Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Artist: Katwise

Just thought you should know my birthday is coming up.

Oh, and if you miss my birthday,

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner.

Kat O'Sullivan aka: Katwise


Her next posting of coats will be on Sunday, December 21st at 2pm New York time.

Friday, November 19, 2010

DIY Sachet Tutorial

With the launch of the new business we wanted to give a gift to all our guests.
A sachet seemed like the perfect item.
They are simple to make and have a practical purpose.

Computer Printer Fabric is one of the most fun materials to use.
I love that you can draw anything and transfer it to fabric instantly.
Printer fabric, white cotton, cheese cloth, ribbons and lavender are the basic essentials for this project.

You can use any drawing or design. I sketched out our bird logo in black and white with a sharpie pen, then scanned it into the computer.
My hubbie colored it in with his Bamboo sketching pad, adding color and dimension to the design.
Notice the great ribbon I found AFTER the design was done.
How cool is that?

Print your finished art onto Computer Printer Fabric cotton following manufacturers instructions. There are lots of brands available now. I choose the June Tailor brand.
The cotton is a great weight and light enough to allow the scent of the lavender to pass through without any of the seeds falling out.
Lay out your printing to maximize your design on the fabric.
I did mine at 16 vignettes per page.
Print and heat set with a hot iron.

Cut out your printed design with pinking sheers 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Also cut:
2 Cotton squares 4" x 4"
1 Cheesecloth square 3"x 3"
1 Open weave ribbon 4"
1 Decorative ribbon 6"
Layer the complete top layer only.
Leaving off one 4" x 4" square and the decorative ribbon.
Stitch around the edge 1/8" in to hold all layers together. See where the pin is.

Now lay completed sachet top, on top of the back 4" x 4".
Stitch around three sides at 1/2" leaving the top edge undone.

Pour in 1 tablespoon of fresh lavender.
Cloves or cinnamon sticks would be a great alternatives.

Tuck the decorative 6" ribbon into the top leaving a loop to hang.
I allowed the ribbon to just fall to the back to give the back side some interest.
Stitch across the top through all layers.

This is a perfect, inexpensive gift for any occasion.
Wrap three to five together with a beautiful ribbon as a complete presentation.
These would also be great for wedding party favors.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Somethings Bugging Me

Wanda's Designs A genius with polymer clay.

Ulla Norup Milbreth: Who I want to be when I grow up.

Wanda's Designs: Go see her teapots too.

Ulla Norup Milbreth: Yep, still want to be creative like her.

Kup Kup Land: A unique sense of creative style.

June Bugs In July: Brings back the Girl Scout badge memories.

Hansigurumi: How does one even begin a project like this?

Liz Vandel: If I could do it all over again, I'd join the circus and wear this.

Chosetec : Big deal. I could do this too.
If I had a three month supply of coffee and a truck load of paper.