Marbled Plaster Pots

These deeply adorable plaster plant pots were kind of a happy accident. After making a few plain white ones in various shapes and sizes, we thought it might be interesting to see what would happen if we threw some acrylic paint in our molds before we started pouring the plaster. Here’s what we got!Succulentpropogation-9Succulentpropogation-10PlasterPots-8PlasterPots-10PlasterPots-11(we got a little excited about this one and removed the mold before it was fully dry and it cracked! Super glue for the win.)PlasterPots-7Here’s some progress shots of our found materials and process. You can see here that for round pots we used cups from various places like Dickeys, ProStop, and your everyday plastic kid holiday cups.PlasterPots-4To keep the inner cup from “floating” up out of the plaster, you’ll need to either hold it still with your hands or put something heavy inside like a few rocks! At this stage in the process our plaster had already hardened enough that the inner cup wasn’t going anywhere.PlasterPots-3We recommend a shallow tin or box to place your cups in before you start pouring plaster. It can be unwieldy while you pour or overflow if you accidentally get too much! The tin we used is pictured here: PlasterPots-6 If you want a square pot, milk cartons are a great solution!! Go diving through your recyclables and see what you can come up with. You’d be surprised what cool shapes you may have lying around. Just make sure you have a sturdy cup for the inside because the heat and pressure from the drying plaster can make your mold buckle. We tried using a toilet paper tube for the center of one of our first ones and it totally disintegrated and made a big mess. The pot survived but… like I said, not recommended. And definitely go for materials made of plastic or paper that you don’t mind throwing away after their first use. Even after spraying the inside and outsides with cooking spray, sometimes you still have to rip your molds to get your plaster pots out.PlasterPots-5For a marbled look we poured a bit of paint in a small disposable cup and mixed with a little water so it was runny. We poured this into our mold and rolled the paint around til we were satisfied with the application. The paint will do whatever it wants, so keep in mind your results will vary. We mixed up our Plaster of Paris in a big gallon sized ziplock bag and cut the corner to pour. The smaller of a hole you cut the more control you’ll have, but if your plaster starts drying it could clog! So just know you gotta go fast and cross your fingers you end up with something cool! Just remember: if you hate it, you can always spray paint it silver like Brenna did! (see photos at the top)PlasterPots-25PlasterPots-26Here’s a shot of the plaster oozing over the edge. You’ll notice in the photos at the top that the green marbled pot has a jagged broken edge- this is why! Cause we had to break the overflowing edge to get it out!PlasterPots-24PlasterPots-23

PlasterPots-28Embrace messiness! It happens 🙂 And don’t forget a spill tray!PlasterPots-27 PlasterPots-29Ta-da! Here’s our 3 finished pots. Make sure to read the directions for your plaster carefully! And give it the full 20-30 (or as noted on box) minutes to harden! If you start peeling it out early you risk cracking and breaking your pots! And remember not to use your body/hands as a mold since plaster gets really hot when it hardens!PlasterPots-30Later on we’ll be sharing a tutorial for how we made our own geometric molds out of cardboard and tape! So keep an eye out for that 😀

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Bib Scarf

For my niece’s first birthday I sewed up a nifty little bib scarf. I’ve seen these online for especially drooly (and deeply fashionable) babies and I loved the idea.

I dug through my fabric stash and found a cute little speckly stone grey fabric. I roughly measured a square maybe 2 ft diagonal from corner to corner. I folded it in half along the bias with right sides together and sewed the two raw edges together leaving an inch for flipping it inside out.After it was all sewn I added a 1×4″ strip along one of the acute triangle points and then sewed velcro to it to make it adjustable.

Then I added a simple little blanket stitch around the edges in a sassy peachy coral color and… voila!
(I used blanket stitch instructions via You Go Girl!)She’s such a doll! This auntie is obsessed <3

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[model: sweetie niece]
[photos: her mama and me]

Propogating Succulents

Summer evenings are made of this.

On my mom’s front steps lie our outdoor succulent collection. Hens&Chicks on Hens&Chicks on Hens&Chicks. Most of the little metal Ikea pots they live in are bursting with vibrant, overgrown plants. In order to give them the adequate space they need to flourish, we had to divide and repot.

