Thursday, August 28, 2014

Experiences with dyeing

Hi all!

Still super busy preparing items for my store grand opening on Monday! I should be around a bit more after that :) But today I am going to share my friend’s and my adventures in fabric dyeing.

IMG_2644We used the advice of Jeni from In Color Order and things worked quite well. The colours we used are these four below.

IMG_2648IMG_2646We were lucky that it was a nice day and we could dry them all outside. One thing I think we both agreed on was that it is quite a bit of work, but we also feel it is worth it. 

IMG_2653This was my orange batch. It ended up a bit more salmon/coral that orange but I quite like it. All of my fabrics started off as white on white tonal which is where the great patterns are coming from. This batch I messed up by putting about 6 times more of the yellow than I had intended and then the right amount of red lol.

IMG_2654  This one surprisingly was straight from the Royal Blue bottle. Not really royal, but I quite like the result.

IMG_2655This was my first batch and my attempt at purple. The fabric on the right was an experiment that only went in to the dye water after I was finished with it. It was nice to see it still got colour though, so one can consider that instead of making a new bath.

IMG_2656  For this one I had been hoping for a lime green. I think I will try and tweak this more the next time. The pale one in the middle is a tester just like above, and the dark one on the right is one I stuck in Anne-Marie’s bath for a lark. Also, can you see the one 3 from the left which is all mottled? It was the only one that had that and I have no idea why.

IMG_2657 The yellow probably ended up my favourite as it was the truest to what I was trying to achieve. This one was straight from the Lemon Yellow bottle.

We had a great time doing this and will again in the future. Luckily I have been saving all my white on whites just for this exact thing :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Coming Soon!

I will be re-opening my Etsy store in a few weeks. There will be a grand opening announcement. I am getting a new logo made and am working like a beaver on creating new stock. Here are just a few fun ones from tonight.

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These are small little Liberty needlebooks shaped liked buttons.

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This is a bigger style, also using Liberty. It has some pockets inside as well.

Until I find a new job I figure I should give myself a good solid effort at trying to make it on my own. I’m not positive it will work, but I am excited about trying :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sewing fun!

Well, I have been adding to my animal repertoire and have been making many more coasters. If any of you are interested, they are $16 with shipping to Canada and the US, and $18 elsewhere. Here are some new ones.

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Cats… although many people have pointed out they look like swans, so it’s kind of two for one :)

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Some pugs… people seemed to really want pugs and then they haven’t sold, so I have these two sets left at the moment.

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and then just to show how they start out after I cut them out. People have asked if I use a machine, but nope, I trace and cut with scissors :)

I also have made this bumble bee pouch as a request after I had one in my giveaway on IG… it is based off of this tutorial and then “bumble bee-ised” LOL. It just popped into my head and I went with it, I think it is pretty cute.

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What have you all been up to?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dachshunds everywhere!!

While job hunting I have been trying to come up with some ways to make some extra money. It’s been hard as most  of the people who like and appreciate handmade make it, so often they are a hard sell LOL! Well, I came up with dachshund coasters and in 5 days made 44 of them… phew!

IMG_2178 The first set… I really liked the funkiness of them :)

IMG_2238 Liberty of London and dachshunds, match made in heaven :)

IMG_2235And this set is for an auction to help a friend out.

I am happy to say that they have all sold! Now I just need to make more things :)

Vermont :)

My weekend in Burlington was awesome! As usual Vermont is gorgeous to drive through and my Mom and I had a great time! We stayed in a B&B called the Bear’s Lair Inn in Stowe and had amazing breakfasts and a great room!

The highlight of course was meeting Karen and seeing Amy again!

IMG_2099 This is Karen and me in front of her AWARD WINNING quilt :) (She might kill me for that but it was worth it LOL)

IMG_2100 And Amy and Karen in front of Karen’s AWARD WINNING quilt!

We had so much fun and never ran out of things to talk about. And given that these two have been best friends since grade school, never once did I feel like a third wheel! Love you guys! And my Mom kept commenting on how much she really liked those young ladies :)

Not really many photos, I think we were too busy having fun :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Favourites

One of the best things about making so many online friends is meeting them in real life. I have yet to meet anyone where it isn’t as if we have known each other our entire lives.

I was so incredibly lucky to meet Amy of Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans this week!! I swear we are sisters! We had the best time at the last OMQG meeting of the year and then we met again today at lunch… pure fun! I could have hung out all day!

IMG_2022We even share the same backing fabric taste LOL! So before Amy came (she’s from here but lives in Jolly ‘Ol England) I asked if she wanted to swap mini’s and the answer was a resounding yes!! So we shared favourite colours etc. The picture below is when we did the reveal LOL!

IMG_2017  We were crazy giddy and it was awesome LOL!

IMG_2023 So here I am holding the one she made for me and vice versa… this was a swap to remember!

I am lucky enough to be heading to the Vermont Quilt Festival to meet up with two other online friends… details on that next week!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Favourites

Today it is all about Jen Kingwell! Jen and fabrics were made to be together… her quilts are full of amazing different fabrics, hundreds of them, yet she never makes a wrong step! She also owns the fabric shop AmitiĆ©.

I have about 6 or 7 of her patterns and I recently started The Circle game.

IMG_1838 I am loving hand piecing this and am so glad I started… I am hoping to finish this block and start on my second one while I am travelling to the Vermont Quilt Festival next week.

IMG_1887 This is where I am at right now… in love.