Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HEADWEAR DIY: DIY Painted Feathers Straw Trilby Hat

I painted feathers on this straw trilby hat for my daughter. She claimed this  hat when I brought it home from Target. I have a straw sunhat for myself, which I'll paint in a different style soon. To me, painting is about enjoyment, not perfection. These feathers use layers of colors, inspired by various watercolor and ink artwork I've seen. If you do the splatter painting all over the hat, do that 1st before adding the other details. Mine was an after thought. Also, protect your work surface well, because the splatter will go farther than you think it would. You should see my arms, table, and back of my cell phone. Honestly, my white cell phone case looks much nicer with rainbow splatters...my dad agreed. This took me about an hour and a half to paint. You can watch the tutorial over on my YouTube channel.


SUPPLIES:
  • A straw hat. Mine is a trilby style, often misnamed a "fedora". You can use any style of straw hat that you like
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Matte in Royal Blue, Leaf Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, and Glacier White
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Glitter in Diamond
  • Various small paint brushes
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface
  • Wax paper to cover right under the hat. It prevents the hat from sticking to the work surface while drying
  • A foam plate for a palette
  • A cup of water and paper towels to wash the brushes and your fingers in between colors. Splattering makes for messy fingers
INSTRUCTIONS:
To see how I painted this hat, watch my video tutorial!

JEWELRY DIY: Oly*Fun Geometric Earrings

These geometrics earrings are made from my stash of Oly*Fun scraps. You can use any colors or shapes that you want. I came up with this project, while testing different glues for adhering Oly*Fun pieces. Aleene's Tacky Glue and Fabric Fusion failed, making the pieces easy to peel off. E6000 and Beacon Fabri-Tac held the best, but still not perfect. Unlike most fabrics, Oly*Fun isn't woven. It's has a texture, but isn't porous enough for glues to permeate and adhere it well to itself. My friend Twinkie Chan (or as I call her, Stephanie), suggested Aleene's OK to Wash, since she works with yarn and felt often...both hard to adhere items. Anyway, on with the project.

SUPPLIES:
INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Using Jet Black Oly*Fun, cut 4 rectangles 2" by 4". Set aside 2 rectangles for the backing.

2) Cut small triangles from your colorful scraps. I cut two triangles of each color.

3) Apply a little Fabri-Tac to the back of one triangle. Press down onto one Jet Black rectangle. Repeat with more triangles, overlapping them into a design that is centered. Repeat with a 2nd rectangle. The two earrings can be different. Allow the rectangles to dry.

4) Line up a backing rectangle to the back of the design rectangle. Figure out where you want the earring post to be, so the post back is easily covered. Poke the post through the backing. Repeat for the other backing and design rectangles set. Remove the posts from the holes.

5) Apply Fabri-Tac where the post back touches the backing rectangle. Poke the post back through the hole and press onto the glue. Repeat for other post and backing.

6) Apply Fabri-Tac evenly to the backing. Press firmly onto the back of the design rectangle. Repeat for the other earring. Let them dry completely.

7) Cut away the excess fabric, following the edges of the design, leaving a little black boarder.

8) Wear the earrings!

You can alter this project for a necklace, broach, bracelet or barrette. Use appropriate hardware inserted the same way I did the earring posts, so they stay attached securely. Like I mentioned before, you can use any colors (it comes in 18 colors) and shapes you want. Just be conscious of the size. The Oly*Fun will stay bendable, but more sturdy, in layers. Though these are over-sized, they are still light-weight. You can add more pizzazz with dimensional paint and metallic paint markers. I think these are wacky enough the way they are. What ever you do, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHOE DIY: Galaxy Sneakers

I've been wanting to make galaxy shoes for years. I found plain black sneakers at Five Below recently, for $5. They are the perfect base for a paint makeover. I used a variety of Tulip Fabric Paints to make these sneakers out of this world. You use my tutorial on any canvas or cotton shoes, bags, hats, accessories or clothing. This paint bonds to the fabric and is flexible, making it perfect for wearable projects.


