Hunger Games Lip Art

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This week, leading up to the Mockingjay, Part 1 opening night, I’ll share some Hunger Games themed finds and materials, including tutorials for a simple mockingjay logo felt silhouette and a shoulder bag.

One more post before tomorrow, this one a short and sweet one. Astounding Hunger Games lip art by Eva Senín Pernas:

Eva Senin Pernas Hunger Games Lip Art

Eva Senín Pernas.

Happy opening night, fellow Hunger Games fans!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Tutorial: DIY Shoulder Bag with Mockingjay Felt Logo

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This week, leading up to the Mockingjay, Part 1 opening night, I’ll share some Hunger Games themed finds and materials, including tutorials for a simple mockingjay logo felt silhouette and a shoulder bag.

 

DIY Shoulder Bag with Mockingjay Felt Logo

For the bag you will need:

mockingjay logo felt silhouette (see separate tutorial)

durable fabric; webbing or sturdy ribbon for the shoulder strap

measuring tape, pins, scissors (or rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat), sewing machine (or a hand needle) and thread

optional: decorative ribbon; iron and ironing board

This tutorial is for an unlined bag.

 

To cut the fabric and webbing:

Shoulder Bag Parts

  1. Cut two rectangles from the fabric: a large rectangle for the bag body and a small, narrow one for the edge binding (to go on the bag opening). The width of your rectangles should be twice the desired width plus 1” / 2-3 cm or so for seam allowances. Optionally, you can cut only one rectangle and hem the opening (like in this ikatbag tutorial) instead of using a separate piece as edge binding. I wanted a small, purse-sized bag. My pieces were approximately 14” x 8.25” / 35 x 21 cm for the bag body and 14” x 3 1/8” / 35 x 8 cm for the edge binding. This was enough for a finished bag 7.5” / 19 cm tall, 6.5” / 16 cm wide and 1.5” / 3.5 cm deep. I used up trouser fabric leftovers, which meant on one hand that my pieces were somewhat odd shapes and sizes, but on the other that I didn’t have to buy any materials.
  2. Cut a length of webbing (or sturdy ribbon) for the shoulder strap. Again, the length depends on your preferences. I measured the strap lengths on two of my favorite shoulder bags, averaged them up and added 2”-3” / 5-8 cm to arrive at 50” / 127 cm. This was enough for a finished strap length of 46” / 117 cm.

 

To attach the logo onto the bag body:

Mockingjay Bag Attaching Logo

  1. Lay the bag body piece down, right side facing up and the future bag opening away from you, and mark the vertical center with pins. This line will become the second “side seam” and help you to place the felt silhouette and the shoulder strap symmetrically.
  2. Lay the logo down on the bag body, moving it around until you find a good spot and pin the logo in place. You can also use a measuring tape or a ruler to gauge the placement of the logo. Optional: If you want to use any additional decorations on the bag body, this is a good time to add them. I sewed on my black and gold ribbon first and only then worked on the mockingjay logo.
  3. Sew the silhouette on. Start on the inside and work towards the outside, section by section. Go slowly, especially where there are narrow parts or protrusions. It’s a good idea to use short stitches, practice on a remnant first and check after each section that the logo still sits smoothly on the fabric, repinning if necessary, before moving on to the next section. I sewed 1/16” / 1-2 mm from the edge, and it seemed to work fine. I had to add a couple of hand stitches onto my mockingjay’s beak because I didn’t quite sew far enough with the machine. Optional: Iron the bag body piece from the wrong side of the fabric or through a pressing cloth before sewing the bag.

