I find everyday presents inspirations for projects. Hope you enjoy my ideas.

Friday, April 30, 2010

It's a painting day

Rainy and overcast today...no fun.  Decided to paint...
put on Pride and Prejudice and spent the afternoon at the easel.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More tote bags!

 I had so much fun making the first tote bag...and there are so many great Hawaiian fabrics available...I had to make more!  The weather was beautiful today...how to sit in the sun AND do projects...?
              Problem solved...I just got out the extension cord and set up my new sewing machine outside.
                                                          Cutting out the bag fabric
Lining fabric

Ready to sew

Five new tote bags!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tote Bag

Mother's Day is coming...think I just figured out mom's gift:)  I found this really cool tutorial on //Between the lines// here and just had to try it.  With all the great Hawaiian fabric available at super reasonable prices I think I'll have to make a tote bag for all my buddies.  And thanks to Costco...the Hawaii House now has a sewing machine...way fun.
If you want to try making one, I suggest you take at look at the tutorial
she does a great job of describing each step, but I'll show you a few of mine.
Here's my pattern piece pinned to the lining fabric

Two lining pieces, two outside pieces

Pieces sewn right sides together

Straps complete, then just have to sew right sides together and 
turn right side out.  Sounds complicated when you first read it, 
but makes sense as you go along...trust me.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Another Coaster

I'm on a coaster kick!  We had lunch at the Kona Brewing Company yesterday.  My sandwich was so big I took half of it home.  Their take-out boxes are GREAT, very thick pressed paper ones much like the material bar coasters are made of.  Just had to try making some fun coasters out of the box.
You'll need a take-out box, scissors, acrylic stencil paint, a stencil and foam brush

I traced a circle using a jar as a template and cut out the "coasters"

Now just stencil your design onto the cardstock...go easy on paint, 
the paper is pretty absorbent and wants to bleed

And just like that...new coasters

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Painting today

It's a little overcast...and my Dodgers are on TV...so I'm painting.  Trying a portrait of my mom (for my dad) I'll share it if it turns out okay.  Here's a little oil I did a couple of months ago for the powder room.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Slipper" Soap

I needed a hostess gift...fast.  I keep soap making ingredients (well the cheaty kind) in my studio and thought that would be the easiest project to whip up this morning.  It's 2 minutes of work...but a pretty fun finished product.  You'll need a block of soap making soap (not regular soap...doesn't work), a decorative mold, scent, a microwave and microwave safe bowl (I use Tupperware)
Cube soap bar into 1/2" pieces and place in microwave safe bowl

Microwave on high for 45 seconds
 (may be a little more or less depending on your particular microwave)
Soap will be creamy and smooth (stir with bamboo skewer to make sure all the cubes have melted)

Pour in a few drops of scent (I used Plumeria)

Just pour mixture into your mold, careful, it's hot!

Wait several hours for it to really set up 
(I tried to hurry it one time by putting it in the freezer...NOT a good idea)

When set up (hard to the touch) just pop out of the mold

How cute is that???? 
I have them in all my bathrooms in coconut soap dishes

 I wrapped it in saran wrap, tied it with raffia and it's all set for gift giving

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fabric coasters

I've had it with the coasters we have...they're very cute (glass with photos and ceramic with tropical impressions) but they DON'T ABSORB LIQUID.  

What good is a coaster that doesn't do that?  I decided it was time for new ones...soooooooo I got out the linen and printed fern fronds on them.  I used the old coasters as a size template...approx. 4" square.

You'll need fabric (2 pieces 4.5" sq to allow for seam allowances), leaves or fronds, paper towels, acrylic fabric paint, wax paper (or something to keep paint from soaking through the fabric while printing)

Ink up the leaf or frond you want to print.  Try and get the paint thin but evenly covered.  The more paint applied to the leaf the fewer veins and details show up.

Position the leaf paint side down on the fabric and cover with a paper towel.  Roll a rolling pin (or bottle of wine like I did) over the leaf to "imprint" on the fabric

I used fern fronds, hibiscus and gardenia leaves

Cut out the individual 4.5" pieces and heat set with an iron as per paint instructions

Now...for the "sandwich" layers, one printed piece, one backing piece, and one piece cut from a plastic bag (to keep moisture from going all the way through the coaster onto your table)

Place printed image right sides together with the backing piece and then layer a plastic piece on top

Sew the pieces together leaving about an inch to turn it all right side out.  No sewing machine here at the Hawaii House so I did it by hand, but it only took a couple of minutes. Trim seam allowances and corners

Turn right side out

Sew opening closed


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Above the bed paintings

I've finished my latest painting...and now all three bedrooms have their "above the bed" paintings.  Decided not to go the aboriginal route this time...I kind of like the wistful look of the empty beach.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Goodbye to the DP studio until late June

Wonder what I'll do with these

I just had to print one more project before leaving DP for Kohala Ranch.  Not sure what I'm going to do with all these pieces...but they'll have to wait until I get home.  No sewing machine here in Hawaii so I'll have 2 months to think up a fun project.