diy: affordable custom clothing labels

I don't think we've officially announced this on the blog, but Casey and I have decided to start doing festivals. This decision was not made lightly as it is a pretty big decision. I've been so crazy busy making kimonos because, well, we need 100 for the festival. And 100 kimonos is a lot... However, I am so excited for the festival. Excited and nervous. Needless to say, we need everything to look professional and we want to make sure that our brand is present and obvious. We also need to not break the bank since this business has been started from almost nothing. So the first thing we had to do was get some tags for the kimonos. We ordered some sample labels and looked up prices online forever and everything was just way out of our price range. So the cheapest way to do it whilst still having beautiful labels? Spoonflower, which is the website where you design your own fabric. All you do is upload your logo and choose how big you want it printed on your fabric, which depends on how big you want your labels. I added 1/2 inch to the height and width of my logo to allow for ironing and sewing. You should do this too. In photoshop, I also added lines to the edges of my logo image so that I'd be able to easily cut the labels. Do it, it's super helpful. Also, order the Kona Cotton. I will end up having about 600 labels from this 1 yard of fabric, and it cost $20. Basically it is a super deal.
Okay... once you have your fabric, here's what ya do... First of all, get excited all over again that your logo is printed on fabric. It's pretty legit, just sayin'.
Cut the strips in rows like this. Don't cut out each individual label. You'll die in the process. Guaranteed.
Fold over and iron approximately a quarter inch to the back on the top and bottom of the labels. This is probably the most tedious part. 
Now you will stitch down both folds. Try to stay as close to the edge as possible. It's also easier to sew from this angle rather than sewing with the logo facing up. 
This is what the labels will look like after you've stitched at the top and bottom. 
Now, just cut each label along the lines. 
You're getting so close. Ok, so fold and iron approximately 1/4 inch down on both sides.
Pin the label where you want it on your garment. 
Last but not least.... stitch down on both sides. 
Tada! We like to make a bunch of these at a time and leave them where they are all individual labels. Then, when we are finished making a kimono we just slap one of these bad boys on and we're done. I think these labels are fun even if you only make clothes for yourself. They just add a special touch :)

-Casey & Savannah

diy: bleach tie dye technique

There is something about tie dye that I really like, if you haven't already figured that out. It doesn't have to be cheesy tie dye all the time, although there is a place for cheesy tie dye, sometimes. I think my favorite way to tie dye is using bleach on already colored materials. You never really know what you are going to get, but it always turns out great!

To bleach tie dye, you will need a shirt or some fabric that is already colored and mostly cotton. Other natural fabrics, like rayon, will work too. You will also need some rubber bands, bleach and a bucket that your shirt will fit in.

This is my go-to folding technique. You just accordion fold the shirt and then randomly tie rubber bands around the shirt. I also fold the shirt in half at the end and add rubber bands around both sides because it's hard to get rubber bands around the center of the shirt otherwise.

The first thing you need to do it get your shirt wet. Just dowse it in water and put it in your bucket. If you skip this step, you might risk the bleach eating through your fabric.

Next pour bleach all over it. My shirt immediately changed colors. It was green. There are no specific measurements for this. I set the bucket out in the sun for the bleach to work more quickly. I left the bleach on for about 10 minutes. Next, you remove all the rubber bands and rinse your shirt out really well.

At this point you could wash your shirt in the washer if you wanted. Just make sure that all of the bleach is completely washed out or you risk it bleaching even more, and possibly causing holes. I didn't wash mine and instead put it in the dryer to dry completely and then I cut the sleeves off!

I love the pattern that this shirt now has. It's really interesting since the shirt has no trace of it's original color. I guess that is why I like this technique, unpredictableness. That's not a word... but you namsayin'.

xo, Savannah

recipe: gluten-free peach and pineapple fried rice

When I tell you that I have never in my life tasted something so delicious, I promise that I am not lying. I mean, I have never eaten something that almost brought tears to my eyes since I first tried my grandpas smoked brisket. It is possible that I was a little emotional prior to making this rice, so that could've enhanced my love for it. But I'm telling you, it is just that good. So just do yourself a favor and make it.
Peach and Pineapple Fried Rice
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked rice
1/2 fresh pineapple, cubed
1 fresh peach, peeled and cubed
2 small bell peppers, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 eggs
4 Tbs. olive oil
3 tsp. sesame oil
3 Tbs. rice vinegar
1/4 cup GF Tamari soy sauce
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

Directions:
1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add 2 Tbs. oil to the pan.
2. Add peppers and onions and sautee them for 5-10 minutes, depending on your liking.
3. Add in garlic to the pan and sautee for another 2 minutes.
4. Remove veggies from the pan onto a plate.
5. Add another 1 Tbs. oil to the pan and scramble the eggs.
6. Remove the eggs from the pan and add to the veggies on the plate.
7. Mix together sesame oil, rice vinegar, GF Tamari soy sauce, brown sugar and red pepper.
7. Add last tablespoon of oil into the pan and add rice and half of the sauce mixture. Coat the rice evenly in the sauce and cook for 2-5 minutes, making sure the rice has warmed completely.
8. Add the veggies and egg, the pineapple and peach cubes and the rest of the sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes, then serve!