To sew the bag:

Mockingjay Bag Construction

  1. Fold the bag body in two along the vertical center line, right sides together. Pin and sew the bottom and side seams. Cut down seam allowances to a uniform width (e.g. 1/4” / 6 mm). Zigzag to prevent unraveling. Do not turn the bag right side out yet. Fold the edge binding piece in two, right sides together. Pin and sew the side seam. Make sure the finished width of the edge binding piece matches the finished width of the body piece.
  2. Make box corners for the bag bottom: Grab the bottom corner where the side and bottom seams meet, match the seams to create a point and pin. Mark a line perpendicular to the seam; sew along the mark. My seam was roughly 0.75”-1” / 2-2.5 cm from the point, but the depth of the box corners can be varied according to your preferences. Repeat on the opposite side, using the vertical center line in place of side seam. (Or make cut-out box corners like in this sew4home tutorial.) Turn the bag right side out.
  3. Slide the edge binding over the bag body, right sides together, aligning raw edges. Match side seams and pin the edge binding in place. Use several pins and make sure that the binding sits smooth everywhere. Sew around the bag opening to combine body and binding.
  4. Pin shoulder strap in place at side seam and vertical center line. Make sure that the strap is not twisted before pinning. Attach strap by sewing right on top of the seam combining body and binding. Optional: If you’re experienced, you can pin the edge binding and the strap on at the same time and attach both with one seam. That’s what I did, but I checked and re-checked (and re-re-checked) that they would line up correctly before putting a single stitch down.
  5. Fold in the remaining raw edge of the binding piece approximately 0.5” / 1 cm. Next, fold the binding to the wrong side of the bag body. Make sure to fold beyond the seamline combining the body and binding; pin in place. Use several pins. Measure to make sure that the binding strip is of even width throughout. Sew around the bag opening from the right side. You can disguise the seam by stitching in the ditch between bag body and edge binding pieces. This way, the raw edges of the bag body and strap will be hidden inside the tube formed by the binding, and the bag opening will look neat.
  6. Pin the shoulder strap onto the top edge of the binding piece at the side seam and vertical center line. Sew a reinforcing line along the top edge to attach the strap even more firmly.

The bag is now ready!

Mockingjay Bag

The details can be varied almost infinitely to make bags of different sizes, shapes and looks. Optionally, the strap or the bag body can be decorated with ribbon, fabrics of different colors or other patches, logos or appliques. You can even make a tote by cutting the long strap into two shorter handles instead and sewing them on the middle of the back and front panels. You can also make only the logo and handsew it onto a bag, shirt, jacket or a hat you already own.

Geeky Color Combos: Star Trek TOS Klingons

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You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

Klingons are a race from the Star Trek universe that have been through several iterations. Star Trek the original series kept their version of Klingons simple: basic humanoids with ample facial hair but without prosthetics, which would define Klingons in later series. Colorwise, the ST:TOS Klingons mostly wear black and gold.

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Screenshot from ST:TOS episode “Day of the Dove”. Wikipedia.

Like other dark hues, black can be a challenging color for interiors. Combined with gold (or other metals) it’s luxurious, however. For example, the library below is inviting and doesn’t feel claustrophobic because of the white ceiling and smaller amounts of white in the bookshelves:

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From the home of Mark Badgley James Mischka; via Elle Decor.

From the home of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka; via Elle Decor. Note how they included gold inside the chandelier shades and miniature trophy antlers on the walls.

Tweaking the wall color towards dark grey like in the photo below will create a similar impact with a little more light in the room. Instead, the ceiling and floor are painted black.

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Excerpt from the book Great Fashion Designers at Home; via The Aestate.

Excerpt from the book Great Fashion Designers at Home; found via The Aestate.

This next room is perhaps a bit of a stretch. The walls and ceiling are white, but the golden hardwood floor, the table lamp base, golden-hued mirrored cabinet and the leopard print armchair definitely nod towards a black and gold combination. And I just couldn’t resist including it because of the fur bedspread – it brings to mind Worf and Jadzia’s bedroom in Deep Space 9.

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From the home of Angela Dunn and Colin Radcliffe; via The Aestate.

From the home of model Angela Dunn and designer Colin Radcliffe; again, via The Aestate.

It’s especially easy to introduce black and gold with smaller accents:

Black Gold Decor Collage

Clockwise from top right: gold & black decorative pillow cover by CodyandCooperDesigns on Etsy; pencil holder by LekaArt on Etsy; Greek key end table from decorpad.com; black & gold print by Penny Paper Co.; and Art Nouveau style floorcloth by kate4decor on Etsy.

