In honor of Valentine's Day this week, I created these gorgeous throw pillows
that I am truly excited about, and wanted to share with you!
I'm sure you have seen the cute "Mr. & Mrs." pillows that newlyweds are gifted, or a new bride picks up from a local craft market to add some pizazz to a bedroom or seating area. Weddings are so wonderful and beautiful, and I just love that especially in 2018 each couple has an opportunity to express their love and commitment to each other in a way that feels special for each partner. Particularly in the LGBTQIA community, we tend to get creative and crafty in ways that really reflect what our particular love means for us. Though my partner and I are not yet engaged to be married, I thought- why not get in on the fun with these slightly cheeky throw pillows that look just fabulous on our bed!
The other day I was perusing one of my favorite thrift stores, Yesterday's News
in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, and discovered this very cool vintage
1970's iron-on "Ms." transfer for $6. I fell in love, and instantly came up with the idea
of these pillows. I continued to dig through the pile, crossing my fingers
that I would find a second transfer... and bingo!
The result was fantastic! I honestly can't believe how easy and beautiful these are!
DIY Vintage Transfer Throw Pillows
Iron on Transfer of your choosing
Ironing Board (or table with a towel)
6. Press your heated iron firmly on the transfer,
moving the iron back and forth, making sure all
of the transfer is in contact with the iron for
30 seconds. With larger projects, take this
one section at a time.
7. Wait for the transfer to cool entirely and slowly (I can't stress this enough- remember, these transfers can be quite old) remove the paper backing. I have had trouble with the paper cracking on me before. No need to stress- gently bend the fabric and if properly adhered, the paper will pop up from your decal for you to peel right off. If it
appears that your image has not properly fuzed itself to the fabric, hit it again with
the iron. If you need a barrier between the transfer and your iron because you have
already pulled the paper off, use parchment paper.
8. Fill with your inserts, toss on your bed or couch and enjoy!
Andrea and our pup Cashew lounging with the new pillows!!
The new year has arrived and I simply can not be more excited for 2018! In 2017 Lali Arts laid much of the groundwork for our upcoming launch in Fall 2018. We explored many new projects, worked with communities, met some amazing artists, activists and entrepreneurs. We learned, traveled, celebrated, grew and created, and shared some of these moments with you through our Instagram page- check it out below!
In Fall 2018 we will bring you the most fun, creative and useful arts and crafts kits we can create, delivered to your door monthly. We will continue to snap photos of our progress, and here on this blog share with you the amazing projects we have gotten up to over the years that we can't box, but really wish we could. As well as introduce you to some of the people, places and organizations that have made an impact on us. It's all in store in 2018 and I would like to take this moment to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, and to wish you all happiness and love in 2018!
The summer of 2017 was not the greatest for the ripening of tomatoes. August was chilly and overcast, and my dreams of making absurd amounts of pasta sauce to can and give as Christmas gifts remains just that- a dream. But for several months I have had a wonderful supply of something maybe even better... green tomatoes. Every time I have people over, I fry up a batch of these, and everyone is impressed. I came upon the recipe several years ago when I had a southern themed dinner party, and I had not a clue how to make fried green tomatoes. I had green tomatoes (I am sure this happened, though looking back I really can't figure out how I got my hands on the unripe fruit), an understanding of how to bread and fry things (thanks mom!), egg, oil and multigrain pancake mix. The tomatoes were an afterthought in a meal focused primarily on the beautiful pulled pork I had just learned to perfect, but the tomatoes ended up being a standout of the meal. When my friend Cat asked "these are fantastic- what makes them sweet? I have never had fried green tomatoes like these before." I accidentally created a new way to bread and fry the green tomatoes- and it really is delicious. The slightly sweet and deliciously crisped coating of the multigrain pancake mix contrasts wonderfully with the tart fruit and is so simple to make. I also decided to find a great go-to ranch dressing recipe to accompany the tomatoes, and found one so simple and versatile, I will be using it for years to come.
Fried Green Tomatoes