Saturday, February 28, 2015

HEADWEAR DIY: Oversized Bow Headband

This oversized bow headband shows how to use lace trim in a non-traditional way. I used Oly*Fun, as it doesn't fray, will hold up to kid use and comes in many bright colors...loving this bubblegum pink. The size was chosen by my daughter, who loves to make a statement when she walks into the room. She loves all the wacky hair accessories I've made over the years, and is happy when I make something just for her. Though this always makes my husband gripe, because I don't make him things. I do have some adorable photos of him wearing my girly creations, just for laughs. Anyway, if you find headbands uncomfortable, you can add a barrette or large alligator clip to the back instead.

CRAFT LEVEL: Beginner, all hand sewing

TIME: Varies based on sewing ability



1) Use the ruler and chalk or pencil to measure and mark. Use the scissors to cut.

  • From the Oly*Fun, cut one piece 20" wide by 6" tall and one piece 1.5" wide by 14.5" long.
  • From the lace, cut two piece, 21" long.
  • From the batting, cut 4 layers 19.5" wide by 5.5" tall. Stack the batting together and set aside for now.

2) Onto the large rectangle of Oly*Fun, evenly space the two lace pieces. Straight pin in place.

3) With white thread, hand sew the lace into piece across the top and bottom, hiding the stitches along the thick sections of the design. Keep all knots on the back. Remove all the straight pins.

4) Fold the Oly*Fun rectangle in fourths towards the center, with the ends overlapping about 1/4" for seam allowance. Press with your hands. Straight pin the long sides in place.

5) With the pink thread (I used white), hand stitch straight along the top and bottom, making sure to keep the overlapping ends free. I stitched straight across twice for each side, filling in the gaps with the 2nd pass.

6) Turn the bow inside out. Shape the corners and flat with your hands. Turn in the overlapping center seam.

7) Fold the batting in fourths towards the center. Fold it in half long ways, to make it easier to insert inside the bow. After inserting the batting, smooth it out to fill the bow.

8) Straight pin the center bow seam.

9) Whip-stitch the seam closed. The thread color doesn't matter, as it will be covered later.

10) To make the bow shape, fold it in half. Then, fold the top and bottom back to meet the center fold. This is the back of the bow. Hand stitch the folds tightly into place on the center seam.

11) Center the long strip of Oly*Fun on the back of the bow. Whip-stitch into place.

12) Center the headband on the bottom of the bow. Hand stitch the headband into place, making sure the stitches don't go past the width of the strip. The stitches don't need to be neat.

13) Wrap the strip around the center 3 times, making sure it stops at the center bottom. Straight pin in place. Using pink thread, whip-stitch the strip in place. Remove straight pins.

When finished, the bow headband should look like this.

I made this headband in a color my daughter chose, that matched the headbands we had. I used white lace, but you could dye it any color you want, or use black lace. She wanted the bow on a headband, but you could add a barrette to the back instead, which would probably be more comfortable to wear. You could make the bow bigger or smaller, if desired. What ever you chose, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

DISCLOSURE: Fairfield World provided me with the Oly*Fun, because I'm part of their Master Makers design team. The project, photos, and instructions are my own.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Marquee Letters Necklace

Marquee letters are a huge craft trend currently. My DIY necklace turns this trend into a wearable item. Wood letters are a great base to create marquee letters. Paint creates a faux metal finish and dimensional glow in the dark paint mimics lights. You can choose any metallic paint and glow in the dark paint colors you desire. Drill and jewelry making experience will help you greatly in creating this necklace. A list of supplies, a video tutorial, and additional photos are below.

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  • Wood Letters - Mine are from Darice
  • A Dremel cordless drill with a 3/32 drill bit
  • A phone book or thick magazine
  • Black, silver, and brown acrylic paint
  • Tulip Glow in the Dark dimensional paint
  • A soft paint brush
  • A stiff flat paint brush
  • A paint palette - I use a foam plate
  • A cup of water and paper towels - To wash and dry the brushes
  • A pencil
  • A lobster clasp and tab
  • Several jump rings - The jump ring amount will vary based on letter amount and placement. Mine are custom made by me.
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wax paper - To protect your work surface and prevent the project from sticking

You can create this necklace with any word you want. Just keep in mind the size of the layout, so it can be easily worn. If you have a lot of repeating letters, consider buying two bags of letters. I hope you have fun creating this project. Happy Makery!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

HOME DECOR DIY: Shabby Chic Chalk Paint Shamrock Wreath

I made this shabby chic shamrock wreath using chalk paint, crackle medium, waxes, and a metal heart wreath left over from Valentine's day. I received the Folk Art Home Decor Crackle medium, wax brush, Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paints and waxes from Plaid Crafts while at CHA 2015. I found them overall easy to use. Chalk paint binds to wood, metal and glass. It has to be sealed with a wax. Folk Art Home Decor paints come in about 40 colors, with white, antique and clear waxes. Their colors range from muted to bright. The Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paints come in muted colors with a few brights. I prefer brighter richer colors, but I used what I had on hand.