SUPPLIES:
  • Black sneakers - I found mine at Five Below
  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint in Red, Azalea, Pink, Navy, Royal Blue, Grape, Platinum Metallic, and Glacier White
  • Tulip Soft Glitter Fabric Paint in Diamond
  • Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint in Natural Glow, Blue, and Pink
  • Small stiff round paint brush
  • Detail paint brush
  • A cup of water & paper towels - To wash & dry brushes in between colors
  • A plate - To use as a paint palette
  • Wax paper - To protect work surface from paint


INSTRUCTIONS:
My video tutorial shows how I painted this pair of sneakers. The design is up to you. Thanks to my daughter for modeling this for me this morning, as rain was sprinkling on us.

Friday, March 13, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Mod Melter Faux Stone Necklace

The Mod Melter from Plaid Crafts was released this Monday on HSN. To help promote the launch of this innovative tool, I made a few jewelry pieces with it. Over on my YouTube channel, you can learn how to make this Faux Stone Necklace. It uses the Mod Melter, Alphabet Mod Mold, and Sea Glass Mod Melts...and of course layers of paint and a few jewelry findings. I'm really into the typography (letter art/fonts) lately, as you can see with my Wonderful Marquee Letters Necklace. I created a faux stone finish, inspired by some concrete jewelry I've been coveting lately. You could use any colors or faux finish you desire. This one is rather easy, compared to some others. You could make a smaller version that spells something, or a different shape. As always, that's up to your desire.


Ok, more about the Mod Melter. It was designed by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza of Mod Podge. It's an upgrade from the traditional glue gun. It's made to be used with the Mod Melts, but can be used with regular hot glue too. It's accepts the mini glue sticks in various lengths. It's much hotter than a regular glue gun, allowing the Mod Melts to achieve the right hot temperature for using in Mod Molds. It has a long silicone tip, which is great for dimensional projects. You can get deep into your project without melting it. That being said, the silicone tip does get hot, so you don't want to handle it while the Mod Melter is on or cooling. The Mod Melter had an on/off switch, which makes it more convenient to use for big projects, than a traditional glue gun. You lose less glue this way. I used mine with the Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat, so I could easily peel off any Mod Melts drips and use them in future projects. 

The shape of the Mod Melter makes for easier use. The trigger is longer and located at the top, which takes less force to use and doesn't cause hand cramping. You can easily control the flow by how hard you press the trigger. The tube body allows the user to hold it vertically, causing less obstruction. It has a long built in stand, allowing the gun to lay down without rolling. The bottom of the gun has a large silicone section, which makes it easier to grip. It has a 6 ft cord, which makes the gun easier to use on a table. For a traditional gun, I have to stay close to the outlet. 
Ok, you know about the gun. Now, see how it works in my tutorial!

Here are some other things I made with the Mod Melter, Mod Molds and Mod Melts. I used the Trinkets Mod Mold (made for Decoden crafts) and Sea Glass Mod Melts, though the Milk Glass Mod Melts would be good too. I embedded ring bases or earring posts into the filled molds while the melt was still hot. Then, I base coated them with white acrylic paint. Using the Milk Glass Mod Melts would eliminate that need. Using small brushes and bright acrylic paint, I added colorful details to the molded jewelry.  


Back in June, I made this Faux Geode Jewelry using the Metallic and Glitter Mod Melts, and the Gems Mod Mold...and a heavy dose of glitter.


That's all the projects I've made with this tool and it's coordinating molds and melts. There are 6 different packs of Mod Melts, totalling 16 colors. There are 15 different Mod Molds with multiple designs per mold. The decorative uses for these items is limitless. Head to your local big craft store and get your own Mod Podge melts supplies! Whatever you do with them, have fun. Happy Makery!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FASHION NEWS: Zoolander 2

If you are a fan of fashion, you've likely seen Zoolander many times...I've lost count for myself, and today will be another viewing. The characters of models Derek Zoolander and Hansel are dynamic and so quirky, you want to watch them longer than just one movie. After 15 years, (slated for 2016) they will return for a sequel, Zoolander 2!!! I way too excited about this!!! According to the cast, Ben Stiller's wife, Christine Taylor, will return as Matilda Jefferies, in addition to Will Ferrell's villainous designer character Mugatu. In true fashion icon style, they finished the Valentino Fall Winter 2015/2016 show. The roar from the crowd shows that this movie still brings joy to fashion mavens.



While I'm working on my best Blue Steel face, watch them walk a real runway at the Valentino runway show from Paris Fashion Week.



Here is the full runway show, in case you are curious.


