diy: tie dye with dye baths

A couple of summers ago I worked at a camp and I became obsessed with tie-dying things. It got a little ridiculous. They had a whole tie-dye setup so I was really easy to dye whatever I wanted. At home, it isn't as easy. You can buy tie-dye sets, but they are a little more pricey than I prefer. And I don't want a whole setup, I just want to do one tie-dye set in the colors I choose, without spending a lot of money. For some reason I thought that using dye baths wouldn't give a very successful tie-dye look, but luckily I was wrong! This is by far the cheapest way to tie-dye a bunch of fabric. I did about 8 yards and spent around $2 on the dye.
You will need some dye powders in the colors of your choosing, white fabric, rubber bands, salt, hot water, buckets, and gloves if you'd like to keep your hands clean.

I layed my fabric out and just gathered it from side to opposite side, crumbled it up and put a rubber band around that section. I repeated this up and down the length of the fabric.  I didn't want to do anything really fancy with the rubber bands, I wanted a simple tie-dye look/pattern.
To start, add 1 cup salt to each container. This helps the fabric absorb the dye better.
Next add your dye powder and the hot water. Look on your dye for instructions on the right amount of water. Stir the mixture until the salt and dye is dissolved.
Put your tie-dyed fabric in the dye bath. If you want the fabric to be all one color, submerge it completely. Otherwise, only put half of it in the bath and leave some of the fabric out. Another method is dye the fabric completely in a light color, rinse it out and then re-tie it and dye it again in a darker color. I did this with a couple pieces of fabric and it worked really well.
Leave each piece in the dye for the amount of time your dye recommends. I left mine in for 20 minutes each. Next, just cut off all the rubber bands and rinse each piece of fabric with cool water.
I put my fabrics out in the sun to let the dye set in a little more before I washed them. There was still dye in mine after washing them out for a while. After this, I washed them with like colors in the washing machine. I will be making some kimonos out of these whenever I get a chance! And a few of these we have taken to the beach to lay on. Love 'em all! I don't know what it is, but I really like tie-dye. A little too much, I know.

xo, Savannah

diy: nameplate necklace

I've been making these necklaces for a while now and people seem to really like them. I figured I'd do a tutorial on how I do it, so you could make one too! You will need some polymer clay, a small stamp set, something to roll the clay out with, something to cut the clay with (a knife will do), a toothpick, some jump rings, a lobster claw clasp and some chain.
Pre-heat your oven to 225 (or whatever your clay says). Roll your clay into a ball.
Roll it out to be about 1/4 inch in width.
Cut two lines in your clay.
Stamp whatever word you want in between lines.
Cut two lines to make a rectangle and poke to holes in the top corners.
Peel the rest of the clay up and you have your nameplate. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. After the clay cooked, I added a layer of gold paint to make it shine more. You can skip this step.
Attach jump rings to the necklace and to the chain. Then attach the chain to the jump rings and to the lobster claw.
And then you have your necklace! I've done these with many many different words, you can see them in the shop. And if you don't want to make one yourself, you can always order one from us!

xo, Savannah

recipe: breakfast buckwheat

We are teaming up with Bob's Red Mill over the next few months to bring you some tasty recipes using products that are new to us, and probably a little less heard of in general. Let me stop here and say that while Bob's Red Mill is sponsoring these posts, our thoughts and feelings about the company and products are 100% from the heart. I (Casey) have Celiac Disease so I can't eat gluten, and I have been using BRM products for about 6 years now. We only recently discovered that not only does BRM make a lot of great products, but they also are an awesome company. If you want to be inspired, watch the video at the end of the post. Everyone who has seen this video gets a little teary eyed, so beware. Seriously, we want to be besties with founder, Bob Moore. He has this crazy idea that if you make a good product and treat your employees well that the money will work itself out. I wish more companies felt that way!