For something new, I recorded this tutorial. You can watch it below. It's my 1st video tutorial.

CRAFT LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME: About a day, as each layer takes up to an hour to dry

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All of the instructions and some tips, are in the below video. I'll make more videos soon, for various crafts. Sometimes demonstrating the project is easier than written instructions.

CRAFT HAUL: Tomorrow's Unknown Large Mystery Destash Unboxing

Recently, I saw that Heather Mann from Dollar Store Crafts, had done an unboxing of her mystery destash box from Tomorrow's Unknown. Her box was packed full of great supplies, so I ordered a large box. Tomorrow's Unknown is a supply company that I've ordered unusual cameos and settings from in the past. I knew they had other supplies too. I was curious about what I'd get, so I forked over the $55 for the large box, which included shipping. I received a lot of great supplies for jewelry, hair accessories and other projects. I don't plan on using any of it right away, as I like to design projects around the supplies. I want to paint some of the cameos and metal pieces for sure, but the rest is a mystery for now. To see what's inside my mystery box, watch my video below.

Friday, February 20, 2015

NYC FASHION WEEK F/W 2015: di$count univer$e

At the VFiles group show, di$count univer$e, an Australian brand, showed their Fall Winter 2015 collection. Their collection is called "Dreams 'N Screams" which is a blend of darker and cheerful elements. This is a go-to brand for pop performers, as it has attention grabbing graphic imagery and bright colors. Watch the runway show below, and you'll see most of these looks are encrusted in sequins, which adds to the whimsical cartoonish style of the brand. The eye purses with tear drops are my favorite pieces of this collection, in which variations are featured in previous collections. I adore quirky bags, so this is something I'd love to replicate, but likely with paint and glitter vs. intricate sequins. To see the runway show and collection details, watch the two videos below the collage.

Here is a pre-show interview of the designers, by MTV.

Here is the full VFiles runway show. di$count univer$e starts here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BAG DIY: Cartoon Camera Purse

This DIY cartoon camera purse feeds into my love of quirky bags and photography. There are a range of styles to choose from from classic, to Polaroid, to Instagram. The final result is a stylized version of the real thing, using Tulip Soft Fabric Paints to makeover an old bag. I searched for a square bag to make a squatty camera that was a mix of classic and Instagram. I finally found one with a flat back, two little cargo pockets, and a long strap...that as a bonus is a lunch box. The canvas exterior creates a nice structure to paint on. Below are some examples of camera purse designs that I pulled inspiration from.

Camera Purses

  • A plain purse - One you already have or thrifted, in any square or horizontal rectangle style a flat side. Sturdy matte fabrics like vinyl, leather, and canvas work the best for this project. I used a soft lunch box
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paints in Matte - I used white, blue, pink, green, and black. I custom mixed the green with white and yellow for a brighter light green. I mixed white with the blue, and with the pink to lighten them
  • A small flat or round paint brush
  • A small detail paint brush
  • White chalk
  • A foam plate - To use as a palette
  • A cup of water - To clean the brushes in between colors
  • Paper towels - To clean the brushes in between colors
  • Wax paper - To protect your work surface and bag fabric
  • A circle object - To trace for a lens
  • A ruler

1) Look over your bag. Decide which side you want the camera on. My was defaulted to the back, as it was the only flat side. If there is any dirt on your bag, clean it off with a damp paper towel. Remove any detachable straps, for easier painting.

2) Decide where you want the lens. I chose the center. Place your circle object down flat onto the bag. Trace around it with the chalk. You can make the circle bigger or smaller if needed, using the chalk. Erase any chalk mistakes with a damp paper towel. I made my circle bigger than photographed.

3) Using the ruler and chalk, draw two straight lines across the bag that intersect with the circle. Mine match up to the side seams, for continuity when painting.

4) I used the larger brush to paint the circle pink, the center stripe blue, and the other stripes green. I had originally done the top and bottom stripes yellow, but decided I didn't like it, so I painted them green instead.

TIP: This fabric paint takes 2-4 coats for it to be opaque and even. Let each coat dry completely before adding another.

5) At the top left, I painted a white circle for the flash. At the top right, I painted a white rectangle for the view finder.

6) If you aren't good at freehand painting, you can trace a smaller circle object for the center of the lens, using the chalk again. Paint the center of the lens black.

7) For more color detail on the lens, paint a ring of blue on the pink ring. The below photo shows more black detail. I'll explain that at the end.

8) I painted the top section between the handle and matching bottom section, pink. I divided the sides, extending the blue and green stripes around to the sides. The green flows up to the top, meeting the pink sections.

9) The front of my bag has several pockets and trim segments. Keeping with the colors of the rest of the bag, I divided the sections in paint. I uses a strip of wax paper under the pink pockets, so the green didn't make the fabric stick while drying.

10) Time to add outlines. I used the detail brush for all the finishing details. Starting with the pockets, I painted the trim and piping black with the detail brush. This works better than a paint pen, because the piping has crevices a pen nib is too fat to go into.

