Monday, March 4, 2013
This month's art charity was chosen from a book I picked up for .75 at Craft Bits & Pieces a week or so ago. It's awesome because this woman who started out donating art creations to charities started a blog and eventually got others on board. Her book is a collection of different charities and crafty art donations you can donate to. I chose the MotherLove program through the YWCA of Asheville for this month's charity art donation. http://www.ywcaofasheville.org/site/c.7oIEJQPxGeISF/b.8131583/k.2A86/MotherLove.htm
The book gives an idea of a project you can donate and patterns. This one was to embroider a bird with a flower pattern on the top right side of a white onesie and then dip the bottom half in a colored dye. Well, of course I took my own spin on what I created. My co-worker had a bunch of like new onesies that her daughter has out grown. They were all in awesome condition and she was happy to donate them to this cause. I searched for some baby friendly images online and then free hand embroidered them on the onesies. I then used a Michaels coupon and picked up a calming shade of green dye for $1.23. I haven't tie dyed in a long time and didn't even know it required salt. So after a trip to the grocery store I stood in the kitchen with a couple of pots, the dye and salt while scratching my head trying to figure out the directions. In the end I winged it and just did what I thought I should do. Instead of dipping the bottom half solid into the dye I decided to tie dye the bottom half and used rubber bands to create the tie dye effect. A little dye accidentally got on the spoon I was using, then on my hands, then on a onesie which created a kind of cool different color look all over the onesie.
In the end I made 7 onesies in about 3 hours worth of work (this was mostly while watching a movie). ;) It was pretty easy and fun to do. My co-worker who donated the onesies has a bunch more. She liked the look without the tie dye but I liked them either way. I may create some more with a one color dye look and without dye. Who knows... maybe I'll even sell them on my Esty shop someday if I ever get it started. :)