The combination of black and gold also makes a sumptuous look to wear:

Black Gold Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Tolani black gold paisley scarf from ilovethatgift.com; Metal Henri Flats by Christian Louboutin; Sony on-the-ear headphones; black nails with gold tips by unknown, via Anne Kyrouac on Pinterest; gold baby headband by PoppyBows on Etsy; Theia cocktail dress from Lyst; and Tom Ford men’s gold/black aviator sunglasses from Overstock.

P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.

Photo Pairings: Doctor Who

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I’m going to take a leaf out of blogger Holly Becker’s book and try photo pairings. Holly started with pictures of some floral fabrics and paired them with photos she thought were a good match to the pattern. I’ll try it with a geeky starting point.

This batch was inspired by Doctor Who. You can’t think of Doctor Who without thinking about certain iconic things like the Tardis…

Tardis Room

Left: Zir, via Wikipedia. Right: The Design Files, via decor8.

Left: Zir, via Wikipedia. Right: The Design Files, via decor8.

…the fourth Doctor’s scarf…

Doctor Who Scarf Leaf

Left: Traveling the Vortex. Right: Kent McFarland, via Audubon Guides.

Left: Traveling the Vortex. Right: Kent McFarland, via Audubon Guides.

…the other Time Lords…

Time Lords Gallifrey Room

Top: BBC, via katherine_b. Bottom: Charles Neal Interiors.

Top: BBC, via katherine_b. Bottom: Charles Neal Interiors.

…and Daleks (this one with tongue firmly in cheek):

Colored Dalek Outfits

Left: Doctor Who TV. Right: Rue Magazine Sept 2013.

Left: Doctor Who TV. Right: Rue Magazine Sept 2013.

That was fun! Anything you’d like to add?

Close Quarters: Medieval House in Modern Belgium

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Rooigem is a Belgian interior decoration and antiques company headed by Jean-Philippe Demeyer. Rooigem House was built in the Early Middle Ages as a moated courtyard house just outside Bruges. After being restored, it’s now both a home and place of business for Mr. Demeyer.

There is an abundance of incredible spaces. While the past is unquestionably there, it’s not overwhelming. Neither is the present, which asserts itself in the strong colors and bold motifs.

Tudor front door:

Rooigem tudorpoort

Tudor door. Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

Entrance porch:

Rooigem entrance porch

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

The north room:

Rooigem Chinese room

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

The orangerie:

Rooigem orangerie

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

The hall:

Rooigem The_hall

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

What makes these rooms stand out is the care with which Mr. Demeyer fills – or, strictly speaking, doesn’t fill – the areas: there is a pleasing amount of unclaimed space, rather like an art gallery. Additional oomph comes from the consistent use of massive historical and modern furnishings, fearless combination of old and new and, of course, the colors.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Color Combos: House Baratheon Sigil

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You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

House Baratheon is the royal house in Westeros at the beginning of George R. R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and the popular tv adaptation Game of Thrones. The house sigil is a rearing (or rampant) stag with a crown around its neck on a field of gold. The visual created for the HBO tv series is probably the most commonly seen version of the sigil, here on a cookie from the official online store:

HBO Shop Baratheon Cookie

House Baratheon Sigil Cookie. HBO Shop.

In heraldry, gold is often depicted with yellow. I will, therefore, include both gold-black and yellow-black combinations below.

The combination of gold and black is luxurious. It can also be overwhelming if overdone. Choosing a neutral background like white, cream or tan and using gold (or yellow) and black as accent colors will deliver just enough of a punch, but not a “Hulk smash!” – like in the white, yellow and black bathroom by Cerasa, for example:

Cerasa; image via Home Designing.

Cerasa; image via Home Designing.

This gorgeous library below by Jerry Jacobs Design actually uses both yellow and gold in addition to black:

Jerry Jacobs Design San Fran Library

Jerry Jacobs Design.

Sherri and John at Young House Love added red brick to the mix when they painted their front door, with great results:

Young House Love FrntDr-After-Straight

Sherri and John at Young House Love.