11) On the camera side, I outlined the lens and stripe details in black. I outlined the flash circle and painted horizontal lines across it in black. I outlined the viewfinder rectangle, and added details in black. I painted the piping black with the detail brush. I used white to paint a shine mark on the black lens.

12) On the top, I outlined the seam where the green meets the pink. On the center top, I painted a rectangle and ACME in black. On the left, I painted a pink circle, with two black circles and a black triangle, for the shutter button. On the right, I painted a pink circle, outlined in black, with a black middle circle, radiating black lines, and a black triangle, for the setting indicator.

13) On the right and left sides, I outlined where the green meets the blue, in black. In the center of the blue right side, I painted a rectangle and TOON in black.
14) On the bottom, I outlined where the pink meets the green. I painted a circle with an X, in the center of the pink, for the tripod screw hole. On the right of the pink, I painted a thick vertical line, a battery with a lighting bolt, and B, for the battery compartment.

15) To finish, I painted the zipper fabric black.

My particular bag came with a long detachable strap (not shown). I haven't painted that yet, but I might leave it black, just to make my life easier. This bag is meant to be a lunch box, as it has insulation, but it can be used as a regular purse with or without the long strap. The fabric paint is durable and can be wiped clean. You can choose any color combination you want. These are colors I'm attracted to at the moment, and help create the cartoonish effect. Tulip soft fabric paints come in a variety of colors, in packs and separate, so check out the range. For this project, matte or velveteen are best, as they give the most even finish. Now that you know how I painted this bag, go look through your old bags or at second hand bags for one that need a cartoon camera makeover. Happy Makery!

DISCLOSURE: I was sent the Tulip Soft Fabric Paints by I Love To Create, for the purpose of making projects. All opinions, projects, photos, and content is my own.

Friday, February 13, 2015

HOLIDAY DIY: Fabric Valentine Postcards

Learn how to make my DIY fabric Valentine postcards, over on the Fairfield World blog. There is minimal sewing...just around the edge. I used their new Stick Interlining to fuse the design together. I used their new Stiffen 2 sided Interlining to stiffen the fabrics like a postcard. Both are fusible with an iron. I used Tulip Fabric Markers to hand color some of the fabric designs and write on the back. Valentine's Day is tomorrow, but you can make fabric mail art any time of the year. I'll be cross-posting projects that I make for other sites, here, so you all can easily see them. As always, they will be listed in my Tutorials list.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Back's Fall Winter 2015 collection focused on graphic prints and asymmetry. I enjoy seeing collections that focus on the artistry of creating clothing, and not just how salable it is. For an artist, like me, I look for clothing that has an interesting mix of prints and cuts. A good collection has to be filled with pieces that are wearable yet will spark conversation...designs that can't be found everywhere and aren't commonplace. Ann Sofie Back's collections are just that. They have an artistic flair that mixed good design with wearable clothing. These are investment pieces. They are ones you could pay a designer price for and keep in your wardrobe for decades. They are interesting and aren't something that appears in every collection.

SPRING 2015 COUTURE: Viktor and Rolf

Viktor and Rolf's Spring 2015 couture collection focused on florals, volume, and fabric sculpture. Their couture collections are their real show pieces, unlike their ready to wear, which is marketed more to the masses. Couture is where they get to show their artistic talents with fabric. This collection has a cartoon theme with the stark black and white florals that get colored in progression of the show. Pop art and stylized nature has a big influence on my personal style. This collection is a nice inspiration for projects, though I'll likely focus on their fabric prints more than the volume. The shapes combined with the oversized straw hats have a country theme to them, as if they themselves had popped out of a cartoon. Toned down, this overall clothing concept could make a really nice 50s style crinoline supported dress.

FOOD RECIPES: Valentine Heart Cookies

These Valentine heart cookies are the way to many people's hearts, through their stomach. They are a great sweet (pun intended) gift to friends, family, kids, and partners. Make one or more batches to hand out. It's sure to brighten everyone's day. Love should be shared year round, but Valentine's Day is a nice way to make sure people understand that you care. If you're like me, you'll be grabbing a box of heart cookies at the grocery store, so this post is for you bakers. I appreciate the artistry, and love cookies. Someone bring me some please!

1) Seeded at the Table - Sugar Cookie Hearts
2) The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle - Piped Lace Heart Cookies
3) Cooking Classy - Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies
4) Sally's Baking Addiction - Soft Heart Sugar Cookies
5) Sweet Treats by Sarah - Valentine Chalkboard Cookies
6) Brown Eyed Baker - Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies
7) The Oliverson Posse - Stained Glass Sugar Cookie
10) A Step in the Journey - Heart Shaped Double Doozies
11) Annie Eats - Red Velvet Woopie Pies
12) Betty Crocker - Traditional Glazed Brownie Hearts

If you are alone this Valentine's Day, I'm not going to judge you if you make these and eat all of them yourself. Curl up on the couch with some movies, wine, and cookies for dinner. Self love is the best kind anyway.
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