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How I cleaned my Hunter rain boots

I bought Hunter rain boots about two years ago and I have to say, I love the quality of their boots because they have not failed me yet and do not look like they will fail any time soon. They are made of a quality rubber and also made from one piece of rubber, not two or more pieces glued together. In my opinion, that makes a difference because I’ve had other rain boots that have cracked or come apart from where the two piece were glued together which is usually close to the sole, making it pretty much useless because it will then leak water into the boot. In a city like Vancouver, a good rain boot is pretty much a staple because it rains all the time.

The only gripe about my Hunter rain boots was this so-called “blooming”:

Occasionally, you may notice a white powdery “bloom” on your Hunter rubber wellington boots. This is because rubber is a natural product and in certain conditions, insoluble particles may rise to the surface. This is a common process, characteristic of high quality, natural rubber and nothing to worry about.

This process does not affect the performance or durability of your boots.   A pristine finish and shine is easily restored with regular use of Hunter Boot Buffer, or Instant Boot Shine, available from good Hunter retailers, as well as from our online store.

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Ladies’ Crafting and Vintage Shopping Day, BEACH and NEWS!

Since posting about I Found Gallery a few weeks ago, there has been many outcries from friends asking me and S to take them to this store. Everyone wants their own necklace! So the ladies S, T, L (first mention), C and thekitchenslave headed down to Main Street where we could craft  our little hearts out.

As we stepped into the store, we were floored by how warm it was inside and were greeted by small hand held fans to use while shopping. Those were handy. Trying to help the girls pick out their trinkets as well as my own was difficult but fun (and hot!).

Here’s all the things we purchased. S is the only one to make a silver necklace.

All my materials for my necklace. Including 3 feet of gold chain, jump rings, two fish, two sailboat coins, two stars, and an anchor.

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I’d love for you to adorn my neck…

I think I love vintage watch faces…

For my new necklace, I had to have another watch face. I come to I Found Gallery and naturally gravitate to the beautiful vintage watch faces. Something about watches reminds me that someone with a history wore this watch years and years ago. And they always seem to remind me of my grandpa.

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We Found I Found Gallery

It all started with a hunt for this:

This is a envelope locket that we saw at the Got Craft fair we attended on May 2nd. We both liked it a lot but couldn’t find the heart to pay so much for it. I found this on the I Found Gallery online store so we decided to go to their store on Main to see if we could find it. We found so much more than just that locket. We didn’t even end up buying it! We spent 2.5 hours browsing through all the vintage but never used pendants, chains, stones, clasps, bracelets, buttons, even vintage clothes, bags and rugs. S and I were overwhelmed by how many beautiful things were in this store and our stomaches were grumbling so loud since we didn’t have breakfast. We walked away with DIY necklaces.

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Rip off my own jeans update!

So last post, i announced that i would rip my own jeans and show you guys what it looks like. i found a video on youtube that shows you how to distress your own jeans. here are the tools you need:

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  • pair of old jeans
  • hard object like a rock or bottle
  • pen knife or exacto knife
  • cheese grater
  • lint roller (my own suggestion)

this video is a pretty good tutorial of how to distress your own jeans and i referred to it myself when doing my own jeans. my jeans are an old pair of cropped american eagle jeans i bought at winners maybe two years ago for about $20. i wasn’t going to be too sad if i screwed them up. i wouldn’t experiment with any of my designer jeans. the lint roller is used to pick up all the little pieces of lint that will definitely be falling off when you are grating your jeans with the cheese grater. oh yeah, and be careful with the pen knife. it is definitely not a toy and definitely sharp or this might happen…

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the trick to it is to grate slow and not press too hard because you’ll just put a hole in the denim. if you grate slowly, you’ll get to the threads and they’ll still connect. here’s what the jeans  looked like before:

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and here’s what they look like now:

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my verdict is that you can not recreate the perfect rips that current/elliot make without spending over $200 for the real thing but my attempt was not bad. i’m going to be wearing mine proudly in the summer. i even have my own battle wound to show for my hard work. anyone else going to try to destroy their old jeans? show me your attempts!