This is a little post for me to look at come February. I read that book (so good!) & drank that coffee, all the while sitting next to that delicious bowl of blue water. Ah.
In between reading and swimming and strawberry binges, my niece and I tie-dyed a mess of T-shirts. She was a perfect helper at age 11. My advice is don’t bother with younger kids–it’s too tricky and intensive. Can you spot the blue raspberry Coolatta camouflaged perfectly with one of our dyed creations? Forgive me, folks. I’m an imperfect guardian of nutrition. We also dyed spiral designs (not truly hard and they impress people), accordion folds (like the one pictured here), and sunburst designs. I’ve done this project for many, many summers and it’s always satisfying when you unfold the dripping bundles and reveal what you made.
During a post-lunch slow minute, we also made these sun catchers, inspired by the glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. There are many Chihuly lookalike projects online. This one seemed the simplest, plus we happened to have the materials: Sharpies and translucent plastic cups.
We colored stripes and designs on the cups (weirdly enjoyable in a sensory way) and popped them in the oven at 350 degrees. I think 1-2 minutes creates a more dimpled, wavering Chihuly-type bowl but we may have left ours in for 3-4 minutes. Ours were more like tiny Frisbees. They condensed like Shrinky Dinks. We punched holes in them and hung them in the windows. Everyone thought it was fun, even my nephew who doesn’t usually like anything that might be considered artsy or crafty.
Thanksgiving approaches, and with it, thoughts of a long, sumptuous meal set on a beautiful table.
Notice I didn’t say, “thoughts of planning and preparing a meal.” Are you kidding? I wouldn’t be rhapsodizing if work were involved. But if you’re up to it, here are some great projects to inspire your Thanksgiving table.
Stenciled runner by Lotta Jansdotter (Lotta Prints)
Running stitch napkins from the Purl Bee
DIY foxy rubber stamp by Zana
Table cloth from the Alabama Stitch Book
Linen napkins from the Purl Bee
These 7 crafts should at least fill the first week of summer vacation with the kids. After that, who knows?
1. God’s Eye from the Free People blog
2. Breezy Friendship Bracelets from Molly’s Sketchbook at Purlbee
3. Popsicle Tote from youaremyfave
4. Tie-Dye T-shirts from Martha Stewart
5. Lemonade Stand from Oh Happy Day!
6. Cork boat by Inner Child Fun
7. Wooden Necklaces by Avery Rayne Designs
I promised I’d share my VW Bug stencil and directions for painting on fabric using freezer paper. Here they are (click below):
VW Bug Stencil and Instructions
Freezer paper stencils are easy and satisfying–the lazy girl’s way to silkscreen. Freezer paper has a shiny side that irons nicely onto fabric and then peels away easily, leaving a crisp, clean image on your fabric. Freezer paper is available at many grocery stores. Leave a comment if you use this VW Bug stencil and please send a pic–I’d love to see your results.
making the freezer paper stencil
ironing the freezer paper to fabric
Next, I’ll share the pattern for sewing the VW Bug pillow (complete with groovy pompom trim)!
It ain’t done yet! This is an anticipatory photo in which I revel in possibilities without actually completing the sewing. Those same possibilities stall me: orange pom poms or green? Orange wouldn’t provide much contrast with the orange-y fabric but it would offer consistency with the VW bus pillow–also orange is available at my local fabric store. Green pom poms require a car drive into the Dreaded Land of Strip Malls. Magenta pom poms are another possibility (available locally, too). Zeke and his friend Rowan agreed that magenta would be OK. But Rowan has green hair, so can we trust him?
See what I mean by stalling?