this might be one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen.
inspired by a painting they found on ebay and paint by numbers artwork, scott and cheryl white turned their blank wall into mural art. to do this they made a color transparency of the painting, and using a projector, traced the image onto the wall with pencil. they then created a chart of all the colors and assigned them numbers, and got to work painting! it took them eight months to complete this masterpiece but imagine how much fun you’d have doing it! read more to see some awesome photos of the white’s wall before and after.
i was looking around online last week for instructions on tie-dying easter eggs- as in this kind of tie-dye:
instead i found this. i’ve never seen this before… apparently silk ties have another purpose- they can be used to create amazingly beautiful easter eggs! i found a great tutorial on our best bites that walks you through the process.
i just saw these fabric-covered pots on creature comforts today and i thought they would make a perfect follow-up to my post about plants. instead of splurging on nice flower pots, buy a bunch of standard cheap ones and cover them with pretty patterned fabric!
this is one of those projects you can be really creative with- if you have scraps of fabric lying around at home you can combine different colors and textures to make a really unique looking flower pot. or you could take an approach like the tutorial on lavender and limes and use soft vintage looking floral fabrics you can find at an arts & crafts or fabric store. OR this is another great use for old free people shopping bags! either way the results are one-of-a-kind and add a little touch of unexpected cheer to your potted plants.
all you need are some terracotta pots, fabric, mod podge (to coat the fabric with so it stays on the pot), and a brush (for applying the mod podge)! for more detailed instructions check out lavender and limes.
a dog bed made of free people bags! our store manager in greenwich sent me the following photos and blurb that was so cute i had to share…
alison is from new york city and is one of our favorite customers in greenwich connecticut. she saved and recycled our free people shopping bags to make a bed for her dog! alison cut the fabric into small pieces and wrapped it carefully around a wire cord to create a base for the bed. she then continued to double the wire cord and wrap the free people fabric strips around as she built the bed walls. we think it looks amazing and her dogs are very happy campers!
alison made the bed for chelsea, the english cocker spaniel pictured above – but her other dog, ollie (below), likes to steal it because it’s so comfy!
those dogs do look very content! i love this project…it also sort of reminds me of the rag rugs we posted a little while ago (here). hmmm…maybe you could make a rag rug out of free people bags??
wouldn’t you like to own an item hand crafted or signed by one of your favorite musicians?
crafts for a cause is an online charity auction organized by binki shapiro of the band little joy. she gathered together a bunch of fellow musicians to craft items like tshirts, totebags, and artwork, or contribute photos and items – and it’s all up for bidding now here.
they may be a little pricey, but it’s for a good cause — all proceeds go towards relief efforts in haiti.
more info about crafts for a cause can be found on the website here.
another fp girl told me about this awesome embroidery by brooklyn artist iviva olenick. she describes her work as small-scale, semi-autobiographical pieces that make up a hand-stitched blog. what a neat idea! the pieces include signs she sees on the street, maps of brooklyn and little quotes or things on her mind, and she also writes about the inspiration behind her projects on a blog called were i so besotted.
i really like the idea of sewing inspirational quotes or song lyrics onto blank tshirts or pillows! adding to my long list of projects i want to try…
if you live in austin or are heading there for sxsw, be on the lookout for the wondercraft!
it’s a vintage airstream trailer (named “stella”) stocked with arts & craft supplies! the wondercraft is the brainchild of four creative ladies who had a goal of bringing supplies to wherever there was a need for artistic expression. they offer mobile classes, parties and events and keep their trailer stocked with a unique selecton of inspirational products. i love it! such a great idea, and the vintage trailer just makes it even better :)
at first glance, these look like really pretty ceramic vases, right? take a closer look…
these vases are crafted by german artist markus linnenbrink out of recycled objects (recognize that gatorade bottle now?) and colorful resins.
you can buy these pieces at artware editions in manhattan. but i’m wondering how hard this would be to do yourself? i mean mine probably wouldn’t look as pretty as his, but still…it seems doable, right? you can buy natural resins online or at art supply stores, and mix them with oil paints to get a glossy finish like these. there are probably lots of other cool ways to decorate them though – if you think of any other ideas let me know!