I’m on a podcast

Well this is fun. A podcast episode!
If you know me, you know I love to talk.
And if you don’t know me, you know I love to talk….or at least you’ve probably gathered that from my ramblings here on the blog.

So. Stephanie from Modern Sewciety and I chatted for 90 minutes.
And you can listen to it all here. (Or you can look up Modern Sewciety on your podcast app and listen to it that way too)

Stephanie was such a delightful host and really easy to talk to.
In the episode we chat about:
• growing up • how I learned to sew • technology • slime • tacos • how I got into fabric designing • and a whole lot more.  And if anyone can give me a hard figure on the number of times I said “like”—(I mean, holy moly)—you get a prize.
Lessons to learn: talk less like a Valley girl when doing professional podcasts.

Okay, come listen!
**Start 11 minutes into the podcast. That’s when we start chatting**
And thank you Stephanie for having me on! We need to have lunch together and pick up where we left off.
Maybe on a Tuesday. For tacos.

Check out my new collection of Day Trip fabrics HERE!

She said she wanted blue hair

What do you say when your five-year-old asks if she can dye her hair?
Clara’s been posing the question for 6 months.

She saw a girl at the swimming pool this summer with blue tips, and thought it was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen.
Mom, can I dye my hair blue?….Turquoise blue, like the ocean?

My first thought was, I think I’m supposed to say no?
To my five-year-old.
Right?

And then I thought, Why?
It’s just hair. And it’s totally fun.
And it’s totally damaged from swimming anyway.
So let’s emphasize the summer-swim-shade and then cut it off when she’s sick of it?

Yesssss.

So we did it!
And I love how it turned out!
Okay, we both love how it turned out.

Clara the five-year-old, going on fifteen.
Actually, these pics were taken a few weeks before her birthday, so in other colorful news…CLARA IS SIX! If you’ve followed along over the years, it’s crazy to think of her going from tiny chubby cheeks, to not talking, to talking, to blue hair.

In all honesty, I didn’t really know what I was doing with the hair dye, but it was pretty easy and took about a 1/2 hour.
At first we were going to try the koolaid method, but people quickly told me how badly it dries out your hair. So I went to the beauty supply store and asked for their input. She recommended a few brands, and I picked up this, and (for any graphic design nerds out there) loved that the color was Cyan. CMYK baby.

The beauty store lady said the color was semi-permanent and would fade with each wash. But that on really blonde hair, the color would probably never fully come out…which I was fine with. I figured at some point, we’d give her a cute little bob cut. Of course I put the dye a liiiiiittle higher up than intended, so we’ll see when that happens.

Here’s how we did the dye:
I draped an old towel around her and I wore gloves. Then I started at the bottom of her hair and smooshed it around on her hair, applying it thoroughly at the bottom (the dye was creamy like conditioner). Then I moved up her hair till I got mid-way, applying a little lighter. And then I stroked a few bits of dye higher up with my hand. I wish I had blended it a little bit better…maybe left more blonde areas in the mix. But overall it worked. Then we washed it out in the tub (and washed a nice vat of blue water down the drain).
So far (we took these pics a month ago) her hair has faded a bit. But we’ve only washed it a few times, so it’s still pretty blue!

Here’s the Before and After:

Of course it helps when the Before hair hasn’t been brushed for a day, and the After hair is blown out and flat-ironed.
After pics always have the advantage.

Our favorite way to style it, is curled.
And it goes great with a simple skirt, out of my new fabric collection called Day Trip!…which I haven’t even shared on the blog yet, but I will.

And the curls are even better after too much twirling, too much jumping, and too much photo-shooting.

The turquoise color makes me think of a few things….
Like blue ombre cakes and quilts.

In fact, just google “blue ombre” and you’ll be swimming down a cyan rabbit hole of the most amazing hair you’ve ever seen.
Why didn’t I do that before I just winged it (wunged it?) and tried it?

And how about these two stunning quilts?? Both by Nydia Kehnle.
The Tessellation Quilt I spotted on V and Co.

And speaking of Vanessa….dude, her ombre fabric now comes with metallic dots!!  It’s so amazing. If you follow her, I’m sure you’ve been ooohing and ahhhing at every photo.

Aaaannd, that turquoise color just happens to be the color of the new shop. Well, the shop isn’t new, but we gave it a facelift!  The shop platform is now through Shopify, so whenever you log on you can access old purchases, etc. Yay!
Check out the new look.


For Clara’s big #6 birthday, we had a simple party after school, which is my favorite.  She invited over a few friends from school and church. We let them color pictures on the table, they made jewelry, played with dolls, ate some treats, and sang to the birthday girl.

And I decorated the drop-down ceiling with a cheap metallic table skirt! Haah. It’s my new favorite trick.

Happy birthday to our Clara girl. She is full of spunk and personality.
And always has a smile on her face.
We love you little lady!

Stenciling T-shirts

How to Paint a T-shirt using a Freezer Paper Stencil | video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana WillardYou’re gonna have this song stuck in your head, so I apologize in advance.
But it will be worth it. And….maybe you’ll need a couple of things besides love for a custom painted t-shirt project, but not many!

How to Paint a T-shirt using a Freezer Paper Stencil | video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd I love that fabric paint is available in soooo many colors and textures. Even glow-in-the-dark and metallic! You can keep it simple, or go crazy.
Mix as many colors as you want, get the exact shade you’re looking for.
Who’s the boss? YOU are.

How to Paint a T-shirt using a Freezer Paper Stencil | video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana WillardFreezer paper stencils are awesome at jazzing up a:
t-shirt
onesie
• tote bag
• zipper pouch
• throw pillow
diaper cover

Or about a bajillion other things. You can buy an inexpensive item at the store for you to paint, or you can make your own.
Either way, you’ll end up with a custom design!

How to Paint a T-shirt using a Freezer Paper Stencil | video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd I have a F R E E template for you!
You can be twinsies with Casey and me. Haah!
Download it here.

Okay let’s paint. Hit the play button below and enjoy!

If you’re new around here, MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh and fun sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

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For all your fabric paint needs, head to your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store.

Have fun with your stenciling! And your Valentines’ Day. All you need is love.
And paint.
Aaaand maybe red shoes.

How to Paint a T-shirt using a Freezer Paper Stencil | video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana WillardYes, definitely red shoes.

How to Paint a T-shirt using a Freezer Paper Stencil | video tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana Willard