Clear vs White Shrinky Dinks

shrinky dinks diy storm troopers star warsMy new favorite crafting material are Shrinky Dinks – draw on a sheet of plastic and put it in the oven and voilà you have your own hard plastic. Whaaat?! 😀 stormtrooper diy star wars earringsI’ve made my first pairs of earrings for my oldest Star Wars Birthday party. Also made the kids Jedi badges, after they completed the training at the party. I’ve tried them both, the clear and white version. Below you can see the clear version and top is the white version. I just made a pair for Valentine’s Day earrings with simply a red sharpie, again with white Shinky Dink Paper, because it will bring out the colors better. heart earings shrinky dinks diyHere are some tips, I learned from my experience with crafting with the 2 different Shrinky Dinks papers (clear and white):

  • Use sharpies,  any water content in your pens will make your plastic wave
  • The white paper doesn’t shrink as much as the clear. Make sure you test the sizing of your work.
  • Test the timing on your Shrinky Dinks. It makes a difference if you place your paper on a cool baking sheet or a warm/pre-heated baking sheet.
  • Keeping white in too long turns them yellow-brownish – I only kept mine in for 1 minute
  • The white doesn’t take as long as the clear to shrink.
  • The clear creates a structure one side, white is smooth and shiny on both sides
  • You will see glue spots on clear Shinky Dinks- I used a double-sided sheet to attach felt on my badges.
  • Acrylic paint reacts different on clear vs white shrinky dinks.

I hope the tips were useful for you!! Oh the endless possibilities! ❤heart diy shrinky dinks

From Inspiration to finished Product

It has been pretty cold in Seattle and a lot colder than usually. I am sitting by the fire in the sun and enjoying the warm heat coming from the fire place. I am surrounded by 2 buckets of laundry waiting to be folded but I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces made by me with you.freya ladies finelys diy sewing black

Oh how much I love my Freya Ladies from FinnLeys. I wear the sweater all the time with a long sleeve shirt in Winter or 3/4 sleeve in Fall Spring. It keeps me nice and warm under my winter coat at the moment. 

When I tested the pattern for Finnleys, most of the girls would do these super cute colorful creations, which are fun and playful. My closet rather consists out of black or dark blue and I don’t wear much playful colors or patterns. Yes, I have some spring/summer colors floating around, but I tend to grab the black dress over the red one all the time. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black side view

I browsed Pinterest a bit and ended up finding some cool jackets with leather or pleather pieces. And I really wanted to incorporate that into my design. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black inspiration board

I never worked with Pleather before. The one I used is highly stretchy and reacts like any other Jersey. Took me a bit to figure out, that I needed to be to be more careful while sewing almost non-stretch with super stretchy fabric together. So one of the armholes is a bit more stretched than I usually like to, but I still love it! <3I started a second sweater out of sweater knit with my own piping, when I ironed the piece I forgot that I made the piping out of polyester and it melted away in the middle of the sweater. So sad, now I have to take the whole thing apart and do it over again!.

I’ll post pictures of the new one once it’s fixed. It might take a while because opening Serger stitches on sweater knit takes forever. Especially black on black 😀

These awesome pictures are done by Jennifer Burns from Trellis Photography. Thank you Jen <3 She also takes our family pictures!

What does the Fox say…

I was so happy to hear a couple days ago, that I was selected to test a pattern for two awesome gals in Germany. FinnLeys and Trollis Nadelwald worked together on the collaboration Freya meets Wildlife, which is just overly cute.IMG_2019

With this pattern you can create an super comfy costume for boys and girls. You can create a fox, dragon, raccoon, kitty or a bunny. And I just had to create a fox for the boys.5

And I have to say we are a bit fanatic with the foxes since Liam was born. As you can see 🙂 Finnley meets Wildlife

Elliott and I have listened to “What does the fox say..” over and over, it just gets stuck in your head and it”s funny, especially for a 3 year old Toddler.7

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Fall is here…Winter is coming

I’ve kept myself quiet busy especially with sewing for Elliott. For some reasons when the weather gets gray and dark, I start knitting. I don’t touch my knitting needles all summer. So this year, it was no different, rain and dark Sundays at home made be check my wool stash and I started knitting again.  I bought last year yarn, with the intention to knit a hat for Elliott from a pattern I found on Ravelrly, but I didn’t have the guts to do this until this year.

Knitted hat and handmade vest

Knitted hat and handmade vest

The first one I did was too small for Elliott, so I ended up doing another one and “yeah” success, as you can see in the picture.

boy standing in knitted hat and handmade vest

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I also sewed a new west for him, for the days for the weather is in between. Not cold enough for the winter jacket but not warm enough for only a fleece jacket.

Kids picking up pumpkin

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I used my own pattern, which I used for the Denim Jacket I created a while ago. I lined the jacket with fleece to keep it nice and warm. The outside is out of a polyester print. I added a little patch on the chest, which I bought at vintage mall. I also added pocket, which is not functional at all. Sometimes you just need  to add a little accessoire.

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Boy Shorts

Summers are always busy, but this year it seems like we are even more busy with the beautiful weather we had. I’ve been sewing every now and then, but I must say rainy weather will make you do more crafts than beautiful Sunshine.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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I initially made the shorts for Elliott for a short camping trip to Eastern Washington. It was a last minute idea and I used a pants pattern which I already had and made before. The pattern itself is for a long pair of pants and I just used half of the length of the long pair.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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My first attempt I also made them smaller in the leg because they seemed too huge to me. Well I should have left them as they were, because they ended up too small. Elliott’s friend Oliver who is turning one soon, fit in them perfectly.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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My second attempt I kept the sizes of the pattern and I added a contrasting trim to the waistband and hems. I used my serger for all the seams besides the waistband.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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Also our house got painted and this way I can showcase our new red door, which I absolutely love.

Boy Shorts VW beetle fabric

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