Monday, August 29, 2016

Coastal-ized Tailgate Chair


We've had a few old tailgate chairs lying around that have some stains, wear and tear, but are still great for throwing in the back of the Jeep for tailgating or a star-gazing trip to the beach. 

I wanted to do something to spice them up but was having a hard time finding something that would work no matter the weather and would stick to the canvas of the chairs. Then, I stumbled across Multi-Surface acrylic paint at the craft store.

[LIGHT BULB]

Let's make a stencil with the Silhouette Cameo!


  1. Find a flat surface, approximately the same height as the chair when it is open and bent over. My porch coffee table was an exact match. Lay a towel over the table in case of any paint that bleeds through.
  2. Lay the chair on the towel surface.
  3. Place the stencil in the center (or wherever you like) of the chair. If you used adhesive backed vinyl, use your finger to reinforce the seal around the edge of the stencil to avoid any bleeding of the edge.
  4. Put a dab of each of the paint colors on a paper plate. This will be your palette.
  5. Using a fingertip, lightly dab the paint sporadically within the stencil. Make sure that you overlap the edge of the stencil so that you really "define" the outline of the shape when you remove the stencil.
  6. Apply a second round of fingertip dabs - wait about 30-60 minutes in between applications so that the first layer has plenty of time to dry - this will help avoid mixing colors. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using the chair.


Please note: I have not been paid for the materials that I recommended in this project. I purchased a Silhouette Cameo last year and in my kit came a BUNCH of materials that I had no idea what to do with. The Printable Foil being one of those materials. The FolkArt Multi-Surface paint was chosen for this project because they had the best range of colors.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Homegrown Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray




Living at the beach means, BEACH HAIR. That crusty yet soft, full hair that only comes after a day in the sun at the beach.

I regularly use Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray. At $24 for 4 oz., it can get pricey when I can get it for FREE after spending a day at the beach.

So why don't I just bottle salt water from an East Coast Beach?
Answer: This is complicated. Don't get me started on the state of the beaches. Let's just say, you will be bringing home more than a bottle of salty sea water. If you want to find out more about that, visit the Surfrider Foundation to read about it yourself.

On that note, swimming in the ocean followed by a shower doesn't leave me grossed out like bottling salt water and then spraying it on my hair over the course of a month does.
So, my next solution is to follow the instructions posted on Huzzah and form my own opinion.

Homegrown B&B Surf Spray

  • 3 teaspoons Epsom Salt 
  • 3 squirts Water-Based Hair Gel 
  • 3-4 ounces Tap Water 
Pour all ingredients into your empty B&B bottle & shake well before each use.

4 oz of tap water is too much to fill my B&B Surf Spray Bottle. I only use 3. If you're using you're own bottle, you'll probably be fine.

You can adjust the "stiffness" quotient by adding more water or gel appropriately. Which makes me even HAPPIER since sometimes I get a little overzealous with the B&B spray and whoops, OVERLY crunchy hair. This homegrown stuff took me all of 30 seconds to measure/mix the ingredients and I just saved myself $24. That's good stuff right there.

Monday, August 15, 2016

No-Sew Embellished Hand Towels


A while ago, I purchased about 30 hand towels super cheap...like $1 a piece cheap. My intention was to FINALLY learn how to use my Bernina embroidery machine. That hasn't happened. In the meantime, I've had hostess gifts, teacher gifts and various other gifts that I've needed to give. Those hand towels kept staring at me from the depths of my craft closet every time I opened the door. And then, it hit me.

If I can't sew - isn't there a way to jazz up these hand towels, make them unique and giftable? Let's try a no-sew embellishment!

Supplies

  • Hand towel, dish towel, or similar
  • Fabric embellishment
  • Heat N Bond
  • Iron
  • wash cloth

Instructions

  1. Cut fabric embellishment from fabric (I found super cute shell wine bags in the Dollar section at Michael's).


  2. Place a washcloth on an ironing board or tabletop. Place the fabric cutouts face down on the washcloth.
    Hint: Use a washcloth that you don't mind tossing after this project.


  3. Cut a piece of HeatnBond to slightly larger than the fabric embellishments. Place the HeatnBond paper side up on top of the fabric embellishments.

  4. Using a pre-heated iron set on the silk setting, iron for approximately 25 seconds over the HeatnBond. This attaches the fabric embellishment to the HeatNBond.


  5. Choose a spot on the hand towel that you want to place the embellishment. Iron over the spot to prep the towel for the fabric embellishment.


  6. Cut around the fabric embellishment on the HeatNBond, then remove the paper backing from the fabric embellishment. Place the embellishment on the warm area of the hand towel. Iron over the embellishment from approximately 25 seconds.


  7.  Flip the towel over and iron for approximately 25 seconds over the back of the embellishment. This step helps seal the bond between the embellishment and the towel.


  8. Allow to cool before touching.