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DIY Summer Tote Printmaking Tutorial

Over the weekend, I spent a little creative time in my studio! Although, I am constantly designing…it has been a while since the last tutorial and I am excited to share the process.

I plan to showcase my home decor products at the Renegade Handmade Market in downtown Los Angeles July 26 and 27th. Every week this month, I will be preparing my product line and shop!

I thought it would be fun to create tote bags for shoppers. I have been visualizing the design on a large cotton canvas tote bag for quite some time now.

I wanted to do skinny stripes with a bright dip dyed twist!

First, I ironed the bag until it was pretty flat. Then, I sectioned off the stripes in 1″ segments. For this, I simply started at the top edge of the tote and measured 1″ down on either side, placed a mark…then drew a straight line using painter’s tape.

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 1″ foam brush
  • Container for dye bath
  • Black Textile paint
  • Jacquard Acid Dye (any color of your choice)

 

I decided to do five 1″ stripes in black. I smoothed on black paint with a 1″ foam brush. I experimented a bit first with only four stripes…

I couldn’t choose which one I liked the best four stripes or five…

Then, I hung them all up to dry. I even removed some tape while they were wet…some lines were a bit wiggly, but I think I like the hand printed quality goes well with the dip dye bottom.

I prepared the dye bath by following the directions on the jar. I added boiling hot water and a bit of white vinegar to the powder dye and stirred up the bath.

I was to scared to dip a bag in straight away…so I practiced on some white tea towels to get the hang of the dipping. I hung everything up to dry over some cardboard which drained to the kitchen sink…our kitchen was looking pretty in hot pink!

The next day, I hand washed the excess pigment from the fabrics which lightened them up a bit.

I think this will make a perfect tote to pack to and from design meetings, art classes and fof course trips to the beach!

I will have these totes for sale at Renegade…or you can purchase one in my shop. I would love to see what you make using this printed stripe and dip-dye technique.

Please share your projects and photos with me!

Hilary

 

 

 

 

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Special surprise: It’s a boy!

Today we are so happy to finally share our news with you!

Although, I have kept the baby bump photos and pregnancy posts to a minimum, I can truly say that the path to Motherhood for me has been mostly smooth.

I have really enjoyed pregnancy and the support of family, friends, and neighbors has been astonishing to me. It seems everywhere I go, I meet other parents and we share a common bond that I hadn’t felt before.

From the laid back baby shower which was hosted by good friends…

Catered by local restaurants Joan’s on Third with yummy tarts from Amandine, a French bakery on the westside…

To the beautiful view from the delivery room the day that I gave birth.

It is even more appropriate that I introduce you to Neel Sky Vaid. Neel means blue in Hindi…Could the view of the sky from the window have been any more perfect?

Neel was born on May 7 and every day since that day the world seems brighter and more joyful to me.

Here are a few photos of him at 1 week old.

I find myself humming these Stevie Wonder lyrics to him as he wakes up:
“You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart…”

I find him changing day by day and I was inspired by the words found in Joanna’s tips on Motherhood to savor these moments.

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

~poem by Mary Jean Irion.

These small moments are making each day special.

I have found these writers resonate even more now that I too have a little one. If you are a Mom like me, you may also enjoy:

Jen’s creative projects and admire how she’s making it all happen with 2 kiddos.

The cute pictures and anecdotes that Joy shares about her daughter

I hope you have enjoyed the long, sweet, weekend! We took the opportunity to get outside and soak in the nice weather.

Tomorrow, I am looking forward to showing you how I updated a Master Closet on a simple budget.

 

 

 

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Pink Pianos Booth Design

I have been toying around with the idea of doing handmade booth of my PinkPianos products in the near future. I will offer Fine Art prints, screen printed tea towels, and original designs.

Over the weekend, I took the time to style and select items from my home decor line for a booth!

Holiday Cards. Ornaments, and Tea Towels.

I will let you know all the details as soon as I am sure it’s a go!

