Over the weekend, I scrambled to complete my next textiles project for my weaving class. With the holiday season just around the corner, I thought why not think up some crafty Christmas gifts? My goal: incorporate my weaving into nautical themed homegoods. Check out how they turned out!
Above, I adhered my material to three candles, and added raffia for more texture.
Coasters: I purchased a set of five inexpensive corn circular coasters, and hot glued my material over the surface. I then wrapped rope around the edges and coiled the rope on the bottom. I screen printed the surface; each coaster has its own unique compass rose. Since the coasters are a gift, I tied raffia around them, uniting them as a single package.
Vase #2: Again, I incorporated my weaving and screen printing mediums. I used wine corks, raffia, and rope for filler, while a decorative twig stems out of the top of the glass.
Photo Frames: I also completed a series of matching photo frames (although only 1 is pictured). I mounted my fabric to a cardboard piece, silk screened over top with a ship image and quotation. I chose a sephia colored photograph to accent the dark brown frame.
Try out these simple DIY projects; they’re perfect for the fall season!
I began my antique camera collection a few years ago. It all started with a Kodak Brownie I found at a yard sale. I love the way my vintage cameras balance out modern and contemporary interior design, while adding character and charisma to the setting.
These cameras work great as book ends, weights, or can even stand on their own.
I created this tote in Adobe Photoshop. I first found an image, turned it to grayscale, slightly edited the photo, and screened it onto the bag. If you don’t have access to silk screening equipment, an iron-on transfer works wonderfully and is just as inexpensive.
Although I have featured many of my cameras in today’s post, I have lots that have yet to be photographed (more to come on my antique camera collection later).
With the fall season in full swing, I’ve been inspired to whip up some of my favorite autumn recipes. Lately, pumpkin is my ingredient of choice. However, with four persimmon trees in my backyard- it was time for me to finally make the first persimmon pudding of the season. After picking two gallons of ripe persimmons, I used a standard food mill to process the fruit into a pulp.
This award-winning recipe was handed down to me by my beloved Nanny…so I thought- why not share it with you? Try it out for yourself, and put your own spin on it by adding your favorite fall spices.
Nanny’s Persimmon Pudding:
2 cups persimmon pulp
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs (or 3 small)
1/2-1 tsp. cinnamon (my personal preference is an entire teaspoon)
1/4 cup heavy cream (can also substitute half & half or condensed milk)
1/2 stick butter
*whipped cream & cinnamon for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pulp and sugar in large mixing bowl. Beat eggs separately and add to the pulp and sugar mixture. Next, add the baking soda to the buttermilk, and stir until it stops foaming. Slowly add buttermilk and the rest of the dry ingredients alternately to the pulp mixture. Mix well! Place the butter in a standard size baking pan and place in oven until butter is melted. Shake butter around in pan until bottom and edges are completely covered. Pour excess butter in the pulp mixture, and add cream. Mix well and pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
Let cool completely, chill in fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon.
**Note: no electric mixer necessary for this recipe; it is better to blend by hand to achieve the perfect density! (if mixed with a high speed mixer, too much air is accumulated- making the pudding too light)
During my art studies at Indiana University, I have taken a variety of textiles courses. My latest ambition: weaving. Although intimidated by the process and gigantic looms, I signed up for the class. Not to my surprise, weaving for me has become very stressful. It is a very long process. I begin by hand dying all of my fibers, then I wind them into balls, warp them, and dress my loom…all before I can actually weave. Here are a few of my latest projects: a red & black plaid print connected circular scarf, a variety of samples, and throw pillows. Also featured are photos of my loom and the textiles studio.
Scarf 1: red & black, circular, connected
Sample 1: houndstooth pattern, magenta & starch white
Sample 2: log cabin variation, forest green & starch white
(above photo: features graphic floral wallpaper from dwell studio & an antique camera, which I absolutely adore. my very own vintage camera collection to be featured later!)
(above photo: yellow stationary set sure to make anyone’s day brighter)
I was inspired by the hand drawn tyopgraphy and simplistic color scheme of this stationary set. Using stationary pieces is an artistic way to create a great first impression, or even a way to draw up other creative ideas. Creating your own stationary can be simple & sophisticated- more to come on this later…complete with photos and “how-to’s”.
(above photo: silk screened neutral gift wrapping)
The above packaging immediately grabbed my attention. The simplistic and organic design is so clean and refreshing. The screen printed graphic floral designs give just enough detail and color. The brown recycled paper gives an eco-friendly feel, which adds integrity to the design without over complicating.
Although my first posts (the 2 exceptions) were short & sweet, keep checking back on Tuesdays for some incredible design ideas!
After contemplating blogging for quite some time, I have finally decided to create my very own creative blog which will feature inspirations in graphic design, interior design, fashion, and art. In hopes to attract design enthusiasts like myself and search for new and exciting design innovations, I will be posting every tuesday. I hope you will all follow along on my experimental blogging journey- it’s time to be imaginative, inventive, resourceful, artistic, and productive!
In an effort to let you know more about myself…here are a few words/phrases describing my life:
junior at indiana university. graphic design. skiing. fonts. art. traveling. friends & family. outdoors. horses. adventures. pets. music. making lists. movies. ice cream. having fun. painting. learning.