Saturday, April 14, 2012

Donating time + talent

I'm a firm believer that if you are blessed with a certain talent or skill, there's no reason that you shouldn't use that gift to better a cause or circumstance... without seeking reward or monetary gain. I've blogged a few times about my favorite news cast showcasing how photographers are donating their time and skill to take better adoption photos for local animal shelters. Well, I'm no photographer, but I do know a thing or two about marketing and design. I just wanted to take the time to showcase a few projects I've taken on pro-bono to prove that it doesn't take much time or effort to make a difference in a cause you feel passionate about.

So get out there people. Donate your time and talents to whatever cause floats your boat. It's worth it.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

DIY: "Silk-Screened" Easter Eggs

Tired of staining your eggs (and fingers) in that same 'ol typical Easter Egg dye? I am. Here's a different way to make your eggs oh-so-beautiful by using silk ties!

You'll need 100% silk ties (or scarves) for this tutorial. Be sure to check the tag... the polyester blends won't do. I picked these up at my thrift store of choice for a $1 each. Not bad at all. Don't worry if they're ugly, old people ties... the transfer will still come out pretty cool!

With a stitch ripper or pair of scissors, remove the ties innards so that all your left with is the printed silk material. 

Cut pieces large enough to be able to wrap around the entire egg and secure with a small rubber band or twist tie.

You'll also need to wrap them in an old pillow case or sheet and secure them with another rubber band/twist tie. Again, check your thrift stores... I found a pillow case for $.50. Once they're all wrapped up, carefully plop them into a pan filled with water and 1/4 cup vinegar. 

Bring to a boil. Once boiling, set your timer for 20 minutes. You may have to keep rolling the "floaters." Side note: if you're worried about the pan boiling over, lay a wooden spoon across the top of your pan. It won't overflow... I promise.

After the 20 minutes is up, remove from the boiling water with some tongs and place in a dish or colander to cool down. Once they're cool enough to handle (about 20 minutes), go ahead and unwrap them.

You'll find that your jewel tones (reds, purples, blues...) will transfer the best. Now they're ready for Easter dinner (or all those leftover egg salad sandwiches). Enjoy! 

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