Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hello August!

July is about over.. it's time for August! August means summer is almost over and the Earth will be getting ready for Fall. My favorite of the four seasons.
August is going to be an exciting month. I'll be getting ready for fall and winter by making and posting lots of new hats.
I also just finished a big painting for a gallery in New York.. which leaves me a lot of extra time to paint!

August will be an exciting month for Talk2thetrees for various reason. I will explain these reasons as they come... since I don't want to spoil any surprises.

But things will be exciting.

I still have some spots for August Sponsoring... so, if you are interested check this out!

Also, don't forget about the weekly giveaways!
The winner AND the next giveaway will be announced every Monday.
There are still some spots left too! So, if you are a shop looking to get some views, hearts and sales, send me an email and I'll get you a spot! Remember, spots are free in August!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Old Sketches and New Prints!

I've decided to list some old sketches in the art shop.
I played around with them a bit and I'm quite pleased with the results.
I like the simple, yet rough look of them.
The texture of the paper these were one on makes me smile.
I like to see the little fibers and hairs of paper.

These prints are available in 5x7.
Check them out here. 

I've also added some prints of some past artwork.
It's been a while since they have been seen. 

Check out the new artwork here.
Can you tell I'm excited for Halloween?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Oh, The Weekend

Last weekend was a busy one. In face this whole week seems to have been busy. 
Especially since it is Thursday and I am finally posting pictures from last weekend.

Here is my weekend in pictures.

A few nice walks and some games of fetch.
Also, I have a huge crush on my boyfriend when he wears his Star Wars shirt.

A farmers market.
Flips, flowers, Lots of ladies holding  flowers, me being jealous.
Seeing wheat but not getting too close.
Collecting pebbles.
Mint Limeade and Lavender Lemonade.
Most delicious drinks in the world, my friends.

Animals and sunshine!
Babies elephants and sleepy tigers..
And my least favorite animal..
Giraffes. They scare me.

Finding a bunch of lavender growing in a very random place..braving a shocking number of bumble beesand walking home with an armful of the beautiful flowers.

Last but not least..
Celebrating Chrismas In July.
Sugar cookies, presents, twinkly lights and a Movie.

Now that that's over.. bring on the next weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How To Make An Easy AND Versatile Shirt (For Cheap!)

Wow, it's been over a year since my last clothing tutorial.. How did that happen?!

Anyways.. I've seen a few shirts like this floating around the internet.
I saw them, loved them and thought, 
wow.. I could make that!
So, I did.

It was super easy, super versatile!

It cost about 5.00 to make and took under an hour.

I took pictures along the way, but sadly there is not much light in my little apartment.
So, I have some lovely digital illustrations as well.. 
I hope they can help make things clearer! 

You will need:
A sewing machine
A yard or two of fabric
Fabric or lace for the sash
Matching thread

Like I said in my first tutorial, I don't measure, but this part is pretty simple.
I hold the fabric over my torso, until it reaches my sides, 
I add an inch or so, then cut! 
You will need to make two of these. (Front and Back)
It's okay if you make them a little too big, the shirt is supposed to be a bit baggy.
Plus you can always take the shirt in later.
The long skinny, wavy piece above is for the sash.. we'll worry about that later.

Next, you are going to sew up the sides.
Don't go all the way up, 
You need to leave room for the sleeves and arms!

Next, is hemming up the arm holes. 
You are going to want to take the parts where you didn't sew together,
Fold it a little and sew.
Make sure the shirt is inside out while you do this. 
This is what it should look like.

Pretty easy so far right? 
Well, you are almost done! 

Next we are making the part that holds the sleeves.
Fold where the red line is, and sew the folded part onto the shirt. 
Do that with both the front and the back.
The illustrations no longer show the arms being hemmed.. So use your imagination. ;)
It's just a guide to show you where stitches will be.
 (Inside of the shirt)
(Outside of the shirt, plus a Wicket paw)

Next step..
Play with your puppy if you have one. 
He really didn't like not being the center of my attention.

Next step, hem up the bottom of the shirt!

You are almost done! 
Now you add the sash or ribbon.
 You basically just feed the sash  though one hole, 
then through the back, leaving the ribbon out a bit to make a sleeve.
Gather the fabric along the sash, so it has a nice ruffle to it.

And that's it! 
Tie a pretty bow on the side,
or braid the excess fabric, 
you could even attach a cute pin over the bow!

If you don't know how to make a sash, don't fret.. It's easy! 
Cut a long strip of fabric,  again, this is to your liking and size.
sew the sides longways so you have a long tube.
Turn it inside out, so the sewn part is hidden. 
(This part takes the longest.) 
Then hem up the short sides.
(This is the sash being turned inside out)

The best part about this shirt, is that it is versatile! It has interchangeable sleeves.
It looks great on it's own, with a cardigan, a vest, belted.. etc. 
You could even made it a few inches longer and wear it with leggings.

I'm totally going to make more of these!
 The shirt is a tad wrinkly for the pictures.. but only cause I've been wearing it a lot!

Imagine the possibilities!