Suburbia

suburbia - drifter and the gypsy blog
suburbia - drifter and the gypsy blog
suburbia - drifter and the gypsy blog

This house sort of reminds me of the setting of The Virgin Suicides. It’s so lovely and pristine, I just expect it to be full of horrible secrets. Is that a terribly cynical thing to say?

suburbia - drifter and the gypsy blog
suburbia - drifter and the gypsy blog

Anyhoodles my grandma is visiting from Florida right now and today we are off to have lunch at Tender Greens, then see a movie.

suburbia - drifter and the gypsy blog

Do something inspiring to start the week off right and then tell me what you did!

dress is from crossroads, tights are hue, shoes are jeffrey campbell, and necklace (that you can’t really see) is c/o laura des villes laura des champs

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Art tissue top

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Hi guys! Lauren here. Discovering new dyeing processes is an exciting part of creating clothing – perhaps it’s my favorite part. There are many variables with dyeing, and generally the final result is a surprise. This month, I’m using art tissue paper to transfer color to silk, resulting in a vibrant design.

art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog
art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog

What you need for this project: Spectra Art Tissue, spray bottle filled with equal parts water and white vinegar, a tray to hold your project, and a dyeable silk piece – scarf, top, dress, anything.

art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog

Caution – I’ve read that fabric dyed with art tissue is prone to fading when washed, so use it on a top or scarf that requires infrequent washing. I have yet to wash my dyed top but I will update this post with the outcome once I do. Other precautions you can take – treat your garment with textile detergent such as Synthrapol prior to and following dyeing.

Elizabeth Suzann kindly lent me her kimono top pattern to try out, so I used it for this tutorial. I folded the pattern piece at the center by a couple inches to shrink the size, making sure to cut a wider neck opening. For the top, I used Dharma Trading Company‘s 16mm crepe de chine silk and sand washed it myself using soda ash and Elizabeth‘s handy tutorial.

Once your silk is ready to dye, choose your color scheme. Cut or tear the art tissue sheets into whatever shapes or sizes you prefer, then lay out your garment in the shallow plastic tray.

Place the art tissue on the garment in whatever order you like, covering nearly every inch of fabric. Keep in mind that colors will bleed together, so don’t layer too many colors – you might get muddied results.

art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog

Once the art tissue is laid out, completely saturate the garment with the vinegar and water mixture. If more of the garment needs to be covered with tissue, layer and repeat, folding the garment in on itself.

Let your garment dry overnight. Once it is completely dry, check your results and discard any washed out tissue – if you want more color, repeat the process with new art tissue.

Once you have your desired color, heat set the garment by ironing it or throwing it in a warm dryer for 10-20 minutes.

After heat setting, I sewed the side and shoulder seams of my kimono top pieces together. Air out the garment (and maybe use some fabric refresher) to rid it of the vinegar smell, and you have a wearable piece of art.

I heard that the art tissue is reusable for other projects following the dye process, but all my tissue was washed out (not to mention smelling strongly of vinegar) so it had run its course.

art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog
art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog
art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog
art tissue top - drifter and the gypsy blog

There you have it! Feel free to share any thoughts or questions in the comments section below, and check out my blog, Blooming Leopold, for more DIY and style ideas.

Lauren (DIY Sew Contributor)

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It’s time for tea

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On Friday, I had tea at Crown & Crumpet in Japantown with some lovely folks from Crossroads Trading Co. The teashop is really cute and decorated modern without being austere and losing charm. Ironically, they were playing ’60s music the entire time we were there; not your typical tea music:) It made for an interesting atmosphere!

it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog

I also adore this necklace from Laura des villes Laura des champs. It came from Paris, guys. And it’s a mini house. It looks like a Monopoly game piece or something. That’s reason enough to be in love with it.

it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog
it's time for tea - drifter and the gypsy blog

dress: kensie via crossroads trading, shrug: h&m, home fields necklace c/o laura des villes laura des champs, sandals: worishofer

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This made me happy.

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I was going through some of my old photos and found this picture I took of a little deer friend that came wandering through the front yard of my house.

It was a rainy gloomy winter’s morning, the kind where you bundle up with five layers of socks and walk around the house in your bathrobe, cup of tea in hand. The rain had just stopped and when I took a peek out the window, a this lovely little creature was staring back at me ♥

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A home in the trees

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If you’re like me, you think treehouses are the best things ever. A home in the TREES? To wake up in the middle of the WOODS? Too cool. When I was a kid, I wanted to have a treehouse. Badly. I still do! I don’t think that desire ever leaves us into adulthood.

The other day, I was flipping through channels and came across this TV series on Animal Planet called Treehouse Masters. A WHOLE TV series devoted to fancy treehouses? So good. The series features Pete Nelson, owner of Treehouse Workshop in Seattle, and his crew who build crazy cool treehouses. Some of these homes are fully furnished with indoor plumbing and everything! To live amongst the trees? Oh yes yes yes.

a home in the trees - drifter and the gypsy blog
a home in the trees - drifter and the gypsy blog
a home in the trees - drifter and the gypsy blog

Did any of you lucky ducks have a treehouse when you were a kid?

photos from co.create

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