Oh, and make sure you share. Something this good has to be enjoyed with someone else.

xo, Savannah
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before and after: goodwill dress alterations

Just wanted to share a project with y'all. Goodwill may very well be one of my favorite stores ever, and no this isn't a sponsored post. I just love Goodwill. Because you can buy awesome things there for low prices and you can buy not-so-awesome things and turn them into something you like way better. Listen, I'm not judging the before dress, the pattern is lovely, the shape is just not my flavor. When I saw this dress for half-off, I knew it had to be my next Goodwill alteration project. I knew I wanted to shorten it and cut the sleeves off, although now I think keeping the sleeves on might've worked too. But it was certainly touch and go for a little bit in the alteration process. Even though the end result is so simple, it was a pretty tough alteration. Things just weren't hanging right for a while, but in the end it all worked out! I leeeeerrrrrv this dress so much. I will definitely be wearing it as much as I can before summer's end.
We have an outfit post coming up soon featuring this dress so keep a lookout for it in action!

xo, Savannah

praying for our enemies

I read this great article this week about how to pray for your enemies. This article is specifically talking about the crisis that is going on in Iraq, but this can certainly be applied to our relationships with people we consider our enemies or simply people we don't like. To me one of the first things we have to do when we feel wronged by someone is to stop and think of the other person. This is supernatural and requires prayer because thinking about someone else that has hurt you is the last thing we want to do. When we consider the other person and pray for them, eventually your heart will soften towards them. The reality is whoever has wronged you has been wronged by someone too. There is no excuse for hurting someone, but we have to extend the grace that was extended to us. So next time you're mad at someone or when you are thinking of the crisis in Iraq, consider praying for your enemies. 
-Casey 

diy: bleach stamp pad

I had a moment of genius-ness yesterday morning. We had wanted to use bleach to make flowers on an article of clothing, but it sort of seemed like a daunting task to actually successfully accomplish that. I remembered that we had this stamp that would create a really great pattern on a shirt, if only I could figure out how to get bleach in that shape. And then I thought, what I need is a stamp pad that is made out of bleach. And so I made exactly that.
You will need:
- Shirt or fabric to print on.

If you are using a shirt, you will need some cardboard to put in between the shirts layers to prevent bleeding from front to back.
Stack your felt pieces together.
Fold them in half.
Secure them with rubber bands. It's that simple.
Put the stamp pad in the container and pour bleach over it, soaking it completely.
Use your stamp pad just like you would ink! Don't overload it, touch the pad with the stamp just enough to coat the stamp with the bleach.
Then stamp away! (Make sure you have something behind your fabric.) I stamped about 4 flowers before having to re-apply the bleach. 
I stamped the whole front of the shirt and once the bleach had dried, I turned it over and stamped the other side. Rinse the shirt and toss it in the dryer.
When it is dry it is ready to wear!
What's great is that you can use this stamp pad with any stamp, the possibilities are literally endless. If I had more blank shirts, I would've already experimented with all of our other stamps. I mean, this is a game changer for sure.

xo, Savannah

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diy: Beaded Crystal Stone Necklace

So we started making jewelry as part of the Hey Wanderer shop. It started just so I could have a few extra things at my first pop-up shop, but we realized that we both really enjoyed making necklaces and earrings and bracelets. I don't know what it is, but it's really enjoyable. I feel like you get to be really creative because there is no pattern, no right or wrong way to do it. We haven't put much of the jewelry in the etsy shop and probably won't for a while. We just registered for 2 festivals (one coming up really soon) so we need to save our inventory for those. Yay! Anyway, I figured I'd do a necklace DIY since I've been making a bunch of these recently. Most of our necklaces are hand-beaded, we don't use too much chain. For this necklace, you will need some wire, a crystal stone, a chain or beaded strand, some super glue and jewelry tools.
Figure out which side of the crystal you would like to be in the front.
Start wrapping wire around the top of the stone.
After you've wrapped it around a few times, drop a couple of drops of superglue onto the wire. Watch it and make sure it falls in between the stone and the wire. Let the glue dry completely, I should've left mine for about 30 minutes before handling it, but I got a little impatient. And one of my fingers paid for it.
After you've wrapped the wire, bend the ends upward and curve the ends into a circle for hooking onto the beaded strand.
Then hook the ends onto the strand and make sure you close the hooks real well.
I love love love this necklace. Here is the problem with making things you really like... it's harder to say goodbye to them! But, when someone loves something as much you do, it seems worth it.

xo, Savannah