Monthly Archives: June 2009

Just a quick note…

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Sorry… I know I haven’t written anything in a while… I promise that by the end of this week there will be a new craft-tastic post!!!

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Dental Dismay

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Dentist.

 I bet you shivered just now, didn’t you? (and if you didn’t, check your pulse and make sure you are still breathing)

I HATE dentists.  Well, not dentists as people.  I’m sure most of them are very lovely.  If you are a dentist, in love with a dentist, married to a dentist, or know a dear sweet dentist, I meant nothing personal to any of them.  More specifically, I hate going to the dentist.  Just the gleam of the silver is enough to make me want to puke.  I literally feel my stomach rolling as I write this.  When I was 7 months pregnant I had to have a tooth pulled.  They couldn’t put me under because of my little passenger, and I had to just have a local.  I lay in the chair, shivering, with my earphones pressed tight in my ears… listening to the cd of music we gave to people at my wedding.  I kept turning it up louder and louder, but nothing would drown out the sound.  A single tear (one of those ultra dramatic ones) slid down my cheek and I was to scared to enjoy movie moment!  Well, I obviously survived, but I’ve been dreading any dealings with a dentist since. 

Well, the day has come, but thankfully not for me.  I had to call and make an appointment for my husband today for a “tooth emergency”.  Talking on the phone with the sweet receptionist, I thought I could keep my fear in check.  After all, I wouldn’t be the one sitting in the chair.  I wouldn’t be the one listening to the maniacal laughter as the dentist drilled mercilessly into my precious teeth (okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but please people… I have to be knocked out just to have my teeth cleaned!).  But sure enough, as we were discussing x-rays and fillings, my palms broke out in a cold sweat.  

Dentist.

oooooooooh….. shiver with me now!

It’s not about the money

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I am a ball of stress.  I have always been a ball of stress.  No matter the situation, I will find a way to stress about it.  Lately I’ve been stressing about money.  Sound familiar?  I bet you do the same thing from time to time, more so in our current economy.  Gas prices are creeping up again, groceries are more expensive, the rent or mortgage is due.  It is inevitably someone’s birthday, Christmas, anniversary, new baby… there is always something to spend the money on.  How do you sort through what’s important and what can wait?  How do you make the money stretch to the end of the month?  Do you really need that trip to the ice cream shop with the kids?  Why can’t your husband use a little less toilet paper every time he blows his nose?  Can’t we all just learn to love Top Ramen?!  These are the thoughts that race through my mind as payday arrives.  But do you know what?  It doesn’t matter!  NONE OF IT MATTERS!  The money is going to get spent on something.  The bills are going to keep coming.  My husband is still going to use a ridiculous amount of toilet paper to blow his nose.  I can’t change any of that!  What I can change is so simple it’s almost funny.  I can change ME!  I can change my need for tyrannical control over financial situations.  I can stop freaking out about the $10 we spent getting ice cream, because you know what?  That was an AWESOME day with my kids!

My husband and son

My husband and Bubba

My daughter and stepson

Short Stack and Sportie

Simple Screen Printing

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I’m always trying to find a new (inexpensive) way to craft, and I have fallen in love with the art of screen printing!  I was really intimidated at first… it seemed there were so many materials to buy, so many steps… but then I stumbled upon this post on Instructables.com showing a simple way you can screen print at home with just a few inexpensive items.  Here’s an example of how I made it work for me:

Materials

Materials

Materials:           

Pre-washed tee-shirt, onesie, fabric bag whatever!

Mod Podge Glue (find it at craft stores)

Embroidery Hoop

Fine mesh fabric (gauzy curtain fabric or nylons both work)

A pencil

A small paint brush

Fabric paint

Painter’s tape or masking tape

Small piece of folded cardboard (box tops work well for this)

 

1.  Doodle Time!  Some of you may want to print out an image from your computer, but I love doing little drawings.  In this case I took one of my favorite nicknames for my son (Booger) and drew it out on paper.  For this version of screen printing, you don’t want anything to intricate; clean simple lines work best.  I just drew out the word in block print on a piece of white paper. 

