T-shirt decorating

Inspired by the cool allover-printed T-shirts I was seeing everywhere, I thought it would be fun to make my own using textile markers. This triangle pattern is an easy one to start out with because you can place them every which way and it still ends up looking intentional. Starting out with a colored T-shirt gives a nice result, it works best if you use light or pastel colors. 
Drawing with a marker on stretch fabric is not particulary easy, so a little patience is required to get the hang of it. 

Some tips:
*Straight lines are easier to draw, because you have more control over which way the fabric is stretching. For the triangles, draw the outlines first and then color them in.
*Your hand and fingers might transfer the wet ink onto parts of the t-shirt you don't want colored. It can be helpful to take breaks or work at a pattern from different sides.
*Follow the fabric marker directions, some require ironing to "fix" your drawing.
*Slip a piece of smooth cardboard in your T-shirt, so the pattern doesn't bleed through to the back.


Pineapple Tutorial

Remember this pineapple? I finally drew out a tutorial on how to make it.
The easiest thing would be to start with an egg shaped object that you can stick the "scales" on.  I took a slightly fiddlier route by shaping 2 flowerpots into a pineapple body. This also works well, though, because you can place the stick all the way through the body and the stick is the anchor for the leaves at the top. So check out the instructions below and build this pineapple on a rainy afternoon. Happy Crafting!

Vintage finds in Monterey

Sheet Music

Sheet Music

Don't give sweets to Basset Hounds

Don't give sweets to Basset Hounds

Sardine Can Label

Sardine Can Label

Hawaiian shirt

Hawaiian shirt

Just got back from our vacation in California (unofficially dubbed the "No taco left behind Tour").
We started out in San Francisco, met my favorite Auntie and Uncle out in Yosemite and then went back to Monterey and made our way down Highway 1  stopping in Big Sur, Santa Barabra and finally Los Angeles.
Monterey is a city I didn't have any pre-existing ideas about. So we just went with the flow, hung out and did some touristy stuff. We visited Cannery Row, which is a quainter, quieter version of Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco. They've put up a lot of neat educational posts and diorama's  at the pier, explaining about how Monterey was once the Sardine-canning capital of America.
A bit off The Row at 471 Wave Street stands the unassuming building of The Cannery Row Antiques Mall. My kind of mall! We spent a few hours in there, poring over all of the vintage Americana and old ads and such. I found a beautifully colored Hawaiian shirt and some great cards and posters. If you're hungry when you get out, visit the Trailside Cafe and Coffee House, good food and a nice shaded patio to sit on.