Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Art That Blows?

How could Art That Blows possibly be a good thing?  Trust us, it is.  The only thing about it that blows is possibly a few of the brass instruments that have been made into fabulous art to benefit Band of Angels.  Art That Blows is the summer fundraiser for Band of Angels that takes place the second Friday in June every year.
As we’ve mentioned before, Band of Angels is an amazing Kansas City non-profit who collect neglected instruments from the public, clean them up and give them to kids in need who wish to participate in band and orchestra programs.  Some of the donated instruments are beyond repair.  It is these instruments that artists from all over Kansas City use to make stunning pieces to be auctioned off at Art That Blows.  Lamps, sculptures, fountains, jewelry, wall art and much much more is available.
This year we will be donating 30 pieces of jewelry that will be auctioned off.  We are already working on our pieces and thought we’d give you a sneak peek.
Any guesses as to what instruments were used in each piece?  We’d love to hear your guesses.  Just reply to this blog to join in the fun.  If you’d like to use our website as a cheat sheet click here and cruise our Band of Angels Collection.
If you are in the Kansas City area we’d love to see you at Art That Blows this year on Friday June 9th.  If you’d like to see some of the artwork from last years auction click here.  If you have an instrument that is gathering dust at your house you can donate it at any Meyer Music location.
Have a wonderful week!

Thank you to Carolyn from HangUps Jewelry Designs for this post!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simple Wild Corsages and Boutonnieres

Thank you Tania of Ivory Isis for this beautiful tutorial!
Items Needed:
Spray Adhesive (Loctite, etc.)
E-6000 or Hot Glue
Spray Sealant (Mod Podge, etc.)
Wheat, Lavender, Ferns, or other wild found dried plants
Corsage Pins (Pearl tipped look really nice!)
This idea for this corsage is a rustic look with wild found or foraged items.
You could use any herbs or garden plants that you prefer, but I used wheat, lavender, and some ferns in my pieces.
I first rolled out my burlap piece and assembled all of my wheat pieces, lavender, and fern pieces and then rolled them up in the burlap.
I made sure this was the arrangement I wanted after several tries, and sealed the burlap with the hot glue.  This was actually the hard part, as I had to find a nice arrangement that I wanted!
For the next step, I went outside and made sure I had good ventilation.  I waited to make sure the hot glue had a good seal, and then sprayed the plant pieces with spray adhesive.  The reason for this is because wheat tends to lose pieces, as well as ferns, and lavender is also very brittle when dried.
After about five minutes, I then used a sealant to make sure I wouldn’t lose more pieces!  You could leave this step out if you are using these right away, but this allows you to keep your pieces well into the future.  

The result is some really nice looking corsages and boutonnieres that did not cost much!
Secure them with the pearl tipped pins to lapels or dresses, and go out in style.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Handmade in KC - Hard at Work!

A quick peek at the Facebook pages of our members shows some amazing products ready for purchase - perfect spring pick-me-ups and Mother's Day/Graduation gifts!  There are 22 makers currently in our organization; here are the Accessories and Art categories.  Click on images to go each shop.  If you are curious about the rest, visit our Member Directory.

Ni-Chern Designs/Violet's Bud Collaboration - Flowered Dog Collars

Gypsy Soup - Royals Across Body Pouch

C is 4 Crafty - Zipper Pouches

Gibson Wands - Handmade Wooden Wands

Remnants by RJ - Block Bots

Please visit these and the rest of our shops and support handmade & local!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DIY: Ruffled Capri Leggings

In preparation for Spring weather, I made a new batch of ruffled capri leggings to stock my space at The Pink Daisy in the West Bottoms.  I've gotten a ton of requests for varying colors and styles, so I thought I would make a quick how-to for those of you who might want to make your own!

1.  Fabric Choice: When making leggings, choose a fabric with good stretch and recovery.  There are plenty of options available from extremely soft Double Brushed Poly to more sturdy workout spandex like supplex. The fabrics I am using here: Black and Ivory - Rayon/Spandex from Joann; Mint is Cotton/Lycra and Blush is rayon/spandex both from

2.  Cut it out:  There are plenty of free leggings patterns online (Patterns4Pirates Peg Legs is free if you join their fb group) or use a favorite pair to trace (add a little for seam allowance, if you go this route).  Just double check that you cut out a right leg and a left leg.

3.  Get Ruffled:  Decide what you want your ruffles to be made of lace, leggings fabric, contrasting color or print.  Cut strips that are at least twice the leg circumference and the length you want. The legs of these pants are 9 inches, so I made my strips 20 inches long.  The black pair has three inch layered ruffles made from the legging fabric and tulle.  The spring collection has 4 inch ruffles made of lace.  I gathered each strip by using a basting stitch on high tension, then adjusting the gathers to make the strip 9 inches long.

4.  Puttin' on the frills: If you are making these for yourself, the quick and easy way to do this would be to start at the bottom ruffle, attaching just near the edge of the pants and moving up from there. The nice thing about working with knits is that finishing edges and hemming is not needed to prevent the fabric from fraying.  

Because I make mine for others and like to make sure all edges are finished,  I do the middle ruffle first, attaching with a zig-zag stretch stitch.  Mess around with the distance between ruffles to find what you like best.   I do the top ruffle next, then I use a serger to attach the bottom ruffle and finish the bottom edge at the same time.  You can see the white gathering thread on some of these; I remove those after the ruffles are attached.

5.  Sew it up:  fold each leg in half, right sides together.  Pin the seam, taking careful to get all the ruffle edges in the seam.  Sew with a serger or stretch stitch.

6.  Make pants:  Turn one leg inside out and stick it inside the other, match up the crotch seam, pin and sew.

7.  Waist band:  So many options here....My favorite is a wide waistband with 2 inch elastic but you can make a yoga style foldover or elastic of other sizes.  On these, I just attached a loop of elastic with the serger and then folded over and stitched down with a stretch stitch.

8.  I like to a satin ribbon bow to the top ruffle.  Heat seal the ends by melting the very edge of the ribbon with a flame.  Use a needle and thread to hand stitch the bow to the pants.

9.  Wear your snazzy pants under a summer dress or with a long tunic!

Not ready to sew your own?  Basic colors with fabric/tulle ruffles are available for order in my Etsy shop; the limited edition spring leggings with lace ruffles are available exclusively at The Pink Daisy in KC West Bottoms beginning this First Friday.

Happy Spring!!

Laura  (Handmade by Lolo Z)