The only upside of cold? I got to see (and take pictures of) a sundog over our town. Pretty cool!
I’ve worked on a few happy little things the past few weeks-
A teeny knit unicorn.
And a cheerful pouch to hold notions and knitting needles in my knitting bag. Zippers are cutest with pompoms!
I’ve got more (bigger!) finished projects to photograph and post, so I’ll be back soon!
Hi! It’s been a while! With school starting (and Cross Country practice nearly every day) I haven’t been making much, but looking at these pictures of what I have been working on, color seems to be a reoccuring theme! These friendship bracelets (above) are the perfect craft for bus rides to Cross Country meets- no scissors, glue, tape, or steady surface needed!I’m part of a small group-type thing at my church, and we decorated these notebooks to journal in. Funny thing is, I was oh-so-carefull about how the front (above) looked, and took my time with it, and just sort of stuck things together quickly on the back side (below), but I like the back better! I guess I went with my instinct (or just kept adding things until it looked good!)I’m in the process of sewing up a Forty Minute Tote from The Purl Bee. It is taking way longer than forty minutes, that’s for sure. Apparently, it’s a lot harder than it looks to cut two straight pieces of fabric! I’m lining it with this very cool vintage (does it count as vintage if it’s from the 70s?) bird and cloud-swirl fabric, which I ironed on a too-hot setting and I think stretched out a little. But I’m the one who’ll be using the bag, so it won’t matter too much….
Announcing the Post a Day Challenge! My sister (over at Color Me Full) and I were talking about how we needed to post more often, so starting on July 15th and going until the end of the month, I’ll post something; a picture, recap of my day, current or past project, or a tutorial! I hope you’ll follow along!
Sorry for not posting for so long. I’d like to say I’ve been writing up knitting patterns, but I haven’t. I’ve been doing other crafty stuff, though.
Like making friendship bracelets. (No, I didn’t make ALL of these!)
I’m making and selling them with some friends to raise money for our group, Operation Kaleidoscope Kids, which will raise funds to buy toys for kids in children’s hospitals. We’re also organizing a road race to raise funds. It’s pretty exciting, and nice to have something to do this summer!
(All lined up!)
To “advertise” I’ve been wearing these two bracelets around. The fish patterned one was made by my mom when she was in college, and I made the bordered chevron. The colors were inspired by…..(can you guess?)…….
The yarn in my basket (not my only yarn-stashing place, don’t worry!) has a really cool color palette of yellow-orange (I like to think of it as mild orange), periwinkle blue, pink, and green. Sort of unexpected and random, but I love it!
Do you have a favorite unique color combo? If so, I’d love to hear it. Just comment below!
Today I made a painted t-shirt for my youngest sister, and I thought I’d share a tutorial with you!
Step 1: Gather Materials
You’ll need: a T-Shirt, acrylic paint in desired colors, paintbrushes, pencil, paper, a piece of cardboard, and toothpicks.
I also used a container to wash brushes in, and paper towels to dry them.
Step 2: Design
Draw out your design on paper, and lay it on top of your shirt. Don’t be afraid to play around with the size and placement to get it exactly the way you want it.
I was inspired by this shirt and the zillions of cat pins I’ve seen on Pinterest lately. I call it a catsicle!
Step 3: Transfer
I drew my design freehand, looking at my sketch as reference, but you can also cut out your design and trace around it if you like. I used a pencil to draw, which sort of works, but stretches the shirt material a bit. I went over some of the lines with a felt tip pen, and it worked better.
Step 4: Mix Paint
Decide on the colors you want to use, and then mix colors together with a toothpick until you reach the desired shade. (Tip: Mix more paint than you think you’ll need. I had to double the amount of pink and teal paint shown in the picture.) Add white for pastels, black for darks.
Step 5: Paint!
First slide the cardboard under the front of the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through. Separate your design into individual shapes, then paint color by color. Each time you use a new color: Use a wide brush first, filling in your design. Next, use a small, stiff brush to define the edges of the shape.
A really cheap plastic brush (like the kind that come in kid’s watercolor pallets) also works really well for filling in and edges because it’s so stiff.
Step 6: Add Detail
Wait for the image to dry, then use a toothpick to apply details with paint.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Let your shirt fully dry, and then try it on!
If you try this, I’d love to see the results! Just leave a link in the comments!