Friday, August 1
We've had one of those weeks where the days and evenings have been full and pretty wonderful. We had a dear friend staying with us all the way from Alaska this week, and introducing important people from your past to important people in your present can be a special thing. I've been feeling extra thankful lately for all the amazing people surrounding us.
**Top and Bottoms by Lykke Wullf; Crown is handmade
Being in this field, in this perfect summery outfit, dancing and picking wildflowers was just the icing on a dreamy cake. Summer, stick around a little longer if you don't mind.
Thursday, July 31
I've been wanting to try a leather dyeing project for some time now, but hadn't gotten around to it until now. When I got this bag from Bali ELF, I knew it would be perfect in a sweet candy color. Here's how my adventure went:
After I rubbed the preparer all over the purse, I went to town with this rose pink color... and hated it. It wasn't what I was imagining at all (even though it's pretty identical to what's in the bottle), so I went back to the leather store and asked if there was any way to remove the color. The guy at the store basically said, "Sorry, you're out of luck" (in a nice way, of course) and I headed home.
I'm not great at abandoning diy projects until I've wasted many hours trying to salvage them, so I bought another color dye and decided to try and cover the pink. I was imagining that I may get left with a lavender color, and that was a-okay.
After about a million coats (but only one bottle of dye) it covered the pink! I wish I had a picture of the cover up process, but apparently I forgot to snap one of those. Whoops!
You can still see the pink peeking through in places, but I really don't mind it. I'm happier than happy with the new color of this bag! It suits me much better than the pink.
Have you ever dyed leather before? How did your project turn out? Next time I will be more careful with color selection so I don't have to work so long to get a decent result!
**You can find this purse right here and the dress right here.
Tuesday, July 29
We are big fans of felt dolls around here. Poesy and Hope have quite the collection of store bought and handmade felt dolls and accessories, and we have this nifty board that Rachel made a while back. We decided it would be funny and fun to make some very personalized dolls for the collection. Today I'm teaming up with Canon USA to show you how to make your own personalized felt doll family at home!
Alright, first things first: I wasn't sure if this DIY was even going to work, because I wasn't printing on paper like I normally would. I bought the extra rigid felt sheets from the craft store (regular felt probably won't work because it's too soft) and put it in my PIXMA iP8720 printer, just as if the felt sheets were paper. I chose my images for print and resized them in Photoshop. Then, I held my breath. It took a little bit of helping, but the felt went through the printer just as paper would. Whew.
This is what the images look like all printed out. Obviously they aren't as sharp as they would be on paper, but they still look good for being printed on a fuzzy piece of fabric. Success!
The images were bleeding onto my fingers, so I sealed them with a matte sealer. You can get a sealer at any hobby store. After everything was dry, I cut the heads from the fabric.
Next, I cut out bodies for the dolls and Hope helped me design and cut out clothes for them. I used a tiny dab of hot glue on each one to affix the head to the body.
Poesy was pretty tickled with these "Mama, Daddy, Hope, and Poesy" felt dolls, and Hope had a good time designing clothes with me. All-in-all I'm going to call this one a DIY success. xo.
Oh, hey, Summer. I didn't notice you lurking around the corner, but then you popped out like a force... a force that won't allow the upstairs AC to keep up in our old, poorly insulated house. That's okay, though. You allow me to wear cute pineapple sundresses and help me keep my coffee/caffeine intake at a minimum. We can be friends, I guess.
Pineapple Dress: Choies // Shoes: ABM for Swedish Hasbeens // Necklace and Scallop Bracelet: Shlomit Ofir // Sunglasses: ModCloth // Flower Crown: handmade // Backpack: Bali ELF
It has been a little warm around these parts, but we really don't mind. I'm in love with all seasons (even when they can be a little miserable) and summer is no exception! Swimming, watermelon (and pineapple, of course), late nights, fun trips-- just a few of my favorite summery things. How about you? Is there anything great going on in your neck of the woods lately?