Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Sent Part 1

Hi friends! It's been a while! Now that we're (mostly) settled into our new apartment in San Francisco, I've been making things like crazy. I haven't been able to share any of it because I was waiting for everyone to receive their items, but now the time has come! First up is what I made for the Viva La Frida Swap for Bee Creative Swaps. Our Frida swap is easily our favorite project and something we plan to keep doing each year. This year I sent 3 different packages and received 1 amazing package so I'll be sharing each one over the next week or so. So here's what I made for my first partner...

I used printable photo fabric for a project a few years ago so I got the idea to do something with it again. I ordered it before I got my partner's info because I knew I wanted to *something* with it, but I wasn't sure what. You can buy it here on Amazon.

The photos seem a little delicate so I wouldn't recommend it for an every day quilt or clothing. Ultimately I decided to make a pillow because I really like sending things that are practical. I think this photo fabric would be awesome for mini quilts or wall hangings, but I sent a wall hanging to my partner last year and wanted to do something different. 

My partner said her favorite colors were red and turquoise so I sort of played off of that based on the fabrics that I had available. I also found some BEAUTIFUL Frida inspired fabric on my trip to Portland last month and knew I needed to incorporate that as well. 

The fabric was so pretty and I was worried about slicing it up so I ended up using it as the back of the pillow to allow as much of the fabric to show as possible.

I'm still struggling with how to take pictures for the best lighting in my apartment, but I feel like I managed to get myself to take a decent amount of photos to document the process of making this pillow. I changed my mind on the composition of colors a few times and kinda wish I had another Frida photo in the center square of the pillow, but ultimately I love this pillow!!! It was almost too difficult to let it go and put it in the mail!

The pillow was my main swap item, but I also made a simple dress for my partner's daughter as sort of a secondary item. I debated putting pockets or trim or something else to jazz it up, but this fabric is so great I didn't think it needed it.

And of course I threw in some extras. The Frida inspired ones were a cactus ornament from Meri Meri and some Frida Kahlo papel picado I found at a local store here in San Francisco. My partner also had some Star Wars themed stuff on her Instagram so I sent her a few Star Wars and Marvel themed things just for fun.

The papel picado is incredible, I just struggled to get good photos of it. There were about 8 panels total (I think?) and it was a rainbow of Frida quotes and scenes from her artwork. I might have to go back and get some for myself!

This swap was so much fun! I enjoyed making everything and I will probably find something else to utilize the photo fabric for again. More posts on what I made for my other partners soon to come.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

San Francisco: Finally Settled

It's been a hectic few weeks to say the least. We've been here now for almost 2 months and after Air BnB, apartment hunting, job hunting, lots of movers, Ikea, breaking down cardboard boxes for what feels like hours, organizing, and then reorganizing again...it's starting to feel like we live here. As of yesterday, my sewing machine is plugged in *SQUEE* so soon I'll be back to lots of posts of things I've made, swap info, and my usual ramblings.  After all of this, it's safe to say I'm loving San Francisco and also hope I don't move again for a long time.

Monday, April 10, 2017

San Francisco: The First Week

As of Friday, we've officially lived in this city one week! It's been super stressful getting here, but I love it so far. I'm OBSESSED with the Victorian Queen Anne style houses that are everywhere and still haven't stopped feeling breathless over the beautiful views all around. Right now we're staying in an AirBNB and we'll be moving into our permanent apartment on April 30th. It's sort of weird not having any of your things, living out of suitcase, and trying to somehow be "normal." Any sense of routine is just not working. I also can't really make anything or create art. I've been drawing a lot and I'm hoping to fill the rest of the void by checking out a museum or maybe a local sewing studio. 

Oh and P.S. If you're in the Viva La Frida Craft Swap, all partner info e-mails were sent out! E-mail me if you didn't receive yours themorosebee(at)gmail.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

Frida Fridays: Frida Mugs & Last Call Swap Sign Ups

I've been posting a lot of inspiration type images of items made by other people so I decided I wanted to get into making some Frida inspired items while we finish planning the swap partners and get to crafting for the Viva La Frida Swap instead. I decided to make some Frida mugs!

I knew I wanted to make one based on our Viva La Frida logo so I started with that! If you have a PYOP studio near you, they most likely will have most of the supplies listed for you to do something similar. 

I started with cutting out the logo to use a stencil and did a color wash of yellow and orange glaze over where the flowers would be. I did sort of a watercolor/splatter thing so some of the color ran down the back of the mug, but I kinda like it a little messy.

Using pink glaze and silkscreen medium, I used silkscreen flowers for her hair. Silkscreens on pottery are a super easy way to make intricate designs in seconds. You just need the medium to thicken up your glaze. I used the same materials with black glaze for the mugs shown later.

I also used carbonless transfer paper for one of Frida's most famous quotes! When I try and do things freehand, I often run out of space or don't plan it out well enough. Using transfer paper makes painting fancy quotes a breeze. I ended up making two quote mugs. One to have a set for the Frida logo and the other as a new travel mug.

I dropped them off at the local place in Austin and was super excited to pick them up! I almost *never* make any pottery just for fun (as opposed to for Made With Moxie) so I it was an exciting surprise!

I haven't decided exactly what to do with them yet. I might save one for my swap partner, but I won't know what they're likes/dislikes are for a few more days when we match everyone up! The last day to sign up for the Viva La Frida Swap is TOMORROW so don't delay! Also, don't forget to check out my swap co-host's blog for even more Frida inspiration!

Viva La Frida Swap Sign Ups HERE
Lizette's Blog HERE
Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram HERE
Bee Creative Swaps Frida Pin Giveaway HERE
Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook HERE