Surfer Gifts: Charitable Donations

Nothing says, “Bro, let’s just go surf already!” more than a donation to some surfing related charity. So, if you’re that kind of dude, here’s a few good Surfy Charities to help you make that random choice, brah. It’s ALL good.

Surfrider Foundation

Starting with the obvious one. This surfer-founded group has become a significant player in the world of environmental non-profits. I was involved with it here locally about 10 years ago, but I felt too much focus Nationally (or Internationally) was on getting surfers adequate access to beaches, and the coastal pollution was ignored. However, it seems lately they’ve started to realize there are much bigger issues to focus on, as many beaches have become too toxic to surf anyway. It’s worth a second look, and a charity ranking site recently gave it a high score. Bonus: They’ve pretty much got an online mall so you can send along some schwag with the donation. I may have to sign up again, just for this Frisbee.

501(c)(3), Tax Deductible? Yes

Surfers Helping Kids

This is a charity founded by two surfers here in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Lots of surfers love to travel to Central and South America to surf the hot breaks there, but few take the time to give back to the local communities. I like this charity since there’s not much overhead- just donations, and a “grass roots” effort to give back to the local communities where the surfers visit. They’ve already helped children in El Salvador on recent trips, with plans to do more soon. Agape in Action is their tagline. Yes, you can get a t-shirt here too, brah. Bonus: If you wear the t-shirt on your next surf trip to El Salvador, the local kids won’t wax up your car windows. Just kidding. Wink wink.

501(c)(3), Tax Deductible? Yes

SURFAID

This non-profit helps local communities near prominent surf spots throughout Indonesia. It boasts surfing celebrity supporters like Kelly Slater and Bethany Hamilton in addition to many other professional surfers. Indo is a super popular spot for surfers worldwide, and SURFAID largely came about from concerns some surfers had about the locals’ conditions. While the surf breaks were beautiful, local life was not, so they came together to give back. Bonus: If you give a crazy amount of cash, you can get your bro’s name on their Tribe List. Or you can just get a t-shirt. This one’s pretty cool.

501(c)(3), Tax Deductible? Yes

So, give a charity a chance- just try to make it a legit one….

Beaded Jellyfish Necklace

Ok, so I’m a girly surfer chick even though I’ll dabble with the power tools in the garage, and that’s…okay.

I tell myself this all the time

So, I’m going to totally plug my friend Karen’s surf wear company, Salty Sista Fun Wear. She uses some of the profits from the company to help shelter animals, which I think is awesome. She and her partner FLEW pet supplies and water filters (they rented a small plane!) into Puerto Rico to help support the Hurricane Maria disaster. Woo Hoo!

I recently I picked up another cute top from Salty Sista that had a jellyfish that my supa talented surfer chick friend Sandra Goodwin drew- it’s really beautiful. So I made a simple beaded jellyfish necklace to wear with it! Schweet.

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Supplies for the Jellyfish Necklace:

  • 11/0 Miyuki seed beads, in silver plated and pink shades to match the jellyfish motif for the necklace
  • 15/0 Miyuki seed beads, in pink shades, to make the jellyfish tentacles
  • A flat button or a somewhat flat piece of drilled seaglass, for the body of the jellyfish (get two and make earrings!). For this, I used a drilled flat bead made from recycled soda bottle glass. But, a plain, everyday button can certainly work.
  • Nymo thread, an extremely strong type of nylon beading thread (I usually use Size D)
  • Size 15 needles (since this project uses tiny beads)
  • Wire guards or French wire, keeps the thread from rubbing against the metal findings)
  • Fireline OR fishing line. If you can recycle any fishing line you have, it’s the same stuff as craft store Fireline (for necklace only)
  • Clasp, jump rings, or earring hooks, depending on if you’re doing a necklace or earrings

My supplies

Looping the thread through the wire guard and the glass bead

I threaded on random pinkish beads for the first tentacle

I threaded on an 11/0 bead as a stopper, then started back up the line of 15/0 beads

I kept making tentacles, 7 in total, random in length. I made sure to secure all knots with jewelry glue

Using Fireline and 11/0 seed beads to make the necklace

The completed necklace

With my new shirt

I really like how it came out like a mini tassel, which is a super popular look right now, so that works. Sorry for the lame modeling photo- I hope Salty Sista doesn’t mind, but it is my freakin’ shirt now, ya know….

Yeehaw!

Surf Tee Patio Pillows

I just got a nice little molded plastic setup for my patio a few days ago. Although I like the Adirondack style chairs (very popular here in Florida), sometimes I don’t want to sit all the way back in the seat like I’m ridin’ dirty. A small back pillow would help once in a while when I need to reach the table easier.

I was given this t-shirt a while back (no, I was never part of any surf team, ha!). Stix by Dix is a classic local shaper around here who makes some beautiful boards I wish I could afford. But, at least I have the t-shirt.

Can’t really wear it, can I?

 

So, I made something fun with it with some crazy printed Sunbrella fabric I picked up on clearance that has some of the same colors. This fabric is excellent for outdoors, since it holds up to lots of sun, heat, and general outdoor wear.

Using Heat-N-Bond, I essentially turned the t-shirt’s logos into iron-on stickers. I even traced one of my fins on the rest of the blank area to make a big fin iron-on appliqué that I also embroidered with some crazy rainbow filament thread.

Love my Rotary Cutter and metal straight edge

 

After the Heat-N-Bond was fused to the logo’s back, I traced out where I was going to cut

Used my fin to trace out a shape on the blank t-shirt part

Ready to iron on


Even though most of these fusible are permanent (even in the wash), I always like to sew around the edges just to make sure.

