A rather sweet song by Jonathan Man about what went into making you and I and Linus….
Via: Boing Boing
Mimi and Lola are some special additions to the shop from now ’til Easter. Enjoy!
Visualizing the warmth provided by natural gas within a home as knitted yarn…. an absolutely beautiful idea. And perfectly executed to boot!
And here is the “making-of” video. Hint: they filmed everything in reverse and were unraveling the knitted pieces. Double genius…
We’ve been snake-sitting for someone over Spring Break. Meet Leviathan. He/She is a corn snake.
I’ve been wracking my brains, trying to come up with an easy, fun and social dorm activity that everyone can do AND that results in a product that will leave the common spaces much, much prettier than they are right now. They’re rather barren and no fun to hang out in. Then I read about how to do batik with kids.
Traditionally, batik is a method of dying fabric that utilizes hot wax on fabric to create a design that remains white once the fabric is dyed and the wax is removed. It’s a beautiful technique but hard to do because of the hot wax, hot dye and large amount of time and skill that is required…
Until you replace hot wax with washable Elmer’s glue and dye with watered down acrylic paint. Then it’s a fast, easy and immensely teachable technique! I got the idea from Craftzine who got the idea from the blog This Artist Woman. I got enough materials for everyone in the dorm (21 people) to make two murals, one per floor. At less than $20 this wound up being a really easy and inexpensive way to get everyone together. Now, we haven’t done it yet but I did do my own test swatch so that I have something to show everybody when we do start to roll up our sleeves and get cracking. This is the example of batik on Craftzine that caught my eye in the first place:
This is a really pretty example. All of the white lines were created by drawing that pattern out with glue on the fabric, letting it dry, painting acrylic paint on, letting that dry, washing the glue off and then voila! It’s done! So I gave it a try…
This is a small swatch of fabric, about five inches wide and two feet long. I’ve applied the glue and the paint here and I’m waiting for it to dry before I wash the glue out.
And here is the finished piece! The white areas really glow when the fabric is held up to the light and I think this would be a great way to make some curtains later on down the road.
I would really recommend this project and the tutorial over at The Artist Woman. It’s concise, easy to follow and the process is easy enough for school children to do. Plus the finished product looks so good, it’s hard not to get excited about the whole idea.
I can’t wait to see what the dorm winds up painting on their fabric murals. I’ll be posting pictures as soon as they get going!
The story of Joe’s socks has come to an end (at least when it comes to the making-of-the-socks part). Here they are, together at last and on to the next adventure: being worn and keeping feet warm. Now you can see the whole process from start (the shearing of the sheep) to middle (the processing of the wool) to end (the knitting of the socks). The second sock wound up with some pretty sweet stripe action happening because there were some huge patches of white on that half of the fleece. It was so much fun knitting along just to see what color would come up next! Now… what’s next?
I was cruising through etsy when I found this amazing needle-felted guinea pig by Miss Bumbles. She has rabbits, an elephant and a kitty as well! I can’t imagine anything more adorable than a needle felted guinea pig complete with dress and hat. Can you!?
Out on the internets there is a blog, My Parents Were Awesome, which features parents before they had… well, us! There are so many great pictures (Here are some of my favorites: 1 2 3 4) and so many great parents. Take a minute, think about yours and then dive into these pictures from the 20’s-80’s.
Want to watch a mind-bendingly amazing music video? Check out “Pursuit of Happiness” by King Cudi… It’s been a while since I’ve seen something this beautiful and unexpected.