Category Archives: DIY

Got myself an early Christmas present

I don’t see myself as the romantic type, but oh I just could not resist these sumptuous, girly, flower stamps. Kind of romantic aren’t they? Well, I just had to get one. And where did I get it? Find it at Sycamore Street Press. And a bunch of other nice custom made stamp variants. Like the one with arrows, the mountain, the cactus and the bear.

Below, flowery favorites.

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DIY forest mobile

Yes that’s how we like it. Time, dedicated to important projects like this. One of the kids found that iron ring on our walk a couple of days ago. Another one climbed a tree to pick some mini apples. The third one collected leaves and sticks in a bag. So nice to see the teens occupied with meaningful activities ;)

As you can see, this mobile requires no big crafts skills. Just tie leaves and found objects on a ring. I used a simple, transparent fishline.

Find the Barr tray in the shop.

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DIY block printed sweater

Dull sweater needed new life. Here, some brief DIY instructions in case you would like to try something similar yourself.

There are lots of different ways to block print. Basically you can coat anything in paint and press it on a surface. Potatoes for example, are excellent printing tools. In this context I’ve used a printing foam which I bought from Panduro a couple of years ago (can’t find it there anymore though). But it seems like you can find similar here and there on the web. The foam is easy to use, you just cut out desired shape and glue it to a handle/base (I used simple wooden blocks).

Material:

- A piece of textile
- Textile color
- Printing foam (potatoes or something similar)
- Wooden blocks (If you use printing foam)
- Scissors
- Sponge

1. Cut the shapes you want from the printing foam. Glue (adhesive tape works well) the foam to a wooden block.

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2 Slide a piece of cardboard in between the textile layers to protect it from bleeding spots.

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3. Pour a dab of paint on the sponge. Smudge the color on the foam and press it on the textile.

6. After the textile has dried, iron it to fix the color.

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Ready. Wearing it here.

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While searching for printing foam I stumbled on this page which seems to have a lot of equipment for print blocks and stamps, like:

Scratch foam
Inovart Smooth Cut Print Plates
WonderFoam Foam Rollers and Paint Tray

A good book Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens by Lena Corwin and Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

More inspiration:

Block printing in meterage
Stamps
Hand printing on fabric
Hand printed tea towels
Paint by numbers pillow
Odds and ends
Geometric stamp tutorial
Potato print font
Stippling with a Pencil Eraser

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Pressing flowers

Yes, pressing flowers really got me going. Don’t know what to to with the beauty yet but I find this interesting indeed. A pity I started it when most of the flowers are gone. But the warm gold colors that are coming now will be great as well.

I’m an amateur really and a typical trial and error person but I’ve picked up some simple flower pressing tips from school of Google recently that you might be interested in if you are a beginner in as I am.

First, there are several methods for pressing flowers. The easiest method only requires a heavy book and some absorbent paper (to protect the book pages from stains). I’ve been using this old flower press which I find very practical. A quick search on Ebay shows that there are several second hand options to get (even ready pressed flowers). If you are a little handy you can construct your own basic wooden press.

For best result pick the flowers at their freshest on a dry sunny day, the drier they are, the better they will press. There should be no moisture on the flowers when putting them in press. The easiest ones to press are the flowers with naturally flat blooms such as daisies and violets. Various leaves and ferns requires no great arranging skills nor. Avoid allowing parts to overlap when preparing the flower for pressing (unless you like them merged).

You should let the flowers dry in press for a couple of days before checking on them. At that point you may want to replace the absorbent material. It’s good to dry the flowers as quickly as possible to prevent browning. When they feel firm and not cold to the touch, they are ready. Allow two to three weeks for complete drying.

Some treats the plant materials with glycerin before pressing, especially with foliage and fall leaves. This will replace the water in the plant material, making the preserved plant long-lasting and supple.

Pressed Flowers: How to make your own

If you are in to flowers, pressed or not, take a look at our newest arrival in the shop – the great flower tree posters by Lotta.

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