Ready to sew the edges

 

Might as well use it

Front of the pillows

So I made these into envelope style pillow cases, with no zipper to fuss with on such a small pillow. I used washable pillow inserts too, so I can throw the things into the wash since they’ll need it, being outside.

Pinned the heck out of it, sewed the perimeter, then turned it inside out

 

Done!

I should work at freakin Rooms 2 Go

Nice thing too, these square little pillows should fit perfectly in my schweet new pimpin’ boat:

Don’t hate

Trying Out Spoonflower.com Fabric for Surfing 

It’s amazing all the various crap you can put a digital image onto now. And for fairly cheap. It used to be limited to posters, cards, keychains, and mugs at your Office Depot. Now, pretty much anything with a surface can be etched or covered with a digital image, and you don’t need to pay for a run of 5000 units to get a custom one made.

Spoonflower is yet another company in a growing market that specializes in using digital photographs to create customized fabric prints. This isn’t an endorsement, just a review of my own thoughts about the trend and their fabric, so it’s just info for ya. Yep, I paid for the stuff myself. Boo.



Love this, my 6’8″ Neilson Blue Hawaii Elvis

I’m really interested in this type of service, since fabric inlays are done all the time on custom surfboards. In fact, I have some Elvis fabric (purchased at Graceland- the Holy Zone- many years ago) glassed into a 6’8″ Neilson. Wouldn’t it be cool to pretend I’m a real photographer and have MY wicked awesome pic glassed into my next surfboard?? Neato. In fact, Swaylocks.com had some discussion on this topic a while back about printing on custom fabric for use in surfboard designs and art.

I wanted to try this digital fabric printing company out for myself. When I noticed they had not only a variety of cottons, but Lycra available to be printed on, that’s when I knew what I wanted my next surfy project to be.

I used this photo of some beautiful orchids from the Florida Keys my friends got me as a gift a while back. I wanted the Lycra to have a black background, so I did a dark vignette filter on the pic.

Original photo I took

Did the vignette filter on my iPhone, nothing fancy pants

The design upload and selection was pretty easy, and I sized the pic to be tiled onto 1 yard of fabric. One yard with shipping came out to around $35, so it wasn’t THAT cheap. But, relatively speaking, it’s not so outrageous compared with the cost of printed Lycra swimwear these days. I just hoped I wouldn’t mess up sewing, or this would get VERY expensive.

The yard came with a nice wide border around it

The fabric arrived in just a few days. I was happy with the heavy weight of the Sport Lycra. I did wash it twice in the laundry- on its’ own- to ensure no problem with color bleeding. I didn’t notice any fade after these initial washes.

Closeup of the tiled image

In my next post, check out what I made with my yard and if it held up to my style of surfing!

Bieber!!!! Shreddin’ gnar

Say It Like You Mean It…Woo Woo

I will admit I’m a total kook. I don’t surf well consistently, I don’t look before I take off, I wipe out in front of people, etc. I’m a general hazard in the water to all who dare enter it. Even the sharks worry about getting nicked by my fins (that why this worked so well).

To celebrate this fact, I decided to make my own supa cool surf cred t-shirt. I started imageout with a blank one that was a medium blue, not really light or dark. And I washed the heck out of it. On hot, with the towels, no fabric softener. I actually put it through three cycles before even starting my little project. These t-shirts always have sizing all over them, so it’s best to get rid of any of that before trying to iron anything on to the shirt.

I found some iron on printable sheets at the craft store, containing 5 iron on transfers for light fabrics, and 5 for dark. I wanted to experiment with this, so I decided to use the transfer for light fabrics just for fun. This means I will need to mirror flip my image once I complete my edits.

imageFor a background, I decided to use a collage I made years ago using collected surf stickers, wood, and paint. I used my Scanner Pro app on my iPad instead of taking a pic, because I thought it would make it a bit sharper, even bring out some of the texture better.

I brought the image into the scanner app, adjusted it a bit using the controls to make sure the logos were fairly distinct.

I also wanted to make sure the colors were pretty strong as well, knowing that I’m using a light fabric transfer.

Next, I imported the scan image into ANOTHER app called Over. This is a pretty neat imageprogram that has a lot of cool fonts you can superimpose over photos. I chose one that was kind of stencil-y looking and used a deep blue. I did fade the background just a touch to make the font stand out, but kept the strong colors.

Like a Rube Goldberg device, I finally brought the image into iPad’s Pages, resized  the image to 8 1/2″ by 11″ size, and flipped the image backwards. I then printed it out on my HP Envy, which is an InkJet printer. I knew I kept it around for something.

I put the shirt on a hard stable surface (my cutting table), with a small square of cotton fabric covered wood in-between the front and back layer of the shirt, then ironed on high the front where I was going to place the iron-on. After ironing for a few seconds, I laid the iron-on printed side down and quickly began to iron back and forth over the sheet pressing down hard, making sure I really got the corners. It takes a few minutes to get the iron-on hot enough to melt into the shirt. Just keep moving the iron, and press down HARD.

Don’t wait too long to peel off the backing- if you try to peel it cold, it will be a mess. I thought the light transfer had a neat-o effect on the blue shirt!

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I wanted to vintage up the shirt a bit, so I got out a little 220 grit sandpaper in the garage and scratched some of the sheen out of the iron on, then sanded up the seams a bit for X-tra cred.

Kookarific kiddos!

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