Thursday, March 31, 2011

Is there such a thing as too much leopard print? The Fabric Fairy strikes again!

Hello bloggy friends. Today the Fabric Fairy brought me some goodies, and I just had to share. :) Based on the Spring Fashion Forecast on the website, animal prints are still going strong. This thrills me to no end. (You guys know how I roll when it comes to the animal print love...) There were loads of animal prints everywhere but there were quite a few in knit fabrics, which is not so common. So the equation is.... lack of will power when it comes to anything in animal print + an indulgent husband + a coupon code = these beauties below. Feast your eyes on all of their drag-tastic glory. :)

These first three are a Rayon jersey knit with just a touch of lycra. I've been craving bright colors lately and these first two certainly fit the bill.

This is my favorite by far of all the new fabrics that have come to live with me. The color is so much brighter and in person.

Who says you can't mix your animal prints? lol I thought I'd throw in a "neutral" to balance out the screaming aqua and purple. The drape of all three of these is wonderful.

These next three are 100% Polyester sweater knits. I'd never come across any prints in a sweater knit before so I grabbed a yard of each. While the top three above rocked my world, these left a little bit to be desired. The fabrics are covered in the tiny white wisps. I'm not sure what they are, but they look suspiciously itchy to me. Hopefully a lining will take care of that issue.

This particular fabric looked more steel/grey on my computer monitor but is in fact, blue. The listing said blue, but I was hoping more for a grey-ish blue. I'll figure out something to use it for, perhaps a cardigan.

This one was listed as "pink", but looked more fuschia/magenta on the screen. It is actually brighter in person. At first glance out of the box, I wasn't too happy, but I think it was because I was comparing it to the purple above. It's starting to grow on me now.

I also picked up the Clover 1 inch bias tape maker. I can never seem to find these things in JoAnns. I'm eager to see if they work as well as advertised. I love the crisp look of bounds seams on the inside of a garment, especially in a contrasting color. Making my own bias tape would be much cheaper and I'd never run out just as I'm about to finish a project. Grrr! That is an annoying feeling.

There hasn't been too much sewing for myself lately. Small household things and baby clothes. I've been feeling fat (hmmm, that probably explains all the stretch fabric I just bought lol) and I haven't wanted to sew until I drop a few pounds. It'll come off shortly. Damn soda, it's like my kryptonite. Until then, stretchy knit tops and baby clothes! I hope the Fabric Fairy visits you all! Aloha!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Got any spare windows in your house?

This isn't sewing related, but I stumbled upon this website while doing some research for my classroom window garden. If I wasn't moving in a few months I'd really like to give this a try. Take a look. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kick Ass Zebra-esque Crackle Manicure!

For the record, this isn't sewing related but does contain lots of glitter and I think its super cool. :)

So this past week I took a trip to my local Sally beauty store and picked up the kit to do my own at home gel manicures. It was a little bit pricey, but pays for itself in about 3 salon visits. I payed 29.99 for the kit, and 56.99 for the UV light. However, I found the exact same light online for 25.99. Grrrr, damn my need for instant gratification. With a little practice, I was able to do these nails.

Not to shabby for the first try. The best part? No chipping, flaking, or smearing. Once cured under the UV light, gel manicures can't really be messed up or removed until soaked off in acetone. I wash my hands A LOT at school. So regular polish is toast after a day or two. Gel nails are perfect for people who are hard on their hands. So, perfect french manicure that I can't wreck and will last for weeks? Check! The downside? I get bored after awhile. Which leads me to today's post.

The ingredients?

Silver nail polish, OPI Shatter polish in black (China Glaze also makes a black Crackle polish too) and a top coat.

First step: Paint about two coats of the silver polish.

Next: Apply the Shatter polish in a thin layer, trying not to overlap any of the polish. It will start to crack immediately and you'll be able to see patches of your original color underneath. Let dry, then add your top coat to seal everything and to make it all shiny again because the Shatter polish dries matte. This is the result.

I'm pretty happy with this. I'm sure it will only last a few days, but that's where the awesome-ness of the gel manicure comes in. As long as I remove the nail polish with an acetone free remover, the french manicure underneath will remain intact.

There you have it. A fun, easy, zebra-esque manicure that is sure to turn heads. Let me know if you try it yourself. Enjoy and aloha!
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