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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Redo of Kipp's Room

My children have grown and moved to their own houses...but we encourage them to come home as often as they'd like.  I've kept their rooms pretty much as they were in high school, not really out of nostalgia but laziness sounds a bit more honest.  Kipp and her husband Andrew visit, bringing the baby and making this grandma very happy.  The trouble has always been...sleeping arrangements were uncomfortable with twin beds in the two bedrooms.  So, I have been slowly redoing Kipp's room to accommodate Kipp's growing family.  I don't really have any "before" pictures...I'm here in Hawaii with my laptop and most old photos are on the desk top in California...but the old room isn't really the story, the new fresh beachy look is.  I started with some old old oak pieces...a small side table and a dresser, a smallish room with tan (dingy) walls, mahogany doors and windows.  The overwhelming dark of the wood and colored walls made for a dated and oppressive feel.  I kept the doors and windows the same (stripping and painting all that beautiful wood was not an option) but I did paint the walls white white white.  I got rid of the iron sleigh bed and opted for a white Pottery Barn one instead.  The rest was easy beachy blues and aquas.

Here's the little table I started with,
lots of damage to the top...

A can of spray paint, the legs are blue!

Another can of paint, the top is white! Doesn't look like it,
but the framed picture of Kipp and Andrew is painted 
with the same blue as the table base.
Notice the pineneedle basket...yep, I'm still making
them...the flowers are coffee filter flowers...yep, found the 
tutorial on Pinterest

I couldn't find a linen duvet cover I liked or in the right
shade of blue...so I made it myself.  I ordered yards and 
yards of linen online...and sewed and sewed.  Quite easy, toughest 
part is wrestling the weight of all that fabric as you sew 
really long side seams.  

This Dash and Albert rug is leftover from Ryan's makeover,
he "generously" sold it to me
I sewed some shams with leftover linen, made the 
anchor fabric with Inkodye, silkscreened the stars
on some khaki linen...

I painted the painting of the Laguna Beach lifeguard
tower...added a small oil of a Salt Creek lifeguard tower
to the left of the door...

And...that's the project so far.  One of Kipp's lifeguard
photos (she did a series) is framed and hanging
to the right of the bed.  I'm not finished yet,
but the room is coming together and much cheerier
than is used to be.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

More printing with Inkodye

Seriously, this stuff is addictive.  I've already run out of the blue color and have to order more.  Here's my latest efforts...3 baby outfits...onesies and diaper covers to match.

Here are the pattern pieces for the diaper cover by MADE with
my contact paper "stencils" adhered.  I've learned that 
a double thickness of contact paper makes for a more 
opaque stencil and thus light tight 
after "developing" in the sun...the fabric turns
a fantastic shade of orange (in just 8 minutes)
Here's the completed outfit...the shirt 
was just one stencil with a few quick
brushstrokes of Inkodye around it before 
heading out to the sun.  The fabric stays
soft, the image really becomes part of the 
material...soooo cool

I couldn't stop at just one outfit...had to make 
some for Kale's friends
And...here's my model

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Printing Fabric Using Inkodye

Well, once again it's been forever since I've posted.  It's not like I haven't been doing things...but I always forget to "document" my projects with photos...and then the finished product is given away before I can share.  This new thing is SOOOOO fun, I just had to let you in on it.  I saw a post on How About Orange, a cute and clever blog, and knew I had to try it.  So fun.  As a lifelong silkscreener, the printed image has always held a certain fascination for me.  This is along the same lines, but the image actually becomes part of the fabric rather than "sitting on top of it".  It uses the sun to "cure" the ink you've applied to the fabric while your stencil blocks the sun from developing where you want your design to remain undyed.  It is much like the sun prints we made as children using special paper and leaves as designs.  Instead of cardboard cutouts as stencils like the All About Orange post used, I cut out objects from contact paper with my Cricut, adhered them to fabric, painted on the reactive dye and watched the sun do it's magic.
Here's my fabric (with contact paper stencils adhered), 
the dye  ready to brush on in a darkened area.

Once in the sun, it begins to turn orange 
(there are also other colors one can use)
The longer it's out in the sun, the darker it gets
The brochure recommends 8 minutes for bright sunlight
Bring inside, remove stencils and wash in 
hot soapy water.
Finished fabric, ready for sewing

Zippered pouches...lined with Provencial fabric
The names on pouch #2 are the grandchildren of my girlfriend!

Here are a couple other projects I've started
Light blue linen dyed dark blue

and this will be a pillow...probably dark blue as well

To purchase this stuff...go to their website...
they ship super fast

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Custom Hawaiian Sheet for the Pack n Play

My 6 month old grandson Kale, assorted children, son in law and girlfriend are coming to visit next week.  I'm very excited.  We've been busy getting ready for the visit.  I thought baby Kale needed a custom sheet for his crib so dug around in my fabric stash for something appropriate.  I had a yard of a great Hawaiian print I thought would look good on the mattress as well as matching his parent's room.
I took the crib mattress pad out and just measured around it to get my dimensions right.  I ended up with a piece of material 33" x 43".
Next I cut out a notch 3"x3" on each corner
With right sides together I sewed each corner 
(makes a pouch to fit over the mattress pad, think fitted sheet) 

Bought a packet of elastic at WalMart
Stitching the elastic to the edge of the sheet...pull on the elastic and sew,
the fabric should bunch behind the pressure foot as you go.
Here's the completed fitted sheet 
before putting on the mattress pad

And everything in place in Kipp's room

Now we just need Kale to get here :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Watercolors

We're back in Hawaii for 6 weeks...good news when we got here there was a check waiting from the gallery.  I continue to sell which is fun and as a consequence I need to paint to create some inventory.  Here are the latest pieces...
Kauai Plantation House 16x20 watercolor

Orchid 16x20 watercolor

Baby Kale (my grandson) will be here in 2 weeks along with his mom and dad and uncle.  We're pretty excited.  They're all coming over to visit of course as well as cheer on Ryan and his girlfriend Katie while they compete in the Honu 70.3 1/2 Ironman June 2nd.  We've been busy getting things ready for the baby...new crib, new high chair, new car seat...yipppeeeee grandparenting is soooooo fun!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Quilted "Buckets"

I enjoyed making the quilted Easter Baskets and thought I could improve on the design a bit.  We're heading to Hawaii soon and I always like to have a gift for our caretaker...thought this Hawaiian themed basket would be perfect.  I silkscreened the hibiscus designs on white fabric, then sewed them into a patchwork pattern with a contrasting navy cotton.  I quilted it using felt so the piece would have some structure and sit by itself without collapsing.  I lined them with lightweight cotton.  Since I made so many hibiscus squares I was able to make a second basket (always good to have a hostess gift on hand)

Baby Booties

Saw this great link for baby booties on Pinterest the other day.  Kale is now 4 1/2 months old and may be too big for them, but they're sooo cute I had to make a few pair.  Takes a small amount of yarn, very quick and easy.  I even made a girlie pair for a friend of Kipp's.  Think they'd make a great baby shower gift ...maybe with a matching cap.  The ones I made are from leftover "argyle sweater" yarn...so Kale will be quite color coordinated!

and the models