Category Archives: Fashion

DIY Aztec Print Tote

Earlier this week I worked on a quick and fun DIY project – a stenciled tote. I’ve been using the tote I made in the Lotta Jansdotter workshop, but it’s starting to wear out a bit, so I thought it was time to make myself a new one!

I decided to print a 4 color design, so I had to make 4 different stencils – one for each color. Along with your stencils and tote, you’ll need fabric paint and a stencil brush.


Even though it was a more complex design with multiple stencils, the process was simple – I just started with the first stencil, let it dry, moved to the next and so on…

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And the finished product…photo13

I’m so excited to use it! I think it is going to be a fabulous spring tote!

Also exciting – this was the first project I did in my craft room in my apartment! I still have quite a bit to organize and I have some cabinets to hang, but its definitely functional!photo16Happy Wednesday, everyone!


If you liked this post, you may want to check out my DIY Stenciled Napkins.

DIY Valentine’s Heart Stencil T-Shirt

In light of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with you a quick and fun heart-filled DIY.

My sister was home from school this weekend and last minute, Sunday afternoon, she says she wants a heart t-shirt. She couldn’t find one in Target, so we took a quick ride to Michaels, bought a plain white v-neck t-shirt and 3 different colors of fabric paint (I bought Martha Stewart multi-surface paint). She wanted pink, lavender and pink glitter. As soon as we got home, I cut two stencils out of transparency paper and then stenciled them onto the t-shirt.


my design drawn on two transparencies


cut the stencils with an x-acto knife


big heart on the front of the shirt


little hearts going up the side of the shirt

My sister loved the way it turned out and she looked super cute in it! This was such an easy project and took me about an hour to do.

I have another stencil DIY coming up for you in the next couple days that I’m really excited about, so stay tuned!


Elephant Tote

Last night, I photographed the elephant tote I printed on Sunday. I absolutely love the way it came out! I made this bag for a friend, but I think I’m going to have to print myself one because he makes me so happy!





P.S. This is my 50th post! I’m feeling quite accomplished today! Thank you to all of my family, friends, readers and fellow bloggers who have supported me for the last two months. I’m so glad you’ve decided to join me on this journey!


Weekend Recap: Sunday Cleaning & Screen-Printing

Sunday was quite dreary. It was foggy and damp, which meant that I really didn’t feel like going anywhere. I spent the majority of the day helping my mom clean out our basement – something we haven’t done in years, so you can imagine the amount of “stuff” that has collected. We’ve decided to tackle this daunting project because the basement would actually be a really great workspace for me. Right now, when I want to work on a project, I have to set myself up in my mom’s dining room, which, let’s face it, isn’t really fair to her or to me. Our basement, however, is perfect (if we can clean it out, that is). There are already tables, cabinets, and shelving units set up so that means there is plenty of storage space for all of my supplies. We have a large slop sink down there, which will make cleaning up much easier than it is using the kitchen or bathroom sink. The washer, dryer and ironing board are also all down there, so it will make sewing projects much more convenient because I won’t have to run up and down the stairs every time I need to press a seam (stairs are such a hardship, I know).

So on Sunday, we made pretty good headway. We boxed up papers to be burned, filled up a huge garbage bag with trash, reorganized one of our cabinets, and I was able to move three huge containers of art and craft supplies down to the basement and organize them the way I want. Here are a couple shots of “before”. I still need to take photos of the progress we made!

Making progress, but still have quite a ways to go.

Making progress, but still have quite a ways to go.

Still a lot to organize in the office are, but we'll get there!

Still a lot to organize in the office are, but we’ll get there!

By 5:30 pm, we were pretty burned out, but with one of the long tables cleaned off, I couldn’t resist the urge to do some screen printing! So I set myself up in my partial workspace and printed some t-shirts and totes with the elephant screen I made in my screen printing workshop.

Long table perfect for printing

Long table perfect for printing

Set up a side table for myself where I could keep my fabrics neatly stacked and easily be able to grab one after another

Set up a side table for myself where I could keep my fabrics neatly stacked and easily be able to grab one after another

Printing my elephant

Printing my elephant

I can now easily set up the drying rack without it being in anyone's way

I can now easily set up the drying rack without it being in anyone’s way

This was my first time printing tees and totes at home and, as expected, not everything came out perfectly. Two of my t-shirts shifted during the printing process, so I got some funky lines. Just like everything else, it’s a learning process. The tote looks great (I need to photograph it tonight) and I did get three shirts (out of six) that came out perfectly! I really love the way the elephant looks on the gray t-shirt! I couldn’t resist wearing him around yesterday.

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If anyone has any suggestions on how to get organized and set up an efficient workspace, please let me know! I will keep you all updated with the progress we make!

And if you like my elephant design, you can now buy him as an art print, iPhone case, t-shirt, laptop/iPad skin, pillow, and hoodie on Society6!


DIY Holiday Nails

With Christmas right around the corner, I have been painting and re-painting my nails almost every other day, trying out new holiday looks! I’m loving all the metallic and glittery colors for this time of year. They’re so festive! This weekend, I wore Sally Hansen’s Gilty Pleasure, which is a really pretty metallic gold color.

After I got dressed for work this morning, I decided to switch to red because I’m wearing a green blouse and I just felt very Christmasy! So I painted my nails Right Said Red (also by Sally Hansen) and glammed them up a bit with an accent nail using Essie’s Luxeffects Set in Stones top coat. I love the chunky glitter in this top coat and I think the silver and red are so pretty together!


Stay Chic! xo…Alane