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Craft Wars, August 2012

 

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I cook poorly, I craft obsessively and I love the look of a retro cocktail. When I am feeling guilty about taking time away from my family with my obsessions, I make videos about my guilt as "The Guilty Crafter" or I blog here. Thanks for stopping by!

Entries in upcycled clothing (5)

Monday
May112015

Come Create With Me This Weekend!

Of all the many, many crafting events I participate in every year, Maker Faire tops my list of favorites. There really is something for everyone- high end inventions, fire, woodworking, metal, crafts, upcycling. You name it- if it's innovative and from the mind of passionate, creative people, it's at Maker Faire.  Never been?  Jump in your hovercraft and join me. I'll be showing you how to use Rit Dye to makeover clothes you didn't think you'd ever wear again. Bring a bag of your clothing donations and join the fun!

Tuesday
Mar182014

1 dress, 3 Looks

Working for Rit Dye has been going great. I love a totally open-ended product. I've been dyeing like a crazy woman. My latest fun has been this dress project ($14 from Ebay- Call me, Ebay Stories!) where I am planning on using color remover and dye to dye the same dress for different occasions all year long.

You can read my inaugural Rit Studio blog post about the project HERE. And yes, I really AM wearing this dress around town. I wore the fushcia version to my kiddo's school Valentine's Day party and yesterday, I insisted our whole family headed over to the local Irish pub and pretend we like Irish food and dark beer.* 

*I actually like shepherd's pie but only because I hope the meat is beef rather than the lamb I suspect it is. And only those few moments before my kids start insisting what I'm eating is actually german shepherd pie and is made of dog. They enjoy eating with an adult who is a pickier eater than they are. Kids are evil.

 

Saturday
Dec212013

Custom Dyed Buttons/ I'm a Ritster

It's a few days before Christmas which means it's the most natural time in the world for me to start crafting. Anything to avoid holiday cooking, cleaning and gift wrapping. It happens every year. This week I was particularly inspired to craft because I just got back from learning some techniques to working with Rit Dye as part of my new relationship with Rit as their "DYE-signer Network Curator" (and yes, they let me invent my own title, wasn't that nice?). More on that later, back to procrastination...

Here's how this project happened- I was on my way back from an appointment and was racing against the clock to get home and participate in a conference call. Holiday traffic, being what it is, conspired to get me stuck in the car for my conference call- RIGHT next to my favorite local thrift store. So, yes, I have more important things to do but it did really seems as though it was fate to run into the thrift store when my call was over. And that's where I found this super lovely Elevenses jacket. I know the brand from my many dream shopping trips through Anthropologie so I scooped it up and raced to the checkstand. It was missing a few buttons but other than that, it's in excellent shape so I figured I'd buy new buttons on the way home (procrastinating even more, see how I am?).

At the fabric store, I'm sure they thought I was shoplifting. I stayed in the button aisle for at least 1/2 hour. I put buttons all over my jacket, took photos, uploaded the best photo to Facebook to ask my online friends their opinion. I eventually decided that some big wood buttons were sort of okay but they only had 2 and I needed 5. Ugh. But then it dawned on me- DYE my own with all the dye I got this week at training! DUH! (and shout out to my fave buttons- Blumenhthal Lansing- I bought a few cards of their natual wood buttons but they've send me buttons in the past and they are the nicest people).

So that's what you see here. Quickly dyed buttons (directions in my Rit Studio if you want the specs- it's crazy how little there is to do to dye wood well), new-to-me jacket and a WHOLE lot of holiday chores left undone while I look around the house for other things to dye. Tis the season!

Monday
Feb112013

Playing with Dye- Valentine's Day Jacket Video

Tuesday
May102011

When I'm not Cooking, I'm a Bear Tamer

Okay, so I'm not really cooking all that often. What I've really been having fun with lately is getting back into thrifting. It's really coming in handy because my little girl is very into wearing costumes for special days at her school. Today they're doing a play about forest creatures. My little one is a baby bear and since I'm not that great at sewing, I headed to the local thrift store. We bought a ladies size large sweatshirt that had a fur lining in the hood. I just flipped it around and used some of the extra length of it to make little ears. We even added a cute button so the hood would fit better. Too cute, don't you think? And while you're looking, do these thumbnails enlarge correctly when you click them? I think I might be doing something wrong...