One of my favorite things is that the company is employee owned. Another other thing I love about the company is that they are trying to expand our food horizons. They sell less common ingredients like buckwheat groats (featured in this post) and sorghum. There are so many grains that are not common in America that are common in other parts of the world, so thanks Bob for letting us know about them! If you do nothing at all, please watch their video at the bottom and fall in love too :) 
So what do buckwheat groats taste like? They have a nice, nutty flavor. The texture is probably our favorite part. It's like a mixture between quinoa and orzo or rice. There are lots of different things you could make with buckwheat groats, savory or sweet. We decided to go the sweet, cinnamon-y nutty berry-licious breakfast route. It's easy. It's delicious. It's breakfast buckwheat.
Breakfast Buckwheat Recipe
(Serves about 4)
- 1 Cup Buckwheat Groats
- 2 1/2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbs. Shredded Coconut
- Stevia (liquid or packets to taste)
- Berries and slivered almonds for topping

1. Bring water to a boil and then add buckwheat groats and cover.
2. Reduce to simmer for 20 minutes and then let groats sit for 5 minutes.
3. Fluff with a fork and add coconut milk, cinnamon and shredded coconut. Combine everything very well.
4. Serve in individual dishes and garnish with berries, slivered almonds and shredded coconut.
Ok first watch this video, then make something awesome with buckwheat groats and let us know what you think!
XO- Savannah & Casey 

diy: clay leaf imprint charm

We've been working with a lot of clay lately. Mostly because we are making a bunch of jewelry for the Hey Wanderer Pop Up Shop that we are having on Saturday. But in our brainstorming/ trying to be creative moments, Casey experimented with imprints. She pressed many different natural objects into clay and found what worked and what didn't. Leaves are definitely the best situation she found, for now. This is just a tutorial on how you make the leaf. We ended up putting a jump ring on it and adding it to a necklace, which is super easy to do. So go grab a leaf from your yard and read on!
Roll out some clay in the color of your choice. Roll it out until it is about 1/4 inch thick. We've found that this is a good width for clay shapes. We also use these cutting mats for clay projects but wax paper is really good for working with clay.
Place your leaf on the clay.
Gently roll the leaf into the clay. Just enough to make an imprint.
Use a butter knife to pull the leaf off carefully, you don't want to add any unnecessary marks. 
Admire your beautiful imprint.
Use an Xacto knife to carefully cut around the edges of the leaf.
Pull the excess clay up from the surface.
Use a sharp pointed object to make a hole in the top of the leaf if you want to use this as a charm. A toothpick would work nicely for this.
Place your leaf on a baking sheet. We use foil for easy removal and to keep the baking sheets from touching the clay. Bake in the oven at 275° for 20 minutes. For this part you should check your clay's packaging, all clays vary a little.
Once it has cooled, attach a jump ring to the clay piece and add it to another necklace or a piece of chain.
I like the way necklaces look when there are a few charms bunched together on the same chain. I might try this technique with a few things that we are making for the Etsy shop which you should check out. There are a lot of cool things over there!

xo, Savannah

Photos by: Nikki Berra/ Edited by: Savannah

diy: faux druzy pendant

I'm super into druzy/geode/agate things and I've been really interested in the ways people have DIYed them. This particular one was inspired by this tutorial. She used glass which looks really awesome, but I don't trust myself with breaking glass and handling it without injuring myself. To recreate the one I've made here, you will need a circle bezel pendant, some balsa wood, an Xacto knife, Mod Podge, nail polish in various colors and a necklace chain to hang the finished product on.
Start by chipping off tiny pieces from your balsa wood with your Xacto knife.
Fill your pendant with Mod Podge.
Stuff a bunch of wood shavings into the pendant. Make sure you cover every area possible.
Cover the shavings in Mod Podge. Let it dry completely before painting.
Sheer nail polishes are best for painting this. I painted probably 10 different layers using a paint brush and a sponge. You kind of just have to put a layer on, let it dry and then see what color needs to be layered on again. This part took a minute to get right. Metallic nail polishes are good for this too.
Once you have the desired color combination, slide your pendant onto a chain and wear!
I might try to make another one of these in a bigger version, but I have to figure out what kind of pendant situation I want to use. Until then, I quite like how this turned out.

xo, Savannah