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Wedding: Floral Design

As the date approaches, we are…

and prepared.

Although there is still so much to do, we are focusing on the floral design this week!

I have tons of ideas and I came across this cute firm, The Little Branch, with whom I am really hoping to collaborate. This table with all of the little succulents designed by them is similar to what I had in mind.

We collected a few cool snapshots today in Malibu at the Flower Market as well.

I love the jumbo seashell stuffed with little succulents.

I am considering doing something similar with small shells and giving them as favors. I look forward to my meeting tomorrow with the floral designers!

They asked me to bring a few photos and ideas….which is partly why I came up with this post. Here are some other vessels that I am considering.

Since our colors are greens and light salmons, with deep pops of color. I think there are lots of options for us and plenty of tables to decorate.

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Locals Only! Holiday show

This week back from vacation has been a whirlwind. I am now officially engaged!

Although, I’m totally enjoying it, I have been prepping like crazy this week for Locals Only, an Indy Arts and Crafts Show this weekend.

Here is the flyer. If you are here in Los Angeles, please come out to Culver City and visit me:) I <3 Culver CIty because it is a young and freshly renovated part of town…very up and coming!

I am more than excited to meet all of these cool designers. Make sure you RSVP for free entry! This is a “free”, yet private event. Here’s a peak at the “goods”…

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Fleeting Weekend fun

I knew I wanted to stop by when I heard about this pop-up Art show, Fleeting Immersion, on the Haystack Needle last week.

The utterly creative show hosted by Janet Varney and Jessica Mackinson is a collaboration of many artists challenged to design for the theme “Sante Fe Astronaut”! You can see Jessica above standing next to her custom tepee! I just loved the neon green pom-pom trim. Also, If you take a closer look at the picture you will notice her incredible t-shirt by Erhart with a southwestern style fabric pocket and shoulder tabs! I totally want one.

The show runs from September 18-25th for those of you in the Greater L.A. area lucky enough to be able to check it out! For those of you living abroad here’s a glimpse into the life of Astronaut Art melded with Sante Fe style.

One of the many things I liked about this show were the clever little vignettes installed by the curators. Just look at those moon shoes and orange astronaut suit! This table lamp made by Janet Varney diffuses the light perfectly.

There was artwork ranging in scale from micro to macro; as the tiny the owl in an intergalactic environment at left was one of a series of tiny paintings. The playful juxtaposition of the futuristic astronaut done in vintage needlepoint made me smile.

The t-shirts looked so fresh in neon colors, I’m so happy that neon pink is having it’s moment right now!

I also scored some new graphic yoga pants done in bright pink and lavender;) because that is just what I needed to add to my collection on this Saturday afternoon.

The space astronaut oval painting is a must-see-in-person type of painting, although I hope you can tell the amazingness of it by the picture. Over at Jenn’s web site you can see her collage style graphics intermingled with paintings.

Lastly, these snow globes of wolves howling on crystal terrain grabbed my attention. Wouldn’t these be cool as gifts?

Next weekend, you can bid the show farewell in Hollywood at the closing party September 25th from 5-7 p.m!

Hope you all had a fab weekend!

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100th post in Glossy black

Turns out my last post was lucky 100 and I missed it! I guess that I’d been anticipating it for so long the moment just escaped me. To commemorate this event I’d like to get back to the roots of this blog with a before and after reveal!

Behold the white coffee table, before any work was done.

Renewed with a slippery black sheen.

I buffed the tips of the legs gold and applied countless coats of black paint with a foam roller, all the while perfecting my smooth roll, I’m on a mission to accomplish. Then, I applied two wonderful coats of an oil based polyurethane gloss. That’s our living room, you see in the background.

I like how the table top really reflects the light and it’s modern feel too. You can see our new Vera pillow has found a home. Have you got any pics of updated furnishings you’d like to share? Send me a pic. I love to see your creativity.

Tonight, I’m off to Grand Performances to see Caravan Palace, a popular Parisian group…


more Metamorphosis pics Monday!

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