Silkscreen Class at Modern Domestic

I love learning. And now that I’m not in college, I actually like to be a “student” every once in awhile. I’ve signed up for the Intro to Silkscreen class at Modern Domestic, and I’m so pumped to design my very own tote bag!  At the end of the two classes, I’ll walk out the door with one of these in tow:

Photo Courtesy of Modern Domestic

The first time I walked into Modern Domestic, I actually wanted to purchase one of these fun totes. And then I learned that I could take a class that lets you design your own pattern and silkscreen it onto a handy dandy tote bag - I was so in!

Photo Courtesy of Modern Domestic

I’m going to learn the fundamentals of silk screening, which means I’ll learn about emulsioning a screen and burning  design onto the silkscreen and finally printing. In this case, I’ll be printing my design onto a canvas tote, and I’m thinking I’ll go with something fun and bright like this…

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Modern Domestic – check out my recent post about the store and all they offer here. As for my tote that’s anxiously awaiting my design, I’ll let you know what pattern I chose and of course reveal my finished product with you as soon as my class is finished!

And one more thing…like any of the above fabrics? Check out this site for many, many more designs and colors.

Bowl-er-ific

Let’s chat bowls. Actually, not just bowls, but very pretty and beautiful bowls. Trusty ‘ol Anthropologie has a bundle of them and they surely don’t dissapoint.

Small Dot & Dash Bowl in blue

Atom Art Bowl in green

Inside Out Bowl in red

River Delta Bowl in green

River Delta Bowl in red

Inside Out Bowl in sky

Inside Out Bowl in Pink

Aren’t they beautiful? I think I might be afraid to eat my daily dose of oatmeal outta them because they are so dainty. Love them. Most of the bowls featured above are $8.00 each, so they are still in the affordable range.  Love that fact too.

Any favorites? 

All images and additional bowl info can be found here.

DIY Celebration Banner

In honor of wedding season (cheers to all you brides-to-be!), I want to share my DIY personalized celebration banner. I made this banner for one of my dearest pal’s engagement party. Her wedding colors are yellow and gray (and you all know how I feel about yellow + gray!) and I love how this DIY project lets you select specific colors depending on the occasion as well as the text that goes on the actual banner.

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I love this project because it’s…

a.) simple

b.) you can personalize the colors

c.) you can personalize the text

I picked up most of these items at one of my very favorite paper stores in Portland, PaperSource. Here’s the supply list:

1.) String of any kind and color

2.)PaperSource 5 x5 note cards in silver (I cut them individually to the size I wanted) – $4.25 for 25 cards

3.)PaperSource 5.5 circle cards in sunshine – $6.00 for 20 cards

4.)Neutral pH adhesive (it’s the glue I used, but any glue stick/tape will do)- $5.95

5.) Hole punch tool

6.)Printed out text from via good ‘ol Microsoft Word

And now for the super simple step-by-step instructions!

1.) Type out your text and carefully select both your font and letter size for your banner. Make sure you give yourself plenty of space between each letter as you’ll need to individually cut out each letter. Print out your letters and carefully cut out each one.

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2.) Place your letter on your accent color (its silver in this case) and use the pH adhesive to glue the letter to the silver note card.

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3.)Next, glue the silver note card to the larger sunshine circle card.

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4.) Carefully punch one hole on each side of the letter. Try to punch each hole at the same height so when you go to hang the circles they lay evenly on the string.

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5.) Cut the string to the appropriate length and string the circles. Of course, remember you are spelling words when you start stringing…I was so excited to string my letters that I forgot this step, then quickly figured out I wasn’t spelling Katie + Jeremy. Ooops.

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6.) Hang and enjoy!

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Note to self…clean up my folded laundry before taking pictures of the mantel. I’m certainly not in love with the reflection in the fireplace screen. Anyway, one last thing. This banner works for baby showers, bachelorette parties, birthdays – any occasion really. And PaperSource honestly has every color in the book (and they ship anywhere!) so the options are endless.

Store Spotlight – Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics has four, I repeat, four stories full of fabric. Now that’s my kind of store! Thank goodness it’s located in San Francisco, otherwise I’d be in big trouble. Family-run since 1952, Britex carries textiles from a varied group of designers, from Giorgio Armani to up-and-coming artists. The staff knows its fabric and you must visit every floor as there’s something new to see on each level.

I had the chance to visit this wonderful store last Spring, and if you are in the S.F. area and need fabric, buttons, ribbons or lace, it’s the place to go. One of my best buddies, Elise, told me about this wonderful place when she was getting the goods to create her perfect wedding dress, and I knew I had to check it out on my next visit.

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I visited Elise in March, and instead of doing normal tourist things(riding the cable car, visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, etc), I wanted to go to Britex. So, there I was. Surrounded by prettiness. And my heart felt at ease. I was at home amongst bolts and bolts and bolts of vibrant fabric. The thing about fabric stores is that it’s hard to capture their beauty because bolts of fabric aren’t really photogenic. So, I guess you’ll have to take my word on this one, as the photos don’t do this place justice.

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And you bet we didn’t walk outta this store empty-handed. Elise bought two beautiful, beautiful fabrics (one for the kitchen window and one for the dining room) and we made curtains for her home. I’ll have to ask Elise to send me better pictures of her curtains, because the texture and quality of the fabrics she chose are top-notch.

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Again, I wish you could see the detail within the above curtain fabric, because it’s sweeeeeet. Not only did we make curtains for Elise’s place, but we did a few other projects as well, and I’m hoping to show you them later this week. I’ll also ask for more detailed pics of the fabric, because it’s worth seeing up close and personal. Thanks again for having me Elise and I hope to visit you and Britex Fabrics again soon!