r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

February 05, 2016

New! Crossbody Cell Phone Purses!


Crossbody Cell Phone Purses! 

New crossbody cell phone purses available now in my Etsy shop - ennadoolf - I called them "Blauwe Rits" for the cute little blue zippers inside the purse on the pockets.

Shop Now!

They are each ONE OF A KIND and CANNOT be duplicated due to using at least two different rich fabric upholstery samples for each purse. 

January 24, 2016

Tutorial - Tea Dye

Tutorial - Tea Dye

I needed macrame cord in a beige colour.

All I had was this roll of creamy white.

I cut a piece of the creamy white and compared it to the tiny piece of beige that I still had.

How to dye it?

I had some Rit Dye in a dark brown so I wondered how that might work.
This pink-purple colour of the top piece shown here is what the dark brown Rit Dye turned out.
Not what I wanted as I wanted it more like the middle piece.

Then I thought of tea.
So I dyed two test pieces, one in some tea I'd steeped for a while and one pressed up against the wet teabag.
Here are all the pieces: 
1. teabag, 2. steeped tea, 3. colour I was trying to match, 4. original creamy white

And since the second one is what I wanted, I put the macrame cord into the teapot!

And dyed my cord to be the perfect beige I needed.

Hm, not really a step by step tutorial, but still!  

January 23, 2016

How to Store Your Extra Rotary Cutter Blades

How to Store Your Extra Rotary Cutter Blades

This is a great tip!

I had an old 35mm camera and the filters came in these little cases.

The extra blades for my rotary cutter fit perfectly!

I don't know why I saved these cases but I'm glad I did. 

So check with friends and family and get your hands on a filter case (or 2 or more!) and safely store your extra rotary cutter blades!

January 19, 2016

Tutorial - Melted Crayon Art

Tutorial - Melted Crayon Art

I saw some melted crayon art over the past months (years?) and I wasn't inspired to make my own or take on the task of sharing this art with my Girl Guides until I saw this one on Pinterest!

I ♥ LOVE ♥ IT!

So we ARE going to do this with our Girl Guide unit!!!

And I very rarely test things before I dive in and learn at the same time as the girls.

But not this time!  
This time I did a trial run.

And here it is!

What you'll need:
♦ crayons
♦ knife, only if you are going to cut your crayons
(we are going to pre-cut them in preparation for doing this with Girl Guides)
♦ artists canvas (mine is 8x10 from the dollar store)
♦ glue gun and glue sticks
♦ newspapers
♦ embossing heat tool or blow dryer
(editted to add that I used the ebossing heat tool because when I tried a blow dryer, I had it on high. After I made mine, I was told that a blow dryer should work if you have it on low, not high)
♦ Sharpies or other permanent markers

I used cheap crayons I picked up for 25 cents a box at back-to-school time.

I marked a piece of cardboard with how long I wanted to cut off the crayon.

Roll the crayon as you cut into it.  (thanks for the tip from this blog!)

Here are my cut crayons.

And I wanted to remove the wrappers. 

Attach the crayons to the canvas with a glue gun.

Now, spread out the newspaper, and heat your crayons.
Lift your canvas so the crayons melt down the canvas.
With the girls, this part will require supervision.

Looks good eh!?!

And then writing with the markers.

Here are a few extra tips:

If you touch the crayons with the glue gun, the crayon will melt onto the tip of the glue gun and make the glue turn colour.
Don't do that.

Blow Dryer vs Heat Embossing tool:
Editted to add that when I tried a blow dryer, I had it on high. After I made mine using the embossing heat tool, I was told that a blow dryer should work if you have it on low, not high

I did try the blow dryer first and the wax just went nowhere.

 Then it went everywhere but it was thin.

Sharpie vs Stabilo markers.

I tested my markers in an inconspicuous spot to see which would write better.

And a few Before / After shots! Just for fun.







And a few close ups because they look cool. 

And this is the embossing heat tool I used:
Editted to add that when I tried a blow dryer, I had it on high. After I made mine using the embossing heat tool, I was told that a blow dryer should work if you have it on low, not high

And here is my finished product!! 

December 16, 2015

Tutorial - Bow Pillow

Tutorial - Bow Pillow

Here is a tutorial to provide more detail in making the "Bow Pillow" as shown on the Kate Spade blog here: click.

First I measured my pillow insert.  

Next, before cutting the fabric, I draped it over the pillow to check for overlap.
I want my pillow cover to be removable so I'm adding extra to make an opening.

My pillow was 21" x 15".
I cut my fabric to be 54" x 16.5".
(The fabric above is folded at the 27" mark.) 

I sewed a quick hem on both 16.5" ends.
They will be folded when I make the opening for putting the pillow insert inside.

I put the pillow insert inside the cut fabric and marked where the opening would be, and where the centre would be for the tucks as mentioned on the Kate Spade blog.

Here is the marking for the tucks. 

Sewing the tucks.

Now, the overlap for the opening was marked earlier.
So I lined up my hemmed ends and folded them to give them nice wide hems.

Here they are pinned in place.

Pin the long seams.

All sewn up! 
And the pillow insert has been inserted!
Now...just the band left.

I took a scrap piece of fabric and used it to measure the length of the band.

Here is the scrap - with the pin marking how long I need the band to be...27" 
(hm, what a coincidence!)

I followed the instructions on the Kate Spade blog to make the band about 12-14" wide, then folded and seamed along the long edge. 

Pinned in place, and I could have cut it shorter - probably the 23" the blog suggests would have been fine. 
I marked both ends of the band with pins. 
This is so that when I hem and sew it together, I know exactly how long I want it to be.

Hem one of the short ends. 

Insert the other short end into the hemmed one. 

Here is where that pinning came in handy.
I had pinned the band when it was around the pillow.
Here you see the one end inserted until the pins meet.
I sewed straight across through all layers.

And there you go!

Looks lovely eh!