New Brights & New Neutrals

Get your penny jewelry fix with these two brand new designs by WildFire Accessories!  Available in beaded and post earrings, single pendant necklaces, adjustable rings, and bracelets!  Visit my Etsy shop or click on any of the images below to see more…

{Want to see these beauties in person?  Come see me TOMORROW (Saturday, July 26th) at Craftapalooza, happening at Century II from 10am-4pm.  Admission is $3, but I have a coupon!}

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See you soon!

Announcing the FIRST EVER Inspirational Quote Cuff Bracelet Workshop!


I am so excited to announce that I will be a teaching a BRAND NEW class on August 17th at TISSU Sewing Studio (which is also brand new!)!  Join us for an experimental two hours where we’ll try new approaches to mixed media and image transfer techniques.  Students will go home with a completed cuff bracelet, personalized with their favorite quote or aspiration as well as a few supplies for future projects!

Spaces are extremely limited so click here to RSVP with payment online.

Want to learn more?  Visit the Facebook event page where we’ll be posting pictures and updates before the event.

Some Local Love…

So, you just KNOW how ridiculously talented us Kansans are and that there is some amazing handmade goodness out there waiting to be discovered.  But, for some reason, you can’t seem to find it!  Look no further!  I’ve compiled a small list of local artisans with online shops.  From here on out, this list will be available in my sidebar (To the right; You may have to scroll down a bit.) at all times.  But for now…

Here is a list of some local Kansan Artisans you’ll love!

I know that this is nowhere near a complete list so, PLEASE, if I missed you or you know of an amazing local vendor let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email at Tayla@wildfireacc.com.  Are you a local artist and want to be included on this list?  Don’t be shy!  Contact me today!

(Although I would love to include everyone, this list is intended to guide the customer to your website or shop.  So, please include links when you send me the info!  Thank you!)

Snapshot Sunday

Happy Sunday!  Here is what I’ve been up to this week…

I used to LOVE winter.  And, now that I work from home, being snowed in is actually quite fun.  But, a clear, warm summer day with beautiful blue skies is pretty hard to beat...

I used to LOVE winter. And, now that I work from home, being snowed in is just about as fun as it used to be when I was in school. But, a clear, warm summer day with beautiful blue skies is pretty hard to beat…

New penny designs were made...

New penny designs were crafted….

I even took some time to try out some new  techniques!  This is an open back cabochon with blue acrylic ink swirled in with the resin.

I even took some time to try out some new techniques! This is an open back cabochon with blue acrylic ink swirled in with the resin.

Made a friend at the Lincoln Heights Village Farmer's Market.  This guy hung out with me all day.

Made a friend at the Lincoln Heights Village Farmer’s Market. This guy hung out with me all day.

Had a blast at The Workroom's month Artisan Market!

Had a blast at The Workroom’s month Artisan Market on Saturday!

Found a recipe for creme brulee that includes chocolate at the bottom... I'll let you know how it turns out!

Found a recipe for creme brulee that includes chocolate at the bottom… Uh, yum.

And, I ended the week like this.  This isn't one of those "I don't want to clean up messes,"  This is one of those "I just tried every idea I have in my brain in one afternoon" messes!  Hopefully, this creative streak will last through next week!

And, I ended the week like this. This isn’t one of those “I don’t want to clean this up so I’m just going to leave everything out after I’m done” messes, This is one of those “I just tried every idea I have in my brain in one afternoon” messes! I’m hopin’ this creative streak sticks around for a while because I sure could use the inspiration.

And, then there was this…

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OK!  So, this isn’t really a “snapshot” but it is something I’ve been working on over the last couple weeks!  WildFire tshirts!  Hopefully, these will be available soon.  What do you think of the design?  Would you wear one?

I hope you got a chance to explore your creative side this week!  And if you didn’t, remember, there is always tomorrow. :)  See you later!

 

The “Anyone Can Sew It” Quick and Easy Linen Skirt

I loved how much you all loved my post about my $1, two hour dress!  I’m obsessed with learning new ways to make life’s necessities in quick, easy, and super affordable ways.  So, I’ve decided to continue posting sewing tutorials and techniques from time to time.

Today’s tutorial is probably one of the first clothing items I ever made for myself….

The Quick and Super Easy to Sew Linen Mini Skirt!

