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Star Lights

I am in love with these Stargazer Lights from Terrain! I have visions of light filled apothecary or bell jars lining my mantle for the holiday season. These sweet little strands are so versatile you can find ways to use them year round. For me, I am planning on getting a few different strand lengths so I can use them for things like the aforementioned jars, but also for larger projects like lighted garlands or table runners. I really liked that Terrain included a number of different decorating ideas on the purchase page.

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Lighted fire pit anyone? You wouldn’t be able to make s’mores, but you wouldn’t have to worry about getting the smoke smell out of your hair and clothes either. Pretty and great for outdoor parties with little ones or clumsy larger ones. *coughAndycough*

All images from Terrain.


Things I Want to Try: Sun Printing

 

Sunprint

According to my friend Verhanika, it is the week of the new moon, which can leave one feeling contemplative and finding it hard to focus. Sounds so much better than distracted and moody. I feel so bad for Andy when I get like this. Poor guy, works all day and then has to come home to an overly dramatic wife that recognizes that she is being a bit ridiculous, but just can’t seem to stop. I guess knowing that I am being dramatic is a step in the right direction. And according to GI Joe, knowing is half the battle, so maybe even more than a single step in the right direction. Unless there are only two steps to the whole process and then it really would be a single step to be at half way. Usually there are more, 10 or 12 steps, but I digress. I’ve been working on a list of things I’d  like to try this summer, not goal per se , but something hanging out on the edge of my “to do” list. Sun printing is one of them, and fortunately for me Terrain has not only a kit available but a tutorial.

What You’ll Need

Cotton sun printing kit
Leaves, petals, or cuttings from the garden
Bright sunlight
Water for rinsing the fabric

1. Gather your favorite botanical specimens. We used sprigs of ferns and fresh leaves.

2. Arrange your specimens on the cotton in your desired pattern or design.  Place the cotton fabric in the sun for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to have your arrangement thought out ahead of time and try to work quickly, as the image begins to process as soon as the fabric is exposed to light.

3. Remove your botanicals from the cotton.

4. Rinse fabric in water until the water runs clear.

5. Allow to dry– remember that the image will continue to process even after it’s dry! Try hanging on a strand of twine as a banner as shown above, draping as bunting on the porch, or snipping into pennants for a festive addition to summer décor.

Want to learn more? We’ll be sun printing at both of our stores during the month of July. Stop by the Glen Mills and Westport events pages for details.

Tutorial and supplies from Terrain.