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Thank you Houston Maker Faire!

We received an Editor’s Choice Ribbon from Maker Faire for our Make Your Own Soap & Nail Polish Booth

Thank you Houston! We loved making soap and nail polish with you at the Houston Maker Faire. We’ll be back for the Winter Holiday Art Market next month, so hopefully see you there!

Make Soap and Nail Polish this weekend in Houston and Austin

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I’m making nail polish and soap in Houston at Comicpalooza! I’ll have Father’s Day themed embed papers to make some rad gifts for Dad plus a big pile of toys!

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http://comicpalooza.com

Comicpalooza Exhibit Hours:

Friday June 17, 2016 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday June 18, 2016 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday June 19, 2016 10:00 AM

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On Saturday in Austin you can make soap and nail polish at the Burlap Bag, along with other crafts! They will have donuts and mimosas, so don’t forget to RSVP so they can bring enough for everyone! https://www.facebook.com/events/1707215539565780/

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Maker Faire Austin is this Weekend!

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Do you have plans this weekend? If you want a fun, family friendly event to go to, check out the Austin Maker Faire this weekend. Get your tickets here! It’s all day on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday there will be free chair massages for moms!

I’ll have my Make Your Own Soap and Make Your Own Nail Polish stations there! I’m the red X on the map below! You’ll be able to make custom soaps and nail polishes right on the spot.
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Austin De-Stash Bash – An Arts and Crafts Garage Sale

2015-11-05 15.04.19Kicking off the first of my holiday shows with the De-stash Bash Arts & Crafts Garage Sale  Supplies only, no finished products at’s Tom’s Austin!   Seems like fabric is the big winner this year, but can you really ever have too much.  PLUS we will have everything from Japanese quilting fabric to vintage barkcloth.  I’ll have bath & body supplies, packaging and displays.

Here’s the star studded Fall 2015 Destash Bash cast: Anne Marie Beard | Sierra Bailey Manic Trout | Becka Spellman Baby Bolt | Jennifer Perkins Naughty Secretary Club |Vickie Howell | Fredda Perkins | Debbie Carroll | Dian Sierra Hey Muchacha | Tisa Jackson Tisa’s Creations |Lisa Sita Chouinard Feto Soap | Anslee Collins | Angela Milliman | Bunny’s Designs

Please remember that the date is Sunday, November 8th at the TOMS store on S. Congress 10ish to 5ish.

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Meet the Makers Series at the Thinkery

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Avery and I are helping kick-off the Meet the Makers Series  for the Austin Mini Maker Faire at the new Austin children’s museum in Austin, the Thinkery this Saturday, April 5th from 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll be helping you create a custom bar of soap on the spot! Supplies are limited, so come early!

1830 Simond Ave http://thinkeryaustin.org/visit-us/hours-and-location/ The Austin Mini Maker Faire is on May 3, so save the date! Get your advance price tickets now!

Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl

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This month’s Silhouette Challenge is FABRIC! I ordered some heat transfer vinyl in a bunch of colors I’m planning to use from US Cutter and it came super quick! (2 days, wow!) My first project was to customize my director’s chair (bought on amazon) for my beauty company feto soap! The fabric on it was black canvas so I decided to add white to offset the black.

directorschairI typed out “feto soap” in the Silhouette Studio software, selected the word and created an offset (the white part is the offset). I reversed everything horizontally, cut out the white section first. Then using a household iron on the cotton/linen setting (no steam) I pre-ironed the fabric for two to three seconds. You pre-iron to prepare the fabric so it can take the transfer and to get any wrinkles out. I ironed the white/offset section for about 4 seconds after eyeballing it in the center. Then I lined up the black heat transfer vinyl centered over the white, and gave each section a firm 15 second press with my body weight. Viola! Now I have a custom director’s chair to bring to shows, like having a mini banner behind my table!

The next time I heat transfer vinyl black material with white, I can just crop out a void in the software where the black is in the white so I don’t have to waste black vinyl and worry about getting it lined up just right!

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My next  project for my cosmetics company will be a table runner to use at shows. This is the blank I bought online (still waiting on it) but I have the black vinyl cut out and waiting to be ironed on!  I’ve always wanted one, but custom table runners cost somewhere in the $60 – 80 range (shipped) the last time I checked, so I passed. The blank white table runner cost me around $17 including shipping. I used about $9 of black heat transfer vinyl for the table skirt because I made a few newbie mistakes.   I was using 15″ width vinyl, so I plugged that into the software, and it cut off center since the Cameo can only cut within 12″. Whoops! and then when I went to cut it again, I forgot to flip it horizontally. So I made about $5 in material cutting mistakes, which is not too bad for early projects with a new material/medium. and hey. I’m not going to make those mistakes again!

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I found a local supplier for Heat Transfer Vinyl, River City Graphic Supply in Austin, TX, but it’s not for hobbyists. You’ll have to provide your Sales Tax & Use Number when you buy from them. You can also order from them online! It’s wonderful and terrible that they are so nearby! I’m eyeing their Copper from their Siser Electric line for a project, but I feel the need to work with some of the htv I have on hand first. That being said, I did pick up some hot pink flocked heat transfer vinyl from Hobby Lobby today ($2.99 for a little piece 5.5 x 9″)  just in case I wanted to add hearts to things. You can iron on flocked heat transfer to wood & cork, too! Not just fabric.

Next month’s Silhouette Challenge is paper. 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

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Designing custom iron-ons with the Silhouette Cameo

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I had fun playing with Cami (my Silhouette Cameo) with my friend Crystal on Saturday after my heat transfer vinyl order came in this week. She picked out gold and we downloaded some vectors to cut out from the internet! I’m planning on making a one with the stare of Texas one for myself, either in gold or this awesome shimmer lime green (from the Siser electric line) I picked up the other day! Now I’m wishing I had some HTV in copper. This wish can come true pretty soon if I *really* wanted on Monday morning at 10 am, because I found a local supplier of heat transfer vinyl! (River City Graphics Supply) It’s $16 a yard for the Siser Electric line, ouch! but I wouldn’t use much to make a similar design – this was a little less than a 5×5″ design. I’m all about the metallics these days, so I’m sure it will come in handy.

I showed her how to weed the “stitch” marks in her design on the HTV. I compared weeding to using a seam ripper… especially for this project since we were weeding stitch marks in the design. We used Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl. She decided to use her nails instead of the weeding tool and it went by quick! but we played for three hours, so uhm, I’m not sure how quick it went because it was so fun! She did play with my cats when she first stopped by, so that might have been it? Maybe?

We also forgot why she came over… partially to pick up some chairs she had lent me (the iron-on transfers we designed for our shirts were just a little way to say thank you.) So, Crystal, I have your chairs. still. ha! Don’t forget to send me a picture of the shirt you decided to iron it on to!

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