These skirts have become a staple in my wardrobe.  Throw them on with a pair of leggings and you’re good to go!  Here is how it’s done…

1. To get started, you’ll need:

  • Linen or Linen Blend Fabric ( To figure out how much fabric you need, take your waist measurement and multiply it by 1.5 then divide by 2 (since fabric is folded in half when you buy it).  This is a VERY rough estimate.  As long as it goes around your waist with room for a little gather, you’re good.)
  • Strong elastic – I used the 3/4 inch, no roll kind.
  • Sewing essentials (scissors, matching thread, sewing machine, etc.)

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2. Lay your fabric out, folded, and cut off the rough edges.  Figure out how long you want your skirt to be, add about 3 inches for the waistband and bottom hem, then cut.  I actually ended up cutting this much short than the pictures shows, so just know that you can easily adjust the length later on.

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In this picture, the fold is at the bottom.  Be sure to leave your fold intact when you cut!

3. Pin and sew along one edge (opposite to the fold) to make a tube.

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4.  Take the elastic and “measure” it by stretching it around your waist.  When it is snug enough to hold up your skirt (but not too tight that it’s uncomfortable!), overlap by about 1 inch and cut.

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5.  Now, back to the skirt.  Starting at the top, fold down the top edge about 1/2 inch and iron.  Then, fold again, but this time about 1.5 inches or enough to incase the waistband elastic (as pictured on the right).

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6. Straight stitch along the bottom of your waistband fold, leaving about 3 inches open to insert the elastic later on.

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7. Back to the ironing board – Fold the bottom edge up about 1/2 inch, iron, then fold the same amount again and iron.

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8. Straight stitch along the bottom fold to finish your hem.

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9.  Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and insert into the waistband opening you left earlier.  Guide the elastic all the way around, but be sure to leave both ends out for the next step.

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10.  MAKE SURE YOUR ELASTIC IS NOT TWISTED IN THE WAIST BAND!  I’m type-yelling because I seem to do this EVERYTIME.  I even double check.  So, just know that it’s easy to twist the elastic as you guide it through.  With both ends of the elastic in hand, overlap by about 1 inch and zig zag stitch 2 or 3 times vertically.

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11. Let the elastic fall back into the waistband, close the opening with a straight stitch, and you’re done!

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If you’re like me, these things get addictive.  The more you make them, the faster you go.  All those gorgeous linen summer prints I fawn over every time I’m at the fabric store now have a purpose!  You can make it any length (although, I feel like they look the best short) and in any pattern, fabric weight, or blend that you want!  Experiment and have fun!  I’ve even added some cotton lace and ribbon to the bottom for some extra embellishment.

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Snapshot Sunday

It’s time for Snapshot Sunday!  If you missed last week, I’m trying out a new thing where I take all those pictures that would normally live the rest of their days on a memory card and sharing them here.

What a wonderful week it has been.  Summer means things slow down a bit for WildFire to a easy going, fairly steady pace.  I tried out a new Farmer’s Market, spent some quality time with the fur-babies, and took another mini vacation over the holiday.  After a few days of eating, drinking, movies, and projects, I’m at a bit of a loss for words… So, without further adieu – here are my Sunday snapshots!

I woke up two hours late this morning... But, the weather for the Lincoln Heights Village Farmer's Market was beautiful anyways.

I may have woken up two hours late this morning… But, the weather for the Lincoln Heights Village Farmer’s Market was beautiful anyways.

Cleo soaking up the summer sun.

Cleo soaking up the summer sun.

Before leaving for three days to Lebo, KS, we took Marty to the "birdy hotel," a.k.a. the Birds of Paradise store and boarding services here in town.  He isn't so fond of his carrier...

Before leaving for three days to Lebo, KS, we took Marty to the “birdy hotel,” a.k.a. the Birds of Paradise store and boarding services here in town. He isn’t so fond of his carrier…

We went to the Lebo Independence Day parade...

We went to the Lebo Independence Day parade…

Ended up on someone's gorgeous property that evening for some relaxation and lemonade...

Ended up on someone’s gorgeous property that evening for some relaxation and lemonade…

And, of course, the fireworks!  This is the best my phone could do.  You know, I think each year I try to get those amazing fireworks shots but it just never happens!

And, of course, the fireworks! This is the best my phone could do. You know, I think each year I try to get those amazing fireworks shots but it just never happens!

We spent the rest of the weekend with family, relaxing, eating, and drinking.  We also build a board game!  Michael recreated his favorite childhood game, Wahoo, with a sheet of plywood, a drill press, and some spray paint!

We spent the rest of the weekend with family, relaxing, eating, and drinking. We also built a board game! Michael recreated his favorite childhood game, Wahoo, with a sheet of plywood, a drill press, and some spray paint!

That’s it!  I’m off for some dinner and a nap.  :)  I hope you all had a lovely holiday!