Your fashionista bonus, is this Instagram photo of Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine, with Derek and Hansel.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UPDATE: DIY Bag, Spring Haul, and Painted Hat

It's been busy here at Craft Lady Abby. I've been working on several deadlines, creating projects for Fairfield World, and content on my YouTube channel. I'm getting better at linking all non-site projects over here, so you all can see what I've been up to.

First up is this Pop Art Circles Clutch Purse over on the Fairfield World blog. I made it with Oly*Fun, so it's durable and colorful. Oly*Fun is the reusable grocery bag fabric. It doesn't fray, comes in 18 colors, and cuts like paper. This is a beginners sewing project. You can cut all the circles by hand, or with a computerized cutter. Speaking of, I finally ordered a Silhouette Cameo. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. I know...every one else would break out their new expensive toy and make all the things with it. I want to dedicate a few days to figuring out how to use it with various materials...different weights of fabric, paper, and maybe some wood veneer, or what ever else I hope it can cut. I'll cover that probably on my YouTube channel, so you all can see it in action...and because I've already had requests.

Want to see why I'm holding this large egg? Watch my Target, Jo-Ann, and Dollar Tree Spring Crafts Haul. I have a few projects coming up using this stuff. I'll be decorating Easter Eggs over on Craft Paper Scissors for Fave Crafts, some time before Easter. I already painted the straw trilby hat, which is the next video below.

Here, you can see me paint this DIY Painted Feathers Straw Trilby Hat. I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Matte. The finished hat looks much more complicated to paint than it is. It's all about layers. I'm not an expert painter by far. I get better with practice and don't worry about perfection in craft projects. I like when something looks pretty and handmade, vs mass produced. This hat was $3. I have a small sunhat...there is probably a style name for it...to paint too. I'll probably do that in a few weeks, just to space out these tutorials. That one will have flowers, reminiscent of vintage fancy sunhats.


That's all for this update. I'm working on some other projects, which you'll see soon. I have a review of the new Mod Melter from Plaid Crafts. I received mine in a promo bag at CHA. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this photo last night. It premiered on HSN yesterday, but will be in craft stores later this month. I'll have all the info both on this blog and on my YouTube channel, so you can see how it works and what to use with it. I also have some beauty product reviews coming. I'm waiting for my 2nd order from NYX  to arrive, so I can put everything in one video. Have a fabulous crafty day!
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

NYC FASHION WEEK F/W 2015: RED Valentino

RED Valetino's Fall Winter 2015 collection is great for transitioning from the warm Summer to the cooler Fall weather. The plaids are classic for Fall, but these are done in a tailored way that reminds me more of school girls than loggers. The florals and stripes bridge from past seasons' trends, but compliment the plaids. The pastels are a nice approach to Fall and Winter fashions, as those colors are normally reserved for Spring. There is a peek of Marsala (dark red/burgundy) which is the Pantone color of the year. Overall the collection has a hip vintage revival feel to it. This is one of my favorite brands, as they always have many knock out wearable looks.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

HEADWEAR DIY: Oversized Bow Headband

This oversized bow headband shows how to use lace trim in a non-traditional way. I used Oly*Fun, as it doesn't fray, will hold up to kid use and comes in many bright colors...loving this bubblegum pink. The size was chosen by my daughter, who loves to make a statement when she walks into the room. She loves all the wacky hair accessories I've made over the years, and is happy when I make something just for her. Though this always makes my husband gripe, because I don't make him things. I do have some adorable photos of him wearing my girly creations, just for laughs. Anyway, if you find headbands uncomfortable, you can add a barrette or large alligator clip to the back instead.


CRAFT LEVEL: Beginner, all hand sewing

TIME: Varies based on sewing ability

SUPPLIES:


INSTRUCTIONS: 

1) Use the ruler and chalk or pencil to measure and mark. Use the scissors to cut.

  • From the Oly*Fun, cut one piece 20" wide by 6" tall and one piece 1.5" wide by 14.5" long.
  • From the lace, cut two piece, 21" long.
  • From the batting, cut 4 layers 19.5" wide by 5.5" tall. Stack the batting together and set aside for now.

2) Onto the large rectangle of Oly*Fun, evenly space the two lace pieces. Straight pin in place.

3) With white thread, hand sew the lace into piece across the top and bottom, hiding the stitches along the thick sections of the design. Keep all knots on the back. Remove all the straight pins.

