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A co-worker requested that I create an announcement and sign-up sheet so that we can share yummy things on Valentine’s Day.  Some well placed washi tape finished off the design 🙂

If you might be thinking that a buffet of confections sounds like a good idea too, below is a PDF download of the 11 x 17 announcement and the 8.5 x 11 sign up sheet.

 

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The announcement PDF can be found here.  lz-vd11x17

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And the sign-up sheet is here.  lz-vdsignup

 

 

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You use a glass mirror to see your face;
you use works of art to see your soul.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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One man’s trash is another man’s art! 
Urban up-cycle this discarded mirror using a laser and spray paint!
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This mirror design was created using an Epilog laser.  The mirror finish was removed from the back by the raster function of the laser, then spray paint was applied to add color. 
Next the front of the mirror was etched with the laser to add depth to the piece. 
These effects can also be achieved using a sandblaster and masking film.
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Here’s some photos of the process.
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It all started with this discarded mirror.
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Then my design created in Corel Draw.
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A template was cut in cardboard to hold the mirror.
This insures that the mirror is placed into the laser in the exact place each time.
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The back of the mirror now complete with the raster removal of the mirror finish.
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Ta-da! 
The mirror finish has been removed via the raster function of the laser and the clear glass shows when viewed from the front.
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The front side of the mirror was etched with the laser.
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Cool technique spoiler alert! 
Use a combination of vector cutting, to achieve a hairline around the border frame image, then use the raster function to give the appearance of etched glass. 
The cut vector is sparkly… oohhh, aaaah!
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Final check inside the frame to view placement.
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Next, painting of the lattice frame.  Spray paint is your best friend! 
Two colors of paint for the frame. 
Lighter to the inside, darker to the outside.
I didn’t wait for dry time because I wanted the colors to mix, and they did, creating a really nice ombre transition.
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Bronze glaze after the paint dried worked like a champ to give the paint some depth.
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Paper tape is applied to cover the mirror surface so that the spray painting can be masked and done in stages to allow for different colors.
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The paper tape is peeled away to reveal the next part of the design to receive a different color of spray paint.
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Have I mentioned how difficult it is to get decent pictures of a mirrored surface? 
The colors are teal, black and brown.
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The final project!
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“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

 

This is the last sale of the year and just in time for all of your holiday projects!

Use the Coupon Code woolofbat15 to save 30% off your order at

7 Yaks Design.

Expires October 31, 2015

Summer is perfect for getting your dye on!

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Materials List:

Black plastic garbage bags
Large mason jars (or gallon freezer Ziploc bags)
White vinegar
Acid dyes
Protein fibers, including silk

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Adding heat to your kitchen in the summer doesn’t make a lot of sense but that doesn’t mean you have to abstain from dyeing.  Summer sun, even on a mild day, is plenty hot for dyeing.  If a glass jar isn’t getting the temps you want then a black garbage bag will assist, or even putting the dye containers in a closed car in the sun will get the job done.  Some who use solar dyeing swear by leaving it out for a few days to get the maximum color possible.

I dye in bulk so my batches usually consist of 2 lbs of fiber per dye bath.  It’s also the maximum fiber weight for a 1/2 ounce of Jacquard dyes, and most other dye sources.  I co-mingle my fibers too, anything that will accept a dye with vinegar as the mordant can go in the same color dye.  It’s much more efficient when you desire to dye multiple fibers.

As a test to see if the dye bath is done, I always check to see if the water is clear in the container with the fiber.  If the fiber to dye ratio is appropriate, the dye bath will exhaust (meaning the dye absorbed completely into the fiber) and you will see clear water around the fiber.

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This is a great pattern for a self striping yarn and using up your stash!

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This hat is made with 1 skein of Noro Kureyon or Taiyo yarn with novelty yarns added for pizzazz.  This is a great pattern for using bits in your yarn stash if you’re not using Noro or another self-striping yarn as the base yarn.

Materials:
Size US 7 needles
Crochet hook

Directions:
Cast on 25 (child size) 40 (adult size) stitches with size 7 needles.

Row 1 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 4 Purl
Row 5 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
If you wish to use novelty yarns, add to rows 6 – 12 of each section.
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 12 Knit

Repeat rows 1 – 12 seven times (14 sections) for child size and nine times (18
sections) for adult size.

