Experimenting with Dye.

Hello all!

So I’ve been slacking. I know this. For some reason I just haven’t felt that inspired lately. I feel it may have something to do with my job search and the general unsuccessfulness of it so far. I know I shouldn’t get discouraged, but it gets hard to avoid. Oh well I will get through it. :]

Anyways, a bit ago I saw that this girl had managed to make her own colored jeans by bleaching and dyeing them.. I thought this was a fantastic idea, and since I had both bleach and dye on hand, I decided to give it a try with a pair of old jeans I never really wore anymore. So I mixed the bleach and water in my bathtub and put the jeans in. The internet assured me that bleaching would take only an hour or two. Well, after about an hour when I checked on the jeans, I saw that the weren’t bleaching uniformly at all. This baffled me since they weren’t bunched up or anything. I ended up leaving them in the tub overnight in hopes that it would even out. Well, they never did. I still don’t understand why.

Trying to stay optimistic I decided to dye them anyways. Here’s how they turned out:


Very acid washed esk. I can’t say I’m much of a fan of that sort of thing.

Well anyways, I eventually decided I wasn’t going to give up. I had a pair of light grey jeans that didn’t get much use since high school, so I decided to see if I could dye them with out bleaching (in fear that I would get the same effect as the last pair).

Here’s how they turned out:

Much better! They’re a lot closer to the color I was going for!


Feeling much better having succeeded this time around I decided that maybe my ‘acid washed’ jeans would be a whole lot better as shorts and got to cutting.


I like that much better! I feel the entire jeans being that way was just too much of it, but in shorts form its great!

Well that was my recent experimentation with bleaching and dyeing. I still don’t have any idea what caused the acid wash effect. Any idea what it was? I would love and advice you have to give!

-The Whale

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NeoCon and Chicago.

Hello hello!

So its been about a week since I posted last. The reason behind this is because I’ve been visiting Chicago! Yep, the windy city (which I learned allll about believe me). Anyways, I was visiting Chicago to attend this three day event called NeoCon. Basically NeoCon is huge event for Interior Designers and Architects showcasing new products. You can also attend seminars and learn all sorts of new things. NeoCon was a new experience for me and it was an enjoyable one. I wish I had taken some pictures, but unfortunately for me, I managed to forget my camera at home for this week! The only photos I do have are from my mother’s camera.

We did a lot of things in Chicago. Some of my favorites were the “Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, and also visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park. Like I said, I didn’t get a lot of photos, but here are the one’s from my mother’s camera:

Hope everyone is having a good summer! It’s been ridiculously hot here in Muncie, IN. I’m definitely glad my apartment complex has a pool! How are keeping cool these warmer months?

-The Whale

Crochet Shorts Upcycle.

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So today I have another old jeans upcycle. I have a few pairs of jeans I no longer really wear, so I figured if they will get more use as shorts, why not? For this pair I used an old black pair of jeans and crocheted a boarder around them!

It was really quite simple.

To Begin:

I started with just a simple pair of cut offs.


I then cut triangles into each side.


After that I cut small holes all along the bottom edges where I wanted the crochet boarder. The holes need to be just big enough for the crochet hook.


I then got to crocheting! I did three single crochets into each hole and then chained two between each one. For the triangles I did a series of double crochets.

Results:

The filled in triangles.




I really liked the end product! What do you think? Do you like the crochet/denim combination?

-The Whale

Cincinnati Reds.

Hello!


So I had been wanting a new Cincinnati Reds shirt for awhile. Baseball is for certain my favorite sport. I love going to games. The atmosphere is something that you just can’t find anywhere else. Anyways, I’m a poor jobless (but searching diligently!) 22 year old… in other words, I can’t afford a new shirt. I can’t afford milk.

In light of my predicament, I decided to take it upon myself to just make myself a new Reds shirt! I had a few medium mens shirts from a pack I bought to make my brother a birthday present… and I had upcycled one of them before (post about it here) so I decided to just go along with that again. I used some of the handy fabric I have in my closet (thank goodness I had red!) and got to work!

Results:

And the back:

Well I hope you all like it and are inspired to try some new creative things yourselves!

-The Whale

Seat Belt Cover Upcycle.

Hello hello!

So I’ve had this seat belt cover for my car since I was 16. I must say it has lost its appeal for me considering my style has changed so much! I had intended on giving it a facelift for some time, but I just finally got around to it.

Before:

Some cute fabric from the bags my grandma gave me and a few sewing machine stitches later… and this is what I ended up with!


Much better right? I certainly like it better now!

-The Whale

Bicycle Seat Cover!

Hello all!

So today I want to share a recent crochet project I did! I made a seat cover for my beloved bicycle! I found this one on Pinterest a while ago and have been wanting to try it out ever since. Results:

I didn’t have a pattern or anything. I simply traced my bike seat and tried to follow that accordingly. It’s a bit looser than I would like but still works out well!



I really love my bike! I found it in my Grandma’s barn a few years ago and some friends of mine fixed it up for me. It’s from the 60s and is called a Schwin Breeze. Best bike ever. The weather here has been perfect for bike riding lately so it’s gotten a decent amount of use!

-The Whale

Kitten Toys DIY!

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So today I wanted to share with you two cute DIYs for some kitten toys! I’ve had my rescue kitten, Cully, for about two months now, and I decided it was about time she got some new toys to bat around!

Anyways, toy number one is what I call a ‘kitty duster’… you know… like a feather duster for cats to play with!

Kitty Duster

You will need:

-small dowel rod (or a stick of some sort)
-tacky glue
-feathers
-yarn or string


Step One:
Apply tacky glue to one end of the dowel rod and attach the feathers on all sides of it until you feel there are enough feathers.


Step Two:
Apply more tacky glue at the tip of the dowel rod (on the feathers) and attach the end of the yarn. Begin to wrap the yarn around the feathers down the dowel rod until the feathers are tightly secured. I wrapped the dowel rod a bit past the feathers even.


Step Three:
Apply more tacky glue to the end of the yarn and secure. Now all you have to do is wait for the glue to dry completely and you’re ready to play!


Cully was a fan. :]

This next toy I call ‘The Puffball.’ This one is great because it uses so few materials and can be made in various sizes!

The Puffball

You will need:

-Yarn
-Something to wrap it around (I used my tv remote, but it depends on how big you want the puff to be. The thicker the thing you wrap it around the bigger the puff will be!)


Step One:
Start to wrap the yarn around your object. Make sure to wrap over the beginning string to secure it.


Step Two:
Continue to wrap the yarn until it is thickly layered.


Step Three:
Pull the yarn off of the object. Make sure to hold onto it so that it doesn’t lose its shape.


Step Four:
Take a string of yarn the length you would like the toy to be and tie the end around the bunch of yarn you wrapped around the object. Tie it tight! I like to even wrap it around a few times to make sure it is as tight as can be.


Step Five:
Cut the loops on both sides of the yarn bunch. After that all you have to do is fluff out your puff!


She’s so precious!

Both of these toys were a hit with Cully! After you have the basics you can experiment as well! I later combined the two methods to make a feather bunch on the end of a string.

Hope you enjoyed these fun DYIs! Also, don’t forget my Etsy Shop is having a 25% off sale when you use the code LOVEWHALE at checkout!

-The Whale