Waverly Place

Now I know its been four months since  I have moved here, but I think its finally time to introduce to you my current residence.

Yes. I live in what I’d like to call Waverly Place in Philadelphia…. and yes, I may or may not be a wizard.  (If I was I wouldn’t be able to tell you)

I live with another wizard…cough cough I mean muggle Dallas, who is one of my dear friends whom, I happen to go to school and work with.

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Here’s us on the front steps to our new place.

Check out the view. The key to find an awesome place, is finding a good view

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Its quaint and adorable….check out our crib.

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5The key to decorating the perfect place is gathering stuff that you find beautiful. Personally, I collect doilies, tea cups, blankets, dream catchers and photographs. Show off your collecting, cover your surfaces with it and eventually you will create an environment that is as unique and creative as you. All of the decorations seen here are items I had already acquired. Utilize what you have in creative ways to make the things you do not have. For example, I tied doilies together to create curtains that function to block the window without loosing all the light. I also blocked an unwanted window by my bed with a photo collage. Be resourceful and decorating can be both fun and inexpensive.

Make this place your home. No matter how long you plan on staying in this spot make it homey, a few little touches can make a difference. My goal is to always feel comfortable in my home, it allows for true rest and relaxation.  Home should be a place that you want to go back to every night after a long busy day. It should be inspiring so the creative juices never stop flowing.  Home should evoke good memories and invite good company. As an extreme homebody, home is my favorite place to be and I finally think this place is starting to feel like home.

So there you go, here’s where I live now.

 

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DIY: Dream Catchers

The past few months I have been on a dream catcher spree. Making them left and right simply because they’re pretty…They are all over my room as you can see:

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This week I decided to make yet another dream catcher, using the naturally dyed fabric I did a tutorial on a few weeks ago. The results looked like this:

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So here’s how to make your own dream catcher!!!!!!

Here’s what you’ll be needing:

Supplies

-1/2 of an embroidery hoop. (each hoop can make two)

-Any color Fabric strips. (In my case I used my beet dyed muslin)

-Feathers (bought or found)

-Yarn (any color)

-An assortment of beads

 

Phase one: Covering the embroidery hoop.

1. Take a piece of your fabric and tie it to the embroidery hoop

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2. Wrap the fabric tightly around the hoop until you have cover its entirety.

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3. Secure the end with a knot and tuck it under the fabric so it remains unseen

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Phase two: The inside

1. Take a long piece on yarn, about the length of your wingspan, and tie one end to the hoop

2. Cross the yarn to the outside edge

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3. loop the yarn around the back of the hoop and cross in front of the yarn. This is your basic knot for each stitch

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4. Continue the stitches around the remainder of the hoop. (The closer together the stitches the more elaborate the design)

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4. Once you have completed the first row make a stitch onto the second row. You can do this by looping the middle of one of your first stitches. That brings the yarn inside.

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5. Continue making stitches until you have reached the center of the dream catcher. Then you will tie a regular know to secure it in place

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Phase three : (And my favorite part) The Fringe

1. Take the strips of fabric and cut them into various lengths.

2. Secure them onto the bottom of the dream catcher

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The amount of fringe is up to you, I say the more the merrier!

After your dream catcher should look like this:

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It still looks a little empty so

3. Take the leftover yarn and cut it into various lengths.

4.Tie the feathers onto one end of the yarn

5. Add beads if you wish

The final product can look like this!

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Or one of these

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All of these were done with the same tutorial. With slightly different fringe, and hoop sizes.

Let me know if this helps and post your dreamcatchers in the comments so I can see what you all are making!!!!

 

 

Natural Dyes.

One of the things on my summer list was to try out some natural dyeing processes with fabric.

The process is very simple once the proper ratio of water to vegetable is established. Depending on the color you want depends on the vegetable you use. I decided to go with beets for a reddish/pink color and yellow onion skins for a yellow/ antiqued color.

To prepare the dye simply cut up the vegetables into small pieces, (for the onion you only need the skins) And add the same amount of water as vegetable. This process is really matter of guessing and estimation. The more water, the more diluted the dye.

Place the water and vegetable in a metal pot and bring them to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling let it simmer for an hour.

While the dye is simmering prepare the fabric to be dyed. This require you  to make a fixer. Place four parts water, one part vinegar in a pot and bring that to a boil. Once boiling add the fabric and bring it down to a simmer. Let this simmer for an hour.

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After the fixture and the dye has simmered for an hour remove the vegetables from the dye and you’re in business.

Add the fabrics and let them sit in the dye till the desired color. hint: they do fade as they dry so leave them in a little longer than the color you desire. I learned this the hard way. The beet mixture was more potent so the dyeing process lasted about an hour before removing the fabric. But I let the onion mixture soak overnight.

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I decided to try  yarn, muslim and some old doilies to see how the different fabrics took to the dye.

Here are the results:

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The yarn took the dye the best. turning this stark white yarn into a deep yellow and red-orange.

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The muslim was darker when I took it out of the color. But now it is a soft pink color.

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The Doily dyed in the beets came out extremely well with no color fade while the one dyed in the onion skins did not come out as dark as planned however it still has a yellow/ antiqued color that I enjoy.

Overall this little experiment I would call a success. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to doing it again with some articles of clothing and maybe even some sheets.

*items must be handed washed or washed on the delicate cycle after being dyed.