Finishing:
Bind off stitches. Pick up 60 (80) stitches along bottom edge to add hat rib. Knit 2, purl 2 rib until desired length and bind off.  Sew side seam. Weave strong yarn through stitches at top of hat and pull to gather tightly into chocolate kiss shape.

If desired, use bits of yarns incorporated into hat to make pom pom to add to the crown of the hat.

Here’s a PDF download of the Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern:

Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern
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“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

 Halloween Sale - Blog big

This is the last sale of the year and just in time for all of your holiday projects!

Use the Coupon Code woolofbat to save 30% off your order at 7 Yaks Design.

Expires November 15, 2014

Get festive this Halloween – add a fun and stylish skull to a scarf.
If you’re like me, skulls are fun to wear any time!

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Scarf blanks are 6 inches x 6 feet long in super soft polyester.

scarf blank

If you haven’t needle felted on fleece yet, Craft E Magee has a great tutorial to get you started!

skull tutorial

If you want to play around with a simple design, needle felting some yarn or roving is always a great start.

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Here’s a free PDF stencil to print and cut with an X-Acto knife to create your own scarf!

 

Skull PDF

Skull PDF

 

PUMPKIN SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!

Pumpkin drinks and products are showing up at the grocery stores and all the coffee shops are serving pumpkin lattes. 

If yopumpkin spice all the thingsu want to save a few bucks, making your own pumpkin dog treats is really easy!

 Here are 4 reasons to add pumpkin to dog treats, or canned unsweetened pumpkin, to their food:

  1. Whether your dog has the splatters, or she’s bound up like a straitjacket, pumpkin is the answer to her digestive woes.  Canned pumpkin is very high in fiber, which can help bulk up your dog’s loose stools or soften her hard ones.  And since dogs tend to love the taste of pumpkin anyway, it should be easy to get your pooch to take this “medicine.”
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  2. Fiber isn’t all that pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.  Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog.  That’s not too shabby for a treat that your dog probably will think is a delicious indulgence anyway.snoopy
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  3. Even if your dog isn’t in digestive distress, pumpkin makes a fine addition to his meals, adding bulk and fiber without a lot of extra calories.  Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, so yours may gobble it down not only willingly, but eagerly.  You can feed him the same amount of food while replacing some kibble with pumpkin instead, thereby filling his belly and reducing caloric intake, a good strategy if your dog needs to lose a few pounds.  I find it’s nice to change up pumpkin with plain green beans so they don’t get bored when on a diet.  Heck, I get bored being on a diet, it’s always my downfall!
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  4. There is some evidence to suggest that pumpkin seeds are beneficial for urinary-tract health.  The oil of pumpkin seeds is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which may be good for urinary health, among additional nutritional benefits.  Pumpkin seeds are also rich in many of the vitamins and minerals described earlier, so even if the connection to urinary health is hooey, pumpkin seeds are still a doggy superfood.

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This wheat-free peanut butter pumpkin recipe from the Doggy Dessert Chef is fabulous!wheat-free-peanut-butter-pumpkin

 

Check out all of the free dog treat recipes at Bullwrinkle!  There are over 185 dog treat recipes on Pinterest too.

7 Yaks Design is having a 25% OFF stock up sale until July 15th with coupon code TDF2014!

The spinning world is brimming with conversations about Tour de Fleece again this year!  TDF, as the event is often referred to in virtual spinning communities, was first organized in 2006 by Star Athena, a spinner, knitter, and designer based in Portland, Oregon.

The idea is to set a spinning-related challenge for yourself and work toward your goal each day that the Tour de France cyclists ride.  The event has grown each year with over ten thousand spinners taking part.  The Ravelry Tour de Fleece group alone has thousands of members, and hundreds of spinning teams have formed.

TDF 2014

This year, competition begins on Saturday July 5th and will end on Sunday July 27th.  It has been great hearing all the different ways in which spinners are using the event to work on techniques or tackle long-coveted projects.  The official concept is “Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have Fun.”

I hear many spinners say that rather than work on a specific project, they simply challenge themselves to find time each day to sit at their wheels. TDF allows spinners, en masse and in high spirit, to identify what parts of their spinning life they want to improve.  And for some of us, that simply means making time for something that has been lurking on the horizon, just out of reach.

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