Plush Of The Month Club June







The Plush Of The Month Club boxes for June were something I had wanted to make for a long time. Trying to source the tin tv dinner trays took a long time, and then almost a month to even arrive, but I am glad for my patience because I was really happy with how they turned out. I cut out, folded, and glued the 200 cardboard covers over the course of a few days and as much as I love cutting things out, I was really happy when that part was over. I was very excited to find the packs of gummy peas and carrots. It seemed to fit in real well with the theme. I also included a little vintage style tv sticker in each box. It’s hard to believe but the Plush Of The Month Club will be one year old in September, this year of making crazy boxes of plush has really flown by.

Just Two Words Project: Swan & Kite

This week’s project was to create a set of stickers using the words swan and kite. At first I thought I would draw a bunch of birds flying kites (swans included) but I didn’t love them and they started to look a little odd. So I started making kite shapes directly in Photoshop and just went with making my kites. Once those were done I thought about a day at the park riding Swan boats and flying kites and so they seemed to go together well.
I wanted the stickers to look like those 3d puffy stickers.

Dyeing Yarn With Kool-Aid



B and I decided to do some yarn dyeing with kool-aid for fun the other day. He isn’t very interested in the idea of making anything out of the yarn himself. I even tried to entice him with weaving or friendship bracelets, but he thought the dyeing would be fun and I will take my crafty-time with him wherever I can get it.
Here is how we dyed our wool yarns…
You need 100% wool yarn, I got my wool skeins from YarnUndyedUSA but you can use the cheapest yarn you can find from major craft stores (with those 40% off coupons) it just has to be 100% wool. Next it needs to be in a skein (also called a hank), not ball. If you buy from a place like YarnUndyed it will come in skein, but if you have a ball from the craft shop you can follow instructions here to turn it into a skein. You’ll want to tie a few pieces of scrap yarn around the skein spaced out (3-4) to keep each area secure so it doesn’t become tangled.
You’ll also need packs of unsweetened kool-aid (the store brand works fine too, it just cannot contain sugar or sugar alternatives, they would leave your wool a sticky mess)
1. First I laid out some brown paper to protect the table, kool-aid is non toxic and you can wipe it up, but it can stain. Newspaper works great too. Then I laid down some wax paper because that is what I had on hand, you can use plastic wrap too.
2. Next I soaked each yarn gently in warm water, till the water seemed to really soak in. Then a couple of gentle squeezes so the water wasn’t dripping everywhere.
3. Then have fun with the kool-aid. You can sprinkle it, turn your yarn over, add more, add less etc. The more colors you add and the more you handle your yarn, the more the colors will mix and muddy.
4. We carefully rolled up the wax paper and placed it down inside a microwave safe bowl. I added water to cover the yarn and microwaved for about 2-3 minutes until the water is a murky grey free of all color. The citric acid in the kool-aid when heated adheres the food dye to the wool, so once the water is clear you know its set. The yarn will be very hot. Let sit in water cooling until you can handle it safely. If you want to ensure that none of your colors blend and bleed together you can use a microwave steamer basket set over a bowl of water in the microwave instead, but you may have to cook it a bit longer. I try not to move the yarn around too much and we didn’t have too much muddying.
5. Rinse your yarn gently, do not ring, or agitate the wool too much or some of your yarn could felt. Then just hang to dry.
There are tons of great recourses and info on dyeing yarn with kool-aid, food coloring, and Easter egg dye here. It really is so much fun and inexpensive to experiment with!

Sew Together Bag






A few weeks back my friend Katie and her son came to stay for the weekend. On Sunday we decided we should do some sort of sewing project together and Katie was talking about how she needed a new makeup bag. I’ve made the Sew Together bag once before, but it was on my old machine and I ended up giving it away, so it seemed a good time to try another.
I don’t have any photos of Katie’s bag except here on Instagram because I took these photos later, but she did such a great job! While I think Katie does enjoy sewing, I’m pretty sure she was cursing me for making her attempt such an involved bag. In the end though you could tell she was super proud and had a new makeup carrying case for her next trip!
I love my bag and still have not decided exactly what I want to keep in it, which probably means I need a new special project just to store in my bag.
Sew Together bag pattern
Kim Kight’s Lucky Strikes fabric for Cotton & Steel (this is what I used on my bag, I love these fabrics so much!)

Thrifted Mugs




Just some thrifted mugs from the past couple of weeks. The top two I found together for 25¢ each. B and I were driving by and decided to make a stop for him to check out books, so the mugs were a fun find. The third Py brand mug was an exciting find for $1. My sister had texted me the address of a thrift shop that recently opened where everything is $1, and I found this guy!
The last mug was found at a thrift shop next to a grocery store for 50¢. We were picking up baking supplies for brownies that B was going to bake on his own and decided to stop in. While I haven’t been doing the normal weekly thrifting with my sister in quite some time (she’s just been too busy and I miss all our fun times!) its been nice to still get little pop-ins to thrift shops now and again.