Wednesday, April 26

Indigo Dyeing Workshop

Indigo Dyeing Workshop
I had the chance to make it to Rachel's indigo dyeing workshop a couple weekends ago and, boy, was it fun!   I've been so curious about the process since she's gotten interested in this technique, so getting to experience it firsthand was perfection.  Oh, and we had absolutely perfect weather, so that doesn't hurt either.  😉

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Firstly, let's just talk about how cool this pallet house is.  Rachel built it, of course, and I was smitten the moment I laid eyes on it.  My kids are getting a pallet play house this summer!  I'm totally inspired.

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Rachel showed us how to use different objects and clamps to create a variety of patterns on our fabric.  We began by folding then fabric and then we positioned acrylic cutouts, chopsticks, clothespins, etc. to make unique designs once the fabric was dipped in the indigo.  My first attempt was pretty meh, but once I got the hang of it I dyed a large piece of fabric (not sure what to sew it into yet), a dress, and a caftan.
 
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More than anything, it was great hanging out with these lovely ladies and learning a new craft. Several of the gals at the workshop had come to the weaving workshop at my house last fall, so it was great to reconnect and learn together again.  If you have the chance to take any of Rachel's workshops this year, I highly recommend them.  I know she's going to several states this summer, so check out her schedule!


Monday, April 17

New Projects for April!

DIY Bunny
Welp, it has been a week of radio silence here on the blog.  Why?  It's not because I've been too busy to keep up with posting, but because my darling dear Poesy accidentally kicked my laptop off of my bed.  Thankfully she just killed the screen.  I was afraid I had lost a bunch of files once again.  I'm here now on a loaner computer and playing a big round of catchup!

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'm regularly contributing on ABM again!  I'm excited to get back to a more consistent schedule.  If I don't make time for that creative brainstorming, I often find myself in a creative funk.  Setting that time aside to plan and make is so important to me!

Anyway, here are a couple of the posts you can find over on ABM this month!

DIY Bunny
My theme for this month has been simpler, more practical crafts.  I am often guilty of being overly-ambitious when it comes to DIYs, so this first project was perfect for simplifying.  This bunny is "half-way homemade" meaning the doll was bought at a craft store and I went about customizing it.  She was a hit for Easter, but really you could make this doll any time of the year.  You could even switch out what type of animal you're making!

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Again, with the overcomplicating: when I first started this wall hanging, my plans for it were so unnecessarily involved.  Stepping back and allowing myself to use good old fashioned wood, yarn, and hot glue turned out to be something lovely to display in our home!  Actually, my craft group is getting together next week to make their own!  I'm so excited to do this with friends!

You can find the full tutorial for the Bunny DIY here and the Statement Wall Hanging here.  Happy Monday, friends!  xo.


Wednesday, April 5

Weekly Wears: Scallops and Stripes

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I got this dress for Christmas and I've been waiting for it to finally get warm enough to wear it!  I can tell it's going to be one of my Spring favorites, but for now I still feel most comfortable dressing it with tights.  I'm the kind of gal that needs to ease into the new season.  Like, I envy people who can throw on open toe shoes or shorts at the first breath of warm air.  I'm telling you, the first time I walk outside without tights or knee socks is going to feel so weird!  Oh yeah... and I seriously don't own a pair of tights without snags these days.  I'm too clumsy or something.

Dress: Dolls Kill // Purse: Kate Gabrielle's closet sale // Tights: Party City // Shoes: Nasty Gal // Pin: Kill Em With Cuteness // Choker: Free People

Totally off subject but way more interesting to me-- I'M SEEING RADIOHEAD TODAY!  This is going to be one of those special life experiences, I just know it.  We've been waiting years to see them and I can't believe it's finally going to be here!!  Thank goodness the terrible storm coming our way hit on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.  Driving 3 hours in that weather would have been so stressful.

Anyway, happy Wednesday/Katie goes to Radiohead day!  xo.

 

Wednesday, March 29

Plants and Propagating Progress

Plant Talk
I hosted a plant swap recently (you know I love gatherings) and it was such a fun night.  All of the ladies that came seemed to have knowledge of different plants and I feel like we all got to learn something.  I've struggled with succulents in the past (I know, I know... they're easy) and I'm having my first bit of success with propagation.  It's a small success, but exciting just the same!

Plant Talk
Can you see the baby roots sprouting out?  I've become a little obsessive and probably check them everyday, but like I said-- this is the first time I haven't killed the babies immediately!  Yay! Basically, I just needed to stop "taking care of" the leaves and just let them be.  When they would start to shrivel, I was certain they needed water.  Nope!  They were forming roots and new babies.  Dry soil is your best friend here.  Thanks to all my IG friends who have answered a million of my questions!

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I also learned that you can propagate Pothos cuttings in water.  It's recommended to plant them in soil after they start sprouting roots so they can adapt to soil a little more easily.  I have a ton of this plant around my house, so I'm excited to start sharing babies with friends!

I'm testing out some other propagation methods on various plants, so I'll let you know how they go in the coming months.  Do you have favorite plants to grow indoors?  I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of the trickier (for me) plants.  It's all a learning process, right?  xo.