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Get Your Retro On

I recently finished this darling retro coffee ad for my kitchen,
but I was sorry that I used such a bright white fabric. 
It just didn’t seem to match the 1950’s tone of the pattern.
Here is the finished piece with the white fabric:
Well?  I thought I would try dying the fabric in coffee to see how it would turn out. 
Having never done it before, I was a little nervous,
 seeing how I already had stitched the entire thing (I’ll never get those four months back…)
I started with really diluted coffee, since I wasn’t sure what the result would be and then slowly added more of the coffee into the bowl to darken it.
I checked the fabric every 10 minutes or so. 
When I was happy with it, I rinsed it out with fresh water and let it hang dry. 
 Then, I ironed it out and framed it with a walnut frame I found at a flea market (perfect size!)
I probably could have gone a bit darker, too, but I didn’t want to alter the color of thread too much.  Hope this inspires you to play with dying your own fabric – it’s really quite easy and lots of fun!
Happy crafting!
xoxo
Genevieve
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Pin-Up Halloween Card Class!

This kitschy pin-up Halloween card collection is full of unique elements and 1950’s inspired fun!
I wanted to use lots of retro feelin’ embellishments, like the sparkly brad and gingham ribbon.
October 17
1-3pm

Cost of the class is $25 and includes all the materials needed (please bring the basics: scissors, a strong adhesive such as Zip Dry, black ink, and 3D foam adhesive).

Call the store at 702-898-7414 or stop by:

5915 South Eastern Avenue #106


Las Vegas, NV 89119

to reserve your seat!
Would you like to make the cards, but don’t have the time to come into the store for the class?
Kits are now available!!

When you call to reserve the class, just mention that you’d like the kit only and I’ll be sure to have it ready for you (along with pictures and detailed instructions for your convenience). You can also find ready-made kits at the store anytime before the class day (while they last). Just pick it up and scrap at your leisure!!

NOTE: OFFERING A TRICK OR TREAT SPECIAL ALL OCTOBER!

TELL A FRIEND ABOUT MY CARD CLASSES! FOR EACH NEW PERSON THAT SIGNS UP FOR EITHER OCTOBER CLASS (10/3 AND 10/17), YOU’LL RECEIVE A $5 GIFT CARD FOR YOUR NEXT CLASS WITH ME!

BRING 5 FRIENDS AND YOUR NEXT CLASS IS FREE!

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School Has Never Been So Fun!

I’ve seen the isles full of rainbow-colored folders and matching highlighters make their way into the grocery stores.  You know what that means ~ school days are just around the corner!
Even though my little guy is still too young for school, I’ve been getting into the spirit of things with a darling collection of classroom-inspired pin-up cards.
These are the perfect gift for a teacher (probably one you know vs. your 2nd grader’s instructor), new graduate or college student.
School has never been so much fun!