4) Fold the Oly*Fun rectangle in fourths towards the center, with the ends overlapping about 1/4" for seam allowance. Press with your hands. Straight pin the long sides in place.

5) With the pink thread (I used white), hand stitch straight along the top and bottom, making sure to keep the overlapping ends free. I stitched straight across twice for each side, filling in the gaps with the 2nd pass.

6) Turn the bow inside out. Shape the corners and flat with your hands. Turn in the overlapping center seam.

7) Fold the batting in fourths towards the center. Fold it in half long ways, to make it easier to insert inside the bow. After inserting the batting, smooth it out to fill the bow.

8) Straight pin the center bow seam.

9) Whip-stitch the seam closed. The thread color doesn't matter, as it will be covered later.

10) To make the bow shape, fold it in half. Then, fold the top and bottom back to meet the center fold. This is the back of the bow. Hand stitch the folds tightly into place on the center seam.

11) Center the long strip of Oly*Fun on the back of the bow. Whip-stitch into place.

12) Center the headband on the bottom of the bow. Hand stitch the headband into place, making sure the stitches don't go past the width of the strip. The stitches don't need to be neat.

13) Wrap the strip around the center 3 times, making sure it stops at the center bottom. Straight pin in place. Using pink thread, whip-stitch the strip in place. Remove straight pins.

When finished, the bow headband should look like this.

I made this headband in a color my daughter chose, that matched the headbands we had. I used white lace, but you could dye it any color you want, or use black lace. She wanted the bow on a headband, but you could add a barrette to the back instead, which would probably be more comfortable to wear. You could make the bow bigger or smaller, if desired. What ever you chose, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

DISCLOSURE: Fairfield World provided me with the Oly*Fun, because I'm part of their Master Makers design team. The project, photos, and instructions are my own.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Marquee Letters Necklace

Marquee letters are a huge craft trend currently. My DIY necklace turns this trend into a wearable item. Wood letters are a great base to create marquee letters. Paint creates a faux metal finish and dimensional glow in the dark paint mimics lights. You can choose any metallic paint and glow in the dark paint colors you desire. Drill and jewelry making experience will help you greatly in creating this necklace. A list of supplies, a video tutorial, and additional photos are below.


SUPPLIES:
These are Amazon associate links. If you purchase something using these links, I will receive a small compensation. This helps fund craft projects.
  • Wood Letters - Mine are from Darice
  • A Dremel cordless drill with a 3/32 drill bit
  • A phone book or thick magazine
  • Black, silver, and brown acrylic paint
  • Tulip Glow in the Dark dimensional paint
  • A soft paint brush
  • A stiff flat paint brush
  • A paint palette - I use a foam plate
  • A cup of water and paper towels - To wash and dry the brushes
  • A pencil
  • A lobster clasp and tab
  • Several jump rings - The jump ring amount will vary based on letter amount and placement. Mine are custom made by me.
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wax paper - To protect your work surface and prevent the project from sticking
 INSTRUCTIONS:





You can create this necklace with any word you want. Just keep in mind the size of the layout, so it can be easily worn. If you have a lot of repeating letters, consider buying two bags of letters. I hope you have fun creating this project. Happy Makery!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

HOME DECOR DIY: Shabby Chic Chalk Paint Shamrock Wreath

I made this shabby chic shamrock wreath using chalk paint, crackle medium, waxes, and a metal heart wreath left over from Valentine's day. I received the Folk Art Home Decor Crackle medium, wax brush, Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paints and waxes from Plaid Crafts while at CHA 2015. I found them overall easy to use. Chalk paint binds to wood, metal and glass. It has to be sealed with a wax. Folk Art Home Decor paints come in about 40 colors, with white, antique and clear waxes. Their colors range from muted to bright. The Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paints come in muted colors with a few brights. I prefer brighter richer colors, but I used what I had on hand.

For something new, I recorded this tutorial. You can watch it below. It's my 1st video tutorial.


CRAFT LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME: About a day, as each layer takes up to an hour to dry

SUPPLIES:
These are Amazon associate links. If you purchase something using these links, I will receive a small compensation. This helps fund craft projects.


INSTRUCTIONS:
All of the instructions and some tips, are in the below video. I'll make more videos soon, for various crafts. Sometimes demonstrating the project is easier than written instructions.

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