August 29, 2008

Download free labels

Update: The link to Yasmine's labels no longer works. You can download printable matryoshka labels and to-do list sheets from Yasmine at A Print a Day. Mighty generous of her to make these for us.

August 28, 2008

DIY wall art from foam board

I was invited to be a guest blogger at decor8 and submit a DIY project. It went up yesterday, so if you want to learn how to make some wall art out of foam, head on over to read the tutorial. You can hang these pieces up with tape or wall putty, so it's a good project for dorm rooms or apartments. Holly included a request to send her your photos if you make this, and she'll post her favorites. I'd love to see, too.

P.S. I bought this black and white paper at Paper Source. It's slightly textured and very cool. I don't know who designed it.)

August 27, 2008

Someone should buy these

These orange cups are for sale over at etsy, and someone should give them a good home. Maybe it should be Hillary Clinton, because they would match her orange pantsuit from the convention last night.

Update: Sold. Was it you, Hillary?

August 26, 2008

The Poster List

Adam over at The Poster List emailed me about their new poster, "Keep Calm and Rock On," a spoof of the "Carry On" poster that has taken over the universe. While poking around the shop, I found the "Eggs" poster above and had to order it. We have an egg fetish in this house.

All Poster List posters are printed with 100% vegetable ink on organic acid free paper. And this week they're having a 2 for $20 sale. Go see.

August 25, 2008

Coming soon: more fabric

I'm excited to give you a sneak peek of my new fabric. Look what appeared in my mailbox while I was out of town: table strike-offs from the mill! (That's a fancy term for proofs so you can make sure the screens look good before printing thousands of yards.) You can expect this stuff to be available by the end of September over at JCaroline Creative. All of these are on home decorator-weight canvas again.

This collection is called Amusement Park. There's plenty of orangey goodness for all the orange fans who were denied last time.

This other mini collection contains two brown prints on natural canvas, and they have cool little flecks of cotton bits in them.

I'll let you know when they're available. In the meantime, I'm dreaming up projects.

August 20, 2008

Until next week...

I'm going out of town today, so no new posts until next week. In the meantime you can keep yourself busy making this bottle cap clock, instructions provided by Take care!

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August 19, 2008

Things you can make

Customizable, printable luggage tags from HP
Portable foam cushion at Sew, Mama, Sew
Child's pool robe, also at Sew, Mama, Sew
Paper bird silhouettes for your wall at Curbly
Fabric bookmarks from Anna Maria Horner
iPod Nano pouch from Made by Petchy
Ribbon hair clips at The Long Thread
Papercraft models of the Beijing Olympic mascots by Han Meilin
(read more about the mascots here)

August 18, 2008

Help kids + cupcake pops

Ms. Bakerella emailed me about an opportunity to help kids living in poverty get ready for school. Nickelodeon is taking back-to-school suggestions for parents on their website at For every back-to-school tip or recipe you give, they'll make a donation to Feed the Children’s Kid's School Basics Program. You can leave tips on their site through September 25th. And if you leave a tip, be sure to say so in the comments on this post at Bakerella, because you could win a Nickelodeon prize pack.

The tip that Bakerella left was a recipe for chocolate cake balls. And she also made some cupcake pops in Nickelodeon's brand color: orange. Aren't they nifty? To see all of her cupcake pop creations and get the recipes, click here and scroll through the yumminess.

August 15, 2008

Yearbook yourself

Wanna give yourself a laugh? Go to this site and upload a picture of your head. Then click through the years to see what you looked like in decades past. Via Swissmiss. Have a good weekend, everybody.

Excuse the rearranging

Sorry for moving things around randomly on the blog this week. I don't know a thing about web programming and keep monkeying with my template code in complete ignorance. One of these times my blog will probably spontaneously combust. If something looks messed up to you when you view it in your browser, will you leave me a comment? Thanks.

August 14, 2008

How to decoupage with Mod Podge

This is a glass vase I decoupaged with pages from an old hymn book I found in the dumpster. Here's what I did if you want to give it a whirl.

1. Tear up some thinnish paper into pieces no bigger than 1-1/2 inches across. (The tighter the curve, the smaller the pieces you should use. If you're pasting paper onto something flat, you can use pieces as big as you want.)

2. Paint the back of the paper with Mod Podge (I used matte) and stick the paper onto your surface. Then paint more glue over the top of the paper and use your finger to smooth out the wrinkles. Cover the whole surface of your object, one piece of paper at a time. Let dry.

