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Green is good

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Green is good

I know it’s past St. Patrick’s Day, but to be honest, I don’t really care.¬† I have cute pictures of my kids and I intend on sharing them ūüôā

I decorated the kids’ shirts this year.¬† I got all of the shirts on a clearance sale at Walmart for a dollar and I already had the supplies to decorate them at home… Super Score!!¬† Each child has a different shirt.¬† Sporty, Pork Chop and Bubba all had freezer stenciled shirts and Short Stack had an appliqued shirt.

For Pork Chop’s shirt I did a freezer stencil of the words “Lucky Girl” and then added some polka dots with a sponge brush.¬† After it was dry I added little hand painted hearts to the center of each polka dot.

I appliqued a shamrock onto Short Stack’s shirt and then painted some gold fabric paint over the top of it.¬† When she wore it, she had braids with bows tied in them from the same fabric.¬† This is her “new” smile…¬† She said she’s trying to look “dreamy”.

Sporty is getting to the age where he doesn’t really like all the bells and whistles on his clothes so I just did a simple freezer stencil of the phrase “Pinch Proof”.

Bubba had a freezer stencil shirt that said “IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY” with the word “lucky” done in gold fabric paint.¬† He’s wearing a pair of seersucker pants I sewed¬† him last week (so proud of myself) from a tutorial I found on MADE.¬† It’s such a great tutorial and easy to follow!

One more picture and then I’m done… My husband asked me to sew him a kilt for St. Patrick’s day.¬† That’s just the kind of guy he is.¬† I have never sewn a kilt before, nor did I have a pattern for it.¬† I burned the heck out of my arm ironing pleats.¬† PLEATS PLEATS PLEATS!!¬† I am tired of pleats that is for sure!¬† Anyway, I think it turned out pretty awesome and I made sure not to remind him that kilts are Scottish and St. Patrick’s Day is Irish.¬† Why ruin his fun?

 

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!)

Oh, I have such grand designs!

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I am super inspired by my new favorite show- Top Design.¬† Yes, I am a Bravo channel junkie.¬† I watch Project Runway and I head to my sewing machine, I watch Top Chef and I am whipping up all kinds of glamor in the kitchen.¬† Now with Top Design, I have sketched out every main room in my house, and damn, they look great.¬† I find myself drifting towards the paint section in WalMart (don’t hate, you know you shop there too!) and I’m throwing together eggplant and steel grey, Tiffany blue and chartreuse.¬† I LOVE COLOR!!!¬† My husband and I finally dragged ourselves to Ikea (I LOVE IKEA!!!) and bought what I refer to as “the grown up bed”.¬† It’s not as if we were sleeping in a toddler bed before, but we did just have a stacked mattress set.¬† Now we’ve got a proper bed frame with a lovely rustic looking headboard that I just adore (I was going to say LOVE again, but that would just be going overboard… ) (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!)¬† Now I’m trying to find the perfect color for our walls.¬† Right now they are the most depressing shade of bright blue you’ve ever seen.¬† I want rich and fantastic and lush!¬† I’m kind of leaning towards deep chocolate browns with just a hit of sexy canary yellow in some of the accessories.¬† It sounds hideous, I know, but if you lived in my mind… well, no… you don’t want that.¬† You’d be trapped for eternity and go mad.

Will I post pictures of my fantastic room make over?¬† Don’t hold your breath.¬† We still don’t have a dresser so all our clothes are artistically folded and sorted on top of (drumroll please…) plastic bins.¬† LOVE IT!

So here is the challenge… I want to hear from you… I need design ideas.¬† The room is huge and empty with beige carpet.¬† Here’s the bed we have (not with those linens though).

IKEA's Aspelund Bedframe

IKEA's Aspelund Bedframe

Give me your ideas.¬† Send links with color palets.¬† I NEED INSPIRATION!!!!¬† Go check out the Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer for some color combo fun.¬† I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!