A Coffee Cup

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This week has been strangely hectic for me, so sadly I haven’t been able to get much sewing done. However, I did find time to try out a tutorial I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, for designing your own cute mugs. However, I’ve been  hesitant to make one because I’d heard horror stories about the marker just washing off with soap.

After a few tests, I think mine is pretty lasting, so here are my tips:

– Draw on your mug with whatever designs you want. Only use oil-based markers or paints. I used oil-based DecoArt Markers. A pack of 5 colors cost me about 20 dollars, but I think it was worth it.

– You can sketch your design out with basic pencils, and use clean water to remove the marks before it goes in the oven.

– Let it dry for two hours, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Sudden temperature changes are bad for the paint! So put it in the oven when it’s cold, let it stay in there while it pre-heats, and let it cool down in there after you turn the oven off. My oven cools down horribly slowly, so it took about 3 hours before I considered it cool enough to take out.

– Still, don’t put it in the dishwasher. I scrubbed at my test mug till my hands were red with dish soap, tried very hot water, and even acetone, and couldn’t get the paint out. So I think it might last. Still, I’m not sure I’m willing to test it.

I’m already planning to go to the store to get more mugs (I got this one for about 4 dollars at Target) to make some more, because it was so fun and easy! Now I just have to improve my drawing skills…

 

Hopefully I’ll be back to regular sewing posts soon, if only my schedule would calm down!

Inara

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How to Make Wish Stones

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My newest article is up on Textploit, and is on How to Make Wish Stones. You can check it out here! This is a fun and pretty easy project, and one that is great for making gifts for others.

I should have a new post up soon on an actual sewing project.

Inara

An Updated Sewing Space

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I’m back! My school year is finally over, and I am also officially graduated. I’m excited for the coming months, where sewing will be able to be my main focus and activity, and I have a lot of really cool things I am getting ready to create.

But, as you may have figured out from the title of this post, I have a new sewing room! Some rearrangements in my apartment have left me with a much more sunny, bigger space for sewing, so I thought I’d share pictures.

Hiatus

You might have noticed the lack of posts the last few weeks, and that is because I’m finishing up school soon! Which is very exciting. However, due to that, I’m twice as busy as usual trying to do exams and get everything completed. With that in mind, I won’t be able to post and blog as usual.

After I’m done with all my classes, I will officially be graduated, though, and able to focus solely on sewing and getting my portfolio ready. I’ll be submitting to multiple costume and fashion design schools, so I want my work to be as good as possible. Because of this, I’ll be taking a gap year to get my portfolio ready to submit to all the schools I am interested in.

I may still post every now and then will small updates, but mostly I will be gone for at least the new few weeks. However, I’ll be back sometime in August, and ready to start posting every day again.

Textploit

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This post is a little different from usual, but I’m pretty excited to announce I’ve started writing a guest column over at the online literary magazine Textploit! My first post, on how to make a secret compartment book, can be found here. You can also find Textploit on tumblr here.

I’m really excited to be writing for them, as everything they post is so good, and I love the monthly themes. I’ll be writing articles for them monthly, all on different crafts and DIY projects, so I hope you’ll check it out. 🙂

High Fashion Classics Part Two

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(Great Expectations, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Little Women)

The second post of pictures of my High Fashion Classics Series. And another thank you to everyone who modeled for me and helped me out! You can see Part One (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Great Gatsby) here.

High Fashion Classics Part One

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(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Great Gatsby)

I’m really excited to start posting about this project! For the last few weeks, I’ve been taking fashion portrait and magazine style photos of various classic books, trying to show the themes and symbolism through a still image. I’ve had some wonderful people model for me, and it’s been so much fun to shoot, if a lot of work and a little bit of chaos.