Wednesday, July 15, 2015

diy: circular tie-dye mini tapestry

This post is brought to you by iLoveToCreate and Blueprint Social. These opinions are my own.

Well if you have ever met us or spent any time on our website, you know that we tie-dye A LOT. Today we are working with iLoveToCreate on their Tie-Dye Your Summer campaign to show you how easy and fun tie-dying can be, especially when using the Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit®.
Today we are sharing with you one of our favorite techniques that we use most often. It is very simple! You will need your Tie-Dye Kit and a small piece of fabric. Your fabric can be any size you want. In your kit you will find rubber bands, gloves and a variety of dye colors.
Pinch your fabric in the very center and pull upward.
Gather the fabric together and tie a rubber band around it. This does not need to be perfect. Each piece will always be a little different, but that is the beauty of it! Continue to tie rubber bands down the gathered fabric until desired amount is reached. You do not need many to create the effect we are going for.
Put on a pair of gloves and prepare your dye according to the package instructions. (You just add water and shake.) I first dip my fabric in water so that the dye will seep in quicker. Squeeze your dye onto the fabric. Here I alternated two colors until I had covered the whole piece of fabric. I also turned the fabric over to make sure the underside was covered in dye too.
I ended up letting my fabric sit for about 6 hours, then I removed the rubber bands and rinsed the fabric. We loved how the colors turned out. The fabric was a pale yellow color to begin with so the colors are a little more muted. We hung our tie-dyed fabric as a tapestry and love the fun it adds to a space!

For more tie-dye ideas and projects, follow iLoveToCreate on social media!

xo, Savannah

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

diy: block stamped kitchen towel

(This post is brought to you by Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions are my own.)

Today we are trying our hand at block stamping with Fabric Creations™! We've been really interested in possibly using this technique on some of our kimonos, so it was really fun to experiment with this kitchen towel. The Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink is super soft and it is machine washable. You could even use a paint brush to apply it! Anyway, I wanted to create something more neutral, so it would go with everything, so I stuck with printing in all black.
You will need a 22"x22" square piece of fabric (or a blank kitchen towel), Fabric Creations™ soft fabric ink, Fabric Creations™ block stamps, a foam printing mat and a sponge.
Place the foam printing mat under the fabric to get best results. Application is pretty simple, it just takes a little patience. Sponge the paint onto the stamp lightly. Then press the block down onto the fabric.
I repeated sponging and stamping along one side of the napkin, making sure the ends lined up.
When I got to the end I just turned the fabric and lined up the stamp perpendicular to the last print. If the stamp doesn't end exactly where you want it, I have a solution. I will show you a few steps down.
I switched to a different block and followed the same process stamping it underneath the border I just created.
I went back to the first stamp to create another row underneath the second pattern. I could only fit the block in the area I wanted two times, if I had stamped a third time, I would have stamped onto an already stamped section. To fix this problem, I took a scrap piece of fabric and placed the edge right where I wanted the pattern to stop.
Then I sponged and stamped as usual.
When you remove the fabric, there will be a perfect edge!
I took my second block and stamped it in the very middle of the fabric square.
I took one more block and stamped it all around the center and then serged the edges of my fabric. If you don't have a serger, you could just with a blank kitchen towel. We just had the perfect fabric lying around that we had purchased at Goodwill.
This towel looks great in our kitchen!
And it's perfect for styled shoots! And right now I'm too scared to wipe my hands on it.

xo, Savannah

P.S. For more updates and new ideas on how to utilize these Fabric Creations™ stamps, follow Plaid on social media, and enter in their giveaway!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Vulnerable Art of Un-macrame-ing


Last night, I was sitting at the kitchen table with a friend and we were trying our hands at macrame-ing plant holders. It was late and we were on a deadline. I've made macrame friendship bracelets, so I thought it would be quick and easy. That, it was not. You see, macrame is a series of knots. Knots tied this way and that, each way having a different look. We were learning most of it as were going. When I got to the end of my first piece, I realized I had done it reeeeally wrong. Like, it was WRONG. It looked great, but it wasn't functional at all. The plant didn't even fit. Our rope was limited, so if I wanted this plant hanger to work, I was going to have to start over. So one by one I removed the knots until I just had string again.

I've been in a phase of life where pretty much any little event like this compares to some aspect of my life. It's silly, I know. But last night I realized that my whole life has been a series of un-macrame-ing. A series of getting to the end and realizing you missed something in the beginning that had affected everything else. A series of unbuilding and rebuilding. A series of trying again, even after failing for the third, fourth, or one-hundredth time. And there is an art to that... There is an art to being able to keep trusting God and begin again.

This is where I am today. I'm in the process of unbuilding and picking apart every little detail trying to see where I went wrong. It's tough to see your work have to take a step back because something just isn't working anymore. But the good news is, we can all rest assured knowing that God will help us rebuild again, whenever it is time.

My last class in art school focused on what I had learned during my time studying the subject. As seniors, we were asked to write an "artist's statement" that put all of this into words. What did we learn? What did we feel? But most of all, "What IS art?" I reflected on my first year as an art student, and how I sat in front of a canvas numb and frightened for such a long time. I had an idea, but the fear of doing it wrong stopped me from literally putting any paint on the canvas. What I learned in this time helped me grow in more ways than just painting. It opened my eyes and caused me to trust in the Lord more than ever. I'm not sure if you've ever tried to paint for the first time ever... It's. Frightening.

Well, there isn't much I could say that my 22 year old self did that still resonates with me. But the Lord helped me comprehend an answer to such a big question- "What is art?" I am so thankful that I have something to look back on and something to remind me of how I first started letting go and trusting God. So every time I fail, get overwhelmed, get scared or start having doubts, I just remind myself of the words He gave me--

"Art is vulnerable. It's about starting with an intentional idea and letting it take you to unintentional places."

xo, Savannah

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