How to stain fabric with coffee

Sometimes when I buy fabric i get so enthusiastic that I buy more than I need. Then I have to many gorgeus things of the same fabric. One idea is to try and change the hue. On Today’s menu: a tutorial on how to change the colour of your fabric with coffee.

Its really as simple as 1, 2, 3. Watch:

1. First you make a pot of coffee, strong enought to kill a horse.

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2. Then you put it while hot in a pot or a big bowl and put your fabric in it. Let it soak for a couple of hours.

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3. Then put it in cold water, rinse and repeat.

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4. Put it outside to dry. And then enjoy!

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Tip: You could try boiling the fabric in the pot for a stronger coffee tint. 

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DaWanda Shop Just Opened

Just found out about this DaWanda shop for artisans who make handmade things and I thought I’d give it a try. 

Looks nice, the search engine is better than Etsy’s and the listings are free. (Thought they take a 5% fee when selling an item. 

So you can now shop me here too:)

Streamline for time wasters

Normally every Sunday I take my notebook and make a master list of the things that I have to do next week. I put everything in it and then every day I add from the list to the daily to do list. It works. 

But this week, maybe because of the holidays and all I got totally carried away. I am late with some things I have to send in two days and I cannot properly relax. 

This is another getorganized tip: make a streamline of the way you spend your time for a few weeks and see where you’re wasting time. Sounds good. 

I will try this. I didn’t start will start the seven things a day today.:) Back to work now.

Some of my newest bags

trapez_danceThe small and sexi Circus Dancer – Trapez, perfect for night out or in:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wendy_upThis is Wendy. She’s of course a friend of Peter Pan’s and she can carry around a lot of dreams and ideas every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thejournalist_frAnd the Journalist – a bag for the man and women of the news, and not only. Big, roomy, fun.

The throw away 7 things a day rule

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I’ve been reading Maria Gracia’s organizing newsletter almost every week for more than a year now and today I discovered another fun and very doable solution for clutter-free houses. And she says :

Get rid of 7 things each day. Get rid of paper you no longer need, email you’re done reading, plastic containers that have been gathering dust, and basically anything else that isn’t of any use to you. If you get rid of 7 things each day for the entire year, you will have lightened your load by 2,555 items by the start of 2010!

Let’s see how that goes! 🙂

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4 days to Christmas – getting ready

 

Playful Penguins, originally uploaded by SmallThingsIced.

So it’s Sunday. The house is a mess, but it will be cleaned. The cookies need to be baked. The house needs to be reorganized and decorated. The guest beds are to be made. The plan needs to be properly drafted:)

What i found is that the literature does not get me in the mood to organize, but the pictures do:) Simple as that!

So here are some hints to get you going:)

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Ok, I’ll stop now: D

I think I’m in love

So I just discovered this guy, who claims he is just a weekend designer but, boy, do his creations make me rrrr.: )

His designs are simple, but very well constructed, just like an architect’s (is he?) He also gives instructions for the things. 

Did I mention I love his punchline too? – It ain’t rocketscience. Oh, my.:)

TWO of my favourite creations:

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My new “ninas” bag!

I love it, i love the material, the shape, the girls:)

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This is the inside

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and these are closeups of the girls. Aren’t they lovely?

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Can’t wait to see what my friend did with her half:> Dana, what say you?

A thing to read after a good fight

Fighting is a craft in itself. Some do it horribly, other with such a talent that you walk away smiling. But sometimes they can make you really miserable. A British columnist, called Mil Millington, wrote a blog (first) and a book (after) all about the numerous fights he has shared with his superbly “mad” girlfriend, the German Margret.

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