Apart from adding other colors, you can also tone down the intensity of the yellow towards softer shades, or substitute dark greys instead of black. Or, like in the living room below, use dark metals to incorporate black:

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Martha Stewart; image via Centsational Girl.

Smaller home accents work particularly well, since the amount of color will be limited:

Gold Black Decor Collage

Top row: Mini black with gold interior drum shade from The Accessory Store; custom knobs by Alison Brent on Etsy; color block pillow by Mazizmuse on Etsy. Center: Painted credenza by Kathy at Petticoat Junktion. Bottom row: tiger lily photograph by Audrey; gold and black garland by HoopsyDaisies on Etsy.

You can of course also carry the Baratheon sigil colors on you:

Gold Black Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Baratheon eye makeup by Thedethlands; fingerless gloves by Anna Richardson for The Yarn Cafe Blog; custom felted baby shoes by Shannon at The Kitty Pad; Kate Spade Rainey dress; tie from GentlemanJoe; Sears gold bowtie vest suit; Arkel backpack / bike pannier from Universal Cycles.

What do you think – a keeper combo or not?

P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.

Geeky Color Combos: Senator Amidala’s Coruscant Bedroom

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Geek out!, Inspiration

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

For the second post in the series, I chose Senator Amidala’s bedroom in Coruscant, seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This beautiful photo of the set comes from Wookieepedia:

Padme Amidalas apartment

Padmé Amidala’s apartment. Wookieepedia.

The main color is navy blue, with touches of white, tan/beige, pale aqua and gold. Navy and gold make an especially rich, lush combination. Besides pure gold tones, golden browns like tans work quite well with navy. Also light, warm wood tones like golden oak make a beautiful complement to navy.

Apart from the ubiquitous naval connotation, navy blue and gold can be found as event decor colors, especially for weddings. Below is a delightfully atypical wedding setup with navy and gold tones. It’s styled by Kimberly Watt at Petal Pixie and photographed by Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.

Hidden Forest Wedding

Hidden Forest Wedding. Styling & floral: Petal Pixie, photo: Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.

Navy and gold also make great base colors for present wrapping:

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.

The combination of navy and gold can be brought into interiors even in real life. Christy’s bedroom below introduces a little pale aqua, just like Padme’s:

Christy Grubbs bedroom

Christy Grubbs.

…and the bedroom below keeps to the color combo, but instead of the bedding, includes the tans and browns in the chair and rug:

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home; photo via Delight by Design.

Canadian House & Home; photo found via Delight by Design.

Padme’s bedroom has gold mouldings running from floor to ceiling reminiscent of a rib vault. In real life, moulding like that is rare, but you could introduce golden tones in other upright elements, like book cases…

Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse

Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse; found via Delight by Design.

Room by Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse; photo via Delight by Design.

…or curtains:

Chicago Homes & Garden

Chicago Homes & Garden; found via Delight by Design.

Chicago Homes & Garden; photo via Delight by Design.

In interiors, brass is an easy alternative to incorporate the color of gold without having to pay an arm and a leg. Just look at the cabinet handles in this navy kitchen:

Elegueller Arquitetos

Elegueller Arquitetos; photo via Eat Well 101.

Elegueller Arquitetos; photo via Eat Well 101.

Don’t forget the smaller touches:

Navy Gold Decor Collage

Top row: Moroccan pouf by fezart on Etsy and side table by Ashley at Dirt Stains and Paint. Bottom row: Moscow Lineposter Screen Print, Navy/Gold, by lineposters on Etsy.

…or wearables:

Navy Gold Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Toddler Baby Boy Bow Tie by StringfellowJane on Etsy; Koko Navy & Gold Geometric Maxi Dress from Lovedrobe; navy and gold speck nails by The Posh Polish; Script Designer Islamic Long Navy Tee from Artizara; Men’s Gold Moon Shirt by alittlelark on Etsy; Skullcandy 50/50 earbuds.

Any additional innovative uses of navy and golden tones? Please share!

P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.