Friday, June 17, 2011

Faux Sea Glass Jars

So I've recently been researching painting glass jars and came across a few people 
who've painted their jars to look like sea glass.  Very Summery, so I thought 
I'd give it a try.

The first method (and the one with the best results) I tried was Mod Podge and Acrylic Paint, 
and I chose to use a foam paint brush in hopes to keep the streaks down.

I really liked the matte and milky finish I produced using this method.

Then I decided to take it a step further and hot glue twine around the necks 
of a few, or use fiber covered wire to create hanging lanterns.

I think the twine around the necks add to the summery, beachy feel.

I plan to get some sand and small tea light candles for the lanterns.
I cannot wait to see how they look glowing on our back porch in the evening!

I have also recently ordered a glass paint that is supposed to produce the look of an antique blue canning jar!
Can't wait to try it out!

I am a big fan of jars, and if you've read much of my blog you know that my husband and I keep all our glass food jars instead of throwing them out. So I am excited to have found a new use for them!

Happy Blogging!

I am linking up with:


Beyond The Picket Fence

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Printing on Fabric! - The Photo Tutorial

There has been such a large number of people interested in this post!

I would like to thank DIY Home Sweet Home  for featuring this post, 
ever since the feature I've had a really large number of viewers who have 
traveled on over to see what it's all about over here! 
So thank you!

Since there has been so much interest I have decided it's time to give this post a little face lift.
It all started with these adorable little sachet pillows I made using fabric that I printed 
images on using my ink jet printer.

 So simple and not super time consuming.
(I prefer quick and easy projects)
All you need is the fabric (I choose canvas), spray adhesive,
 a piece of printer paper, and of course an ink jet printer.

Here is a pic of the spray adhesive, to give you an idea of what to look for.

First, I spray the printer paper liberally with the spray adhesive (especially the edges) then press the paper onto the fabric. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric if any. I try not to fuss over this part too much, you only need it to stick long enough to print your image.

I let it dry for a good 10 minutes. I use the drying time to pick out the image
 I want to use from the Graphics Fairy

Then I carefully cut around the edges of the paper and as close to the edges as possible.

It is really, really important that you cut clean edges! 
I would hate for you to try this and jam up your printer.
 I  took a risk trying this method out on my almost brand new printer.
However, since it worked....I am so glad I gave it a shot!

I took out all the extra printer paper before I place the fabric/paper in. 
I placed it in the printer fabric side down and paper side up.

When your fabric comes out of the printer peel the paper off and pat yourself on the back!
There is usually some residue leftover from the glue, no worries. 
You can wash the fabric and the image will still be there!
Pretty awesome right?

Keep those questions and comments coming, I love to read them!
Enjoy and Happy Printing.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Printing on Fabric!

So Sorry! I know it's been a while since I've posted anything, I am 36 weeks along in my pregnancy and probably won't be able to post as regularly as I'd like for a while.

Although! I did manage to finish a project a few weeks ago and happened to have the time and energy today to post it!

I am so excited about these pillows! 
They were so simple and I love how vintage they look!

I got the amazing graphics from the Graphics Fairy
I can't tell you how much I love her website!

I used the printing on fabric method to get the images directly onto the 
canvas material I used to make the pillows. I was so afraid to fabric through my printer, I thought "Man if I ruin our new printer... I will be in sooo much trouble!"  
It was totally worth it.

I gave the three pillows as a set to my Mom for Mother's Day.
I miss them... :)

For anyone interested in a photo tutorial on how to print on fabric, 
you can find it here!

The only downfall I could find using that method, is that I had to stick with pieces of fabric that were 8x11 so they would fit in the printer. Which meant I couldn't make bigger pillows using only one sheet of fabric. 
I am currently researching other methods that aren't too complicated and time consuming but will produce larger images so I can make some BIG pillows! 

With one preschooler and a baby soon to arrive I won't even consider methods that have too many steps or require too much time, I am much too lazy for that. 
I am all for the projects that are as fun to make and they are to look at!

Hope you like!!

I will be linking up with:

 The Graphics Fairy