1.31.2012

Fabric Silhouette Tutorial


 I want to do a grouping of fabrics displayed in embroidery hoops with Owen's silhouette being the centerpiece.  These will go into his room.

If you do not want to make one but still want one for your home or as a gift, you can contact me to make one for you.

Items needed:

Embroidery hoop
Digital photo of a person in profile or a photograph
Fabric for the hoop and for the silhouette
Fusible web
Printer
Marker
Fabric marker
Pins
Scissors

1.  Take your digital image, preferably in black and white to help save colored ink, and open it in your preferred photo software.  I am using Gimp, a free software.   Go to Image -- Scale Image.  Select Inches, and press on the paper clip looking thing.

 Press on the paper clip looking thing so you can set your own dimensions. Mine is the blue circle next to inches.


Set your desired dimensions, and hit Scale.

Your image should look like this.


Go to print and preview your image.


This is what my image looks like on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.



2.  Print your image, and check the size with your embroidery hoop.


3.  Trace your image with a marker, and cut it out.



4. Pin your image to your fabric.  Trace it with a fabric marker, and cut it out.



5.  Pin your silhouette to fusible webbing.  Cut it out leaving about an 1/8" around all the edges.  Follow the directions according to your fusible webbing to adhere the silhouette to the main fabric.


6.  Place fabric in embroidery hoop and trim the edges. 

Enjoy!

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1.30.2012

weekend roundup

 It's really not my goal to share with you every Monday what I did over the weekend, but these past few weeks I actually did something. :)
This weekend:
1.  I took a shower and did my hair and makeup.  Big accomplishment.
2.  Held a crafting party.
3. Worked on Owen's little table to go next to the rocking chair. 
4. Took a 2 hour Sunday nap.
5. Shopped at a local thrift store.

And though all of this was really thrilling, I think #2 and 5 are at the top of my list . . . okay, add #4 since that doesn't happen often.

Let's look at a few pictures! . . . and a video that I hope "E" will not hate me for posting . . . on YouTube

So here's Owen helping me sand his log table.  I have two of these already at my house.  When we moved into the house in 2008, the first thing we did was cut down our two dead trees in the backyard.
I told Matt I wanted to keep two of the logs, and he gave me this funny look.  We have been using them as stools for our back deck (free seating!).  Well, I pulled one of them into his room to rest books and toys on, and it has been there for the last few months.  I am swapping it out with the taller pine log that someone chucked into the woods in our neighborhood months ago.  It is fully dried out now, and now I am contemplating what I am going to do with the log.  Paint it?  Stain it?  Polyurethane it?  Mod Podge the heck out of it?  Au naturale?  Put stickers on it?  Crochet it? I will have to sit on this one for awhile.  No pun intended.
 Okay, I swear we are not a dirty family (me no showers, continual pics of Owen dirty).
You see, it was 68 degrees in Dec!!!!!  That meant a shirt and diaper day, so Owen played in the dirt and with water while I sanded the log. 


I think this log has potential, and it was free!  I know not all free things are good, but I am sure I can make this work.  And if not, it was free!!  Back in tha woods it go.  Sorry, I was itching for poor grammar.  I am in the south.


Okay, let's cue the angels for this next picture.  I scored some good stuff for $22 total.  I love shopping at thrift stores, and I have become to love it even more (on a scary level) now that I am trying to work with a budget this year.

What I got:
1 Caboodles  HECK YEAH!!  I had one of these growing up, so I was excited to spot this one.  It will now hold all my sewing notions.  $2
1 Coral J. Crew skirt.  I love the fabric.  The picture doesn't do it any justice.  $5
1 awesome square frame shadow box with a ROUND mat!  I love it!!  And the art work in it is hilarious!  $8
2 square frames $3 each
1 pair of girl's Minnie Mouse Crocs $1  (um, $1??  Maybe I'll have a girl someday.  Do you ever play that mind game?)



Are those not adorable????


This next picture is actually for Danny.  She thinks she's not a great cake decorator, but I've got her beat.  It was really good though, so don't let that poor frosting fool you.


My birthday was awhile back.  I hosted a birthday/craft party.  It was so much fun, and we stayed up too late!  These are the ONLY three pathetic photos I got for the night.  Another confirmation that I suck at taking photos.


 I wish I had taken photos of what everyone was doing, but I didn't even think about that until typing this post.  M made cut outs for a heart attack project.  H made a fabric ball to hang in her son's room.  She's doing the rainbow, and she feels she may have been a little overzealous :)  R made a rosette ball.  R crocheted.  M made magnets.  E made a felt watermelon for her felt food collection.  I really should have gotten a picture of it because it turned out so well!!  E and E chatted since they are not the crafty type, but they still love me. 

O and I made the Rainbow Drops I pinned awhile back.  I don't know what she is doing with hers, but mine is going in Owen's room.  This is O's work.  I sat across from her, which is why the pic is upside down.  You will get to see mine once I glue everything down.

R did capture the last bit of E singing the intro to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I'm not sure how we got on the subject of The Fresh Prince.


And lastly, I am sharing with you my chicken painting.  Most of you may not have remembered my post on chickens back in October.  Well, I completed it within a few days of that post with the exception of touching up some things.  I just have not shown it to you for several reasons.  It is in Owen's room but not hanging up.  After putting up the pallet wall, I have come to the conclusion my chicken art will not reside in his room.  I fear the room will look too country bumpkin, if I hang it up.  Plus, I am dreading hanging it up.  It is heavy.  It is plywood.  A large piece of plywood.

Well, here is the final product.  I still need to retouch some of my lines, but other than that, it is done.


 Here is the painting by Sugarboo that inspired me.


I hope to have a craft up this week.  I get in these moods where I have to do something crafty, even if it is small.

Did you have a good weekend?  Did you do anything fun?

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The winner of the fat quarter bundle can be viewed here. From now on, winners will be announced on the original giveaway post.

1.27.2012

Fabric Friday {frumafar}

frumafar is an Etsy shop that features Japaneses designers.  They do not have a large selection of fabrics, but sometimes quality surpasses quantity.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!











Have a wonderful weekend!  I am hosting a little get together with girlfriends and working on a stool for Owen's room.  (And it was free!)  His room is almost completed.  I finished up his pallet wall this week, and I loved how it turned out.  It's so nice and cozy with a touch a rustic. 
 
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1.26.2012

Etsy {Absence}

Oh how I missed thee! I've been pretty busy with home projects that I haven't shared an Etsy post in awhile. Like over a month! I love my Etsy posts because it's like I am shopping without guilt. But of course there's no product on my doorstep :( There's no theme to this particular post like I normally do. I'm just sharing with you some things I have added to my favorites recently.



*Some items may have sold.

StarBags
MeshuMaSH
boardstiff
inhauspress
elementclaystudio
The Lonely Heart
ThreeBirdNest

lovemaude
jennarosehandmade
kathi roussel
wander sketch
Lickety Cut

upintheairsomewhere
StudioMaMae
EmilydeMolly

Corrieberrypie
NANCY LOVE SOME Leah Duncan
uncommon

If you haven't entered my giveaway, you can enter here.  It's a little thank you for those who frequent my blog.  It means so much to me! 

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