here’s an easy way to get the same effect but without the hot wax. I’ve seen people use washable glue for easy batik, but the cold wax resulted in a much better effect for me: it dries quickly, provides a waterproof resist, and also washes out really easily. Instead of adding color using dye, in this tutorial I remove color by using bleach. CONTINUE READING
It’s hot here today…..over 100 degrees. Here are few options for indoor and outdoor games you can switch around throughout the year depending on the weather!
With an easy technique you can transform any new crate into an old rustic looking one! I made the above one for Boo’s Easter basket this year…..adding her name and a bunny to the side. I bought the below new mini-crate from Michael’s Craft store using my coupon and it was only a few bucks:
I used my Silhouette Machine to cut “Sienna” out of vinyl shelf paper to use as a stencil….I also cut out a bunny shapes for the sides. I placed the stencils on the crate and used black spray paint:
The spray painted images:
I mixed a solution of white distilled vinegar, steel wool, and tea to apply to the wood. You can see the full tutorial on the process here (the wine barrel lazy susan tutorial) but basically the vinegar reacts with the steel wool and creates an aging effect on the wood. I add the tea to add a bit of “tea stain” to the wood.
As it is applied the wood gets a little darker…..but you won’t see the full effect until the wood dries. You can even rub the steel wool on the wood for extra age but I recommend using some gloves.
The finished crate! It will look so cute filled with paper grass and some handmade goodies and treats!
We are spending time with my husband’s family this week at the beach. I wanted to make everyone something special so I made these extra large personalized beach tote bags.
They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.
It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:
I bought the large totes at Marshall’s. You can find blank ones many place on the internet and other suppliers. I used two methods for these bags to give you a few options!
The first method I used is the freezer paper method. Freezer paper is typically used by butchers to wrap meat because it has a waxy finish on the inside and regular white paper on the outside. It can be used as a fabric stencil because when the paper is heated the waxy side adheres to the fabric but doesn’t leave any residue on it when removed.
You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.
First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:
After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.
Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.
If your paper rips at all or if you “overcut” any of your letters just use some scotch tape to fix it so ink doesn’t flow through those areas:
Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..
…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.
I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:
Once the paint has dried thoroughly.
The second method I used was a “one-time” paper screen print. For a one-time paper screen print you need a stretched screen. It can be a silk screen or even just a large embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched tightly. (I recommend investing in an actual screen, you can use it over and over again….the paper part of this method is what is considered “one-time.”
I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.
I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:
Place the paper onto the bag:
Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:
Put a small amount of screen printing ink or fabric paint on your screen and use a squeegee to pull the ink across the image (or I’ve used a credit card as well if you don’t have an actual squeegee). Use enough pressure so the ink goes through the screen. You can touch up any light areas with a small fabric paint brush.
Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:
A few of the finished bags! They were filled with snacks, magazines, beach toys etc to greet everyone at the house when they showed up!
I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:
Two new prints today: a little hedgehog and a frog prince (just in time for movie!)
Both little animals are actually a font by Pixel Farms. I love all their cute little creatures. Just search on Google….there are several places to download them. I redrew the frog though to make his mouth smaller and added toes and a crown. Now I’ve got to get to work on Sienna’s dress so she can wear it to the movie tomorrow!
You can make the frog prince yourself if you want. I’ve attached the edited graphic below. Just make sure to link back if you use it. Thanks!
Remember when pocket protectors were the ultimate geek status symbol? Not anymore. Here is new little screenprint I am adding to some dresses: full pocket protector complete with crayons, a pencil and a little sock monkey thanks to my friend Lisa’s suggestion.
Here it is on a simple bubble dress (in my etsy shop):
I’m working on a fairy forest mural for a client family right now that includes a very large butterfly chalkboard. It is going to be an awesome mural on five walls for the girls’ room so stay tuned for photos!