3. Paint on decorations with acrylic paint, or paste on some colorful paper shapes with more Mod Podge. I painted on this stripe at the top.

That's it!

August 13, 2008

Customizable greeting cards

I just stumbled upon, where you can pick out artwork, upload a photo or two, write your own message, and have them mail your cards for you. Yeah, that's not so unique, but these folks have some pretty cool designs. They've got Helen Dardick! I'm a fan.

August 12, 2008

Starbucks Iced Constantine Coffee recipe

Here's another iced coffee recipe for ya. If you're a coffee drinker and you like chai, you'll probably like this. If you don't like chai, you probably won't.

2/3 cup ground dark roast coffee
4 cinnamon sticks, crushed or broken into small pieces
6 cups water
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom (a tiny bit too much, in my opinion)
2/3 cup honey
ice cubes
half-and-half or milk

Mix together the coffee and cinnamon sticks. Using the coffee-cinnamon mixture and the water, brew coffee by your customary brewing method. Add the cardamom and honey to the hot coffee and stir until the honey dissolves. Cover and chill. To serve, fill tall glasses with ice cubes. Pour about 2/3 cup chilled coffee into each glass. Pass the milk. Serves 8.

Recipe from

August 11, 2008

Ad space now available

Maybe that's what you're thinking if you just noticed that little "Sponsors" section in the upper right corner over there. After a little research and months of waffling, I've decided to offer some advertising space on How About Orange. If I can help good businesses promote their quality goods and services, and at the same time, introduce interesting or helpful things to you readers, that might be nice. Not to mention, help fund my craft habit so I can make more tutorials for you. Let's try it.

Things to make with ribbon

In an effort to make a "ribbon believer" out of me, Caroline sent me these cuties that she just whipped up. I must admit she's a pretty persuasive ribbon evangelist... if you want to make key fobs like these, she has a tutorial here.

And a tutorial for embellishing towels right here. (Get dachshund ribbon here, piggies here, and campers here.)

August 08, 2008

Checkbook cover

I just completed my first project in which I sewed ribbon onto something. Behold: a checkbook cover made with the new ribbon. Too bad my checkbook doesn't fit in it. That's right, you heard me. I used this nice tutorial, but clearly I didn't check closely enough to make sure I was doing it right. But on a happy note, I didn't say any bad words or smash anything, either.

Quiz: Find your decorating style

Ann sent over this fun little quiz. Just choose pictures you like in response to the questions. My style turned out to be kitsch chic. I "love to mix old and new to create an interior design cocktail that's easy, fun and whimsical."

August 07, 2008

I made ribbon, reluctantly

J Caroline Creative hired me to design some novelty ribbons for her store. I have to admit my first reaction was: "Uh, okay, but ribbons are stupid and useless." I had visions of teddy bears and ruffles and Precious Moments. But I took a stab at it and tried to think of things that would be cute and funny. Guess what. It was really fun. Here's the result. I still don't know what they're good for, so if you have an idea, please tell me. I'll put the link where you can buy them under each photo.

Get dachshunds here.

Get campers here. (This one is my fave. I want an Airstream!)

Get piggies here.

August 06, 2008

More fabric news

Caroline reminded me to tell you that the Modern Flora fabric collection is now in its second printing! So either my Mom bought a few thousand yards, or you guys helped out. Thank you! And... some new prints are on their way to the mill. When the printing date is scheduled, I'll give you a sneak peek. Should be any day now.

August 05, 2008

Thank you, Family Circle magazine

I was going to play it cool and pretend to be all jaded and professional-like, and not put this on my blog. But I'm too happy to resist. Look! A tiny picture of my fabric is in a magazine appearing in grocery check-out lanes and dentist's offices everywhere!

August 04, 2008

Mini canvases

Impulse purchase from the checkout counter at Blick: a pack of teensy little 2" x 2" canvases. Why is everything that's miniaturized so irresistible? Anyhow, I made them into magnets.

See? Aren't they cute?

After painting, I covered the back with self-adhesive paper and glued on magnets. These things weigh practically nothing, so they'd be easy to mail to someone. Or keep them and turn your fridge into a Smurf-sized art gallery. Dick Blick even sells tiny easels for them.

August 01, 2008

Free pincushion pattern

Heather Bailey has a fancy new website, and to kick things off, she's generously offering a free pincushion pattern you can download. If you'd like to make a little reupholstered tape measure to go along with that, check out this tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar.