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Etsy purchase: Plum Preserves Crazy Quilt Earrings

I just got these earrings in the mail today, and I must say they are just lovely! They are the creation of That Old Blue House on Etsy. The shop specialized in making jewelry out of vintage quilts, lace and other items. I had some X-mas money from my sister earmarked for Etsy accessories… so after months of window-shopping I finally made a purchase.

Considering opening an Etsy shop myself, I was interested to experience the process veteran sellers used (i.e. packagings, shipping metods, customer service etc…). That Old Blue House was very good at communicating with me on when the item would be shipped out. She let me know it would be delayed a couple days because she needed more boxes. At first I wondered why she needed a box, I was sure such a small item could fit in an envelope. Well, that envelope came in the mail today, and this was inside:

Plum Preserves Crazy Quilt Earrings

What simple yet wonderful packaging! Great from a branding perspective, and exciting from a buyers perspective… a little gift I get to open :D It’s the little personal touches that makes you realize it came from a person and wasn’t mass produced in a factory. Inside:

Plum Preserves Crazy Quilt earrings

The earrings were exactly as she had described. So pretty. And lightweight, considering the quilt piece is sandwiched between 2 pieces of thin glass and soldered.

Plum Preserves Crazy Quilt Earrings

Plum Preserves Crazy Quilt Earrings

I’m extremely happy :D . Both with the service and quality of the item. I’ll defiantly keep watching Etsy for more finds… especially around gift giving time ;)

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National Craft Month: Designing with Bleach

So it’s National Craft month and I havent posted ANYTHING yet, oh dear! But I have been busy. I’ve nearly completed my Penguin Quilt for the County Fair, and I’ve also been experimenting with a new art form: Bleach.
We all know bleach takes color out. A lot of the time, it’s totally on accident… you get a couple spots on a sweatshirt or pair of pants and the clothes are doomed to be worn strictly around the house forever.

Well, after seeing some posts on and watching some videos on youtube, I learned you can use bleach to intentionally remove color and create unique garments. What i found most interesting is that, when using a stencil, you get amazingly crisp designs that are literally permanently burned into the fabric… you’d thing the bleach would somehow bleed or leak a lot, but nope! It is also interesting to see what colors emerge when the fabric dye is bleached out… some blacks turn to pink, some to orange.

Here is a pretty one I made.. the bottom corner is Celtic knot. You can cut a stencil out of freezer paper and iron it onto the fabric. It is just tacky enough to adhere to the fabric and leave crisp lines when you remove it, and it doesn’t leave any residue behind.

Bleach T Shirt

I also got a really neat effect by using pine branches and interesting sticks I found in the yard (all already on the ground, no trees were harmed ;) ). I layed them on the shirt and used a spray bottle full of bleach to mist the areas. Again, even the smallest twigs left such detail behind. The best part about this technique is that the patten is on there for good… it wont crack, fade or peel off… as long as you don’t was the items in bleach :| .

Bleach Hoodie

And I dont mean to brag…
but I am kind of a bid deal ;)
My projects made it onto an episode of


Rob says I am doing awesome :D eeek it makes me blush.


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