Wednesday, February 22, 2012

just two coats of paint

These two hearts:
well made, sturdy, cardboard boxes 
that now didn't match any décor in my home.

......Think outside about the box!!

Acrylic paint, brush and a finish satin coat and they look like new and with a modern twist!

Before getting rid of things... think about the difference that two coats of paint can do!!

xox, d.

Monday, February 20, 2012

typography t-shirts

Have your heard?
The Typography Challenge is up!
there is also a dedicated pinterest board
really loaded with great ideas and inspirations ;)

If you know me a bit by now, 
you know that I'm a t-shirt junkie and a dog nuts. 
Put together these {great} qualities of mine, 
and you now know why I had the need to have some dog-shirts.

I have other ideas in mind, but these "dog-t-shirts" that I made some time ago were ready and begging to be shown, totally stealing the idea inspired by the great t-shirts at
Each of these t-shirts are available on the cafepress website, for as little as 25$ each. ... Mine turned out about $3.

These are very easy to make: 

1* print on a piece of paper the quote you like, pick the font, the size, and check with your shirt if the size of the piece of paper is the right fit

2* stretch just a bit the shirt on a piece of cardboard covered with some saran wrap, and place the printed paper just under your shirt (eventually tape the corners to the shirt)

3* use the fabric paint and overwrite the quote onto your shirt  
--> for the darker shirts: because overwrite is not a possibility, I used some chalk onto the back of the paper and with the back of a pen I passed over the quote onto my shirt, so I had a clear trace in chalk. Then I painted over the chalk with the fabric paint.

4* let dry and have fun!

xox, d.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DIY Doo Ri - La Garçonne: exaggerate cable sweater

I believe I pinned this sweater back in June or July...
well: time flies when you're having fun to move and lots of remodeling around your home!

Since it's still very very cold here 
(and I very much dislike it)
I figured wasn't too late to have another chunky knit!

image on the left: La Garçonne - collage by moi
My version has the wrapped cable rather less "exaggerated".
The yarn I used was already pretty thick and I figured the huge cable would make it too bulky.

To make up for that, I wrapped the cable one extra time around the décolleté.

Back to the how-to!

A basic raglan sleeves sweater, knitted in seed stitch with a thick 2:2 ribs at the wrists and base.

I used a cashmere - silk blend in a light gray/blue color. (from my stash, bought last year for about 50$)
My yarn is quite thick, so I used needles 5 mm for the ribs and 5-1/2 mm for the rest of the sweater.

Don't bind off the stitches at the end of each piece, you'll use these stitches for the collar!

Once you have all your knitted parts, sew together the side shoulders, and pick the open stitches, and cast on the rest on the sides of the front on your  5-1/2 mm circular needle, knit on 2:2 ribs for 4 rows and bind off.

The cable: cast on 20 stitches and knit in a 1:1 ribs, cabling every 22 rows. This will give you a cable that is exactly the same on the front and back, and won't roll on the sides.
The length of the cable really depends on the measurement of the sweater: mine is approximately 12 ft long.

How I did it:
I wore the plain sweater on, and I had my mom pinning with safety pins the cable, starting from the back of the neck.
This way, since I didn't have enough cable knitted, I could keep knitting without having to do this operation again.
Once it's all done, sew with small stitches on both sides of the cable and it will be ready to wear!

xox, d.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

not just Valentine's day

Hearts are one of my favorite shape ever since I can remember.

It's not about Valentine's day here... 
in fact, I could say that every day is decorated with a Valentine's day flavor.

Hearts are in every single room of the house.
(yes, in the bathroom too!)

And since today is indeed Valentine's day...
 bring on the hearts! 

xox, d.

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