Sunday, April 29, 2012

First tutorial I ever done...

Faux screen printing! Soooo much fun!

What you need:
Reynolds Freezer Paper
Blank T shirt
Fabric paint
Iron and ironing board
Exacto knife
Self healing mat
Stiff sponge brush

How to do it:
Find a picture you like online (easier/less detail the better) or use a die cut machine to make your stencil. I used my Cricut to make Liv's stencils since I had more girly cartridges and I Googled Star Wars to find a clip art image the boys liked for theirs.

Once you have your image printed out, you will need to trace it onto the matte side of the freezer paper.
When you are done tracing, it's time to cut out your stencil. Use your exactly knife to cut on the lines you traced. Keep all the little pieces you cut out, you might need them in a minute.

Next, place the stencil on your shirt, shiny side down, where you want it. Use any of the cutout pieces for details if needed (like the inner cutout of letters). Make sure this is where you want it. With your iron on the cotton setting, lay your iron down in the center of your stencil. Then pick it up and lay in down all around the outside (this way you don't move the stencil if you rub the iron over it.)

Make sure your freezer paper is secure on all the edges you are going to paint over so you don't have any weird edges where the paint bled under. Now paint! Make sure you get a good even coverage of paint. Pay special attention to your edges so they come out even.

Once you are done painting, you need to peel off the paper VERY CAREFULLY! The paper has paint on it and if you aren't super careful as you peel it off, you will get paint smears in odd places.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now you are done!! Put the shirt somewhere flat and out of eager hands reach to dry for about 4 hours then it's ready to wear. Wash and dry like normal and you have a spiffy custom shirt!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Yeah, that sounds fun.....

Says the hubs to a frazzled, headache ridden me: let's take dinner to the lake. The boys have been wanting to go and we can do some fishing.

Sounds great right? Well, this is what goes through my head the second I hear fishing....

Sure! Let's go to the lake. You and T can relax and fish whilst I chase the blind kid and toddler from the water....both of whom like to go in seperate directions and are faster than a speeding bullet when there is something dangersous (such as a blind kid near the lake, or even an 18month old hear the lake) to get into!

Yeah, that sounds like fun. I love relaxing evenings with my family.

True story.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's Been a While Old Friend

Yes, yes it has. It's like I have 3 kids and a crazy life going on or something! Well now to catch up.

Theron is in Kindergarten now and L.O.V.I.N.G. it! So much so that he doesn't want to have the weekends off. I have had to explain to him that he might not want it, but his teacher NEEDS the weekend to recoup! Haha! It also helps that his little girlfriend of TLC is in kindergarten there too this year! He's at the Harmony charter school and I couldn't love it more. They hold the kids to a high standard of behavior, respect and acedemics. They are literally preparing kids to go to college from kindergarten.

Lukas is in PreK again this year and at another new campus. Long story short, I was told to enroll him online since he was a returning student, but since he was going from PPCD to regular PreK, I was actually supposed to enroll him as a new student. So, he ended up at the campus that had an opening for him. I guess it worked out since he's at the home campus for his VI and O&M therapists. After a few weeks of rough drop offs, he is finally comfortable with being left at school for a couple hours. He is also getting more therapy time this year. He is learning his braille letters now and continues to learn great mobility skills. He is so proud of his walker (a pre-cane) and loves using it. One of these days when he realizes his cane isn't a sword or light saber or bat, he'll get a regular cane to use. Silly kid!

Liv, she's a monkey baby! She loves to climb on EVERYTHING now! She is almost 11 months old and I absolutely can't believe it! She is cruising along anything that will hold her up and takes a couple steps here and there, but since she's the princess, she hasn't had to learn to walk since she's carried around everywhere. :) She has a lot of hair now, enough for super cute bows and flowers, but now she knows how to pull them out so I'm learning to deal with that disappointment. She doesn't like it when the boys are at school and I think the highlight of her day is when we go pick them up. She just babbles to them non stop when they get in the car! She can wave (when she wants to) and is saying Mama, Dada, Dog Dog and she's really trying to say Bubba. She's such a happy baby and doesn't stop smiling. She is definitely the family favorite right now and we will all admit it!

Life is still going on for Kurt and I. He is getting his school paperwork done so he can finish up his last year and a half for his degree. Geology/Construction something or other. Terrible wife, I know, but at least I have an idea of what it is! I'm working on building up my Melaleuca business and it's going really well and I just got hired to be a Poppyseed Project Teacher for TX! Both are things that give me something for me to have fun doing and get paid, so I'm happy I get to help contribute to our finances.

I have been sewing a few things lately too and about to work on a really fun quilt for a really good friend of mine. I made the quilt and bumper pads for my new nephew and a couple quilts for a friend of my mom. I will eventually post pictures on this entry! I'm terrible about taking pics though! I need a little camera to keep in my pocket so I am not always using my phone camera. One of these days. :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Use Your Words

I just entered this into a contest for a sewing/embroidery machine! I love how it turned out and it's going in the boys room tomorrow :) I used this saying since it's something we've been saying to the boys since they were babies. We read the "Guess How Much I Love You" book to them at bedtime and Kurt even got me a necklace for my birthday this year in the shape of a crescent moon with this saying on it. I hope you like it as much as I do!!

Crafting is my new addiction...... sorry honey.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New to Debut

...............but not just yet! :)

A little hint. Something brown and something blue, something homemade just for you!

Yeah, I'm sewing something fun! Well, when am I not sewing something fun??

I can't wait to post pictures though. I have about 5 projects I need to get to work on and another 3 projects I need to start on! One is a baby shower gift for a great friend, another is a baby quilt for a friend of my mom's and another is an embroidery piece to enter a contest for a new sewing/embroidering machine by this weekend! (Just the embroidery one by this weekend- I would like to say it's kind of overwhelming, but I can't lie! I love being busy sewing and crafting. Kurt has his golfing and I have my crafting. Why did we have to both pick expensive hobbies? At least I can sell mine (if I wanted to, and I do....eventually.....down the road.......someday.)

Anyway, here a few pictures to go with my many projects I am working on!
Just part of the embroidery project.

 An idea for the baby shower gift (will customize and add some other cute pink stuff!)

 (finished pics coming soon)

 For Lia and Will

 Yes, finishing the rest of Liv's stuff still. Yes she's almost 7 months old (holy cow!!!!)

 Susie and Charles

 Aaaaaand last but not least, Monkme needs surgery to reattach his arm.