Here’s a shot of the little babies shooting off the mama plant. (Its totally a mama plant even though we only refer to our succulents as ‘him’ and ‘that guy’ haha)Succulentpropogation-3The nice thing about having to separate the babies from the mother plant is that the mother shoots off these long little “umbilical cords” with the new plant on the end. You can grab the little cord stem and pull them straight out and its basically ready to be planted on its own! Succulentpropogation-4Its nice to leave room in your pots for the plants to expand. If you give them room to grow- they’ll take it!Succulentpropogation-6 Sometimes you can split plants by grasping the rootball of one offshoot and gently separating it from the group. This is how Bren graciously shared some of her new indoor succulent plant with me.Succulentpropogation-7He’s so cute I could dieeee 😀Succulentpropogation-10 Make sure to give everything a nice quenching drink after all the dividing and repotting. It may take a few days for your plants to get used to being off on their own eating top ramen and finding their place in the world, but they will thrive and grow just as handsomely as their ancestors before them!Succulentpropogation-11Also don’t forget to have LOTS of soil and empty pots ready! Give your little guys space! divideandrepot-1 FullSizeRender-3
and if you don’t have traditional planters lying around- get creative! We found this long wooden box in the garage and it works great for holding the big guys! Keep in mind though, that if you use a wooden box like this, it’s likely to warp and fall apart over time. Its a great temporary solution for now though!divideandrepot-2We staggered the large succulents and planted tiny babies surrounding them to break up the monotony. They’ll be MUCH happier now! 🙂divideandrepot-4
If you’re in the market for some new succulents don’t forget to check the tags! Most of the plants shown here are outdoor plants (the indoor one is the ice blue fuzzy one in the marbled orange pot!) Indoor plants get scorched outside (or in a window that is too sunny) and outdoor plants pale and droop when they spend too much time inside. And we recommend cactus and citrus soil for succulents, but this time we used regular Miracle Gro Potting Mix. We’re all about using what you have lying around 😉

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[lovely hand model: bren]

Kumihimo Leopard Bracelet

Kumi-whatnow? Yes. Get excited because we’re bringing back friendship bracelets in the best way.
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I learned this awesome Japanese braiding technique at Intermountain Weaver’s Conference 2007 (holler!)

This wild white-haired fanny-packin’ old lady named Margo taught me how it’s done and I was instantly obsessed. At her booth she sold multicolored foam braiding boards and pre-cut threads for all your bracelet making needs. Fortunately I already had two containers of embroidery floss leftover from my mom’s embroidery days so I went a little crazy.kumihimoleopard-2In the midst of 2 big cross-country moves I was able to still keep track of all my Kumihimo supplies (foam boards, weights, and thread!) I stumbled across this site a couple weeks ago and found thousands of user-submitted designs. A friendship bracelet maker’s dream basically.
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Here’s the pattern I used to make this sassy leopard bracelet (thanks to ewheeler from friendship-bracelets.net) Here’s my threads set up and ready to start braiding. You’ll need to place the threads in this exact orientation in order to achieve the same results!kumihimoleopard-5
and here’s the instructions for a 16-strand bracelet (thanks to HDYMT!)
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We’ll be posting our own tutorial in GIF form shortly but for now the links above will do the trick 😀

Pictured is a red fishing weight I bought from dear sweet Margo. I believe she told me they were lead weights so she carefully dips each one in colored wax for safety (and to keep your threads clean!) I’ve attached it to the loop at the end of my threads with a paperclip. This is such a portable little craft and it probably only takes 30-45 minutes to make a bracelet (depending on how quickly your fingers move or how little you get distracted!)

I always start out measuring my threads about 3-4 ft. and then folding them in half. This pattern requires an odd number of 2 colors so the cut length is 1.5-2 ft. Once all my threads are measured and cut, I line them up, fold in half, and then tie a knot at the end.kumihimoleopard-4Traditional Kumihimo is done on a wooden Marudai which offers more versatility, speed, and elegance (really!)

I’ve had a Marudai for about 4 years and I hadn’t gotten to use it until last week! I can’t wait to post about the awesome bracelets we’ve made with it so far!

Until then <3

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[photography by tab]

 

 

 

Twin Braided Cable Beanie

The night before my flight to Oakland to shoot my first destination wedding I frantically knit up a beanie.

The original purpose of said beanie was twofold

1. Use up scrap yarn
2. Make something to cover up my inch of regrowth (see below)

I’ve always been a fool for cables and after about an hour of searching for the perfect pattern I finally decided to just make up my own.

Some might describe me as a fearless knitter.

(Yes, that’s totally going on my resume)

I measured the circumference of my head skull and some mighty math took place.

I’m in the process of drafting up a pattern to share on Ravelry, but for now, enjoy this awesome mug of my cute sissa.image

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[model: bren]
[photography: tab]

PS: Here’s that regrowth-fixing hat in action 😉
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