Monday

Cozy Vibes




OUTFIT DETAILS:: Cardigan, DIY // Shirt, She Inside // Socks, Target // Boots, Minnetonka
 I wore this yesterday.
It was gray and moody outside.
I read an entire book whilst snuggled under the covers in my bed
and cozied up with an enormous mug of tea.
It was perfection.

Saturday

Simple Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse takes just minutes to make and requires only 3 ingredients. I suppose it isn't a traditional mousse. It may be more aptly named chocolate whipped cream, but it is quick, rich, and delicious. It makes the perfect dessert as is, but would probably be equally as delightful used as frosting for a cake or as a dip for fruit or maybe as a filling between cookies! Ready to change your life in the span of 3 minutes?

Ingredients
10 oz of heavy cream
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions
Pour all ingredients into a stand mixer. Beat on low until the dry ingredients get somewhat incorporated into the heavy cream to avoid making a mess, then beat on high until stiff peaks form. This should only take a couple minutes. You will want to keep an eye on it to keep from over mixing. Quite honestly, the amounts of the ingredients are more of a guideline. This is a forgiving recipe. Taste as you go to adjust for flavor and sweetness!

Thursday

Fabric Medium & Acrylic Paint

 I've been looking into block printing a lot lately after being wildly inspired by Block Shop Textiles. Seriously, check them out. I started researching different printing techniques and materials and discovered a new product! Well, new to me anyway. Textile medium, how could I not know of your existence?! With fabric painting being one of my all time favorite things to do, textile medium is a total game changer. For those of you who were also in the dark on fabric medium, it allows you to turn regular acrylic paint into fabric paint. Which means pretty much limitless color options for way less money, kids. I'm all about it.
 While traditional block printing uses some kind of natural ink or dye and intricately carved wooden blocks, for the less experienced and budget minded folks (like me), the same effect can be achieved with simple homemade stamps and some fabric paint.
 Making The Stamp: I knew I wanted to do a simple triangle pattern. I used a thin sheet of craft foam and cut out 2 identical triangles. I taped the triangles together, just for some added thickness, and then taped the triangle to a wooden block for stability. Obviously, this technique can be adapted for any kind of shape your crafty heart desires.
 The Printing Process: I put a book in between the layers of my shirt to create a hard, smooth service and to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the other side. I decided to do a color gradient of yellow to green. In a cup, I combined 2 parts dark green acrylic paint to 1 part fabric medium and mixed with a paintbrush. I applied a thin, even coat of paint to my stamp and pushed down on both sides of the block to get an even color distribution. I reapplied a coat of paint prior to each stamping. As you can see from the above picture, it's not a perfect process, but I actually like how the stamps are slightly imperfect. It adds character.
 Because I was working on a color gradient, I was able to just continuously mix my color in the same cup by adding paint and fabric medium as I went.
 After the paint dries completely, it must be heat set. I layered a scrap piece of fabric over my design and used a dry iron (no steam!) to go over the painted area for 20 seconds. The textile medium I used suggests waiting to wash the painted material for 7 days after printing, but follow the directions of whatever you use.
 I love how this turned out! I started with something simple because I've never used textile medium before, but it's very easy to use. I have visions of hand printing a scarf or quilt next. Have you ever tried block printing? What materials did you use?

Friday

Before & After // London Fog Trench Coat

 A few weeks ago, I thrifted this perfect dove gray London Fog trench coat. I used to steal my parents trench coats when I was younger to play dress up. I liked to pretend that I was a detective, okay? Jeez. Now I have my own. I couldn't resist the color of this coat and, for $6, it was a bargain. This is a perfect DIY for Fall fashion.
 This was a very simple alteration. I wanted to shorten the jacket from full length to knee length because it complements my dresses better. I used a ruler and some chalk to draw a line straight across the outside of the jacket to make sure I made an even cut. I ended up only removing about 7 inches of fabric, deciding to make a wide double hemmed band across the bottom (which took the hem line up another 3 inches or so). I folded the cut edge twice and pinned it in place before using a simple straight stitch to create the new band at the bottom.



 I love altering thrifted pieces to better suit my style. It's fun to work from scratch sometimes, but these projects are rewarding because they tend to be pretty quick and simple.