Gold Foil, The Right Way to Gold Leaf Fabric

Fabric with washable gold foil or leaf added

There are plenty of metallic fabric paints on the market, and while they excel at adding shimmer they don’t have that rich metallic leaf look that is so popular on various commercial t-shirts.  It took a little bit of research but I finally figured out how they get gold leaf on fabric and keep it washable.  Allow me to introduce you to Gold Foiling Fabric. Supplies Fabric -This fabric had been ombre dyed using this tutorial Transfer Adhesive* (Full disclosure about this affiliate link: I wasn’t thrilled with the Martha Stewart Transfer Glue I used here.  I might try a … Read more…

How to Ombre Dye Fabric

Ombre dyed napkin in peach and pink

I seriously doubt I am the First Hundreth blogger to give a tutorial on how to ombre dye fabric.  However, I am very particular about getting smooth even transition from color to color and this tutorial shows you how to achieve a better finish.  I used to dye costumes in college to match a certain director’s choices (I worked in a semi-pro costume shop as a stitcher) and I learned a lot about fabric and how it holds color. On to the directions for how to have a smooth ombre dye: Supplies Dye (I tried Dylon Dye* for the first … Read more…

Mixed Berry Sangria

Mixed berry sangria garnished with lemon balm

Sangria is perfect for anytime of year.  But this mixed berry sangria recipe adds a hint of lemonade, making it perfect for summer. It is a super easy recipe for sangria that everyone will rave over at dinner parties.  You can pretend it took a lot of time and labor.  I won’t tell. Ingredients 1/2 to 1 bottle of White or Blush Wine (don’t go for super expensive but don’t go for super cheap) 1/4 Cup Chambord 1/4 Cup Peach Schnapps Lemonade Superfine or Confectioners Sugar (if not using a sweet commercial lemonade) 2 Cups mixed berries (frozen or fresh) … Read more…

Sea Shells & Lemonade = Table Decor?

Sea shell inspired table decor.

I initially had the idea for this table setting from some sea shells I found when scrounging through my mess of a basement.   I had saved a small bag of pink scallop shells and thought they would make a good basis to start my summer decor.  Though I live  in the mountains my second love is the beach.  I wish I was a lake girl, since so many lakes are so much closer, but the mud, the dark water, the…  Nope it is sand and surf for me.  However, any good mountaineer knows overdoing the surf theme just seems … Read more…

Faux Permanent Sea Glass Tutorial

Tutorial to create permanent faux sea or beach glass

I saw a how-to for creating beach glass from Elmer’s Glue and food coloring on Pinterest.  While lovely, I wanted to create a more permanent sea glass finish for some cake stands (NOT FOOD SAFE FINISH please don’t sue me if you eat off this and get sick) I was making.  That way they could be gently washed and I wouldn’t have to worry about moisture making the finish tacky or white.  After, oh so many attempts…. I came up with a good working finish. Thank goodness glass plates are cheap at Goodwill.  On to the tutorial:   Supplies Translucent … Read more…