I posted this in here instead of the gift ideas forum because I know what I'm going to give him.
BTW, this is married first anniversary, not dating.
We're both pretty young (22 & 23) and have no kids. I want to stencil clothes for him, and I need some ideas. Since we're big kids, they can be sort of "adult" in content.
My first idea was underwear - based on a pair of boxers we saw at a Machine Shed restaurant gift shop of all places. It has a picture of a rooster on the crotch, and around the leg it says "a doodle doo"
My second idea was wordplay based on a discussion between children I overheard at the daycare where I work. It's a matching tank and underwear set (for me) and underwear for him. mine has a picture of an airplane on the tank and "cockpit" on the underwear, and his says "pilot"
The only problem is that he knows about these ideas because I told him about them long before our anniversary was in the picture.
So in addition to those, I want some others that will be a surprise. They don't have to be dirty, by the way. Our anniversary is one month from today.
so i got called up for a job interview last night and i haven't had many interviews in my life, so i was really REALLY nervous. at first i was like "OMG I HAVE TO DO LAUNDRY" for no other reason than my nervous energy. but once you put a load in, there's not much you can do as far as laundry, so i took refuge in my craft closet. i found a scrap from when i made my cat bed: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38853.0 and obsessively decided i NEEDED to make a purse out of it. 3 hours later: outside:
w/flap open, those are magnetic snaps:
inside - there are no pockets because i didn't think i could concentrate enough to do them right:
the lining is some rad vintage blue polyester.
i did it a modified jordy way. my only problem was that i left the typical 1"x1" square open for turning, and had to stuff the entire purse through a hole the size of a silver dollar. luckily the polyester was a bit stretchy.
i'd like to see a remnant bin swap. it would be really simple, like buying material or trimmings remnants to total a certain yardage or price and sending them to a partner in a different geographical area.
i was eyeing the expensive eyelet pliers ($17 on a newlywed budget!) at the craft store, and wanting some reeeeeally bad because i love lace-up things. but since my birthday was coming, i decided to wait for someone to get it for me. then i went to the hardware store with my husband, and i found a pair of eyelet pliers in the section with rivets and screws. it was TWO DOLLARS and came with 100 various colored eyelets. i tried other brands of refill eyelets with it and they work PERFECTLY, even though they aren't exactly the same size as the originals. plus, if it breaks (which doesn't seem likely) it was only two bucks. i highly recommend checking it out, sure beats hammering your fingers.
i have had mishaps with both my kitties (brand new in june!) and crafting supplies. first, i had my iron on because i was working on ironing a stencil down. i was working on the floor because it has more room than the table, and i set the iron down to do something, and tiger, my 2+ year old kitty (who is very shy and just getting used to us), comes up and before i can stop him, he sniffs my iron! he jumped and ran away to the bedroom, and i felt so awful. i cried and ran after him and checked his nose but thankfully he hadn't gotten close enough to get burned. i was so relieved and gave him lots of loving and he forgave me. now i NEVER leave my iron on the floor, even when i think both kitties are sleeping.
next, i was working on another stencil and already had my supplies out because i hate running between my craft closet and my work area. i cut the stencil out, ironed it down, and reached for my spouncer (round flat sponge brush), but it was gone. in the kitchen, i noticed rob, my 3 month old kitten playing with something. so i went to check, and there was my poor spouncer, missing chunks of the sponge part and now useless. so i got out another one, SET IT DOWN ON THE FLOOR, and rob immediately takes off with it. duh.
it's made from this beautiful soft cream-colored tiny-rib corduroy and some plain blue fabric, both abouta dollor from the remnant bin. i would have made the whole thing cord but there wasn't quite enough to make a roomy enough skirt. i added panels of the blue at first, but the whole thing was WAY too big (me and my seam allowances) so i pinched the top of each blue panel, flattened it and sewed it that way (see detail below). front:
the black drawcord won't be there when i finish the skirt, i have a strip of the blue fabric waiting for me to get matching thread so i can sew it into a tie string the eyelets are blue, which i really love.
does it not just scream "applique me"? i'm thinking ducks and bubbles maybe...
I started out with two panels of the corduroy (front and back), but i ended up cutting both of them in half and sewing them back together. the front one was so i could make the lace-up part (i added a bit of the cord material behind it to avoid undies peeking out) and the back was to make the skirt smaller and to add a slit and some character because it was too plain.
detail of what i did to the sides:
i was afraid the blue would puff out and make my hips look ginormous, but it really hasn't. and i bet if i iron it down it would stay even better.
the best part is that i stayed up until 4:30 this morning without realizing it, AND i really like my skirt.
and if you notice, the black lines that are over the white are messy. the problem was that the white was dry and a little texture-y so when i ironed on the freezer paper for the black, it wasn't down all the way and the black bled. is there any way to stop this? any methods of applying the paint that don't texturize it? (i use a "spouncer" - round sponge brush) anyone else even have this problem?