Friday, July 25, 2008

Interview with Spoonflower's cofounder, Stephen Fraser

Diane Gilleland had a chat with Stephen Fraser about Spoonflower, the new on demand fabric printing service. The interview is here on Craftsylish. We get a peek inside the business through her thoughtful questions. Wow. He mentions me!
(To find the mentioned image sites search my sidebar category, Images.
To find the free image programs he mentions click on the name of the program in the Craftsylish article or search my category, Online Fun and Freeware.)

How to do Batik with Kids

Gail Bartel has written a lovely tutorial to help us to safely make Batik fabric with kids. Visit her blog, that artist woman to see how. Let her know you visited. It's the best encouragement for more tutorials!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Make Your Own Watercolor Paint for Children

Watercolor paint recipe from the crafts section of Alicia Bayer's
A Magical Childhood .

A quote from Alicia's bio:"My goal is to raise my children so that when they look back on their childhoods, they'll remember them as truly happy. Yes, there will be tough times. We can't avoid them. But I hope they'll be a little easier to take. In the meantime, letting them write their memories on the insides of their closets, giving them a round of 50 kisses and tinting their mashed potatoes blue certainly can't hurt anything."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Paper Tea Set

Patricia has posted this adorable paper tea set. Lovely as is or as a pattern. I see party favor, ornament or gift boxes. Maybe it would also translate into fabric.
One of the things I find interesting about these vintage prints is the patterns that are used to fill in the color. Notice that the green is actually a blue and yellow overprint and the registration is slightly off. I like that.
I'm so grateful that Patricia is leaving a legacy of crafting and other history. Her collection far surpasses any that are shared by libraries and she posts them to Flickr in high resolution so we can actually use them as printables.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Decorative Shoe Lacing

34 Different Ways To Lace Shoes with diagrams and photos from Ian's Shoelace Site - Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces.

Vintage Catalogs Online

WishbookWeb.com is a vintage Christmas catalog archive project. Every page of 29 different catalogs dating 1940-1986.

1940 Sears catalog

Visual Information Access

VIA is a catalog of visual resources at Harvard related to art, architecture, archeology, ethnography, and material culture. VIA includes information about slides, photographs, artwork, and artifacts in the University's libraries, museums, and archives.
I was interested in finding inspiration for chinoise style painted panels and searched for "Chinese illustration".

There are trade cards, daguerreotypes and Chinese rubbings in the
Harvard Library Collections .
I also found some very interesting designs with a search for "printed textiles"

Cardboard Cat Toys

Downloadable templates for three cardboard toys courtesy Marmalade Pet Care, makers of luxurious cardboard cat furniture. Very cool.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pantone Colors for Fall 2008

Pantone color report available as a downloadable pdf. It looks as if teal and purple are back. The color report includes designer drawings, a list of fashion must haves and designer color picks for interiors. Click on Preview colors for Fall 2008.


Found via Something to Say

EBSQ Self Representing Artists Zine

I have been following the coversation on Dabbled about making Shrinky Dinks from plastic in your recycle bin (found via CraftyPod). That thought led to this tutorial for Making Jewelry From Found Objects on the EBSQ Self Representing Artists site.

These charms are recycled plastic shrinky and those long beads are soda can metal inside plastic tubing.
Then I realize that the entire site is chock full of interesting information and that I was reading just one article in their monthly Zine. Love it.

What Girls Can Make and Do

Two fun books available for download on Google Books. The tables of contents are clickable.
New Ideas for Work and Play: What a Girl Can Make and Do
By Lina Beard, Adelia Belle Beard

The American Girl's Home Book of Work and Play
By Helen Campbell

Friday, July 11, 2008

Make Your Own Tonic Water

Oregon isn't just the home of craft beer it's also the home of craft tonic water.
This great recipe by Jeffrey Morgenthaler is fruity and refreshing. It uses cinchona bark as the quinine source which is the reason I drink tonic.
Quinine is instant relief for my leg cramps. Many years ago I was able to purchase quinine in tablet form until it became available only by prescription. I always keep tonic water around for that twice a year, middle of the night leg cramp episode.

The recipe calls for agave syrup but I've used simple syrup which is much sweeter and I don't always care if I have bubbles and use plain water. Tasty cure for what ails me.
Here Food Chronicler looks at Q Tonic, a premium tonic made with Peruvian quinine, Cinchona Bark.

Make Your Own Rosewater

Rose water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.
This article has good instructions for distilling your own with basic kitchen equipment.

The article calls for a brick to set a bowl on but an inverted heavy bowl will work. If you have a juicer/steamer pot, it will work too. I liked one of the comments about freezing the rosewater in ice cube trays and think that is better than adding a preservative such as alcohol.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Valentines and Postcards

I poked around the Iowa Digital Library a little bit more and found this collection of Valentines

And this collection of Postcards

Szathmary Recipe Pamphlet Collection

Presented by University of Iowa Libraries

UCSF Japanese Woodblock Print Collection

This digitized collection of almost 400 Japanese woodblock prints "illustrates a wide variety of health-related topics. The prints provide a window into traditional Japanese attitudes toward illness, the human body, women, religion, and the West." Searchable; or view prints by themes such as contagious disease, drug advertisements, and religion and health. From the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Outdoor Mosaic Quilt Sculpture

This sculpture project by artist Faith Schexnayder was my favorite episode of HGTV's That's Clever. Faith carved the shape from dense foam, spread on a layer of cement mixed with fiberglass fibers and then created the mosaic. Faith also makes all kinds of outdoor sculpture, signs and props with this technique. Not all get the mosaic treatment and it was the foam and cement that captured me. There is a tutorial online for this quilt and Faith keeps a website for her business, Flatfork Studio. My favorite section of her site is the Architectural Carving done in foam and cement.

Well Update

The driller has been done for more than a week. It was not an easy go of it for him as the well kept collapsing. He ended up having to case the entire depth, 500 ft., with steel. A well that doesn't collapse can have PVC pipe in the bottom half. The driller charges by the foot...no matter what. In terms of man hours and materials this job was more expensive for him than if he had hit solid rock.
This is the wellhead and the mess. Click the pics for enlarged views.

Today the pump people showed up to install the pump and pump out the well a couple of times. Look! We have water! Lots of it! Quality still unknown but I have faith.
We are probably going to have to move that little blue spruce in order to get a trench to the house.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Publish your own magazine: MagCloud

On demand publishing and manufacturing is fascinating to me. MagCloud is still in beta but you can ask for an invite.
"MagCloud enables you to publish your own magazines. All you have to do is upload a PDF and we'll take care of the rest: printing, mailing, subscription management, and more.
How much does it cost?
It costs you nothing to publish a magazine on MagCloud. To buy a magazine costs 20¢ per page, plus shipping. For example, a 20-page magazine would be four bucks plus shipping. And you can make money! You set your issue price and all proceeds above the base price go to you. Shipping is a flat $1.40/copy (USPS first class mail) for quantities 1-9, or a flat $13 for quantities from 10-100 (per box of 10-100).
How are they printed?
MagCloud uses HP Indigo technology, so every issue is custom-printed when it’s ordered. Printing on demand means no big print runs, which means no pre-publishing expense. Magazines are brilliant full color on 80lb paper with saddle-stitched covers. They look awesome."

Benita-Loca.com

French web magazine Benita-Loca "The Guide to Decorating Trends, colors, ideas and know-how". All I can say is Wow! There is a focus on painted furniture but tons of creative ideas of all sorts. Benita also offers downloads of images and stencils. Look at the top of the right sidebar. This is just one issue. Look at Former Numbers on the lavender bar for other issues.
Google English translation of the site
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