2.  Using an embroidery hoop and some cheap curtain fabric, I created a screen.  You can get embroidery hoops at your local craft or fabric store.  make sure you get a size large enough to contain your image, but not too huge.  While you’re getting your embroidery hoop, go back to the clearance fabric section and pick up a yard of gauzy window curtain fabric (this will be enough to make a few screens).  Some people use nylons for this step and that’s fine too, just make sure you have a small mesh fabric.  Stretch your fabric over the inner hoop and then put the outer  hoop on top, secure, tighten and stretch the fabric REALLY TIGHT!  You want it to be really taut. 

3.  Next it’s time to trace the image.  Put your screen face down on the paper, directly on top of the image.  Trace the outline of your image with a pencil.  When I initally wrote out the word Booger, I used thick lines and traced around these.

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4.  Get out your Mod Podge!  Turn your screen face up (your image will be backwards) and paint in and around your image, filling up all the negative space (the parts you don’t want the paint to go).  Take your time and make sure you cover it well.  It’s really important to make sure you cover everything you don’t want paint!  If you don’t, you’ll get little dots of paint in places you don’t want and you can’t remove the paint from the shirt.  In my case, I chose to have some tiny spots uncovered because I was going for kind of a “sneezed on”  look.  If you get glue inside your image lines, don’t worry… you can spot fix those areas later. 

5.  Drying time!  If you’ve got other things to do, just set your screen face up somewhere or even hang it on the wall!  If you have no patience (like me) you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

6.  After your screen is completely dry, get out your pre-washed tee-shirt and lay it on a table.  Make sure to put newspaper or cardboard inside to prevent paint from leaking through.  Place your screen, fabric side down, on your image (your image should be right side up now).  Double check that you have it right where you want it.  Tape around the image with painter’s tape or masking tape.  This will help keep the paint where you want it.  Weight down your screen if you need to (sometimes I just use the mod podge bottle and a water bottle laying against opposing sides).  Squirt some fabric paint onto the image.  You won’t need a whole lot of paint.  Using a small piece of folded cardboard like a squeegie, spread the paint around the image, making sure to get full coverage!  CAREFULLY lift the screen to reveal the image below!  Remember when I said not to worry if you painted glue where you didn’t want it?  Take a second to dip your paintbrush into the fabric paint and do some spot fixing if you need or want it.

7.  Set the shirt somewhere to dry (check the instructions of the fabric paint… most say 24 hours, but I found 12 is just as effective) and then go rinse off your screen in the sink… give it a good rinse to get all the paint off… and you can use it again!

8.  When you’re done watching paint dry (teehee!) place a piece of paper (paper bags work good) over your image and set your iron to medium-low.  Iron over the image for three to five minutes to heat set it. 

9.  Wear your one-of-a-kind tee-shirt and for pete’s sake… have someone physically restrain you from covering everything in your house with your D.I.Y. screenprints!

"booger" shirt for my son

"booger" shirt for my son

 

"Ponytail Girl" shirt for my daughter

"Ponytail Girl" shirt for my daughter

check out http://www.instructables.com/id/D.I.Y.-Screen-Printing/ for their version of the instructions (plus lots of other cool projects and ideas!)

Back on the horse that threw me

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Okay, so I’ve decided to start writing on my blog again… in fact, I’m picking up a lot of things again.  Getting back to being my crafty self, getting back to being my normal self.  I guess some time off from normalicy is to be expected.  After the loss of the baby we ended up having my stepson come and live with us.  Up until this point, he’s only visited and lived full time with his mom.  It’s been an adjustment for the entire family, but adjustments can be a good thing!  On top of all that, there is less of me to love now.  I’ve been working out every day and have already lost an inch in my waist!  I was listening to some old school “booty” music (as I like to call it) and thinking of my younger, less responsible days.  I wish that weight loss was an instant gratification process, like turning on the tv, but I’m actually motivated to do the work, so that in and of itself is exciting.  Well sports fans, if you’ve been missing my little posts in your life (and I know that you have!) tune in again, because I promise some new stories and thoughts… and even some new crafty bits.  If you just can’t get enough of me, you can now follow me on Twitter (I know what you’re thinking, but I just had to give in finally!!)  Look for me under the username spoonamongforks.

Toodles!