Thursday, June 3, 2010

Target Part Deux

My sister gave me wooden handles that my Dad or Grandpa had made ages ago. It has taken me FOREVAH, but while walking thru Target the other day I had an epiphany. I could buy two of their clearance $2.50 pillow covers and make a super simple purse for my handles.

All I did was buy two coordinating pillow covers, cut off the top, angle the sides and sew them together. Cutting off the top even provided me with a SUPER easy coordinating zippered pouch. I HATE zippers. So I used the already sewn zippered section of the pillow for my pouch.

Cute huh?


My intent was to take the camera, but alas, I forgot it.

Yesterday I went to Bubba's school for Pioneer Day. I had offered to teach Loom weaving to the kids. 4 hours and 130 4th graders later...whew.

Here is the video/link from my favorite ex-magazine (now blog).

This was NOT paper weaving. This was weaving with a paper loom!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Target idea #1

Maybe dip dying is done. Maybe I have already missed the boat on this fashion...but I like it. I took a plain white $7.00 Target t-shirt and dip dyed it blue.

First you buy yourself a bottle of RIT and a t-shirt. Next you find an old bowl or better yet something out of your recycle bin. I used the lid of a plastic coffee cake tray.

Next pour your RIT dye and some salt into the bowl with hot water. Look at the directions on the side of your RIT bottle for amounts. I used half a bottle of RIT for two shirts. I choose a spot in my laundry room where I could hang the t-shirt in the basin...your shirt needs to sit the dye for a bit so pick a hang-able spot.

Wet your t-shirt with clean warm water and hang on a hangar. My shirt had three basic colors...light, medium, and dark. I did NOT dip the lightest part in the dye. I dipped the medium and dark parts into the dye and held it there for a few minutes. Then I hung the shirt above the basin of dye letting only the base (darkest) part of the shirt stand in the dye for 30 minutes to an hour. Agitate the dye a bit to make sure the dye has penetrated the shirt.

After the shirt has hung in the dye, I rinsed the shirt from white to darkest for at least 10 minutes. I put the t-shirt into the washer and washed on cold. When the wash cycle was done the shirt was light blue dip dyed to dark blue.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I've been trying to load my "before" craft area picture for two days...this is my craft area before I go about my 90-10 challenge. I do have to insert that I have been sewing and making no attempt at cleaning lately. That is one of the reasons I have an area in the basement...out of the way!