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Monday
Jul162012

DIY Project: Ombré Tablecloth & A Spray Bottle Dye Technique

Happy Monday blog friends! How was your weekend? I'm kicking this Monday off with a DIY project. Last week I shared my summer outdoor entertaining tips which featured this ombré tablecloth:

I created the ombré effect myself on canvas dropcloth purchased from Home Depot. Dropcloth comes in a variety of sizes (this one was 5'x5'), all readily available at local home improvement or paint stores. It is inexpensive and very durable, ideal for outdoor conditions.

You can achieve the ombré effect in various ways, usually it involves dipping fabric into a bucket of dye. I wanted to eliminate the bucket and come up with something easier. I created this blue tablecloth with nothing more than a spray bottle, water and some fabric dye. I saw results immediately and had a lot of control over how light or dark the pigment would turn out. The dyeing process is quick and then you just need to wait for the tablecloth to dry in the sun.

Want to see all the steps in perfecting this ombré technique? Check out the full article and all the pictures on Houzz:

Make a Fashion-Forward Ombré Tablecloth

The dropcloth I purchased was lined with waterproof plastic on the back. I thought this built-in feature would be handy if the dropcloth were used as an outdoor area rug. Keep it poolside, a place for everyone to relax and grab refreshments between dips in the swimming pool. 

What DIY creations have you been working on this summer? How have you implemented them into your summer lifestyle? My family eats outside a lot so these tablecloths are perfect for setting up a quick and casual dinner.

Have a great week!

Monday
Mar192012

Teaching Myself Crochet

Happy Monday everyone! Did you all have a nice weekend? Here was my Sunday summed up: sleeping in, crochet, getting hailed on while taking a walk, more crochet, a glass of wine, and the Lakers game. It was pretty perfect after a few late nights. It has been a goal of mine for awhile now to teach myself crochet. I am so inspired by the beautiful handiwork I see online and I figured it was about time that I learned this skill. It hasn't been easy going at it alone but after watching a few YouTube videos, dissecting some diagrams on websites, and reading tutorials I think I have finally gotten comfortable with the chain stitch and single crochet stitch. Next I would like to add a few more stitches to my repertoire and possibly try and follow a pattern.

Oh my, I'm so proud of my little creation. It's quite cute! I definitely labored to get to this point though. Yesterday I finally had a major breakthrough and it all started to make sense. And then I busted out single stitches like crazy.

Has anyone else tried to teach themselves crochet? It's hard! Originally I bought this crochet kit which included a little booklet with instructions and diagrams. It was helpful to an extent but when you are truly new to something, the wording and terms just don't make sense. I got frustrated a lot because I felt like the instructions would skip certain steps. Now that I have figured it out, I look back on those instructions and totally 'get it' but before it was like trying to decipher a foreign language. If you're learning like me, I'd definitely recommend videos. It helps to see and hear the steps. I really liked Hectanooga1's crochet videos. She has a ton of tutorials but also just basic stitch how-tos.

Are you currently struggling to learn a new craft technique? It can be a frustrating process but with YouTube and so many helpful and informative blogs, it makes learning a new art much easier. Don't you agree?

Good luck with whatever you're working on!