I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can't find any in the store that I like, because, let's face it - most women's shorts are so short they're actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can't seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I'm only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Fortunately, you can sew shorts on your own really easily. I made these without a pattern, got to pick out my own funky and fun fabric, and more importantly, I made them as long as I wanted them to be.
My name is Capree and I have a tea towel problem. It's almost a compulsion really: I am always, ALWAYS finding new tea towels to obsess over. My head is full of hundreds of these little textile goodies; it's overflowing and needs to be purged! Luckily for you, this self-initiated intervention is taking the form of a roundup. I hope you're ready. And if, at the end of this, you find yourself craving tea towels too, consider yourself warned!
Knock offs are great, aren't they? I've noticed, however, they usually go one of two ways. 1. They look just as good as the original or 2. they look almost as good as the original. In this case, I think the knock off looks BETTER than the original, (a print at World Market $129). Now, can you guess which is the original? Take a look at the knock off in situ:
Over the weekend, I whipped up a wooden pennant inspired by a product I saw on Design Crush. I l've always wanted to play around with printing a bold color onto wood grain, and like the whole "hooray" spirit without being too nostalgic or belongy. Which is not a word.
This year, I'm all over making my own wrapping paper. I've made bold, graphic paper using type, drawn a subtle handmade snowflake design, and adorned plain paper with DIY stamps, but I wanted to do a full-on printed pattern over an entire sheet. I do know how to screen print, but it's a lot of work for a couple sheets, so I turned to another classic printmaking technique: a carved linoleum block. A contemporary update to woodblock printing...
Plan 59 is an online museum and gift shop of mid-century illustrations and art. Full of vintage advertising images, sales literature, and just plain old retro art, it's the kind of place in which you can get lost for hours. They even have a collection entitled "Decor" where you can resource and get inspiration for your own mid-century spaces.
What's better than sending a handmade card for the holidays?
Sending a handmade card with ink you made yourself, of course.
From Katherine Sharpe at Readymade: "Britt Browne’s materials are just as essential to her art as her designs. She makes her own ink using homegrown plants, then prints on handmade paper. Here, Britt shares the secret to making greeting-card-ready paper or fabric using the season’s most ubiquitous berry. Learn more about Britt and her work at The Paper Moon Project, and if you’re not in the mood to make your own cranberry dye, you can shop her limited-edition cranberry dyed cards at Soolip."
Studiopatro is a San Francisco design studio that creates amazing typographic, nature, and geometric-inspired tea towel. Their work is so beautiful you'll want to do way more than simply dry dishes, and thankfully, they've offered twelve ideas to use tea towels in your life and decor.
- Easy apron
- Frame-able art
- Line your tea tray
- Protect your tender hands
- Dry fresh greens
- Create a cushion
- Give as gifts
- Wrap as gift wrap
- Line your bread basket
The ABCs of the enigmatic Mexican wrestling tradition! This hand screen-printed poster by El Jefe designs features the most famous luchadores from Atlantis to Zebra Kid. Love it until dos de tres caídas!
Quickly! Before everyone's doing it! Go to Paste Magazine's Obamicon Creator and Shepard-Fairy-isize the hope right out of yourself!
The repeated circular pattern with the inconsistencies of air makes bubble wrap a fascinating stamp for inking and printing. DaisyYellow has a great tutorial here.
(Honestly, I find the photo of the material as attractive as the results.)
While you've got your materials handy for these hand printed fleece scarves, it will only take you about an hour to put together this well-deserved holiday gift for your hard working canine companion.
This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.
Potato pirnts are fabulous and super fun, but their big blocky, starchy selves mean either a huge block of color, or your own, carved design.
But, give mother a nature a chance to pick the pattern this time with making prints with celery. A little wispy, a little floral and a whole buncha cool. Pair with some scrap paper for an excellent homemade gift wrap option.
In the DIY design blogosphere, tis always the season for giving: Creature Comforts offers free, download and printable library card pocket templates, standard library cards, and mini-notes. No more description necessary, just go get 'em.
Derek and Lauren from Design*Sponge have a new tutorial each Wednesday, and this one's too adorable not to share. These hand-stamped dish towels are endless
ly customizable, and a perfect weekend project... i wish they had stamps like these at my local craft store.
-rubber stamp set
-fabric-friendly stamp pad
Chapel Hill, NC based Spoonflower is posed to grant every crafter's dream: custom, oneshot, and personalized fabric. Check out their bio and FAQ for all the good details. At $18.00 a yard, it's not cost prohibitive, though you'll need to be careful to not make any mistakes.
Here's a secret: Tattoos are permanent, and they hurt! The idea of the temporary tattoo - for costumes, children, or just to pretend your alot more hardcore than you are- is mighty fine, but stock designs are generally tacky and unbelievable. Makezine highlights temp-tat inkjet paper, which is "come in twos: one printable A4 sheet and one adhesive film. The process is quick and easy as well as painless (even if you have sensitive skin,...
Hollywood-based Walnut Wallpaper won't have a sports-themed border for your son's bedroom, or some roosters to complete your French country kitchen. They do showcase some amazing designs you won't find at your local home improvement store: modern prints from around the world, and new, smaller companies, both of which will equally make you drool.
Making stuff is always way more fun when you're using the images of your friends and family as source material. Here's eleven clever projects that allow you to use your own digital photos to create beautiful artwork and fun crafts.
- KidGrid: DIY Photo blocks
- Customized party gear
- Make photo magnets
- Personalized mini-stickers
- Custom coloring books
- Create your own pop art
- DIY Photo mobile
- Bookplate stickers
- Personalized baby books & scrapbooks
- Photo puzzle