Archive for October, 2010

Primitive Pumpkin Workshop

primitive pumpkin workshop at Averyboo Arts

I’m happy to report that everyone left our Halloween Workshop with finished pumpkins! Participants ranged in age from 4-8 years old and designed some fun plushies to add to their holiday decor this year. The little ones worked together with their mothers while the older children were given the freedom to create & learn a new skill.

1. Before we began, I showed them examples of Primitive Halloween decorations & objects such as dolls, pillows & quilts.

2. For the sake of time, I pre-aged the fabrics for the workshop. I explained how it was done & showed the kids “before and after” aging samples of the fabric. (see Coffee Dye post for the recipe & instructions).

3. Then we learned how to make a pattern for our pumpkin shape… cut the fabric.. and began to sew on the faces using fabric scraps & vintage buttons..

4. Once the faces were done, the front & back were sewn together & the pumpkin was stuffed. A twig was used to make the pumpkin stem and then they were complete 🙂

Very proud of the kids for staying so focused.
They came out great!

October 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Coffee Dye Recipe

Averyboo Arts - aging fabric
The original fabric is underneath the aged pumpkin.

This is the recipe I used to age the fabrics for our Primitive Pumpkin Workshop. You can use this mixture to add an aged appearance to cloth dolls, paper, wood, or anything else that is porous.

Coffee Dye Recipe
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 3 tbs instant coffee (for darker dye use 5 tbs)
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tbs cinnamon

Instructions for Fabric:
Prewash your fabric before dying…Combine ingredients to make a liquidy sludge. Dip fabric & squeeze off excess (the more liquid remains, the darker & crusty it will become). You can also use a sponge or spray bottle to apply where you want aging to occur.

Bake fabric in a 250 degree (F) oven until dry (about 5-10 mins). Set a timer so you don’t forget the fabric is in the oven; else you may start a fire (like I almost did with burlap – oops!). If you want to avoid the oven, set your pieces out in the sun to dry.

(1) I discovered that if you place the fabric on top of foil before baking, the foil can create additional texture in your fabric. If the foil is a little wrinkled, it will create a wrinkly pattern on the fabric. I’m guessing that the points where the foil touch the fabric get hotter in the oven & browns the dye further.

(2) You can add more grunge after your project is sewn together by sanding the fabric,  dabbing/spraying more mixture, and dusting with cinnamon.

October 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Indoor Campfire

Indoor Campfire

After experiencing record breaking heat in Los Angeles a few days ago, our weather suddenly turned chilly & wet. So, naturally, my son thought it would be a great idea to set up camp in our backyard… while it was raining… Full blown tent, BBQ and sleepover-in-the-backyard kind of camping.

This was a great idea except for having to set up in the rain, so we compromised. I told him we could make a campsite in our living room with an indoor campfire.

– 1 paper grocery bag
– Scissors
– Red tempera paint
– A few large sticks


October 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

Sunday – Breakfast in Bed

For the last few months, Avery & I have been making breakfast in bed for our family–or as he calls it, “breakfast on the board”. Sunday is the only day of the week that we’re together all day without any other obligations (except when I book a party), so this is a nice way to start our day.

The challenge is to make sure it’s something simple and that everything fits on our tray…

sunday breakfast

Raspberry Scones with Tropical Kimono Tea, lemon curd, Devonshire cream, & jelly.

– The scones were made from a mix I bought at Cost Plus which was super easy. Add water, mix & bake!
– The lemon curd & cream were also from Cost Plus. Jelly was all we had in the fridge.
– We like to have fun & serve our tea in a Chinese pot, our wedding china or even a kid’s play set.

Happy Sunday 🙂

October 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

October 2010

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