Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Catch-up Post #3: #MeMadeMay

For those who follow me on Instagram, you know I (kind of) participated in the Me Made May project, in which crafters are encouraged to wear homemade items every day in May. I took the opportunity to make some new garments. Hopefully I'll make even more at Sewing Camp this week.

A tank and a romper made from the same batik. A nice batik makes any piece beautiful.

Work-appropriate top with hounds tooth and lace. 

Simple, no pattern chambray skirt. 

Refashioned shirt into tank with a great-grandmother lace overlay. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Catch-up Post #2: PSAT Camp

As I alluded to in my last post, I've spent a big chunk of my summer getting ready for PSAT camp. For the past six years, our theme has been Hollywood, but this year, we're going Around the World. My co-teachers are crafty, but I'm not sure they enjoy it as much as I do, so I usually take the lead on the decor. Here's a post about Hollywood. Pretty impressive, right? We go big. Here's what I've done so far this summer: 

Painted flags on candy buckets. Kids love candy. 

Made four Brazilian fruit hats. We bought hats for each of our groups and could not find inexpensive and accessible hats for the Brazilian group. So I made them. More photos available on my Instagram. I like to pose.

Drew a bunch of signs. Inexplicably, I did not photograph the giant airplane I made, but these are the group signs, and photos of the kids will go in the head spaces. I am in love with these.

So suffice it to say, I'm excited for camp!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Catch-up Post #1: Tie Dye

This July I'll be teaching my usual summer camp. This will be the 7th year I've done it, and while you'd think we'd be good to go this year, we have a brand new test, brand new theme, and brand new school. So, yeah, not good to go. But we still have a month to get there.

Our theme is "Around the World" (a post on that later), and we'll be reading and doing activities from four countries. We have to find things that appeal to kids but can still involve learning. One of the activities we are going to incorporate is tie dyeing. Who doesn't love tie dye? And there's gotta be a math lesson there, right? In preparation for leading forty kids in a tie dye lesson, I needed to practice, and practice in bulk.

So, long story short, that's how I came to be tie dyeing here on the Patti Wagon. I spent one day last week trying out different methods and dyes on over-sized t-shirts. Not really having any use for a bunch of over-sized tees, I refashioned them into swimsuit coverups and tanks.

Annnnnnnddd, you can buy these tanks on my Etsy! That's right, Patti Wagon Designs has an Etsy.

This purple one is my favorite tie dye design.

But this macrame is my favorite shirt design.

I'm not a huge fan of this tie dye, but I would like to do more with the weaving macrame. After I hone my six pack, that is.