Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Group Crafting

I just got back from a lovely girl's weekend to Hilton Head....hence the tee shirts I did for one of my first Yudu projects. I thought it might be fun to take along a crafty project to drink and bond over. And boy, did we ever bond.

So I put this idea out to one and all...if you're having a get together, do a fun group craft. I assure you everyone enjoyed this way more than I could have imagined. With a few foam crowns ($1 at the craft store) and a TON of leftover rhinestones from an Elvis costume I made for Chad we had a delightful time. Check out the pictures and feel free to steal the idea!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Choose Haiti

I'm reading about this and thinking, how cool. Spread the jobs and help a people:

Choose Haiti Project in Pictures

Blanket America, the company that has moved production to Haiti

Photo courtesy of TIME magazine. Follow the link above to see the entire collection.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Adventures in Screen Printing

I have always wanted to screen print...but the process seemed messy and the supplies seemed to take up a lot of space. Not to mention, the kits out there are pretty overwhelming for someone who has never done this before. And at the risk of not breaking my husband (he's VERY tolerant of my craftiness and I don't want to push it), I never insisted on starting. So when I read about the Yudu I jumped at the chance to own this all in one, self contained, "easy" screen printing unit. And Chad was sold as he has been wanting to create lot shirts for upcoming Phish shows.

When it arrived at my front door in the most gianormous box, it was like Christmas. I was so excited that I forwent my planned evening activity of watching "Coco Before Chanel" (Chad was out of town that night) and instead I hauled the massive box up the stairs and started to play (that's what she said).

My "test project" was a pair of Alice in Wonderland pillows which came out quite perfectly. All I need to do is stitch it up and stuff....Combining the screen printing capabilities with sewing projects will be nothing short of crafty heaven.

The biggest challenge was finding a place for it all to go. A place where I could spread out and not fret about messing up carpet, making a giant mess and in general, being me...didn't Weezer say something about the garage? So one Saturday we cleaned it out and voila....the makings of a totally kick ass screen printing studio.

The tees I attempted for my second project...epic fail. I think that the ink Yudu sent me was too thick and so the flooding of the screen didn't work out which is odd considering the black ink was no problem at all. I'm going to use Speedball Inks from now on and get the emulsion sheets from Dharma Trading as they are MUCH less expensive. And after a few attempts, I got it down.

On the whole, I am so thrilled with my new toy. I look forward to improving my technique and hopefully expanding my crafty goodness into a new Etsy shop: Sour March. But first, I have to make sure Chad gets a turn.

For the Love of Etsy: Website Feature!

YAY! Another website has featured one of my creations!!! Nothing like some interwebs love.
While I know these new little dollies are not for everyone, I've had such fun creating them and a little validation is even better. And this website, MyShoppingConnection.com is super cool. Check out all the great guides and enjoy some time mentally spending $$.